When It’s Time To Do Something Radical

“Jesus has commanded each of us to make disciples, and this is the means by which we will impact the world…by spending our lives for the good of others and the glory of God.” Excerpt from the book Radical by David Platt

Salt & LightI’ve been struggling for words lately. God has been stirring the waters of my soul and it feels like I’ve been swimming in circles.

But I just realized there’s been a central message throughout all of these seemingly disconnected ideas, thoughts and emotions I’ve been splashing around in, and it is this:

GOD IS ALL-POWERFUL!

And I guess He really wanted that truth to sink in because it’s seems just about every scripture or book I’ve read and every sermon or song I’ve heard has been saturated with it.

That includes Radical, the awesome book by David Platt, which I’ve decided should be required reading for every Christian. Seriously!

I’m thankful for the reminder that God is still on the throne and that the good news will always outweigh the bad news. Always.

Because if I didn’t believe in God’s ultimate power and authority, I might be overcome with fear or dread or anxiety when confronted with disturbing headlines.

WHAT TO DO

Okay, so it’s hard to argue the fact that the world seems to be falling apart. The question I’ve been wrestling with is, “What in the world can I do about it?”

I mean, what really can be done when everything around me, in me, feels so undone?

Well, I don’t have all the answers but I know Who does and, again, it comes back to this:

GOD IS ALL-POWERFUL! The world may be falling apart, but He isn’t.

And, if we want to change the world, we have to first allow the power of God to change us. We have to pray that the Holy Spirit will move us from apathy to action so that we can be who we are called to be.

SALT and LIGHT

In the weeks to come, for as long as God grants me the grace to do so, I intend to write a series of posts to help us grow our awareness of the issues facing our culture while also growing in a greater understanding of God’s work in the world and how we can be a part of it.

I pray that, together, we will go about sprinkling truth into unsavory places and shining light into the depths of darkness for the good of others and for the glory of God!

P. S. Here’s one of those songs that God used to get me all stirred up. 🙂 If you’ve got a few minutes to spare, it’s worth your time. Enjoy!


I’d really love your feedback! Let me know if you think these are the ramblings of a crazy woman or if God has been speaking to you in a similar way.

His Wonders Never Cease

So I’ve been a little busy lately. Busy trying to make my life make sense. Busy watching the calendar pages turn fast while I keep moving in slow-motion. But not too busy to stop and let that woman pray for me at church this past Sunday.

I didn’t know who she was but it didn’t matter. Sometimes God uses situations and people unknown to us to work out His purposes in our lives. We just have to be willing to receive it.

Then, today, I started thumbing through a devotional book and I found myself lingering on the pages of the entry entitled “The Tune of the Unknowns.”

The author, Calvin Miller, talks about how the heroes of the Bible were just ordinary people who said yes to God’s extraordinary call.

People such as Mary, who despite her feelings of unworthiness, willingly surrendered to God’s plan for her to give birth to Jesus, the Son of the Most High.

What a wondrous moment that must have been! She had to get over her initial shock but, ultimately, young Mary taught us how each of us should respond to God’s calling in our own lives.

“I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.”
Luke 1:38

Maybe you’re feeling unknown and unworthy, like your life is filled with a lot of nothing- special days, one more mundane than the next. If so, this post is for you.

Because you need to know that God is still in the wonder-working business! He sees you. He loves you. And, no matter how it feels right now, He has a purpose for your life, and that purpose will be fulfilled.

I’ll leave you with these encouraging words from Calvin Miller:

“The work of God in the hands of an ordinary you or me is a living picture of God’s grace and glory – His grace, in that He invests Himself in one so frail and faulty; His glory, in that He creates such real art with such raw clay. Are you at the end of your own strength? Have you bottomed out on self-confidence? Trust. Wait. Behold what wonders can be done through you by the Spirit of the Living God.”

Would you like to pray with me?

Father God, your power is unchanging. I know that you’ve been able to do extraordinary things in the lives of ordinary people just like me. I pray that I will always be able to hear your call. And, when I do, help me to say “yes.”

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A Small Post on Five Minute Friday

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.”
Marianne Williamson

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I don’t want to play small.

I don’t want to hide the light God has placed within me.

I want to shine.

To bring glory to the One who is glory.

The Creator of the universe.

The mover of mountains.

He lives in me.

I do not have to fear lesser powers because,

“Greater is He that is in me than he that is in the world.” 1 John 4:4

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A Graduation Meditation

“This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have success.”
Joshua 1:8

It’s graduation season. People everywhere are picking up diplomas and moving into a new phase of their lives.

My husband and I attended the graduation ceremony of our nephew in Norman, Oklahoma this weekend. We were just a few miles from where that massive tornado struck last week. Not far from where terrified people sought refuge in underground cellars, bathrooms and closets. Where children clung helplessly to the shaking walls of a school hallway.

And I couldn’t help but look at all those hundreds of soon-to-be former high school students and wonder if they are prepared for the storms to come. Because life is full of them, both literally and figuratively.

“My son, pay attention to what I say; turn your ear to my words. Do not let them out of your sight, keep them within your heart; for they are life to those who find them and health to one’s whole body.”
Proverbs 4: 20-22

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And it’s one thing to have head knowledge, but what about heart wisdom? The thing that will steady you when the wind starts whipping and the earth gets ripped up right under your feet?

If I could, I would tell them this. There is only one safe haven. One true shelter. And that is Almighty God. Keep close to Him and make His Word a priority because it is your life source. Everything you want – Success, Peace, Purpose, Love, Fulfillment – It all begins here.

“Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night. That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither—whatever they do prospers.”
Psalm 1:1-3

Feel free to share this with the graduate in your life. Or with someone who could just use a reminder that the forces of nature are no match for the power of God.

Indeed, to know (and obey) His Word is to know a force more powerful than any storm we could ever face.

Dancing On Air



Photo courtesy Linda Moyer © 2011

I think birds are one of the loveliest of all God’s creatures.
Extremely fun to watch too as they flit about
 doing whatever birds do.


They seem to know how to balance work and play.

 I know because I’ve heard them singing. And I have seen them, in between their nest-building assignments, literally dancing on air as they fly circles around one another.


When is the last time we were that carefree?


Today, I am pausing to reflect on the fact that God lovingly provides for ALL of His creation.

 That includes me and you.

 So we do not have to be exhausted with worry or weighed down with the cares of life.


He who cares for the birds cares much more for us because we are “valuable” to Him.
 I know because He said so.


I hope you will trust His message for you.
You are loved. You are valued.


Why don’t we all lay down any weight we might be carrying?
Only then will we be able to fly.

And, who knows?
 We might just find ourselves dancing on air.

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I hope you enjoyed this repost from the archives. 
 
Is there something weighing you down today? 

Release it to God. Trust His promises. Watch the winds of faith begin to move in your life, and don’t be afraid when your feet start to leave the ground.

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