Monthly Archives: August 2019

August 21, 2019 dr

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Good morning, DearHeart.

I’m starting a new thing today – well, tonight actually. God has a funny way of shaking me out of the familiar and comfortable, so this trek moves me toward ‘Dr. Lewis’, and hopefully my studies will help move my beloved OKLAHOMA toward a stronger workforce.

I remember sitting at a desk the first night I started on my Masters in 2001, and my legs were shaking uncontrollably. It had been a long time since I had been in class and I didn’t have 3 little boys at home when I’d been in class before. We did it. God made a way.

He has moved mountains during this prep, too. Like you, I have found myself in a new beginning several times over the course of my life:

• beginning in a new job

• beginning in a new church

• beginning a new book

• beginning a new diet

• beginning in a new school

• beginning a new relationship

In none of those beginnings did I find myself comfortable. Or at ease. Most times, I felt awkward and out of place.

Did you notice it was all about how I felt in the midst of the new beginning?

“One of the best ways to face this problem of self-centeredness is to discover some cause and some purpose, some loyalty outside of yourself and give yourself to that something.” (Martin Luther King Jr.)

The unknown of a new beginning brings an excitement, an eagerness to see what and how God is going to work and unfold His plan.

In writing to the Israelites, God encourages them to remember where they had come from (Egypt) while looking forward to the days ahead. He wanted them to realize dwelling on the past would cause them to stagnate.

“But forget all that – it is nothing compared to what I am going to do. For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland.” (Isaiah 43: 18-19, NLT)

New beginnings –
the places where passion and purpose collide.

“Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established.”

Proverbs 16:3 ESV

Wake up.

Breathe.

Commit.

Anticipate.

Go.

August 8, 2019 mysteries

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Good morning, DearHeart.

We want answers, don’t we? Why did I eat that? What did he mean by that? Why doesn’t the doctor know what to do? Why did that tick me off? Why did he respond like that? Why did she have to die? Why am I so scared? What if I fail?

We’re accustomed in this culture to seek answers, facts, “quantitative data”, to narrow our focus until we’ve solved the problem. But, think about this, doesn’t that reduce the way we see each other and the world? Doesn’t that reduce the work of our Creator? And, doesn’t knowing the answers keep us from finding solace in the mystery? It keeps us from experiencing the sweet surrender and easy humility of simply not knowing. “Simply not knowing” is a wonderful state of being. At least it can be. When we allow ourselves to be washed over by waves of contradiction, and we stop insisting on sorting out each one, when we release blaming others and blaming ourselves, we might find ourselves on new unfamiliar ground, a place where fresh experiences and re-connection become possible. When we see each other’s innate contradictions as a flaw or weakness, we essentially take a stand against their basic human-ness, and that is the real disaster. We also are very likely take the same stand against our own human-ness. We remain apart, separate, because we have rejected a real part of being human. Sometimes, we don’t have to know.

Even there, we can rest.

“They all realized they were in a place of holy mystery, that God was at work among them. They were quietly worshipful—and then noisily grateful, calling out among themselves, “God is back, looking to the needs of his people!” Luke 7:16-17 MSG

Wake up.

Allow space for His mystery.

Go.

August 6, 2019 nudge

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Good morning, DearHeart.

As a child of God, I believe God allows things to happen to get our attention. When we get too caught up being earthlings instead of spiritual beings, He nudges you and me with an issue and says, “I just want to spend time with you, child .” When we are doing life with too casual of a spirit, we become spectators, we forget to have a grateful heart, we forget to refuel with Him, we allow rat race business to consume the space where we would enter His courts with Thanksgiving, and we fail to position our hearts to separate ourselves. Do you know why God stands at the door of your heart and knocks? Because, God is on the outside of the door … He gave US the key. He won’t open the door, He must be invited in. When we get too comfortable we fail to invite Him in … after a while you no longer hear the knock. You get used to doing life on your own terms.

You need to know that you are a vessel of His glory. The time you set aside just to sit with Him is the time He pours in more of His Glory to

love you,

radiate through you,

touch you,

nourish you,

and light joy in you.

“For God, who said, “Light shall shine out of darkness,” is the One who has shone in our hearts to give the Light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ. But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, so that the surpassing greatness of the power will be of God and not from ourselves;”

2 Corinthians 4:6-7 NASB

Wake up.

Be nudged.

Go.

August 5, 2019 shoes

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Good morning, DearHeart.

Our Liv girl is a live wire. Sitting still is a rare occurrence for her. I was watching her the other day, walking in my heels. She loves playing in my shoes. I loved playing in my grandmother’s, Mom Coon’s heels, too. She had lots of them.

Livvie got me thinking about walking in the shoes of another. And, walking in the shoes of our Savior.

We can walk in His ways. We can keep step with Him as we rely on His Spirit within us. It happens as we live out our days with Him in the forefront of our minds.

Jesus sat down and spent time with other people. In fact, He was repeatedly criticized for sitting to eat at tables with the tax collectors, the broken, the sinners. We may come to understand the hurts and brokenness of others only as we spend time.

With them.

Listening to them.

Seeing them.

Like Liv in my shoes, the shoes we find ourselves in may not always fit comfortably. God may ask us to walk where it may not be so comfortable or familiar to us. May we go anyway.

As I continued to watch Liv, it became more interesting. Each time, a shoe slipped off one of her feet, she would not just stop and slip it back on. No, this little gal would bend over, pick up the shoe and take it back to the point it all started.

And so must we. We are surely going to mess up – every single day. We will fail someone or at something. We won’t do everything perfectly. I am so grateful for the Cross, the place where we get to start all over, anew and renewed. The Cross – the place where it all began. The place of new beginnings and of holy do-overs.

And for those times when our feet get tired, for they surely will – may we know that even there, on any road we walk, we are blessed ….

“A devout life does bring wealth, but it’s the rich simplicity of being yourself before God. Since we entered the world penniless and will leave it penniless, if we have bread on the table and shoes on our feet, that’s enough.” 1 Timothy 6:6-8 MSG

Wake up.

Wear the awkward shoes.

Be blessed by them.

Go.