Friday, November 27, 2015

A divine appointment?

a few days ago while sitting in a coffee shop
with my husband,
a gentleman we both know very casually,
began to talk to us.

we touched on all those casual, superficial topics
and then hit on the subject of retirement.
he had just retired and my husband shared that
he is entertaining the thought of retiring from farming
in the next 3-5 years...

the gentleman asked my husband what he wanted to do
with his spare time, in which my hubs replied:
"i would love to go on some mission trips, but
my wife isn't really interested"
which then turned the focus on me...and what
i wanted to do.
replying that i felt that i didn't have to go to
a third world country to be able to be used by God.

yes, i know...i have children serving as
full-time missionaries overseas
and yes...i am SO proud of them and the
work they do for Jesus and His Kingdom!!!!

and i would be proud too, of my husband
if he does indeed pursue
this after retiring---
i just don't feel the calling.

God hasn't called me, 'yet'
in this area.

i told this man that i felt called to reach out
to hurting women in my community.
that i was a two time cancer survivor and
felt that this was an area that i could be used in
and to turn something that was so hard,
into something used for 'good'---

letting Him use me.

reaching out to those in my own community
who have lost someone or who are going through
it right now.

 it is something i am passionate about.

i shared how sometimes people don't know what to
say or do to those who are hurting and so in turn
they are afraid and instead of reaching out
they recoil.
i told him how people should not to be afraid
to just smile, offer a do not
need any special words to say...
just offer
love. friendship.
let them know they are not alone.

we talked for a bit more and the gentleman left.

a divine appointment?

a few minutes he walked again
to the coffee shop and right up to our cozy spot.

he said, he was about to drive away when he
thought of a wife/mom/grandma in his church
that is going through a pretty awful cancer diagnosis
and the family is having a hard time dealing with
this eventual loss.

would i be willing to contact her?
the family?

he gave me her name and phone number and left.

that evening i thought about calling her but,
decided to read the families webpage first.-
i then chose to reach out to her daughter,
and in this way, to this hurting family.
i offered myself, to help with meals or anything else
they may need and most assuredly offering my prayers.

i am letting God lead me in this situation right now.
giving me the words and actions to help
when and where i can.

yes, we can be the feet and hands of God
here in our OWN  community and ALSO in
countries that need to hear about

people need to know they are not alone
they are loved.

if we don't do it
who will?

have you heard the calling?
are you serving Him in your community?
or are you serving abroad?

are you letting Him use you?



Monday, November 9, 2015

God's handiwork

we took a walk on a gorgeous bluff
overlooking the pacific ocean

listened as the waves
lapped at the waters edge

the scent of the salt-water &
soaring birds filled the air

stepping over branches, twigs and rocks
we explored the wooded path

the ground was littered with
leaves rich in the colors of fall

gold, brown, green, orange and red leaves
all tossed on the ground, so artfully...
a colorful outdoor carpet

as we took a beautiful walk among the leaves
it was hard not to stand in awe;

as the beauty of God's handiwork
enveloped us


Tuesday, November 3, 2015

the sweet voice of God

it happened again.

i have had experience with the
whisper of God
in my life before.

sometimes it takes a while
for me to actually
listen and act on it.

but, every single time
He whispers someone's name
to me and i act on it?

W O W.
i mean, W O W.

the last couple days
i have had this tugging.

a simple tug of my heart
to contact a friend of mine.

and God---
God, whispered her name to me.

this time it only took Him
prompting me twice
before i acted on it!

today, i sent a simple text:
how are YOU today?
how is your Dad?
YOU are in my thoughts
and prayers.
is there anything i can do
to help?

B A M!

just like that i received a message back.
thanking me for reaching out.
saying she has been having a rough couple days
& could she call me this afternoon!

W O W.
God you are amazing.
You never cease to amaze me.

Thank you, God for never giving up on me!
For continuing to use me
and for helping me to not only
listen and hear your VOICE
but, to ACT on it.

I love you, LORD.

Thank you.