Just try to keep up!

Goodness, it’s been a long time since I’ve posted! As a matter of fact, summer has turned to Fall and with the leaves changing and falling it’s a sure sign that winter is on the way.

So, I have a bunch of random thoughts today. Can you hang with me? Here goes:

I have these conversations all the time. The last one was on the shuttle bus yesterday from the Beech HS parking lot to Long Hollow. There were four of us in the conversation and the vote was split 2-2 on who liked cold weather. It just so happened to break down along gender lines: two men didn’t like the cold and the two women did! What about you? Do you like warm or cold weather?

Moving on…

Last week, Rachel Lovingood and I had the privilege to be a part of a Global Think Tank! What in the world? Glad you asked. Fourteen women from all over the country met to discuss how we might help mobilize women to be on mission for the Lord – whether across the street or across the globe. Those of us in attendance agreed unanimously: We want to be women on-mission whose goal is to take the Gospel to our cities and to the world until there is no place left that hasn’t heard the Good News.

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As I sat there on the far right-side of the country, I couldn’t help but think of the many Long Hollow Women on-mission. I’m so grateful for the way you are loving our community and our world through so many different avenues: Food for Families, The Gift, Mission trips, Jonah’s Journey, Adoption, inviting friends and strangers to Long Hollow while standing in the check out line at Wal Mart… and the list goes on and on!

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Thank you for being on-mission. Let’s re-up our commitment to be intentional about sharing Jesus with those who have never heard.

I pose that challenge with strings attached. I ask that you stay tuned because I am going to share some statistics next week that will shock you. As a teaser, know this: the world has come to us!

Did you believe me when I said this would be a random string of thoughts from my spinning head this week? Here’s the last thing I want to share with you today:

A passage of Scripture that brings me great comfort is Psalm 46.

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling. Selah

There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
the holy habitation of the Most High. God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved; God will help her when morning dawns. The nations rage, the kingdoms totter; he utters his voice, the earth melts. The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. Selah

Come, behold the works of the Lord, how he has brought desolations on the earth. He makes wars cease to the end of the earth; he breaks the bow and shatters the spear; he burns the chariots with fire. “Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!”
The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. Selah

Did you notice the word Selah at the end of each paragraph? There is some confusion about what that word means among spiritual scholars. However, many commentators believe it means “to pause”. Would you agree that we live in a fast-paced world of uncertainty? Really, only one thing is steadfast and sure: God alone.

You’ve had a quick glance at all the things that are coursing through my mind today. If I were a betting woman, I’d say odds are many of you are right there with me. Let’s take a few moments to pause and exalt the one who brings certainty to uncertainty. Selah.

I love you ladies with a fierce and true love! Stay tuned-

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