Have you ever wrestled with the question, what is faith? Or what does faith look like? Those questions are sometimes hard to wrap our minds around, yet essential to our walk with Christ. We are called to “walk by faith … Continue reading
I had run out of cotton balls! Drat! I know that doesn’t sound like such a big catastrophe, but you have to understand, I use them every night to clean my face. If I run out, I have to use…. … Continue reading
Sometimes, when I am going through a particularly rough time, I find myself less and less committed to spiritual disciplines. My quiet times diminish, my prayer life becomes rushed and shallow, and I fill free time with mindless distractions, instead … Continue reading
Wrecked—Won’t you Come? Ladies, I am writing to make sure you know about an important prayer service tonight at the Hendersonville campus. It’s called Wrecked—A Night of Prayer. It begins at 6:15 in the Worship Center. The church intends this … Continue reading
2 Corinthians 4:5-6: “For what we proclaim is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, with ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake. For God who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give … Continue reading
During my childhood, one of my most memorable times was during the long, hot days of summer. Each evening, the neighborhood kids and I returned to the outdoors after dinner for one last game. At dusk, we would meet at the dead-end street to play “Hide and Seek.”
This was a very serious game. The goal was to hide from your seeker until it was safe to run for home base without being seen and tagged out. That is why we played under the cover of twilight. The darkness of night kept you concealed as you dashed from object to object until finally you made it to home base unseen.
Those were the good ole days when I was young enough to still enjoy the game, but old enough to play with the cleverness that it took to keep from being found.
As I recall, it was my dad who first introduced me to the game of “Hide and Seek.” Although, my father and I played the game differently than the neighborhood kids did.
When dad would hide, he would often leave clues on purpose so I could find him. Sometimes, I would spy his wiggling toes sticking out from under the living room curtains. Others times, I noticed a lampshade sitting atop a very large stand in the shape of his silhouette, or I would hear noises coming from behind the couch. For dad and I the game was not about staying hid. It was about a developing a trusting relationship.
Our reunion brought joy, laughter, and sometimes tickling. Mostly, it taught me that whenever I needed my Dad, he could always be found.
I think the same is true with our heavenly Father. Continue reading
Isn’t prayer hard sometimes? I mean, when we’re honest with ourselves wouldn’t we admit that we don’t always feel “connected” when we pray? That our minds wander and our cluttered lives get in the way? I know God understands that. I believe it’s one of the reasons He gives us Matthew 28:11: “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” You see, He doesn’t tell us to pull it all together before we come to Him in prayer. He doesn’t tell us to kneel before Him only after we figure everything out. He also doesn’t tell us that we must be spruced up, showered, and wide awake to meet with Him in the morning. Rather, He invites us to “Pray continuously” (1 Thess. 5:17). In Psalm 88:13, the psalmist pens, “But I, O Lord, cry to you; in the morning my prayer comes before you.” Our role is simple: come.
So, can I invite you to come to Long Hollow Women On Our Knees? Long Hollow Women meet to pray the first Saturday morning of the month 8:00-9:00 in the chapel. Together we pray for our church, our leaders, our community, and each other. Worried about praying in front of others? Don’t be. Just come. We meet to pray for an audience of One. Whether your prayer is silent or out loud, God “hears the prayers of the righteous” (Proverbs 15:29). Won’t you consider coming just as you are, even groggy-eyed and pre-caffeinated? You’re welcome. In fact, you’re needed.
When reading this week, I came across a great quote on the idea of coming to God in prayer. “Come overwhelmed with life. Come with a wandering mind. Come messy.” I love that. It’s where I live! And I don’t think I’m the only one. So, sisters, come. We’ll look forward to seeing you then.
** The next meeting for On Our Knees will be September 8th! This month we will not meet due to Midnight Train.**
One of the great burdens of my heart has been how we raise a Godly next generation. There is so much competing for their minds, energy, and time. That’s why it’s as important as ever that we recognize our roles and participate in bringing up the next generation as a remnant—passing the baton of faith boldly.
In Matthew 28:19-20, Jesus says, “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you….” We often hear the emphasis on the concept of going to the nations to preach the Gospel. I’m certainly for that!
While we should never express that works are what save us, the Bible teaches that it is possible to grow in the sight of God and man:
“Do not let kindness and truth leave you;
Bind them around your neck,
Write them on the tablet of your heart,
So you will find favor and good repute
In the sight of God and man.”
–Proverbs 3:3-4 (NASB)
The NIV translates the first phrase as, “Let love and faithfulness never leave you.” Either way, you can see that adhering to truth is the key to unlock Godly wisdom and grow in the sight of God and others. As Proverbs 8:35 says, “For he who finds me (wisdom) finds life and obtains favor from the Lord.”
There are two examples in Scripture for “growing in favor” with God and man. The first is Jesus. Continue reading
Hear no evil. Speak no evil. See no evil.
Carelessly open one of these portals to your soul and it’s as if every evil desire receives a wake-up call to action.
The weight of this truth has greater gravity as you navigate the terrain of this VERY wired world. If you spend any time on the Internet actively engaging on social media platforms, how you take this warning from James to heart could be the difference between you becoming a glorious Light online for the God you profess or losing your soul in cyber sea darkness.
The online reality is this – you’re only a click or two away from content that is addictive and deadly. Continue reading
My prayer life ebbs and flows. What about yours? Some days my prayer life is so rich and other days it is lacking simply because I find my self agitated on the inside. Not angry or irritated, but agitated. It feels like a washing machine stirring the laundry. It’s that kind of feeling like I need to be moving all the time or when my brain feels like static. The only way to describe it, is that it resembles the signal on the TV when a channel won’t come in and it has that snowy affect and sound on the screen. These feelings are indicators that something is amiss. Something in my heart or something in the world around me is amiss. It is a warning, that shouts in a still small voice, “Wendy you need to be still and know that I am God and tell me what is going on“. At that moment I just begin to tell God what I am feeling.
At times, this agitated feeling begins concerning one of my children. I begin to become aware of Satan’s strategy to steal, kill, and destroy. In moments like this I know that my battle is not against flesh and blood, but against powers and principalities. As a result, I feel like I am carrying a sword and swinging it wildly at an enemy I cannot see. But the Spirit within me is on alert. So I do what I do most everyday. I pray the armor of God for my children. Continue reading