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Friday
Dec052008

OMG

OMG is texting shorthand for oh my God. I know it's a vain and empty use of God's name, but everytime I see it I think how often during the course of a single day I cry out "oh my God." During the past 9 years, God has SO often used the book of Nehemiah to guide me, teach me, inspire me and challenge me. One of the things I have learned and loved about Nehemiah is no matter what - he kept putting His trust or confidence in God! Interestingly OMG is found in Nehemiah 6 times! Here, there is no vain or empty use of God's name but a personal cry to a God that Nehemiah knows intimately. Isn't that amazing? I am absolutely awe struck with the fact that the Creator of all things wants me to have an intimate and personal relationship with Him. My God is awesome. My God is majestic. Oh how majestic is His name in all the earth. There is none like my God. Did you know that He calls the stars out each night and knows each one of them by name? Or that even the lightning bolts report in to Him and say "here we are." My God knows everything about me for He created me for Himself and then He redeemed me with His very own blood. I am His and He is mine. Oh my God...

I will praise you, O Lord my God, with all my heart; I will glorify your name forever. Psalm 86:12

That my heart may sing to you and not be silent. O LORD my God, I will give you thanks forever. Psalm 30:12

I trust in you, O LORD; I say, "You are my God." Psalm 31:14

Many, O LORD my God, are the wonders you have done. The things you planned for us no one can recount to you; were I to speak and tell of them, they would be too many to declare. Psalm 40:5

I will praise the LORD all my life; I will sing praise to my God as long as I live. Psalm 146:2

Wednesday
Nov192008

Frankly my dear, I'm afraid!

Stepping out - walking by faith not sight?

The for sale sign is finally up. Sunday at church, the pastor and elders prayed with us, blessed us, loved on us and kind of said goodbye to us. Tom left Monday to head back down to Tennessee to work. He'll be back here for Thanksgiving, return to TN and then back for Christmas/New Year’s. As I shared earlier, I'm in that betwixt and between place in my life. I know God is calling me out of Truth for Women. Things are moving forward there without me and that's both thrilling and....I'm not sure what this is I "feel." This past weekend, I got a glimpse of how God might be leading me next. But I can't quite visualize it yet. I’m sitting here this week with things to do but I'm here and the folks I'm working with and for are there. And, I have a million who, what, where, when, why and how questions! Frankly my dear, I’m afraid.

In my crying out to God, He's reminded me that I haven't known what I was doing for years, but He has been faithful to give me what I've needed to accomplish the things He was calling me to accomplish. During my time at Truth for Women, God used the book of Nehemiah to help and guide me. I'm reminded of just how often I have found myself in a place where I've "felt" overwhelmed, discouraged and afraid. I learned from Nehemiah that the cure for fear is to remember God who is great and awesome.

Frankly my dear, it’s normal to be afraid. The thing is I just can’t stay afraid or I’ll never step out and accomplish what God has planned for me to do next. REMEMBERING GOD WHO IS GREAT AND AWESOME!

When I am afraid, I will put my trust in You. Psalm 56:3