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Who knew?

I am really enjoying listening through the Bible.  No, it doesn't replace cracking open the book and digging in, but I am being challenged in my thinking and God is speaking to my heart.  So, if you are like me and can't find time each and every day to dig deep and observe thoroughly - listen carefully!  I download the ESV Chronological Bible Podcast each morning and listen while I'm getting dressed for work

I'm still processing all I heard about Moses and I've been encouraged. Why?  Because God called Moses to a huge task and gave him an enormous responsibility.  But, God sent person after person along side Moses. I think that preaches and relates to us - right here and right now - today. From the very beginning God sent Moses an Aaron.  Then, Moses had Aaron and Hur. (Remember the story of them holding up Moses' hands?)  I can only imagine the delight Joshua brought to Moses' heart. And, then there came Jethro. Who knew Jethro was a Bible name?

Jethro was Moses' father in law.  Evidently Jethro missed all the miraculous signs and wonders, so Moses told him all the lord had done...about the hardships...being delivered...the goodness of the Lord in delivering them.  Moses' testimony made Jethro believe that God was greater than all the gods. So interesting what happens next.  You can listen to all this below but here's a summary:  Jethro watches Moses judging all the people from morning to evening and told him he was going to wear himself out!

Should have been obvious right?  So why is Jethro the first person to come along side Moses and point this out?  Very interesting!  Jethro counseled Moses by telling him he needed help and even what kind of people he needed to find to help him.  What seemed so obvious to Jethro was not obvious to Moses.  It doesn't appear it wasn't obvious to anyone else in the entire Hebrew camp either.  Wow, that's a life application moment. Lord, keep sending Jethro's into our lives!

There is one thing I am embracing about getting older and that is I understand more and more each day how God wired.me. Or maybe more importantly, how God has not wired me. I'm figuring out what fuels and energizes me, what abilities God has given to me and when I am working outside of my gifts and abilities. There was a time when I didn't know all of this and so I would keep going even though I was being drained of energy and was definitely working outside of my gifts and abilities.  How did I know?  It's called i-r-r-i -t-a-b-l-e.  It's called b-u-r-n  o-u-t.  It is called n-o  j-o-y!  Who knew I needed a Jethro?  God did.  God does!

Do you agree with this statement?  God can wear you out but if you are doing the work God has called you to do and you are doing it in His strength and in the gifts and abilities given to you then you will not experience burn out.


Blah, blah, blah

Well, I haven't had time to blog in a while. Lot's of blog moments but no time to process through my thoughts. Boy, it's been an interesting time. I continue to be in a learning curve in my new job. I'm learning things I didn't even know I needed to know...or for that matter wanted to know. For instance, I'm about to join a webinar. Who even knew they had webinars. Or that I would be interested in attending one called "Facebooks for Nonprofits." Thank God there are webinars because connecting via the internet is my only way to connect these days. Monday, I joined a meeting with my fellow Precept workers. There were 16 of us. 15 were all gathered in a room there at the ministry brainstorming and I was sitting in my office here in PA staring at my computer and listening to them....for 4 hours. I wrestled with God during the 1st hour and then spent the last 3 prayerfully listening and observing. It's an interesting place the Lord has me these days...

I have all these words to use but God's put me in a place of listening and observing. Wondering what to do with all my words, I just received the below. Thanks BJ - I needed this. It's entitled "Are all women born this way"? To which I say YES!


Impacting the world around us

I'm sure by now you've all heard about Red Envelope Day. From the first moment I read about it, I was deeply touched. It is so awesome to see how God touches hearts, implants ideas and fills people with the desire and passion to see a task to completion! Red Envelope Day is really a simple idea, but can have significant impact. I've been watching the calendar and have had every intention of getting my red envelopes ready and in the mail. Just haven't done it. But tonight I was checking my Facebook and saw Red Envelope Day has posted a video (see below). As I watched the people in the video "working together" I was moved to get moving! How about joining me next Friday night (March 27) and let's get some red envelopes ready. Together, let's at least TRY impact the world around us! Bring your printed labels, red envelopes & stamps. I'll provide snacks and beverages. Let me know if you are coming!


Down time?

I've been wondering lately what the difference is between being really busy and working really hard. So, I decided to go to Webster's. Here what I found:

BUSY = engaged in action; occupied; being in use (found the telephone busy); full of activity; Bustling (a busy seaport); foolishly or intrusively active; meddling; full of distracting detail (a busy design).

WORK = activity in which one exerts strength or faculties to do or perform something: a: sustained physical or mental effort to overcome obstacles and achieve an objective or result; the labor, task, or duty that is one's accustomed means of livelihood; a specific task, duty, function, or assignment often being a part or phase of some larger activity.

No shortage of things to do and get done! But is what I'm doing making a difference in the world around me...for Christ? I really don't want people to look at my life and see me as BUSY. What I want them to see is someone who chooses to work hard for the Lord. I believe with all of my heart Ephesians 2:10, which says that I've been created in Christ Jesus for good works. I went to my Greek word study dictionary this time and found the Greek definition for works is:

...business, employment, that which any one is occupied; that which one undertakes to do, enterprise, undertaking; any product whatever, any thing accomplished by hand, art, industry, or mind; an act, deed, thing done: the idea of working is emphasised in opp. to that which is less than work.

Sounds just like Webster's definition! Ephesians 2:10 goes on to tell me that before God ever spoke the world into existence, He planned this work for me. WOW. This is true for each one who is in Christ Jesus. This is incredible...it is awesome. The God who just spoke and the world came to be. Come on...speaking the earth, sun, moon and only He knows how many stars into existance. He doesn't need me to get anything done. But He chooses to include me. He wants me to be involved and to be a part of the work He wants accomplished. Each one who is in Christ has been placed right where we are. People put within our reach and influence and work planned just for and given to us. What kind of work? GOOD work.

It's been my experience that while the work God has planned for each one of us is indeed good, it is also HARD. VERY HARD. It is also costly. First, you have to be willing to seek the Lord to find out what work He's planned for you and is calling you to perform. Then, He begins to put things on your heart to do for Him and you realize it will require absolute commitment. That almost always means getting out of your comfort zone, leaving what you know and walking blindly (by faith) into the unknown - awaiting further instructions! No sooner do you commitment to the work then all kinds of things come at you to get you to stop the work. And, frankly - there isn't much resting until the work is done. Who in the Bible had it easy? Well, I do like the story of Esther and her 6 months of spa treatments! But then again that was right before she could have been put to death.

So, what about down time? What about me time? Time to rest, refresh, play and have fun? It's hard to do when you see all that's going on around you. I say it again - there is a battle raging and we have lost much ground. During a time of war how much down time, me time, rest time, refresh time, play time and fun time does a soldier get? Well, I went out to lunch with my daddy the other day. He just happens to be a World War II veteran so I asked him: "Daddy, what did down time look like when you were off to war?" You know what his answer was? I loved it. I was blown away by it and I can't stop thinking about it. He answered "waiting." That's right, down time for a soldier in war is waiting. He explained by telling me they would get up early, get ready, geared up and then sit around waiting for the trucks to take them where they were going. They'd get to where they were going and wait for their orders. They'd march 20 miles and then wait flat on their backs until it was time to march again. He told me that every or month "or so" they would get a 3-day pass but couldn't go far on a 3-day pass. Depending on where you were it might mean not having a lot of options. The goal of the 3-day pass was so the soldier would rest, refresh and return to fight some more. Winning the war was of utmost importance.

Yep, it's good to get a 3-day pass every other month or so. You know, a little down time SO THAT I can return to fight another day! .And do you know what refreshes me? Having dinner with my husband, being in the presence of those who love the Lord and love to talk about the Lord. I'm renewed when I spend time in the presence of those who love me for who I am! And you know something else? I'm now viewing those times of waiting as down time. I'm serious! To take a few moments during the week when I might be waiting in a doctor's office, traffic, airport or grocery store line to refresh myself. Rather than talking on the phone, texting or emailing, I think I'll seize the waiting as down time. SO THAT I can endure hardship, do the work, fulfill my ministy assignment (2 Timothy 4:5).

If ever active Christian soldiers were needed, it is now. What do you think of the below...

Suffer hardship with me, as a good soldier of Christ Jesus. No soldier in active service entangles himself in the affairs of everyday life, so that he may please the one who enlisted him as a soldier. (1 Timothy 1:18)