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August 2016

How He loves…..

I was recently thinking back over a situation and a conversation I had with my daughter. She just came back from doing a leadership track with Circuit Riders in California. She was originally planning on driving out with a caravan of other kids from DC to California and was super excited about that adventure of the cross country trip with friends. The day they were set to leave she had her car all loaded and met up with friends in DC when her check engine light came on. She took the car to the garage and it was determined that it was something pretty serious that she shouldn’t drive the car across country. It was with major disappointment and many tears that she drove home again. The questions started coming. Why? We just had the car gone over 2 weeks prior to make sure it was in good driving condition for the long trip. The mechanic said it was sound and he would drive it. So why? Why on the day she was to leave would it come on? As I helped her process she still kept declaring God’s goodness and faithfulness.  We prayed and felt like it wasn’t because God was playing a mean joke but there was a purpose for her to fly instead of drive. She flew out and nothing out of the ordinary happened. She went about her school and flew home again. On the way home, she met a lady Julie in the airport who the Holy Spirit prompted her to strike up a conversation with. He told her to ask about the Julie’s daughter. She proceeded to talk with this woman for an hour and found out that her relationship with her daughter was strained, that she had severe epilepsy, and that she was a lesbian. Emily asked her all about her wife and showered her with the love of Jesus. She then asked if she could pray with her and for her relationship with her daughter and for her epilepsy. As they sat in the middle of the busy terminal, the Lord in His tender mercy touched Julie. She encountered the living God and felt His presence and His love. After hearing this story it struck me that this was the reason for the last minute change in Emily’s travel plans. God knew that on that day at that time Julie would be sitting in the airport needing a touch from Him.  As disappointing as it was for Emily, God knew that their paths would cross in 4 weeks time, and He had a divine appointment with Emily and Julie. God wanted this lady to experience His love through Emily. How many times do things “fall through” and we get all angry at God and think He doesn’t care about us?  We rant and rave and feel sorry for ourselves and completely miss the divine appointment that God was setting up for us. What if His love for His children is so great that He will change your plans so that you can meet someone who needs to see Jesus? What if He trusts you enough to know that your faith will sustain a disappointment because we have the assurance that all things work together for His good? What if we would live our lives in blind faith and complete surrender to Jesus knowing  that this life is not our own? We are here for a greater purpose, the purpose of bringing the kingdom of heaven and the kingdom of earth together. I had to think of the line from the song  “How He Loves”…..”when heaven meets earth like a sloppy wet kiss”…. What if you are the “sloppy wet kiss” of Jesus? It’s hard to share the love of Jesus with others when we are mad at Him. What circumstance in your life needs an perspective adjustment? Ask the Lord to show you the reason for a sudden change or disappointment. Most likely there is a higher purpose. Can you imagine how much God must love you to completely train wreck the carefully made plans of someone else so that they can cross your path? WOW! Mind blown. I pray today that you feel God’s love even in the midst of a disappointment so that you can share that love with someone else who really needs it!!

“How He Loves”

He is jealous for me

Loves like a hurricane, I am a tree

Bending beneath the weight of His wind and mercy

When all of a sudden

I am unaware of these afflictions eclipsed by glory

And I realize just how beautiful You are

And how great Your affections are for me.

 He loves us

Oh how He loves us

Oh how He loves us

 Oh how He loves us

We are His portion and He is our prize

Drawn to redemption by the grace in His eyes

If His graces is an ocean we’re all sinking

When heaven meets earth like a sloppy wet kiss

And my heart turns violently inside my chest

I don’t have time to maintain these regrets

When I think about the way…..

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Run the race…

 Someone recently asked me why I do these obstacle course races. Couldn’t my money be better and more responsibly spent elsewhere? Well of course it probably could. We all have our guilty pleasures, but that’s for another day. But it did get me to thinking…why? What is it about them that I love? I remember even as a kid at a little Mennonite school we had an obstacle course race on field day. It was my absolute favorite event by a long shot! If my memory serves me correctly I usually came in first at least in the girls and I think I even beat some of the boys 🙂 At my senior banquet I won
the most athletic award. I loved doing all things sports. Fast forward 20 years. I always tried to exercise but having 4 kids in 7 years kinda put a damper on that. Plus I had one with all kinds of health issues so was constantly running to the dr and hospital. About 5 years ago I was a stressed mess and hated how I had let the weight pile on. So I started working out with my tentant who happened to be a personal trainer. We worked hard. I was seeing results, lost weight, etc. Then I broke my leg. Was so stubborn I didn’t go to the dr for 2.5 months and kept hobbling around. Long story short I ended up having to have surgery and all I worked for went down the crapper. Then I heard about this thing called the Spartan Race and I was fascinated. Sounded so so fun, but in my head I thought I can not do that. First of all I hate hiking and it requires a lot of that. Plus the obstacles looked hard. I am to weak, to out of shape, etc etc. I wanted to do it so badly but was afraid I couldn’t. I did sign up 3 times and something legitimately came up that I couldn’t do it but I was secretly relieved. Finally last year I sucked it up and decided to try one. 8 weeks post hysterectomy surgery. I did horrible!! Cried part way through because I was in such pain and wanted to quit. I was with an amazing group of people who wouldn’t let me give up and didn’t make me feel like I sucked (when I knew I did big time haha). Something happened when I finally crossed that finish line. I had faced my fears of failure, fear of thinking I couldn’t do it, fear of looking stupid and I had done it. I didn’t do it well, but I did it! It affected me so deeply. Not just physically but spiritually as well. You see my hubby and I were in the midst of a hard hard season. One that was scary, painful, frustrating. I was getting so discouraged in my personal life wanting to give up. Throw my hands in the air and walk away and say “This is to freakin hard! I don’t want to do this anymore!!” But just as I had people on that mountain cheering me on, yelling at me to not quit, the Holy Spirit was speaking to my heart at home cheering me on, yelling at me to not quit!! He would say to me “Melanie when you cross that finish line it will ALL be worth it!” Whether you are literally on a mountainside struggling to walk up black diamond carrying a sand bag or a figurative mountain in your life struggling through a hard season, keep putting one foot in front of the other and when you cross that finish line all that struggle will fade away. You may be a little bruised and beat up but the feeling of not giving up???? Priceless!! Your body and spirit may be beat down and bruised and bleeding, but when you give your life to Jesus, NO ONE and NOTHING can touch your soul! That part of you that when you have the assurance of salvation and know that when you breath your last on this earth you will be ushered across the finish line with the crowds of heaven cheering and Jesus greeting you saying “Well done!!!” I know we have heard it before but it such an encouraging thought, “it matters not how you start, but how you end” You may have started strong (or maybe haven’t started at all) but somewhere in the middle got off track, or it got hard and knocked you down and around and right now you are bruised and bleeding and maybe you walked off the course all together. Turn around, keep walking, keep fighting, do not give up, do not give in!!! You’ve got people in your corner cheering you on. And if you feel you don’t well then call me! I’ll yell at you 🙂 I’m pretty good at that according to my kids! So why do I do these races??? Well they make me face my fears and dig deep and do things I never thought I could do. You can do more than you think you can. Its usually our minds that hold us back. Plus its fun to crawl through mud once in awhile.
Hebrews 12:1 “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up and let us run with endurance the race God has set before us”

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