Answering a Heart-Pounding Call

It was one of those moments when I knew the Lord was speaking to me. I felt a flush of emotion and a little bit of heart-pounding. I could not concentrate on the dialog going on around me. Something was stirring in me.

I had just previewed the movie War Room with members of America’s National Prayer Committee. It is a powerful story of an older woman intentionally investing in the life of a younger woman by mentoring her in prayer. One of the producers of the movie joined us for a question-and-answer time—and to hear our feedback.  But I was having trouble joining in the conversation because my mind was taken over by conviction from the Holy Spirit.

The Invitation, Initiation and Expectation

As I shared in my last blog post, my word for 2018 is COME. It’s amazing how God has revealed more of Himself through this word that He speaks all throughout the Bible.

It’s an invitation on our part to “come” when Jesus calls us but we also invite Him to “come” and breathe His life into every area of our lives.

It takes initiation on both parties.

And we need to know that there is an expectation from both parties – Belief and Action.

Feeling Known

Have you ever felt lonely in church? I have. My husband was in the military, and we moved nine times in seventeen years. It seemed like we were always at a new church. When he was away on assignment, I’d sit in church alone. Even when the worship was lovely and the sermon inspiring, a little part of me wanted to run home—I’m not known here. People said pleasant things to me, but they had no way of relating to me directly, because … of course … they knew nothing about me. Even in a loving crowd, I often felt alone.

COME

As I sat down and had intentional time with Jesus the last few days of 2017, I asked Him what my word for 2018 should be. I had some ideas that I was thinking about, but it’s amazing to watch Him specifically answer when I specifically ask.

He showed me a word that wasn’t on my list yet and all of the sudden it jumped off the pages afresh as I was reading through Isaiah:  COME

The Ripple-Effect Investment

Last week I had one of those weeks where I was doing a lot but I began to think, “Does any of this make a difference?”

Do you ever feel that way? Your wheels are spinning, your to-do list is long, and you stop to gain perspective . . .”will this really matter for eternity?”