Saturday, July 31, 2010

Do you really believe?

It is Saturday morning and I'm in Waco...

My sweet friend and old roommate, Leah, is getting married today!

I'd not been able to meet Mark, her fiance, until last night....and I must say. He is the cream. of. the. crop.

WOW!

At the rehearsal dinner- there was a time for people to go around and share stories/memories/encouragement to the couple.

Guy, after guy, after guy, after family member, after family member stood up and shared stories of Mark's integrity, his character....his love for the Lord.

Leah....you are marrying a good man. WOW!

And Mark is one lucky guy. The laughter....the excitement....the joy you bring to life.....He is in for a TREAT!!! :-)

As I was driving to Waco yesterday I was listening to talk radio and heard something that triggered something in my heart. The guy talking was hosting an interview- and he asked the couple on the show...."Do you REALLLLLY believe that?"

(i don't really even know what they were talking about but go with me for a second.)

In my heart- I heard the Lord ask....."Minda. Do you REALLLLY believe that I raised Jesus from the dead?"

I was like 'Ummmmm. welllll. YES!"

Then all I heard was this: "Minda....if I can do something as insane/crazy/amazing/impossible as raise Jesus from the dead....if you REALLY think I did that....then why don't you believe that I will bring the right man into your life...one that will be crazy about you?"

*cricket....cricket....*

Touche, God, touche.

See, I may or may not have gotten to the point where I just don't pray for that anymore. I don't pray for him to come (whoever 'he' may be)....I have felt for a while that if I DO get married that it will be one of those "well- i'm 40- you're 40- we're not married- lets just get married' type of situations. That he wouldn't be crazy about me....that he wouldn't be crazy in love with me and who I am...

It's not that I'd given up hope, per say....but that I just didn't think I was being reasonable anymore by wanting those things.

cynical? Yes. Are you wanting to bash through your computer screen right now and scream at me and say "Minda! You're believing lies?!??!"

Yeah, I know.

But after my drive yesterday....

I'm challenged.

If my God can conquer death...hell....the grave....and can bring to life a man that was beaten, scorned, and crucified for my sins....because HE loves me that much....

I will believe that He can bring a man into my life that will be crazy about me :-)

What are you needing to believe in? If you believe God REALLLLLLY raised Jesus from the dead- what do you need to reevaluate in your own life and believe Him for?

Happy Saturday, friends.

"now to Him who is able to do more than we can ask or imagine....."

Thursday, July 29, 2010

He said, she said.......

Do you ever have conversations with God in which they go something like this....?

I say "....."

He says "....."

I say...."uh......ok, you're right."

All He has to do is say one word and immediately He's trumped me. I can't respond. I know He's right.

Yeah. That happened....AGAIN today.

I know He's right.

I was wrong.

I'm glad He's in charge of my life and



Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Desire

Psalm 73: 21-26
When my heart was grieved and my spirit embittered, I was senseless and ignorant; I was a brute beast before you. Yet I am always with you. You hold me by my right hand. You guide me with your counsel and afterward you will take me into glory. Whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you. My flesh and heart may fail but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.


Yesterday was a day. I didn't start my day with Jesus- and by 8:30am it was OH SO EVIDENT. I have found that I'm a much nicer person to be around if I've spent time with Jesus. :-)

Last week at Seven- Tim Ross was speaking in place of Preston while he's on vacation with his family. Whenever Tim comes to Seven....you better believe we get excited.

His message title was "The Power of Change."

He talked about how the children of Israel had been taken out of Egypt....but Egypt had not been taken out of them...so to speak.

In the same way- when we become followers of Christ- for some people- that involves walking down an aisle at a church- making a decision- and their heart TRULY is changed. But their mindset does not.

The children of Israel- their mindset had not changed. Their location had changed. Their prayer had been answered. But their mindset had not changed with their circumstance. They continued to sin against God. Which in Romans- we are told that we have to renew our mind....and for some of us (ME ME ME) that is a daily basis. Our heart may change- but our mindset has to be told to follow.

So- if I'm not renewing my mind- and telling it to come into agreement with my heart...and with the Word of God....how long will I continue to spin in circles like the Israelites? Will I allow it to happen for 40 years? Will I allow myself to face the same battles every day just because I'm not renewing my mind?

No!

I want so badly to find myself in a place of wholeness- of complete satisfaction with God and who He is.

In Matthew- the devil came and tempted Jesus after he'd spent 40 days fasting. He KNEW Jesus was hungry. That was a legitimate desire. But he'd tried to get Jesus to satisfy that desire in an illegitimate way. (turning the stone to bread)....

Tim asked us: How many stones have YOU turned to bread all because you were trying to satisfy a legitimate desire? Don't allow the devil to tempt you to satisfy a legitimate desire in an illegitimate way.


The Israelites who were brought out of Egypt had to die and a new generation had to be raised up in order for a new mindset to be instilled in God's people.

I don't want my mindset to keep me from experiencing all that He has for me.

Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world- but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is. His good, pleasing, and perfect will. Romans 12:2

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