Yep, everywhere I turn out here in this land called life I run into this thing called fear. Fear seems to be gripping this nation, this state, the town, and me these days.
What happens when one gets fearful? FREEZE! I think that’s the reaction for me.
I stop and ask God to help me deal with the fear… give it to Him. I stop and look around and listen closely for Him. Unfortunately, there are times the fear is so strong when I stop to look and listen all I can hear is my own racing heart.
So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. (Isaiah 41:10, NIV).
I have kept this verse on my blog for a couple of months now. I keep it there as a reminder to look to God in all of my circumstances. To remind myself not to cave in to this spirit of fear that is getting a grip on this nation. It’s a reminder that my strength comes from God and He will uphold me when times are tough.
It’s a reminder to me that there are many people out here living in fear. It’s partly my job and partly yours to lead people to hope and trust in the One who gives strength to all who ask.
Photo found Life at the Quinn Home. Great worship music here too.
We must get rid of the plague of the spirit of this religious age in which we live. In our Lord’s life there was none of the pressure and the rushing of tremendous activity that we regard so highly today, and a disciple is to be like His Master. The central point of the kingdom of Jesus Christ is a personal relationship with Him, not public usefulness to others.
…And if you waste your time in overactivity, instead of being immersed in the great fundamental truths of God’s redemption, then you will snap when the stress and strain do come. But if this time of soaking before God is being spent in getting rooted and grounded in Him, which may appear to be impractical, then you will remain true to Him whatever happens. (Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest, October 19).
Our active lives in the Kingdom need to be an overflow of the immersed life of the beliver in God’s truth found in private time with God.
I had the pleasure of meeting many of the fine Real Estate Agents at Keller Williams Realty Northwest. Dean and Amy Cochran are agents I have had the great pleasure of working with out of this office in the past. I don’t know another husband and wife team that works harder for their clients.
Even Adam is the band that stopped the traffic just off of Tennessee Street.
Even Adam have been playing together for a little over a year now. Their first concert was played at the Church at Woodland opening up for Casting Pearls now known as Vota. Even Adam has done ministry as well with Oakleaf Church, Paulding County YDC, and other local churches. Even Adam is always excited to play for the building up of the body of Christ. I will have a video of them up soon so check back to see and hear the sound.
More photos from today…
During the lunch break on Thursday I was standing there and Tim said something to me like this, “Are you OK? You look like you are in deep thought or something is bothering you…”
I was OK. I think I was stunned after that first message. Andy Stanley talked about 3 specific things and how they relate to doing ministry. They are: Forgiveness, Family, and Finances. God really got my attention right off the bat.
Just moments prior to Stanley’s talk I had a conversation about forgivenss. Then to hear Stanley talk about it I was dumb-founded. I was in shock… it was as if he had just read my mail… like he had been listening in on my conversation… this was such a God moment for me. Literally I thought I was the only one in the room. The element of Finances was the other key point to this power-packed threesome of points. As a family, we have made some decisions on this as well.
The mess was cleaned up with each message I heard afterward. Now that I am home I am trying to figure out what the purpose of all this was. I think I know. I am still praying through it. I want to do what thus says the LORD. I am making sure I’m not chasing after something Roye wants to do.
So I am back to making another decision. I know Joel would have you think the decision still centers on whether I should wear Boxers or Briefs. (If you need more info on this click here… then read the comments).
It’s kind of an exciting moment… not the choice of boxer or briefs. That decision has been already made.
So, while we are on the subject I think I will try out this new feature here on wordpress…
Alright, so why does someone have the blues after attending such an incredible conference? I don’t know… I guess I’m messed up.
There was so much covered during those two days. I have been able to apply some of what I have gained to my life at work. The 2 books I picked up are going to keep me moving forward on the “business” side of the conference. (Tribes by Seth Godin and Saving the World at Work by Tim Sanders) Still there is this unresolved portion of what happened while there.
I was reading Jayme’s blog this morning and she definitely hit on some of the nerve surrounding this that I feel. I highly encourage you to read it!
There’s an “emptiness” to what I feel now… some unfinished business maybe.
Joel read to us in our men’s group this morning Psalm 107. It’s the “cried out to the LORD” verses that keep ringing in my head right now.
I’m not sure I have really “cried out to the LORD” yet. It is time to…