Springtime Anointing

“The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the

right paths for his name’s sake.” – Psalm 23:1-3

In recent weeks I have commenced my days by going on a morning prayer-walk. The time is meant to simply get alone with the Lord with no distractions. With a house full of six children, finding spiritual solitude can be difficult. Though I love being home in the morning, hearing the giggles of my children and watching them scurry about as they prepare for their day, it is the wonderfulness of it all that can make getting alone not so easy to do. Certainly children should see parents pray, but I believe God calls us into a place and time where we can have uninterrupted, face-to-face communion with Him. So, outside I go, into the fresh, brisk, dewy air. Continue reading “Springtime Anointing”

The Image of a Small Group

“…He (Peter) went to the house of Mary the mother of John, also called Mark, where many people had gathered and were praying.” – Acts 12:12

Preparing for and walking through transition can be a fearful matter. For me, as I prepared to transition into the Community Department after spending nearly eighteen years in the Hospitality Department, fear was attempting to creep in.

I have walked through transitions before, and in so doing I have gained the experience of knowing what the Lord might do to ensure His glorious fingerprints are all over the process. Yet, in this instance, I felt my finite flesh attempting to overpower my faith and replace it with nervousness, discomfort, and doubt.

As the day of transition approached and as I prayerfully waited for God’s input, I seemed to increase my own anxiety over what to do by doing what I aught not to do – over-think everything. Then, at the height of my uncertainty and in His perfect timing, our most amazing and gracious Father did what He does best. He spoke life. Continue reading “The Image of a Small Group”