Forward

Ya’ll,

Life is… I have no words to describe what life is. There are too many words that could fit the job as a descriptor. You know how the Lord puts people, places, and opportunities at your feet and you can either acknowledge them and melt into His provisions, or you could stress out and dread making one more choice, one more decision, so you just freeze and do nothing? I have been frozen. For a month. I’m finally coming out of it. Now we move forward. I come back to life. Like trees and flowers in the Spring time. But it’s FALL and THERE ARE PUMPKINS EVERYWHERE. So, an even better time to wake up from a hazy, frozen soul sleep.

Let me tell ya’ll a little story. Will’s momma and I were not initially the kindest of people towards each other. It is really hard learning new roles of life. I have no doubt it was hard to learn that Will was going to be moving forward and leaning on his wife instead of his mom. It was hard for me to learn that it was ok to let down my guard once the Lord began healing our broken relationship. Now, we’re moving forward. We’re moving into a truly divinely sweet relationship; one of grace, forgiveness, laughter, and adventure. I could not be more thankful that we can smile and giggle and give each other looks when someone else is talking… our husbands… and know exactly what the other thinks. It’s SO fun, ya’ll.

My Mother-in-Law has had a rollercoaster life. She’s strong; she’s always up for adventure and new things; she’s silly and just wants to be loved. I’m honored she is letting me come into her life, her heart, her home, and her secrets.

She was a nurse. She cares for her husband. She aches for the moments they get to share and love on each other. They’ve been through a lot, too. The Lord has worked and moved mountains in their marriage, their words, their thoughts, and their times spent together, and apart. I am honored I get to watch them grow in His love and goodness and blessings and promises. Moving forward. It is what we have to do in this life, right? Moving forward… not letting ourselves become frozen humans because our focus is not where it should be?

My Mother-in-Law has started a fun business. A business that allows her true passions and loves to shine, through the way she spends her time. She’s no longer stuck behind a desk, or running around like mad for someone else. She’s prioritizing her time. She gets to spend quality time with those she loves, instead of only being able to give the leftovers of her time and emotions. Her joy radiates. I’m honored I get to be a part of it.

Her business provides time. Time for others to laugh, smile, to breathe, and to relax. Folks get to be creative, and silly, and meet new people. Her business is KimmieB and Me. Visit her on Facebook. She would LOVE to meet with you, visit with you, over paint and coffee. We bond with coffee, too. Coffee is the magic of life. Amen?

Forward. What a key word to life. A frozen heart, mind, and soul are not what God promises. He promises joy in the midst of suffering, direction in times of question, and comfort in times of need. Though God promises a difficult life when we follow His ways, His path for our lives, what other choice do we really have? I love Will so much… I followed him to an island in the middle of nowhere; sold everything, left everyone. To move forward. Forward in our hopes, dreams, and callings. If we love the Lord as much as, even more so than, we love those we call family, friends, our people… shouldn’t we move forward just as easily with Him to forward His hopes, dreams, and callings for our lives?

I’m preaching to myself right now, ya’ll. Trust me. It’s been a difficult month; we’ve made more decisions, had more questions, and more late night giggles this month than we have had in a VERY long time. But the Lord is working. He’s always working things out for the good of those who love Him. Move. Forward. Yes, Jesus, I get it. Thank you.

Till next time!

Something

Ya’ll,

Can I just tell you how awesome it is that I can watch my church from back home in the Caribbean?! Technology is really awesome sometimes! Also, we made sweet peach tea last night because I brought tea bags in my luggage this time, and it’s the best thing since we brought back deer sausage. Take that, not stocked grocery stores!!

The sermon this morning at our church back home was on doing something. Isn’t that cool? Will and I talk so often on this topic. Doing something in the power of the Holy Spirit. Trusting the Lord with your whole heart and going on an adventure. Life is SO much more than routines, the daily grind, the 9-5 job. The Lord instructed us all to do something. To be His hands, feet, and heart for the world. What happened to the miraculous faith of the apostles that empowered them to heal the lame and blind and possessed? No pressure, right?

I think we get so used to being comfortable, in knowing what to expect because we’ve planned every second, which quickly adds up to years. Years of not acting on the whispers our heart hears. Man. We’ve all been there. I’m there all the time. But when I do listen and give the Lord my plans… He inspires me, provides for me, and guides me in what He wants me to do. And words just come out. Words I’d never think of speaking out loud. People come who need help, a shoulder to cry on. Acting doesn’t have to be a super awesome action packed mission trip across the world. It can be in your own home, your own city, your own office, your own state, your own country. We just have to start. Start reaching out to your neighbor, your boss, your friends, your families. The folks on the streets begging for a bite to eat, a real conversation.

The hardest part in doing something is starting that doing. Saying the first word, taking that first step towards a stranger or a loved one. But the Lord gave us power, a power no one else in the world has. Holy Spirit. That Spirit gives us the power, the courage, the confidence, and the wisdom we will need when we step out. You’ll be SO shocked when you start doing stuff and the Lord just comes out. Kinda like when ya get older and your mom starts coming out?! Come on. I know you know what I’m talking about. My dad came out the other day when I told someone to adapt and overcome… because what else are ya gonna do on a tropical island in the middle of nowhere?!?!

Jesus is enough, ya’ll. What if we stopped getting stuck with our head in the clouds looking for Him, and started seeing Him in our relationships? In our co-workers? In our friends? In the ones who know there’s something else out there but just don’t really know what that something is?

The speaker this morning also said something else that hit me straight in the soul. Once you start, you will find something. Holy Spirit will nudge you, and the Lord will provide the way. Shoot. Straight to the soul, huh? What if finding your calling is really when you just start acting on the whispers, the nudges, the tugs. What if your calling finds you in the doing? Again I say, shoot.

Till next time ya’ll! Fix some sweet peach tea and enjoy your day!