Happy Worship Wednesday, sweet SHINE girls! I love Wednesdays...even more than usual!
Wednesdays are the days that our little SHINE small group meets. I love these women and their hearts for Jesus!
I encourage you to gather with some friends, and just talk about Jesus. It's the BEST ever. Really, it is.
On another note, MAN, do I have a story to share with you girls! I'm still fresh off of it all happening, so I may need a day or two to get my head back on straight. However, I will share it with you this week if possible.
Curious, aren't you? :)
Today, it is my pleasure to introduce a very good friend to you. If you have been reading SHINE for a while, you have already met her. And probably love her. Well, of course you do. ;)
Be blessed by my friend Leslie Jones today. I pray the Lord uses this post to speak to you, because it sure spoke to me.
By: Leslie Jones
|Leslie and her husband Hal|
Aren't they precious? :)
I've shared on Shine several times, each time bearing my soul. I think, if you follow Shine, you know me pretty well. I had a revelation about myself last night, I thought you needed an update...I'm weird. I mean really weird.
My husband is playing in a golf tournament this weekend. Last night I accompanied him to the tournament dinner. As we started thru the buffet line I passed on the first dish, Hawaiian chicken. The lady behind me asks, "Don't you want chicken? It looks great!". "I don't eat anything on the bone", I replied. The other meat option was a hamburger. Not my favorite, but I had to eat. "You missed the buns", my friend adds. "Oh, I'm not a big bread eater", I tell her. As she and I are sitting down with our husbands she says, "well maybe something on that beautiful dessert table with fill you up". I held my breath as my husband says, "Leslie doesn't eat processed sugar". Now this lady has heard it all.
Webster's dictionary defines "conviction" as "an unshakable belief in something without need for proof or evidence". Stay with me here...this post isn't an attempt to sway you to avoid eating anything on a bone! I simply shared that to show you how casual some of my own "convictions" are. I paid $20 for a hamburger patty , 2 slices of tomato and a glass of water. Even the cost couldn't sway me to eat something I usually wouldn't. I wondered after, am I this strong in my Biblical convictions? Or am I easily swayed? Food for thought, no pun intended.
I'd like to say I hate gossip, but when I'm around it do I stand strong?
I find myself blushing when I read or hear James 3:9, "With the same tongue we bless the Lord and curse men...".
I tell myself I have childlike faith but when overcome with fear am I fully trusting God?
I ask The Lord every morning to help me be more like Him, but can those around me see it?
I tell The Lord I want to be used of Him in everything but does my bank statement reflect that?
A popular scripture many of us have posted in our homes is from Joshua 24:15, "as for me and my house we will serve The Lord". I had this written on the chalkboard in our kitchen last week and I can't shake it. I wanted to share with you the context in which this famous line was said. When God parted the Jordan River Joshua led the people across it, when God tumbled the walls of Jericho it was Joshua who had led them around the city 7 times. It was Joshua who led the Israelites into The Promised Land. Right before Joshua died he gathered the people together and reminded them of all I just mentioned, and so many other things God had done in their lives. In spite of all God had done, all these people had seen God do, they still had pagan gods in their camp. They still had idols. This is when Joshua said, "But if serving The Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve. But as for me and my house, we will serve The Lord!"
I'd like to ask, "how could they witness so many miracles and still have idols in their camp?"...but am I much different? Gossip, ugly language, fear, worldly desires...I will stop there...
Today, serving The Lord seems desirable to me! I choose today to stand strong in my convictions, to not be swayed. To live each day for Him, no matter what the cost. Weird and all.