May 17, 2012

Thursday SHINE....

Today's Reading: Job 21

Good morning, SHINE sisters!

I feel like I have been in the blender this week. Literally. 

Anyone relate?

God has been mixing, chopping, and stirring this heart of mine. Sometimes, it is a very painful process to get to the right consistency that He wants for my heart to be.

But, oh girls, it is worth every bit of the pain. It truly is.

I say this with all honesty and sincerity. I don't want to be just a big, fat, messy pile of ingredients. I want to be a  beautiful mixture of God's plan for me. To get to that place though, I must be willing to be put in His blender at times.

To be mixed, pulsed, and pureed for the Glory of the Lord! All these big, ugly chunks in my heart and flesh need softened. A lot. A whole lot.

As I sat across the table from a dear friend of mine yesterday, the Lord clarified the purpose of this blending process.

With tears streaming down her face she said this: "I just wish that I had more friends that I could talk to about the Lord and that would give me wisdom and Truth. I need someone to speak Truth in my life and show me the right way. Someone who has been where I've been."

Girls!! I almost spit out my coffee. She is so right! That is exactly what we are missing!

She then proceeded to tell me that she was going to visit her Grandmother next week just so that she could sit in her presence and soak up some of her godly wisdom.

Next week?? Hello?! That is the soonest that she could find somewhere to turn for some good, honest, godly Truth?

Unfortunately, yes.

I looked her square in the eyes and told her that WE will be the generation that changes that. Our daughters and sons will not have to look high and low for an example to follow....WE will be their examples. We will speak God's Word and Truth to them. Daily.

I had chills up and down my spine as I spoke those words to her. I could feel the hand of God moving right then and there at that little booth in that little restaurant.

Let me encourage you for a minute, friends. If you have nowhere to turn, and not a soul in your life that speaks godly Truth and Wisdom to you, I want you to speak out loud today that YOU will change that. YOU will be the one that speaks Truth into someones life.  There will always be another girl that desperately needs to hear Truth. YOU will be the one that will tell it to her.

God is growing us into strong women! Girls, there is enough weakness in the world. The world (our children!) needs STRONG!

"The Joy of the Lord is my strength". Nehemiah 8:10

 He wants a generation of women that encourage each other, pray with each other, cry with each other, laugh with each other, and seek the Lord with each other.

Listen to me closely. If you do not have girlfriends in your life that you are walking this faith journey with, start praying today for some. Start by praying for just ONE godly friend. ONE person that you can go to when you need guidance.

I bet you my last tube of my favorite MAC lip gloss, that someone is WAITING to have a friend that encourages them too! Girls, somebody has to have the courage to take the first step!

Talk to someone today, get to know someone today, LISTEN to someones story today....they need YOU just as much as YOU need THEM.

“Share each other’s burdens, and in this way obey the law of Christ.”  Galatians 6:2

We have a little running group/bible study group here in Madison. Guess what? It had to start at some point, right? It just didn't come into existence. Someone had to show up in the parking lot and start running!

Someone had to say: "Hey! Let's get together and exercise and fellowship in the morning!"

Someone had to say: "Hey! While we're at it, let's meet tonight and study God's Word!"

Girls, if nobody else around you has the boldness to take the first step...guess what...YOU can!

You will be amazed at how many others will be right behind you! They too have been waiting on someone to take that step!

Girls, I want my daughter to always be able to come to me for encouragement and direction. I never want her to have to call her great aunt, her best friends mother, or pastor's wife, for some godly wisdom.

I am not saying that it is a bad thing to call on those people..I am saying that WE need to be those people! WE need to be the great aunt with the godly wisdom! Let's don't leave it to someone else to speak Truth to our children, WE have that great opportunity. Praise Jesus!

I am blessed to be surrounded by godly women of all ages. The Lord knew that I would need them due to my severe weaknesses.

The great thing about these women is that they lead me straight to Christ.

They don't say: "You should do this because I say so."

They say: "God's Word says this ________."

Mostly, they lead by example. They really do not even have to open their mouths. Their life is the testimony.

My friends and I had a girls trip a couple of weekends ago. On our last night there, we stood in a circle, held hands and PRAYED with each other! (on a girls trip!!) This was a FIRST for all of us! I left in complete amazement of how we were ALL growing in Christ together!! That image will be forever seared in my heart.

Listen closely. When we reach down to pull someone else up, someone has our other arm pulling us up further! Can you visualize the beauty of that?

Now visualize this: As we are pulling and raising each other up, the chain leads straight up to the Throne of Jesus. His arms are outstretched. Welcoming us straight into His arms. The arms of Truth.

"If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble." Ecclesiastes 4:10

Oh, girls. We can do this.

Not only can we do this, but we WILL do this!

reaching out,


"He gives strength to the weary,
and increases the power of the weak."
Isaiah 40:29


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  2. Thank you so much for this post. I am going through a major life change this week and I tend to fall into the pit during those times. This is a reminder that I need to seek out those that can give me Godly counsel NOW and not wait until they need to pull me out of the ditch. I tend to hide away when going through a tough time and I know that by seeking others out NOW I will have the tools to encourage others as they walk this same difficult walk. This was the first email I opened this morning. Just another reminder that our God is an awesome God!

  3. Thanks for posting this! We sure are blessed to have such Godly women in our lives. I woke up last night and while trying to go back asleep, I started thinking about our prayer requests last night. I found myself praying over each hand in this picture! Not just the ones with prayer requests, but each one. Then, I see this post and picture and understand why I prayed over ALL of them! So thankful for my friends!!

  4. ashley moon5/17/2012

    I am so blessed to have Godly people to go to in my life!!! Thank you Jill for being one of those people!! Love you <3

  5. Thank you Jill for sharing this and for being on of my Godly women! <3

  6. God help us, we WILL be the examples. We WILL be here for each other and as our children and children's children look to our actions, with God's help, we will be what they need to see and hear. God will perform it, we just have to keep the faith and trust in Him to allow Him to work it in us. It's a beautiful tapestry, girls; let's go for it.

  7. Oh, Jill. This is a precious picture of Love. I want to be a bridge for my friends to Christ, but I also want to be my own lightning rod in my relationship with Him. Like we have talked about before, I want the Lord to be able to reach me and I want to quiet myself before Him. This week, it has been harder than others. But, while we can be the vessel, we need a vessel sometimes, too. I praise God for the Word that we can access that healing power through Christ every. second. of. the. day.

    Love in Action Romans 12:9-13

    "Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality."

    (Triple Toe Touch!)

  8. Hey, Beka, I'm reminded of what your Mama said to me so long ago...not sure she even would remember...but she and I were talking and I was saying about what you were saying and had had a harder week than some. I began telling her about a dream...for want of a better word...some might say vision because I wasn't asleep...but I was looking out my kitchen window and it was a scene within the remember how it many trees then...and I saw a flood coming and people I knew were in the flood and I was going from person to person and resuscitating them ...becoming weary...and beginning to drown myself...then, she said, "Oh, Tedley, don't you see! We can't give out more than we take in! You were giving out to everyone all that you had, but you weren't being filled as you were emptying." The way Bobbie Jean Merck said it was, "We can't give out of our reservoir...we must learn to give out of our overflow." So good!! Just had to share! Thanks, Jill and all of the rest of you!!! <3

    1. That sound just like Glo! Love her!!!


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