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The Woman that Reached

 

 

 

She slipped in from behind and touched His robe. She was thinking to herself, "If I can put my finger on his robe, I will get well."  The moment she did it, the flow of blood dried up.  She could feel the change and knew her plague was over and done with.

Mark 5:27-29

The story of the woman that bled for twelve years, then reached out and touched Jesus is the story so many of us have.  I know I do. I have felt like I'm literally bleeding to death, emotionally, physically, and spiritually, just like this woman who I imagine felt like she was ready to give up due to the constant flow of blood she dealt with.  She was oozing with pain. In her culture, because of her condition, she was a reject. She was a desperate woman in need of a miracle.

I've been thinking about this story a lot this week. And, I want to ask you this: Where are you reaching?  Everyone has something, and everyone needs to reach for help, where is your reach aiming?  I've reached lots of places, all of them futile until I reached for Jesus. He fills the empty spaces, He heals the wounded and the bruised hearts, he gives the strength that is needed to walk the journey of life. In my desperation, He reached back. 

Today, don't be afraid to reach out, and notice the change.

 

The Pink Flamingo

The Holy Spirit put steel in your convictions.

1 Thessolians 1:5

Recently, I visited the zoo with my family. Near the end of our zoo trek, I stopped to take a closer look at the flamingos.  I've been to the zoo many times, but I've never actually taken the time to just watch the flamingos. As I gazed at these elegant birds one of the first things I noticed was their legs.  They look like rebar with big pink knee pads on them! Rebar is steel that is often used to add strength to concrete. Now, eventhough flamingos  are not a heavy bird, they only weigh between 4-8 pounds, their legs are a picture of steel. 

So, I did a little research on flamingos.  First of all, back in 1957, the plastic flamingo was introduced and started to show up in front yards.  For years I remember driving through neighborhoods and being intrigued as well as joking about the plastic flamingos.  Now, they are retro, and they've started popping up again.

Another interesting fact about flamingos, is they are only pink because of what they eat. They love shrimp!  They also love each other, and they stay in flocks of sometimes hundreds.  They like to talk to each other. They are individual enough to come up with their own version of the mating dance. Mates share the responsibility of laying on their egg and feeding their baby.

So now, maybe you know a little more about flamingos! My fascination was their rebar legs, which has made me consider the strength of my own legs, and my own convictions--are they as strong as steel? And, what about yours?  When the pressure is on, do you waver, or are you able to stand strong with the convictions the Spirit has given you?  

Also, I have asked myself about my color. Just like the flamingo who is born white or grey but turns pink due to it's food intake, I have pondered my intake and how it shows on the outside. Are my convictions firm enough to reflect my color?

And then, last but not least, do I dance with my community?  How do you reflect your individuality in your community? Are you standing strong and sharing equally, or taking on too much?

So, now I want a plastic pink flamingo in my yard! 

Image Bearer

 
 
 
 
 
 God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him, male and female he created them.
Genesis 1:27
 
David says this:
Yet You have made him a little lower than God, and You crown him with glory and majesty! You make him to rule the works of Your hands; You put all things under his feet.
Psalms 8:5-6
 
God created Eve to be His Image Bearer. He was calling her into a deep intimate relationship with Him, a long walk. A life time journey. He wanted her to study Him. He called her to make Him her center. 
She was also called to walked daily with her husband and be in relationship with him, but he was not the one that determined who she was! She was not called to reflect Adam, she was called to reflect God.
And, together, they were crowned with glory and majesty. Together they ruled the works of God's hands, together it was under their feet.
Eve was called to be a helper (ezer)  Genesis 2:18
Ezer is used sixteen times in the old testament, and means "strong helper" as in Warrior!
Adam was alone, and he needed a warrior by his side. Someone strong, someone that could lead at times, make wise decisions, share God's Word with all people, fight, and play. There's no way he could've done it alone.
No man can stand alone.
As a strong woman with a calling I know that my purpose is to be an Image Bearer and God's Warrior. This is His original design. His calling on my life has purposed me to speak His truth to all people when His Spirit prompts me to do so. 
Because He has crowned me with glory and majesty, He has given me gifts to lead in battle, and that is good.
What will you do with your gifts and abilities that God has given you? How are you being an Image Bearer today? How does your ezer benefit others?
Father, thank you for creating me with strength in Your Image, show me how to continually speak Your truth!

Apples of Gold

A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver.

Proverbs 25:11

Words impact our lives. They can make us laugh, cry, ponder, and change. The words we speak mold our children, and influence our friends.

They bring life, or they bring death. 

My words have not always been golden, there are times that I have mispoke, or maybe not spoke at all. There have been so many times that I've missed the golden opportunity. And, sometimes I wish for golden words to be spoken to me, for they are like honey that drips through my heart with sweetness.

Today I want to encourage you to speak words that are golden apples. Infuse the people around you, your friends and family, with the brightness, sweetness, and richness of gold. Don't hide your gold, for those around you may be craving it's beauty.

God has fitly spoken words that are like golden apples to each one of us. He claims us as the apple of His eye.  He intentionally chose us to be His--forever. He has lavished us with a rich inheritance that is available now. He has crowned us with gold and pronounced us to be His Bride. He has repeated love to us, and given us power to do the same to others. He has blessed us with life, opportunity, hope, courage, bravery, and so much more. 

You hold the golden apple in your heart and hand, use it wisely!

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