If you’re not out helping to boost the economy with all the other shoppers on Black Friday, you may just want to snuggle up with some hot chocolate and think about being grateful. So… can I join you? Let’s get real about gratefulness.
But, first, I need to get real about anger… because anger keeps us from gratefulness.
In most cities, fluoride flows through the city water system. But, in Las Cruces, I think the water is caffeinated!! These Fresh Grounded women were on fire! They came from Texas, Arizona and all over New Mexico — different ages, different races, different denominations… but one thing in common… these women were full of the love of God!
Sparks were already flying when Liz Curtis Higgs and I arrived at the church. We were greeted by cheers, hoots and hollers from over 170 volunteers who were gathered just outside the sanctuary.
He seemed like such a sweet guy, but it got kind of awkward when he came to our table five different times to tell us we glowed.
Yes, glowed. He said we glowed.
He was our server and as he handed us our menus, he paused, cleared his throat and acted like he had just been struck by lightning! “I just have to stop and tell you that you glow. If nobody has ever told you, I am telling you now, you have this glow about you.”
Now, if Moses had been sitting there with us at lunch, the server’s obsession with our glow would have made more sense. (Exodus 34:29-35) But, it was just us! My friend Callen and I giggled but he interrupted and told us he was totally serious.
Oh girls. What a weekend! These past several weeks have been such a whirlwind, but wow. Last weekend we were in Springfield, IL for Fresh Grounded Faith, and those ladies? So sweet, so unified, so ready to step in and step up and serve and worship. Such a blessing!
I can’t say it enough, and especially after all the election stuff, it was so refreshing to witness these women come together in unity for one purpose.
Mean girls grow up. It sure would be nice if all those years of living would make a mean girl a gentler woman, but sometimes, the mean girl just grows into a mean woman. I know this because I got an email from one of them. I never met her and she doesn’t know me, but after she read my bio from my website, she felt the need to give me the what for!
And, can I be honest? I felt the same need. Let me give you an excerpt of her note to me and then, I’ll give you my response. My response may help you the next time you deal with a mean girl who grew up without maturing.
Oh, girls… where do I start? This past weekend was Fresh Grounded Faith in my hometown of Springfield, and I am just praising and thanking the Lord today for how He worked in our hearts. All of us. From beginning to end, His presence was so evident and I will never forget it.
You skip breakfast. You’re late for work. You forgot to pack little Joey’s lunch. Your laundry basket is a Mt. Everest of dirty clothes. Your Dad is in the hospital. You can’t seem to get the groceries bought. You still haven’t returned that growing list of phone calls and text messages. Your mother needs you. Your friend needs you. Your husband needs you. Your kids need you. Your boss needs you… you need to be cloned or counseled or consoled or caught up in the air to meet the Lord!
“Rapture me Lord!”
You feel stressed. You feel guilty. You feel… overwhelmed!
Oh, oh, oh… I have a beautiful plan for your life… well, at least for 7 days of your life!!
It’s a get away with a take away and I planned each day of it with you in mind!
I’ll be your host for this unforgettable all-inclusive vacation. Below you’ll read how I’ve designed it with just the right amount of fun, just the right amount of inspiration — the perfect blend to make it a week of relaxation for you!
Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “People only see what they are prepared to see.”
How do you see the world?
In this time of fear and darkness and suspicion, it can be easy to see the world as depressing and scary. You watch the news or read the headlines and brace yourself, preparing to see the worst, right? I get it… I do — it can be pretty dark out there, but can you still see beauty and goodness and hope too?
You can if you are prepared to. So, I ask again, how do you see the world?
I’m just getting back home from Fresh Grounded Faith in Fredericksburg, and what a weekend it was! From the time we landed until we were headed home, it was so clear how the Lord was working, and I’ve been reflecting on that ever since.
On Friday night, Meredith Andrews was set to open our praise and worship time, but her accompanist’s flight was delayed. Poor Chris! But God had provided before we even knew we had the need — our local conference coordinator, Angela Donadio, is a very talented pianist and was able to fill in until Chris could get there. Wow, right??