Are you kidding me?

Every so often people ask me something or say something to me that makes me want to respond with “are you kidding me?”. Now, I usually don’t say that because it might sound rude but I do think it sometimes and so I typically call my sister or a friend who would understand and relate the whole scenario to them so that I can finally unload with “are you kidding me?”. Yesterday I had one of those moments at the grocery store…I had a list and was picking up quite a few things when my phone rang and I found out that I needed to go in and work at the high school. Naturally this put me in hurry up mode and I sort of flew on thru Kroger (forgetting the choc syrup-sorry kids) and headed to the checkout. Murphy’s law would cause you to suspect that all the lines were busy but that wasn’t the case. I actually had several different cashiers try to get me to pick their line because they were empty. Feeling like it was going well, I began the process of checking out. The ladies were so nice and chatty with me so I responded in kind, while mentally calculating how long it would take me to get home, unload the food, put up the cold, get changed and get to school. And then….this very (stress very) nice older (stress older like my grandma’s age) lady began to help bag my food. I really wanted to bag it myself because I can be fast if necessary but she was determined to help me so what could I do? Anyway, did I mention that she’s an older lady? and that she has such bad arthritis that it makes me hurt to watch her? I see her all the time and she is always so pleasant but I feel so bad to have her doing anything for me because it looks painful…so I always chat with her pleasantly (yes, I can be nice) and then comes the moment when I want to say “are you kidding me?” It was when, after standing there itching to help but not being able to because she had me boxed out from the bags, that all the groceries were in the buggy and she turned to me and asked “do you need help out with that today?”

I know it’s her job but it takes everything in me not to look at her incredulously (extra points for word usage) and say “Are you kidding me? let me help you get a seat or can I get you something for your back, some pain killers or something?” this sweet little grandma lady wants to help me put my food in the car…I just can’t see that happening

Thank you Lord for people who do their jobs no matter what…and smile in the process

Never Too Busy

Have you ever prayed for God to use you and then gone about your day doing your thing, running all your errands, talking on the phone, doing laundry, working and all those other details that seem to make up most of our days…then that night you stop and wonder. “why didn’t God have something for me today?”

It seems like sometimes I know to commit my day to the Lord and ask Him to use me but then I forget to look around for what He is doing and jump in on His activity. It’s amazing how much He can and will use us when we are focused on Him throughout our days. The coolest thing happened when I was substituting the other day (if you want to get a dose of reality just spend the day at high school but that’s for another post:) anyway, I love teenagers and I was subbing for a class that took a test and then went to the library for a project. Everyone was doing their thing and so I sat at a table and was looking at a magazine. A girl from the class came up and asked me a question and I had that feeling like there was more going on so I kept talking to her and she sat down with me. We proceeded to have a great conversation about salvation and how you can know that you are really saved and what to do when you doubt your salvation. It was so cool to be involved in the activity of God at the local public high school. I see students all the time who are walking through the halls and they represent Christ to the world…makes me wonder how well I’m doing representing??

 Anyway, that day I had prayed for God to use me and He did. I’m so thankful for that opportunity and it challenges me (and hopefully you) to keep our eyes open and be willing to stop and talk to the people we come in contact with …because we never know who He has placed in our path and when we are too busy (maybe getting ready for Christmas?) then we will miss out on the blessings that come with being an instrument of His love.

Who is around you that needs a little Jesus? May we always take the time –because people matter to God.

Thankful

Thanksgiving is tomorrow and I always love this holiday in particular because I firmly believe that having an ‘attitude of gratitude’ so to speak, should be a way of life for us all the time…after all, He has done so much for us…anyway, so I love that we all stop and focus on giving thanks collectively the same day each year. This is going to be a tough year though because today, one of my dearest friends had to say goodbye to her sister after a long , hard battle with cancer. nothing really clears up our focus and reminds us to be thankful for every day and the people in our lives, like experiencing the death of a loved one or watching someone else deal with that.

 My heart is breaking for Kim and her family and I want so much to take some of their pain. I know that prayer is the best thing I can do for them right now and remembering almost the same situation in my own life reminds me that nothing can take the place of relationships….being able to tell a sister goodbye and know that you have “loved them well” as Julie put it today, is a huge comfort. Although we feel inadequate to even express any measure of help or comfort here and now, just knowing  that people love you and hurt for you is one of the ways that I think God makes himself real in our crisis times, so share your heart. 

As we all gather and celebrate thanksgiving, may we remember those who are struggling and hurting and may we all be more focused onthe people in our lives than we are on how the table looks or whether we forgot the cranberry sauce (i absolutely refuse to go to Kroger one more time).

God is good all the time and even when our hearts are sad or broken, He is there. Thank you Lord…

A great week

I had the wonderful opportunity to be involved in the Women’s Ministry National Leadership Forum this week at Lifeway and it was absolutely the best! There were women there from all over the country and I totally enjoyed getting to meet so many new friends. I want to offer major kudos to Chris, Paige, Darlene and the other Lifeway women who did so much to make the event happen. With over 800 people there–it was quite an accomplishment:)

 It seems as if the forum just gets better and better each year. I know that God spoke to me quite clearly about some things in my life and I’m sure he did a work in so many others’ as well. I am grateful to have opportunities like these because no one gets us women like us women…know what I mean??

Getting to meet and chat with some of the great authors that Lifeway works with was a treat as well as getting to hear a rhema from one of my favs Kay Arthur…she just rocks my world when she gets going….of course, its so much that I’m still processing all that now:)

I was also completely blessed by all the women from LHBC who were volunteers and helped make it happen. Ya’ll are the best and you served the Lord faithfully with a smile–I love you ladies!  For all the new people who I crossed paths with this week–consider this a big shout out to you–it was great to get to know you and to hear what God is doing in your ministries all over the US and Canada—keep the faith girls!

 If you got a Word this week…feel free to share it, I love hearing what God is doing in people’s lives.