"We ask this so that you will live the kind of lives that prove you belong to the Lord. Then you will want to please him in every way as you grow in producing every kind of good work by this knowledge about God."
-- Colossians 1:10 GOD'S WORD Translation
I'm fondly recalling my recent Spring 2012 Book Tour to Minnesota, Wisconsin, and North Dakota, where I met some of the nicest people! Thanks very much for coming out to spend time chatting with me, getting The Fiddler signed for yourself and your friends, and sharing Christ’s love. I also truly enjoyed the opportunity to give many library presentations. Thanks to the librarians—salt of the earth!—and to the seemingly “whole towns” that turned out.
This morning I have been pondering the verse above, wanting to share it with all of you...trusting God to continue His blessed work in all of our lives. When we imitate our Father in heaven, it is His great love that our families and those in our circle of friends experience.
And Mother’s Day is coming soon, an opportunity to celebrate the wonderful calling of motherhood. Many of you are new mothers this year. Oh, do I ever remember the bliss of holding our three little ones for the very first time as an adoptive mother! It seems like just yesterday.
There is something precious and amazing about a mother’s love...and a mother’s fervent prayers for her family. I believe prayer is our first calling as moms, and I love honoring that precious "call" on my own life after waiting years to finally lay eyes on our first baby, now a beautiful mother to her own little sweetie. Some of you mothers of grown children may also be delighting in holding your grandchildren this year. Such a gift!
Blessings to all the moms especially this lovely springtime month!
"The Lord, the only true God, has spoken. He has summoned the earth from where the sun rises to where it sets."
—Psalm 50:1 GOD'S WORD Translation
Just think of this for a moment with me: Our Creator God orders the movement of the planets, even those we have yet to discover. He alone is in charge of this vast universe. Almighty God governs the powerful tide and sets forth the times and the seasons, yet He knows the most minute details about us—even how many hairs we have on our head on any given day!
Our great Father in heaven cares intimately about and for us. About and for you! The God who spoke the world into existence is strong enough to lift our burdens and carry them away, no matter how heavy or complicated they seem to be. He can be trusted with the enormity of our life struggles. Join me in trusting Him today, in throwing our every concern, our greatest anxieties at His feet...and leaving them there.
In this month of renewal and springtime, will you turn over a new leaf and trust implicitly in our great God and loving Father?
"From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work."
—Ephesians 4:16 NIV
Quilting season is in full swing all across the many Plain communities in our country and in Canada. Deep winter, while the soil rests, is the ideal time for Amish and Mennonite women alike to create these beautiful works of art. There is ample time to set aside other chores and make piece work, lay out quilts, and fashion knotted comforters. Work is made fun by joining with others to produce the desired project. In this way, a dozen women sitting around a frame can finish off intricate quilting in a single day.
The body of Christ functions similarly when we come together in His name, working together and praying for one another. How much more effective can we be if we join hands and hearts for the work of our God?
"If any of you lack wisdom, you should pray to God, who will give it to you; because God gives generously and graciously to all."
Looking back on the old year gives us a wealth of insight; we see where a completely different decision might have made all the difference. Reflecting on the past gives us understanding that can only come from hindsight. But who wants to become stymied in the mire of what could have been, or what should have been—trapped by our mistakes?
Foresight is equally as important. It anticipates what is coming; it is vision. Foresight is active and points us forward.
As we move into 2012, which direction are we looking? Are we looking ahead with excitement to what this New Year holds, eager to embrace its possibilities? And, just as important, have we learned the lessons of 2011—are we kinder and more loving because of past struggles, pain, disappointment and/or hardship? Are we more patient, when patience counts? More generous... more understanding?
What if we made it our heart's work to bless others by praying deeply for everyone we encounter on a daily basis? What would our world look like this year if we did?