It has been a while since I have posted. I have not forgotten you, my dear readers, not at all. Life has been a whirlwind at worst, and a waterfall at best these past few months, but life has happened.
Spiritually, I’m walking through a dry place. There have been a few oases and juicy cacti along the way; therefore, I’m not dehydrated. I call this my prep-zone. For what? I don’t quite know yet, but God does and that is good enough for me. This is the place from which I write today – it may be super-spiritual or it may not be. I’ll let you decide.
Almost a month ago, our dog had puppies. We own both parents and it was an unintentional breeding. However, I am overjoyed at our bundles of joy! She had 5 beautiful pups, 3 boys and 2 girls. They all have forever homes when they are ready to go, and I am enjoying being a puppy grand-parent. They have been my focus for 3 1/2 weeks and now the real work will begin as we start the weaning and paper training process. They’ve developed teeth and discovered toes, so my feet aren’t safe!
I have also been busy finishing my next book. It is in the final edit process and I hope to have it published by the end of the month. I’m very excited about it. It is another devotional and I know it will bless many. I’m just in awe at the things God has done in my life with this. As a child I wanted to be a writer, among many other things, and to see this come to fruition is amazing. God truly is for me!
Along my journey in the dry place, I mentioned juicy cacti. Getting to the juice within has not been easy, yet it has been rewarding. I also mentioned life has happened. I won’t say life got in the way, it just happened. The way it always does. But, my journey and wrestle with life taught me a few things about my role as an intercessor and for that I am grateful.
- Distractions happen. I have learned that my flesh can be a distraction. I’m a Mama Bear, I will confess it. My daughter was injured in a car accident while on vacation her first few days there; the following week she waited out Hurricane Irma. During this time of a) my inability to comfort my adult child and kiss her booboos & b) my inability to hold her hand during inclement and dangerous weather, God taught me a very important lesson. He’s got this. He does. Trust goes much deeper when trusting from afar. And you know what? He had it. He did. She and family are currently on their way home. The raging storm within myself was the first to be calmed when I spoke to the storm.
- What I think I want and what God wants for me can often be different. I am okay with this. I recently thought I wanted a change in a particular area of my life. I put myself out there and searched for something new and different, and potentially more lucrative. I thought I found something, but there were warning bells going off. Now, I have ignored warning bells before and this time I took heed and paid attention. I may not know what my future looks like, but if God tells me to wait it out, then I am content to wait it out. I have rushed ahead before and eaten the fruit of it. Begrudgingly.
- I know what I am anointed to do. It’s not everything. I have always been the type of person to not ask for help because it is simply easier to do it myself and therefore taking on way more than I should. Delegation was never my strength. I am learning that I do have limitations. I wasn’t gifted in all areas and “no” is an anointed word. It is okay to hand something off to someone either more qualified, or simply has the time to take care of it. Keeping my peace is easier now.
Everyone’s calling is different. The basics of ministry may be similar, but the details are suited to the individual. I am reaching a place where conventional kisses unconventional and I am okay with the outcome. I’ve never been one to stick to the norm, I like peculiar and expressive things. I’m not everyone’s cup of tea, but I’m His. That is all that matters anyway. Heaven invades my earth and I embrace it with my arms wide open. Jesus told us not to worry, He didn’t suggest it. So what He said, I will do. It makes life so much easier when life happens. I’m advancing the Kingdom. One. Unique. Step. At. A. Time.