Sold Out!

sold-outRecently, I was sitting in a  coffee shop waiting for my two bible study sisters. Every week for our summer study we meet in a different coffee shop. It was unusual they were running late. I was just starting to wonder if I was in the wrong place when a man thrust his hand out me. “Hi, I’m Glen!” He beamed me a huge smile. His bright purple suspenders held up his blue jean shorts. But, what really caught my eye was the tattoo on his forehead, tucked ever so slightly under a few wispy gray bangs. In faded blue letters I read “Be Love.” It was subtle and yet it shouted out to me!

Now, I started to smile! Seated, I stood up so I could look into his light blue eyes, just about the same color as his tattoo. I shook his hand and said, “I’m Holly. It’s great to meet you, Glen! I like your tattoo.”

He replied jovially, “Thank you! I introduce myself to twenty-five people a day, just making friends.”

“Oh, that is great! I’m just waiting for a few of my friends.” He looked down at my tattered red leather-bound bible. Part of the cover was worn down and was starting to look a bit pink instead of red. Glen smiled and replied, “Oh that’s the good book with all of the truths in it. You can’t go wrong with this book.” I was going to say something in return, but Glen jumped in and whispered, “You know I learned the hard way. I thought BMW cars, fancy clothes and a mansion would bring me happiness. But they didn’t. Happiness and truth. It’s all in this book,” he said, tapping the cover with his finger.

My recent trip to Uganda flashed through my mind. None of those material possessions Glen mentioned meant anything to the Ugandan people. What meant the most to them were people and relationships. It was so evident in the way they would talk, laugh, hug and look you square in the eye when they spoke to you. The smell of my vanilla latte brought me back to reality.

I looked at his t-shirt with purple letters. I read: “To get love, be love.” Just then, my two bible study sisters walked up. I introduced Glen to them and then as quickly as he came he was gone.

In our study that day we were talking about surrendering to God. I had to really ponder the question: “Am I willing to pay the price of full surrender?”  Or, do I want the discounted price of not all in, maybe giving 75% to my Lord Jesus? Could it be the time is drawing short here on earth? I know one thing. God is looking for sold out and completely surrendered people to do His work and Be Love!

Be on guard. Stand firm in the faith. Be courageous. Be strong. And do everything with love.” {1 Cor. 16:13-14}

{originally published June 16, 2013 on  The Tapestry Network blog site}

Holy Smokes! (an excerpt from my Book “Reigning Fire: Discovering Holy Spirit Grace & Hope in Your Fiery Trials”

In the Israelites’ exile from Egypt into the wilderness, God showed Himself to Moses in the burning bush on Mt. Horeb. “The angel of the LORD appeared to him in a blazing fire from the midst of a bush; and he looked, and behold, the bush was burning with fire, yet the bush was not consumed. So Moses said, ‘I must turn aside now and see this marvelous sight, why the bush is not burned up’” (Exod. 3:2, 3 nasb). I’m sure Moses must have mused to himself, “This is so weird, even absurd. What does it mean?” God sometimes shows us oddities to get our attention. What is God doing in our lives that we must turn aside to see? Does it take a dramatic fire to get your attention? A burning bush had never appeared to Moses before. This was a truly unexpected event, in which God was communicating directly with Moses. Moses stopped what he was doing and took a step toward God. God sometimes uses unexpected events, people, and experiences to guide us to do His will. Primarily though, He uses His Word, the Bible, and the Holy Spirit’s direction to lead us into the fullness He has for us.

Just as God called Moses by name, He will call your name and speak gently to you, in the quietness of your heart and spirit, and help you discern His will for you. We must be intentional, though, once we’ve prayed to be mindful of what He is doing and where He is working and leading in our lives. Once God shows you what He is up to, you will have to make a decision. Will you join Him in His work? Will you immediately obey? Will you surrender to His perfect love? God knew us before we were born. He knows you now, today. He knows your future path. We can rest in His absolute, perfect love for us. Once you have this fact firmly planted in your heart, you will trust Him and even get excited that He has a plan that includes you! God wants to partner with you in life and ministry! God is looking for obedient followers who love to do His will and serve others.

The hardest part for me is to relax once I have surrendered. I have to remember that if it is indeed God’s plan for me, then He is going to make it (the event, the activity, the work, or the ministry) happen. He will make a way, make the timing work, and create the relationships all in His perfect timetable. I do not have to perform. I have to pray, show up, and be prepared. I have to relax in the Holy Spirit, knowing He will make my paths straight, as I trust Him with all of my heart. He will do the same for you, too!

Have a great day, surrendered and relaxed in His joyous love!

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