TRUST IN THE LORD, and do good; dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness.
DELIGHT YOURSELF IN THE LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.
COMMIT YOUR WAY TO THE LORD; trust in him, and he will act.
BE STILL BEFORE THE LORD & WAIT PATIENTLY FOR HIM; fret not yourself over the one who prospers in his way.
TRUST in the Lord
To trust in the Lord is to trust that where you are right now is for your ultimate good and for His glory. Trust that his timing is perfect, his ways are higher, and He would never do anything to harm you. You can trust that when trials come, you can choose joy, knowing that your faith is being refined. When you walk in the light, you can trust the Lord and His plan knowing that no matter what the outcome, you are being molded into the image of His son, Jesus Christ.
DELIGHT yourself in the Lord
To delight in means take great pleasure, joy, and satisfaction in something. This means recognizing that our greatest source of joy, pleasure and satisfaction is found in the presence of the Lord. It’s found in those quiet mornings with my hot cup of tea, journal and Bible preparing for the day. It’s found in the moments of total surrender during worship when we sing his praises. And most of all when we dive into His word and discover the truth that sets us free.
COMMIT your way to the Lord
I am so thankful that the Lord has lovingly taught me to commit my way to him, it hasn’t been easy at all, but it’s so good. For me this means being vulnerable with people, being fully myself, and risking getting hurt. Risking being human and making mistakes, and humbly admitting I’m wrong and hoping grace is given to me when I don’t deserve it. It means placing my hope in Christ and not in man. It means knowing that no matter what the outcome of a relationship, that the Lord’s plan for me doesn’t change. It means trusting that when I feel disappointing or upset about the way life is going, I can have hope knowing that the Lord’s plan is still the same. For me, committing my way to the Lord means I am free to live life, a full life.
BE STILL before the Lord & patiently wait for Him.
If you know me at all, I am only still when I’m sleeping. And patience is something the Lord has been developing in me since the day I was born. I think this part of the text is meaning that we don’t have to do anything but walk in daily obedience. I don’t have to try and manipulate God’s plan or do things out of selfish gain, but I can simply obey Him and wait for Him to move. He is faithful and good, and I do not need to play God and bring something about because I want it. I can only be still and know that in his perfect time and providence, He will move. I can only give the Lord today, right now, and in that I will wait for Him. He knows the desires of my heart, my fears, my hopes, & in my trust, delight, and commitment to Him, He will move. He will do far more in and through me then I ever can.
I love change, I embrace it, and am the type of person who is always looking for new things to try, new places to explore, and new ways to learn and grow. But sometimes I am so used to my old familiar ways that I miss the change that has already taken place within my heart.
The Lord is so loving and gracious to sweetly convict me and show me that change, and remind me of the new creation I have become and am still being molded into.
Growing up, even in the past couple of years, the last thing I loved to do was clean the house, do the dishes, cook. Now when I get home, I look forward to picking up after the mess my brother leaves in the living room and in the kitchen. I enjoy washing dishes, and especially cooking a meal for us. When visiting a house full of boys, I immediately head for the kitchen anxious to clean what little mess they usually have. I love serving them, and am so willing to do whatever they ask. Even making a quick dinner that doesn’t get eaten. I don’t complain as much, I do my best to serve and love expecting nothing in return and the more I become like Christ, the more natural these things flow out of me.
I recently realized through the Lord’s loving conviction that I am naturally nurturing, I am naturally loving. I was so consumed with my independence and my self righteousness that I didn’t even see the change in me that I was already naturally living out. As much I don’t want to admit it, I look forward to the day when I can come home and take care of someone, and eventually someone’s. I can’t wait to have a clean home, do the laundry, cook a healthy dinner, to have a garden! I look forward to Saturday morning walks with the dog, and brunch with hot tea. I can’t wait to grocery shop for more than one person. And I am most looking forward to the days when I am snuggled in bed hearing about my husband’s day, his passions, and learning more about how I can better serve him and honor him.
The point I’m getting at, is that it’s intrinsically who I am. The more I seek the Lord, become like him, the more these desires foster, the more I naturally live out this motherly attitude. I’m not saying I’m ready to be married and have kids tomorrow, but I am saying that I now realize that, hey, I could be a wife if God calls me to that, I could handle being a mom if God calls me to that too. And I’m not afraid of that potential Change. Why? Because I love change, and I know that the Lord will be with me to lead and guide me in every season, just as he faithfully has my full 23 years of life.
If you’ve never read my blog post, this is the ONE YOU NEED TO READ. So stop, take a few minutes and read along
July 2009- I am in the Philippines serving at KIM Orphanage along side a group of DBU friends and with a group of youth from the church I served at in Hong Kong. We put on what we planned would be a ‘mini’ VBS for the orphans while there. We planned for about 150 kids a day, which turned into over 200 easily. The orphanage was neighboring a slum area in the Philippines and many of the children from the streets would come join our events. I remember asking a gentlemen who worked at the Orphanage, “Where are these childrens parents? They all seem to be alone taking care of eachother.” His response was, “Many of them have just one parent, a mother who has to go and find work by digging in the trash for things to sell or selling her body to provide for her children, for that reason the children are left alone.” Another time the owner of the orphanage told me the need they had for someone to pour into and mentor the older girls above the age of 11 at the orphanage. After 12 years old, if not adopted, many of them are manipulated into sex trafficking or prostitution to support themselves. In that moment, I had the vision of doing something to help these women. The mother who is fighting to support her family, the orphan who is caught in sex trafficking. In the Philippines the Lord gave me this vision:
I am made to start a business where half of the profit would go towards existing organizations that support and help stop social injustice women face.
November 2009- Yes a year and a half later, in my old apartment on my queen size bed talking with an old friend, Emily Means, about life, purpose and our dreams. I shared with her my vision and dream of helping women, she shared with me similar dreams for stopping social injustice on the legal side of things. After much discussion I realized that I needed to sell a product. Not just any product, something that people will always need over time, something they will buy, something that will create awareness. In a joking way, Emily suggested that I design and sell my own brand of women’s underwear and mens boxers. I immediately knew that’s what I would sell.
I am made to start a business that sells underwear, a spin off of the social injustice these women face, where people can buy my product and know that half of their proceeds are helping stop social injustice women face locally, and globally.
Tonight- I had coffee/conversation with an amazing man and friend, Jon Pendegrass. As we began the night, I didn’t know what it would entail, but sitting at home now, I am amazed at how God has used tonight to inspire me to bring my vision into motion. To be honest I am stealing this blog title and even inspiration for it from this blog post from Jon, http://breakdownministries.wordpress.com/2011/02/02/vision-in-motion-jon-pendergrass/, after reading my blog, then go back and read his ;)
Tonight the Lord used Jon to remind me again of that vision I had two years ago. Like myself Jon had a vision and a dream to do something with purpose and with eternal reward. He is founder and president of Breakdown Ministries that is growing at a rapid rate and has the favor of the Lord. Jon encouraged me tonight to tell my vision with people, be pro-active and put this vision into action. I plan to do just that.
If you are reading this, and are having a stirring in your heart, a desire to help with my vision, I can use you! The Kingdom can use you! Contact me, and together we can change the world.
It’s much overdue, but worth the wait I assure you. So without further a due, lets recap the adventures that were my Holiday Season :)
My Holiday began with a much needed reunion! THE Megan Liss was in Texas and we got together and caught up before the Christmas break :) It was WONDERFUL!
The four roomies/ runners were together for a night, just missing our fifth pitsburgh girl Laura Mucho!!
My next stop on my break was to my sister’s house in Austin to spend a few days with her and pick up these precious jems :)
We survived 9 hours in a car together! and I took these girls home with me to Hereford where we hung out with Uncle Moe :)
And had Menudo on Christmas Eve
We opened gifts Christmas Eve as usual :)
We had a wonderful Christmas, it even snowed ALL DAY Christmas Day! Here are the girls in their Christmas Day outfits!
New Years Eve I had a lovely brunch in the Bishop Arts District with some of my favorite Ladies!
Then I was back off to Austin for New Years with my family!
Yes we sported our Manning Jersey’s and were a House Divided watching the Cowboys and Giants game.
The BEST part about New Years are Brunelo’s. If you have not had one, please make a Mexican friend and spend time with them on New Years Eve. It will change your life. :)
In a Nut shell, I drove A LOT over the break, but all to spend the Holiday Season with the people that mean the most to me. I love my family, love the holiday’s, and have so much to be grateful for. Now I’m back in Dallas until my next adventure!