Archive | August 2012

Take Flight

Since I only had a few hours of sleep before arriving at the airport to return to Maryland, I thought I could dose off in the terminal for little while. However, my plans were soon interrupted by the commotion from the next section of seats. As my heart went out to the young women who was convulsively sobbing, I gathered my belongs, walked over and sat down next to her. “Sweetie, what’s wrong? Are you crying because you are missing your family?”

“No, I’m crying because I’m scared! I have never flown before!” she wailed.” Between sobs and sniffles I discovered her name was Tiffany, she was 18, and she had recently graduated. Her tears lessened as we began to talk about her plans for college, and before I boarded, I offered to save her a seat and pray with her before the flight took off.  She sniffled some more, blew her nose and smiled. “Thank you!  That would be really great!’

Although, she was still crying fifteen minutes later when she plopped down in the window seat beside me, she was thankful she was not alone.  I assured her the Lord knew what she needed, and during a lull of her repeating, “I’m so scared!” I prayed that not only would the Lord calm her fears, but also that she would embrace her first flight experience as an adventure.

As we rose in altitude I pointed to the clouds and reminded her to enjoy the journey. After that I became so engaged in conversation with the lady on the other side of me, I didn’t even notice when Tiffany stopped sniffling. However, every time I  glanced over she seemed absorbed with the view.  I even saw her taking a few photos. A couple of times when I inquired if she was OK, she responding with enthusiastic nods. 

After we landed I asked her what she thought. She smiled and eagerly answered, “I had never flown before!  I loved it! I didn’t know it was like this!”

There have been times in my life, when the fear of the unknown has not only reduced me to tears, but paralyzed me. I wanted to stay in the safety of the familiar when God wanted me to take flight and trust Him as He piloted me unto the next season. But just like Tiffany, when I faced my fears and embraced the adventure, I was able to look back and say, “I loved it!  I didn’t know it was like this!”

How about you?  Is God challenging you to leave the ground of complacency and take off into the unknown?  If so, I pray your fears would be calmed, and you would embrace the adventure that awaits you during your flight! Who knows, you might even have some great snapshots (testimonies) to share when you arrive at your next destination. 

“When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. Psalm 56:3 (NIV)”

“Have I not commanded you?  Be strong and courageous.  Do not afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go. Joshua 1:9 (NIV)”

Have a blessed Day!

Revisiting the Broken Places

Unencumbered Part II-Revisiting the broken places

Two months after I arrived in Maryland I took an unexpected detour to Texas after receiving a phone call that my mother was on life support. The Lord did so many amazing things during my Texas stay it would take me a year of blogs to share them all so I’ll just touch on some highlights from time to time.

When a dear sister in the Lord was praying for me one afternoon she said God was telling her I needed more healing from my childhood.  When I woke the next morning I heard in my spirit, Revisit the broken places!, and during the next 30 minutes the Lord spoke to me about the rebuilding of the wall of Jerusalem.

The children of Israel were taken into captivity because they rebelled against God.

Although many of the adults paid a price for their own rebellion, the children paid a price for the sins of their parents.

Revisiting the broken places not only brings about repentance, but healing from the wounds caused by others choices.

After Nehemiah heard from the Lord and received permission from the king to rebuild Jerusalem, he immediately encountered opposition. Nehemiah 4:7-8 …So much so, that that the workers had to carry swords as well as tools as they were repairing the wall. Nehemiah 4:17.

When God has us revisit the broken places in order to bring restoration so we can move forward, we will always face opposition. Like the Israelites we must fight with our sword (the Word of God) in one hand and work with our tools (learning truth, wise counsel etc…doing the hard work of facing our pain) in the other.  It’s through the combination of both that what has been destroyed, will be rebuilt.

Since restoration is an active process, a few nights before I left Texas, the Lord had me literally go around town with a dear friend of mine and visit some of the places where I had been broken during my childhood. As I prayed, cried, and received more truth, God healed some more damaged places in my heart, and I am much freer than before.

May the Lord bring you revelation to take you into restoration as you revisit the broken places and receive your healing to rebuild. And during the process, may you be girded with His strength, graced with His wisdom, and surrounded by His love.

Have a blessed day!

Jeannie Diane

Update (Unencumbered)

I often refer people I meet on the highways and byways of life to previous blogs, so it only makes sense that I resume posting since I haven’t written a blog since 2011.  Besides, this time around, Teresa, a wonderful Christian sister I recently met has offered to proofread for me.  The plan is to post a blog every Monday.  So we’ll see how that works and make adjustments if necessary.

Now for an update…

In one of my 2010 blogs I mentioned how God promised I wouldn’t miss a beat once my child support ended, and true to His Word, I never lacked…right up until my recent February move.  Last June, God stirred my heart to relocate with my daughter and son-in-law when they got their next duty station, and although it was definitely another lesson in “Commit your plans” and God will direct your paths” or (change them all!) as I like to paraphrase, the outcome has definitely been a Jeremiah 29:11 blessing. For not only have I been enjoying spending time with family; including two adorable grandsons, I also have had the privilege of teaching a small Bible study to Marine wives here in Maryland. 

Before leaving Cottonwood, I kept hearing Leave unencumbered; which in my case meant getting rid of 80 % of my worldly possessions, including my car and paying for 5×10 storage for a year and my cell phone for six months. As usual, whether it came by mail, was taped in envelopes to my door, or personally handed to me at work, the money began to pour in…so much so…not only did I leave with my storage and phone paid, I had almost double what I had prayed for.  Although I was definitely amazed and incredibly thankful for all the Lord had provided, a few nights before my departure I learned that my unencumbered had more meaning than I realized when I received some healing concerning an old relationship.

Webster’s defines unencumbered as “not burdened, impeded, or hampered”

Although I was fully aware of my financial need, my Heavenly Father was also aware of my emotional needs. Since He knew I needed to be unburdened from some old stuff that was holding me back before I could embrace and move into a new season, He divinely ordered circumstances to bring me closure so I could prosper. He is such a good God!

Is there something that is burdening you today?

Are you being held back because of old patterns or wounds?

If so, ask the Lord to bring you revelation so He can move you into restoration.

Precious Lord, Thank you for your incredible love! I give you my financial and relational cares.  Free me from whatever is holding me back so I can embrace your plans and purpose for me, and step into the next season of my life unencumbered. You are good! You are faithful!  And I can trust you!

 

Matthew 11:29-30 “Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”