five minute friday: rise

by admin on May 22, 2015

Five-Minute-Friday-4-300x300Confession is good for the soul, yes? Well then I must…

I peeked early this morning. I went on my hubs’ computer and pulled up Kate’s website – I only looked at the header and saw today’s word! I didn’t scroll down the page, just a word-peek, promise. Then, I had coffee with hubster, started laundry, did my morning reading, and cleaned the toilet – that’s when my mind began stirring – RISE!

aRISE, shine, for The Light has come.

In the mornings when I RISE ♫ just give me Jesus!

I thought of all the great paths this post could take and then I remembered my friend, Nehemiah. I’ve been hanging out in his construction camp for a few weeks now – he’s a builder you know. My kind of guy – I believe his love language is acts of service and quality time, just like mine. Because you see, he ROSE to meet the challenge…but wait, let’s set the timer!

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Shallum, leader of half the district of Jerusalem; he and his daughters made repairs. Nehemiah 3.12

Someone asked me the other day if I ever ran out of ideas for blog posts – I said to her, “As long as I have the Word, I have things to say!” The Word of God is so darn relevant for TODAY! Our brother, Nehemiah, worked for the king over in Susa toward the end of the Babylonian captivity – he was the king’s cupbearer. You know what that means? Before the king drank anything, Nehemiah tasted it first to make sure it wasn’t intended to poison the king. So, yes they were pretty tight. If you’re drinking out of the same mug as the king, you probably get to talk to one another a lot and because history tells us the cupbearer was a tactful companion to the king and offered informal counsel and enjoyed the king’s confidence. [Jack W. Hayford, the Spirit-Filled Life Bible]

Nehemiah was a Jew in captivity who had found great favor and ROSE to his position in the palace. His friend, from Judah, visited him and told him that the walls around Jerusalem were broken down and the gates were burned with fire. Nehemiah prayed and fasted, went before the king and got permission (he found favor) to go home. He found the great city just as his friend had warned him, as he secretly inspected the entire wall. Then Nehemiah went to the Jews, the priests, the nobles, the officials and said to them, “You have seen the distress that we are in, how Jerusalem lies in waste. Come, let us build the wall of the city so we will no longer be a reproach.” Nehemiah continued to speak and shared how God had been so good to him and how God had allowed him to find such favor with the king. Now, this group of people said…

“Let us RISE up and build.” Then they set their hands to this GOOD WORK. Nehemiah 2.18

Stop. But, I am going to finish here:

This book in the Old Testament is rich – the prayers prayed, the work done, the people uniting to a great cause and accomplishing a huge task. It reminds me of the phenomenal work that was done this week for the refugees in Iraq. Our sisters, Ann Voskamp and Lynne Hybels, put on their brave shoes and went into Iraq, 20 miles from ISIS, to a refugee camp and saw such human suffering and need they were both moved to compassion to make a change. They returned home and with the Preemptive Love Coalition partnered to do “something” and “do something” they did! One-half million dollars has been raised this week to change the lives of these precious refugee women and children. All because a small group of women and men, through the enormity of power in social media, banded together and said,

Let us RISE up and build. And, they set their hands to this good work.

Oh my, what a mighty God we serve!

xo

 

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cheerleaders

by admin on May 20, 2015

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Hebrews 12.1 A favorite scripture of mine!

I was a cheerleader in junior high – I loved being part of the game, on the sidelines, cheering the team on with first and ten, do it again, shouting in unison and willing that extra point over the goalposts; funny thing was I didn’t know the first thing about football. I didn’t know the rules that governed the game I only loved the rah-rah of the cheering squad!

This past weekend a blogging friend, Colleen, posted on FB that her blog had reached a goal and she was excited to share that with her friends. The comments filled up and I wanted to add mine so I typed, “rah rah sisterhood!” Then my friend, Tara, blogged about the rah-rah sisterhood – you can read that here.

Isn’t that who we are as Christ-followers? We are each other’s cheerleader. We are sisters, united. We are help-meets to one another. When you hurt? I hurt. When you are joyful? I rejoice. THAT is what our role should be. It is not a personality trait we were born with, to encourage – it is a mandate from the Guide Book!

Our brother Paul had a few things to say about encouragement:

Finally, brothers and sisters, rejoice! Strive for full restoration, encourage one another, be of one mind, live in peace. And the God of love and peace will be with you. 2 Corinthians 13.11

Therefore encourage one another with these words. 1 Thessalonians 4.18

Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing. 1 Thessalonians 5.11

But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness. Hebrews 3.13

We are called to be The Rah-Rah Sisterhood. Reaching out to those who have no hope. Those who are helpless. Those who are needful. Those who are the least of these? This week the interweb has been screaming for us, The Sisterhood, to do something. Ann Voskamp wrote about it here. Jennifer Dukes Lee, here. But what can we do when it seems as daunting as climbing Mount Everest without gear or training? Ann and Jennifer suggest ways on the links mentioned. And, if we can’t give? We can pray. All of us are capable of that. Prayer is a mighty army.

The red thread of redemption, which weaves in and through us, is not pushy or piercing, but when we know Truth, I believe with all my heart it is required of us to do something with it.

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Isaiah 50.4 He teaches me.

The Sovereign Lord Himself has given me The Word that sustains the weary …

What am I going to do with it?

xo

Linking today with:

Three Word Wednesday

Coffee for your Heart

Women with Intention Wednesday

Purposeful Faith

Tell His Story

 

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