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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. – Leader

Leader – the person who leads or commands a group, organization, or country.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. There really is nothing I can tell you about him that you don’t already know. He was a wonderful leader, activist, trailblazer, freedom fighter, and so much more.

Have you read his “Letter from the Birmingham Jail?” Talk about brilliant. It will move you to tears. It is one of the most well-written, articulate things I’ve ever read. Which, from a man who graduated at 15, and went on to receive his doctorate, what else would we expect?

It is said that between 1957-1968, he traveled over six million miles, spoke over 2500 times, was present wherever there was injustice and protest, and wrote five books and numerous articles in the meantime.

In all that greatness, how can a man be arrested over 20 times and assaulted at least four times in his life and still manage all these things? He can be one of the greatest advocates for peace and equality. He directed the peaceful March on Washington with 250,000 people where he delivered his famous “I Have a Dream Speech.”

At the age of 35, Dr. King became the youngest man to have received the Nobel Peace Prize. When he found out he said he would turn over the prize money to the civil rights movement.

Dr. King was a leader, for peace and equality, and for the people. We still hope to see the reality of his dream continue to develop more and more in our society. Dream big.

Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others? – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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My husband and I ran into each other at church one Sunday. This was obviously before we were dating and this was the first time we had seen each other since high school. And he looked at me.

He looked at me like I was the only person in the building. He looked at me like he had been looking for me since high school and finally had found me. He looked at me like no one had ever looked at me.

All week I thought about how he looked at me. And whenever I saw his name in an old yearbook or on Facebook I would go back to that moment. The moment when he looked at me. And a peaceful smile would come on my face.

Years later when we started dating, unlike my usual dating scheme I put all the games aside and volunteered honesty. You know, cause usually it’s the don’t ask, I ain’t telling playing field. But for some reason it was different. So I voluntarily told him, “You know, you looked at me some kind of way when I saw you at church that Sunday. I can’t describe it, but it was completely different than any look I’ve ever experienced. You seemed genuinely happy to see me.”

I say all that to say, that like most huge life decisions we always wonder. Did I do the right thing? Was the timing right? What now?

But when I think about my marriage and God’s presence in my dating relationship with my now husband, I’m taken back to that day. See, the peace of God surpasses all understanding. And there was a pleasant peace in my heart  when I saw Brandon that day and he looked at me. And still today, when I think of that moment, I feel this peace come over me all over again.

I guess what I’m saying is that when God orchestrates your decisions, you can still feel the peace of the moment even after it’s long passed, because His peace surpasses all understanding and is not like the world gives (Philippians 4:7; John 14:27).

Brandon and I don’t have a perfect relationship. I’m hard to live with. And we disagree. Not because we want to, but because we are two completely different people. But there is one thing we have always had in common, and that’s God. Because God is our common factor we can experience true love and peace.

Is it easy being loving all the time? No. Does everything go just right so I can be in a constant state of peace? Not hardly. But neither of those things are circumstantial either. What I’m saying is, I serve a God that can remind me of a peaceful moment from the past, that can still result in peace in the present, even when my current circumstances are anything but that.

My marriage may not be perfect, but my God is. And because He is perfect and we are married to glorify Him, we have a better chance at a “perfect” marriage than we would have by trying to make it happen on our own. We need God. And with the truth of knowing that we need God, comes His peace.

 

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More Time

I mean, I’ve told myself this 100 times, and it’s just no coincidence. The more time I spend with God, the more time I spend being a better person. It’s not a coincidence that the more time I spend with God, the better my relationships are or the better my relationship is.

The more time I spend with God, praying for His peace to fill me, the more peace I have in other relationships. The more time I spend with God praying for His patience the more patient I became in relationships and at work. The more time I dedicate to praying for God’s wisdom and understanding, the more wisdom and understanding I take into my relationship with Brandon.

The more time that I spend just praying for the love of God and to love like God loves, the easier it becomes to love people’s quirks and the things that makes us all who we are. We don’t magically get used to people, or become super patient or peaceful on our own. God gives us that. That takes strengthening that only God can give.

It’s not coincidental and it’s a very simple formula. The more time I spend with God the better everything in my life is. That’s a fact.

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Satan’s Mission

John 10:10 (NLT)

The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy…

Satan does not like any of this one bit. He does not like that God’s people are studying His word. He does not like that Christians are busy in Kingdom work.

His mission is to steal, kill, and destroy.

Now I’ve always wondered what was the difference in killing and destroying. After some thought God shared this with me.

Satan wants to steal your happiness. He wants your joy. He wants your peace. He wants anything that is good and honors God taken from you. He wants to steal your salvation, but he can’t. He cannot.

Satan wants to kill you. He has a history of this behavior. Satan wants you dead. And he does not care how it has to be done as long as it is done.

But to destroy? Isn’t death destroying the body? What’s the big difference between killing and destroying?

Satan can kill your body, but what he wants is to destroy your ministry. He wants to destroy any evidence of any work you did for Christ. He wants to destroy your testimony. He wants any trace of God at work in your past, present, or future erased.

Satan is on a mission. He wants to steal your joy, kill your body, and destroy your legacy. As my brother says, that’s his company’s mission statement.

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You Get No Glory

Satan will not get glory by me complaining. I was under attack and it would have seemed easy to cry and complain. We all know an attack is no joke. It feels continuous and usually is. Who has ever been under attack and witnessed just one blow? No one probably, because when it rains it pours. And as much as I want to cry and complain, I can’t. Why?

First off, I really have no grounds for complaining. God has already won. No matter what doesn’t go my way, God has already taken care of it. Every concern I have, He has already handled. Everything that will take place He has seen and taken care of. As I asked God to show me a verse in the midst of this storm I read this from Isaiah 26:12,

12 Lord, You will establish peace for us, for You have also done all our work for us. 

He has already done the work! He’s already interviewed for that job, He has already sent that promotion, He’s blessing those finances, He has already blessed that ministry. He has done the work! That doesn’t mean that I do nothing, but it does mean that everything is preparing me to meet Him in the work He has already done! Can I get an amen?

Secondly, what am I to complain about? Heaven is my final destination! God has already done the work at Calvary. He has already defeated Satan’s army. He has already saved me! He has already lovingly provided a choice, and I chose Him. I am His. He is my God. And He reigns supreme. And I am His daughter. He is my Savior and my Sacrifice. My Father and my Friend. And His eternal Kingdom is my eternal home. #Winning

Of course there were more reasons, but lastly, I won’t complain because Satan will not get glory from me. No sir, no ma’am. If he wants his kind of praise, he has to try somewhere else. Because God is with me. He knew this storm was coming. He did the work already so that I can come through with Him. And when we get through, Heaven will still await! Hallelujah Thine the Glory!!!!!!!!!

I will see how God is here in the midst with me. He’s in the eye of the storm with me. And if God is glorified by my praise, then who is glorified by my complaining?

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More

I want more.

Give me all that You have in store.

Where there’s room

Send Your holy boom.

 

Where I am empty

Give me.

Fully

Complete me.

 

Fill this cup

Fill me up.

Take this vessel

I won’t wrestle.

 

I want more.

Open this door.

Fill this place

With Your holy space.

 

You increase.

I decrease.

Send Your peace

Let all else cease.

 

You become great.

In my weary state.

Have Your way.

Holy Spirit stay.

 

I want more.

Holy Spirit pour.

Bring me low

As You overflow.

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It’s What God Does

The Geico commercials are some of my favorites. If you have seen them then you probably understand how humorous they are. If you’ve seen them, you know they pick some random thing, like a race car driver. And at the end they say something like if you’re a race car driver you drive fast, it’s what you do.

And as silly as those commercials are they make simple sense. It’s what those things do. And it’s just like calling on God for what He’s known for. It’s not foolish to specifically call on God for that need because He’s a Provider. It’s what He does. I was praying the other day and when I called Jehovah-Jireh it hit me. God is my Provider. It’s what He does.

What God told me this morning is that in order for me to really experience Him as so many things, I have to be in a place I don’t necessarily want to be. I have to have a need that I can’t meet to get an even fuller experience of Him as a provider. I have to be in a little bit of chaos to really experience Him as Peace, Jehovah-Shalom.

I guess I’m just saying to everyone and myself that the valley isn’t pointless. It’s not easy, but when we are in the valley is when we get to really see God, and see God at work. And instead of just knowing Him by those names, we experience Him as such.

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