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Thursday, April 10 2014

We Do Not Own Our Successes...God Does!


Recently, God opened another door for me to share the message He has sown in my heart.  My desire is for more people to come to know Him as the sweet lover, the amazing healer, and the awesome friend that He is, as well as for more to taste and see His freedom!  What I see Him do in my office day after day is amazing, and it’s my passion for more people to receive that.  This past week, I travelled to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to be interviewed on Real Life, a show televised on Cornerstone Network (a Christian television network).  We discussed marriage, and my book, The Perfecting Storm.  It was great fun and an awesome opportunity to share God's hope, healing, and love.

After accepting this interview invitation, I debated, “Do I share this with others? Do I ask them to join me in prayer for this? Is the asking selfish?”  (It’s always good to check our heart motivations.)  As I prayed and pondered, I realized that I could not be where I am or have this door opened without the "others." 

In my private time, I spent countless hours with The Lord praying, petitioning, seeking, and submitting to His ways and will as I presented my heart’s desire to Him.  


 “Lord, I’m only one person!  I need more ways to share your healing.

Show me Lord”


I also spent countless hours talking and praying with friends and colleagues regarding this desire. And even more “others” have prayed, petitioned, and sown into the dream right along with me.  Every person I've had the privilege to minister to, to counsel with, to pray with, to talk with, or speak to has been part of this.  Each person....all of them, was part of that open door and stepped through it with me. 

When I succeed in my destiny with God, others succeed with me!  We are in this together!  What affects me, affects my “family” in Christ.  If God can do it through me, He can do it through you.  We are all on the same team!  Our successes are not our own, first and foremost they are God's. They are also beacons of light which light the way for others. We all play a part in each other's successes.  Like the church in the book of Acts, what is mine is yours and what is yours is mine!  We are all one Body working together. We all have different parts to play—no one part is more or less significant—all are significant to our Father! 

Thank you—"others"—who have sown in with me!

 I pray I am paying it forward.


"The way God designed our bodies is a model for understanding our lives together as a church: every part dependent on every other part, the parts we mention and the parts we don’t, the parts we see and the parts we don’t. If one part hurts, every other part is involved in the hurt, and in the healing. If one part flourishes, every other part enters into the exuberance."  

1 Corinthians 12:25-26

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Benefits of Weariness


WOW! How weary I am. And so are many of you. I know because I hear your cries: in my office, on the phone, online, in church, at the grocery store, you name it! So much of what I hear from people today is about how tired, weary, and worn-out they feel.

Then again, you may not feel weary;  instead you may feel anxious, depressed, scared, lonely, angry, or any mixture of these emotions. Perhaps these are more your prominent feelings.


However you may feel, it’s too easy to look for the source or to find blame: social media; busy schedules; technology; work/family demands; the causes are endless. Of course, these have validity, and we can certainly manage them in more appropriate and successful ways.


Yet, as I sit with God today, in my quiet time, and look over my journals, what I see is the benefit of weariness—the benefit of our broken feelings and situations.

 I see, time and time again, over the years (yes, I am rebellious and slow-learning, and God is very, very patient), God working in me and through me, enabling me to receive His antidote to this tough life and all of its problems. 


It is so simple; and yet it is so hard.


It is HIM: Jesus; always more of Him.


“But,” you say, “Angel, I have to know what to do with my children,” or, “Angel, these bills are piling up,” or, “Angel, you don’t have a CLUE of how bad it really is.”


And I will say, “You are right, I don’t. And you are correct, these things need to be taken care of.” 


BUT FIRST, we have a larger need. Oh, the catch is it doesn’t appear like the larger need. Our core need, before bills, children, purpose in life, change in our feelings, is to be convinced, truly convinced and accepting of God’s love for us and our identity as His children.


And your heart and head may rebel like mine did.


“BUT, I need to know the answer to my problem.” 

And Jesus says:

“I am the answer.”

“I am so tired.”

And Jesus says:

“I know. Let me restore you.”

“I am afraid.”

And Jesus says:

“I know, and my love will take care of that.”


That just doesn’t seem like much; doesn’t seem like enough, when we are about to be evicted or our kids are in harm’s way. That support just doesn’t seem practical enough for our human brains to rest on.


Perhaps then we’ve hit on the real source or problem of our weariness: ourselves. You and me believing that if we work hard enough, try enough, worry enough, take enough time to figure it out, talk enough to that person, ignore it long enough—whatever your “enough” is—WE can fix it. The true problem is that it’s all about US!


We want to stay in the driver’s seat and be our own savior. Or we look to other humans to be that for us. If we believe our answer lies in us or other humans, we are likely to stay in that “out of control” anxious space, and the weariness or depression or addictions are bound to take over. There can only be one driver in our car of life.


The benefit of our struggle is to be wooed into the true solution. Life’s struggles are an invitation to know God more intimately. As we allow Jesus, who is ALIVE, who is the same yesterday, today, and forever, to become more real for us, more tangible, as we take Him at His word (Hebrews 13:5), as we choose to focus on Him and His promises, instead of the problems or feelings we are having, then we start to experience the reality of His presence with us.  With this, we begin to experience the peace He promises.

Why? Because our problems have been solved? The bills have all been paid? The feelings change?

NO…  peace comes from HIS presence. And in that place of peace we can see clearer, hear more accurately, and receive wisdom and direction.


As we “bend our knee” to Jesus’ love, dare to take Him at His word (John 3:16), choose to look to Him and depend on Him, and keep (John 17) depending on Him, then His life-blood starts to flow through us. It revives us, directs us, and transforms our thinking and feelings. Then life and all of its troubles, which are many (John 16:33), become manageable, doable.


Breath comes; rest comes; peace comes.


In this place new life springs forth. New ideas emerge and joy is eventually restored.


Struggling today? Rejoice in it, because it is calling you back home. Home to His heart of love (Romans 8:38-39), the place of true peace and rest. 

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