Are we waiting for a better time to really live? Are we thinking that when we get our lives in "order", then we'll get serious about knowing the God who created us? Are we thinking that being a spouse or girlfriend is enough stress right now that we can't add on another level of getting serious with our spiritual lives simultaneously? Sometimes I get caught in these thoughts. However, I know that the time to really live the life God has given me is now....same with you.
Dear friends, women of truth, let us let the people in our lives see us LIVE. Let them see us live for a higher purpose than ourselves and our own agenda. Let them see us live for truth in the public places and in the comforts of home. Let them see us live fully for the One who gives us a life to live out loud in the first place. Let the people in our world SEE us live......not just exist. Let each breath we take be for the purpose of honoring the Great God who loves us unconditionally and sacrificially. Let us live.....have a heart beat for being women of peace in our communities. Let us live....pursuing knowledge as a way to bless others around us and live for God's great purpose more effectively. Let us live....show kindness and understanding and deep God-powered love to our spouses and our children.
This is a huge exhortation to me and you in honor of my dear friend/sister in Christ---Karen M. who is battling cancer and who is (from what I've been told) is close to meeting our LORD face to face. All of her family and friends are waiting to see what God's will is going to be for her in this--her battle with cancer. We know God has even brought people back from the grave. We know nothing is impossible for God. We just wait and continue in gratitude to our God for allowing us to know Karen and be blessed by her sweet spirit, wise words and loving service to so many lives.
Karen has always inspired me (like so many other dear women I have the privilege to know--including my fantastic mother) to LIVE life and not just exist. Karen lives life to the full. Encouraging everyone around her; strengthening them with her God-driven counsel and hope-filled words and giving of her talents and gifts selflessly. I pray everyday that God wouldn't take her to heaven so soon. I am selfish and I want her to stay here on this earth and continue to glorify God with her life here; to share His amazing love with many more people till a very old age. But God's will is so much higher than our human will.
So, I pray for you and me, dear friends, that we let our light shine! If you feel your light is burnt out.....go get the Word of God--read it and start the fire again. Let's go! Let's really LIVE!
COLOSSIANS 1:3-18 (The Message----a paraphrase version)
3-5Our prayers for you are always spilling over into thanksgivings. We can't quit thanking God our Father and Jesus our Messiah for you! We keep getting reports on your steady faith in Christ, our Jesus, and the love you continuously extend to all Christians. The lines of purpose in your lives never grow slack, tightly tied as they are to your future in heaven, kept taut by hope.