Full of Grace and Truth

Have you ever heard a pregnant mother of her second child share with you one of her deepest concerns being; “How can I love this next baby as much as I love the one I have right now? I can’t possibly love more.” I have. I remember worrying about this myself, because I knew how much my heart loved the only child I knew until that point. I tell these mamas, “Don’t worry. You can’t even imagine that you will feel the same about this next one, or next ones, but you will. God just fills you with more love.” We don’t have to manufacture a love for them. God gives it to us automatically.

I thought of this when I was reading John 1 today. The Disciple John is explaining Jesus as “The Word made flesh” and then He says in John 1:14: “The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us. We have seen His glory, the glory of the one and only Son, Who came from The Father, full of grace and truth.

When I read this today, I meditated on Jesus being full of grace and truth. Then I realized, Jesus wasn’t half grace, half truth. He isn’t a mixture of two nice ingredients that make up one amazing Savior. He is FULL of grace. He is FULL of truth. God showed me that this was a supernatural thing. Jesus didn’t have to let go of any of His grace to be full of truth and He didn’t have to water down the truth to be full of grace. He could handle it all.

Just like our hearts can handle the overflow of love we feel for every precious child God gives us, Jesus can handle being full of truth and full of grace. It is a God thing. So, if we carry Christ, and He lives on the inside of us through the precious Holy Spirit, are we full of grace and full of truth? I know I have a long way to go.

I have days that I am so gracious, I offer mercy and forgiveness easy, I am quick to be empathetic to others’ feelings. Then there are days when my inner church lady comes out and I struggle with being too judgmental or selfish.

There are days that the truth is the truth to me and I don’t live in the gray areas, no matter what. Then there are days that I find myself lazy and in compromise. We as humans need to call on the power of Holy Spirit inside of us to walk in grace and truth. We can’t do it on our own. On our own we are those humans that question how much love we can carry in our little old hearts.

Oh friend, but when we call on Jesus… When we enable Holy Spirit to lead us, to guide us and to show us how to be full of grace and truth, we are powerful for the Kingdom of Heaven and we can reach all of those Jesus died to save. Yes, we have it in us. We just need to let God pull it out of us.

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Thank God We Moved

As I clean this quiet house, I get the next lump in my throat thinking about life without my Border Collie Tyco by my side. My peanut butter toast wasn’t the same this morning as I had no one to share my crust with. The laundry room is dark because the dog door is shut during the middle of the day, which was usually only closed at night when Tyco had us all tucked into bed. A lot of things are different now. We all feel it. Tyco did her job loving us very well for 12 years. She’s a hard habit to break.

I was doing dishes and I just thought, ”thank God we recently moved because living life in the house that Tyco knew since she was a pup after Tyco left us, would be even harder.”

Her footprints will forever be on our hearts. I never have loved an animal like I loved her. I think about God’s grace and mercy that He knew we needed to move before we lost her. Being in our family home without our furry family member just would’t have worked.

Yes, God is in the details. He loves us so carefully and specifically. Trust Him with your heart. He is good. All my life He has been faithful.

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Put It Somewhere

I heard a heartbreaking story this weekend. Unfortunately that seems to be happening a lot now. This world is a mess and it just seems to get messier each day. Someone told me about a 48 year old nurse who died suddenly in her home. Was it of COVID? No, it was a heart attack. Most likely caused from stress. The saddest thing is, this woman’s inability to process the abundance of stress around her as she worked everyday trying to save lives from COVID, caused her own death.

Stress kills. That’s the truth. Not learning proper ways to manage our emotions is detrimental to our bodies as well as our livelihoods. Our inability to say no to anxiety and yes to peace, is not a joke. It is a tool of the enemy to steal, kill and destroy us. We must learn how to put it somewhere.

What do I mean by Put it Somewhere? One night God showed me this. I was laying in bed, my sleep was interrupted by details of things I had no control over. I was obsessing about something that had to be taken care of during regular business hours, not at 3am. I remember making mental notes, reminding myself over and over to handle it. Then a still, small voice said to me, “Mo, put it somewhere.” I knew exactly what God meant when He said it.

He showed me in The Spirit to file it for tomorrow and go to bed. I literally pictured myself putting this information in a file cabinet in my mind and I then focused on my breathing, began to quote scripture and before I knew it, I was asleep. My friend, I think now, God was literally saving my life with that supernatural download of information.

Jesus actually says that the cares of this world will choke the Word.

19 And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful.” Mark 4:19-21

Our lives are unfruitful when the details and cares of this world monopolize our thinking. Just this morning as I was headed out to study on my porch, I first had to help Eli find his keys, organize a plan with Tommy of how to get his tires changed and rotated before he drove to his golf match today, fiddle with the gate as it kept sticking after Tommy and Eli drove out this morning and get a plan figured out with when I will drop my daughter in law’s charger for her computer off to her at work.

While all of these things are not stressful things in and of themselves, they were cares of mine that I could have allowed to choke out my quiet time with The Lord if I hadn’t deliberately made a decision to process them slowly, one at a time, with an ultimate focus of heading straight to my hiding place with The Lord and our quiet time right after.

As I sat down. I looked out and there it was, the most beautiful sunrise coming up over the horizon. A flock of sandhill cranes flew by the porch as if to say “Good morning, this is the day that the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it.” I thought of Matthew 6:26: where Jesus says, “26 Look at the birds! They don’t worry about what to eat—they don’t need to sow or reap or store up food—for your heavenly Father feeds them. And you are far more valuable to him than they are.”

These birds rely and trust in The Lord for their lives and peace. We need to learn to do the same. Oswald Chambers says in “My Utmost for His Highest” “The first thing that will hinder this joy is the captious irritation of thinking out circumstances.” Wow, is that the truth? Overthinking circumstances, potential outcomes, what ifs? and If onlys, will rob your peace quicker than you can say, “ulcer.”

Friend, we need to learn to Put it somewhere. I promise you, there is no better time than the present to learn to cast your cares on God and to trust Him. The truth is, our very lives depend on it. For more information on renewing your mind and overcoming anxiety, please check out my book, “Overcoming Anxiety, Your Biblical Guide to Breaking free from Fear and Worry.”

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As My Dog And I Grow Old

My Tyco is almost 12 years old. Where has the time gone? Well, she’s been with me through raising kids,cleaning the house, repairing the house, moving three of our four kids into their own houses, selling that house and buying and building a new one, growing gardens, starting ministries, burning out in ministries, healing from burn out and starting new ministries and ventures with Jesus, writing books and becoming a Mimi. She’s been with me through a lot. I pray to God she will be here for a lot more.
What will Tyco and I do now?
What happens to be on the horizon for us the next few years? God willing we will fold a lot more laundry together, make a lot more meals for our loved ones together. Praying God allows us to pop in for lunch to my parents and Tommy’s parents for many, many, more years. I’m praying we can baptize my unsaved loved ones and friends. I keep chlorine in the pool at all times to be ready. I have to make an effort to play more country gospel music each day. Tyco and my garden both seem to prefer it to contemporary worship 🙂
It’s my goal this next season to love my husband, kids and grands deeper and tell them In words and actions how indescribably precious they are to me.
I guess, pretty much a lot of the same stuff we have been doing but a little slower and with more intentionality. Oh and I hope we get a lot more afternoon naps. We like those.

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Show Some Compassion

The bible is our guidebook to life. God sits outside of time, He is omniscient, omnipresent, and He has gifted us His Word to lead us through good times, perilous times, times of harvest and times of drought. I think we can all agree that this world is in a chaotic, sinful time in history.

As I just typed this opening paragraph an Amber Alert came across my phone. I have to pause and pray right now. Lord, in the Name of Jesus, I pray they find that kidnapped child immediately. Lord, please be with those parents and comfort them as they search. God in the Name of Jesus, bring into the light exactly where that child is and return them home. In Jesus Name, Amen.

Friend, God knew we would see this kind of evil. He knew it because He knows the evil that is in every human heart when they are not following the leadership of The Holy Spirit and The Word of God. God knew where we would be in 2021. I’m sure that’s why Jesus tried to prepare His disciples with how to live and pray and how to minister to the hurting.

Here is the thing. We suck at ministering to the hurting. Yes, I said the word suck. Because we do. We say stupid things to those who are grieving, struggling and needing encouragement and love. When we have not truly been through what the person who is hurting is going through, we have no empathetic lens with which to see through. So, we say stupid things.

It’s happened since biblical times. In Luke 8 we see this.

40 Now when Jesus returned, a crowd welcomed him, for they were all expecting him. 41 Then a man named Jairus, a synagogue leader, came and fell at Jesus’ feet, pleading with him to come to his house 42 because his only daughter, a girl of about twelve, was dying.

As Jesus was on his way, the crowds almost crushed him. 43 And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years,[a] but no one could heal her. 44 She came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak, and immediately her bleeding stopped.

45 “Who touched me?” Jesus asked.

When they all denied it, Peter said, “Master, the people are crowding and pressing against you.”

46 But Jesus said, “Someone touched me; I know that power has gone out from me.”

47 Then the woman, seeing that she could not go unnoticed, came trembling and fell at his feet. In the presence of all the people, she told why she had touched him and how she had been instantly healed. 48 Then he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace.”

4While Jesus was still speaking, someone came from the house of Jairus, the synagogue leader. “Your daughter is dead,” he said. “Don’t bother the teacher anymore.”

50 Hearing this, Jesus said to Jairus, “Don’t be afraid; just believe, and she will be healed.”

51 When he arrived at the house of Jairus, he did not let anyone go in with him except Peter, John and James, and the child’s father and mother. 52 Meanwhile, all the people were wailing and mourning for her. “Stop wailing,” Jesus said. “She is not dead but asleep.”

53 They laughed at him, knowing that she was dead. 54 But he took her by the hand and said, “My child, get up!” 55 Her spirit returned, and at once she stood up. Then Jesus told them to give her something to eat. 56 Her parents were astonished, but he ordered them not to tell anyone what had happened.

I put in bold the ignorant thing said that I would like to address. Vs. 49. “Your daughter is dead, Don’t bother the teacher anymore.” Yuck, yuck, yuck! Is this how our human nature ministers to hurting, grieving people? Your daughter is dead, move on? What? This is a synagogue leader saying this to someone whose 12 year old daughter was on her deathbed and is now, as far as he understands, passed. He heard this news from a man who gave him this information while he was trying to save people’s time around him who may be “Inconvenienced” by his grief.

Oh my goodness, this kills me. But, the truth is, we see it everyday. I felt it one day when I was home in prayer, working and studying and I went on social media for a minute and saw so much sadness from people who were losing loved ones to COVID or had family members in the military being deployed to Afghanistan. I couldn’t help but grieve. I just started crying and God said to me. “People just keep scrolling.” It broke my heart thinking that this is the hardest thing about grief; when we are grieving, the world just keeps scrolling. People literally cannot understand how it feels to lose those you love, until terror and pain hits their zip code. The truth is, we humans suck at ministering to the hurting, unless we have been in their shoes once and felt that grief.

Jesus shows us how to minister to the hurting. Jesus portrays the mercy and love and compassion that we are supposed to emulate. It’s all through scripture. If you want to know how to love on the hurting, open your bible. Jesus did just what He wants us to do, don’t just keep scrolling. Don’t post hearts and praying hands and keep scrolling. Stop what you are doing and truly lift them up to the Father. Allow Holy Spirit to interfere with your schedule a bit and show some compassion. Show up and for Heaven’s sake, don’t quote scripture at them. Maybe just do what Jesus did when Mary and Martha thought they lost their brother Lazarus for good. Jesus wept. He went to them, and He cried with them. Well, then He raised him from the dead. But, the part we need to focus on is the first part. Comforting hurting people requires no words. Words mean nothing when we hurt. Just show up and be present.

Oh friend, in this selfish, selfie, social media driven, self-driven society we live in, we all need some help with this. We all could use a little Compassion 101 teaching from Jesus. How about we just show up, wrap an arm around someone, sit by them, and cry with them. Sometimes those tears scream Jesus more than any word in scripture.

That’s all I have to say about that.

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Your Own People

18 As Jesus was getting into the boat, the man who had been demon-possessed begged to go with him. 19 Jesus did not let him, but said, “Go home to your own people and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you.” 20 So the man went away and began to tell in the Decapolis[b] how much Jesus had done for him. And all the people were amazed

In the Book of Mark we meet a man who was possessed by demons. He was living among the tombs and people had tried to bind him with chains to protect himself and others, but the chains could no longer hold him. The demons were just too strong. Good thing someone stronger came along, Jesus!

Jesus did just what Jesus does today; heal, loosen the chains, and set the captives free. He set this poor man free from these impure spirits and the demons were cast into a herd of pigs. Onlookers did just what the world does when they can’t understand the love and supernatural power of a Savior, they pushed Jesus away out of fear. They asked Jesus to leave their region. Jesus obliged.

As Jesus got into a boat to leave, the once demon possessed man begged his Redeemer to let him go with Him. I can only imagine how he felt about Jesus. He must have wanted to be a part of anything Jesus had going on. He must have wanted to draw closer and closer to Him. He must have been desperate for Him. Yes, I am sure he felt these things. That’s just the kind of hold our Lord has on His followers who have made a decision to never return to their old life.

Jesus said something powerful to the man who wanted to go with Him. He said, “Go home to your own people and tell them how much The Lord has done for you, and how He has had mercy on you.” I thought as I read it, “YES! That is what we are all supposed to do”

What if? What if when we got a touch from our Savior we went and told our loved ones, and our own people? What if we all did? What if we didn’t keep it to ourselves when we recognized God move on our behalf day in and day out? What if we became like this man who wanted whatever Jesus had, wanted to be wherever Jesus was, and wanted to say whatever Jesus wanted him to say?

I’ll tell you what would happen. We would reach the world for Jesus. We would be doing our part in fulfilling the Great Commission. We would be an unstoppable Church on fire and seeing a revival like never before.

You know, we don’t have to be Pastors or Bible Teachers or Church staff to work full time in ministry for The Lord. We can do just what Jesus told this man to do. We can be Jesus right where we are already planted. Our mission field has already been established. We live in it. We work in it. We are involved in it. We don’t have to be sent out. We just have to go out and open our mouths.

Let’s tell them how much The Lord has done for you and me. We are free! Let’s go tell the world that our chains are gone.

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Right Under Your Nose

Right Under Your Nose

While praying this morning, I had my eyes closed and I was sipping my coffee thanking God for His many blessings in my life;
My husband, my kids, my grandbaby, my dog…”
As I kept praying I thought to myself, “hmmm… where is she? She must be outside watching the sun come up.” I went back to praying.
Tommy walked back in from taking Eli to the bus stop and I looked down to see that Tyco (my dog) was right under my nose the entire time I was praying.
I felt in my Spirit that we do that often in life. We pray for health and protection and blessings, and we pray for God to move in our lives. Yet, we often forget to simply look around and realize we already have these things, and usually we take them for granted.
We pray for healing when we are sick, but we forget to thank Him for health when we are well.
We pray for provisions when the bank account looks low, but we forget to thank Him when the bills are all paid and the fridge is full.
We pray for family to be safe and blessed but we forget to stop all of our busyness and simply spend time enjoying the precious family we have been given.
As I get older and more peaceful as a Christ Follower, I am realizing that most of the things we are praying for, are already right under our nose, we simply must stop and take time to honor the Giver of all of these gifts, God.
This is the day that the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it. How about today, we make a choice to simply thank Him for all of the blessings that are right under our nose? God’s Grace is in the moment! Thank Him for each precious blessing that are not actually that far off. They are right under our nose.

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My Daddy Is The Pilot

When I fly I don’t worry about turbulence because my Daddy is the pilot.

When a storm is rolling in I don’t worry about the outcome, My Daddy controls the winds and rain.

When the doctor presents the results of the tests I don’t worry, My Daddy made my body and He knows how to heal it if needed.

When life seems to be spiraling out of control and my comfort zone is completely destroyed, I crawl up into my Daddy’s arms and I rest. I simply say Jesus and wait.
It works every time!
Ask our Daddy for His lap today. He has plenty of room to spare.

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Good Morning

You all know that I say it all of the time, there is a special kind of supernatural anointing that happens in the morning at the beginning of the day with God!
The morning gives us a chance to repent, start again, and begin fresh. Everyday our old shabby souls need refreshing. Not one of us walks through a single day unscathed by this sinful world. So time with God in the morning, is vital.
May you grasp this next year the significance of spending the first fruits of your day with The Father and in His Word!
You’ll never regret it.
“Sorrow May last for the night but joy comes in the morning.”
Good morning y’all!

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No More Chasing Squirrels

No More Chasing Squirrels
Tyco and I went out for our walk today and it was gorgeous out. I think the weather was a perfect 70 degrees. As we were getting our walk on a playful squirrel stepped right in front of Tyco. Tyc looked at him, as if she was going to dart. I braced my shoulder for the inevitable pull I was getting ready to experience, but nothing. She just turned back, faced forward and kept on our path.
I giggled and said “Oh Tyc, back in the day you would have pulled my arm out of joint trying to get that little squirrel, but your older and wiser now. I’m proud of you.”
Oh y’all… are we older and wiser yet? Are we able to discern the paths and plans that God has for us and are we able to stick to those plans? Or are we quickly distracted by every little vermin and little fox that creeps in to try to get us off our path?
I am determined this year to keep my focus on Heavenly things, to keep my eyes on the prize Jesus and to keep my eyes faced forward so I don’t trip.
Will distractions creep in? No doubt! Satan is the author of confusion and he will continue to distract and disturb us as we pursue our spiritual goals and dreams.
But if we can fix our eyes and set our gaze straight ahead wisdom will be proven right by our actions.
Time is of the essence. People need Jesus!
The things of this world will pass. Let’s stop chasing squirrels and get marching on. It’s almost 2021🙏😄

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