Crossroads

crossroads


Crossroad

I’m in the valley of discontent

Where my passion brews, and my heart is rent.

The way stretches dark and long

As I march on wearily to an unknown song.


I pray for a clearing, a cliff or a peak

As relentlessly onward a haven I seek.

Where is it leading?  Where will I go?

What will result if the journey end in “no”?


What is He asking?  Am I allowed to request?

When will the flood come to turn the tide of this test?

The bridge looms ahead — to cross or to burn.

My feet on the road must yield and not turn.



Poem written August 9, 1994 and found in a box unpacked this weekend.

I am sharing “Crossroads” and joining like-minded sisters at Coffee for Your Heart, Words of Life Wednesdays, Tell His Story, A Little R and RTestimony Tuesday, Rich-Faith Rising, Sharing His Beauty, Playdates with God, Unforced Rhythms, Still Saturday and Give Me Grace.
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Make An Investment (Thought-Provoking Thursday)

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Do you ever look back and wish for what might have been?   Sometimes, I do.   Just this morning, I was reading in Job, and I must admit that I could echo his sentiments.

“Oh, how I long for the good old days,
    when God took such very good care of me.
He always held a lamp before me
    and I walked through the dark by its light.
Oh, how I miss those golden years
    when God’s friendship graced my home,
When the Mighty One was still by my side
    and my children were all around me,
When everything was going my way,
    and nothing seemed too difficult.  (Job 29:1-6, MSG)

If things aren’t going my way, I tend to cry “woe is me” like Job.  I forget why I am here.  I don’t see the bigger picture, and I forget God’s grander purpose.  But, today I was reminded when I read up on Job’s story in one of my favorite reference books:

When life is difficult, it is normal to look back at the “good old days” and want to turn back the clock. But that approach is selfish (note how many times Job says “I” and “my”) and only adds to your pain. It makes enjoying happiness more important than experiencing holiness. Job listed some of the blessings he had enjoyed and some of the services he had performed for others, and all of that should have prepared him to face his trials with confidence. The past must be more than a memory; it must be a ministry. Today will soon be a yesterday. Are you using today to grow in the Lord so you are prepared for tomorrow? Is life an investment or just enjoyment?

Warren Wiersbe, Nelson’s Quick Reference Commentary

 

Something to think about…

I am sharing “Make an Investment” and joining like-minded sisters at Three-Word Wednesday, The Weekend Brew, Spiritual Sundays, Recommendation Saturday, Faith-Filled Friday, Essential Fridays, Counting My Blessings, and Thriving Thursday.

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4 Ways to Respond to Ferguson with a Missional Heart

Ferguson

A young man lost his life on the streets of Ferguson, Missouri. His parents are grieving, and his community is in crisis. A law enforcement officer is in seclusion in fear for his life. His family also hurts, and his brothers in uniform are on the defensive. As images of demonstrations appear on television, we grieve as well. Incidents like this remind us that we still have much ground to travel on the road to social justice and racial equality.

As Christ followers, how can we respond to this painful reality in a way that honors our Savior? If Christ were walking the streets of Ferguson today, how would He respond to demonstrators? How would Christ advise local law enforcement? I don’t have all the answers to those questions, but I do have 4 suggestions from Scripture on how to respond with a missional heart…


I am honored to be sharing over at Missional Women today.   Head here to read on and then pray for God to show us the way.
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Spice It Up (Thought-Provoking Thursday)

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I love a good bowl of chili.   The combination of beans, ground beef, tomatoes, and spice sits well in my stomach and comforts my spirit.  This is a “go to” dish for me that I throw together “easy peasy.”  I don’t really have a defined recipe.  I just basically throw things in the pot, and the end result always seems to come out yummy.

Well, not always.  Most of the time.

I must admit that there was one sad day that I ruined the chili.  I was putting together a batch quickly, and I reached for what looked like the chili seasoning and added a liberal dose.

Except it wasn’t chili seasoning at all.  It had the same appearance, but not the same taste.

Have you ever ruined something by adding the wrong flavors?  It’s such a disappointment.

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Recently, I faced a similar disappointment in ministry.  On the surface, two colors appeared the same tinge of vibrant and healthy, but once poured out, the seasonings produced two very different “flavors.”   It reminded me of this quote by Ken Sande from his book The Peace Maker.

It is easier to accept your limits if you have a Biblical view of success.

The world defines success in terms of what a person

possesses, controls, or accomplishes.

God defines success in terms of faithful obedience to His will.

The world asks, ‘What results have you achieved?’

God asks, ‘Were you faithful to My ways?”

I’ve thought a great deal lately about how my life flavors this world.  Lord, may I always be a tangy addition that livens up the ministry menu for my sisters.   I don’t want to leave a bitter taste in anyone’s mouth ever.

But I have my eye on salt-of-the-earth people—
    they’re the ones I want working with me;
Men and women on the straight and narrow—
    these are the ones I want at my side.

Psalms 101:6, MSG

Something to think about…

I am sharing “Spice it Up” and joining like-minded sisters at Three-Word Wednesday, The Weekend Brew, Spiritual Sundays, Recommendation Saturday, Faith-Filled Friday, Essential Fridays, Counting My Blessings, and Thriving Thursday.

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Looking for more thought-provoking posts? Check out the ones written by my blogging friends in today’s link up.

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