A Trip Down Memory Lane

I’m still traveling this week. This morning I chose to get up and make sure I was ready before I sat down for my reading and time with God this morning. I read a couple chapters in Matthew and I just right into my chat with God.

Me: Good morning, Lord. Thank you for all the blessings you have given me. Please open my eyes and my ears so I can be a good and faithful servant. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen

God: Off to a quick start this morning, I see.

Me: Yes, I’m running a bit late this morning.

God: Slow down, child. Don’t you think that I’ll make your day run smoothly or at least smoother if you start with me?

Me: Of course.

God: Are you ready?

Me: Yep, lay it on me.

~silence~

Me: Please have a message today.

~ silence~

God: wait….

~waiting~

God: Why are you so anxious for the message this morning.

Me: Because You are leading people to the site to read this and they’re queued up and waiting to hear your message. This is super exciting.

God: Hold up. They need to know that they don’t need to wait for you or anyone else in order to hear my message.

Me: Yes, but I’m the vessel. You’re the message.

God: See. Stop right there. No offense, Marcia, but your irrelevant to the message. Yes, you’re the vessel, the messenger, if you will. But you are not the message.

Me: Oh geez. Sorry. Yes, of course.

God; Now then… here’s the message. I want them to take a trip down memory lane.

Me: Really? Where’s this going?

God; Every day, Marcia… every day you ask the same question.

Me: I’m just trying to figure out how to articulate it so it makes sense.

God: I want them to reflect back on when their journey with me started. When did they first hear about me? Who was that person that lit that fire? What piqued their interest in learning more and wanting a relationship with me? What was that feeling like when they received Jesus into their heart? Some haven’t had that experience yet but they will. They need to give it time.

Me: I thought that we didn’t want to dwell on the past.

God: And we don’t. However, remembering where your roots are and being centered on that is key and critical to the journey. Tell them your story.

Me: Yikes. ( I make a face) ummm Ok.

God: In remembering where you started this journey and what that felt like will help give you insight on how you can share this with others and encourage others along the way.

God: For many it will be a grandparent. Maybe a friend at college. Maybe a youth minister. For some this may be painful. The physical church hasn’t always been what I wanted it to be. This isn’t a history lesson but what I’m saying is, for some this may be painful and not full of joy. For others this will be comforting. You all have your own separate journey. Embrace it and share it. So now.. a trip down memory lane. Go write, Marcia.

Me: Thank you, Lord.

My journey…. gosh. I’ll be brief. I was born and raised Catholic. Named after a nun. Sister Mary Marcia Monahan. I went to church every Sunday. I went to Catechism. I prayed the prayers. Grandma Gertie was the pillar of the family faith. She prayed the rosary for each of us everyday. But something was missing for me. When I went to college I met a girl name Donna who lived two doors down in the dorm. She was really the pivotal key to my spiritual journey. She, too, was raised Catholic but she gave me exposure to being a Christian first then a Catholic. I questioned her… what does that mean? Are you saying Catholics aren’t Christians? No, not the case but… and we would talk into the wee hours. I truly love Donna to this day and I’m thankful for her courage to share her faith with me back then. A few years ago I tracked Donna down and we talked for hours like no time had passed. There’s much more to my spiritual journey but that was the start.

I guess the message today is both looking back and being present now for others. I hope you had that someone special in your life. Even if you haven’t, you can be that someone for someone else.

I hope you enjoyed today’s message and I pray many blessings for you.

Make Today Count.

It’s Not a Competition

I slept in a bit this morning and that felt really good. When it was time to wake up I hear a loud booming voice say “Welcome.” Now keep in mind, I’m traveling by myself so no one is in the room and the voice was not coming from outside or next door. I’m jolted awake and have no choice but to start my day.

I read for a bit and absorb Psalm 27. Look it up.. it’s a good one that ends with “wait patiently on the Lord.” I always open to hearing more about patience because that’s one thing I have always lacked. So I settle in and I’m ready for my time with God.

Me: Good morning, Lord. Please bless this sacred time together. Please keep me centered and focused and open to hearing your voice. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

God: Good morning. That’s a new start. Good job. What changed?

Me: Not sure exactly. I started listening to a few podcasts to supplement my reading.

God: Nice addition. What else.

Me: I got tired of wrestling, I guess. It’s really not my sport.

God: Do you have a sport?

Me: No not really.

God: I didn’t think so.

Me: Life is enough of a competitive sport for me.

God: It doesn’t need to be that, you know. That’s today’s message. Life Is Not a Competition.

Me: Really?

God: Here we go again. Yes, really. Why? Don’t you like it.

Me: I feel like that came from me, not You.

God: You have good ideas too.

Me: But this isn’t about me. It’s about You and Your people.

God: And you are one of My people too. Here’s the thing – There’s room for everyone. Life is not a competition. AND.. .there aren’t prizes for whomever comes in first or the fastest when you join me at home. Yes, there are many blessings but don’t compare yourself spiritually to others. Faith is not a competition. You are on a separate journey. Did you hear that? SEPARATE JOURNEY. Faith, just like life, is not a competition.

Me: Ok as long as I’m the vessel and not the creator of the message.

God: Even though faith is not a competition, that doesn’t mean I don’t want you to continue to improve and grow. Don’t envy someone for something you aren’t willingn to put the time in to achieve. Faith is not a check box. It’s a journey not a destination.

Go: Faith is not a competition to be “won”. You are all winners when you accept Christ in to your heart as your savior.

Me: Sounds good. I didn’t see that coming. But then again, I never do.

God: You’ll learn to not try to plan these. Listen and pray. Spend time with me. Quit wrestling day in and day out. That is pointless and fruitless.

Me: Got it! Thank you, Lord.

God: Now go write and tell my people. They need you.

(I say the Lord’s prayer and start to write)

This one hit home for me today because I truly am the most competitive person I know. That’s exactly why I don’t play or watch any sports. Nope… I don’t even watch sports because it’s too much stress for me because I can’t stand to lose.

Even during my battle with breast cancer, I was competitive at that. I was going to beat cancer like no one had ever beaten cancer. How silly is that? Come on, Marcia, seriously? Yep… that’s how I roll.

Is there something you are wrestling with? Is there a situation you’re making into a competition when it really shouldn’t be? Do you treat faith like a competition and not participate like I am with sports? It’s not a competition. We’re all winners in Christ.

I hope you found a nugget in there that speaks to you. I encourage you to spend time with God in quiet prayer and conversation. You too can have a direct a conversation with him.

Make Today Count.

I Got This

I’m sleepy and weary from traveling and sleeping in a strange bed. I feel like my brain was on overload a lot yesterday. I’m still trying to make sense of these sessions and their purpose and am I doing this right. Is there a right way? Maybe I’m just crazy. I’m trying to make sense of all that has happened over the past few weeks and piece it all together. It’s very hard to do that when I don’t have all the pieces. This morning’s time with God started out like a wrestling match again and went something like this…

Me: Good morning, Lord

God: Well good morning, Marcia You seem restless, again.

Me: I am. I have lot running though my brain.

God: Really? Like what?

Me: I know you already know. We talked about it all day yesterday.

God: No, you talked. I shook my head while you ran around in circles, but continue.

Me: I super excited with our time together. I even more excited with writing the blog.

God: But?

Me: But I’m worried I’m not doing enough. I’m worried I’m not hearing you clearly enough to relay the messages properly. I’m worried people will think it’s about me and not about You.

God: Ok, slow down. Where does this worry come from? I know it’s not from me. I want to take that from you so you don’t have to carry it.

Me: I worry that there is a day without a message.

God: Oh you mean like today?

Me: What? No message today. Awh come on.

God: Yes, that’s what I was planning today. Let’s regroup instead because you’re missing the point. First of all, this is not about you, Marcia. It’s about them, my people. The benefit you get is a bonus but that’s on the purpose.

Me: Ok, got it. Thank you.

God: Secondly, what’s the initial message?

Me: Love my people. My people need you.

God: Ok good. Now listen carefully, Marcia. You’re getting too hung up on the process and all this other stuff that you’re losing sight of the real purpose here. We’re only a few weeks into this and you acting like a lunatic. More so as the day goes on.

Me: I feel like I don’t know enough to be your messenger. I’m not scholarly. I’m not able to recite verse after verse. I’m not…

God: Did I ask you to me any of that?

Me: No.

God: Did I ask you to learn more, though?

Me: Yes

God: Are you doing that?

Me: Yes.

God: Then what’s the problem? What did I ask you do to?

Me: Come back every day and spend time with you.

God: Are you doing that?

Me: Yes, but…

God: But nothing. Calm down and enjoy the journey. If you get yourself all worked up and your head full of worry you’re no good to anyone. Stop with the “what ifs”. Let me take those. I’ll handle those when and if they come.

Me: But I’m a planner.

God: Yes, that’s a gift I’ve given you. But even our gifts can be a hindrance if not used properly. Stop trying to plan this and learn to roll with it. You did so good in the beginning. Now you’re turning something beautiful into something you’re allowing to make you crazy.

Me: (deep sigh) I see you’re point. So what message can I give everybody today?

God: No message.

Me: Really? That’s not fair.

God: Ok here’s the message. STOP WORRYING! I got this!

Me: Perfect!

God: Seriously, Marcia. You and my people need to know their planning is futile. It’s cute but don’t waste energy trying to plan and predict every little detail. Worrying is an absolute waste of time and energy so stop it. Besides, my plan with override yours anyway.

Me: Yes, Lord. Got it.

God: Calm down today. Your fussing isn’t helping anyone. Now go write and tell them I love them and I miss them.

So there you have it. Sorry it that was more about my crazy over active brain today. I guess the value in sharing these is so you know you’re not the only one that struggles with silly stuff like this. Today is going to be a good day. He’s already got this in His hands. I hope you’ll join me in laying our troubles and worries at the foot of the cross. Take a deep breath. You got this!

Make Today Count and may God Bless you today and every day.

Not a good day for a Pity Party

This mornings episode of Mornings with God start before I even get out of bed. I feel Him tugging at me, gently nudging me to get out of bed. It would be so easy to skip today. It’s Sunday and we had a late night last night. It’s chilly outside. My bed is warm and cozy. Then I hear “Not a good day for a pity party, Marcia”.

Me: Really? I get the message already? I’m not out of bed yet. Oh… you meant that for me. But I don’t feel like I was having a pity party.

God: Guess again. You had a dozen excuses (that you call reason) for not joining me this morning. I’m waiting for you.

Me: Can we talk here instead today?

Go: Seriously? NO! Let’s go.

~ I drag myself out of bed and throw some warmer clothes on and quickly tip toe to the top of the stairs where my Bible, chair, and notebook are waiting for me. I settle in and read a few Proverbs. They’re interesting but I’m anxious since we’ve already started a good dialogue this morning.

Me: Happy Sunday!

God: Happy Sunday, child. Are you ready for the message for my people today?

Me: Yes, I am ready.

God: Good, because I already gave it to you. (we both chuckle). Tell them to stop the pity party. It’s not good to wallow in self pity and loathing. Oh sure, feel bad for a minutes if you have to, but ENOUGH with the pity party. We have a lot of work to do and that’s not productive. It’s actually counter-productive.

God: Remember Psalm 23:4 – Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of darkness, I will fear no evil, for you are with me.

Me: Of course. You know that’s a favorite of mine. I’ve said many times that it doesn’t say ‘stop and wallow’. It says “walk”… keep going.

God: Exactly! Marcia, this question is for you. What are you holding on to and wallowing in self pity?

Me: More than I want to admit.

God: You do a good job on the outside, most of the time. You still have work to do, though.

Me: Ok. No pity party. Any advice?

God: Keep moving. Keep going. It’s ok to feel those feelings. Feelings are good and necessary. Don’t take up camp there though. Move through it. That’s not your home. Figure out what those things are that you’re holding on to and release them. STOP THE PITY PARTY.

God: It’s like you’re turning your nose up at some of the gifts I’ve given you. Work through these things and be joyful. You good?

Me: Yep. I got it. I’m good.

God: Great! Now go write.

~ As I’m writing this I attempt to think of what else I can add but I come up blank because this one hit me right between the eyes this morning. I sit at the keyboard wondering “Where am I still having a pity party? I have so much to be thankful for.”

I realize that I do still hold on to some things that cause me to spiral into a pity party. I look down at my chest where my breast used to be. For those that don’t know me personally, I’m a breast cancer survivor. I had a double mastectomy in August of 2016. I’m three years now with a body part that used to define me and who I was as a woman. There isn’t a day that goes by that I’m not reminded of this. Instead of looking at what I lost during my battle with cancer, I turn my thoughts to all that I gained. Sure I lost my hair. So what… that was actually kinda fun to be bald. If you saw my hair now you’d never know.

Sure I lost my breast and have these fake ones. So what! I don’t have to wear a bra unless I want to.

What I gained far more than anything I lost. I gained so much that I can’t even begin to list it.

Maybe today you’re pity party isn’t around what you lost but dread for what the day is about to bring. That’s part of it for me too. I have a crazy busy day. I’m traveling yet again and it’s very tiring. But it’s going to be a good trip. They always are.

So I give myself a pep talk and straighten my tiara and march forward as a child of God. Ready for whatever this day brings.

You got this. I’m not saying it’s easy. It’s certainly not easy for me. But let’s agree to stop the Pity Party. Deal? Deal.

Make Today Count.

Be Present

It’s a gorgeous and chilly morning and I settle in with my heater and a prayer shawl a dear friend made for me during my cancer treatment a 3 years ago. It’s comforting and cozy. I’m feeling confident as I use my Frankincense essential oil this morning. I’m ready for a great conversation. It went something like this:

Me: Good morning, Lord.This time together has made a huge difference for me, Lord. I’m so grateful.

God: That’s great! Tell me more.

Me: I’m much more at peace. Life doesn’t have me tied up in knots like it used to. I don’t dread getting out of bed in the morning. You know that a big one right there.

God: Great start. You can tell me more on that later.

Me: Can I sit for a bit before we get into the content of the message today?

God: Of course.

~ I sat for a bit. My mind began to wander and it became a wrestling match again. My brain took off like Scooby at the dog park. Clearly I’m not ready yet. Deep breath… I seek prayers for a few friends and family members. That should do the trick. Wait.. where am I now? How did my brain get here?

God: Whoa! Marcia! What’s going on? Come sit by the water. Calm down, child. Clear you mind. Let all that go. We have a limited amount of time this morning and you’re making yourself crazy.

Me: Sorry, Lord. Ok, I’m here. I got it. (deep breath) What’s the message today?

God: Not so fast.

Me: Ok, sorry.

God: Sit with me (pause) Be present.

Me: Thank you, yes I am. I”m here.

God: That’s good – but I meant THEM. That’s the message today. “Be Present”.

Me: Oh sorry. I thought you meant me.

God: Quit apologizing, Marcia, and listen. As we’re in the Holiday Season again and I need my people to hear this. BE PRESENT instead of giving presents. Think back to previous Christmas’s. What gift to you remember giving? Any?

Me: A few (i say sheepishly)

God: Exactly! Now think about the people and the memories.

Me: Oh I get it! Like Christmas Eve at Grandma Belle’s!

God: Exactly! I want my people to be present with each other. Relax and enjoy the season. Do not focus on the material side of the Holiday. Be Present. Better yet… Be THE Present. There’s a ton of creative things you can do with this.

  • Coupon books that your kids can redeem or they can make them for you too.
  • Give someone a day with you. They decide what to do.
  • Take a friend to lunch or have a tea party or a cookie exchange
  • Take a meal to a friend.
  • Help someone with house work or a project at their house
  • Give a donation in their name to a charity of their choice. (ask Marcia if you need suggestions here)

God: Here’s the point – be there and spend time with the people who matter most in your life. Don’t rush from one store to the next looking for the perfect gift. You are the perfect gift. Put your time and energy into that instead. Please!

God: Think about it, very few people need all that stuff you’re buying them. Don’t get me wrong.. there are TONS of people in need. Put your time effort and money into that. That’s a different message for another day.

Me: Well all right then. I think I got it.

God: Slow down. Don’t rush the season. Be present. Be the present.

Me: Got it. Thank you! Make Today Count.

As always, it’s never this theological or difficult message. He give me /us simple things to digest. I guess that’s the point, right? How often do we over complicate things. So today as you go about your list making for Christmas presents and start to plan you Thanksgiving meal, stop and think about what’s really important. It’s the people not the presents.

Friends and family… don’t buy me anything. Let’s do something instead. Come visit. Let’s have coffee and some cookies.

I hope you find these posts thought provoking. Let me be clear. these are not my words. These are messages that God is asking me to relay to you all. I’d love your feedback. Thanks for spending time with me this morning and reading.

MAKE TODAY COUNT!

Teach Them

On today’s episode of “Mornings with God” I’m centered and peaceful. Great way to start, for sure. This is going to be a little different that some of the others because it’s a bit backwards from how the usual conversations go. Bear with me and I hope this helps.

Me: Good morning, Lord

God: Good morning, Marcia

Me: I have a sore throat today. 😦

God: I know you do.

Me: Any help there? Please. I have a busy weekend and can’t really be down and out with a cold.

God: You’ll be fine. Trust me.

Me: Can I just sit with you this morning without an agenda?

God: Absolutely! You know I enjoy our time together.

~I settle in more and I calm my brain and I feel centered and relaxed. I focus on my breath and take long deep cleansing breaths. I’m able to clear my mind of racing thoughts and it feels really good. After a few minutes we continue…

God: How about you teach them how to do this today?

Me: Really?

God: Why do you always have to question me on the topic?

Me: I do, don’t I?

God: Yes, now focus on the process you use and describe it.

Me: Ok. I’m sitting under a tree, next to a babbling brook. There are frogs and crickets and probably a snake near the water. Wait.. no… not a snake.. I hate snakes.

God: Focus child!

Me: The grass is green and it smells like spring. The sun is shining and ht sky is blue. Birds are chirping.

God: way more detail than needed but continue.

Me: I look up and I see you standing on the other side of the creek. You’re all white and glowing. I try to look up but I can’t see your face. Why can’t I see your face even in my vision?

God: Nobody gets to see that….continue.

Me: You come across the creek and put your hand on my head. As thoughts come into my mind I put them in a box and send them down the stream to pick up later. I breath deep and relax into it. Completely relaxed.

~side note; I know that may seem strange that I have all that imagery when I’m trying to clear my brain but that’s the image that appears every time I do this so I just go with it and try not to block it out.

Me: Lord, this journey and this process is scary sometimes.

God: I know, but I’m with you. Remember what I said about 30 days?

Me: Yes, the first day I started this particular journey you told me you had something big in store for me in 30 days if I kept going and remained focused.

God: Yes.

Me: Will I be ready?

God: Maybe… I think you already are.

Me: I’m ok if that “something big” is the fact that I’m learning how to spend time with you. Getting closer to you is huge just by itself.

God: Yes, it is. Be patient, child. So today’s message is Teach Them. Now go write.

Me: Thank you, Lord, Jesus for all that you have done for me and the multitude of blessings you have bestowed upon me. Please let me use my gifts to bless others and spread the Word of God to all people. In Jesus, name I pray, Amen.

~ so there you have it… that’s my process. But let me dig in just a little bit more and explain how I do this.

  • I pick a quiet place in the house where I won’t be disturbed and not hear much noise. (tricky.. I know…that’s why I get up earlier than everyone else in the house)
  • I set the timer on my phone for 10-15 minutes.
  • I get comfortable and imagine I’ve just walked into a big room where God is waiting for me.
  • I greet him and I imagine I sit down and we start talking.
  • I work to clear my brain of the lists and the schedules and worries of the day.
  • I use the box method I described above. I pretend to put my worries in a box and sending them down stream.
  • I focus on my breathing.
  • I survey my body to see what’s tense and try to loosen it up.
  • We talk… and I try to listen. Sometimes I talk more but I try to listen more and more.
  • Before long the timer goes off and I’m done.
  • I say the Our Father.
  • I thank him for my many blessings and I’m done.

In the beginning – this is going to seem REALLY hard! You can download an app to help you meditate. I’ve done that alot too. Now I don’t need an app. I can do it without. I’d rather hear God’s voice than the British guy on my app.

Don’t get frustrated if it doesn’t seem easy. I’ve been doing this for many years. It takes practice and time. But it’s really worth it.

I’d love to what process you use for prayer and meditation. I’d love to hear what works for you. If this helped you, I’d love to hear that too.

This journey has been too amazing for me to not share it with you all. If you have something similar… a gift of some sort… that you’ve been hiding… share it with others. He’s given us our gifts to share. I never considered this journey that I’m on as a gift but I guess it is. So I encourage you today to Teach Them. Share it.

I wish you well today and may God bless you abundantly so you can share with others and be the answer to someone’s prayer today.

Make Today Count!

I Miss Them

As I settle in to spend time with God this morning I start by using some Frankincense essential oil. I love that! It’s calming and fresh and makes me feel connected to Him. I decided to sit on the floor this morning instead of in my chair. It felt more cozy to me. I sit with my head bowed and my hands, palms up in front of me resting on my knees.

Me: Good morning, Lord.

God: Good morning, Marcia. You seem more focused and ready already. Nice touch with the Frankincense, by the way.

Me: Oh, than you. Yes, I like it alot.

God: Let’s just sit quietly for a bit today.

Me: oh, ok.

Silence – deep breathing – I pray for a bunch of you guys. My mind wanders a bit and I bring it back to center quit easily.

God: Are you ready for the message today?

Me: Sure.

God: Tell them I miss them.

Me: I feel like we’ve already said that recently.

God: Then say it again. Sit with that for a bit and let it sink in.

Silence for a bit….

God: I know everybody is super busy. I’m kinda busy myself, you know. But I make time for you. 🙂 Make time! Ten minutes. That’s all I’m asking right now is 10 minutes. If they give me 10 minutes in the morning to spend a little time with me, it can mean the world of difference. If they start their day off like that with me, the whole tone for the day is better.

Me: That’s true. I know it’s been great for me.

God: Of course it’s true.

Me: Uh… you seem a little testy about this today.

God: I am because they all need to have a personal relationship with me. Not just through some other preacher, teacher, or beacher.

Me: You made that word up, didn’t you? You know I like rhyming things.

God: I’m allowed to make up words if I want to. Now back to the topic. Tell them I miss them. I want 10 minutes of peace and quiet with them every day. Maybe it’s 10 minutes more if they feel they’re already doing this. Let’s face it, they spend a lot of time on pointless silly games and meaningless crap every day. They have the time to be able to carve our 10 minutes. They’re just not making it a priority. I MISS THEM!

Me: What about me?

God: What about you? That’s a silly question, Marcia. This isn’t about you.

Me. Sorry, I don’t know where that came from but I want to more about my role.

God: You’re already doing it. Don’t get me wrong, there’s more to come for you. Be patient, child. Stay focused. You are on the right track.

Me: Thank you, Lord for blessing me and allowing me to spend time with you.

God: Thank you for hearing my call and having the courage to follow through. Great things are in store for you and those that hear and heed my message. Now go write and Make Today Count.

Me: Thank you, Lord.

If you know me at all, you know I love my sleep. It’s pretty remarkable that I can get up earlier than I need to do this reading and writing. I thought I would be quite tired as the day rolls along but the contrary has been happening. I have more energy and feel much more engaged and present.

Here’s the point – God longs for a direct relationship with you. He misses you. Find the time in your busy schedule. Set a reminder or an appointment with yourself to make this a priority. Even if you just start by sitting still and focus on breathing deeply for 10 minutes. It does get easier the more you do it and you’ll start to really miss it if you skip it. What do you have to lose?

In the words of my dearly departed mother… .Make Today Count!

Who Are You in Christ?

When I first started my prayer time with God I struggled to get a solid 10 minutes in. This morning I was 10 mins in and I felt like I just sat down. It’s a long conversation today. Much more of Him talking than me. Here’s how it went:

Me: Thank you Lord for the heat. Thank you..

God: Oh don’t start that again. 🙂 Take a minute and think back to the previous sessions.

Me: Peace, Mobilize, Love my people…

God: Yes. That’s right so here’s your message today – Who Are You in Christ?

Me: Meaning what?

God: Meaning, what’s your role? We make up the Body of the Christ. Last I checked sitting in a pew didn’t count as a body part.

Me: But a bottom is a body part.

God: Ok you got me there. Yes, being in church is important. I’m talking about more than that though… arms, legs, eyes, ears…all that. Don’t get me wrong, clearly being in a church community and participating is incredibly important. However, that’s not the only.

Me: I agree with your message and I’ve heard that before but there got to be more to this message.

God: Ok, so tie it back to the other messages. All of these messages work together just like all the body parts work together.

Me: I feel like… (long pause)

God: What, Marcia? What do you feel? Let me help you.

Me: I feel like some people…

God: Stop. I see where you’re going. Let me help you… Do More.

Me: Do More? Aren’t most people’s lives already so crazy busy that saying Do More is going to send them over the edge?

God: Yes, that’s true so here’s the point. Get rid of the noise that tells you “You’re supposed to do this or supposed to do that”. Figure out who you are in the Body and expand on it. Multiply it! So let me ask again. “Who Are You in Christ?”

God: If you met someone new at a Christmas party you ask what they do, right? They say “I’m a (fill in the blank)”. But what if the frame of reference wasn’t what you do to make money but more what you do for the Kingdom of God? I’m not saying that everyone is supposed to quit their jobs. No, not at all. I need them where I’ve planted them.

God: The work you are doing is important but remember Marcia, you work for me. While you’re paycheck comes from the company you work for, don’t forget that you work for me first.

God: Your mission field is where I planted you. Clearly, Marcia, you are the ears on the body. But there’s more but you can’t do it all.

Me: Well that’s a lot to digest.

God: But it’s simple. Don’t over complicate it. Let me rephrase it for you. Be my hands and feet. That’s it. You are my angels… the answer to prayers. The list is long and your prayer requests are in there but I need you to get the message out to my people that I need to them to be my hands and feet and be an answer to a prayer today.

God: That’s all I have for you today.

Me: What? No jokes this morning?

God: Ok, you’re the joke.

Me: Ouch! What? That’s not fair.

God: Kidding… I’m kidding. But don’t take yourself too seriously either.

Me: I can’t end on that note.

God: Of course not. You’re on the right track. You need to keep going.

Me: Got it.

God: Now go and Make Today Count.

Well there you have it folks. Be the hands and feet. That means something different for each of us. Also… we can’t all be hands and no feet. So don’t envy someone else’s gifts. You have yours. You just need to use them.

I hope you found a nugget in here today that you found interesting and that you’ll ponder and incorporate into your world.

These messages are as much for me as they are for you. I hope you’ll share these and most importantly – MAKE TODAY COUNT.

Focus

It seemed to be a bit of a wrestling match again today. A lot of back and forth… restless and rushed. It started perfectly normal with some polite greetings and my brain went into overdrive. I started making a dozen different lists. I was worried about what time it was and what time I needed to leave this morning. A million people I needed to pray for started lining up. After 5 minutes I stopped and grabbed my bottle of Frankincense to help me get back on track. It went something like this…

Me: Good morning, Lord

God: Good morning, Marcia. I’m glad to see you.

Me: I’m glad to be here. Thank you for the heat. Thank you for my feet. Thank you for my health. Thank you for my wealth. Thank you for….

God: What is this? Prayers in the form a Dr. Suess rhyme? You can stop that now.

Me: But it was cute…. and… oh sorry, sorry, sorry.

God: Your word is Sweet.

Me: What? Sweet like Sugar? Or Sweet like “awesome dude”? I’m not getting it.

God: What about Be Kind and Sweet?

Me: eh… not enough there. Everyone knows they need to be kind, don’t they?

God: Here you go…. FOCUS! Marcia, you need to focus! You aren’t alone in this struggle either. Clearly it’s a challenge for you today so let’s start there.

Me: Seems like a great place to start… (squirrel… what time is it, when do I need to leave… )

God: HELLO….. Whoa… slow down little doggie.

Me: oops… you were saying something about Focus. (but not the car, Focus, right?) Did I tell you I’m thankful for….

God: Girl, you need help today. Now listen! You have to Love My People. My People Need You. Remember? I need you to focus. Not just during our time together but overall. The prayer time is great but there’s more to this. You have to keep going. There’s more but you need to remove distractions and get focused.

Me: Shucks… I feel like I wasted our time together today. I’m a little exhausted from wrestling. Wait… who was it in Genesis that you wrestled with and they broke their hip? Oh right.. .Jacob Genesis 32:22-32.

God: You’re exhausting me today, you know that right? I do have to say it’s been somewhat entertaining though. You always keep it interesting.

Me: Sorry for being so … I don’t even know what to call it.

God: This is a prime example, though. You’re not alone in this struggle. But it’s up to you to do something about it. Now go and write it.

Me: Go it. Thank you, Lord Jesus.

Does this sound like you when you try to pray? Some days are better than others. Some days, like today… I’m like a small child. The struggle is real. But I don’t give up. I’ll keep trying. I’ll keep adjusting. I’ll keep doing my best every today and every day. Are you struggling here too? Tell me I’m not alone in this one. (crap what time is it? I gotta walk the dogs and shower and oh geez…)

Dear Friends, I hope you find humor and inspiration in my retelling of my prayer time. I am real. I am not perfect. But I am a child of God and that’s what matters. You are a child of God too and you matter. Make Today Count.

Seek Peace

I had a really hard time again this morning getting settled in. My mind kept wandering in a million places to things that were really of no consequence or importance. After shifting in my seat a bit I finally feel like I’m ready. I use my focus word “Peace” to help get me centered.

Me: Good Morning Lord. I’m ready.

God: You don’t seem ready but ok, your message is Heart.

Me: I feel like that’s the word because I’m holding my pink stone heart. I feel like I’m imposing that word. Let me settle in a bit more, please. (and I repeat my focus word Peace)

God: Ok, so you don’t want “heart” today. How about we use “Peace”?

Me: Are you sure? That feels like it’s the default since it’s my focus word.

God: Peace is the message today. I think it’s an important one. Isn’t Peace what you always wanted?

Me: yes, definitely.

God: Isn’t Peace something you wish for others?

Me: yes, definitely.

Go: Ok then, Seek Peace. That’s the message.

Me: I get the Peace part but “seek peace”?

God: Peace doesn’t just happen. You know that, Marcia. Peace is intentional. Peace is contagious. Haven’t you notice how the world reacts when you’re at peace? Does it just happen? Don’t you all need more peace? Somethings you just need to let go of in order to be at peace.

God: What do you need to do today, Marcia, to find more peace? You liked Hide and Seek as a kid, right? Think of peace as hiding and you have to find ti. IT WILL NOT FIND YOU! Did you hear me? It won’t. It’s intentional and you need to find it. It doesn’t just happen.

Me: (being silly) Here Peacey, Peace…. here Peacey Peace… Like that?

God: Really? First of all.. that’s not how you play Hide and Seek. And secondly, you’re not calling it like your calling your dogs. Seek it out. Find it. Be intentional about it. You need to let go of things you’re holding on to in order to find true lasting peace.

Me: Got it. Seek Peace it is.

God: Ok now go write.

I have to say that since I’ve starting writing this, I have been much more at peace. I’m not caught up in a wave of emotions. (or at least not as much) I still have a lot of work to do on many fronts.

When I write these posts, they’re as much for me as they are for you. I am far from perfect and a work in progress. But I’m not sitting still. I’m seeking peace every day. I strive to be a little better today than I was yesterday. It’s a journey, not a destination.

In the words of my dear mother who left this world far too young… Make Today Count!