You Are A Diamond!

I recently did a podcast for Spreaker and Anchor titled You Are A Diamond!  I was inspired to do this podcast for a couple of reasons.  The first reason was that my friend Mary gave a great suggestion of doing a podcast about moments in life where people felt certain that God was present with them in a very tangible way.  I love this idea actually, and I can even see a possible series of podcasts coming out of it where people have an opportunity to share some of their own “God Moments” in life!  I am especially excited about this idea because I feel it is not only inspiring, but an encouragement to all of us as we hear what God has done in other people’s lives!

Shortly after Mary shared her idea with me,  in fact I think it was only a few days later, I had the blessing of experiencing what I believe was one of these moments!  This moment is what I shared in my podcasts, and the reason I felt that the moment was connected to us being diamonds,  and more specifically diamonds in the rough,  is because I believe as we journey through life we are all works in progress!  It can be a messy process at times, and in that process I believe much of our true nature and selves,  who God created us to be, can get covered up by difficult life circumstances,  pain,  health issues and any other stressors we might be dealing with.  Here are a few excerpts from the podcasts where I talk about the “God Moment” I recently experienced:

“I was watching a youtube video and one of the people who commented…their comment suddenly seemed very highlighted to me,  and a sudden grief came over me that no one had,  up to that point,  liked or replied to the comment.  I was perceiving it as someone asking for some kind of encouragement and help! The person felt that they had failed in life and failed God too because their life circumstances had turned out so difficult.  They were sick and homeless and I realized then that the grief I was feeling was the Lord’s heart for that person,  and His love for them began to flood my heart and then I knew I had to answer the prompting rising up in my heart!  So feeling somewhat overwhelmed by this person’s level of pain and suffering,  I began to try and write what I hoped was a compassionate and helpful response. ..at one point in that person’s comment they said they were sleeping outside and being treated like an unwanted dog.  That sentence in particular grieved me,  and then I believe the Lord put in my mind what to say to them so I began to share a story from a book I had read by Rick Joyner called The Final Quest.  In this book Rick Joyner talked about a vision he felt God had given to him and it was one part of the vision specifically that I felt prompted to share with this hurting person.  In this part of the vision Rick Joyner saw a man walking down the street and the Lord told him,  in his vision,  that this man had not ever known love or even been shown kindness for one day in his whole life.  This man was,  of course, in bad shape, and then a cat walked right in front of him and he was tempted to take some of his hurt and anger out on this cat and kick the cat.  However,  this man chose to resist that temptation and he did not kick the cat!

The Lord then told Rick Joyner that this man had a throne in heaven for this one act of kindness during his life…that was all I shared about the vision but then I added that only God could judge the sum total of a person’s life and that even if they felt their life had been wasted,  that God sees things and us, very differently than we do!  People tend to be focused on the outward appearance when God is focused on the inward character and core of who He created us to be.  Very shortly after I had left my comment,  the person came back online and wrote a comment back to me.  As I read their comment I began to feel God’s heart again and then I felt even more sure that God had used me by telling the story of the cat because this person wrote and said,  and this is verbatim – ‘This has brought me to tears,  I have bags of food here for all the wild animals who come by daily for food,  I’m just here,  you do know kindness and compassion thank you!’  When I read this response I was just amazed because I had no idea when I shared the story about the man not kicking the cat,  that a story about an animal would be the perfect way to break through some of that person’s pain and give them hopefully even the tiniest ability to believe again that God was,  and actually is,  seeing their pain and on a level of depth no human being is capable of!”

So there you have it my most recent God moment!  It might not sound like a big deal but all I can say is that what I felt in my heart in that moment was a big deal and a blessing to me!  I believe these kinds of moments are possible everyday and especially when we follow those promptings of our hearts to reach out to another person with a helping hand or sometimes even something as simple as a smile.  If you would like to hear the podcast episode, You Are A Diamond,  in it’s entirety it is on both my Spreaker and Anchor podcasts!  As always my hope is that this has been an encouragement and a blessing to you and I look forward to being back with another blog post very soon!

 

Additional Thoughts About Thriving In The Promise Land!

Good Morning Everyone!  I hope you are all having a blessed Sunday my friends! This is a more impulsive blog post for me than usual but I wanted to share with you guys in a little more detail what has been happening to me as I have been stepping out more in what I feel is my new Promise Land.  The Lord says not to despise small beginnings and I think I can understand more fully now why He might have said this!  Building something is a step by step process and some of those steps can seem quite unremarkable at times and even tedious, and so I am having to cultivate in a deeper way habits of discipline and consistency even when I may not be experiencing much outwardly to even encourage or motivate me to keep going.  Of course there is the constant sense of doing something meaningful for the Lord and that is truly a reward in and of itself,  but I have been discovering that the mechanics of the process involve many building block moments where I simply have to persevere and plod through!

However I hope this does not sound like complaining on my part because God has His ways of pulling back the veil on any project or endeavor and taking our breath away as He shows us some of the previously hidden progress that has been going on under the surface and these can be exciting and fulfilling moments for us!  In fact, this is why I wanted to share with you guys in a more informal way on the blog today because I recently had one of these moments!  The moment was connected to my being obedient to what I felt was the Lord’s prompting to start a facebook page for the Real Talk Radio podcasts.  So I enlisted my tech savvy Mom’s help as I often do, and together we started finding our way through the process of creating a facebook page for my podcasts!  I will spare you those somewhat tedious details,  but the part I  wanted to share with you is how the Lord can surprise us in unforeseen ways as we simply move out in those promptings He puts on our hearts to do.  I believe this is actually even another aspect of how we can thrive in our Promise Lands or territories or whatever you might want to call them.  As Mom and I moved through the set-up process it felt a bit uncertain and even chaotic at times but I suppose all pioneering and building is like this!

Okay so I am finally getting to the heart of what I wanted to share with you,  as we were moving step by step through the set-up process I saw an option to form a facebook group that would be affiliated with the main Real Talk Radio page.  I felt a prompt to go ahead and start a group, but I have to say it was a quiet prompt,  and one that I could have easily brushed off or ignored and here is where I think that mysterious element of surprise can come in when we are listening and obeying to even the quietest of promptings in our hearts. I followed that quiet prompting and formed a group that I decided to call Real Talk Friends!  I was blessed and surprised when I saw that a flood of people were joining the group!  I was also confused because my official Real Talk Radio page was not getting much of a response and that might have discouraged me but then I realized that this is truly an example of the mystery of how God works!  We might have a set idea in our mind about how we think something is going to work out and what it is going to look like,  but if we are truly allowing the Lord to build it there is no way to predict the outcome!  When I started the official Real Talk Radio page on facebook there was no preconceived idea in my mind that one of the best, and most rewarding outcomes, was going to a great and budding online community where people would be able to share and discuss those things that are on their hearts in a safe and caring environment!

I am thankful and I feel blessed that God wanted this online community to come together!  I hope what I have shared here today has been a blessing to you and maybe even inspired you to not despise what you might be perceiving as your small beginnings!  As we continue to be faithful in what we feel God is putting on our hearts to do,  and I believe to the degree that we can go with the flow of it so to speak,  we give God the room to build His ministry and we receive the amazing blessing of being a partner with Him and a vessel for His work on the earth!

Thriving In The Promise Land!

Hello Everyone!  I recently recorded a new podcast for both Spreaker and Anchor titled Thriving In The Promise Land!  In this episode I shared what I have been going through recently as the Lord has been moving me ever closer to more fully entering into my new Promise Land.  While this is definitely exciting,  I began to notice that I was struggling more than usual with feelings of insecurity and inadequacy about being able to accomplish those things God has put on my heart to do! This is one of the issues I decided to address in the podcasts,  in case others might be going through a similar struggle in their walk with God right now,  here is an excerpt from the podcast where I share what I believe the Lord showed me about how this struggle can not only be overcome,  but how we can also thrive in our Promise Lands!

“…What I think the Lord has been really impressing on me is that the security we need once again stems from our true identity in Christ,  who God created us to be,  being able to come forth.  I also believe that this comes from us surrendering to a deep transformative process where we are dying to self and being molded more into the image of Christ,  and that it really is in this transformation process that our truest selves and true identity begins to come forth.  In this amazing process we begin to blossom in our callings and giftings because they are flowing out of our true indentities in Christ as we are getting more rooted and more firmly established in our relationship with Him and experiencing His love for us!”

I believe one of the most powerful strengthening elements for us,  if not the most strenghtening element,  is when we begin to not only have a head knowledge,  but an authentic heart knowledge of how much God truly loves us!  It is on this foundation that our confidence and true and lasting security can grow and flourish especially as we are moving out into new territories to function in our gifts and callings.

I hope you can tune into one or both of the podcasts if you would like to hear more,  and I pray that you will be encouraged and strengthened as you continue to step out in obedience in your giftings and call,  the body of Christ needs you and what God has placed within you to share, and the world does too!