Thursday, March 29, 2012
Ahhh...and how refreshing it is my sweet friends!
I am reminded of Proverbs 11:25
A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will himself be refreshed.
Monday evening I was in Detroit awaiting my connecting flight to La Crosse, WI. I was seated in 2c of the plane and when I boarded there was a lady in seat 1c that looked up and said, "I think I know you". I was so caught off guard initially, I cannot recall if she asked if my name was Kelli or if I was a nurse, but then she asked if I was spiritual?
I replied with a cautious smile and somewhat of a giggle and said Yeah:) The words gushed from her lips, "You changed my life two years ago!" This got my attention!!!
I took my seat behind her and as we continued to recall the past it all came back to me. I worked in La Crosse exactly two years ago and had met Shelly on a late night flight into La Crosse where we became fast flight friends. We talked and shared various things about our lives and I shared what all Jesus was doing in my life!
Who knew...but a Holy God in complete control of all things?
Two years ago at that very moment in time, God was working in Shelly's life and He allowed me to be a part of His work by just simply sharing from my heart about His precious son, Jesus!
The really neat part to all of this... I was in such need for a big ol' splash of Jesus to refresh me on Monday evening and He appointed Shelly to do just that! It isn't often that you get to see how your life may have impacted another soul on this earth especially those that you meet flying around the country...I mean really...what are the chances? That is why this experience is so super amazing and just oozes with God's mighty presence!
I'll say it again! Jesus is alive and dwells within the hearts of His people!
Needless to say, I was so filled and refreshed I could hardly sleep. All I wanted to do was pray and talk to God about this exciting blessing He has given to me. I have this new sister in Christ in La Crosse, WI that I am forever thankful to God for placing into my life!
I am once again reminded of just how very good God is to me! Thank you Jesus...thank you!
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
Facebook launched in 2004 and as of 2012 there are over 845 million users. I became a Facebook user in 2008 and later added the Facebook app to my iPhone for on the go monitoring of my account activity. I currently have 848 friends that are made up of old high school friends, college friends, friends of friends, colleagues, and just random connections through travel, work, or ministry.
Lately, I have entertained the thought of shutting my Facebook account down because it truly steals away small segments of time that add up to large blocks of time. I am finding that my involvement in following 848 friends on Facebook is anything but relaxing. In fact, I am noticing that I have become greatly frustrated at many of the daily posts and sometimes even embarrassed for my said "friends".
Don't get me wrong, Facebook can truly be a wonderful tool to get connected to people that you have lost touch with over time. I have even shared Jesus by way of private chat. I have been able to send words of encouragement to people that I would otherwise have no connectivity information. However...all the in between status postings, game requests, and picture posts...I find myself having a judgmental spirit, rising resentment, and even frustration and anger towards others that talk a big talk and walk and entirely different walk.
Some days I tolerate this amount of information just fine and chalk it up as pathetic entertainment, but other days when I am super busy and my stress level is elevated just a bit, I often feel this is just too much information...
I wonder if other people feel this way also?
So why do I stay? That is a great question and actually is the question that I am currently working through!
I think it may come back to balance once again. Too much of a good thing just isn't good for any of us and we find ourselves in the land of bondage.
Balance is the key to all things:
Our Sunday school class is starting another book on developing an effective prayer life. My prayer life has suffered in the last few months and I clearly identify areas of much distraction. I know for me, I must nail down what has to go in order for me to refocus on Jesus so that I may seek Him with an unhindered heart.
Hebrews 12:1 (NIV) ~ Let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.
It comes down to discipline... God has an amazing plan for each of us and to get into that perfect will of God... discipline will be required. We WILL have to deny ourself and submit to the way of God in order to taste the greatness of His glory in our lives!
I am called to love God and to love people...can I do this most effectively by infiltrating my mind hourly with the drama of 848 "friends" that are all over the map in balancing their lives?