Wednesday, January 13, 2021

😎🐫🎤 Christ’s peace be with you.  We’ve all been there.  You experience the same basic message in multiple ways in a short period of time, just to make sure you get the message, His message.  My husband calls that getting hit upside the head with a 2×4.  Prepare, prepare, prepare keeps surfacing.  But what am I preparing for?  Many times, we don’t have a clue or if we think we know, the end results turn out to be not quite what we expected.  And its all about God’s timing.  So many times, it comes down to a combination of events stitched together that we couldn’t have planned.  What is He bringing to your life today?  Why is He specifically bringing that at this moment? 

Being that we didn’t have our planned big family gathering at Thanksgiving, we had a frozen turkey and all the yummy side dishes that were just sitting around waiting to be prepared.  We started thawing the turkey on Thursday planning to have our meal either Saturday or Sunday.  Okay, stick with me on this, because I’m going to stitch a few things together.  Saturday morning I was working through a backlog of personal emails and came across one in my spam box from a friend.  She sent it to me on 12/14/2020.  I sent her an email thanking her and letting her know that I would take a look at it.  I went back to her email Sunday morning.  It included a link to “Christmas with The Chosen”.  In her email, Buffy wrote…”The whole program is wonderful, but the best part starts at 1:18.”  God couldn’t have made it any clearer.  Dallas Jenkins shared a little of his story about how “The Shepard” and “The Chosen” came to be.  On the heals of a big failure, it was presented to him that “It’s not your job to feed the 5,000.  It’s only your job to provide the loaves and fish.”  How often do we feel responsible for the end result and do all that we can and sometimes in a not so nice way, to try to make everything perfect?  Faithfully prepare and be obedient to only what you have been called to. 

Sunday afternoon as Brian and I were preparing this big meal for just the two of us, Brian ran to the store for a couple missing ingredients.  Upon his arrival back home, he said “We should call your mom and dad to see if they want to join us.”  So, we did and they accepted.  An interesting fact that they explained to us was that Saturday evening they were debating between two restaurants to eat at.  At the first, they were going to have a turkey dinner and their second option was hamburgers.  They chose the hamburgers.  You see, God was planting that seed in them about the turkey dinner, before they knew what it was all about.  Sure, you may say that was just a coincidence.  I don’t believe in coincidence, but I do believe in GODincidence.  The meal was just the mean, because He was once again using my Mom to carry a message to me as she spoke about repairing relationships one touch, one invitation at a time.  Preparing the groundwork for all the goodness He has planned.  Tuesday morning I was listening to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Daily Readings Reflection video by Deacon Arthur L. Miller from the Archdiocese of Hartford.  It’s a short 3:47 minute video that I shared below. The whole message was thought provoking, so I suggest you take a few minutes to watch it.  One line in particular stood out to me was, “If we don’t transform, we will transmit what we were.”   Which brought me back to preparing and moving forward.  About 30 minutes after listening to this reflection, I read 84 Packing Your Saddlebags in the devotional book Unbridled Faith by Cara Whitney, which is about preparing for the journey and “packing your saddlebags” for the unforeseen what-ifs that are just beyond your line of sight down the trail. 

Do you see what I mean by experiencing the same basic message in multiple ways in a short period of time?  So, tell me how are you experiencing these multiple touches from God in your life?  Seriously, I would like you to share with me what God is doing and how He is moving in your life.  I’m not one to say “Look at me.”  Actually, I’m one of those people that would rather blend into the crowd.  But a small part of what I’m getting from the messages God has been bringing to me is that I have to faithfully trust Him.  I know it’s not about me and I shouldn’t view it as a prideful thing to invite you to share what God is asking me to share.  After all, it’s for His glory, not mine.  So, if the Lord has touched you in some way with His message today, I ask that you pay it forward by sharing this message, so that He may also bless others.

Bless others and be blessed.

#Unbridled Faith – Cara Whitney

#United State Conference of Catholic Bishops Daily Readings Reflection

#Christmas with The Chosen

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