Give Me Jesus & Plexus

I have a confession to make. I got up this morning and didn’t pray AND didn’t drink my Pink Drink. 😧😳😦 Yep, this Ambassador for Christ and Plexus Ambassador is imperfect. 🤷🏽‍♀️

I realized what I had done once my head started hurting and I didn’t feel like myself. Here comes the good part! I get to start my morning now! I’m about to unplug, make my Pink Drink, grab my bible and spend the lunch hour with the Lord. 🙌🏽

It’s only the enemy that makes you feel like there is no recovery from your mistakes. You fell off your weight loss journey? Start again. Prayer life in shambles? Start over. We serve a loving, forgiving God that wants to hear from you no matter how long it’s been.

May my willingness to expose my inadequacies and failures, bring glory to the One that somehow gives me beauty for ashes and takes everything that was meant for bad and uses it for my good. Glory be to the One who deserves the credit and the honor.

But did you pray?

Please join me in this prayer:

Lord God, we desperately need your wisdom. You have given us a great country, founded on principles and truths from Your Word. We need men and women who will honor You, trust You, and lead us once again back to You. We pray for servant leaders who love the things You love and who care more about others than themselves.

Give us leaders with discerning hearts, bold faith, and wise minds that model Your character. Teach them—and us—not just what is good, but what is best. Guide them in the way our country should go. Give them purity in their intentions, and godliness in their convictions. Energize their spirits and bodies physically and spiritually, and keep them emotionally secure in the knowledge of who You are—and whose they are. Help them to be bighearted and sincere, energetic in goodness, and courteous in their manners.

Raise up leaders with the greatest potential of godly leadership, those who can ease confusion, expose illusion, and heal delusion. You alone hold the power to turn the hearts of leaders, but You listen and use our prayers to move them into right action. Help us to be faithful to care and to pursue Your heart in prayer.

Help our leaders to be quick to admit failure, but ready to rebound in persistent resilience. Encourage them to choose wisely, and when they don’t know what to do, help them keep their eyes on You. Let them take a firm stand on issues that truly matter to You, regardless of the consequences or approval ratings. Make them God-pleasers, not puppets; leaders filled with conviction, not corruption.

As a nation, God, help us to desire righteousness more than rights, and to mirror sacrifice more than selfishness. You know us well, and You understand our flaws. Turn those weaknesses into strengths; bathe us with Your grace and mercy, though none of us deserve it. Fill us with the boldness to choose the kind of freedom that will benefit all, rather than a few. Open our eyes to see others as You do—with godly potential and value. But help us, too, to recognize our own pride in trying to elevate ourselves and others above You and Your purpose for our lives.

We need, You, God. Oh, how we need You! You have exercised nothing but faithfulness and fairness in Your treatment of our country, even when we’ve turned our back on You and forgotten Your goodness to us. Your discipline at times is hard, but You are just. Your purpose is always to draw us close to You, to bless us, and to make us a great nation who honors You. You are a good, good, Father—and Your love for us has a proven track record.

Forgive us for wanting our own way and making our own paths—often the ones paved with least resistance. Forgive us for fence-walking, or for ignoring completely the truths that can so easily set us free. Deliver us from mindless quarrels and destinations that lead us nowhere, but away from You. Free us from divisiveness, and melt our hardened hearts to love, not hate, and to heal, not debate.

Our history has cried for king-like leaders who will solve our problems and meet our needs. But there is only one King, and that is You, Lord. We have blindly sought answers from others to life’s unresolved questions through the years, but You are the only wise Counselor. We have longed for peace, but You are the only Peacemaker, and the only Prince of Peace. We’ve clung to our weapons of warfare, not as measures of defense, but as strongholds of selfish pride. We look at outward appearances; You see the heart. With You, nothing formed against us can prosper. Without You, we are nothing.

Make us a great nation, yes. But more than that, make us good, Lord, with a heartbeat that wants every person of every creed and color to know Your love, Your goodness, and Your worth. Make us wise as serpents, but gentle as doves. Turn our fears to faith, as we look to You and You alone for the future of our country. Give us God-confidence that no matter what happens, we will believe You are not only in control, but that You know exactly what is needed to accomplish Your purpose. Help us not to second-guess Your moves, but to move at Your command, always without hesitation.

We look to You and to You, only, Lord. Help us make wise decisions that move our country in the right direction. Help us to do our part in praying and in staying with what we know is right according to the truth of Your Word. Teach us to make our actions count and our words matter, and line them both up to Your sense of rightness, not ours. Guide us with Your eye; grip us with Your strong arm; teach us what we need to know to make our lives—and our nation—count for you. We pray for our leaders, but we ask You to make us both leaders and followers: leading in the way of Truth, and following those who honor You.

In the precious and powerful name of Jesus,

Amen

(Written by Rebecca Barlow Jordan, reprinted from crosswalk.com)

Will you testify?

Though it is true that the Lord retired me from the practice of law, He continues to use analogies between faith and the law when He speaks to me. Today, He showed me how those of us who have witnessed His Power share something in common with those who have witnessed a crime.

We’ve all seen that movie where some innocent person, not applying for the job of witness, is thrust in the midst of a trial. They were simply going about their life when they witnessed something happen that must now be retold in order for someone else to get justice.

Yet, the person who is on trial doesn’t want them to testify. If they are particularly corrupt and evil, they may even set out to ensure that the witness testimony never goes forth. They may set out to kill them, or to steal and destroy evidence to avoid justice being served.

Many witnesses know this and some choose not to come forward, not to testify, because of the threat of harm or anticipation of harm from the wrongdoer. A conflict of conscience erupts that is ultimately overcome only when one remembers that this testimony is necessary to set someone free, or give someone the justice deserved.

God spoke to me this morning and said, that He has done a mighty work in your life. You know beyond a shadow of a doubt that it was His Power that worked on your behalf. Your breakthrough, your blessing, your protection was released solely because God Himself moved on your behalf.

He is waiting for you to testify about His Goodness, His Mercy, His Power. But, perhaps, fear of ridicule has silenced you. What will people think if I share ‘that trial’? What will they think if they knew I went through ‘that’? Or, perhaps, you were prepared to testify and then the enemy began to intimidate and attack you so now you wonder if you even have a testimony. How can I testify when I am still going through?

But God is saying, Remember this is for His Glory. You don’t know who your testimony is going to set free! You don’t know who is going through exactly what the Lord just delivered you from. You don’t know who will draw encouragement and hope just from knowing what God has done in your life.

Of course, it is the intention of our adversary the devil to intimidate you, to question the importance of what you witnessed, to steal your testimony, to kill you if he can. But we have the best witness protection plan ever conceived! We belong to the Lord and no weapon formed against us will prosper!

He is depending on you to testify because you are the witness that someone needs to believe! You are the witness someone needs to accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior! You are the witness someone needs to receive eternal life and life more abundantly. So my question for you today is, will you testify?

Today I Choose Thankfulness

Oh boy. I don’t always blog, but when I do it’s because I feel an overwhelming obligation to share something the Lord revealed to me in more characters than would be appropriate in a Facebook post. And, this moment is one of those moments. I sent my two oldest children off to school today and felt so many emotions.

Yes, partly because my oldest daughter is entering the ninth grade this year. I think I just didn’t process that until just this moment. Just the other day I remember giving birth to her and changing her diapers and nursing her and what? Where was I? Seriously, how did she become a high school student??? Incredibly puzzling moment.

Then, my youngest daughter just departed for the seventh grade retreat. It’s a bit much for me. This is a new journey for her and she was just so happy and so excited. She has worked so hard to get to this moment and overcame many obstacles. I have seen the hand of God move to provide and I am just in awe of His Faithfulness.

The Lord truly is My Provider. I cannot begin to express financial commitment of having an elementary school, middle school and high school student going through private Christian education while a preschooler makes their way through private early childhood education. The cost is extensive, but it is the investment we were led to make.

It’s an investment we do not regret that comes with many intangible benefits, but many sacrifices as well.  When you accept a call from God that results in closing your law practice to build a ministry, it is not without financial consequences. Not every ministry is a mega church, and not every church is in a position to compensate its leadership.

My husband and I have graciously accepted our assignment to pastor at a church of the latter kind.  Yet, God has provided for our family like He provided for the prophets of old. It has taught us to lean and depend on Him in ways I would likely have never experienced if financial hardship had never been a part of my journey.

But it has, and yet God has and continues to supply. So, I can’t take finances to privately pay for their education for granted . .  . I give Him thanks. I can’t take uniforms and book bags and school supplies for granted . . . I give Him thanks. Every year my children stop and smile for the ceremonious photo before walking through those doors . . . for this I give Him thanks.

And, the fact that they walked through those doors is yet another miracle in and of itself for which I praise Him.  Hardly a day goes by that I don’t forward the post of a parent’s plea for help in finding their missing child.  Daily, I read an article of a child lost to illness, accident or crime.  My heart aches in unexplicable ways for a parent that is now without their child.

So, how can I complain that the cost of private school education is increasing? Or that the school supply lists are exhaustive? Or that they need new clothes and new back packs? Glory be to God that they are healthy and continue to grow. Praise be unto God that they are alive and well and able to return to school this year. Yes, I choose thankfulness!

I choose public thankfulness because someone else needs to be reminded to count their blessings. I choose public thankfulness because someone else needs to know the struggle to provide better for your children is nothing for which you should be ashamed. I choose public thankfulness because I desire to bring hope to someone wondering this very moment how they are going to get make it.

Yes, there are organizations and charities out there that provide aid . . . our church is one of them. But, I thank God we learned how to plug into the Source and I pray that you will do so today. Let God show you, as He has shown my family, that He is an Awesome Father and He can do exceedingly abundantly above all you could ask or think to ask in your life. Turn to Him today and let Him become the Source of your Strength.

I also pray today that you will be open to whatever way God desires to provide for you. The Lord gives us the power to get wealth. My husband and I are very grateful that we have had success in our entrepreneurial endeavors to augment our income. Much of what we do is not easily duplicatable because of unique assets or talents God has provided. But, our network marketing business is indeed the exception.

I take great joy in sharing this with you because you too may be believing God for finances to fund your vision for your family. I have the ability to work my business around my obligations to provide for my family and when I am not preparing to teach at our church. It’s such a blessing to have a business that complements my ministry and my family-oriented lifestyle.  I am grateful God provided this opportunity and equips me to help others seize it as well.

I would love to hear your feedback in the comments. Are you the product of Christian Education, and if so how did your parent’s sacrifices impact your life? Are you juggling the demands of meeting the financial obligations of private school, and if so how did you create an additional stream of revenue for your family? Have you experienced God’s Faithfulness to provide in your life, and if so in what ways? Let’s learn from each other.

God is Able! If He did it for me, He can do it for you! Be encouraged.

From the heart

Those of you that have known me for a really long time remember what it was like when I accepted Jesus. It was like I discovered a lost treasure and I couldn’t stop talking about the change He brought about in my life. 

Lost a lot of friends too. I remember how painful it was. I had a new life and I knew that not everyone would embrace it or care to hear about it. Yet, I was blessed in that many caught the passion and wondered, ‘maybe I should try Jesus for myself’. I won friends to Christ and several have gone into ministry as we co-labor to win souls for Christ.

So, I shouldn’t be surprised at the response I’ve received since making Plexus a part of my life as well. If people were turned off from me sharing Jesus, I have to expect some will be turned off from me sharing Plexus.

It still hurts my heart. I share what I strongly, deeply and passionately believe will positively impact people’s lives. I want so badly for everyone to experience the joy and happiness I have that is so readily available to them.

Yet, I am reminded God has given us all free will. People are free to watch my journey, or not watch my journey. People are free to join my journey, or not join my journey. And yes, people are free to mock me, unfriend me and block me, if they so choose.

I will say this . . . if you can still see this, that means you’re still with me. Please know my heart. I pray that you will have eternal life and life more abundantly. I pray that you live a life that brings God glory. I pray that your soul prospers and that you be in good health. I pray that if you lack in any area and the Lord provides a way of escape, you would receive it. 

I pray that if something blesses you, you would share it with others who need it as well. And I pray that if you won’t share, you would pray for those with the courage to do so. May those who do good to others receive your prayers instead of your judgment.

And to those who are on this journey like myself enduring persecution, keep your head up. Doing what is right isn’t always popular. Keep going for that friend who will get a great report from their doctor because you shared. Keep going for that friend who was facing foreclosure until you shared an incredible opportunity. Remember, your blessings come from the Lord. He sees you and He knows your heart.