Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me.
Psalms 51:11 KJV
Good afternoon. I’m resting at home today with a cold. I’ve been pushing hard the last few weeks. Many mornings I’ve been getting up at 3ish am, and working from 7 am to 9pm. Well, sometimes life requires us to step it up, but after a while, this type of schedule will wear us down. The good news is I have had some wonderful experiences and heard some awesome stories that I am pleased to share with you. The bad news is I will be continuing with this schedule until the beginning of March. Please forgive me if I miss posting and I’m not able to keep up with your posts as much.
Over the past few weeks, I have spoken before countless groups. All have been wonderful experiences. One person told me a story that really touched me. I don’t want to reveal his identity, so I’m going to refer to him as Richard. Richard works as a professional first responder. He has also taught classes at a local college. Richard was driving from out-of-town one day when he saw a little old lady on the side of the road with her broken down car. Seconds after he passed the car, he heard a voice that said “you wouldn’t have kept driving if that had been your grandmother.” Richard looked around and of course, no one was there. So he traveled back to help the lady. She hugged him tightly and cried, “I had just asked God to send someone who could help me.” Richard looked down and his shirt was covered with makeup. He feared his wife wouldn’t understand. Then, someone else stopped with tools to help. It was one of Richard’s former students. What were the chances of this happening with Richard being out-of-town? Even with a helping hand, the group needed water for car. They had a bottle, but no water nearby. That’s when they noticed an old dilapidated house that was falling down a few hundred feet away. Richard walked over and was able to get water from an old well. The lady, Richard and his student were soon on their way. Yes, if you wish, you can explain this away. Folks, it’s the fact that God in his perfect timing worked out the details. I was touched by this story and I hope you will find it comforting.
Yesterday, I was afforded an unique opportunity. One of the people I was recently able to get to know, allowed me to sit in on a sermon review. I had never heard of this, so I was intrigued. This particular minister has multiple churches spread over many miles. What he does is rehearse and film his sermons at the same time. So, if there is a problem with streaming on Sunday morning, he has a backup plan. Also, he has a group of people in the audience who work in his churches critiquing his sermons to ensure he reaches and communicates effectively with everyone – teens, families, older adults, etc. He invites others to sit in, as well. That’s what I did. The minister and his staff were very welcoming. The sermon was wonderful. I loved it! He had great ideas. Afterwards, he came over and spoke with me. He even invited my critique. I backed out of that part, but I may make this my late lunch time on Thursdays because it was refreshing. You see, even when we are in our busiest seasons, God continues to open doors.
I pray your Friday will be amazing! God bless you.
I hope you enjoy these cute videos I found.