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Archive for May, 2010

Our mini-moments this week are about the places Jesus went to prepare for us.  We are imagining these places as rooms that we can enter at any time because of what Jesus did to restore our connection to God.

Today, the room is contentment.   In Philippians 4:11, Paul tells us he has learned to be content whatever state he is in. Sounds good but how is that possible?

The famed singer, Pearl Bailey once said, “People see God every day, they just don’t recognize Him.”

Think about your life. What about it are you struggling with? What don’t you like?

Maybe it’s the house you live in, the location you are in, the chaos that is enveloping your day.  Maybe it’s feeling like you’ll never be you again.  Maybe it’s the day to day mundane tasks that never end.  Maybe it’s how you see yourself, your kids, or your spouse.

When the things we are dealing with our outside of our control,  we can become consumed by a feeling of hopelessness and despair.  We become numb and often turn to other things. We are hoping those things will fill the void,ease the pain, and distract us from today’s reality. But what if we stopped resisting the “now” of life and embraced it instead?

What could happen if you began to look for God in the things you want to but can’t change?

What if you allowed yourself to recognize the face of God in whatever moment you were in?

What if you let go of the false belief that the things you can’t change create holes in your life that need to be filled?

What if you replaced it with the belief that somewhere in whatever condition your life at this moment, is the face of God?

Beholding His face is where we live in the room of contentment. Take a deep breath, and look around. Take in the circumstances and surroundings of your life right now.  Now take a closer look, as you gaze into the eyes of Jesus. He has already given you what you need to be content.  He is there in every moment. See God. Embrace Him.

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When I was young, we use to sing an old song, “I’ve Got a Mansion.”  A lot of time was spent talking about the place God had for us in heaven.  We dreamed of an opulent dwelling place, decorated according to our tastes, made just for us.  I question whether that is a true picture, but Jesus does tell us of a place He’s prepared for us.

In John 14, it is discussed in depth.   “I go to prepare a place for you….”

The word place comes from the Greek word nuwach,which means to rest.  Jesus’ death, resurrection, and return to the Father was for the very purpose of creating a place for us in His Kingdom again.  Because of Jesus, we have access to the Father and all that He has for us.

This week in the Mini-Moments we will focus on some of the rooms He’s  prepared for us.  To enter those rooms, we have to know the way to access them.  Jesus tells us that He is the way. the truth, and the life.  If we want to live in the resting place Jesus promised, we must look at Him.

Whatever you are struggling with today, ask yourself: “What can I learn from the way Jesus lived to help me in this situation?  What room has He prepared for me today?  What could happen if I entered His place of rest?”

Lord, in all the hurriedness and stress of the day, help us to live in the place of rest you prepared for us.  Your grace is sufficient for the day.  Your yoke is easy and your burden is light.  Set our eyes on that truth, instead of the tasks and struggles of today.

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Mini-Moment-God Made Me Laugh!

So here’s what Sarah said after having Isaac.  “God hath made me to laugh, so that all that hear will laugh with me.” Gen. 21:6(KJV)

Laughter is good for the soul.  Take a minute and remember times in your life when God has given you the desires of your heart or done something you thought was impossible.  Now you might feel silly, but begin to laugh in response.   Let that laughter grow until you are really laughing right from the core of your belly.  If your kids are around, grab them, tell them what you are joyful about and have them praise God with you through laughing.

This is sure to release the joy of the Lord in your house and your heart today.  And who knows, maybe someone will hear it and join in!  Can you hear me laughing?  HaHaHaHaHaHaHaHa,Haha, ha, haha!

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Mini-Moment

Remember dreaming about your wedding day?  Remember being fascinated by the beautiful wedding dress, the bride and groom, and all the excitement around the ceremony?

Here’s what God wants you to know this morning.  Song of Solomon 4:7-9(Message), my paraphrase.

“You’re beautiful from head to toe, my dear love, beautiful beyond compare, absolutely flawless.  Come with me…..my bride.  Leave your hideaway.  You’ve captured my heart.  You looked at me, and I fell in love.   One look my way and I was hopelessly in love.”

God is madly in love with you.  Just as you are.  As you look at Him, He gazes back into your eyes and only sees you as He made you.  What could happen for you today, if you embrace that kind of love?  Whatever you need today, it will become less important if you look at Him and let Him whisper His love into your ear.

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Mini-Moment

Psalms 18:1-3 (Message) “I love you, God, you make me strong.  God is the bedrock under my feet, the castle in which I live, my rescuing knight.  My God-the high crag where I run for dear life, hiding behind the boulders, safe in the granite hideout.  I sing to God, the Praise-Lofty and find myself safe and sound.”

In the middle of the craziness of being a mom, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by our weakness.  Sometimes it all comes crashing down on us because we think it’s all up to us.  God has given us a safe place to run, hide, and renew our strength.

Take a minute and sing(or sing along with) a song of praise.  Music can calm a frenzied heart.  It’s in praise that we find ourselves safe and secure!

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Mini-Moment

Psalms 34:5(Message) “Look at him; give him your warmest smile.  Never hide your feelings from him.”

Good advice for anyone.  An intimate relationship with God requires honesty and transparency.  Don’t be afraid to share your feelings/emotions with Him.  Positive or negative, He wants you to come to Him.

What feeling do you need to express to God right now?

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Mini-Moments

I know it’s hard to fit big chunks of time for study in prayer in the day of a busy mom or woman.

Beginning today, M-F, I will post a mini-moment meditation.  So here we go!

Psalm 121:1,2 declares( my paraphrase) I will look up to the hills where my help comes from.  My help comes from the Lord, maker of heaven and earth.

Living connected to God requires that we acknowledge Him as the source of our help, looking up above the issues, concerns, or to-do list  of the day.  Put yourself in a position to receive God’s help today.

What do you need to take your eyes off of, so you can focus on Jesus?

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Coming Soon!

Moms On Mission book/workbook will be available on this site next week.

Moms On Mission Workshops/Teleconferences —These are being conducted weekly.  Contact marian@connectedlifecoaching or through the facebook page for Moms on Mission for latest times and dates.

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Pure in Heart

I am always amazed at the ways God speaks to me.   When I’m listening, the message is so clear, even though it often comes to me in unexpected form.

That was the way it was a few days ago.  I was at a local rest home, conducting census business.   I was sitting at a table in the dining hall doing paper work.  Directly across from me was an elderly woman.   Ruth was confined to a wheel chair, and although alert, could not speak.   I greeted her warmly and continued with my work.

Later that morning, while walking to a room to interview a patient, I met Ruth again in the hallway.   As I passed, she reached for my hand.   Assuming that she just wanted my touch, I offered it.  She took my hand and brought it to her lips, planting a kiss.   Such a tender moment.

Feeling the profoundness of her loving act, I blessed her and continued on. As I walked, I to pondered what had just happened.

Later as I spoke with the administrator, I commented on Ruth.  He responded, “Whenever we”re feeling bad about ourselves,  or had a bad day, we stop and see Ruth.”

Later that evening, recalling this precious God moment, I was so humbled  it brought tears to my eyes.  You see, I had assumed she needed something from me.   Instead I saw a pure heart.  She had her own “stuff” to deal with, but was unaware of her trouble.  She was aware of someone else and reached out to them, asking for nothing in return.

To many, it would seem that her life was over.   After all, the quality was gone.  Or was it?  Ruth just was.  Her purpose was the same as ours.   To be who we are and show love to others.   She was completely Ruth in that moment.   No masks, not even cognizant of her own needs.  She was the face of God as she reached out to kiss the hand of a passer by.  She could not speak in an audible voice,  but her words resounded loud and clear in my heart.

I love you!  You are special!  I honor you with this kiss.   You are significant.  I noticed you.

How many times have I walked by the unloved without showing love?  How many times have I forgotten to tell someone how special they are to me?  How many times have I dishonored a person or relationship in my life?  How often have I treated someone as insignificant?  How often have I been so focused on myself and my needs, that I didn’t notice someone else?

The final question haunts me most of all.   How often do I give because I want something in return?  Money, recognition, approval, applause or whatever else I think I need at the moment.

I want to walk in the pureness of heart that Ruth had.   How about you?   Will you join me in this prayer?

Lord, create in me a pure heart.

Renew a right spirit in me.

Let me live in close communion with you so that I might be unaware of myself and totally aware of others.

Help me give to others the gifts I have been given, with no thought of what I might receive in return.

Let me be like Ruth.

Let me reach out to the ones who are passing by, kissing their hand with the kiss of God.

Amen.

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Moms On Mission

Welcome!  After months of pondering, dreaming, praying, and planning we are officially launching our blog and the Moms On Mission ministry.

With an eye on an exciting future, our mission is to connect moms with God, themselves, and each other, releasing them to live an abundant, free, and purpose-filled lives.

While our website is under construction you can visit me at http://www.connectedlifecoaching  for more information and connect with us on facebook by joining our fan page.

We welcome your comments and discussion.  It’s our hope that this won’t be just another blog to you. We are working hard to create a place where you can  discover and nurture yourself, reflecting on life and faith. We hope to inspire you to move forward in your passion and purpose.

We ‘re really excited because this is all about YOU! We understand that nobody deserves a little attention more than a mom.   We’re here for you.  Here to pray, love, encourage, and give you some resources to help you live a rich, full life no matter what else is happening around you.

We hope you’ll come back often for a virtual hug!

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