Thursday, January 28, 2010

Loosing our Burdens with Reconciliation!

Even as I completed time in the Word this morning I was learning more about how to translate my dream into reality. I see that when women and girls get together our focus must be on the larger ministry that God has given to all of us... to be ministers of reconciliation (II Cor. 5) and then the how of working that out as women in our homes and in our community. It seems to first ( as always) begin in our hearts as we are reconciled to God in our personal lives, then as we are reconciled in our families...Only then can we begin to reach out and be a catalyst for change in the world around us.

The greek words for mutual change and reconciliation are so close... and interestingly the greek word for "guest" means to loose burdens. When Jesus told Zaccheus that He must be a guest in his home it literally meant that Jesus would loose his burden at Zaccheus' home... and here's the exciting part: Both of them were changed! When Jesus shows up we are all changed! How thrilling!

And aren't we all aware of the fact that when we are reconciled to God and to one another our burden's are loosed! Woo Hoo! I know that is true for me. I look forward to delving into this amazing truth some more in the coming days!

Overcoming the Generation Gap

Here's what's on my mind... how to share the biblical view of womanhood with women and girls in an inter-generational setting that inspires, motivates, challenges and honors God and His Word and that transforms us from hearers to doers! Is this too much to ask.

As I look at the church today I realize that if we don't overcome the "generation gap" here, it will not be overcome. If we don't reach young women and set them on a Biblical path while they are here with us, it will be exponentially more difficult to set them on that path in their future.

I know this is a paradigm shift for most... but I envision women and girls of all ages meeting together to study the scriptures and deal with life's questions in an honest and respectful environment... older women teaching younger women...

I believe it can be a catalyst for mutual change for the glory of God. I pray that I will have the courage to do what He calls me to do.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Why "One Palmetto State of Mind"?

I am a passionate Lowcountry Girl! South Carolina's lowcountry air is in my blood and in my soul. So when I begin to think about writing from this perspective I naturally thought of where I am, where I'm going and where I hope to be...

I also think of Psalm 1 that describes a tree planted by the rivers of water that brings forth its fruit in its season, its leaves do not whither and whatsoever it does shall prosper... and all of this because it is a man who delights in the law of the Lord and meditates in it day and night...This is what I want to be... Planted by the Rivers of "Living Water" meditating in it day and night, hiding it in my heart...walking it day by day...

I look forward to sharing some of this perspective in the coming days...

Great is His faithfulness...His mercies are new every morning!