Preparing The Bride

Samantha and Zach (92)My daughter married her sweetheart, or as she calls him ‘Hottest Husband Ever’, in 2010. As a mother I wanted the wedding to be perfect for my little girl. I didn’t want her to be disappointed or embarrassed by my efforts. Like most people my funds were limited.  I needed to watch my pennies without being tight fisted. So many decisions to make and way too many choices. I thought my head would explode.  I felt inadequate for the job and the responsibility, I thought both were above the level of my capability.

Inadequate and incapable. These are two words I have often used to describe myself when it comes to ministry. I am not head of a famous ministry organization, neither am I on staff at a mega church. No, I’m simply me. The quite one who sits in the row behind you at church. The one whose name you can’t remember five minutes after we introduced ourselves during “Mingle Minute”. Don’t feel condemned, I have trouble remembering names too.

We look at those on the church stage, the ones with the microphones, and tell ourselves that they are adequate and capable, they are the gifted and talented. They are the ones who are building up the church, not just in numbers but in character and depth. They are the ones who teach us how to put on the whole armor of God. They are the ones who are preparing the bride (The Church) as she awaits her groom (Jesus).

Wait a minute! Is that how it’s suppose to work?

The many sit back and let the few do it all?

No way sister!

You and I belong to the body of Christ, we have a part to play in God’s master plan. Okay, so maybe you and I are not the next greatest speaker/worship leader/author to hit the Church scene. Maybe the only people who remember our name are a few close friends, does it really matter? Who are we trying to make famous anyway? Ourselves or Christ?

We may feel inadequate and incapable thinking we don’t have anything to offer. But we do. A kind word, a smile, a helping hand, organizational or computer skills the list could go on and on. No job, gift, or talent is above the other as they all come from the Lord to be used in His service.

Everyone of us is needed in preparing the bride. Yes, that includes you and me. So leave the comfort of the church seat, offer what you have, and be prepared to be amazed how the Lord will use you.

“Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is part of it.”  1 Corinthians 12: 27

Leave me a comment and tell me how the Lord used you to bless the body.

*Photo credit Summer Williams Photography











God’s Waterfall

The roDSCF0731cky face of the mountain towered majestically above the cold water of the fjord and oh so near to the boat as we inched closer to the cascading beautiful avalanche of white aqua. The closer we got to the waterfall the wetter we became. It was time to put my camera away and stop being a spectator.  It was time to be fully immersed in the moment.

The powerful flow of water hit the rock face generously spraying all on top deck. We stayed under the continual spray for just a few minutes and I soaked in every precious second, lifting my face upwards receiving the refreshing reviving water allowing it to wash over me. I could have chosen to sit in the lower enclosed deck protected from the spray by a glass window, seeing but not experiencing the wonder of the waterfall.

Waterfalls vary in their supply throughout the year but God’s love continually pours through His son Jesus. Each day I have a choice to make.  Do I let His love wash over me, reviving and refreshing me, do I stand in His presence and receive from him, or do I sit in the lower deck watching but not experiencing, admiring but not receiving the love He wants me to have.

“Reach out and experience the breath! Test its length! Plumb the depths! Rise to the heights! Live full lives, full in the fullness of God.” Ephesians 3 Message Bible

Today, I choose to stand with my arms held high in surrender to His love, my face uplifted by Him and be fully immersed in His waterfall of love for me. Only by receiving His love will I be able to love Him, love myself, and love others.

What will you choose today? Open top deck or lower covered deck?