Full Cirlce

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.

Jeremiah 29:11

Give It Time It Will Come Back Around

We’ve all heard the saying; “give it time it will come back around.” Or, ” life has a way of coming full circle.” Most times when we hear or say these phrases we are referring things of our culture that were once popular and  went out of style. Yet some of these things come back around to another generation.

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The Backdrop

Recently, I have seen life actually come full circle in our family. My father was pastor of Union United Methodist Church when my brother, Max was a pre-teen and I was in high school  Our family was blessed with four and a half years of being involved in ministry with this church family.  Max and I both experienced significant  milestones while at this church.  As always, it was hard telling this church family good-bye as Dad was called to another assignment in his ministry.

Full Circle

After many years of working security jobs for various companies, my brother received the call into ministry.  He has currently completed nine years of serving his first church. As his ministry was coming to completion at this church, life came  full circle for my brother. Max’s  new placement is Union United Methodist Church. Yes, life has come full circle not only for Max but for me as well.  It warms my heart that God has led Max and his family to this church family that loved on Max, my parents and me so many years ago.

I see this journey that my brother and his family are now taking is not really a new beginning but a continuation of a ministry that began thirty-five  years ago with Dad at the helm. Max has taken the helm  and is carrying out a legacy of love, grace and sharing the gospel just as my dad did those thirty-five years ago at Union.

Setting The Stage

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Reflecting on how these events have come full circle, I reminisce how God has been setting the stage my brother for this assignment. When I look back I can see God’s hand in all that has happened with Max’s faith journey. I can also see how Max has fully trusted God and God’s leading over the years.  Through the things Max has done and experienced, God was preparing Max and his family for this assignment for this particular time in their lives and for the Union church family.

Trust God’s Plan

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Yes, life does come full circle. There are paths we each take with a purpose or specific goal in mind. However, as the saying goes; “we make plans and God laughs!”. Yes, God may have a specific place or assignment for you but it may not be in the time of which you think it will be. God has a way of taking each of us down different roads and even some detours before the purpose he has for us is fulfilled.

God’s Leading and Our Obedience

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There are times we are directed down the  roads we didn’t think we would take. It is during these times  we  need to stay in tuned to God’s leading and voice. Yes, these detours we take can be frustrating at times. It is when we go down these  paths that we have the opportunity to see where God is leading us.  He is preparing us for the mission He has planned for us. God sets the stage and He also prepares us before we approach the destination.   Who knows, life can come full circle just as it happened to Max.


Where is God leading you? Are you trusting God? Are you seeking and receiving the blessings God is giving you on the journey to your destination?


The Next Step of Faith

“One day as Jesus was standing by the Lake of Gennesaret, the people were crowding around Him and listening to the Word of God. He saw at the water’s edge two boats, left there by the fishermen, who were washing their nets. He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, and asked him to put out a little from the shore. Then He sat down taught the people from the boat. When He had finished speaking, He said to Simon, ‘Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch.’ ” 

(Luke 5:1-4 NIV)

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The words Jesus spoke to Simon have become powerful words for me. Have you ever been in a worship service and suddenly you feel as though you are the only one in the room and the speaker is speaking specifically to you? This happened to me as I sat in the closing worship service at the 2016 Women of Joy Conference.

It was Sunday morning and the friends I was with decided we needed to sit on the front row of the closing service. Lisa Harper would be giving the morning  message to a room filled with thousands of women and a few men who were most likely recruited to be the designated driver for this event. I could not wait to hear Lisa speak and enthralled with the idea that I might have a brief opportunity to meet her after the service.

Before Lisa began to speak, she introduced her sweet daughter, Missy whom she adopted from Haiti. After Missy had wooed the group of ladies, Lisa began to speak. She began to talk about how people can feel unclean to the point they feel unworthy to approach God and receive his amazing grace.  Lisa gave several testimonies of people who felt unclean and how God met them right where they were, picked them up and loved on them. Needless to say, these lives were changed for the better.

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As Lisa continued her talk, she expressed how there were people in the very room we were sitting in that had not taken that first step of faith of approaching Jesus and inviting Him in and allowing Him to pick them up, love on them and give them a new hope. Then, she walked across the stage and began to say that there were people there that had taken that first step of faith but it was time to take a next step of faith. As Lisa spoke these words, she looked right at me and pointed in my direction. I felt as though she was pointing right at me and it was only she and I in the room at that very moment.

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Heavy conviction fell on my heart because I knew God had been placing a specific calling on my heart. God had been working on my heart for the last couple of years to mentor other women in their Christian walk.  God would nudge and I would push back. Yet as Lisa said; “there are some of you here that need to take a next step of faith, I knew at that moment it was not Lisa Harper speaking to me but it was God giving me a point-blank call to take a next step of faith.

At the time of this conference and worship service, I was already assisting our Pastor’s wife with leading Women’s Bible Study in our church. I more less followed her direction. Yet, God was beginning to push me out of my comfort zone all the more.  Our Pastor’s wife kept encouraging me in my leadership role and she would nudge me out of my comfort zone.

God’s plan unfolded. May, 2017 our Pastor and his wife took a new call to a new church. The next step of faith was in front of me. My passion for mentoring women in their faith walk became even stronger. Yet, I was shaking in my boots as I began to move forward to keep our Women’s Ministry going during the time of our church’s transition. I knew that being a leader/teacher is a huge responsibility and accountability is important.  Yet, God was nudging me and telling me; “it’s time to take that next step of faith.” 

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Patriarchs and other people of great faith and their stories began to enter my mind. (Read the Hall of Faith in Hebrews 11).  I recollected their questions and how they would try to tell God they were not qualified.  Yet, in the end each were obedient to God and God provided what they needed as they took that next step of faith.

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When I begin my day each morning and take that first step out of bed I can still see Lisa Harper pointing in my direction and saying; “it’s time for some of you to take that next step of faith.”  God reminds me at that moment that he will provide what I need for that day.  As each day comes and goes, I can look back and see where God provided, where he blessed me and where he gave me strength in my weakest moments. ( Philippians 4:13)

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Strength. To me I believe the word strength is the key word when it comes to taking that next step of faith.  In Nehemiah 8:10 we read; “The joy of the LORD is my strength and I will serve him with joy in my heart.”  God will give us the strength we need to put that next foot forward. As we take that next step, we should do it with joy in our hearts because we are honoring God’s call for our life.

Maybe God has placed a calling on your heart. Yet, you meet God with resistance as he pushes you to take that next step of faith. Let me encourage you to take a deep breath, take hold of God’s hand and take that next step of faith. Trust God and cast out your net just as Jesus instructed Simon in Luke 5:4. Then, as each day passes, acknowledge where God has provided. Allow God to be your strength when you think you can’t take that next step. And, as you take that next step of faith, I encourage you to serve with joy in your heart and seek the blessings God has planned for you to receive.

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Faith is when the dots don’t connect but you say, ‘at your bidding’……cast out your net.”

Priscilla Shirer…ARMOR OF GOD Bible Study


Fall Drive

“Go” is the word I would hear each time I walked to my mailbox and look in the direction of where a church sits on the corner from my neighborhood. I would hear the word, “Go” when I would stop  at the  intersection  where the church sits or pass it on my way out on an errand. There was this nudge, a whisper telling me to “GO!”.  Of course, I knew and know deep within that this whisper was the Holy Spirit speaking to me.


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This year has not been the easiest year for Jim and me. It seems we would get out of one storm and another would hit.  In these storms, I was the one who was trying to encourage everyone else,  trying to hold everyone else up and making sure their needs were taken care of. Yet, ignoring the fact that I needed to grieve and work through some emotions that I had put on the back burner.  Mid-way through the year, I said a big time prayer to God. In the night, I felt these warms arms embrace me and the words, “everything is going to be okay. There is HOPE and I am your HOPE.”  I carried that moment with me for a while and even wrote about it (Jesus Came Last Night).  However, being human came in to play and I was off again trying to help the next  person(s) weather another storm.



Then, it happened. A brick came out of the blue and hit me and hit me hard. This brick was a major meltdown/ anxiety attack. I had small anxiety attacks when I was younger but nothing like what hit me this time.  If you have never had an anxiety attack, I will tell you that it feels like you are dying and the walls are closing in on you.

In the midst of my tears, I text Jim and tell him what is happening. He soon comes home in attempt to figure out how to help me. All he could do was hold me and let me just cry. All the feelings I had stuffed inside were rushing out. The dam had burst! I cried eight solid hours that day.  In the midst of the tears, Jim suggested I see a counselor. At first, I didn’t like the idea because I felt as though if I have Christ in my life and give it to God all would eventually be okay.  To me, seeing a counselor was a sign of my faith being weak. But Jim soon pointed out to me that God created counselors and physicians and such to help him out in helping others to heal. The appointment was made  and my road to healing began.


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As part of the healing process, I began to journal. There are times when I will talk with my counselor about what I have written and other times it is just a therapeutic tool to help work through the triggers of what causes me to reel into the abyss of anxiety. Along with keeping a journal, I began doing what I have told others to do in the midst of a storm and that is to keep a blessings journal. Each day write down at least five blessings and as the days progress to add a blessing to the list. Another physician’s heal thyself moment came through me reading some of my own writings of encouragement.  Just as I had been busy helping family members cope, I have been reaching out beyond my walls to help others see there is HOPE in a hurting world. Yet, all the while not paying attention to the TEACHER who was giving me those words to share.  Yet, HE had my attention this time!  In the midst of the journal and the blessings journal, there is another journal. In this journal are letters to God. I write letters to God in the evenings and tell him all that is on my heart and place it all in HIS hands. Once I close that journal, I don’t go back but turn to the next clean page for the next night.  And, God tells me; “go to sleep, I got this!”.


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In mid-October, I had already gone to a couple of counseling sessions and was spending more quiet/alone time with God. And, that is when it happened. I began to hear a voice saying; “you need to be healed and I want you to go to that church across the corner where I can heal you.”  However, being the girl who wants to get the last word in, my response was; “God, I have a church home, a church family and I see no need of going somewhere else.”   I  probably sounded a lot like Moses making up excuses to God when God told him to lead His people out of Egypt. But, God would not let me have the last word. Instead, the Holy Spirit took over and continued to nudge me until I went to the church I have passed for almost twenty years as I came in and out of my neighborhood.


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It was a Sunday morning and it was a Sunday where Jim had to be on duty at the hospital. I got up and told him I thought I would go across the street for worship. The night before I had gone on-line to find out the worship times and prayed about it. Jim’s response was supportive and loving. He knew it would be a huge step for me to go to a different church without him by my side. The first step of stepping out of a comfort zone for me.

As I entered the sanctuary, I looked around to see if I knew anyone. No one looked familiar to me. I took a seat close to the back. I guess I was thinking that if it didn’t work out or something I was close enough to the back door I could quickly make my escape. No such thing happened.  Before the service began, a greeter came up to me and welcomed me to the service. As I spoke to her, I told her I did not know why I was there but there was a nudge to be there for worship. I went on to explain that I did not know if was to be there for the day, the week or if someone needed to talk to me or me talk to someone. All I knew was I was told to “GO!”.


He makes all things beautiful

Ever since I entered this place of worship for the first time, I have felt an internal healing.   It became evident after the second night of attending a lady’s bible study. As the session came to a close, the answer of why I had been told to “Go” was right in front of me with this bible study. One step at a time, God is revealing  His plan for me and why the Holy Spirit placed that nudge within me. The important thing I have had to do and have to keep doing is trust Him and allow Him to lead.


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From the first time the word, “GO” was whispered to me, I began doing a lot of thinking about that word in the biblical sense. In Luke 2:7, Joseph and Mary go to Bethlehem for Joseph to register for the census. While they are there, Mary gave birth to a baby boy who would one day grow up and “go” where His Father would  lead Him.  Luke 2:8-15 is where the angels appear to the shepherds and say to them; “Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; He is the Messiah, the Lord.”  Once the angels left them, the shepherds knew they had to “go”  and see the Christ child. Matthew 2:13 the angels wake up Joseph during the night and tell him to “go” /leave because Herod is on the search for the baby boy.


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While sitting here writing this piece, my eyes are opened again. All that has happened to me and that has unfolded before me is God actively at work in my life.  I was broken and I needed a reminder of that hope that is promised through our Lord and  Savior.  Over two thousand years ago, God saw a world that was broken and sent his only begotten Son so that the world can have hope and eternal life (John 3:16).

If you read further into Matthew you will see where Jesus tells the disciples to go back and report to John what you hear and see. The blind man receive sight, the lame walk , those who have leprosy are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead raised, and the good news proclaimed to the poor.” In Matthew 28:- 20, Jesus gives His disciples these instructions and are instructions for us as well; “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.  And surely I am with you always to the very end.”

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This Christmas Season, I encourage you to take a moment and listen to that still  small quiet voice/nudge that is within.  It is my prayer that you will obey that still  small voice and be ready to experience blessings beyond comprehension unfold before you.

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An Angel In My Path

 Keep loving each other as brothers. Do not forget to entertain strangers, 

for by so doing some people have entertained angels without know it.”

Hebrews 13:1-2


Smokey My angel who reminds me of God’s unconditional love for me.

In the last month, Smokey and I have begun volunteering at our local hospital.  When I adopted Smokey I didn’t dream at the time that there would be a ministry for me with this pup that has become joined at the hip with me. This past January, we had him certified as an Emotional Support Assist dog. We primarily had him certified for me.  However, over the last couple of years, he has shown us the gift he has in bringing comfort to other people. Thus, my adopting him has evolved in to a ministry of sorts.

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This morning as Smokey and I finished up our visits at the hospital,  we encountered a couple of the family members sitting outside  that we had encountered earlier  in one of  the family waiting areas.  I stopped once again to say hello and let them love on Smokey one more time. The conversation progressed and  this one particular family member began to share her story  and  journey.  The more she shared the more her story resonated in my heart and mind.   I heard the  echoes of events that have taken place on my faith journey. This past week had been a week of emotion and my spiritual wellness being drained.  Tears welled up in my eyes because I was not only listening to her story  but through her sharing she was ministering to me.

In our conversation, we shared how important it is to count our blessings especially in times of trials. I told her that the first blessing we receive every morning is that God wakes us up. She went on with that thought and said; “you are right.”And; ” if God wakes you up in the mornings he has a plan and purpose for you for the day.” This lady went on to say that it is important to not only count your blessings every day but because we are blessed to do at least one kind thing for someone during the day.  We both agreed that among the trials in life there is hope and there are blessings.

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As I wrapped up my conversation with her,  God placed the following words on my heart to share with this sweet lady. The words were; God doesn’t promise us perfect days but he promises us A Perfect Day in his time.”

Earlier this week, I was struggling with exhaustion, with hurt and the yearning to be lifted and healed emotionally and spiritually. And, here I was at a hospital for where the sick go to be treated and hopefully healed. Yet,  I was being healed by someone right outside the hospital  doors by a sweet lady with kindness and love in her eyes and voice as she talked to me.   Needless to say, I walked to my car feeling wrapped up in the Holy Spirit’s arms with tears of healing streaming down my face.


I truly believe God has his angels walking among us. This morning, I was blessed by an angel.  This person may not realize the impact they made on my life in those few briefs moments but she was my angel with the words I needed to hear.

God is good!

All the time!

May you be showered with blessings in the days ahead.

Welcome To My Porch

Meet April

Me with my family.. (left to right) Jim (my hubby), me, my son, Drew and my daughter-n-law, Megan....

Welcome To Thoughts From The Porch!

Paul reminds us in Romans 12:13 to practice hospitality. Being a girl who was raised in the South, hospitality to others is a big deal. I experienced warm hospitality in many homes. However, the fondest memories of hospitality shared were on porches.  As anyone knows, porches are a big deal on Southern homes. It is on the porch where stories are shared, fellowship is experienced and they are a place for rest and renewal.

In 2010, my son, Drew sent me a message asking me to think about what I am passionate about in life. My passion is to share encouragement with others and to let them know they have a Father who loves them. In response to this answer, Drew encouraged me to set up a blog site and to begin writing.

The original name for my website was April’s Faith Thoughts but as time went on my website began to evolve. I knew I wanted a better title for my site. In my reminiscing of growing up, I recalled the memories of growing up, sitting on neighbors’ porches, and hearing stories. I also recalled that those were moments of getting the spiritual batteries recharged. Thus, the title Thoughts From The Porch.

A little about me. I was born in Athens, Georgia and into a Methodist Minister’s home…in my upbringing, I learned that the only real college team in GA is the University of Georgia ( Go DAWGS!), there is nothing like a glass of cold sweet tea on a hot summer day and there is nothing like getting a dog dressed and sometimes walking at The Varsity whether it be in Athens or downtown Atlanta. Along with GA DAWGS, Varsity dogs and sweet tea, I know the importance of being a Braves fan win or lose.

Since my dad was a Methodist minister, it meant our family moved from time to time. Fortunately, never too far from Atlanta. It is in these moves where I met and made many dear friends who have left lasting footprints on my heart. I am so glad Facebook has enabled me to re-connect with many of them.

I met my husband, Jim in 1983 at Lake Junaluska, NC. We were both in college and worked on summer staff there. He and I are proof that if God wants two people together, He will get you together. I was from Georgia and Jim was from Kentucky. We dated two and half years long distance and married in 1985. Jim and I marked 30 years of knowing each other and being the best of friends this past May, 2013. We will celebrate 28 of wedded bliss in November. Jim and I have lived in Owensboro, Kentucky for 23 years. Jim is a Physical Therapist for the local hospital where his emphasis is Outpatient, orthopedic and industrial work site analysis.

Jim and I have one son, Drew. He married a beautiful lady, Megan last August. They just celebrated their two-year anniversary. Drew and Megan reside in Mid-Town Atlanta. (Which I am jealous of since they are a couple blocks away from The Varsity, Mary Mac’s Tea Room and the FOX-all favorite places of mine.). Drew is currently employed with The DeMoss Group and Megan is employed as the assistant social media manager at Turner Broadcasting in Atlanta. Needless to say, they are teaching us old folks the advantages of the Social Media world. Sometimes, I still can’t keep up because it all seems to move and change so fast!

Jim and I also have two four-legged children. Smokey is my little guy who is a Shih tzu/ Bischon Frise. I share stories about Smokey from time to time. Also, there have been a couple of times when I have left my computer opened and Smokey decided to jump in and write a post of his own.

Tori is our black lab and is more of Jim’s dog. Tori and Jim enjoy walks in the neighborhood and enjoy watching the Velocity channel together in the garage.

In this lifetime, I have had many ups and downs. It is in all circumstances that I know that the good and the bad is the process of God molding me. My philosophy is “If God got you to it, He WILL get you through it.”

I feel richly blessed with the family, friends and home that God has given me. I also feel blessed to have grown up in an era of all the cool bands, where music had lyrics that said something and music you could really dance to. You know the ones, Earth Wind and Fire, Chicago, Styx, Aretha Franklin, The Spinners and the list goes on and on…..

 To learn more about me, grab a glass of sweet tea and come visit me on my porch.

Yes, I am from the South where the tea is sweet but the air is even sweeter!

Thank you for visiting my porch and I hope you will come back again!


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Telegram Messenger….how delivering a message has changed!

God’s messengers played an important role announcing Christ’s birth. Gabriel appeared before Mary to tell her that she was the chosen one to carry and give birth to the Christ child. Then on the night of Christ’s birth, the angel stood before the shepherds and  announced  the wonderful birth of Christ.

A few days ago, I received the following video in my News Feed on Facebook. It is a video describing what the announcement and birth of Christ may have been liked if shared on Facebook.

Yes, Social Media is a big and booming thing in the world today.  Through Twitter, Facebook, Email, Google, and countless others means of Social Media, word about anything good or bad can be seen by many all over the world. Through Social Media, God is using earthly messages to continue to get the word out about his only Son.  It has been through Twitter, Blog Sites and Email that I have received countless stories of witnessing of Christ at work in people’s lives, and in the world. Social Media has enabled us to share and spread the Good News all the more.

Today, I challenge you to be a messenger of hope, peace, love and in sharing the Good News of Christ’s birth. As you post statuses on Facebook, share what Christ has done for you through the year.  Through your emails remind those receiving the email of Christ and His love for them. Tweet  a message of hope letting your followers know that the one true person to follow is Jesus Christ.

Our world has changed in regards of the way we get information out to the world. God  has his heavenly messengers but he also has his earthly messengers. Won’t you be one of his earthly messengers?  The means of getting the Good News out may be more advanced but the message of Jesus Christ remains the same.

“And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying:

‘Glory to God in the highest,

And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!’

    Matthew 2:13-14

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Emptying My Jar….Priceless!

2 Corinthians 4:7-17

New International Version (NIV)

 7 But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. 8 We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; 9persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. 10 We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body. 11 For we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that his life may also be revealed in our mortal body. 12 So then, death is at work in us, but life is at work in you.

 13 It is written: “I believed; therefore I have spoken.”[a] Since we have that same spirit of[b] faith, we also believe and therefore speak, 14 because we know that the one who raised the Lord Jesus from the dead will also raise us with Jesus and present us with you to himself. 15 All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God.

 16 Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. 17 For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. 

Jars can contain many things. If you looked in my fridge right now, you would see many jars. One jar contains mayo, another pickles, another bread starter and the list would go on. These jars are jars with contents that the human eye can see and we paid a price for these jars that hold the various items we use in our daily lives. Yet, I want to share about another jar that I have in my life. This jar is priceless.

The jar I am talking about is me. I am merely a jar.  Inside this jar is a God shaped space that only Jesus can fill.  It is through my writings that I attempt to share my faith and the GOOD NEWS of Jesus Christ.  Each time I write, I ask God for His wonderful love to be revealed and seen through me.  I also ask God to give me the strength, the words and the power to convey what others are searching for in a chaotic world.

Is emptying my jar of my priceless contents always easy? No.  There are moments when I have no clue of what I need to write or share. It is in those times, I need to seek even more His presence, listen to His voice, and ask Him for guidance and direction.  Most times, the topics I write about are not the ones I thought I would write,  and I have written on topics I did not think I would touch. This happens when God pours His power and His contents into my jar.

There have been times where I have been criticized about what I have written. In every situation, there is always a critic. For a while, this bothered me but then I realized that God was placing them in my path for a reason. Not only in my writing have I encountered critics but I have encountered from time to time over the years in my Christian walk. It is through these critics and trials that I have walked through where I experienced God’s grace and presence all the more.  In this process, I learned more about myself, dug my heels in a little deeper in my faith, and faced the importance of accountability.  In my sharing faith, I am accountable to my readers, to God, and most of all to myself. Each evening, as I wash my face, I look in the mirror and ask; “did others see God in me today?” “Did others see the true contents of my jar?”

There have been times when I sit at the computer with a blank screen wondering how to word a thought God has placed in my heart, or feeling too tired or burned to write.  My summer was a good example of feeling too weary and overwhelmed to answer where I would muster up the energy to even write. “Who wants to hear from someone who is weary?” “Am I better just shutting off the computer and moving on in life?” Yet, as I asked myself these questions, God would supply what I needed. It was through the weariness, the trials, and constant running where I saw God’s blessings the most.  Thus, giving more contents to spill out of my jar to share with others. God showed me how my sufferings  were opening doors of opportunities to share God’s grace, love and peace.

Every day, God gives me a new day. He awakens me with a full jar of contents that He instructs me to pour out and share with others as I go through my day. Yes, there are days where the words and energy aren’t simply there. There are days with more trials than others. But, in the end, I still empty my contents to the best of my ability so that others will experience God’s wonderful presence, grace and learn of a wonderful eternal home.

How about you?  Do others see the contents of your jar?  I encourage you to invite God to fill the empty recesses of your jar with priceless contents. Then, as jar is filled, empty your jar for others to see the love of  God and is wonderful grace.  The results of emptying your contents are priceless!