May 21 2013

No Words

Life is not about the stuff, it's about the people.

It's never been more evident to me, than today. Yesterday, like many of you, I spent way too much time watching TV and shedding tears for families in Oklahoma that have lost everything.

I sat on my couch with my laptop wondering what to say on my show today, to find any morsel of hope or encouragement for those in Oklahoma and those of us that have been touched deeply by this disaster.

There are no words. So, I'm clinging to God's word, and your stories.

I began praying. I asked God to give every bit of comfort that he had intended for me to those mother's that ran, down a street scattered for debris, to the elementary school looking for their children.

But, I don't think God works that way. He says His peace surpasses all understanding. So it must mean there is enough to go around for all of us during times like these - if you let Him in.

He says, Jesus was sent to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, to give sight to the blind, and to set the oppressed free (Luke 4:18). Let it be so. Heal us, free us, help us to see beyond the destruction and rest in your arms Jesus.

God's word is what helped me get the courage to show up to work, crack open the mic and heart, and make my human attempt to be a source of comfort to you.

Then, you called.

I heard from Vikki in San Antonio who says God answered her prayer for her son, his wife and their daughters as they survived the first tornado in Oklahoma on Sunday. She was rejoicing in answered prayer.

I heard from Faith who lost her home, but was overjoyed that her family survived without a scratch, even while calling from a hotel room.

And then I heard from Tammy who called to encourage families in Moore, Oklahoma because she knows how they feel. Two years ago, tomorrow, she lost her son in the Joplin tornado. She said, "God's shoulders are broad. I had some screaming matches with Him, but now I know our son is in a better place, and one day we will join him."

It's so true. Life is not about the stuff. It's about the sacred relationships he provides for us. Today was a reminder never to take anyone that God has put in my path for granted, especially you.

If you want to know where God is, in all of this, I believe He is in how you respond to help his people.

Pray.  Donate. Tell your story.  Call the people you care about and tell them you love them and why.

"Live like there's no tomorrow, love like you are on borrowed time" // Jason Gray // Good to Be Alive

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May 16 2013

Well Water

If you are really tired today you might stop and get one of those energy drinks, and this one might sound like just the thing you think you need. 

I saw it at the convenience store yesterday. The tagline was “happiness in every bottle - helps reduce stress, enhances mood, and promotes a positive outlook." Oh and BONUS it's only 35 calories.

Done. Bought it. It might have worked, for like 10 minutes while I was driving my daughter to Ballet class. But, if I really wanted to feel that all the time I would have to buy cases of this stuff.

Then it hit me. I actually already have it.

In the bible there's a story about a woman at a well. This woman was using relationships with many men to try to fulfill her, and make her happy. Jesus knew it, he came up to talk to her, didn’t judge her. He said: 

“Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, (talking about the well of relationships that she was going to) but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst."

And that water is calorie free and won’t cost you $3.49. Jesus can give you everything you need. You just have to let Him in.

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