Favorite Things Monday: WebMD Lies and All Things New Edition

Why no Monday post? Date night won. Date night at home. We got to sit and breathe in the same space, alone and it was fantastic. We watched Hidden Figures. Stop everything and watch it right now if you haven’t.

Now back to my post…

This past Wednesday was our First Wednesday service. The first Wednesday of every month we gather to eat, pray and worship together. I love it. It is one of my favorites.

This month, I got to bring the message. I knew what it would be long before Ray told me I was up.

I won’t go into all the details right now but I did want to bring up one thing here. In addition to this, we just wrapped up a 5 week sermon series called ‘Re-Brand’. It has been a lot of talk about the Church, the old temple model vs the Jesus model…how Jesus changes everything and a big emphasis on how we love one another matters. It’s been a rich 5 weeks. I highly recommend listening to all 5 weeks online. Read this, then listen here. Also, my husband said that Jesus was the greatest feminist, so you need to listen. Jesus absolutely went against culture and called women up and out and to…and Ray talked about it (and a lot of other things). Jesus changes everything. We say that a lot around here and we mean it even more than the frequency in which those words are spoken.

He changes everything, right? Yes. Including the things that no one sees but the things that affect the way that we see.

There are so many things that get in our way of seeing God for who He really is. There are things that get in the way of seeing each other and loving each other like Jesus. There are a lot of things that get in the way of the church being the church and knowing how we all fit together.

Lies. There are a lot of them. Some of them are far more obvious than others. I think there are WebMd lies….the ones where with one symptom and two seconds and the move of a mouse you are dying for sure. There are those lies, then there are the really sneaky ones. Some of us need freedom from the WebMd stuff too… it’s all overwhelming.

For me, there was a sneaky one. Maybe you have walked my road or didn’t realize it before and you do now. It took God showing me that there was a lie in my heart that I believed about His heart for me. It’s His kindness that leads to repentance, it’s his perfect love that casts out fear and that combination can open our eyes to see and expose what was hidden. He is just that good. That’s exactly what He has done for me.

What I believe about God’s heart matters. How it is rooted in my heart matters. If my God is what cannot be shaken, then I only have room for the truth. Lies affect our wonder. It affects our prayers, worship and how we love our neighbor.

I have no time or space for that mess. So can we get a little bossy and bold together? I think one of the bravest prayers in the bible is in Psalm 139. I’ll pray it and mean it, join me?

Search me, Oh God and know my heart

Test me and know my anxious thoughts

See if there be any offensive way in me

And lead me in the way everlasting.

I can trust my God with what He shows me. He is the one who puts it all in order and back in place and molds and shapes us. He forgives, restores and makes all things new.

Let’s pray the bold and bossy prayers…

Who’s with me?

 

 

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