Are They Random or Divine?

Have you ever gone to the grocery store, coffee shop, gas station, or medical office with the intent to accomplish your personal tasks when “out of the blue” you run into someone and find yourself in a short yet richly meaningful conversation?

In those encounters have you ever felt you were a meaningful source of encouragement or that you yourself walked away richly encouraged? I have!  Throughout my life I have had many of these moments that left me pondering, scratching my head and thinking “wow, I didn’t expect that today!”

I imagine I may have missed so many of these “unique connections” over the years simply by keeping a schedule so tight that I don’t even think I took time to look at those around me at all~~no margins to care.

Lately I have been trying to change the way I hustle through my day.  I have been trying to look people in the eye, to smile, or to engage in small chatter as I move through my tasks.  I have tried to choose to really listen, to care enough to pay attention and in doing so I have come to an interesting conclusion.

It appears to me that nothing happens by chance, in fact I believe these encounters are sacredly divine. In a world of disconnect, I suspect that God desires that people find connection throughout their days enough to orchestrate it, IF we are paying attention!  I find this exciting, because we never know what He might do in us and through us within the hustle and bustle of our busy lives.

We all face challenges, hurts, points of sadness, loneliness, and uncertainty.  In some of my lowest points a surprise encounter with a friend or a kind stranger has turned my day around.

Think about your own life…..Has God arranged some of these moments for you?  Imagine what God could do if we were all fully committed to watching and making room in our schedules for those moments!

Next time you go to the grocery store, test my theory and look someone in the eye, smile, and see what God might do! 🙂

Proverbs 16:24                                                                                               

Kind words are like honey–sweet to the soul and healthy for the body.

When Women Pray~

LOOK OUT!!  When a group of passionate women turn their hearts to an infinite God firmly believing that He longs to answer their heartfelt requests….LOOK OUT!!!

I believe there is an untapped source of spiritual might amongst women today.  Our lives often distract us with our busy  work schedules, care for others and home, that we can have very little precious time to pray for the needs around us.  Many times our prayers are simply a thought of “God help me in this”, “God I need your wisdom”, “God, please be with my child”.  All of those matter deeply to the heart of God, yet scripture also encourages us that  “The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous woman matters  much.” James 5:16

Take time to pray.

I have experienced the power of what God can do when a group of women choose to establish firm times to pray, alone or as a group, and believed for answered prayer.

Take time to pray.

Two years ago on a weekend away where I gave myself permission to “reflect, pray, and plan” I wrote in my journal numerous petitions to God for family, friends, the world, my life, and my city.  Upon returning to those pages I was astounded ( and seriously, why should I be surprised by a limitless God?) by the many prayers that had been answered with Gusto! 🙂  Oh, the power of prayer.

Take time to pray.

In Evelyn Christensen’s book; “What Happens When Women Pray” she talks about having a heart of readiness as you come to the Lord in prayer.  Scripture also back this teaching up by saying Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins. —mark 11:24-25

Take time to pray.

When Jesus  arose we were granted the most profound privilege ever known…entrance into His throne-room of grace! We can freely stand in His very presence certain of who He is, Certain of who we are in Him, and certain He can do what He says He can do~ and boldly ask God for help, for healing, for direction, for anointing, for protection, for provision,  for peace & grace!! Incredible!

Take time to pray.

We all work hard to lead and live, love and provide all that is within our power to accomplish in our lives and the lives of those we love, but we are limited.  Our limitless God has given us a tool, a gift really~ Prayer.  In prayer we recognize that HE is the source of our strength, HE is the one who knows what is wisest for our lives, and HE asks us to bring our hearts desires to Him! So Awesome!

Take time to pray.

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.