Seen

As Mothers Day is quickly approaching I was chatting with a dear friend who stirred a thought in me. Something I had written last year but never put it out for anyone to read. I sensed it was a nudge, a reminder of what I had written that was meant for someone at this time.

Sometimes mothers are so often forgotten. Of course there is the BIG commercialized celebration of the one day that we recognize those special women in our lives. I’m referring to the day to day, the seen and unseen acts of a mother, the sacrifice, hard work, lack of sleep, commitment and deep love for their children and families!

I was reading about Hagar in Genesis the other day and my heart was so heavy for her as I was reading with a different perspective. As a woman and a mother, we go through seasons of loneliness.

Seasons of not feeling seen.

Am I good enough.

How is all of THIS going to work out?

We pray and sometimes wonder is God really listening, why does it feel like He is silent. In the upcoming season this is the word for you. Your waiting is over! Just as the Lord saw Hagar in the wilderness, in her desperation, in her loneliness, He showed up giving hope for her weary soul. She was alone and her life didn’t turn out the way she had hoped or even planned.

BUT GOD!!!

God saw her! He SEES YOU!! He will see your every step just as He did her and her son. Do not doubt that He sees your burdens but hold onto the HOPE that is found in Jesus as He will provide water in your wilderness, hope for our souls!

So whether this Mothers Day finds you with children, spiritual children or lost children, know that you are loved and you are seen!

xoxo,

J.

New Beginnings

Isaiah 43:19 (ESV)

Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.

At the end of every year I start praying about what my word will be for the upcoming year. This years word was SURRENDER! Really?? Surrender?? OMG, God are you sure?? I mean I've given you my life, I've answered the call right? Does this sound familiar to you in anyway? I mean I said the sinners prayer, I've been baptized, have a relationship, served in the ministry, try to be obedient when He speaks, that's surrender right?? WRONG! That's definitely part of it friend but that's only the beginning.

This word for me this year was more mental than anything. If you know me you know I'm sort of a control freak (shocker I know) AND if I don't know what everything looks like I kinda freak out. Calm down, it's not like you haven't ever dealt with this so chill! Seriously though I have really come a long way and yet I still have a long journey ahead of me and in saying that its been a journey thus far. It's only March! Whoa!

Surrendering has gone to a whole new level for me. This year it has been more of a mental and knowing issue for me more than anything else. It's so easy to say oh yes I trust God but do we really? Do we really trust Him even when we don't know what everything looks like? Even when we can't know the planning of every single step?? That's where I am right now! I heard very early in the year "Behold, I am doing a new thing!" New thing, new thing what does that look like, like something completely new or something that has been but new now, these are things I think about.

Surrender Jen, don't try and figure everything out, I've got this! Reminding myself I don't HAVE to know everything even though my flesh wants to, lol. Battle of the mind! Trusting, preparing, being available, being ready, letting go, activating faith action these are all things I have been doing and experiencing this year and as things are finally launching with GLU I can start to see everything coming together. Dreaming and believing for BIG things this year.

What are you dreaming and believing for? What do you need to surrender? What promise are you waiting for, how can we pray for you? No matter your season GOD can take the old and make new OR He can do a completely NEW thing! See what He is doing even in the little things.

Love you and praying for you all!

xoxo

J.