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Blank space and the mountain

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Once in college I had a marketing class and I needed to do a presentation in front of the whole class. I’m not a fan of “in front of the whole class.”

The assignment was to come up with a thing to market, and try to sell it to our professor. I was coming up with nothing. For days and days, not one idea. It’s hard to make an idea pop into your head on command.

Thankfully, one finally did come around midnight the night before it was due, and it was a good one, if I do say so myself. It was a commercial for Sonic (where I worked part-time while I was going to school). I think of this assignment every time I see a Sonic commercial now (think “Lil’ Doggies”), and am sure they need my skills, lol. One day you’ll see it on your TV, I’m just sure of it πŸ™‚

I had to rush out to Walmart in the middle of the night to get poster boards and markers and whatever else I needed to make this happen. It turned out to be one of my favorite assignments of all 9 years of my 4-year degree πŸ™‚

I’m getting sidetracked though… The point is, there are many times I want to have something to think/say/do, but draw a blank.

It’s been like that lately with writing. I have had no words. Blank paper. Blank computer screen. Blank thoughts. I couldn’t figure it out. I wanted to write. I wanted to do some blogs, to work on a book, but I was coming up with nothing. I have a journal of ideas, but even that was getting me nowhere. I wanted to share some words from God through my writing, but wasn’t hearing any hints from Him.

Then it hit me. I hadn’t been listening. I was praying, but not as intensely as I had been before. I became busy and let other things become a priority. I prayed for anyone who asked me to, I prayed over Facebook requests, and over some friends I knew who had been struggling. But I hadn’t really had a talk with Jesus. And as for reading God’s Word, not nearly as regularly as I had been before. It was no wonder I wasn’t hearing His gentle nudgings when it came time to get out my laptop.

In my journal I had written about Moses. In Exodus 19, beginning in verse 20, it says, “The LORD descended to the top of Mount Sinai and called Moses to the top of the mountain.”

When Moses wanted to hear from God during this time, or God wanted to speak to him, Moses had to go to the mountain. Up and down he went, relaying messages to the people from God, interceding for the people when they had quickly turned their backs on Him. To have these conversations with God, he had to go to the mountain.

Where is my mountain? What are the conditions that I hear God best?

For me, it is quiet time alone, when I am not feeling rushed, and I can pour my heart out to God and read His Word, highlighter and ink pens in hand, ready to hear what He has to say. Those are the times I feel His direction.

If you, like me, have had a hard time hearing God lately, see if you need to refocus. That was definitely my problem. Though sometimes God’s silence is for other reasons, this is a good place to start. If you still can’t hear from Him, don’t give up. Keep reading, keep praying, and keep looking and listening for Him. He is there.

“Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.” (NIV)

Jeremiah 33:3

12/30/2014

Makeovers, hippies, and direction

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I love a good makeover movie. She’s Out of Control, where Ami Dolenz’s character goes from nerdy girl to to high school beauty in a five-minute montage, is one of my favorites. Another is Pretty Women, where Julia Roberts’ character goes from prostitute to Richard Gere’s character’s love-of-his-life…


(I’ve included a much-too-short clip at the end of this blog…When she goes back in to see the sales ladies after some shopping- LOVE IT!)Β 

And I was inspired myself to give a hippie a makeover. Probably a year or so ago, Noah and I were shopping at a yard sale at the church I grew up in. He found an antenna-ball-smiley-face-hippie that we just had to have.

My hippie looked rough after all these months in the elements – faded, bald, and missing her accessory. I considered buying a new one, but decided a makeover sounded so much more fun. So she got one.New coloring, new hair, and a new headband. She looks like a new woman πŸ™‚

My Hippie – Before and After

When we bought that cute hippie at the rummage sale, I had no idea how essential she would be for me.

I thought it would be much later in life before I needed to make special arrangements to remember where I parked my car, but the time is now. I have wandered the parking lot many times looking for my car, where it’s like looking for the low-fat section of an Olive Garden menu… you know it’s there, yet can’t quite put your finger on it… And there were times I had nearly gotten into a car that wasn’t mine (It looked like mine, okay? I’m not completely crazy yet). But thanks to my adorable hippie, I can spot it easily (Most of the time I still don’t know where my keys are, but that’s another story).

My hippie gives me direction. Her smiling face says, “Here… We’re over here! You’ve found us! We’re waiting for you!” And I clearly need the direction πŸ™‚

My Bible is like my hippie. It’s my direction. Psalm 119:105 describes it like this…

“Your word is a lamp to my feet

Β  Β  Β and a light for my path.”Β 

That’s His Word – lighting our path so we don’t lose our way. Showing us which way to go. Guiding and leading.

If you’ve ever had to walk in the dark, you know it’s easy to lose your way. Even a trip to the restroom during the night can leave me bruised up from misjudging where the footboard of our bed or the doorframe is. But with a nightlight, things go much more smoothly. Outside at night, a flashlight or a street light can help you see where you need to go. You’re not mistakenly headed down any wrong paths.

The Bible is full of so many great things. I have been reading it more regularly over the last couple of years and I am falling in love with God’s Word. There’s wisdom, helping me know the things that are important to God – loving Him, loving other people, having mercy, living selflessly. There are examples of God’s faithfulness, directing us to trust Him because we have seen how He can be trusted. And there are some crazy stories I had never learned or heard, like Ehud and the fat king (Judges 3:12-30 in case you have missed that all your life too). And sometimes scripture is a message from God to you, meeting you right in the messy situation you are in. I’ve had Him use verses to speak to me that way, just when I needed it, bringing with it peace that could not be explained.

So read it. Not because you have to, but read it because it is what you need.

Here is the Pretty Woman clip πŸ™‚

5/16/2014