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The other day I found myself in a bit of a pickle. After hiking what should have been just 14.7 miles but was in reality 16.5 miles, all I wanted was a ride to a gas station so I could call Uber. I just needed to be on a street with a cell phone signal. 

I was passed by a dozen cars as I tried to flag someone down. Finally, a beat up white car stopped. I was so grateful! I ran to the car and jumped in. It took an act of kindness and generosity to stop for me, a stranger. But when Joe from Arkansas heard about my adventure and where my car was, he went above and beyond and drove me all the way. What an example of generous behavior! He did it out of kindness, not expecting anything in return. 

Sadly, our nation has become so independent, so self focused, we’ve lost the art of community. 

I want to be like Joe. Willing to help someone out for the pure sake of helping a person out. 

Happy Thursday!

Sharing with Lyli.

little bitty things

The thing about following the upside down life of Jesus is it’s not what I expected. I suppose that’s what makes it upside down. And it’s so hard to grasp.

We live in a world where it’s better to be rich, famous, known, exalted, praised, achieved. But Jesus says it’s better to be weak, humble, poor, merciful, peacemaking, persecuted.

In pursuing the vision of being a missionary for God, a good thing to pursue, I got caught up in the hoopla of the praise of others as they thought what I was doing was amazing. I got drunk on the praises of others. I was never meant to be drunk on their praises. Jesus strongly cautions us to not get caught up in the praises of others, but to do our good deeds in secret because then our reward is in heaven. It’s the better reward.

The weather has been quite dreary here for two weeks. So I’ve been riding my bike in a small circuit around my neighborhood in case the skies open up.

Today, I was making the circuit as usual. As I was making the last lap, I turned a corner near the river. In front of me on my right, an elderly man was standing in a driveway. I looked at him directly. He looked at me and raised his finger in a wait a minute gesture. I hit the brakes and stopped. He looked about 100 years old, distinguished, dressed in a tan button down shirt, brown trousers, brown shoes. Excuse me. Can you please tell me is today Wednesday or Thursday? It’s Thursday, I said. Thank you. I couldn’t get anyone to tell me. I smiled. You’re welcome! He turned around to walk back into his house as I rode away.

I thought, aren’t these little bitty things as important to God as all the big things I strive to do?

And I felt peace.

His… Michelle
Philippians1:20

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sometimes I forget…

Ephesians 6:12For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.

I can’t decide if the chemical imbalance is due to spiritual warfare or if it just makes fighting the battle that much more challenging? It is so hard to tell where one ends and the other begins. It seems to be such a circular thing. I believe the supplements I’ve added to my diet are definitely helping as little by little my mood keeps elevating. And as my mood elevates, my resolve to fight the battle increases too.

It is such a strange thing to deal with. As my mood sinks, the condemning voices get louder. I just lose the strength to tell those voices to shut up. I know who I am in Christ. I know He doesn’t condemn me. I know all these thoughts are lies from the pit of hell. I just forget. How is that possible? I confess my sins to God when He reveals them to me. But I confess, I have allowed some to just recur over and over, rationalizing that they aren’t that bad. I need accountability.

I am reading Released from Bondage by Neil Anderson. This book is filled with the testimonies of people freed from stronghold sins by seeking Christian counseling and/or by following Steps to Freedom in Christ by the same author. I am also reading this book. It has a very comprehensive list of sins to prompt you and help you discover every last sin in your heart. Then He helps you confess and renounce all in Jesus’ name. I did something similar a few years ago. What I really like about this guide is it walks you through each step and then tells you how to keep walking in victory. I’m so excited to go through this process. Again, I need to find an accountability partner.

Ten things I’m thanking God for:

121. freedom in Christ
122. remembering who I belong to
123. a day off
124. a good day
125. Neil Anderson
126. encouraging my friend
127. my boy calls me everyday
128. good tasting food
129. ice cream
130. Anguila

I sincerely hope my testimony helps someone out there.

His… Michelle