weekly photo challenge: the sign says

It’s that time of year. Sailing time. My home is about to become mobile. The ship is tied down and ready to go. Time to get ready to cruise with some at sea drills. At this point, the signs on a ship become crucial for escape. To view more posts like this, visit The Daily Post. Happy sailing!

Love… Michelle
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08.29.09

How are you with directions? When I travel, I like a good road map. Thanks to the advent of the internet age, I particularly like google maps or mapquest. Remember the old triptik from AAA? These are just several possibilities that are available for us to use to get from point A to point B. Don’t you just wish we had a road map for life, with signs to point us to the right destination? I believe we do have that in the word of God. The challenge for us in our relationship with the Lord is discerning the signs along the road to our destination. We know the ultimate destination is heaven, but what about the stops along the way?

I am having an amazing weekend so far. I can’t believe the number of signs I’ve come to in the past couple of days, directional signs that clearly say, “go this way Michelle.”

The end of August is upon us, which means I have to decide what book I’m going to study for the month of September. Should I study Philippians? I like Philippians. But last week, when I was having an aggravating time at work, Galatians 5:22-23 popped into my head.

Galatians 5:22-23 (ESV)
22But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.

I haven’t thought about or heard about Galatians in quite some time. And suddenly, everywhere I turn, Galatians is popping up. It popped up at the outreach this weekend. Galatians 5 was the teaching at church today. Like a giant road sign on I-95, I see the sign from the Lord to choose Galatians as the next book to study.

As I finish my study of the book of James, the verse that sticks out to me like a neon sign in the dark is James 1:27.

James 1:27 (ESV)
27Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.

I was led to my friend Doris, a widow, through a not coincidental meeting with an internet friend. We are developing a relationship. I am ministering to her on weekly basis.

I was also invited to join an outreach event to a girl’s detention center to share the Gospel and the love of Jesus Christ with girls who are in trouble, spiritual orphans. It was an amazing experience! The teaching was from Galatians 5:22-23! I lived through this experience in my past when my oldest boy was in and out of the juvenile justice system. What I wouldn’t give to have had a Christian there for us in our greatest hours of distress! I had one of those moments I can’t explain when my heart just burns with desire. I just know I am supposed to reach out and love those girls the way Jesus loves us. That invitation was a sign to point me in the direction of my next mission.

Finally, at church tonight, the sermon was all about setting the captives free, from addictions, bondage, oppression, spiritual darkness. I will be at the missions table tomorrow to help out. Where are the missionaries from? Morocco! Coincidence? I think not. A sign? I haven’t thought about Morocco in months. I’m certainly thinking about Morocco again now, wondering, asking God, “is this a sign from You?” We shall see. 🙂

All in all I am so amazed and awed by the magnificence of God! He is clearly doing something on my little road, paving the way, making smooth the path. I know the ultimate destination is heaven, but oh, what an adventure the journey is! Praise God!!!

Forever His… Michelle