I remember when I went to the doctor and was told I was pregnant with our second child. Normally, that would be a fond memory for expecting mommies. But that appointment actually wasn’t. It was right after the doctor shared this news that she also advised I terminate the pregnancy. See, I had been in and out of the hospital with my first pregnancy so often with pneumonia, that DJ ended up being born 9 weeks premature. Knowing that my lung condition hadn’t changed, my doctor explained I was too high-risk to go forward with another pregnancy & that not going forward would be the safer route…
This photo here is that boy, seven years later. And this weekend, Andy had the privilege of helping Pastor Fred with the announcements on stage. You see, God knew Andy before Andy was born. God wove him together in my tummy. And for the last seven years, God has walked with Andy in a journey of salvation, baptism, and now, serving with his little talent. God LOVES ALL His kids…and love looks out. And I am humbled & encouraged at the way God has looked out for Andy, from before Andy was even born. I hope you know you are God’s kid too. And He loves you. And He’s got you.
I am grateful we live in a country of freedom. I mean, does anyone ever hope for its opposite? Coercion, restraint, imprisonment, enslavement, bondage, confinement? I doubt it. I think there is something inside of us that longs to be free and is thankful when we get to a point where we are. Just ask a person who risked their life to get to the American soil you’ve always walked on. We want freedom. As Americans, we have it! But some of us reading this, are “American” on the outside, but do not feel free on the inside. You forget that you live in a country without walls, because there is barb-wired around your life. Whatever it is, abuse, depression, shame, anger, addiction, anxiety, loneliness, separation from God, the bible tells us: “where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is FREEDOM.” You know something? Jesus gave up his freedom in Heaven so that He could come to Earth, die for you, and give you freedom. Come to God. Tell him what has you captive. Let him be your Liberator. And may Independence Day not just be your freedom as an American–but your freedom as a human.
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In 38 years, it was the 2nd biggest violation I had ever known. After years of amassing a generous network on Twitter and Facebook; after years of daily blogging in hopes of encouraging just one person…I lost it all. In one big hacking maneuver, someone else who wanted all things “leadhership” was successful in getting it. For a week, I agonized, cried, obsessed and fought to get it all back. After a week of forsaking my home, neglecting my family, hardly eating & restlessly sleeping, I knew I needed to come to grips with this. I pleaded with God. Not for everything to be restored. Not for justice to be served. Not even for my perpetrator to acknowledge their hacking success. Nope. I got down on my knees and prayed for one word…”peace.” And God heard. And God helped. He slowly turned all the bad that had infected my body over this loss, into His good. And after that peace filled me, I was able to peacefully let go of what was rightfully His. Yep, I realized that too. That “leadHership” was never mine to begin with. The good Lord giveth..and the good Lord taketh away. So that’s why you are here, today, at “wondHerful.” Because after I learned to let go of one thing and give God everything, He gave me something. He’s good like that. I hope you know Him. And I hope you will join me on this new wondHerful journey.
>Yesterday morn, someone hacked into my accounts, including my blog, leadHership.net. My blog & four years of daily blog posts are gone. Its crushed me. Praying that Google can get my blog back. Sure would appreciate your prayers too. Thanks, family & friends. For now follow my temporary twitter account @leadhershipnow https://twitter.com/#!/WondHerful
This picture was taken in 2005, when we dedicated our little Andy man. That was 7 years ago. Wow! Time flies & kids sure grow up fast. Last week, Andy shared with Raul and I that he’s ready to get baptized. Tears filled my eyes at how fast he’s grown & how he’s developing his own little relationship with God. So on Easter Sunday, at sunrise, Raul will have the privilege of baptizing our youngest in the ocean, as part of our Church by the Glades Easter-Sunrise Baptism. I hope you have taken this step in your life. I was 8 when I got baptized. I still have the memories of it. It’s a huge moment in the life of a God-follower. Totally unforgettable! If you haven’t, whatcha waiting for?
Tonight I had the craziest thought: do I want to be buried or cremated? I decided I want to be buried. Burying lets me have a tombstone. A tombstone lets me have an epitaph. An epitaph lets me have a message. A message allows me to keep speakingafter I’m not here to say it. I’m not sure how I’ll craft my epitaph, but I know I want it to include my favorite bible verse: We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair. We are hunted down, but never abandoned by God. We get knocked down, but we are not destroyed. Isn’t it cool that even when I’m 6 feet under there, God can still speak through ushere? I think that’s awesome!
I am hurting for what you are going through right now. It begs the universal question of, “why do bad things happen to good people?” I am sorry for the pain that runs deep and the future that is unknown. But I am writing to let you know that God knows the plans He has for you. He has plans to prosper you. He does not have plans to harm you. He has a plan to give you a hope and a future. Keep your gaze on Him and your glimpse on your circumstance. You will come through better than when you came in. And you will do great things.