Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Firm Foundation

We have had an "Arctic Blast" here in the south and it was snowing this morning on my way to work. Now, before I go any farther, please understand I am truly a southern girl. I have lived in the south all my life and in the DEEP south all my adult life. Until today, my idea of "icy" roads was slush in the road with an occasional slick spot on a bridge. The ground just doesn't get cold enough here for the roads to actually ice over.
So, Im on my way to work. I decided to take the interstate, because it looked like traffic was moving along without any hiccups. I got on the interstate and immediately knew I'd made a bad choice. The road was white. I've never seen this. USUALLY when it snows here, the lawns are white, the trees are white, and the roads are black. Not today.

Everything was fine until a truck stopped in front of me and I had to apply my brakes. My tires locked up and I skidded a little. My heart was racing! When the truck started to accelerate, he fishtailed. It took that truck several minutes to get traction and I kept my distance from him! I got to work without further incident. However, I passed NUMEROUS cars, trucks, and SUVs in the median, crashed into the guardrails and in the trees along the interstate.

It struck me that this is a near perfect picture of life. I have had times in my life when I knew that I wasn't in the best or safest place, but seemed to be doing okay...until I started to skid out of control; and much like that truck that was in front of me today, it took me a while to regain traction and get going back in the right direction...and sometimes I ended up broken and battered much like those cars crunched up against the guardrail.

I've learned that the best plan of action to decrease the risk of skidding out of control is to make sure I'm on firm, dry ground.

Scripture says that our firm foundation is found in God:
19 Nevertheless, God’s solid foundation stands firm, sealed with this inscription: “The Lord knows those who are his,” and, “Everyone who confesses the name of the Lord must turn away from wickedness.” 2 Timothy 2:19

"For Ladies Only" is the ladies ministry of Pearson Baptist Church in Pearl Mississippi.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

January 26, 27, 28
We'll be doing Heaven's Gates / Hell's Flames at Pearson this weekend. This will be the first time we have done in it in several years.
I love having the opportunity to be part of this outreach again. The message is simple; One Day you will die and you will either go to heaven or hell. You choose now which it will be. The dramas force the audience to acknowledge that their time on earth is finite and that the possibility of spending eternity in Heaven or Hell is something that they must address. Doesn't get much simpler than that.
We will spend 3 days preparing for the drama and 3 nights delivering the message. For many, it will be the first time they see God moving in a tangible way. For some, it will be the first time they have been in an environment where they are totally dependent on God. Most have not had to memorize an entire dramatic scene, much less memorize it in 24 hours. Between the lack of sleep and the nerves of being on stage, we will all be very much dependent on God to deliver His message of redemption through us.
I have wonderful friends who will be participating in the drama for the first time and I expect their lives and their relationship with Christ to be radically changed. For others of us who have done this before, I expect us to embrace the abundance of God's grace and provision as our spirits are renewed. I know that God will deliver many in the audience from the bondage of sin and guilt with the promise of Salvation.  These things fill me with excitement to the point of giddiness! I am praying that the excitement and renewal born out of this revival will unite our congregation and spur us to even more concentrated evangelism.
"For Ladies Only" is the ladies ministry of Pearson Baptist Church in Pearl Mississippi.