Friday, October 18, 2013

A Little Catching Up

If you stopped by my blog after my interview on My Journey of Faith with Cynthia McCutcheon, welcome!! I'm smack in the middle of a 31 Day series on reaching your world. Grab some coffee and click here to read through the previous posts. The "Reach Your World" icon in the sidebar will get you to the index post as well.

If you are wondering "What radio show? What is she talking about?" I had the opportunity to chat with Cynthia McCutcheon about everything from my past to my book to my desire to make a difference in the world in Jesus' name. You can listen to the show by clicking here.

And now that the housekeeping is done, I want to tell you how God amazed me yesterday. In Wednesday's post I shared my story of how my family became part of an elementary school I had no intention of sending any kids to again, for various quite justifiable reasons.

We've just begun our third year there and I am their PTO president and coordinator of all things community.

I had forgotten about the "push back the darkness" prayer until I read the old post and while I'm still 100% all in, I'm getting a little crispy. The danger of all in is burn out and it's only October.

I arrived at the school yesterday to run the Book Fair; and, even though it was my day off from my paying job, all I could hear as the Lone Ranger music running through my head. I'm in catch-up mode these days, just trying not to fall off the horse.

Anyway, I get to my spot and realize I'm listening to a song I recognize from KLOVE on the radio. That is huge to me...I want to know who the other believers are so we can connect and pray for one another. (Teaching and being involved at this school is a calling for those who are there, no matter what their faith background. It's not for the faint of heart.)

As if that wasn't encouraging enough, I realized it was coming from a new teacher's classroom, a special class for kids who need some extra care. Super cool!

And if that wasn't enough, the new teacher turns out to be a woman I graduated from high school with! All day I wondered if that was her but didn't want to interrupt her class, so at the end of the day I parked myself on the bench outside her room and waited. We bear hugged right there in the hallway.

When I shared this story with a friend of mine, she said, "See...God is putting the people in place without your help."

The application there is that when you feel that pull to make a difference somewhere, what's the first thing you do? If you're me, you think of all the reasons it's too big or won't really matter.

You leave God out of it, like once He planted the idea He fled the scene and it's all up to you.

We need to be constantly, diligently on the look out for God. He is absolutely in the mix of things, and I know that I waste a lot of energy trying to orchestrate things that He already has a plan for.

Wherever you feel led to get involved, go. Look for the others God is drawing with that same heart. When we are engaged in His plan, He will bring it together.

Just don't forget to give Him the glory. Sharing your God stories is an encouragement to others.

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