Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Movin' On

Posted by Lisa Laree to Beer Lahai Roi

Can I just be honest?  I'm really struggling with moving forward.  In so many ways, I feel as if I've been boxed up...and, while I'm certain there's a way out of the box, I haven't found it yet.

Part of the reason is that to find the opening, I have to move somehow.  And it's really, really tempting to just sit where I am and stare at the side of the box in front of me.

But that doesn't do anyone any good.

So, last night I took a deep breath and did something I've wanted to do for a long time...I applied to Rita Springer's Dive School .  It's a week long intensive that focuses on releasing the creative...or, as Rita has described it when she's spoken about it on her visits to our church, she 'throws courage on women'.

Well...I'm pretty low on the courage meter right now.

And the plain fact is that I have not ever been in a position to have a true spiritual mentor.  A week of sitting in a mentoring environment sounds amazing...even though I realize it is going to involve peeling and prying and breaking.

I've come 'round to see that it's time to go to a new level...forget what is behind and press on...although I'm pretty clueless as how to do that.

Maybe this is a start.  Maybe the way out of the box is up.

It feels right, anyway.

ETA later that day...I got the email.  I'm going to Dive in October...woot!!!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Miss Judy and Me

Posted by Lisa Laree to Beer Lahai Roi

Vacation week.

It was pure coincidence that my last, final night of working in Girls Ministry was the awards ceremony on the 6th...and we hit the road on the 8th, headed primarily to a family reunion, with the added benefit of celebrating my parents' 56th anniversary and a day at the Indiana State Fair...the first time I'd been to the fair in about 25 years.  At the end of the week, My Sweet Babboo and I caught a couple of days on top of Mount Cheaha, celebrating our 34th anniversary.

Knowing that I was gonna get outta Dodge for a bit right after that last night gave me something to focus on and look forward to.  I needed that trip for way more reasons than I could begin to articulate.

But I got a treat I had not planned on while I was away.

It just so happened that one of my aunts had reconnected with a lady we all went to church with when I was young...and who had been my Sunday School teacher and intermediate youth group leader back when I was in grades 4 - 6 or so. 

She brought her over to Mom's just after we rolled in on the return trip from Elkhart.

In the same direct way I remembered, her first question was, 'Tell me what you're doing for the Lord!'

I discovered that I *could* talk about it without my eyes springing leaks.  I told her of the transition, what I had been doing up to that very point...but that it was ended, and I'm not sure what is next.

And, true to form, she declared over me that I would continue to serve Him...that this is not the end of the line.

How incredible is God, to bring a voice from the past to encourage me for the future?

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

The last lesson...

Posted by Lisa Laree to Beer Lahai Roi

If nothing else I taught remains, let me at least set an example of how to show honor and respect,  regardless of any opinion I might hold or expectations I might've had.

It's going to happen soon or later, to don't understand, you may not agree, and it hurts.

If the heart of the ministry is not after God's own, you may have to make a decision about where you really should be serving.

But if it has been demonstrated over and over again that the heart of the ministry runs hard after God, and you find yourself crosswise somehow, then you have to make a decision about how you're going to deal with it.

Fast and pray.  Seek His heart.  But do not offer up opinion or dissent or accusation. 

It is a serious thing to touch the Lord's anointed.


If I can model obedience, if someone can see that it is possible to stay in line even then, then...perhaps that is the last and most important lesson.

Seasons change.  Transition happens.  I don't know what He's doing, but I trust Him.

That is not a lesson that can be taught from the's got to be demonstrated.

After the posters are down and the curriculum is boxed up and the pictures are all given away...the last lesson continues...

Friday, August 1, 2014

Ephesians Part 4 5:15 - 6:24

Posted by Lisa Laree to Beer Lahai Roi

Paul is continuing his instruction on 'walking worthy of the calling' (4:1), now focusing on human interactions...honoring God in all relationships.  He gives instruction on how

-- Believers should relate to each other (5:15 - 21)
-- Wives should relate to their husbands (5:22 - 24, 33b)
-- Husbands should relate to their wives (5:25 - 33a)
-- Children should relate to their parents (6:1 - 3)
-- Fathers (parents) should relate to their children (6:4)
-- Bondservants should relate to their masters (6: 5 - 8)
-- Masters should relate to their servants (6:9)

On the whole, the concept is to respect, honor, esteem, be self sacrificing, regardless of the relationship; remembering that how we treat others is a representation of Christ himself...both of how He would treat others, and how we would serve Him.  Folks get hung up on the language and the roles, but Paul is not writing law, here, he's entreating folks to be Christlike and we would do well to remember that Christ gave up everything on our should we insist on our own rights here?

But Paul is not finished...there is one other aspect in which we walk worthy of the calling, and that is as a soldier in battle.

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might (6:10)

Paul reminds his readers of something else that we all do well to remember...our enemy is not a person.  We do not fight people...but the spirits that control them, or the spirits that tempt each of us.
Take up the armor of God, Paul writes, listing it as:

The Belt of Truth...holds everything together
Breastplate of righteousness...pure actions guarding a pure heart
Gospel of Peace ...guides your steps
Shield of Faith...protects from the arrows of the enemy; a weapon that can only be effective from a distance
Helmet of Salvation...protects from a fatal blow
Sword of the Spirit, the word of God...our weapon, which is effective in close quarters

Prayer is the ongoing preparation and readiness.

Do this, Paul says, and you will be able to stand your ground.

Now Paul has told them all that he felt on his heart to tell them.  He assured them they were co-heirs with Israel, instructed them on living as believers ought to live, and gave them encouragement for battles that were coming.  Now, he bids them farewell, asking them to pray for him, that he will declare the word of God boldly; he is sending the letter to them via Tychicus, who will tell them more about what is going on with Paul when he sees them.

He blesses them with love and peace and faith, these folks who have been dear to him.

It's not a bad way to end the class at all.