I had the unique privilege this week to celebrate a ministry milestone of five years. "Coffee Break" at my church is a gathering of woman who come to fellowship, eat decadent desserts, sip coffee, compete in silly games, worship, then settle in to hear a woman within our own church share their compelling testimony.
|Coffee Break Five Year Celebration|
Everyone has a story. If you have been redeemed by the Lord, set free, been given hope through a hopeless situation, grieved, made irreversible decisions, suffered abuse, dealt with difficult relationships, been hurt by loved ones, suffer an illness, relied on God for the impossible, stepped out in faith when others questioned your sanity, felt panicky, anxiety, depression, even the unthinkable thoughts...
If you've been angry, been betrayed, broken, failed, scared, felt unloved, ashamed, questioned your faith, ran away...
and yet, God found you and filled you with hope, laughter and purpose... JOY.
If you have sinned, been forgiven and now choose to live for Christ despite it all...
God created in you a testimony of your faith in Him. FYI: For continued healing.
Be transparent and share. It's hard stuff, but full of blessings and further healing.
Tonight, my neighbor came over and asked me to put together some bouquets of flowers for the important moms in his life. Glad to do it for he blesses us with his handyman and mechanical abilities. My son got the card table out while he brought in the three large wrapped bunches of flowers, purchased downtown this morning at the flower mart.
As I was arranging the flowers, I thought of how this is like Coffee Break, or even the Body of Christ. Some of us are beautiful mums, roses, tall daisies, or zinnias, all different in color and shape and story, the sanctification journey. Some of us are fillers, like the babies breath or the eucalyptus branches; those little encouragers that complement and define the story, God's Word of Truth. Some of us are the vases, open to be filled and displayed, the very foundation of our faith, our teachers, pastors and mentors. Then, finally, there is the water which sustains us all, The Holy Spirit.
And we give in Love, because He first loved us.
Jesus eternally loves, defines love in us, teaches us to love, died and rose again because of LOVE.
We bloom and show His love best working together in unity with all our uniqueness and purposes. He designed it that way! So let's be a little showy! --All for His Glory in our story!
God gathers us all together and makes a gorgeous bouquet to set out openly, even on our own welcoming table for others to see and take in the sweet aroma of our Creator, our Maker.
Thank you Lord for flowers. I sure love them, the colors and shapes and sizes. I love the process of planting and nurturing, weeding and caring, even clipping and displaying. Thank you Lord for Your people, the Body of Christ. I sure love them, the stories and the testimony, the sharing and the caring, the trusting and gathering to sing and worship together. I love the forgiving, the moving over to make room for one more, the new little buds forming, and the sweet aroma of prayer we create together for our own seedlings. May the display of believers, the bunches of branches and petals of praise, bring You Glory in our story, in our love for one another, in our testimony of hope. Thank you Lord for planting me where I'm at and nurturing me within the Bouquet of Belief, for I am pressed deep into the Water of Life. Amen.
Journal prompt: Do you see yourself as part of God's Bouquet? Where in the church is your gifts displayed for His Glory? Where is He leading you to serve?