"The Lord God fashioned into a woman the rib which He had taken from the man, and brought her to the man."
My Spiritual Mom 2/1/2018
You just need one person! That one person can change your life forever. Mrs. Ellen Parsley or Mrs. P was mine and Pastor's ONE.
This past week this amazing woman went home to heaven and I will miss her until I see her again! So determined to live her life for God, so devout in her service to others, so loved by me.
I celebrate her! This was God's instruction to me when I tried to figure out a way for her to stay here. It's God who knows the number of each of our days and not anyone else. He also dropped a little song in my mind called "Celebrate Me Home". So, every day since she left I have tried to do this. The word of God tells us to do this... but what a task it is! My sweet brother said "It's not hard to celebrate someone who was so cool to you". In my awe of my Mrs. P, I never knew her to be "cool" but you know, she was!
We traveled together, decorated her home together, prayed together, had spa days together and the list goes on and on. She was my friend. She changed me in so many ways. I feel like she is watching every move I make now and as always, I want her to be proud.
So I will celebrate you and I will live my life in ways that you would have been proud of. I miss you so much and I will continue to follow you as I have for twenty five years but the next time we are together it will be in the presence of Jesus. How COOL is that?
Happy 2018 01/22/18
What an amazing time we live in. We know that seasons change and we are ready for our new beginning! Or are we? Take a minute to think about the responsiblility of a new beginning. It has been weighty to me, this new beginning. I do not want to waste a day of it.
We just wrote down our visions for this new year and sealed them in envelopes which will be mailed back to each of us at the end of 2018. This was serious for me. Usually, I know right away what I am trusting the Lord for but not this year... I am still preparing myself for what's next and I hope you are too!
Separate yourself now from anything the Lord would not be happy with. Let's not let this season change come upon us and maybe even pass us by. The more prepared we are for this season the more likely it will be all we hope for!
Get on Board! 12/6/2017
There is room for you in my Father's house. That's what he tells us in John 14:2-3. He is preparing a room for us. He is getting it ready so that one day we will be with him forever.
During this Christmas Season let's take a look at why God even sent a baby, wrapped in swaddling clothes to a manger here on earth.
Our children are preparing a production called "Get On Board". It's caused me to consider what that means. We teach our children about the birth of Jesus at Christmas time but we cannot leave out the most important thing. It was so we would one day live with him forever. Without a baby there is separation forever! His amazing plan is for us to be his family. He asks us to call him Father. He wants us to be where he is!
Please take time this Christmas to pray for those you love. That one day, where we are they can be also. This is just our dressing room for what's next. Let's take as many as will go with us! Our cry should be "Get On Board!" there is a train that's coming, it's coming around the track!
Positively Positive 10/6/2017
Positively Positive! That's me 95 percent of the time. What about the 5 percent like tonight when I can't sleep and I am concerned about how I can truly make a difference in the world. Does this sound familiar to anyone?
Then all at once this pops into my head...
I love my multicultural church and I think we make a strong statement to those who venture in. Sunday is not segregated at OASISLIFE, we are a mixed bouquet of beautiful flowers to quote our Pastor! Some are big and beautiful and wide open and others are small little buds but in worship we are a sweet savor to the Lord. Where all races can worship together, especially now in our society is a Beautiful thing. Yet, it's always been this way at The Oasis. God continue to help us pray down anything that tries to separate and divide!
Sometimes we are already making a positive contribution to our families, our communities and our world, yet we don't realize it. Sometimes when we walk out of darkness into light we have to focus and let our gaze adjust to what's in front of us in order to clearly see it. The enemy of God will try to keep us surrounded by darkness. He will speak lies to try to convince us of failure yet God says we are victorious and More than conquerors!
What are you already doing that says you are a fierce disciple of God? If your footsteps are truly ordered by the Lord and we know they are, than I encourage you to look around. Focus your gaze, let your eyes adjust to the light and you will see the love of Jesus around you. You will see him in the things you have already accomplished.
He has begun a good work in you, so work you will until he comes! I hope you are encouraged today to press forward.
Hurricane Harvey 8/30/2017
We now have the opportunity to help others due to the terrible flooding of Hurricane Harvey. Let's be thankful we have something we can give. Every gift big or small will help to relieve the trauma and loss that is being currently suffered by so many.
Please sow your money and your prayers into the lives of our neighbors in Texas. God is carrying them and he will use us to help. We thank God for those who are there and are physically helping. We pray for every worker, may God's angels watch over every responder to this disaster. We pray for every person who has been displaced. God, please bring them to a safe place and meet all of there needs, physical and spiritual. We pray for every child who is afraid.
Lord we know you will continue in the weeks and months ahead to use each one of us to help to make a difference in their lives. Thank you Jesus for leading us and showing us how to show your love to others.
We will be receiving special offerings for the victims in our Services this Wednesday and again on Sunday. Please help.
Self Absorbed 8/18/2017
Can I just say how self absorbed can we be? What happened to trying to be a help to others? What happened to thinking we could make a difference in the life of another human being? All I seem to hear is "I want" and "I'm so stressed out because I don't have...". Well, I still believe we can be better than that. Maybe there are a few of you out there that think like me. If you're there I encourage you to try to help others and to listen for the voice of God. Timothy urges us to the following:
1 Timothy 2:1 ESV First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people.
I hope you can see the needs all over the world. I hope you can see beyond your new job or your new home. We have just experienced the terrible hate in Charlottesville and Barcelona. Starvation and flooding and lives lost so senselessly seem to surround us daily. We live in a world gone crazy.
How about love and prayer for others? Let's look for ways to help others. Let's start with the words of our mouths. I hope God leads us to the need of another. When we focus on something or someone else, other than constantly looking at our own problems we find blessings. Maybe a new lifelong relationship will develop that will add joy and fulfillment to our lives. Maybe we will help a Mom in Kenya be able to feed and clothe her children. There are no limits to what we can do, as I have said before, with Jesus as our Guide.
Let's make a difference in this world. Let's leave it better because we were here. Let's not just be consumers of stuff that we heap upon ourselves. Let's love all of the hate away or at least be able to say we tried.
Hebrews 4:16 ESV Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
The Lord "fashioned the woman" from the rib of the man. Ladies when we were God created he used what he wanted, like it or not. We had nothing to say about it. We had nothing to say about the color of our eyes or the time that we would be born into this world, not even who we would be born to. However, now that we are here there is much to do and say about who we are.
This page is written to talk about just those kinds of things from my perspective and how God connects his word to my life. Left to myself it's normally a mess but with Jesus as my Guide this journey is amazing.
I just heard ladies on a very popular talk show discussing their "Bucket Lists" and as they spoke I was able to say, "I've already done that!". One said, "I want to be baptized in the Jordan River", Another said, "I want to mentor young girls". There passion and desire for what I had already been a part of made me think about the amzaing things I have done with Jesus as my guide.
My hope is that you will find strength, encouragement, and laughter in this page as it evolves, but most importantly I hope God touches your heart and that you will serve Him as he lights your path with His plan!