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Okay, wow. God never ceases to amaze me. The ripples of your life go farther than the eye can see or the mind can know. You may never know how much your life is affecting those around you. And it has nothing to do with us and everything to do with God. So I wrote the earthquake blog the other day and I have been telling my friends and family about the dreams I had, and how God spoke through them and His Word. I woke up this morning to find a gratitude chain that my roommates daughter had written out. You remember those green and red construction paper links we used to make as kids to countdown to Christmas? It looks like that. Only it is about six links, and each one has a "thank you" to God. So precious. She is one of the sweetest nine year olds I have ever met. I see Jesus in her. She just got baptized about two months ago.






So back to the chain-- I read what she wrote on them. Maybe I shouldn't have. If so-- forgive me God, and forgive me Sophia. I would never want to breach her privacy. But I truly believe God had me find it on the couch this morning, and read it for a reason. Each one was so heartfelt, pure, perfect, beautiful. What really got me is that the first and last link said this:


First: "Bad thing- Paul and Silas were in prison. God sent an earthquake to set them free"

Last: "God sent an earthquake to set them free."


Holy moly. There are NO coincidences in God's Kingdom. None. So I have no idea how God has been revealing that to her heart, but the how doesn't really matter to me. I am just blown away. That me and this sweet daughter of God, Sophia, are on the same page. That Daddy God has been revealing to us the same message. Maybe she heard about my story from her aunt (my best friend) or maybe she didn't. The mystery is part of what is so beautiful about it and about God. One thing I do know- HE get's all the glory.





On another note slash things I have been contemplating:





So yesterday I had an epic talk with my mom at brunch, as usual. She sharpens me, and I hope I do the same for her. My relationship with her is so life-giving. Thank you Abba Father!!! I was saying that a lot of times we settle for shallow conversations and interactions with people and then wonder why we are feeling so empty. Especially for an introvert. Interactions are like withdrawals from the energy bank account. But they are also deposits into the spiritual account which can roll-over and go into the energy account, and obviously the JOY account. But I notice that the surface level ones can be more 'draining' than the deep or hard talks. I have just been noticing how much I crave- real, meaningful, deep conversations. I always walk away from them with my love cup FULL and overflowing. We must drink deep of the Living Waters. That comes from time alone with God, in His Word. It also comes from fellowship. That is what I have been desiring. And without even specifically asking God for it-- His Spirit has interceded on my behalf and interpreted that desire to God.





"They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the LORD for the display of his splendor."- Isaiah 61:3


So we are like these huge oak trees, and we are only getting a cup of water poured onto our roots and into our soil. What we need is buckets upon buckets of the Living Waters. To be able to survive, thrive, grow…

"They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the LORD for the display of his splendor."- Isaiah 61:3


So we are like these huge oak trees, and we are only getting a cup of water poured onto our roots and into our soil. What we need is buckets upon buckets of the Living Waters. To be able to survive, thrive, grow…etc. Sometimes I settle for a cup or two and then wonder why I am dehydrated, weary, and wilting. Fellowship with other Christ followers is essential. Have you ever noticed when you are around someone else filled with God's Spirit- you get fired up around them? You feel joy and you are excited to share what He is doing in your lives. Oh the sweetness of it all. Fight for those talks beloved. Sometimes it is scary to be the first one to be vulnerable or even put yourself out there like that. But you will never know until you try. I guarantee there is someone else in the room who is craving it just as much as you. They may be too shy to be the first one to go there. Once you open that door- it is only a matter a time before you are both deep-sea-diving with Jesus. Just start somewhere. The fruitful conversations and interactions that will flow out of that wellspring are innumerable and expansive. Take the first leap of faith. Be real, raw, open, honest, vulnerable.


"To love at all is to be vulnerable."- C.S. Lewis. So if we are to LOVE our neighbors as ourselves, let's be vulnerable and do this.


etc. Sometimes I settle for a cup or two and then wonder why I am dehydrated, weary, and wilting. Fellowship with other Christ followers is essential. Have you ever noticed when you are around someone else filled with God's Spirit- you get fired up around them? You feel joy and you are excited to share what He is doing in your lives. Oh the sweetness of it all. Fight for those talks beloved. Sometimes it is scary to be the first one to be vulnerable or even put yourself out there like that. But you will never know until you try. I guarantee there is someone else in the room who is craving it just as much as you. They may be too shy to be the first one to go there. Once you open that door- it is only a matter a time before you are both deep-sea-diving with Jesus. Just start somewhere. The fruitand expansive. Take the first leap of faith. Be real, raw, open, honest, vulnerable.


"To love at all is to be vulnerable."- C.S. Lewis. So if we are to LOVE our neighbors as ourselves, let's be vulnerable and do this.

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