A Dippy-Do Day

unraveling ropeEver have a dippy-do day? That’s what I call a day, or even a week, when I’m feeling low, inadequate, not spiritual enough, not smart enough, and overwhelmed by life in general. Surely you must have occasional days like that too.

But then, maybe you don’t. You feel like you’ve got life all together, all the time. You’re organized, efficient, ahead of the game, totally put together, and face the day full of confidence. I have those days too. It’s just that, well…gosh, I don’t do life like that 24/7. Know what I mean?

The only thing I know I do have all the time – Jesus.

On those hard days, I’m pretty much a mess, or a basket case, or both. Funny how Jesus gets right in the middle of my mess, climbs in the basket with me, and holds me together–as I come unraveled.

In my unraveling, I am reminded of stuff I know about Jesus.

He won’t let me go.

He won’t leave me.

He calms me.

He comforts me.

He gets in my face,
looks beyond my makeup,
behind my smile,
and into my eyes.

He’s got me right where He wants me. Up close and personal. Undivided attention. Complete focus on Him.

Let it go, Susan. Lay it down. Give it up. You know, it’s all the things you teach….

It’s kind of like one of the houses on HGTV that needs to be fixed up, or get an overhaul—inside, and out.

wooden toolbox with tools. isolated on white.Knock down the walls and think outside my self-imposed little boxed-in negative thoughts.
(“’For My thoughts are not your thoughts. Neither are your ways My ways,’ declares the Lord.” Isaiah 55:8)

Open up space to expand time for friends who give me a bigger perspective on my life, and remind me of God’s faithfulness.
(“God is faithful, through whom you were called into fellowship with His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.” I Corinthians 1:9)

Redo the inside by getting rid of old things that pull me down, and add new things that build me up.
(“When my anxious thoughts multiple within me, Thy consolations delight my soul.”Psalm 94:19)

Repaint and repair with a change of attitude and a new outlook.
(“…and put on the new self, in the likeness of God….” Ephesians 4:24)

Replace the landscape of anything growing in my heart that needs to be replaced with the truth of God’s word.
(“Lead me in Thy truth and teach me, for Thou art the God of my salvation; for Thee I wait all the day.” Psalm 25:5)

Well my friends, there you have it. You have sat on my doorstep for a few minutes and gotten a real glimpse inside.

May Jesus meet you right where you are today, at just the right moment, and just when you need to be reminded—you are not alone.

From My Heart to Yours,
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Lost your bloom? Take heart!

Susan Miller, America's Moving CoachDon’t you just love this time of year! Spring is in full bloom! Nature is in harmony with colorful flowers, new green growth on tree branches, and birds chirping with joy.

Yet for many of you who are in the emotional upheaval of a move, or face an unknown future with moving, the season of spring has not arrived in your life. There is a lack of harmony with those around you, you don’t feel personal or spiritual growth in this transition, and there is no joy in your heart – yet.

Let me encourage you dear sisters, your spring will come, you will bloom again! This is a season of life you are going through; it has come to pass, it has not come to stay. I know, because I have gone through the same dry and dormant seasons before, during, and after a move. I have felt the same feelings and faced many of the same situations spring flowersin moving that you have, and I too, could not feel the sun shining in my life.

Even when I couldn’t pray for myself during those difficult times, God put other people in my life to pray for me. Now is the time for you to rest in God’s promises, in His word, and in His faithfulness – and to know that I will pray for you.

So, tell me, how are YOU doing? How can we pray for you across the miles as we hold you close in our thoughts and hearts? Please take a minute to email us (prayerrequest@justmoved.org) with your personal prayer requests. You will be prayed for by our faithful prayer team for 30 days.

bouquetIf I could send each of you a spring bouquet of flowers to encourage your heart, I would. Instead, I’m sending you a bouquet of prayers, wrapped with my love and tied with a ribbon of God’s hope.

“In the morning, O Lord, Thou will hear my voice; In the morning I will order my prayer to Thee and eagerly watch.” – Psalm 5:3

“…Be gracious to me and hear my prayer.” – Psalm 4:1

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Are you still listening?

1504.listenI don’t know about you, but I am a music lover, ranging anywhere from Country to Lite Rock to Pop Hits to Piano to Praise and Worship. You should see my playlist. I’m all over the map with my choice of music.

While working on the computer, I’ll tune in to Pandora and listen to whatever inspires me for the need of the moment. Since I’m so cheap, and listen to FREE Pandora, there are commercial breaks every so often that I just tune out mentally and keep on typing. Every now and then the music stops. Now that will get my attention.

I have to stop typing, click on Pandora, and this message appears on the screen:

Are you still listening?

It’s no fun playing to an empty room. 

Click to return to station

The first time I saw this I smiled and thought, how smart is that! The advertising and marketing people came up with something so clever. I have to take action to get back to the music.

But then, the more those words popped up, the more I began to think…and then wonder—

Does Jesus ever feel like saying that too?

Are you still listening?

It’s no fun talking to you when my words are spoken to an empty room.

Don’t you want to hear my song of hope, comfort, peace, and encouragement?

Return to me…

It’s so simple to reconnect.

Be still

and

Listen to me again…

Click here, I’m waiting for you.

1504.Elijah“Go out and stand before me on the mountain,” The Lord told him. And as Elijah stood there, the Lord passed by and a mighty windstorm hit the mountain. …but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind, there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. And after the earthquake, there was a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire, there was the sound of a gentle whisper. When Elijah heard it, …he went out and stood at the entrance of the cave. And a voice said, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” I Kings 19:11-13

Elijah knew the sound of that gentle whisper was God’s voice. He realized that God doesn’t reveal himself only in powerful, miraculous ways.

Too often, we only look for God in the big things and easily miss Him gently whispering in the quietness of a humbled heart.

Are you listening for God?

Step back from the noise and activity of your busy life this Spring and listen humbly and quietly for His voice. It may come when you least expect it.

God has something to say to you—R I G H T  N O W

It could be just a click away.

Happy Spring and Happy Listening!

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Come, all who thirst

A river runs through it. Ok, so not quite a river, but, after the rain we’ve had, the normally dry “wash” behind my house is a small stream. 

the wash behind my house

A “wash” is Arizona-speak for a very wide ditch that allows the rainwater to run through the middle of it and into a drain somewhere at the end of my street. With the monsoon rains we have in Phoenix, drainage is key to prevent flooding.

You can’t see the wash from my backyard unless you peek over the six-foot wall and through the tall shrubbery that borders each side. Green grass fills the entire wash area, except during the hot summer months when it turns brown.

When the rain comes, it streams right through the grass. Sometimes the stream rises higher, depending on the rain. Then I might call it a creek. Never a river, or I’d be long gone.

After church last week, I was walking home, as I do every Sunday. Curious to see the water level and the flow of the stream, I stopped at the end of my street to take a look through the only place that gave me a full view of the wash. I stood there for a few minutes and watched the water ripple down a pathway through the grass, far beyond where my eyes could see. The stream quietly moved in and around and through the wash. The sun glistened on the tall, wet grass that seemed to bow in the direction the water flowed.

As I stood there, I was visually reminded of the living water of Jesus Christ that flows in and through our lives, reflecting God’s light to anyone who stops to take a good look at us. In awe and praise, we bow down to Him and follow His direction as He guides our pathway through life. Just as water can quench the thirst of a dry land, God can quench the thirst of our soul far beyond what we can imagine. 

Pretty awesome, huh?

And…there’s even the perfect scripture that flows right along with it…

But whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst;
but the water that I shall give him shall become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life.
John 4:14

And the Lord will continually guide you,
And satisfy your desire in scorched places.
And give strength to your bones;
And you will be like a watered garden,
And like a spring of water whose waters do not fail.
Isaiah 58:11

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Leave the light on

leave the light onI don’t know about you, but I always waited up for our teenagers when they were out after dark. One of the things I would say as they walked out the door was, “I’ll leave the light on for you, don’t be too late.” Even now that they’ve grown, and have children of their own, I leave the light on when they come to visit, until everyone is home and settled in.

Mama did the same thing for my brother and me when we were growing up. I vividly remember the porch light being on. The glow of a pretty lamp with a scalloped lampshade and painted flowers around the base, sat on a table in our living room and beckoned me inside. The light exuded the comfort and security of being home. The place where I was expected and belonged.

At some point in our lives, we need to know that someone has left the light on for us. A light that says, I care. You are loved. This is where you belong. Welcome back home.

We never outgrow that need. Whether you have children (or grandchildren) at home, going off to college, starting a first job, or newly married, as they venture out, remember to tell them, “I’ll leave the light on for you….”

And, by the way, just a gentle reminder – Jesus ALWAYS leaves His light on for YOU.

He’s waiting for you to come home.

           He’s expecting you.

                   You’ve been gone too long.

                           Oh, and don’t worry – no questions asked about where or why.

                                   His open arms will embrace you with the unconditional love you so desperately need.  

He’ll leave the light on ‘til you arrive…

From My Heart,
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I am the light of the world; he who follows Me shall not walk in the darkness, but shall have the light of life. John 8:12

Your word is a lamp to my feet, and a light to my path. Psalm 119:105

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