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Thursday, November 27, 2014

A Thanksgiving Prayer

by Pam Roth
Have you ever noticed how the Lord works in mysterious ways and how relevant His word is for us?  Today, I found a prayer that I wrote over 30 years ago. Little did I know, when I wrote this prayer, that my children would be in their 40’s and that my husband and I would live 900 miles away from some of them when I discovered this prayer, again. 

Heavenly Father,
As I think about the Thanksgiving season, help me to be thankful…I mean really thankful.  I am truly grateful for your provision and my family.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Change the Channel!!!

by Cyndi Coleman
A few days ago Catheryn, our youngest daughter, lost the remote to her tv. This was not the first time; it happens frequently - at least once a week. So, once again, Catheryn was lamenting the lost  remote. She was frustrated because she could not change the channel - it was stuck, and she was, too. As I was plundering under stuffed animals and between Barbie dolls, trying to help her find it, I heard her exclaim, “I know! I can borrow Sissy’s remote!” Within 30 seconds she had asked her older sister, changed the channel, and was back to enjoying her TV time.

Do you ever feel like that? Like your life is stuck on the wrong channel and you’ve lost the remote? I know I have felt this way many times. Sometimes, I know that I get my heart stuck on something and I cannot seem to change it. No pun intended, but I’m definitely channeling something and it’s not positive! I get frustrated and get even more stuck. It can be a vicious and depressing cycle. 

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Just the slightest shift, part two

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by Naomi Widmer, guest writer
As I reflect back on when I first recognized a “kiss on the cheek from God,” I would have to say that it came on a frustrating August morning when God nudged Pam to call me. Unbeknownst to Pam, I had been silently calling out to God, asking for clarity and wise counsel. I am forever in awe of how God gently works with the wounded - sending one of His surrendered servants to reach out to help pull stuck feet out of the pit of despair. 

Psalm 40:1-2, "I waited patiently for the Lord to help me, and He turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the pit of despair, out of the mud and the mire. He set my feet on solid ground and steadied me as I walked along."

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Just the slightest shift, part one

by Naomi Widmer, guest writer

We are happy to introduce Naomi Widmer as our guest writer for the next two weeks.  Naomi, along with her husband, Mark, have served faithfully in ministry for over 35 years.  Naomi is a gifted musician and teacher.  She has also served as a missionary in the Dominican Republic with her husband and currently they are serving in a Christian school in Romeoville, IL.  Welcome Naomi to the Relevant Women blog!

Recently, I was asked the question, "Naomi, what is one thing you might be able to shift in your life this week to lighten the heaviness you currently have in your life?   And, when you figure it out, send me an email!" When I got off the phone, I sat there feeling perplexed.  I had no idea what could shift, short of quitting everything I was involved in, and hitting the road to find an illusive cabin in the woods!

As I sat there, I soon realized I had to get rid of all my pat answers or "christianese" statements.  The truth is, I literally had to sit this one out by being still, leaning into God, and listening for His still small voice.  This was the beginning of becoming aware of how God would perform these subtle shifts in my life. Honestly, to sit still and wait on God's gentle moving in my life is the opposite of my personality.  If I see a problem, "I" want to fix it - solve it in three easy steps and be done with it!  But from where I was sitting that day, it was evident my three-easy-step plan wasn’t going to work this time.