Tuesday, October 25, 2011

The Year That Wasn't

I think I might have amnesia.  Though I'm desperately trying to recall, I don't know what happened to this year.  I wandered into my home office the other day and realized I hadn't been in there in a long while.  I have this great space in my basement that's decked out with a large executive desk, bookshelves, and a fantastic whiteboard. Nicknamed, "The Mama Room", my office is a haven of rest for reading, writing, and relaxing...yet I haven't even darkened the door since...well, I can't remember.

When I finally did enter The Mama Room, I wistfully read my whiteboard, which had all of my goals for 2011 written on it. Ugh.  I haven't done any of them.  My kayak never touched the lake this summer, I didn't write any articles this year, and I never got the redesign of my blog finished (or started, for that matter).

I vaguely remember turning 40 this spring, then after that, it's only a blur.  So what happened? I had goals.  I had plans.  But, for all my attempts, I've accomplished none of it.  Even as I write this, Proverbs 16:9 is ringing in my ears.  "In his heart, a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps."

This has felt very much like the year that "wasn't".  It's flown by and I feel like I've missed it, but if I stop and think about the steps the Lord has directed me in, I see that I'm woefully wrong.  I took a fantastic two week vacation, visiting dear friends and family.  I was blessed to speak at our annual women's retreat for church. I've made new friends, learned new things, and been given new opportunities. And now, God is leading me to India.

Maybe this isn't the year that "wasn't", after all.  Maybe it's the year that "is".  And, maybe I am not in control, but I'm in the control of the great I AM.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

An App For That...

Although i love my iPad 2, I've been lamenting that I can't properly post to my blog from it because Blogger uses flash for its blog editor, which isn't compatible with the iPad. If you don't know what I mean by that statement, I'll just say, until now, blogging from my iPad hasn't worked.

But, ta-da! I found this nifty Blogpress app that supposedly makes it work. I guess I'm not going to know if it really does until I hit the "publish" button.

I hear that wireless connections abound in the area of India I'll be visiting, so I'm hoping to be able to use this to send updates from the field. So here goes....

- Posted using BlogPress from my iPad

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Experiencing God

Experiencing God.  As Christians, we’d all like to do it, but often wonder how.  In his book, Experiencing God, Henry Blackaby says when God speaks to you, you know it’s him.  He leaves no doubt in your mind.  He’s clear and unmistakable.  Recently, this happened to me, and try as I might, there’s no denying what I need to do.  By God’s grace and with his help—I’m going to India.

In many parts of the world, especially India, women are among the most oppressed people on earth.  Partners International is an organization that has been working in India since the 1960’s.  The goal of their women’s ministry is to replace poverty and injustice with dignity and purpose in Christ. 

Along with my church, New Song Bible Church, I want to know how to join in and be actively involved in ministering to these women.   January 2-13, 2012, I and a few others have been invited to visit several of Partners’ women’s ministries.  Our goal is to learn, interact, and see how we might set up long term relationships in key ministry areas.

I am asking my friends and family to pray for me as I take this step of faith.  There are many preparations to be made and challenges to overcome.  If you'd like to join in this work with me prayerfully or financially, you can contact me via email at cari at carijohnson dot com.  (Sorry for the cryptic type, but you understand...)  I’ll be posting updates to Married To The Pastor as I prepare and travel. 

Most of all, thanks for your prayers!

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Everything You Need

A few weeks ago I took a Hunter's Safety course with my son.  There's several good posts behind this story, but for now, let's just say that The Pastor conveniently had to be out of town for part of the class, so I had the, uh, honor of taking our son.  

Among the disturbing videos that were shown (again, topics for another day), was one about hypothermia, heat exhaustion, and basic first aid.  It very accurately depicted someone with hypothermia becoming disoriented and disillusioned by his circumstances.  He began to panic and run around like a crazy man.  While freaking out, he threw off his outer clothing and other items that would have been helpful to him, and ultimately died. 

Other video clips showed similar circumstances.  People who were confused and disoriented, acting irrationally, and getting themselves into trouble or even death.  The similarity in all the stories was that each person had, in their possession, everything they needed for survival.  They just weren't thinking clearly enough to use it. 

2 Peter 1:3 tells me, "His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness..."  I have everything I need for life and godliness, right at my fingertips. God has given it to me.  It's right there.  I just need to utilize it.  But instead, I run around like a crazy person, panicking and acting irrationally, disregarding the very things that could help me, and ultimately getting myself in trouble.

Today, whatever circumstance you find yourself in, take a deep breath and clear your head.  Think about your savior Jesus Christ, and consider that, if you know Him...you already have everything you need.  Now use it!


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