Happy New Year!!! 2020 is Here!

On January 1, 2019 – 2 1/2 months after brain surgery – I opened the door to 2019 with great joy!! I’ve made it through an entire year … I am so grateful!!!!

I spent all of 2019 getting to know the new me. Facing truths in life that I hadn’t seen clearly before. Seeing diversity come alive in the global missions world. Seeing our regional leadership plan in Africa become a reality. Building ministry relationships that will help us step into new areas strongly. Being part of a body of believers that love us and see what God is doing through us. Mentoring young folk. Lloyd preaching. Me singing and teaching. A beautiful partnership with a local Christian counseling ministry. Grateful to have one of my sisters back in my life. Rejoicing as my daughter was married and gave birth to baby #2. Rejoicing as my oldest son was married to the woman God created for him. Excited for both of my sons to begin the ministries and businesses that God has led them to do. 2019 was a good year.

It’s a New Year!  I want to keep running to the finish line.  The only life prize that matters is the one that has been promised by God, through Jesus Christ … eternal life with him.  I’m not there yet, God knows I’m not!!! But I’m committing to leaving the junk and mistakes of 2019 back there … and moving on in 2020, allowing His Spirit to guide and direct me, and doing every single thing for the sake of His glory.  No! I’m not yet all that God wants me to be, but I’m pushing hard to let Him change me, mold me and make me all that He’s called me to be.  It’s what my Savior wants from me. It is why He made me His own!!!  (Philippians 3: 12 – 15) So … for 2020, I want to keep moving after some things and add new things that’ll help me be what He wants me to be.  So here’s my 20 for 2020: 

  1. Focus on the problem solver, not the problem (preach Reginald!)
  2. Believe I can do things, because He told me to do them
  3. Love, even when the love is not returned
  4. Forgive, even if it happens again
  5. Repent and repent again
  6. Ask for the filling of the Holy Spirit each and every day
  7. Extend mercy to people, just as I beg for mercy from Him
  8. Grace, I’ll give it to others just as He gives it to me
  9. Share my joy
  10. Speak truth
  11. Build friendships
  12. Pour in to relationships that I’ve neglected
  13. Be a respecting baby sister – listening to and being taught by my older sisters, who are amazingly God filled women
  14. Listen and learn from the Word of God
  15. Love and pour truth into my children and grandchildren; love and bring joy to my mother
  16. Take care of my physical body 
  17. Lead well in every role God has placed me in
  18. Serve well in every place God has sent me
  19. Love, obey, adore, serve, encourage, care for, invest in … my wonderful gift of a husband
  20. Serve, obey, glorify, uplift, reflect, praise, submit to, listen to, talk to  … my God, my Savior, my King, my Father, my All In All

Happy New Year, friends and family!!! Let’s take the next step in wonderful new ways for the sake of His glory!!

Forgiving One Another

Just a few days ago we, as believers in Christ, were celebrating His resurrection. We were rejoicing that Our God forgave us of all sin if we believed that his Son, Jesus – was truly the Christ; Our Redeemer. Forgiveness!!! We have shown ourselves to be so grateful!

If we have truly received the gift of grace given at Calvary – then it should not be a stretch for us to forgive others. We must always remember the great mercy shown us in the death of Christ and we must always endeavor to show that mercy in the world. We know what we have been saved from!! We know what state we were in when Christ redeemed us! We are required to be merciful as our brothers and sisters ask our forgiveness. This is not to say that we become doormats — but expressly that when someone offends us or enters into debt with us and asks for mercy — we cannot deny them.

An unwillingness to forgive one another places us in a position to pay the debt that Christ has already paid for us!

Father, I thank You for forgiving my sins and for taking away my sin debt. Give me a heart like Yours, so that I may have compassion and show mercy to those who ask for it. May the love of Christ dwell in me richly!!

Being Kept! Being Healed!

OK – so this is 3 weeks and 5 days since the surgery. The end of the fourth week!

That’s my mom, 91 year old Mary Batties, in the picture with me. She had taken care of me all day and was getting ready to go home.  I have to start this telling you that I am so grateful for kind care for me! My mom and so many of my friends and my brothers and sisters in Christ! Cooking, cleaning, walking with me, putting the medicine together, and so much more! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! God has blessed me amazingly with each one of you!

Rejoicing for improvements.

I’ve started cleaning my bedroom and the kitchen. I sorted my laundry and am determined to wash it on my own this weekend.  I cooked an omelet and I made a cobbler.  I’m so very grateful for the improvement!!!

Joe has taken me walking in a couple of stores and even outside. I’m generally so tired and dizzy after what I would call a short walk; but I am so very grateful to Our God for keeping me and giving me beautiful enjoyment!  I’m grateful y’all!!!

My memory of people is improving! Hallelujah! Joe has built me a program called “Remembery” that puts pictures, names, and definitions in front of me of every person I need to know.  I am also using Facebook to be introduced to many.

I am hoping to receive permission to go to my church tomorrow. I also want to go to a friends birthday celebration Sunday afternoon – even if I can’t stay long. Y’all pray that I get permission!! 

As relates to my healing Don’t Stop Praying for me because my ability to communicate and to remember the vocabulary I normally have is not getting easier yet.  I read the Bible each and every day and I’ve started reading a book again and I’m hoping to process it well – in fact I am believing I will process it well! I trust Him! 

I trust Our God in bringing my mind and body back fully. He is faithful and He never fails His children!  Have you tried Him for your own difficulty? Have you depended upon Him in things where you might have depended upon people? God’s provision for healing is true and amazing! 

Father, You are the Living God.  There is just no other being in any place that can be looked upon to be a god – only You are the True and Living God! You are the One who brings death in your own time – surely; but You are the God who brings us to life! Father, it is true that You have allowed and even brought wounds to your people for reasons; but it is also true that only You will heal!!  I know, I believe; and I ask You to heal me! Oh, my Father – I love You!! No one can bring me from Your hand! Thank You, O Lord, for creating me – for saving me – for keeping me! (Deuteronomy 32:39)

Encouraged … believing the healing is coming

When dealing with this kind of healing – a situation where my salvation in Christ and my strong dependence upon the Father and my strong listening to the Holy Spirit is real – there is just no way for me to be in fear.

My rules from the doctor in these first two weeks is quite real – I have to study regular language; I have to practice the names of my family; I have to rehearse and reintroduce the names of my friends, neighbors, and others that are in my regular community.

I’m enjoying hearing from people that love me deeply and who just want to be close and understand the journey! I haven’t been able to see everyone physically, but it has been amazing joy knowing that they’ve come by or called.

I’m enjoying the beauty of waking up each day desiring my Father; my Savior; and the Spirit that works in me in amazing ways!!!

It’s only week one – but I’ll be great! I know the survived Jan be used in amazing ways by the God who called me!

Keep praying!

Christ I have nothing but encouragement from being united with You, my Savior I have no doubt at all that Your love is comforting me. I have no doubt, that my Father is ensuring my connection with the Holy Spirit. Father God, Jesus, and Holy Spirit I have no doubt that depending upon you means that I will be like-minded with you, that I will be having the same love that you have placed in my heart and that I will be one in spirit and one in purpose for the sake of my belief in You!! (Philippians 2: 1–2)