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When Ordinary Disguises the Divine

Ordinary is often the disguise of the divine. – Priscilla Shirer, Gideon
I love how Jesus [the angel of the LORD] met Gideon in the midst of his mundane task of beating out wheat. (Judges 6:11, 12)
Jesus didn’t meet me on the threshing floor (or in a wine press!) this past week, but He did encounter me in some ordinary ways:

  • A blanket of snow [the importance of stillness, Psalm 46:10]
  • Coffee with a friend [the blessings of friendship]
  • Spotting a cardinal atop a snow-laden branch while washing dishes [beauty]
  • Walking through my home [thankfulness]
  • Family time in the snow [sheer joy]
  • Smiles on my grandchildren’s faces [gifts from the Lord, Jas 1:17]

“Having your spiritual radar up in consistent anticipation of His presence—even in the midst of the joyful chaos and regular rhythms of your everyday living—is paramount in hearing God, because sometimes the place and manner you find Him is the least spectacular you’d expect.” -Priscilla Shirer

How have you encountered God in the midst of an ordinary day? I’d love to hear about it!

 

Unlocking God’s Strength in Your Weakness

I’m delighted to announce our NEW study!

Beginning Tuesday, January 28th, the Ladies’ Community Bible Group will come together in a home setting to study Priscilla Shirer’s Gideon: Your weakness. God’s STRENGTH.

When we hear the name Gideon, most of us think about his 300 soldiers or the fleece he laid out under the evening sky. But Gideon’s story is so much bigger than any one man and his mark on Israel’s history. Like everything else in the Bible, this is a story about God and His people. His love for them, as well as His strength operating in spite of their weakness even through their weakness. And because God’s people includes you and me, Gideon’s story is also about us — our lives, our doubts, our struggles, and our possibilities as believers. From a state of fear, weakness, and insecurity, Gideon emerged as Israel’s hero, filled with God’s presence and His passion for deliverance. This study will encourage you to recognize your weakness as the key that the Lord gives you to unlock the full experience of His strength in your life. In what ways do you feel insufficient? Those places create the greatest opportunity to experience the sufficiency of God. Instead of ignoring, neglecting, or trying to escape your weaknesses, see them as the gifts that they are, given specifically and strategically by God to unlock the door of God’s strength.Back cover

If you’re in the area, we’d love for you to join us. A dynamic study, warm fellowship, a blazing fire and hot cups of coffee await!

Interested? Simply leave a comment on the blog (if I already have your contact info), email me, or Facebook message me for further information. 

– photo courtesy of LifeWay Christian Resources
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