What Are We Going To Do Now?

I’m looking forward to this weekend.  It’s been a week.

God is releasing favor upon you and I right now.  This gives a whole new answer when we ask the question:  “What are we going to do now?”

One thing I know–is that we will encounter SOMETHING more God has for us on Sunday, June 18, at Red Door Church.:

RDC will honor guys of all ages and grads
on Sunday, June 18
@ 10:30 am @ 1219 3rd St NW Salem 97304
Matthew Eggert and Susan Liesemer will be in our special guest segment.
Healing is a part of the conversation.

It’s going to be SOMETHING which will rock our world . . . so, pray about who needs to be a part of the morning . . . and invite them to come.

God’s word–is our reality–receive it:

Look here, what’s done is done and gone. The now is new, and there’s hope in the not-yet. I will tell you what’s to come, even before the events are brand-new. Isaiah 42:9 The Voice

Whether we are aware or not–God has something more in our not-yet–Kerrie

Here’s the week in review from next door @ kerrielpalmer.com:

Friday

Healing 

Healing.  It’s a word filled with hope, the anticipation of more.

Even when circumstances are AWESOME, there’s a need for healing because our world is so stinkin’ toxic, stressing the body, mind, and soul.

And, then, there’s us.

Sometimes you and I bring the need to be healed on ourselves by how we choose to live.

And, there are people who harm us.

Sometimes the power of someone’s harm will take us hostage and requires healing.

And, finally, life can be hard.  Darkness in this world is a reality.

There’s a need for healing . . .  in the body, mind, and soul for you and I . . .  as well as for our homes, neighborhoods, communities, nation, and the world.

God heals.

You leave us breathless when Your awesome works answer us by putting everything right. God of our liberation— You are the hope of all creation, from the far corners of the earth to distant life-giving oceans. Psalm 65:5 The Voice

Regardless of the story, healing is crucial–Kerrie

So . . .

Healing is a part of the conversation this Sunday, June 18, at Red Door Church.   It’s going to be SOMETHING  which will rock our world . . . so, pray about who needs to be a part of the morning . . . and invite them to come.

These sweet ones are a couple days past week 3 of their 12 week post-op healing schedule.  God has put an amazing ability to heal within the body.  I mean . . .

They made their own pancakes!

Thursday

Rise Up. Shine!

There’s something hard each day in our world.

Yesterday.

Baseball and shooting.

It’s one of many tragedies.

Some in the headlines, some behind closed doors.

Senseless.  Horrific.  Painful.

Hard.  Pointless. Darkness.

Hatred.

I know I need to be more in prayer. So. I,m committed. My heart goes out to all who’ve been hurt and harmed. My sorrow knows no end.

The one thing I know to be true is that none of us are to be victims of the darkness;  we’re called to rise up and to shine.  It’s a part of the prophesy of God’s favor issued to the dark ancient world, which continues to be released generation after generation:

Arise, shine, for your light has broken through!  The Eternal One’s brilliance has dawned upon you. 

See truly; look carefully—darkness blankets the earth;  people all over are cloaked in darkness.  But God will rise and shine on you;  the Eternal’s bright glory will shine on you, a light for all to see.

 Nations north and south, peoples east and west, will be drawn to your light, will find purpose and direction by your light.

 In the radiance of your rising, you will enlighten the leaders of nations (Isaiah 60:1-3, Voice).

As I prayed for our world today, the truth of these words spoke to me as a prophecy for what God has assigned:

Look beyond the darkness of the world.
The Light of God is radiating from heaven to earth.
There’s something more to be seen today . . .
which is . . .
the Light of God in you and on you.
Rise up. Shine.

May you and I live in this prophesy today.  Rise up.  Shine–Kerrie

Wednesday

Overwhelmed

The last thing I want to do is overwhelm you.

I’m working on my conversation (i.e. message/ sermon) for Sunday morning and so I thought I would unload some thoughts on you as I work on it. The thing is . . . the framework of each conversation is planned weeks in advance,  . . . I live the message, working through each idea, the days leading up to Sunday.  It’s always a work in process. Or should I say, I’m a work in process.

Anyway.

There seems to be a growing number of people who are overwhelmed.  I mean.  Sometimes it feels like all of us on earth are overwhelmed.  I think the baseline for being overwhelmed is mostly about the  pressure of “now” and the unknown of the “not yet,”  which for the most part, is the way it’s always been.

BUT.

Everything seems to be on steroids right now, magnifying all the people who are nailing down life with ease and beauty.  All the forms of media give us a quick view of their AMAZING AND AWESOME success, which of course makes our own life look pathetic and frightening at best.  It’s easy to be held hostage at the thought of never attaining their level of life.

And, if, that’s not enough . . .  it can feel like we’re alone in it all . . . especially if, there’s the complication of a broken heart.

It’s too much.  All of it.

Until the page of the story is turned.  Because.  There’s always two sides of the story.   Despite the darkness, there’s a beautiful side to it all, the place where we’re able to lean into God and one another.  And, as hard and messy as life can be, we’re able to see there’s something more to life when it’s lived with-God and one-another.

So.

I was thinking about my life-verse, the God-words underlined on each page of my story.  It’s a part of your story too:

Young people will get tired;  strapping young men will stumble and fall.  BUT those who trust in the Eternal One will regain their strength.  They will soar on wings as eagles. They will run—never winded, never weary.  They will walk—never tired, never faint (Isaiah 40: 30-31, Voice).  

Let these words guide you from being overwhelmed with all that you must manage to being overwhelmed with what God offers–a strength to rise up in the midst of the hard.

I pray for God-strength for you and I today–Kerrie

It’s what I pray for my sweet ones:

Tuesday

The Shopping Line of Life

Long lines are agonizing for me.  I mean, a bunch of people standing in one place for an extended amount of time makes no sense to me.

At all.

A few months ago, I ended up shopping with Tiffany.   She had found a coupon for 50% off any item.  She was all in.  The thing is . . . I don’t like to shop . . . but I love to be with “my people.”   The minute we walked in, I knew I was in trouble, the line to the cash register took the entire space of the perimeter of the store.  Even so,  I took the plunge, found the desired item with my coupon in hand, and went to the end of the line with Tiffany.   The line barely moved.

Within 30 seconds, I was done waiting.  I had too many other things I needed to do.  BUT.  Tiffany did not seem to notice my “doneness” or that the longest line in the world was also the slowest.  Actually, she was excited about her good fortune to have such an amazing deal on her item.

After 10,000 years of waiting, we purchased the items.

It was over.  I had survived.  I could go on with my life.   BUT.   Tiffany was passionate and fired up to go to another store and do the same thing.  And, though I wanted to say “no” with all of my heart and soul; I  said “yes” like I was on some sort of reality show trying to win a prize.

Life can be just like long lines and shopping is for me.  Sometimes, there has to be a decision to say “yes” to do what is before us even though we want to say “no.”

BECAUSE there are some really hard things that come at us in life which we’re assigned to do because of  “our tribe.”  It requires putting other things aside to do what matters for one another.  At the end of the day, it’s a choice to persist and persevere in the hard of it all.

In REALITY, there’s something more which comes along with it all: a PRIZE.  It’s in BIG print in the letter written to the early church:

13 No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, 14 I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the HEAVENLY PRIZE for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us. (Philippians 3:13-14, NLT).  

It’s the reality of the prize of God’s calling–to become who God has purposed you and I to be– as we persist and persevere, pressing on.  In the original Greek text of the letter the word used is “dioko,”  which gives the idea of pressure in the pursuit.

So.  Keep at it.  Persist and persevere even when you feel done and want to do something else.  In the end, it’s an amazing big deal to become who God has purposed you and I to be–Kerrie

Let’s be honest–  I hope Tiffany remembers I’m that awesome.

Our original “5-tribe.” Photo by Shelly Mackerell Photography
These two are part of my tribe. Photo by Tiffany Palmer Carter

Monday

Don’t . . . Because

I’m the first to say life is busy and complicated.

BUT.

Don’t do as I do sometimes.

I miss the whole point of it.

If, you’re asking what point–you just might belong in my “special” group.   I can’t even begin to count the  times I’ve been unaware of what’s happening in the moment because I’ve been so absorbed with something else–like a big world-wide problem that needs my immediate attention.

Because, you know, I might be able to solve it right then and there.

The thing is . . . it can take me a bit of time to wake up and notice  there’s something going on  . . . right in front of me.  And, to make matters worse, I often ask, “What just happened?”

Note to self:

Don’t.

Because

what I know  for sure is

life is a million moments strung together

and each moment is the point of it all.

Because

God is the giver of moments, working it all together for something good.

I encourage you to pay attention to the moment–Kerrie

And.  When you have a moment meditate on Romans 8:28:

 “We are confident that God is able to orchestrate everything to work toward something good and beautiful when we love Him and accept His invitation to live according to His plan” (Voice).

Photo by Tiffany Palmer Carter
Written by Kerrie Carlisle Palmer © 2017 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

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