I pray as you enter here, you feel overwhelmingly invited. Soli Deo Gloria is a community of women that seek to encourage, support, love each other with our words. There is laughter. There are tears. There is everything in between. No matter where you are, who you are, where you have been, I want you to know that you are in the fold. For more information about this community, please click here.
This is a growing community (Thank you, Jesus!), so please don't feel that you have to visit every single person that links up. We are all on a time budget. That being said, I do invite you to pray and ask God which blogs to visit simply because there may be words for you left in that place or words that God has given you to share to those specific people. Also, if you would like to be on the email list for reminders and the occasional prayer request, please let me know in the comments. There have been so amazing ways that God has been working through prayer through these precious ladies. Blessings to you.
Clearly last week, I needed to vent. This week, as I write my post, I am sequestered in a Starbucks and the only person for whom I am responsible is moi. Sometimes a girl just needs to be alone, even if it's alone in a crowded place.
On Sunday at She Speaks, we met back together with our speaker eval groups. Our Proverbs 31 facilitator was LuAnn Prater (who is just filled with infinite amounts of awesomeness). As she handed back Saturday afternoon's evaluation forms, she spoke words from the Holy Spirit over each one of us.
Of course, when she came to me, tears had already filled me eyes. What would she say? My heart on the line, my ears carefully attuned, my eyes flitting between her mouth and her eyes, I prayed that I would receive her words. Of all that she said, these three things rooted in my heart:
(Paraphrasing, of course)
1. Your talk yesterday penetrated my soul. (Because who doesn't love a compliment?)
2. Your ministry is about tearing down walls.
3. God is going to open doors you didn't even know existed.
For the past two weeks, these words have been floating in and out of my mind. I think about the passion that God has given me to create a community of women where we are not afraid to open the door to vulnerability with God and with each other. I've been thinking about how opening doors and tearing down walls are both about eliminating barriers between us and God, and/or allowing Him to remove barriers that exist in our relationships here on this earth.
Hence, the new tagline. Finding Heaven...opening doors to grace.
Finding God, finding sanctuary, finding sabbath, finding heaven requires us to open the doors of our hearts. Doors we have kept closed and locked and hidden. And yet, they are doors that lead to grace. So often, we keep the walls in place and the doors closed because if they fall, if they open, we might lose control. We might be confronted with things that we do not want to see. But if we come to the realization that on the other side, we will fall on the sweet relief of the grace of Jesus, perhaps opening the door or tearing down the wall isn't as scary as we thought it would be.
The walls don't have to protect us. Jesus does.
We don't have to be in control at every turn. Jesus is.
We don't have to shut out, shut down, or hide away that which we don't want anyone to see. Jesus is bigger than the biggest secret. He's stronger than the strongest stronghold. He's more merciful than you can imagine.
Will you fall through the door that leads to grace?