I know a lot of people have walked with us through Elijah and this pregnancy. I just want to personally thank you and tell you how appreciated your prayers have been. This pregnancy has been easy, with no sickness, complications or mishaps along the way. As a matter of fact, I feel overly blessed because I can still work out, my sugar is perfect, and I’m still functional! lol We found out this past Wednesday we are having a little girl. Oh! How spoiled she will be 🙂 They were not able to get a lot of good pictures like the last time because she was moving the entire time. Our ultrasound technician was very good at what she did to be able to catch the pictures she got! Welcome our baby girl! Name to come 🙂
My first official eBook is up and available! A memoir of events that pushed my faith to a level I have never seen before. Choices define who we are whether we like it or not. The best decision is one you have sought the Lord on first. He will always guide you in what is best for you – not always what WE think is best for us. That is where obedience and faith comes in… trusting the Lord knows what is best for you, your family, your job and every other aspect of your life.
Go to www.jadegetchell.com and click on the “Reality: In Faith” image. It will prompt you to open or save the PDF file. Enjoy!
I love when the Lord introduces a relationship in my life that is genuine, honest and in love with Him. Friendship is important. Honesty is a characteristic in friendship that seems to be dissipating slowly because I don’t see it very often anymore. Relationships are important in general – but especially those closest and most genuine to us such as our spouses, family members and maybe even a life long best friend. You would do anything for them, even put yourself in discomfort temporarily if it means happiness for them. Everyone else around us probably fits into the acquaintance category. These are the people you see in your day-to-day schedules, say hello to, never speak outside of those functions but you are friendly (or cordial) when you do see them.
Which of these is your relationship with the Lord? Are you married to Him? Or do you just say hello to Him if He passes by? If your answer is the later… I urge you to rekindle or discover a marriage with Him. Developing a relationship and giving your life to Jesus does not make life’s problems disappear; however, it does help in dealing with them. Jesus Christ is not a way of having a problem free life – it just gives opportunity to have someone there who can help you through it, who has been through it, who can offer a shoulder to cry on, words of wisdom on how to deal with something, or someone who will just listen as you cry or talk. Whatever you need He is there for you… you just have to say the words: Lord, I give my life to you. All of it. Please forgive me for my past sins and come into my heart. Live in me. (Or something similar, these words do not have to be spoken verbatim).
So I ask you again, which of these is your relationship with the Lord? Which do you want it to be? You might just have to walk away from some things to have Him. Are you willing? Just my closing thoughts for the night. A blog is brewing on servant leadership that I’m sure will come shortly. He’s working and moving in my life! And teaching me some amazing things. I hope He is doing the same in yours. What has He done for you today?!
Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments. (Mt 22:36-40)
God speaks to me in many ways but one in particular is through nature. When I see a cardinal – it is a reminder for me to either pray or praise. God has been sending me these cardinals for a few years now. Sometimes I will know exactly what I am praying for or praising for and other times I think it’s just to see if I’ll be obedient and stop what I’m doing to focus on Him. Recently, a new bird has been added to the mix. A mockingbird; specifically a northern mockingbird. The mockingbird stands for numerous things between me and Lord but one of them is to sing praises to Him. This morning on the way to work I was having an in-depth conversation with someone on the phone. A little confused regarding some things the Lord had spoken to me recently and not really understanding the big picture; however, God knows all things and is in control of my life. Therefore, even when I don’t fully understand, I must remain obedient and He will guide me to where I’m supposed to be. It’s like being on a treasure hunt – you know there is a fabulous prize at the end – but you are only getting one clue at a time to get there. Joshua felt the same way in the book of Joshua. God gave him one command at a time. Even though he didn’t see a big picture he was faithful to do the things God instructed and it ended with a great fall of the walls of Jericho. The same applies for us.
My phone call ended as I was pulling into work. On a trash can sat a mockingbird just looking at me. As I slowly drove by he moved his direction to still be looking at me. God was reminding me to sing praises to Him regardless of what I understand and I what I don’t. If I try to arrange my life I’m going to make a mess of it. I’m the first to admit I don’t understand a lot of what He has spoken to me recently in the sense of “why?”… why have you told me to do these things or not do these things? I’m also the first to admit I like seeing big pictures. Even in school – I learned better if you gave me an overall view and then taught me specifically about each section. But I will be like Joshua and take one step of faith at a time. Then! I will see the big picture and I will look back and see He grew me both spiritually and as a person through all those little steps. A bunch of little steps are also not as intimidating. (Think about when you lose weight. Losing 50 lbs is hard to swallow, but 2 lb/week is easy to deal with!) I need to be able to follow Him in complete obedience without a reward at the end. I should do it simply “just because” I love Him and choose to follow Him all the way.