Lattes with Liz :)

Ok so first off I just want to thank God for everything! He is an amazing and loving God!
Second I thank him for all the beautiful people he has created in this world!

So today was great! I got to have some fun devos with my Friend Rachel and go to Thursday’s on first! But the most amazing thing was meeting my new friend Liz:)
Here’s how it happened…

So I’m biking down 2nd street and I get to the intersection where you cross highway 52. At one of the cross walks was a girl in a pink jacket (Liz). I said hello to her, we exchanged names and everything and we talked about where we were going. She was heading to caribou and I was going to Thursday’s on first to meet with some of my close friends. It got to the point in the conversation where I told her it was nice meeting her and that I hoped she had a good day. As I biked away, I once again felt the Holy Spirit telling me to go talk to her about my beautiful savior, Jesus. I was like really lord! People are waiting for me! But I decided it might be the only chance that day to tell someone about His love. So I went for it…
I turned my bike around and I went up to her and said ” hi Liz, I’m a Christian and I felt like the Lord was telling me to come back here and talk to you.” and thankfully she was very happy to see me and she said ” oh, really!? I just stopped at a christian bookstore to buy a purity ring!”
I was so happy in that moment. We got to talking and I found out that she works at a church but doesn’t go regularly. She invited me to go to caribou with her and to talk with her! I didn’t even hesitate to say no. We got lattes and sat down in some comfy chairs and got to talking! I learned more and more about her beliefs and her family. She was so open and real with me. I got to share with her what I believe and I think I might have been the first person to share the Gospel with her. She kept telling me that she really wants to try and start reading her bible and going to church, but she has been through much in her life that it’s hard to believe there really is a God who is loving.
We talked for about an hour and then I decided that it was time to go to Thursday’s on first.
I asked her if I could pray with her. She looked a little timid but I could tell she was glad I asked. She said yes. So I pray with her and I thanked the lord for her and the day and that he would just bless Liz and her family and reveal his love to them. When I said amen I could tell she wanted to try it. So I asked her if she would like to pray to. She did and it was beautiful! She prayed for me and thanked him for everything that he had given to her. She also said that she feels like God sent me to her to talk to her and be her friend! I am soo glad I turned my bike around!
We hugged and said our farewells and I was off to Thursday’s on first and she started reading her book for school.

Lord please bless Liz and her family! Help me invest in her and show her your love! May all the glory go to you, forever and always! Thanks for lattes too!
Your daughter, mere:)

The weight of His glory

Have you ever been prompted by the Holy Spirit? Were you scared or were you totally willing to be used? Were you obedient and reverent to His calling? The Holy Spirit can be hard to understand, but if you are willing and obedient to his calling, you will learn that His calling can only be good.
In my Sunday school class today that was exactly what we were talking about. We have been studying the Holy Spirit and been watching the videos series on the book “Forgotten God” by Francis Chan. We watched videos 5 and 6. In them Francis talks about our relationship with the Holy Spirit and being obedient the Holy Spirits promptings.
Now our Sunday school teachers are married to one another. The are super sweet and fun people. The wife kinda spilled that her husbands brother had died just the day before. Then her husband said something like ” I thought we weren’t going to bring that up today”. I was kind of taken back because they were still there to teach us in Sunday school. We went on with Sunday school and I felt this nudge to pray with them. Not just to pray for them in my head or write a prayed out for them in my journal. But to actually go and lay hands on them and pray WITH them. I didn’t really think twice about it. I just felt like I needed to be obedient and do it! I didn’t wrestle with God at all. I was ready to do it and be bold. So at the end of the class I went up to the couple and told them thank you for teaching us and I asked if I could pray with them… right then. The man was kinda like “oh!.. OK!” So we prayed, I thanked God for them and then I said something like
“Lord, please help this couple in their time of loss. Help them know that you have a plan and that they WILL one day see you their brother and brother in law face to face one day in Heaven! Please help them know you have a plan for their life and that there will be light at the end of this tunnel.”
When I said Amen I started to feel like supernatural feeling of wholeness and I started to cry as they did. I KNEW that God had a plan for them and for their family. I walked out of there bawling. I stopped in a bathroom to get a hold of my emotions and walked down stairs. I still was just overwhelmed with feeling and when I saw my friends they could tell something was up. I shared with them what had happened and I just let it all go. Tears were flowing and I couldn’t control it!
One of my friends told me how the sermon today talked about how when we are in the presence of the Lord we can come undone. We, these little people, are running and we cant stop and sometimes we hit God and we just get pushed down and we cant control what we are feeling inside.
It was truly amazing to be used in that way and to experience that feeling and act upon His calling. Earlier that week I felt like I wanted more of God… I surely got it!

~Mere~

Just a random Tuesday

Who knew I could be used by God in my own neighborhood!

Last night was the National Neighborhood Night Out! My family and I had been going to this every year since we moved into our neighborhood. I personally never really liked going because our neighborhood is filled with old people. But this year I had a different outlook on it.

The afternoon before the neighborhood picnic, I went on one of my daily prayer walks. I walk around my neighborhood and I pray for whatever the Spirit leads me too. I usually pray for things I see or like I said, what ever the Spirit leads me too. Sometimes if I feel like I have been talking too much I will walk and just listen and ask God what he is doing here in my neighborhood and in my own life. As I was walking I ended up praying for opportunities in my own neighborhood to be used and to be a light. I saw a lady getting her mail and I saw her beautiful garden, I know its wrong, but I envy it. Many may know that my family isn’t too big into gardening. So, I asked for the Lord to give me an opportunity to tell that lady that I would help her in it. After about 15 more minutes praying I decided I should get out of the heat and get ready for the picnic.

We left around 6 to go to the picnic and God was ready to answer my prayers.

When we got there, the lady who got her mail was there to greet people. We exchanged Hellos and she asked me about my previous soccer tournament because her grandchildren played in it also. We talked about that and then there was a quiet moment… I knew it was a chance to talk to her about her garden. She told me that she would love for me to help her in it. Her husband hasn’t been able to do much in their garden because he had a surgery and it had caused him troubles walking and getting up.  Despite that, their garden is still beautiful. It has flowers blossoming everywhere and beautiful fountains. They take lots of care of their garden.

Well, God answered that prayer but he wasn’t finished for the night. After we all got settled and had eaten, people started leaving or just talking. Now the house we were in, also had elderly people living in it.  The owner is a nurse and they take care of elderly people. It is a nursing home, quite literally. While we were sitting and talking, I couldn’t help but notice one lady. She was sitting in a recliner and reading a magazine but you could tell she wanted to be involved by the way she looked up just about every minute. I felt this tug in my heart like I should go and talk to her. I kinda pushed it away but it only grew stronger. As I studied the elderly woman, I realized that in our culture, because she is old and crippled,  she is considered lesser or not important. But I remembered God wants us to fight for the least of these and people who are broken or lost. So I built up the courage and I went and sat next to her!

To my surprise she was extremely nice and funny! Her name is patty and she had been living in the house for only a couple of months. She has 5 kids and 4 of them live here in our city. After learning more about her and just listening to her I felt an overwhelming satisfaction and happiness. It was so cool to actually hear God calling me to do something and then actually do it!

Who knew I could be used by God in my own neighborhood!