Tuesday, May 13, 2008

THE CLOUD...a piece of my heart

This morning we are in Little Rock at the Arkansas District Council. We arrived yesterday. Tonight is a VERY special night for our family, as my husband will be ordained in the annual ordination ceremony. This is a personal goal and dream coming to fruition after many years. God is faithful! At last nights service, the message was about not only seeking God's will for your life and for your ministry but remaining in God's will. I would like to share some thoughts I came away with after hearing the message last night:

God puts a cover of cloud over his children. Meaning that He goes before you, He will protect you, He will guide you, He wants the best for you! Just like a parent who wants nothing but the best for their children. I, as a Mother would do anything for my children especially to enable them to pursue their dreams and abilities and their God given talents. As much as I would do for my children, God will do even more than that for His children!

There is PEACE in being in God's will!
There is COMFORT in being in God's will!
There is OBEDIENCE in being in God's will!
There is POWER in being in God's will!

So if God puts a cloud over His children, what happens when the cloud moves? Sometimes we can be moving right along, happier than a pig in mud (so to speak) and God can move our direction. What do we do?

Is God asking you to start a new ministry?
Is it time to give up teaching your sunday school class to teach a Bible Study?
Is God calling you into fulltime ministry?
Has God burdened you to switch careers?
Is it time for you to plant a church? become a missionary?

Even when the cloud moves, God is still in it. Will you be obedient and follow the cloud (follow God's will)? There is ever so much JOY in being in God's will.

Seek the cloud today.

and that's a piece of my heart today!
blessings, Laurie


Anonymous said...

I really needed to hear that particular msg this morning. We all get to a point where we are afraid to break out of the norm and into what God is calling us into because it is unfamiliar territory. For more than a year now the msg that God so often reminds me of is Be still and know that I Am God. We as fleshly people love to be in control and God just wants us to be quiet, be still, and be confident in Him (know that I AM GOD, I AM THE GREAT I AM...THERE IS NO ONE GREATER THAN I) Listen to that still small voice is so hard to do when so much chaos is going on around you. Thank you for sharing that msg this morning, serves as a reminder for me and confirmation that my dream is only a few steps away...i need to step out and walk towards it. God is not done with me yet!!!

Mary Beth said...

Congratulations! We had our D.C. last week. My brother-in-law was ordained. Such a special time.

Laura said...

Congratulations! I know you all are very excited. Thank you for your prayers. Please continue to pray for us as we have a marriage retreat we're leading for 31 soldiers and their spouses this weekend. I know God has great things in store for these young couples!
How is Jeremy?


Cheri said...

What a special time for your family! Way to go! It's so great to here of friends' dreams coming alive!


As for God's will...may we always walk in it!

LAURIE said...

thank you for your comment. Walking in faith is where I want to be, not always easy but knowing that God has already gone before me. He not only calls us but He will equip us and realizing how much Gods hand has been in the path and journey I am currently on and not so much my hand. God will lead and direct you as you are obedient to Him. - God bless, Laurie

LAURIE said...

Mary Beth,
thank you for your comment. and congrats! to your family as well. It is very humbling and an awesome honor to answer the call. I want to remember this feeling all the days I am able to labor for Him! -love Laurie

LAURIE said...

thank you for your comment. How neat that you will be doing a marriage retreat...that is one of our favorite things to do...how fun! Our visit with Jeremy is going great, he will have to go back on Saturday. Have an awesome retreat and I can't wait to hear about it! - love Laurie

LAURIE said...

Cheri, thanks for your comment. So many friends have expressed their joy for us and it has been so encouraging and uplifting. God truly wants to give us the desires of our hearts. Have a great week. - love, Laurie