Remember Your Encouraging Words

This goes for words spoken to you as well as words you speak.

Right now I’m being encouraged by my previous post, DO In The Moment!, which I wrote just this morning.

I believe God is nudging me to share right away before I forget. Less than 20 minutes ago I got back from shopping.

There was a time that I used to shop as fast as I could with not much time for conversation except for the shortest of hellos. I even taught myself to “handicap” the lines to see which one might be a little faster. I took into account the checker, the shopper AND their groceries. Sometimes I could tell if someone was going to relieve them and I came to know that a shift change took up some time.

While I’m not saying I don’t pay attention to the lines at all, today I was open to speaking to people in line and I met a nice young couple named Tony and Paradise. I felt that God was nudging me to talk with them a bit. I even felt him nudge me to give them my card.

That’s really new to me. Of course my card is new and I got a good deal at Vistaprint, but what’s really new is believing that God would have me give my card to someone. I guess in the past I would have thought it was too self-promoting, but I am sincere. I don’t always feel a nudge to give my card, but this time I did.

Sometime in the last couple weeks I felt that particular nudge for the very first time.

As I left the house I noticed a young man who I thought may or may not have been about to come up our walkway to our front door. I’m usually open to at least say hello and I let him know that while I am fine with the girl scouts or little league coming to my door, I’m not really receptive to sales people unless they are from the area.

He was polite and I told him that I thought his home services company might be able to find customers online. I’ve shared before that sometimes I feel a nudge from God to talk with a particular person. This time I felt God was reminding me “Your Support Matters” more than once.

As I was getting into my car I felt God didn’t let up. I guess I thought it must be my mind because why would God be telling me to tell him about my blog? I still ask God fairly often, “Is this you or just me?” I believe that I’ve shared that I’m new at this kind of communication with God.

During this process I realized that I had my Your Support Matters cards in my left pocket. Finally, I decided to not get into my car and I called out to him as he was walking away. I shared that I had posted recently about stuff that might help as a salesman or in business. Then I added, “I also share about my faith.”

This young man then opened up about how he and his grandma had both been addicts and now they loved the Lord and went to services on Shabbat and Sunday. I didn’t concern myself with possible differences in our styles of faith. I listened and told him about The Fire & Glory Outpouring and when he told me they lived in Chula Vista I let him know that anyone can watch it on Youtube, either past “episodes” or LIVE Wed-Sun at 7 pm (Pacific).

As far as past “episodes” go, I also told him to check out Night 192 and I urge you to do the same.

He seemed grateful to have run into me and I was certainly glad that I had paid attention to God, even if it took more than one nudge.

Because I posted this morning and I came back to check my blog this afternoon I was reminded to share what I believe will bring encouragement to some or many. Moments come and go.

DO in this moment.

Watch from 1:53:50 for about 35 minutes or so. You’ll see a little of Jerame Nelson’s style as he introduces his wife, Miranda. She has her own style as well, but what I really want you to see is the powerful move of Holy Spirit on September 4, 2016. Do it now before you forget. I did and wrote this post. If you desire, you can also watch from the very beginning and worship God with music.

God Bless You!

And Twice On Sunday!

My habits have been changing recently.

If you had told me in January that within months I would be attending our wonderfully welcoming Solana Beach Presbyterian Church (SBPC) in addition to worship services at another site on a regular basis, I wouldn’t have believed you.

If you told me that those other services were sometimes over 3 1/2 hours long I might have laughed and said, “Riiiight.”

If you had prophesied it, well, I would have thought you were a little crazy.

Counting the added bonus of the near-monthly Fresh Awakening, I’ve attended the Fire & Glory Outpouring 22(!) times by my count and most of that in August and September.

Last week I attended our 70th anniversary celebration at SBPC and sat in our mini-park under a tree planted in faith several decades ago. Our gifted and bilingual senior pastor, Mike McClenahan, preached and led us in many exclamations of “Praise the Lord!”

I truly wish we could have services like that on a semi-regular basis. (Semi-regular so people won’t become so used to worship outdoors that they see it as “old hat”.)

During fellowship I got to recount my recent faith journey with several people including our hispanic pastor, Juan Daniel Espitia. I believe people are noticing that something IS going on with me and that that something is due to Holy Spirit.

After some afternoon rest Marianne and I, along with some family members(!), worshiped at Summit Church with Miranda Nelson preaching and for me it was the most visibly powerful move of the Holy Spirit that I can recall.

Having family worship with us is an added bonus I’ll share about in a future post.

Watch the 70th(!) anniversary video or audio from SBPC in the first link below.

Watch Jerame Nelson introduce his wife, Miranda, and get some flavor of her preaching as well as the aforementioned move of the Holy Spirit by starting at 1:53:45. Watch until around 2:20:00 to see a whole segment. Or continue watching to the end of the service or start at the very beginning of worship and watch to 3:46:49. Your choice!

I urge you to watch worship services from SBPC, The Fire & Glory Outpouring, and Summit Church online and come participate in person!

God Bless You!

Sept. 4 Solana Beach Presbyterian Church 70th Anniversary

Sept. 4 Fire & Glory Outpouring Night #192 – Summit Church San Marcos