Monday, April 28, 2008

tooth fairy, the Holy Spirit and bald men [+] Monday E-Devotion

What do these three things (tooth fairy, the Holy Spirit and bald men) have in common?  They are the highlights of my weekend (perspective counts for a whole lot).
Before getting in the bed last night, my wife and I had to see that one of our parental obligations was met.  It is the role of tooth fairy.  Bad thing, mama got caught.  Busted.  Yet we accomplished the task.  Our middle child got her dollar bill (by the way, don't let one of your church leaders convince your kids that each tooth is worth $5 or $10 as one of our people did).  I love my kids!!!
Sunday morning kicked off with a bang.  I was and still am excited about what God led me to share.  One of our core values is authenticity, and the series Confessions of a Pastor has taken that to a new level.  As I was preparing for the day, a text message hit my phone from the first 'bald man' (my oldest brother).  He is an awesome encourager in my life.  A bit later I was walking in the front door of The Community building and came across a group of bald men.  They say "Bald is Beautiful".  Guess I will have to personally experience that on my head to know if it is true???  Looking at that group, I see the hand of God.  One was just provided a brand new job.  One recently returned to God and to our church experiencing God's grace.  The other is the best evangelist we have at The Community (plus a darn good tattoo artist as well).
Finally, the Holy Spirit worked on me all weekend (and all last week).  Man, I love it when God gets my attention and works in mighty ways.  Last night I closed out the weekend by sharing at House of Prayer Church (as I have the last three Sundays), and I listened to what God was doing in the lives of those precious people.  The ones I spoke with not only know God, but they are experiencing Him in sweet, sweet ways.  Then, you turn the corner to see how God is putting all this together in my life, in the lives of people all around me, and that God is working in ways we don't even understand.
So, what do the tooth fairy, the Holy Spirit and bald men have in common?  It is the hand of God.  Experience God.  Know that He loves you.  Listen to His voice.  Watch Him work.  Best part: see how all the pieces fit together in His perfect plan for you!!!
Philippians 2:13 (nlt) --- For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him.
1 Corinthians 15:10 (nlt) --- But whatever I am now, it is all because God poured out his special favor on me—and not without results. For I have worked harder than any of the other apostles; yet it was not I but God who was working through me by his grace.
Romans 8:28 (nlt) --- And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.

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happy birthday, Julie

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