What’s Your Scene?

My husband and I went to the College Senior Bowl last week-end. I enjoyed the game but the rest of it was not my scene.

As we passed through throngs of people, the smell of alcohol wafting in the air and the deafening music assaulting my one good ear, I looked at him and asked, “Is it bad that I’d rather be home with the dogs?”

I really had to think about the answer for a moment because I feel it’s important not to waste my life away on my couch, that I get out and really experience life.

But this was not the place for me.

Everyone’s different, though. I mean, there are places that I love that aren’t really my husband’s cup of tea.

For example, our Ladies Group went bowling last week at a giant arcade. I loved it. I tried to get everyone to join in when I started singing “Hey Paulette, take a look over here…”

I mean, who doesn’t love an impromptu number from Grease 2?!

I also love going to the movies. I have no problem going to the movies alone. I laugh, I clap, I cry with strangers as we share a common experience. (I’ll also tell you to turn your phone off if the light is shining anywhere near me, but that’s another story.)

Game nights are one of my favorite things ever. I laugh, I have fun. I get a little crazy. I also get a little embarrassed about how much celebrity trivia I know but I’m too competitive to not answer a question I know the answer to! And I most definitely ALWAYS start singing my answers after a couple of hours!

Want to buy me the perfect gift? You’ll never go wrong with tickets to the Saenger in New Orleans. I spent my 30th birthday seeing Beauty and the Beast with my girls. They took me to Aladdin last year for Mother’s Day. You can put me in the orchestra or in the top row of the balcony, I’ll be happy either way…I absolutely love a good musical on stage.

This weekend, I’m headed to an SEC Gymnastics meet. I bought the tickets two months ago! I can list the names of every all-arounder in the SEC, tell you which girls were Olympic alternates and/or contenders, and who has scored perfect 10’s in the last two years. By the time the Olympic Trials are over this summer, I’ll know everything there is to know about the other three girls. (Simone Biles is a lock!) It’s my thing!

My point is this, God wants us to enjoy life. He wants us to have full, rich abundant lives. We can find things that we enjoy that aren’t contradictory to God’s Word and plant ourselves in the middle of its scenery!

Go out and enjoy life this week!

 

GEAR UP: DELIVERANCE

It’s Sunday night! Time to gear up for a new week. As always, the best way to do that is to PUT ON THE ARMOR OF GOD (Ephesians 6:10-18) but we also will focus on ONE area to strengthen our walk with the Lord. Just one focus to help us grow a faith that cannot fade with the demands of life and the pressures of this world. This week we will focus on DELIVERANCE!

I’ll never forget the day I was driving home from work, practicing a sermon I might one day preach, when the most profound words came out of mouth. I know it was the Lord because it was complete revelation to me, not to mention something I’d never be able to word so succinctly on my own.

You can’t be recovered, you must be delivered.

I had that split second where I both questioned the meaning and understood the answer at once.

You can spend years in treatment programs, work the 12-steps, celebrate your recovery….but until you let the Lord God Almighty deliver you from that evil (be it alcoholism, drug addiction, adultery…) you will always be in bondage.

Remember the term “dry drunk”? It’s someone who isn’t drinking but still has all of the issues he had when abusing alcohol. Same attitude, same messes…but when he gets delivered, everything in his life changes.

How about you? Do you need to be delivered from something? (Here’s a heads up: Going to a meeting every night and talking about how you used to do drugs is still giving the drugs a place in your life that should be reserved for Jesus. Go to church instead. Read your Bible. It’s the real Big Book that you need.)

Ask the Lord to move you past recovery and into delivery.

Finding Your Purpose in Life

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about all of the new exciting things going on in my life. It would be busy, but very rewarding. (HELLO 2020!)

And it has been. Both busy… and rewarding.

But, as with most things in my life, it’s come with a new revelation.

Driving home the other day from a twenty-minute errand that ended up taking three hours, I was tired yet felt strangely invigorated.

What’s going on with me? I wondered. I’m happier than ever yet I’m busier than ever. Why is that?

The answer was immediate.

Because you are finding purpose in being so busy.

It made sense.

I thought I’d just developed the holiday blues sometime between Thanksgiving and Christmas. I went from down-and-out to truly depressed. I remember thinking my life had no purpose. The business had all but come to a stop. We weren’t doing a whole lot of ministry outside of church services because people were so tied up with traveling and shopping. We were in a financial slump. My increasingly dour mood had made it impossible to work on my Bible study.

I was a woman without purpose.

Or so I thought.

In that instant, I realized that I’d completely missed the mark.

My purpose should NEVER be found in how busy I am.

And in very deed for this cause have I raised thee up, for to shew in thee my power; and that my name may be declared throughout all the earth. (Exodus 9:16)

No matter how many translations I use, I won’t find one that says “I have raised you up, Jeanni Thrasher, so that you can do many wonderful things for Me and feel good about yourself.”

Not one.

MY purpose is found in Christ Jesus. And, even then, it’s not about MY PURPOSE in life anyway. It’s about His Purpose through me.

Doing good works is good, I won’t discount that. But it shouldn’t cause me to get so distracted that I neglect to spend time alone with Him.

He called me for HIS purpose, for HIS glory, and I should never lose sight of that….