Feb
18

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God IS with us!

There is just something about an airport that is very special for God and I.

For many reasons actually but one especially, as it was on an airplane when my sin first flashed across the screen of my mind 6 years ago. I was crying so hard, snot was running everywhere, as God Himself was showing me my need for Jesus.

When I traveled over to Thailand last year, the strangest thing kept happening, flight after flight packed full, somehow a seat would always end up empty right beside me.

I remember being on Asia Air after 4 airplane rides, a lost passport and a night alone in Japan, I was tired and slightly emotional to say the least. I boarded the plane, just thankful I had made it that far. As they closed the door, I looked beside me and smiled as the seat next to me was again empty and I just knew it was God! It was God reminding me that He was indeed with me! I couldn’t stop smiling that whole leg of the trip. I had not really thought about that trip in months.

Until last week as I arrived at the airport on my way to a really great event, I suddenly felt overcome with sadness.  I wasn’t sure why at first, but then I just felt old, I felt I had missed out on life, my friends all have husbands, kids, houses, all of these “things” that people our age “should have”. But me, I didn’t have any of “those” yet and it hit me hard that I was going to be 37 soon. I looked up and I said, “Lord, did I miss out?” I felt sad as I got on the train and hung my head, you know that kind of hopeless feeling, that was me.

I then walked into one of those little shops at the airport to get a water and I passed by the stand of “inspirational books” that are usually all about God. I had a flashback to over 7 years ago when I was in the airport and would stop and stare at those books, I didn’t know God back then, but I realized in that moment He was with me back then and He was indeed with me now.

Husband, no husband, kids, no kids, house, no house, God the creator of the entire universe was with me. I got overwhelmed again and shed a few tears right there as a 70‘s love song was playing over the sound system in the store, I then kind of snickered as I thought about this entire situation, it could have been a scene in a movie.

I felt better and boarded the plane with my new book that I bought from the little stand. Staring out the window, I was just thankful to God. As the cabin door was pulled closed, I turned my head back towards the plane and saw the empty seat next to me on this completely full fight, (que: tears) I knew at that moment without a doubt it was God saying

“My dear, I am with you!”

I was just overwhelmed with how real God is and how He can show us in the smallest little ways in our everyday lives that He is indeed with us. We just have to sometimes turn our heads to look!

Jan
5

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Books for Spiritual Growth! (Free and On Sale)

I heard and LOVED this quote early this year, “visit many good books, but live in the Bible” unfortunately I can’t remember who said it… But my sentiments exactly!!!

In no certain order…

Drum Roll Please- Favorite Books I read in 2013:

Circle Maker! Mark Batterson -It’s about prayer, it’s a must read…

True Identity! by Jennifer Brommet…gotta get it.. It changed the way I saw myself. Powerful

You can only get this one at her link http://www.shop.booklogix.com/True-Identity-4684.htm

Captivating! by John and Stasi Eldredge… I met Jesus face to face in the middle of this book right in one of the craziest moments of my life. LOVE THIS BOOK..

Love Does! Bob Goff, hello he is hysterical!

Wild Goose Chase! (Mark Batterson again)

Like a Vapor! Jamie Massey! (Jamie and her husband Victor are my pastors here in Atlanta)  I read this book in a week, that is a personal record.

If you want this book you have to call the church directly to order it 770-491-7071. First 5 people to comment below and mention they want this book, I will buy it and ship it to you!

Books I am in the middle of and LOVING!

Celibate Sex! My friend Abbie Smith talks about being single and WHOLE. I personally hope to not be single forever, but while I wait…….

Comment below that you want this book and I will do a little drawing and send winner a copy!

Becoming Myself! Stasi Eldredge (Stasi Co-Authored Captivating with her husband)

A Confident Heart by Renee Swope!

Jesus is… By Judah Smith. You will smile through the entire thing, I am half way through and loving it.

Books I am going to start AND/OR finish in 2014….

Believing God by Beth Moore…get it (the Kindle version is FREE right now, remember there is a Kindle APP so if you don’t have a Kindle still take advantage..) Link here for this and 13 other FREE Kindle Version books by Beth Moore, THANKS BETH!!!! http://echristianresources.com/2013/12/16-free-ebooks-from-beth-moore/

Unseen by Jack Graham

ALL IN (Mark Batterson AGAIN)

Soul Print (Mark Batterson -yes he is my favorite)

Communicating for a Change by Andy Stanley

Freefall to Fly! Rebecca Lyons

More of Less: Choosing a Lifestyle of Excessive Generosity! Jeff Shinabarger (this dude is the real deal….)

More or Less: Choosing a Lifestyle of Excessive Generosity.

GOOD NEWS, most of these titles are available on sale at http://www.christianbook.com.

Gosh there are honestly so many more, but for where God has me right now, these are it for this girl….

Share with us your fav reads from 2013 and you’re “going” to reads for 2014!! So fun to share!

Dec
30

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Do As You Write, Put the Pencil Down!

It’s terrible when you name your blog Putting the Pencil Down, totally pointing out the need to surrender to God moment by moment and then you find yourself on your floor completely confused because of all the uncertain areas in your life.

“Trust God” I would say to my readers.

No wonder I haven’t been able to write lately, I feel like a total hypocrite.

Somewhere along this journey of what I think God is preparing me for (more on that later, I am not 100% sure what it even is) I find myself, scared and confused.

Confusion is NOT from God!

And I have been feeling really confused lately. So confused that I sat in child’s pose (child’s pose is a resting pose in yoga – which I don’t even do anymore) on my bathroom floor for like an hour the other night. I wasn’t upset, I was just feeling confused but I think I was confused on why I felt confused, so I just laid there without any thoughts on what to do next.

That my friends, is a text book tactic of the enemy.

Feelings are not to be trusted.

It seems so illogical our feelings FEEL so REAL. And I think they are real, but they are not to be trusted especially if they don’t line up with the Word of God.

The Word of God is TRUTH. (Period DOT DOT) You can remind the devil of this when he tries to lead you down another rabbit trail of destructive thought patterns.

The lies come subtly and then all the sudden it’s you, on the floor of your bathroom really not even sure what to do other than lay there.

I started to have weird thoughts like  “I wonder if I have made this all up in my head. I wonder if prayer really even works, have I lost my marbles?”

I started to feel really lonely, I started to make scenarios up in my head, I started to take offense and become bitter at people in my life, I started to feel sorry for myself.

I was whining and crying to God in my journal instead of praying.

What went wrong?

Forgetting to take EVERY THOUGHT CAPTIVE to the obedience of Jesus Christ. That’s what went wrong.

Starting to even entertain thoughts that are in direct opposition with what the Creator of the Universe says. He created the universe, why am I wondering if I am right.

Lindsay= been here 36 years

God= been here since before time began

Hello, this is not brain surgery.

Back to the basics, seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Back to reading what I write, put the pencil down, Lindsay, and let the Creator of the Universe Write Your Story! He has got this too!

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