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Psalm 27:14

Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.

 

God has been trying to teach me patience. I say trying because I know there are days when He shakes His head in frustration when I ONCE AGAIN try to take control and do things my way. It never works out the way I plan and in the end I run back to my heavenly Father determined to be better, to do better.

I have been in a waiting pattern for awhile now. In Georgia when my car broke down and I couldn’t go anywhere. Recently, when I moved back to Indiana, we immediately went into the stay at home order and once again, I was stuck waiting. And then there is the whole partially torn rotator cuff issue. I had to wait until May to see the doctor because of the coronavirus. I had to wait until I was approved for the Indiana low income insurance to get a referral to an orthopedic doctor. That appointment was on June 23rd. I waited for my doctor in Georgia to send my previous MRI results, which never happened, so now I have another MRI set up for July 20th. After that I wait to see if I need surgery or not. Whatever the treatment, it is going to take some time for my arm to heal fully and in the meantime I wait and wait. I have been waiting for 14 years to be able to start a single mom ministry. I am NOT a patient person and I get tired of waiting!

But…WHAT IF…God was waiting for just this moment, knowing that I interact with less anxiety online than I would in person or in a group setting? WHAT IF…God was trying to save me from constantly worrying about groups or having to organize complicated events? God knows my weaknesses and my strengths. I like simple. WHAT IF…this pandemic is actually the perfect time to launch a single mom program out of Patti Burris Ministries?

So what do I do while in this season of waiting?

  1. I PRAY for wisdom and discernment. I also pray for financial provision if this is to be a full-time ministry and for the ministry partners that will offer the prayer and financial support that I will need to be able to serve single moms in a full-time capacity.
  2. I STUDY THE BIBLE. I keep up on devotions and Bible studies. Right now I am picking apart Revelation.
  3. I am PREPARING for ministry. I am planning the services I will offer single moms locally and online. I am adding posts to my blog and keeping it up to date. I am planning my next Bible study for single moms and developing my L.I.F.E discipleship program for single moms. I am preparing to be “in ministry” within the next few weeks.
  4. I STAY CLOSE TO GOD. This is so important! It is so easy to slip back into bad habits thinking that this waiting season means that God doesn’t care or that He has left us. This is not the case at all. These seasons of waiting are God’s way of teaching us patience and obedience.

 

How much longer will I have to wait? 

Good question! I am almost ready to start serving single moms and I can do this regardless of my arm or the pandemic. So while I long impatiently to take control of things, God restrains me until such a time as this.

 

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Ephesians 4:26

Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger…

As a mom, it makes me ANGRY when a person or people come against one of my children unjustly. My kids are now 26, 25, 23, 20, and 18, but age doesn’t matter. If one of my kids is under attack, the protective mama bear arises from her slumber and wants to destroy.

This has been the situation the last few days with one of my sons. This situation has caused me to become very angry and protective. He is 20 years old, a man, and can handle himself, but I DON”T CARE!!! I have a protective mom heart that wants to SCREAM, “LEAVE MY CHILD ALONE!!!” I really wanted to tear them limb from limb and remind them NOT TO MESS WITH MY SON!

I wanted to send messages and rant in my rage, but fortunately, I did not. As a child of God with the living, breathing, Holy Spirit living inside me, I knew I could not. As much as I wanted to let loose my fury on my son’s behalf, I instead, looked up every scripture on anger I could find in the Bible (there are many!) and reminded my heart of what I already knew…anger leads to sin and separation from God. Unchecked anger does not solve anything. Unchecked anger only adds fuel to the fire and I knew that was NOT God’s will.

So instead I pray that God will work in the heart’s of those involved and that He will work in the situation. My anger will only cause more drama. I know that anger in itself is not the problem. Anger can cause people to fight for causes and injustice, but when that anger leads us to sin, that’s where the problem lies. I won’t allow Satan to trip me up and cause me to stray away from my heavenly Father and my Savior, Jesus. Satan knows all to well that the way to trip up us mamas, is to attack our babies. Not this time!

I encourage you to look up the verses on anger and remember that being angry is okay, but make sure you use that anger to fuel constructive action and not destructive action.

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