Wednesday, March 30, 2011

All The Single Ladies

Although I am a happily married woman I have the incredible opportunity to work with the Young Single Adults through my calling in Church. I have spent many hours listening to my darling young women friends as they discuss their frustrations when it comes to the “dating scene”.  The fear of the unknown weighs heavily on their souls.  This fear is not exclusive to women. Believe me; men have the same fears and anxiety too.  So when my darling sister-in-law shared the YouTube video called “I will wait for you” on Facebook, I guess it just hit a certain spot in my heart. 

Janette McGhee is an evangelical poetess who goes by the name of Genetics, or Janette…ikz.  She shares her poetry with the Passion for Christ Movement, and she is the author of the poem, "I will wait for you".  Her delivery it is not exactly what one might hear from the traditional “suits and pearls” that speak to us in the traditional LDS way, but none the less, for me,  she spoke with power and truth.

Watch it and see for yourself.

So Sista's keep looking for that man, you will find him just like Janette...ikz says:

And I will know you… because when you speak I will be reminded of Solomon’s wisdom,
Your ability to lead will remind me of Moses,
Your faith will remind me of Abraham,
Your confidence in God’s Word will remind me of Daniel,
Your inspiration will remind me of Paul,
Your heart for God will remind me of David,
Your attention to detail will remind me of Noah,
Your integrity will remind me of Joseph,
And your ability to abandon your own will, will remind me of the disciples,
But your ability to love selflessly & unconditionally will remind me of Christ.
But I won’t need to identify you by any special Matthews or any special Marks,
Cause His word will be tatted all over your heart.

You will find him because you will prepare yourself so that he will find you:

And you will know me, and you will find me,
Where… the boldness of Esther meets the warm closeness of Ruth.
Where the hospitality of Lydia is aligned with the submission of Mary,
Which is engulfed in the tears of a praying Hanna.
I will be the one, drenched in Proverbs 31… waiting for you.

 Isaiah 40:31But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.


Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Awake After Hibernation

Sometimes things are just such downers.  For the last three weeks the flu has wreaked havoc on my body, and consequently I have felt down.  Watching the news doesn’t add to my spirits either.  Just think about what has been happening around us the past few weeks:

The conflict in the Middle East rages on.  Earthquakes in both New Zealand and Japan have caused death and suffering, only to be topped by the effects of the Tsunami.  Now threats of "Nuclear Meltdowns" persist as an aftermath of the devastation. Charlie Sheen has monopolized the media with his insane antics touting his exploits as one of a “winner”.   The Bachelor had to make the ultimate choice, and let’s face it; someone gets to go home unhappy. (I hope you can feel my sarcasm with this one!)
Sometimes all these crisis situations make me just want to pull my head in my shell and hibernate. 

Yet… because I understand that the Lord is in charge, and power is given to us through the Atonement to ride out the storm, I once again poke my head out and press forward.

I guess Isaiah really said it best…

2 Nephi 20:24 Therefore, thus saith the Lord God of Hosts: O my people that dwellest in Zion, be not afraid of the Assyrian; he shall smite thee with a rod, and shall lift up his staff against thee, after the manner of Egypt.
 25 For yet a very little while, and the indignation shall cease, and mine anger in their destruction.
 26 And the Lord of Hosts shall astir up a scourge for him according to the slaughter of Midian at the rock of Oreb; and as his rod was upon the sea so shall he lift it up after the manner of Egypt.
 27 And it shall come to pass in that day that his burden shall be taken away from off thy shoulder, and his yoke from off thy neck, and the yoke shall be destroyed because of the anointing.

Today my proof of this was found when I ventured out to take out the trash.

Yes… Grimaldi has woken up from his long winter sleep.