“Bridge Builder”

She escapes daily … into her world of isolation to soothe the pain that plagued her soul … that nagging incessant pain of loneliness

Let’s take a time out shall we?

How many times have you heard (Or maybe you’ve said yourself) a woman say that she’s lonely? I tend to dig deeper into the spoken words of people ~~ and so I hear, “I have no friends in whom I can confide,” in those words.

I recently attended an event at our church in which the guest speaker spoke to the matter of women and relationships and loneliness within those relationships.

Yes, it is possible to be lonely inside of a relationship.

Speaking from my little corner of the world, I recognize that pain is expressed (and also concealed) in a myriad of ways. Women have the incredible ability to disguise their pain in ‘busyness’ and other activities that may be totally unrelated to their hidden battles. Maybe because I’ve sustained battle wounds of my own that others trust me with theirs ~~ my scars can be visible at times, but my transparency is only recent, and deemed useful by God.

Coming to terms with who I am in Christ has enlarged my understanding of the powerful joy that is in Christ.

Then the Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper who is just right for him.”

Genesis 2:18

Since the beginning of time, God has intended for us to have relationships. The most important one is the relationship with Him.

I can openly confess that if I haven’t spent enough time with my God (in prayer and meditation), I feel ‘incomplete’ and somewhat lacking ~~ that feeling of ‘something’s just not right.’ Can you relate, Girlfriend? And the quirkiness that follows me around that day will testify to my lack of direction.

But too, we are to extend beyond ourselves in an effort to build bridges of human relationships. Bridges that those coming up behind us may need to walk upon in order to receive wholeness and healing for whatever brokenness may be plaguing them.

Transparency ~~ sincerity ~~ authenticity ~~ honesty ~~ genuineness ~~ all traits that are like magnets for a hurting soul. These are bridge building tools to connect others who presently live on an island of aloneness.

Are you willing to build a bridge to close the gap or draw near one who may need your time, ear to hear, shoulder to cry upon? Maybe you can be a bridge for someone who is presently experiencing a level of pain and anxiety that is so overwhelming she has no one to turn to for consolation.

Let’s pray for sensitivity and tenderness of heart ❤️ to bring up our Sisters and Girlfriends ~~ inside or outside of Christ (this may be the moment of salvation).

I love you to Heaven and Back, Girlfriend ~~

LindaRJohnson

T2T Visionary

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“Do The Work”


1 Chronicles 28:9-10 “And Solomon, my son, learn to know the God of your ancestors intimately. Worship and serve him with your whole heart and a willing mind. For the Lord sees every heart and knows every plan and thought. If you seek him, you will find him. But if you forsake him, he will reject you forever. So take this seriously. The Lord has chosen you to build a Temple as his sanctuary. Be strong, and do the work.” 

Many of you know that I recently received a Blessing from GOD: a new job, back into the career and industry of Human Respurces, the place where He planted me before my more recent Fitness career.  Few of you knew that I was desperately seeking this change (actually, ANY change), because of a longing I felt in my body and soul to be elsewhere. When the opportunity presented itself, I couldn’t have been more excited! For five loooong years, I had asked GOD to give me His Desires for my heart ~~ so that I could be in alignment with His Will for my future. To the very detail of my prayers, He had placed specific things in my heart and on my mind that were all included within the context of this job.  Some things, I must admit, did not make sense to me at the time of my prayerful search ~~ nonetheless, I kept praying for them and for a greater understanding of them.

As I continue to forge ahead in this new venture, I realize how GOD’s sense of humor puts a smile on my face every day I go to work. You see, I’m all about anatomy and physiology, the natural biological sciences ~~ they intrigue me and give me a great appreciation for the GOD that I Worship. I’ve never been a “numbers” person ~~ mathematics has always intimidated me. In fact, so paralyzed with fear, I believe it was the reason I struggled so much with geometry and statistics throughout high school and college. I literally would avoid numerical encounters and defer the duty to someone else.

While in the thick of my fitness career, I learned that as a certified Personal Trainer, geometry  was a “constant” reminder of best performance, and adherence to the laws of geometry yielded the greatest results. In the back of my mind, I could hear my father chuckling and telling me what he said back in high school, “Child, it will come back to you and serve a purpose. You’d better learn it.” Daddy, you were so right (again)!

Adapting to the nuances of my new adventure, lo ‘n’ behold, yes, MORE NUMBERS.  So many, MANY numbers ~~ Girlfriend, SPREADSHEETS of numbers!  Does GOD have a sense of humor or what?!  In the quietness of my day, I look up and smile ~~ for ONLY GOD could even remotely laugh alongside of me ~~ in this incessant sea of numbers.  And of course, ONLY GOD would have made it possible for me to do the work of these numbers.  He alone could cast out my fear of working with them.

 The fear of taking on a new job assignment can be realized not only in the earthly sense, but equally in the spiritual sense.

Fullfilling our roles within the Body of Christ can sometimes be intimidating ~~ fear of failure due to a lack of knowledge and confidence ~~ newness of environment and unknown expectations … all of which can easily overwhelm a Believer’s soul.

Let’s return back to our Scripture verse above: King David is instructing his son, Solomon, to get to know God intimately.  That’s the first part of his instruction here.  Communion with GOD on a daily basis is always the first step to understanding His Will and receiving Power from The Holy Spirit to fulfill that Will. David continues with specifically telling Solmon to worship and serve Him wholeheartedly and wholemindedly. That is the key: to doing the work.

I’ll be the first to admit, Sister, that I’ve not always felt equipped to do the work asked of me.  There’s NO doubting whenever you sense God Himself placing you in certain situations to accomplish His Will.  With me, He usually confirms my Assignment with a training session.  Sometimes it occurs Before the Assignment, and sometimes it’s simply OJT (on the job training). Shortly after the training session (and that session could last a season), circumstances will occur that will dovetail with what tools and skills I’ve recently acquired. In other words, it will be time to use them ~~ time to do the work.  

GOD can and will ordain you to do the work to build His Kingdom within His Church.  He will ordain you to reach out and affect the lost world around you.  He will ordain you to impact your sphere of influence ~~ that’s why you’re there.

Going back to our Scripture verse, what if the “temple” could be considered you or I?  After all, we are the Temple of the Holy Spirit and if we truly follow Jesus, He resides within us.  So if we took these instructions to heart, wouldn’t we be hearing GOD telling us to continue building up (strengthening) His Temple?   Not just in the physical sense, but most especially in the spiritual sense.

1 Corinthians 6:19-20 Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself, for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body. 

David’s closing words to Solomon in our Scripture verse are: be strong and do the work. 
From a parental standpoint, we can confer with David. Children (and often times adults, too) don’t readily accept the fact that we must do things we’re unfamiliar with or uncomfortable doing.  I can recall my friend telling her younger child, who at the moment was groaning about doing a particular task, ” … sometimes we have to do the hard things …”  Not that the task in question was “difficult” per se, but the child was equating “undesirable” with “difficulty.”  Hello, Sister, can I get an Amen, here on behalf of childlike adult thinking?

 Mental Muscle and Spiritual Muscle will ultimately go hand in hand ~~ to do the work ~~ that will indeed Build The Temple.

I’m a firm believer that GOD equips each and every one of us to do the work He has called us to do.  He does NOT place us in situations nor circumstances without the necessary tools to do what is needed, regardless of what it is.  GOD is love, loves us, and would never set us up for failure. But it is up to us to call upon Him in time of need to allow Him to accomplish His Work through us and that’s when others see Him.

GOD will show up and show off on behalf of His Own, never to disappoint but to demonstrate His Love.

If ever we’re feeling a lack of skill or confidence, it’s usually because we’ve taken our eyes and focus off of GOD ~~ aside from Him we can do nothing.  Distractions will bring disaster ~~ so an all out effort is necessary to remain single-visioned and pursue our Calling.

Everything we are called to do, is the work He has ordained for us to accomplish.  You need not be in full time ministry.  As Believers and Followers in Christ, we are already in ministry.  We lead the ones coming up behind us~~ new Believers, children, fellow Believers, etc.  Work also includes the jobs we hold in the world ~~ as teachers, salespersons, cashiers, flight attendants, physical therapists, maintenance workers, etc. 

When I’m asked, “What is my calling?”  My answer is usually another question, “What are you doing?”

You are doing what you are called to do for the present moment ~~ even if it doesn’t seem to remotely resemble what YOU believe are your goals or PASSION.  We are instructed to be strong and do the work.  And I’ll admit, many, MANY times I’ve questioned my own place and asked myself, “what on earth am I doing here?!”  And that’s OK ~~ I believe that’s just my brain catching up to what GOD has directed me to participate in.  

God is all about the work ~~ and we are definitely a work in progress.

Philippians 1:6 And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns. 

So all this to say, Girlfriend … It’s time to go to work!
I love you to Heaven and Back, Sister ~~

LindaRJohnson

T2T Visionary

“Service With Purpose”

I started my new job two weeks ago. On the first day, I went exploring and came across this! And you know me … my brain and mind just went with it …

As Followers of Christ, we are identified with Him ~~ but to an unbelieving world, it is how we serve that testifies to our true kinship with Him.

There’s a time and a place for everything, and the workplace is a sensitive place when it comes to the discussions of politics and religion. However, I’m a firm believer that those who see you, should also see the Messiah coming through you. In everything we say and do, we represent the One to Whom we have entrusted with our earthly and eternal lives. So it isn’t necessary to stand on a ‘platform’ and deliver a salvation message, or call a ‘come to Jesus meeting’ in order for others to ‘witness’ your living legacy.

Everything we say and do, every decision we make, is always for the ones coming up behind us.

Our living legacy is our relationship with Christ, and our purpose in serving Him is demonstrated in the way we relate to our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ, and also the way we relate to unbelievers.

With our mouths closed, our identification in The Body of Christ is defined.

1 John 4:11-13 NLT Dear friends, since God loved us that much, we surely ought to love each other. No one has ever seen God. But if we love each other, God lives in us, and his love is brought to full expression in us. And God has given us his Spirit as proof that we live in him and he in us.

“What does your service look like?”

Sometimes we forget to look into the mirror ~~ beyond the exterior wardrobe ~~ beneath the tough skin ~~ there must be a tender heart that beats to the rhythm of purpose that sings a song of salvation ~~ to the tune of love for a dying world.

I pray that you’ll join me in a personal inventory and make whatever adjustments the Lord is calling you to make this day.

I love you to Heaven and Back, Girlfriend ~~

LindaRJohnson

T2T Visionary

“He is Nearer”

Psalm 46:1 The Voice Translation
This song is attributed to the sons of Korah. It praises God for His strength and protection and for Jerusalem and its temple where God uniquely dwells. It invites the world to witness a future when wars and striving will cease and all the nations know and worship the one True God.
God is our shelter and our strength. When troubles seem near, God is nearer, and He’s ready to help. So why run and hide?

The times in which we live just seem to scream with headlines that calamity and fear are impending ~~ that there is literally no hope for us. True, we live in these perilous days, BUT God is ever present … and continues to be available to ALL who call upon Him.

A dear friend of mine recently shared that her sister's family was in a horrific car accident. I admit that when I saw the photos from the scene, I was on the brink of tears just thinking about the young children that were in that car with them. The fear and panic that must've been going through her sister's mind in the moment of that ordeal ~~ every mother's nightmare. And yet, God spared the entire family. Yes, the car was completely totaled. Nothing shy of a miracle, they were all spared.

How do we choose to respond to these daily life occurrences? What is our initial reaction?
Do we text a friend? Do we call a loved one?
Do we drop to our knees in prayer and cry out to the God of the Universe?

Alive and breathing, it is impossible to avoid all mishaps in the world. While we might 'escape' here and there, something is bound to happen at some point and at the least expected moment.

Yet, God reassures us that while these terrible things may occur all around us, He is nearer.

Isaiah 41:10 So don’t be afraid. I am here, with you; don’t be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, help you. I am here with My right hand to make right and to hold you up.

I love this verse! You can't get any clearer than that. For me, it puts the 'period' at the end of my otherwise 'questionable' situation.

Girlfriend, whatever it is that is YOUR 'BIG PROBLEM' at this very moment ~~ God is there for you. Call upon Him ~~ fall into His Arms ~~ let Him take care of you and 'it.' He so wants to be your strength.

"Will you let Him?"

I love you to Heaven and Back, Girlfriend ~~
LindaRJohnson
T2T Visionary

“Got It”


Courtesy of Christine Caine

I sat away from the crowd during lunch on my first day of my new job. Upon opening up my emails, I came across the post you see above. It put a smile on my face!
For over five (loooong) years, I had been in pursuit of a new job. Came "close" a couple times, but just not close enough to get the job. So many times, I felt God had just told me to give up on those dreams ~~ those dreams that kept me pressing on in search of a way back into my former career.

Had I misread His "cues?" Was I self-deceived by my own selfish desires? Were my aspirations simply "wishes" for a way out of my present unhappiness?

My prayer life has taken on a deeper meaning … I had changed the way I approached the Throne of Grace. It was now my deepest desire to petition God for the "desires of my heart" ~~ that He give me the desires of His Heart and place them in mine.

Once I embraced this Promise, He began to do a work in me that didn't stop. I truly started to see things quite differently. Suddenly I felt a "softening of my heart" towards the previously "unloveable"'people in my life. I found myself sincerely asking God to forgive me for sins that I used to think were "justifiable." I even began to immediately confess sins after I committed them!

It was like a heavy burden was lifting off of me ~~ I was feeling a sense of freedom that I had not experienced before. What followed next was a boldness and courage to speak up in the Power of the Holy Spirit. But this boldness was graced with love and kindness.

When God Blessed me with the "job of my dreams," I realized that it was wrapped in all the desires of my heart ~~ which He had placed there.

So when I saw this posting by Christine Caine on my first day, I smiled. I knew my Savior had said this directly to me.

Go take possession of what I've given you.

And so I have ~~ with all humility and reverence for the One Who has given it to me.

When people had congratulated me for having received this opportunity, I gave God all the credit ~~ He supplied the opportunity, the wisdom, the strength, and courage to possess this Blessing.

Girlfriend, I was at my wits end. I had been in a second chapter career that I started to think was going to take me to my grave. Quite honestly, I had told The Lord that if that was His Will, I would be content with it. But somehow, He began this "stirring" down in my soul ~~ I called it the Pool of Siloam. And I just could not shake it loose.

And that was when I knew ~~ there was going to be "activity" in that Pool of Healing.

This Second Chapter Career lasted over 20 years. My recent job search lasted over 5 years. The timeframe for getting into this new job was approximately 2-1/2 weeks, from Application to job offer!
The Hand of God can write your story in a way that drops you to your knees.

So I say to you, Sweet Sister of mine … take courage in the God of all Creation to fulfill the desires of your heart. Keep the hope alive and burning within your soul. Reject distractions and steer clear of anything that keeps you from first pursuing your Lord.

Let Him give you the desires of your heart. And when He does, possess them with all you've got!

I love you to Heaven and Back, Girlfriend ~~
LindaRJohnson
T2T Visionary

“That One”

Celebrate God all day, every day. I mean, revel in him! Make it as clear as you can to all you meet that you’re on their side, working with them and not against them. Help them see that the Master is about to arrive. He could show up any minute! Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life. Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. Put into practice what you learned from me, what you heard and saw and realized. Do that, and God, who makes everything work together, will work you into his most excellent harmonies.                    Philippians 4:4, 6, 8 The Message

We all know who she is … while she is not the same person in my life as she is in yours … we've come to recognize her as that one … that one that makes me feel uncomfortable … that one who just seems to have the perfect life … that one who looks like she always just stepped out of a fashion magazine … that one who has a ton of friends in her circle … that one who didn't gain an ounce of baby fat during her pregnancy … that one who is climbing the career ladder faster than Spider-Man can scale a building … that one …

"Anyone KNOW someone like that one?"

Ok, now that you've got her image stuck in the frontal lobe of your brain, let's examine WHY this particular individual has received this dubious mental award from you.

Because you KNOW that no one else has really done this but YOU … 

As a living example, I can spell it all out like this because I've identified that one in my life, too, Girlfriend. And yes, I'm embarrassed to admit it ~~ but for your sake and mine, I'll come clean about this right here and now. 

Insecurities plague the heart and soul of every red-blooded female that exists on this planet. Some of us recognize them and are making a conscious effort ~~ even if it is for the umpteenth time. Some of us refuse to admit that we have such an ailment, and will perceive life from a very skewed paradigm. And then there are those of us that recognize we suffer from the pain of our self-inflicted wounds, but choose to do nothing about resolving our situation.

"Where do you stand, Girlfriend,"

The more I ponder this concept of insecurities, the more I ask God why I feel this way ~~ and why is it like trying to remove gum at the bottom of your shoe?  It never seems to ever truly go away.

I typed in insecurities and the above Scripture passage came up. So quite naturally I read ~~ and re-read ~~ and re-read … there's a lot being said there in those few verses.

Marinating on those words slowly ~~ I see that God is telling me to focus on Him:


Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life. 


If I shift my focus onto Him ~~ rather than on me ~~ it will prevent the lie of inadequacy from overruling my thought processes. If I go straight to God with my concerns, He transforms my angst into worship and praise. It's my mind that must be transformed in order to overcome the lies of insecurities.

Our Pastor spoke this morning about Satan and his lying and deceitful ways ~~ and I nearly came off my seat when this all started to make sense to me. The lies of the Enemy are a deceiving distraction to cause us to not trust in what God has promised us. When we are deceived, we believe that God didn't make us perfect ~~ that we are lacking something ~~ so we look to the world to fill that void or imperfection. 

But God created us in His Image. And Christ in us is Perfection! We may not actperfect because we live in a fallen world ~~ nonetheless, if we belong to Him, we have it all. Christ in us is the very Presence of God in our lives.

So why the insecurities? We've lost our Vision ~~ we get distracted ~~ remember Eve in the Garden?  Distractions led to her sin. She soon wanted something that she thought would give her what she lacked. 

And so it is with our own mindset, Girlfriend ~~ whether it is that one who seemingly has the absolute perfect life, career, body, etc. We must keep our minds fixed on Christ …

"You will keep in perfect and constant peace the one whose mind is steadfast that is, committed and focused on You—in both inclination and character, Because he trusts and takes refuge in You with hope and confident expectation." Isaiah 26:3 Amplified 

Whenever that one enters our path, thought process, environment ~~ anxiety sets in. Worry becomes our friend and confidence is shaken right out from beneath our feet. Our heart races and soon a flood of negativity and ill words are hurling and swirling around in our immediate sphere of existence. 

But what if … just what if …

We take to heart what God says to do … back to Philippians 4 …

Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse.

Isaiah says we will live in perfect peace if we just keep our minds on Him.  Notice Isaiah uses the words "committed" and "focused." That infers effort on our part. God won't simply "pour" these talents into us without our willful partnering up with Him in our hearts. That requires sincerity and authenticity.

For all the energy we've wasted on that one ~~ the tears, sleepless nights, relentless pursuits to imitate ~~ all so that we become more like that one ~~ we couldn't have been more off-target than a blindfolded person trying to aim at the moon!

This is what happens when we are distracted ~~ we become vulnerable to deception. Lock-in on this with me Sister ~~ God LOVES you so much, that He CHOSE you before the foundation of the world!

Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes.      Ephesians 1:4 NLT

You are uniquely YOU ~~ an original by all definitions ~~ created and handmade to be only you, by order of the Creator Himself. And He makes NO Mistakes.

So that one is just as beautiful as you are ~~ for all you know, she may be thinking those same insane thoughts you were thinking about her! Christ died for her just as He did for you and me.

Look at what the Apostle Paul said in Philippians 4:

Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life. 

I know this ministered to my heart and soul, and I pray that you will soon feel the burden of that one soon transform into that one you love to Christ. Pray wholeheartedly for that one ~~ and possibly you and she will dance together at the Marriage Feast of The Lamb.

I love you to Heaven and Back, Girlfriend ~~

LindaRJohnson 

T2T Visionary