I know what you’re going to say . . . “WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN?” I’ve been here, but not blogging. This has been a time for writing my book, finishing my two new kid’s books: Is That My Bus? and “Baby Moose in Blahville.”
Plus, of course, grandkids, church, and Oden the Awesome (now one year old and 120lbs) Phew. Don’t ask me about a clean house and tidy gardens.
I spend so many hours at the computer with illustrations and writing that I’m pooped out by the time it comes to blogging. But there’s more . . .
Things are changing–have you noticed?
The Holy Spirit is turning up the fire in our bones for Papa’s Kingdom. NOW is the time for us to stand-up and step into the dream God has in His heart for each one of us.
Many of you, like me, are coming out of a long, dry season. Well, I hear the Lord saying, “Put on your dancing shoes and hold on tight because I am waltzing you into new dips and turns, and moves of My Spirit. If you want to venture with Me into the dance I am dancing in this hour–focus your attention on how I am moving moment by moment. Don’t rely on dance moves from the past. This is a dance you haven’t danced before, though it is built upon the moves of the past. Lean in, stay loose, don’t think you know the steps of this dance because I’m leading you in ways beyond your experience and skill. The only way you can keep on the toes of My shoes is to lean in, remain flexible and let Me lead.”
Are you losing interest in things you used to consider important? If you were to ask a health professional they’d probably tell you about depression, because losing interest in things you used to enjoy is one of the signs. Or, maybe it’s because the Holy Spirit is giving us new priorities and interests. Maybe the new things God wants us to be focusing on won’t allow us the time to do those other activities. I would never downplay those who do suffer from depression, but consider what I’m saying. Maybe God wants us to let go of some things in order to free our hands for new things.
July 12th, I’m leaving for the Ukraine with a small team from my church. When I was considering if I should go, a man came up to me at a meeting, pointed his finger at me and said, “You have an international anointing.” I did not know that man, but his encouragement was the blessing I needed to say yes.
I don’t like to travel. I like to stay home. Stay in my safe routine. Sleep in my own bed and never miss my afternoon nap. But God is saying “GO.” I have an old suitcase I took to Africa 20 years ago, but then I thought, if I have an international anointing I’d better get a suitcase that will be easy to maneuver. Where will I go? I don’t know. The steps beyond the immediate ones are a mystery to me–but I know I have a little part to play in the dream of God’s heart . . . and it will be good.
I’m hoping that this blog will do two things:
1. Encourage you to step out in the dream God has put in your heart, and trust Him for step by step guidance.
2. Remember our team in your prayers as we venture out into new territory with the Lord– from July 12th through the 27th.
God bless you all, Love Marji
Is That My Bus and Baby Moose in Blahville can be purchased through www.marjistevensshop.com in August