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The One Who Knows

I have to tell you how excited I am.  I am dictating this blog post right now on my Mac.  I can’t believe it!  Thank you so much to Alex McManus for this wonderful tip!

I have been in the process of bringing this computer home for months.  It’s been a really long process.  And even when I brought it home, it wasn’t where it is right now.

You see, we have a bait and tackle store in Harrison Township, Michigan.  The main computer at the store had a cracked screen.   We put it off for as long as we could, but the crack started to travel and it was time to get it repaired.  We had to purchase a new computer to replace it temporarily.

Once the repaired computer was back at the store, we then had an extra computer and I could bring one of them home to replace my very slow, very old home office computer.   But even once it was here, I wasn’t comfortable moving it to where it is right now.  I’m very comfortable with my space and where I work every day.   So, I put it off.

Well, that old computer decided it just didn’t want to work anymore.  So, 11 days ago, John and I tore apart the office and switched the desks.  I now have the newer computer in the spot where I am comfortable.  The old computer had no microphone and no camera, but the new computer has both.

Here’s why that’s so important.  Four days ago I broke my arm.  I broke my radius at my wrist while rollerskating.  Actually, the rollerskating was great.  It was my first time on skates in 30 years and I skated for over an hour.  My problem was standing up after sitting and reading for an hour.  I was down, backwards, before I hardly knew I was up.  My instinct was to reach back and catch myself with my right hand.  Ouch!

I now have a cast on my right arm and typing is very challenging.  I needed to send an email out to let everyone know about the K-Rock performance tonight.  In that email I mentioned my challenges with typing, working, writing my blog, etc.   That’s when I received the tip about using Dictation & Speech on my Mac.   I never knew that feature was there!

Who could have known that I would need a computer with a microphone just one week after setting up this computer?  Who could have known?  Only God.  Thank you!  Thank you!

The last few days have been very challenging on so many levels, but this shows me so clearly that God is watching out for me.  He’s watching out for you too.  

So thankful that God knew about my broken radius before I did
So thankful that God knew about my broken radius before I did



Buckets and pipelines

I came home to cook dinner, all by myself and feeling tired, worn down and rather discouraged.  Nothing in particular wrong, just an unsettled feeling.  Is what I’m doing really making a difference?  Do I matter?  Does God still speak?  I haven’t heard him lately.  I feel like I’ve been listening, but I’m just not getting anything.

I had been catching up on Wednesday night services while Jordan has been at day camp this week.  I worked my way up to mid-June today and I turned on the “Vision Night” service while I started to cut up vegetables.  Steve Norman quoted Alex McManus (Erwin’s brother) who said that “The gospel always comes to you on the way to someone else”.  And then Steve said that we’re not buckets, but pipelines and I stopped mid-chop on my clove of garlic.  What did he just say?

Alex McManus had done a workshop on his brother’s “Character Matrix” a few years back when he was on staff at Kensington.  I had attended that workshop and I sat at a table with my friend Denise from the Clinton Twp campus.  At one point in the workshop, Alex had us share something with the people at our table.  I don’t remember what he wanted us to share, but I do remember that I had been thinking a lot about the word “conduit” back then.  I shared with Denise and the others at the table that we weren’t buckets, but conduits or pipelines.  We weren’t designed to be filled up and filled up and filled up, but we were designed to learn and then teach others.  Pay it forward.  Pass it on.

When we were done sharing at our table, Alex asked if anyone wanted to share with the whole group.  Denise raised her hand and shared what I had said about buckets and conduits, that our lives were designed to be a pipeline for God’s love to flow through.  And now I know that Alex shared that with Steve Norman and Steve just shared that with everyone at Vision Night.  I was a conduit and so was Denise and so was Alex and so was Steve.

And, all of a sudden, right there in the middle of my kitchen, chopping garlic and onions for homemade sloppy joe sauce, God spoke to me.  In that simple thought that Steve shared, God reminded me that I am making a difference, I do matter and God still speaks.