Choosing to Savor Each Moment: A Key to Personal Revival

 

By Dotty Schmitt

“This is the day the lord has made; Let us rejoice and be glad in it.”  Ps 118:24

Life is made up of little moments of time. Dotty Schmitt As the moments of our lives accumulate they become days, weeks, months, years – and all too soon we look back upon a whole life-time of significant and often seemingly insignificant moments.

In our quest for corporate revival it is essential to cultivate a moment by moment savoring of His Presence wherever and whatever we are doing.  We learn to enjoy His gift of grace and love continuously by frequently lifting up our hearts in praise and thanksgiving.  His revival Presence will always come to hearts overflowing with gratitude, worship and praise – whether we are in the home, the mall, at work, or in our cars he loves to hear our words of love and appreciation.

Even in the midst of the many challenges and trials of daily life there is much beauty waiting to be discovered all around us.  Choosing to take time to appreciate the beauty of creation, of good music, of an inspiring book, of a well set table, or a thoughtfully prepared meal shared with family and friends brings to our lives an enrichment that invites His Presence into our “ordinary” moments.

Too often we waste the moments of our lives by regretting the past, living in the successes of the past, or by always living for the future.  As a young woman I was once told by a godly elder “Don’t wish your life away.”  It was counsel I have never forgotten.  Enjoying His abiding manifest Presence is for us now!

Looking back over forty-eight years of walking with the Lord there are many times a smile of deep gratitude comes to both my heart and face as I recount His great faithfulness.  A deep sense of contentment fills my soul as I continue to savor His amazing grace and lavish love.  Daily His Word is a delight to my soul.  And if, through the much activity of life, I fail to have an extended time of quiet fellowship and personal communion with the Love of my soul, I soon become very lonely for my most cherished and faithful Friend.  I long for His Presence in the ordinary moments of my daily life.

And perhaps herein lies the key to truly savoring the moments of daily life and thus discovering personal revival – a heart and mind continuously seeking, celebrating and enjoying the promises and presence of the only One who is able to say:

“Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” (Heb. 13:5,6)

“… And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”  (Matt.28:20b)

Even as we corporately await expectantly the greater moving of His Spirit in national revival, let us fill our daily lives with the beauty of His Presence permeating everything we say, do, and are!  Let’s together as His Church celebrate the awesome promise of Psalm 37:4: “Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.

Listen to Dotty’s Podcast on The Joy of Discovery entitled Understanding the Times.  She is a beloved speaker at Women of the Word. Along with her husband, Pastor Charles Schmitt they are the founding pastors of  Immanuel’s Church, and travel extensively internationally ministering to God’s people.

Notes on Life

by June Evans – WOW Pastoral Advisor

I’m celebrating another birthday. My, my, these June Evans #1 1-07birthdays come around quickly, or else time is speeding up. The good thing about me is that I have gained the victory over aging. I have learned that growing older is a part of living. So rather than be depressed and sad about aging I celebrate what is behind and look forward to what is ahead. Every year of my life has been a step up the ladder of God’s high calling, and when God is in charge of the steps life is full of His wonderful works.

I know many of you will be wishing me “happy birthday,” and I appreciate your good wishes. However, I want to celebrate my birthday by giving God a “thank you and praise you” for all He has done with this woman. I gave myself to Him as a teenager when I was born again. Looking back I hardly recognize myself. I had no concept of the woman God would cause me to be. Doing what I do for Him today was not even in my thinking as a teenager. It is amazing to me how God can take a teenage girl, change her from glory to glory, and fit her for His use.

So, help me celebrate my birthday by giving God praise for a job well done with this woman. God had His work cut out when He took me in, but He has worked His life into me. I thank the Lord for what was, what is, and what is to come in my life. He has given me years worth living. No matter your age put God in your years, and every year will take you higher and higher. You will not grow older. You will grow better, and better is very good. 

Women of the Word wishes our pastoral advisor and “Mama”
a most Happy Birthday and many, many more! Mama June
will be ministering at the Spring WOW “Grace and Truth”
conference April 10 – 12. Join us for a life-transforming
time and step up higher on the ladder of God’s high calling.

 

Perspective is Everything

By Barbara Benton

Did I ever mention that I have a granddaughter named Madison? Barbara1I know, I know – only 10,000 times! Madison is almost ten years old and brings such joy and laughter to us. Michael, our son, was in the Ph.D. program at the University of Wisconsin, so Madison spent the first three years of her life in Madison, WI. While in Wisconsin, Michael’s family lived in a small two-bedroom apartment with one tiny bathroom. When Madison would visit us, she would run around my house, or she would follow me from room to room. One day she looked at me and said, “You have a big house!” Actually, Gaylon and I don’t have a big house at all. Madison’s comment was based on her perspective of what she was experiencing in her life at that time.

Let’s fast forward to Madison’s third birthday which she spent with us in Alabama. They were actually moving to Baton Rouge, LA, where Michael took a position as an assistant professor at LSU. We went with them to Baton Rouge to  move into their brand new home. It was a nice, two-story home with two and one-half baths. It was so much fun to watch Madison run around in the large empty rooms! After we finished the move, Gaylon and I headed back to Alabama.

Several months later, Madison was visiting us again and following me around my house. She said, “Granny, your house is kind of small.” She made me laugh out loud. She was again basing the size of my house on her perspective of how she was experiencing life at the time.

Perspective is Everything!

Have you ever felt as if life was like an oven turned up to 500 degrees and you were inside? In times of great testing, it may seem as if God has gone on vacation without leaving a telephone number where you can reach Him. The thing I have to guard against is judging everything by what I am experiencing at the moment. It seems as though I am either basking in the sweetness of God’s grace or sweating on the hot seat of challenging circumstances. Life seems to bounce between the two. How about for you?

We have a tendency to see things from an earthly perspective, while God sees things from a heavenly perspective.  Alan Redpath stated,

“There is nothing—no circumstance, no trouble, no testing—that can ever touch me until, first of all, it has gone past God and past Christ right through to me. If it has come that far, it has come with a great purpose, which I may not understand at the moment.”

God is always at work in our lives – ALWAYS. We see the beginning, while He sees the beginning and the end. He sees the completed puzzle, whereas we see a stack of puzzle pieces lying all over the place, not knowing where each piece is supposed to fit. Our lives at times seem like the underside of a tapestry. There are lots of threads that have no rhyme or reason, colors running together, chaos.  When the tapestry is turned over one can see that every thread had a purpose in completing the picture.

Perspective is everything!

Isaiah 55:8 – “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.”

Barbara Benton is a speaker for Women of the Word.  Thank you Barbara for sharing your blog with us. Join us at the Spring WOW April 10 – 12 to hear her teach and minister in person. She is powerful and you will be blessed! Don’t miss the early bird deadline of March 20 to save some money. Register today!

Why WOW?

Women of the Word is dedicating to transforming WOW Logo Colorwomen into Christ’s image through the teaching of His Word and the empowerment of the Holy Spirit. WOW offers inter-denominational, inter-generational, and inter-cultural events in the form of conferences, retreats, and one-day seminars. Our speakers are anointed and teach life application of biblical truths in relevant ways. You may laugh and you may cry, but your heart will be touched as God speaks to you.

Isaiah 54 is our theme scripture. Many women experience barrenness at various times in their life. This barrenness may be physical, but it can also be spiritual and emotional. God wants to teach us that when we live life according to His Word, He will water these barren places and cause them to become fruitful. He has purpose for us and we can learn to sing even in barren places.

God’s purpose for us is that we become transformed into the image of His Son and then reflect that image to the world. He wants to use each of us –  at home, in the workplace, in the community,  in the marketplace, and in the church. He tells us to enlarge the place of our habitation (dwelling place) and to stretch out and not hold back. He is for us!!

God wants us to affect the next generation. Our walk with Him is not just about us. It is also about our descendants. God has a plan for them too! He promises to teach them and to give them great peace. They will possess nations! Women, let’s be such lovers of Jesus that the next generations will see the Word made flesh in us and run after Him. Let’s live out what the Bible teaches. This brings blessing to us and to our children and their children.

God encourages us to “fear not”! He is our husband and our Redeemer. Whatever shame may be in our past will be forgotten. Perhaps we looked for love in all the wrong places. We thought that our job, our marriage, our children, or our ministry would complete us. God shows us that we are only complete in Christ!

God has compassion on us with an everlasting love. He has called us! We have a future  as we yield our lives to Him and set our hearts on following Him. He is in covenant relationship with us and His steadfast love will not depart no matter what! What a promise! We will be blessed and we can also be a blessing!

Join us at WOW and bring your friends. It’s about relationship with Jesus and relationship with one another. God bless you !

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