Which Pandemic are you living with right now?

We are living in uncertain times right now and I know that we are all facing situations that are new and uncomfortable for us. We are walking on opposite sides of the street to avoid being near someone. We stand six feet apart from other when we want to talk with someone.

 

Now that many of us are wearing a face mask…..it seems to me that many of the people that I watch are hiding behind them in order not to smile or even make contact with you. I said hello to several people today that I walked past and they completely ignored me and acted like I had no right to talk to them. Their masks that they wear….does not give them the right to be rude.

 

For God has not given us the spirit of fear, but of power and love and of a sound mind.

II Timothy 1:17

 

A pandemic of any kind is unsettling….you almost find your self frozen in time and not knowing what you can or cannot do. What are we allowed to touch or not touch? Where are we allowed to go or not go? But what I see happening more and more above and beyond the virus restrictions that are being imposed on us …is the fear that is being drilled in our heads.

 

People are paralyzed with fear right now….just look are around! They are panicking over food, supplies and many other things. Many of these things they don’t even need. We are a people that seem to be driven to fear right now and it is becoming worse and worse.

 

But wait STOP…..what is fear? To me it is a tool that has been used over and over again by many leaders, parents, and supervisors etc… to manipulate people to do what they want. Fear can drive us to do things that we never thought we would do or not do. I have had to stop myself from reaching Facebook, social media and even the daily news. The more I allow myself to see, read and hear these things the more I am feeling frightened and paralyzed to want to go and live life.

 

How many times in the bible did we find men in a situation where fear could have stopped them from doing what God was telling them…? David Goliath, Joseph, King David, Noah, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, Mary the Mother of Jesus and the list goes on and on. If they choose to not do what God asked them to do the story would have been very different.

 

Some of us might feel like Jonah right now and in the belly of a large something (in his case a large fish). Either way we might have been frightened and ran off in the other direction of where we were supposed to go. But after left in a bad place and situation just like Jonah we too can come to realize that what God is calling us to do is where we need to be.

 

I challenge all of us to roll up our sleeves, put the fear and panic aside of this virus or whatever else that is causing fear in your life and make a choice today to do and go where you were called to go.

 

Lynn A.C. Wilson – Resume of a Mother

Are you watching…..

I am learning more and more that people are watching everything I do. Why should I be surprised? I do the same thing to them. My husband and I love to sit in the mall with a cup of coffee and enjoy the sights — I mean the people.

Years ago, I was at a garage sale miles from my home town and church. I was calling to my husband to come and look at some goodies, when all of a sudden, a voice came from the other side of the table, and said, “I know you”. Of course, that day I was dressed in my cleaning clothes, and my hair and make-up were not the best. When I looked up, I really had no idea who she really was, so I needed to ask. Her response to me was, “I never would have recognized you, but your voice is what I remember.” Interesting, I thought. She had come several times to a “Ladies Night Out” at my church and heard me speak. She remembered my voice.

Oh, if I had been talking fresh to my husband or yelling at my kids in a way that would not have been a good testimony, would my voice have touched her ears again? She is not a believer, so I invited her to come out again to our ministry. May my voice always bring pleasant sounds to someone’s ears.

Another time I was in the dining room where I work, and as usual, after lunch, my coffee cup was crying out to be filled. Without thinking, I filled my husband’s cup first and then mine. I then sat down, took creamers from the bowl, then the sugar, and passed them to him first and then to myself. He is my first love, next to the Lord, and I just look out for him and try to love him in even the silly ways like this. One of our staff members came to me later and said that she loves watching us in the dining room and elsewhere. She loves the silly “love things” we do for each other.

Our life should be filled with joy, love, friendship, and most of all, the Lord Jesus Christ.

Isaiah 2:3 (New International Version)

“…He will teach us his ways, so that we may walk in his paths.” Psalm 32:8 (New International Version)

“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go…”

These are two very simple examples of how someone was watching me and
remembered me. My voice was remembered for the words I spoke and my actions
remembered for the love I shared.

What is someone seeing or hearing in you today?

Lynn A. C. Wilson – Resume of a Mother

What are you passionate about?

“I am overwhelmed with joy in the LORD my God!” ~Isaiah 61:10 (NLT)

I have been in a sales position for many years now. It all started with me working for a tour company selling packages to Europe, and then working as a Travel Agent and now working in sales at a conference center.

Many times my parents tell me I can sell anything. What happens is, I feel strongly about something and then it turns into a passion of mine and it just pours out. I really do get excited about what I am doing and I guess it rubs off on people.

When I was teaching for a while, I would come into class sooo excited about the new lesson or project I had for my students and they would ask me if I stayed up all night planning this event. They thought I was crazy for being so excited about school work. But I loved what I was doing!

What are you passionate about? Now I know not everyone is a salesperson and we all do not have the passionate drive about the same things. Ask me about my kids, my husband or my home and I could go on for hours. I would end up getting so excited that you would probably walk away and tell me that I am a little nuts!

If someone were to ask me about the Lord would I be so excited? When people see me walking, talking and interacting with others can they see the passion for my Lord? I need to ask all of us this question. What are we passionate about? Can people see the passion fruit growing in our lives?

The Bible tells us to be overwhelmed with joy in the LORD my God, excited, passionate are part of this too.

If someone met you today, would they see passion, deep-rooted love, excitement in your life and would your life show the passion fruit that we are to bear? No time for gloomy faces and gloomy lives….we need to be excited about our Lord for the days are numbered.

Lynn A. C. Wilson – Resume of a Mother

Take a walk with me

I am reminded every day of Psalm 46:10 which clearly states, Be still and know that I am God.  Did you notice I used the word clearly.  I have this verse on my computer at work, my computer at home and on the bulletin board in my kitchen.  I know myself and I know that I need to be reminded of this often!

Let me take you back a few steps to where I have been and where I am heading.  I have been praying for about a year now for a certain area of my life to open up and for the Lord to show me what He would like me to do.  Of course being STILL and knowing that He is God and in control is so hard for me.  Can you relate?  In my thoughts daily this particular item is running through my mind and I have a list of what I feel is the best thing, how I can organize it, where I fit in and what is needed from me.  I have it all worked out if the Lord would only answer my prayer (oh, yes, in the way I have organized it), I would be in great shape.

Then again I am reminded….of Psalm 46:10 Be Still…..that is a hard task when you are task orientated, always wanting to be busy and on the go.  I am slowly learning over the past year to be still, not to rush, not run, not to jump but to be still.

Yesterday someone walked into my office and we just starting to chat about prayer and what she is working through in her life.  She had the same type of story that I have….praying and having a hard time waiting.  She told me she is learning to walk with God.  What a thought….”Walk with God”; again I am reminded to be still or at least slow it down, not to run, not to rush and not to jump but to be still and wait for the Lord.

What have you been praying about this past year and are you still waiting for an answer?  Join with me and walk with the Lord for a time, during which you will get the answer you need.

Lynn A.C. Wilson – Resume of a Mother

Finding Balance – When too Many Plates are Spinning

Are your plates spinning in life, and are you overwhelmed where you are today?  Life, for me, seems to keep getting more and more busy, crazy, and nuts. Some days my plate is so full….that I don’t even know where to start.  The thoughts start coming. Where do I start? Work? Home? Kids? Husband? The sound in my head just keeps going in circles. I needed to STOP, and listen for a moment, and pray for wisdom.  The verse that says, “a wise woman builds her home”, became my reality. I have learned over time to take four simple steps in life to keep some balance. Balance and simplicity are what you will find today in this message as you listen.  I hope you enjoy this special event with me!

 

Lynn A. C. Wilson – Resume of a Mother

 

The Good Old Days

Philippians 2:14-15

“Do all things without grumbling or disputing, that you may be blameless and innocent.”

Colossians 3:15

“Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.”

The Great Depression, this is a time in history that I can only read about.  I was not born in that time, but I can learn to appreciate what happened and how the way of life was then.  Many times I have sat and listened to my dad talk about a meal called Scrumptial; his father would make this for them on Saturday nights with the leftovers from the week. This unique pot of leftovers was the highlight of his week.

Recently, I was listening to an older lady talking about living in the Depression era, and she recalled one of her fondest memories. She remembered that on Sundays they would go to her aunt’s house, but her aunt could not afford heat. So they would grab the kitchen chairs and huddle around the stove while lunch was cooking, and they would get warm by the fire.  She went on to say that they would sit facing the stove to get the front of them warm, and then have to turn around so their backs would get warm. As she talked about this, she was giggling and repeating, “Oh the good old days.”

Fast forward to 2020, and what do we have? Central air, heat in our homes, cars to drive, and so many other advantages. We have plenty of food, clothes, and almost everything we could want or need at our fingertips. Yet, I never hear, “These are the great present days.”  What has happened to us? Why do we not seem like a happy people? You would think with all these “things” that make our lives more convenient and stress free, that we would be overjoyed.

Many times I have said to my husband that I almost wish we could go back to a time like that. A time when we as a people appreciated what we had. Working in a guest service position, I see the side of people that is ungrateful and demanding. I see this at church when we want what we want and demand our rights. What happened to being thankful, grateful, and appreciative?  I personally am challenged to look at what I have and learn to be content in these things and to appreciate them even more.

Lynn A. C. Wilson – Resume of a Mother

 

Welcome to my home and life…

Life is definitely a journey and an adventure if you know anything about me. Every day brings new and exciting things and also some overwhelming moments. For the past two weeks my husband has had two major falls from having seizures which led him to be in the chiropractor’s office 2 to 3 times a week plus having to have physical therapy and wear a back brace.

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Because of this we decided to take a quick weekend away that we called a Saturday vacation. While on this vacation he had a seizure, his scooter that he uses to get around in large places died in the middle of the museum. This led to us having to push it out of the museum, to loading it in the car manually, and causing me to be completely overwhelmed and having to have a good cry.

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If you asked me is it all worth it I’d say 100%. If you asked me what I marry this man again I would tell you absolutely 100%. He is the man of my dreams and if he comes with an extra package called epilepsy …I wouldn’t change a thing. Now having said all that… I have stated over and over it many times that I have found “my new normal and it’s a moving target”. so what does all of this mean, for me there is no normal, normal is only for a moment and that changes again. And I am OK with that. I’ve had to learn to be OK with that… Otherwise I would not have survived life and all that has been part of it.

This is made me in the long run realize how precious life is, it is giving me the desire to encourage other women and their walk and their journey, it is also encouraged me to invest in peoples lives whenever I can.

But having said all that… I have a new journey in life and an adventure and that is my YouTube channel. Come and join me and come and visit me and see what this crazy life entails. I hope you will find encouragement along the way, maybe some new ideas that you’ve never thought of before, maybe a few laughs, but most of all I hope that you leave feeling a little bit better about yourself, a little bit more encouraged than when you first started to visit with me.

Lynn A. C. Wilson – Resume of a Mother

YouTube Channel name: “At Home with Lynn Wilson”



The Journey that Saved the World

I am about to teach this coming Friday to a group of young people at church.  The ages range from three to fourteen. Trying to incorporate enough information to keep them all interested in the devotion can be hard at times. We, as a church, have committed to reach out to our neighborhood kids and share each week with them that Jesus loves them.

This weekend the topic is “The Journey that Saved the World.”  We have gone with an overall theme this year of the “Olympics.” Teaching the kids about preparation, endurance, and finishing the race.  So, let me take you on the journey that I have prepared for the kids.

  • Preparation:
  1. In order for Joseph and Mary to hear the call of the Lord, they needed to be prepared and walking close with Him.
  2. Then when the angel came and told them what was to happen, they needed to prepare for the journey.
  • Endurance:
  1. Because they were prepared, they would be able to endure the journey.
  2. They knew that God called them to do this task, so they needed to endure no matter how hard the journey would become.
  • Finishing the Journey:
  1. When they got to Bethlehem the journey was not done. They needed to find lodging, a safe place to deliver baby Jesus, and prepare the area for the baby to come.
  2. Once the baby was born, they could look back and see that they had prepared for a work to be done. They could see that they endured the journey they had to go on to get to the place where He needed them to be, and then they needed to deliver the baby to finish the task.
  • What we can learn from this:
  1. We need to be ready and prepared for when He calls us to do a job.
  2. We need to know that we will need to endure the journey, and that it might not be easy all the time.
  3. We need to know that when the journey is over, we can look back with joy, and we completed what was asked of us.

 

We also can look at the fact that when we prepare and answer the call, endure the journey, and finish it, that it is not only us who are affected but many around us. A task given to us by the Lord always has layers to it. Our lives are not our own, and we affect others all the time.

Mary and Joseph answering the call brought us the Savior (His divine plan). This Savior would ultimately be the One who would save the world. I am sure that Mary and Joseph had no idea the impact they would have on us today, thousands of years later.

Read Luke Chapter 2 today for the story of their Journey.

Lynn A.C. Wilson – Resume of a Mother

Having a Tear in the Corner of Your Eye

I remember sitting in church as a kid and listening to Pastor Jack Fedalen preach.  I was only about twelve, but I can remember it like it was yesterday. His preaching was always dynamic, but more importantly, he had a way of making you remember what his message was all about.

That day as I sat under his teaching, he reminded those of us who are believers that we should always have a tear in the corner of our eye.  Pastor Fedalen went on to say once you lose this, you have lost one of the most important things in life.

Today I was chatting with my son about several really cool God things that have happened over the past week.  It is almost overwhelming how many cool things have been happening. As I shared these things with him I watched his face soften, and the tear in the corner of my eye was real.

The Bible talks about how we need to be a witness to others and love them as we do ourselves. We need to feel the pain of others. The Bible also says that the angels rejoice when one soul is reached for Christ.  What I was sharing with my son was that my husband and I have been sharing with three couples about our relationship with the Lord. Then this past Wednesday I spoke to a group of over three hundred women at a mini-conference. I was able to share my story and what the Lord means to me.  One phone call that I received today was about my message on Wednesday. She asked if she could use some of what I shared. She has family that needs to know about Him and she felt that what I shared about eternity at the end of my message was just what they needed to hear.

Again, that tear was in the corner of my eye. Being older, I can relate to what he was trying to tell us during that message years ago.  When we hear of the Lord’s work, His people, and when someone receives a relationship with the Lord, it is time to shout out loud and have a tear. The day that that tear is no longer there and we do not feel excited for these things is the day we have lost sight of what God is doing.

So my question to you today is, are you watching what God is doing all around you?  Don’t meditate on the negative in this world. Regain your hope and the tear in the corner of your eye by keeping your eyes open for His work that is being done.

Here are a few verses for you to consider today for encouragement:

Galatians 6:2

Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way, you will fulfill the law of Christ.

Luke 15:10

In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.

Lynn A. C. Wilson – Resume of a Mother