Monday, April 30, 2012

Let's begin this journey TOGETHER

Welcome to Thought's from Jesus' Feet:  Grab some coffee and your bible and let's begin this journey... TOGETHER!
I just love how even when God's speaking to us... He is also speaking to millions of other people at that exact same time. Think about that for a minute. He doesn't put us on hold when we begin to reach out and come into His presence. He doesn't say "Hold on Brook, I'm with another child right now". He's never too busy for us. I've never gotten his "Answering Machine", (not even once, ha ha) and He ALWAYS meets me where I am. I know that he always meets you where you are as well. He's there in a crowded mall, while you're in your car, on a quite night as you sit on the porch and listen to the rain fall, and even as you sit humbly and quietly at his feet for a purpose. He will ALWAYS MEET YOU THERE!
Tonight as I sat in worship, something got a hold of my heart and all I could do was SING. PRAISE GOD. CRY out to Him and thank Him for all he has done, is doing, and will do in my life. Thanking him for saving me and just pouring out my heart to him in JOY and ADORATION. I realized that something that got a hold of my heart was Jesus. It was my Heavenly Father (my daddy) wrapping His arms around me and filling me with more gratitude than I've ever felt before. Yup- I had that moment. That moment of complete and total awe for my sweet, almighty Jesus. I couldn't help but feel so unworthy and undeserving. Sitting at Jesus' feet can be quite humbling. It is also the most beautiful and exciting experience I've ever had.

So, before I go on and before we really get started into this journey I want to break the ice and tell you a little bit about me. I feel as though I am robbing you of where and how I came about doing this blog. It's so long and the roads are windy but God used each and EVERY one of those hair pin turns to bring GLORY to His name and to teach me how to get on my knees and cry out to Him. Those of you who know me have heard my testimony and those of you who don't know me have probably lived through areas of my testimony. We all struggle and fall short at times and we ALWAYS will. I'm here to let you know that you aren't alone, you aren't "weird" and that there is a MIGHTY Lord who desires your time, your praise, your gratitude and mostly YOU! I was born in Tennessee and raised in Arkansas. I was part of a Christian family who regularly attended church every Sunday morning and night and every Wednesday night. My father was a deacon and also the church bus driver so I pretty much grew up at church. There were always bus meetings, choir rehearsals, drama practices or something needed done at the church. If you can imagine we were always there. Always serving the Lord. Even as a young child I remember going with my dad to cut the grass or help my mom clean. It never struck me as to how lucky I really was until I learned, at age 16, how amazing it feels to serve the Lord. I was able to serve the Lord on my own accord. During the year I turned 16 a lot happened in my life. My parent's had been divorced for 3 years and because I was left alone a lot and needed to feel "LOVED", I ended up pregnant and ashamed. I wasn't sure what direction God was going to take me, and up until I was almost 18 I never went back to my "home church" (or any church) to find that direction. The next 2 years were pretty uneventful. I tried to attend college with the help of my parents. I tried to work full time to provide for my son and I, again with my parents help. I gladly got up early every Sunday morning and spent the 2 hours to dress myself and my son and head off to hear the word of God. I don't mean to take away from the hardest 3 years of my life being a single mother and all, but it's a story that needs no introduction or detail. You can look on t.v., next door to your house, or even in your own home and find a young, unprepared, teen mom and my story will look just the same. I was married at age 21 and quickly moved 25 hours away to the state of Arizona with my husband and son. I was 4 months pregnant with my daughter when we got married. (I know, I kind of jumped a few years and details on you). With 3 children and a husband, help from anywhere we could find it, and a LOVE and PASSION in my heart for God the next 10 years were filled with cancer scares, a brain tumor, moving 9 times, the normal and abnormal fights that all married people have I am now here. Doing this blog. Knowing that it's a direction in my life that God is leading me to and praying that this blog will reach out to millions. Millions who have been there or know someone who has, young and young at heart, supporters and critics, Christians and non-Christians and new friends and old friends.

This first blog entry is a bit long. I wanted it to be. I wanted to give some details into my life that has caused me to be who I am today. I mean come on be honest, when we read blogs we tend to wonder "who this person is and just WHAT makes them such a professor on the topic". I don't claim to be perfect, a professor or a novice. I am just a girl who could never have made it to where she is without the unconditional love and acceptance from God. You'll find that over the next however long, that mixed in with "Thoughts from Jesus' Feet" will be life stories, my journey as I see it, and even some humor (I hope). I encourage you all to enjoy this time and to keep an open mind and heart to the Lord. Allow Him to speak through my words into your heart and feel free to leave comments. I LOVE hearing from y'all. I am also a pretty open book and if you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask them. If it's too personal I will tell you, but there's not much that's too personal for this girl to answer.
Thank you for spending some of your precious time here on my blog, and hopefully with the Lord. Please check back daily for updates and scriptures. I will be doing daily "thoughts" and we'll all really begin to explore the journey that happens when we Sit at Jesus' Feet.

Lots of Love,
Brook