Jody Lynne

Intersecting Life and Faith

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I Was Them

As we walk the way of the cross this week towards Good Friday, I have been reminded of a very simple truth. We remember that Jesus was arrested for a crime he did not commit, questioned by the high priest then shuffled off to the office of the roman governor who would not make any decisions as to Jesus' future but took the coward's way out by letting the crowds decide.
Crucify him, crucify him was their demand and cry.
There's much more to the story, I encourage you to read it in Luke 22-23. But the end of the story, Jesus is crucified, dead , buried and rose again on the third day...that's why we celebrate Easter. The simple thought I was led to Sunday morning was Luke 23:34
Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.
I have been gently reminded I was them.  No, I wasn't standing at the foot of the cross as Jesus was dying, no I didn't cast lots for the clothes that had been stripped off him and no, I wasn't there condemning him to death or yelling from the crowd to crucify. And yet... my sin put him on the cross, my rejection of what Jesus Christ came to do; reconcile me back to a loving Heavenly Father; was why he hung on the cross, bore the shame and agony of his Father turning away from him, yes... I was them. But it didn't end there for me and it doesn't for anyone who repents of their sin, asking forgiveness of their sin through Jesus Christ, and trusting in him for salvation, of being able to say I am now a friend of God. It's all right there, read for yourself in Luke 23. And no longer be among them.

Why Should I Pray?

My post, Do Not Disturb, not only generated some great comments from you, but reading through the post several times, gave me thoughts for continuing the discussion. One question I have had in the past is not how to pray but why should I pray? Just Googling 'books on Christian prayer', there were bout 37,000,000 results. There are many books, articles and blog posts you could read for the answer as to why we pray. I don't have all the answers, but I would like to share briefly why and how I pray. What is prayer? I like the simple definition found at Dictionary.com, which says prayer is entering into spiritual communion with God. God Who called everything and everyone into being by just saying it, wants to be in communion with me. God Almighty wants little 'ole me to talk to Him. I want to know the God of the Bible who loves me so much He made a way for me to be in relationship with Him, through Jesus Christ, and this is possible by prayer. The goal of prayer is not only to ask, but to worship and adore He Who gives me my every breath and a new day.
Devote yourselves to prayer...Colossians 4:2
  • Scripture encourages us to be constant in prayer.
Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, persistent in prayer. Romans 12:12
We have also been given a model to pray, often called the Lord's Prayer, but more of an example to follow. Our Father who art in Heaven--is He your Father? Is God your Friend through a saving relationship with Jesus? Hallowed by Your Name--I acknowledge God is the Only One Who is Holy and there is no other Name upon which we can call to be saved. Your Kingdom come--do I want God's Kingdom to come? Or do I want Jody's kingdom to come everyday? Do I want to be a part of God's Kingdom? Your Will be done on earth as it is in heaven-Will I bend my will to God's will or will I continue to insist on my own way, my own rights? Give me this day my daily bread--In praying this I surrender to the fact I will not worry about tomorrow, and trusting God will provide for everything I need for today. Forgive my trespasses as I forgive those who trespass against me. Not only am I sinned against, I'm a sinner too. Will I extend the same forgiveness God has given me to someone who has hurt me? Lead me not into temptation, but deliver me from the evil one. I need to know what my weaknesses are, recognize what I am tempted by and where the temptation comes from and flee, run from evil, don't keep it company. For Thine is the Kingdom, the power and the glory forever. Amen

Dusty Women-Lori

9-24-2015 Lori and I had to have been first friends. You can read all about that below. She also helped me with the initial beginnings of Dusty Women, which you can read about below too. Lori recently returned from a trip to Uganda. Not a missions trip per se, but a vision trip of what God is doing in that part of the world. Please read about her travels here, this is a story you don't want to miss. She is a woman of God who inspires me on almost a daily basis. We mostly text a few times a week, or an occasional email. And a fellow coffee drinker when we get to see one another. She brought me something all the way from Africa.  She inspires me in so many ways in her walk with Jesus. She has a way with words but her text to me this morning was one of her best. 

I knew you would savor every drop as you savor our living Lord! Lori 

coffee 2014 Several months ago I came across Titus 2 Tuesday blog posts. Inspired to do the same thing I set out to make a list of my own questions. Women who have encouraged me to be a radical follower of Jesus. Radical in the sense they love God with all the heart, mind and soul and their neighbor as themselves. They are ordinary women who love and serve an Extraordinary God. Women I want to be like so the Word of God will not be dishonored. Titus 2:5 I wanted a catchy title other than God's Women, so I asked a friend for help and she said
what is something that defines us? Maybe not where we're from but where we're going? I always love the analogy of following Jesus so closely that you get the dust of your shepherd on you. Following in the footsteps of your Shepherd.  So you could call us Dusty Women.
I love the fact that she said we need to be defined by where we're going not where we've been. As Paul says in Philippians 3:12-13...
forget what is behind.
Lori Somers is my next interview in the series of Dusty Women.

206491_205490752807805_3098552_nI don't even know where to begin with my friend Lori. We've known each other...forever. Her mom and mine have been friends since 5th grade and they are in their 70's. In fact, Lori's arrival changed my mom's wedding...kind of. Her mom Sharon was to be in my mom's wedding on July 30 and Lori was born a week prior to that. My mom went to plan B. Now that she and I are in our 50's our story together is very...long. But this post is about her journey not mine or ours, I will save that for another time. When looking for a picture of her there weren't too many to choose from that were just of Lori. Most of the time she is surrounded by 5 grandchildren or walking the dusty roads of Africa. In her spare time she works full time to take care of business, love on her grandchildren and feed her passion to love the least of these. Wouldn't you agree her smile is contagious? The interview follows this picture.

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Lori, would you describe yourself in 5-7 words?

L=Loving  O=Organized  R=Resourceful  I=Intelligent  How about four words? Eli made this for me when he was little and I think it fits pretty well.

Would you briefly describe how and when you were rescued from the domain of darkness and transferred in the Kingdom of God? (Colossians 1:13)

At the time God's saving grace wrapped me in righteousness I was 14 years old. I really didn't understand or know the depths of God's mercy and grace at that time. But I have lived through the depths and seen God's glory reveal itself over and over again. God never changes. His love never fails. I am rescued from the domain of darkness every single day. God's Kingdom awaits me, and He is preparing a place for me. He wrestles me in the valley so that I can proclaim victory in areas of my life that would never produce fruit. Praise God!

What do you enjoy about being a mother and grandmother?

Being a mother tests your resolve and makes you decide what is important. The best part of being a mother is the love. It changes who you are. The best part of being a Grandma is the freedom to play and enjoy every moment without an agenda.

What advice would you give to a young mother struggling to just get through the day?

You have to set aside what the world thinks is important and focus your mind and energy on the attributes of Christ. Phil 4:8 will get you through rough conversations, rough emotions and raw days where nothing goes right. See your family and children as God sees them. Pray for the eyes and heart of Christ to serve your family. The world tells you that if your feelings are intact and it feels good, do it. But wisdom tells us that "right thinking leads to right behavior which leads to right feelings". You can get into trouble if you start out with getting your feelings in order.

What does God's Word mean to you?

God's Word is truth. It makes me alive. It challenges me to have a clear mind and heart in order to speak truth into others.

What does the body of Christ mean to you?

The Family of God is the way God wraps his arms around you when you are hurting, distraught, or when you need someone to make you accountable. The body of believers also rejoices with you in truth and victory!

Coffee or Tea? Coffee

Vanilla or Chocolate? Vanilla Cake; everything else chocolate In addition I asked Lori one more question regarding her life in Christ. She has clung to her Savior's hem getting a lot of dust on her as she seeks to follow Him in everything. Lori, what do you mean when you say
Letting freedom and redemption flood my heart and soul. Not just saying it but believing it.
Its one thing to know in my head I am free. Free from past sin, guilt, chains that bound me to a marriage that was over long before my pride would allow me to acknowledge it was over. I told myself I was free from that, but I kept my windows and doors locked, curtains pulled. That is not freedom. You have to live like you're free and let it flood your mornings, your afternoons and your bedtime. God's redeeming grace tells me its okay, you don't have to look back. And you don't ever have to go through that again. I wanted you to learn to depend on me fully. And I'm redeeming your life, your heart and your service for greater things. I have delivered you from oppression and unlove. God is saying "move with me, lean into me, and let my grace pour over your heart and your life." And I have to be obedient to those words, and those actions. We want logical and black and white words. But Jesus tells us that is no solution at all. He beckons me to come to Him, weary and heavy-laden and He will give me salvation rest, away from my self-made decisions, to trust Him.  I've moved from saying those words to believing that freedom and redemption ARE mine as I follow Him down a new road.
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