Thursday, January 31, 2008

Let's give it a try.....






Well, I sit here with a heart that is beating so fast. My mind is moving 100 mph. What do I say? How do I make this interesting? How do I capture your attention? There is one subject that is becoming more and more difficult for me to sit on and be quiet about. I think I might be annoying to some! But, that is a-ok with me. The subject is....


JESUS!


First of all, don't you just love the way that sounds?? I mean His name is just so sweet to me now. But, that has not always been the case. I have a great desire to learn how to effectively get the Word of Christ out to other women! Whew...that in itself is overwhelming. There are so many ways to do that. But, how in the world do you do that and be effective?? You want to do this thing right! I have opportunities within my home church because I have the privilege of being the Director of Children and Family Ministry and I also facilitate a women's Bible study. The path is right there. I want to maximize what I already have and then find a path that is new and just burning inside to get out.


I'm about to FREAK OUT at the thought of actually expressing my thoughts on the Proverbs 31 scholarship opportunity they are offering to the She Speaks conference this Summer...I mean I'm just flat out afraid of what my fingers may type....but, lets sit together and figure my excited heart out. I pray that you'll find some hope through this.....


You see, I was a girl who grew up in the church, but yet did not know Christ. I had a good family, yet did not talk about church and life with a daily Jesus. I appeared to be just like any other teenager, but I was a train wreck waiting to happen. Oh wait!!! That train wrecked many a times. It just didn't appear as a train wreck. I had so many people thinking one thing, but yet doing another.


How I despeartely wish someone, anyone, somehow, someway had told me about Jesus at an earlier age. But, that is not my story. That did not happen to me. I cannot go back in time. I cannot make different decisions. I cannot change anything that I did. But, I can take that mess of a girl and young woman and share in as many ways possible how Jesus can ROCK YOUR WORLD!


Girls, His character is just beautiful. He is so patient people! If He can work with me for 28 years....do not lose hope! He can use the strangest of scenarios, the least expected people, and do miraculous healing in the most orchestrated, beautiful, glorious God way.


My desire to be able to speak, write through this blog, and share in whatever capacity that I can, the hope that is found in Christ Jesus. Even when you didn't even have Christ Jesus!!! You may have not even thought you were missing a dern thing! But, He is eagerly awaiting our arrival.


Whether you are a believer or not, He is working on your behalf and He will work perfectly on your behalf. That is just Who He is.


Parents.....do not give up if your children are as far from God as possible. If you are not sure of Who God is or if you aren't sure of your own salvation, I want to help you, talk with you, and be as honest and real as I possibly can. If you need life brought back into your unsure or dead heart, then let me share the hope that is found through Christ. If you are in need of a renewal or simply take that first step, then lets talk. Because, God is the Father of saving lives!!! He saved mine. He restored me. He brought me to a place that I did not even like in others. I became that person that I couldn't stand. I became a Christian. I can't help but smile as I type that. This would be a complete turn around! And, I didn't even know for the longest that I needed to turn.


I love Jesus with every fiber of my being and want to sharpen my skills as I desperately want others to know the true life of Jesus as they walk the pavement of life. Life is just plain hard and we need to have Someone to cling too. We need to have us some hope that Someone is working on our behalf. We need to know that we are loved beyond measure......regardless of what we have done.


We all can be a vessel. I want to be a blessing to someone. He has blessed me so. He is everything to me. His Word is my addiction that I won't give up for anything or anyone. I feel as though my little self is just about to explode with the Good News! I want that explosion to take place. And, I want to have a blast doing it!! Because He is the best fun in the world.


Hang in there folks. He's got you covered. He's got your back. He is life.


Romans 15:13 "May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit."


Blessings~

15 comments:

His Girl said...

oh fran, what a lovely, lovely post.
Well done... hope whoever has the task of reading all zillon of these posts slows down and reads yours. beautiful!

Bev Brandon said...

One thing, among many, about you dear friend is this. God shows up through you to speak His kindness, His compassion, His tenderness. And, it's because you deal with the "stuff" in your heart and His beauty flows out. He has certainly done that for me! You have been a "word in season" to me and I can't thank you enough!

Denise said...

I pray that you win the scholarship sweetie, you have such a heart for God.

connorcolesmom said...

Fran,
I just love your testimony and your passion for Jesus. He has redeemed you indeed and you are making Him so proud!
Thank you for the kind words on my blog it truly means the world to me
I love ya!
Kim

Patty said...

Fran,
I just get tickled that God used a love for college football and especially a love for the Vols to bring us together. I can tell you that each time I visit here I am encouraged. When you say that you have prayed for me and my family I know that you have and I can see how God is using you here on your blog and when you write comments on all of our blogs but I can also see that God is going to use you in a bigger way than you can imagine! I tought about signing up for She Speaks and every blog I have gone to has talked about it. An effective speaker/writer or person in ministry leads people to Christ, not themselves and Fran, that is you! Your love for God shines through and you always lead us Christ no matter what we are going through!
Love You,
Patty

Stephanie (Ocean Mommy) said...

I agree with Patty. You shine for Jesus!

I'll be praying about this with you! I've heard this conference is just incredible!

Anticipating HIM!
steph.

Toknowhim said...

Wow, Fran your passion comes through loud and clear in this blog post. I am going to enter the contest too...You never know. If you get a chance my "Know & Tell" meme is up. Blessings sweet Fran!!

Alana said...

Hi Fran! You did it! Good for you! You are such a sweet lady and your heart for Jesus is just so COOL! I wish we could all go and be there together. How fun would that be??

Linda said...

Fran, Great post! You had me at JESUS!!!!! I have a testimony similar to yours. Thanks so much for being willing share and be transparent. I know the conference will be fabulous.
Blessings,
Linda

Charity said...

Inspiring post! Oh Fran, I can just feel Jesus beaming through you and your blog!

I just love you to pieces!
Charity

Heather@Mommymonk said...

Hi Fran! I saw you at God STOP Fridays and how funny - my post is about She Speaks too. I think God is speaking to lots of hearts right now about stepping out in faith and talking about...JESUS! And I love the way you've put it. It's a glorious obsession to call yourself addicted to Scripture. Praying you'll be able to come to the conference. You'll be blessed!

Mary Lou said...

Your love and conviction and desire to share and teach came shining thru...you go girl....May He give you the desire of your heart ...to lead others to Him and to share Him....Blessings....pulling for you to be able to go to the conference....

Anonymous said...

Hey Fran and all you other gals!
I went to She Speaks a few years ago and it was great! Not only did God confirm His calling for me in such a sweet personal way, but I really came away with some "meat", real practical stuff I needed to know. Ya'll know I don't have a blog, but I would be glad to share my experience with you.
blessings!
Teresa
teresabraden@aol.com

e-Mom said...

I like your passion and enthusiasm for Jesus!

Just popped over from Sue's blog, Praise and Coffee. Nice to meet you.

Blessings,

e-Mom @ Chrysalis

Joanne said...

Kim,

Praying for you. It would be so wonderful to attend this. Being the winner of the scholarship would seem so much more like it was His calling, wouldn't it?!?

Blessings, Joanne

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