Thursday, January 12, 2012

I'm all about a party and a good time, but......

Yes!!!!!  It's almost time to head to Houston next week!!!  I'm so thankful to be meeting Robyn in the Mexican eating capitol of the world! Many of you that are going I have been to conferences with before and I get to see your sweet face again and hopefully spend more than 5 hurried minutes with you!  Some of you I will be meeting for the very first time and I may be slightly nervous about that. ;)  We always wonder.......Will she look like she does online? Will her personality match up to what I think I know about her via twitter, facebook, and blogs?  And's ok if we don't all match up 100% to what we think someone should be or look like or act like.  We have one thing in common that is the BEST out of it all. We are there to celebrate Him.


We are flying into Houston from all over the United States to celebrate the fact that we have memorized 24 scriptures over the past year! Y'all....that is something to celebrate!!!!  Grab your party hats and horns and bibles and get ready for a mighty fine good time!!  I attempted this memory work thing two years ago with LPM and our beloved leader, Beth Moore, but didn't make it one scripture past summer. The lazy days of summer apparently destroyed any ability to memorize anything. I didn't feel good about putting down John 3:16 or "Jesus wept" as my memory verses so I just quit.

So here we are and my handy dandy spiral is full of very personal scriptures that I look back over and truly see a story being told from 2011. I can start at the beginning of the spiral and imagine a movie of my life taking place as I relive each reason or event why I picked that particular verse.  It is truly a beautiful thing.

The Word came to life last year and He showed Himself faithful in ways I would never be able to articulate to you. The movie that I see in my head as I look through His Word this past year is full of fear, joy, anxiety, promise, and hope. The ending is glorious. The ending is His faithfulness shining brightly and the promises of Who He is pierces my heart like no other time in my nearly 42 years. As Beth taught me through her Believing God bible study, "God is who he says he is." 

I would do great harm in my desire to bear His image well if I simply patted myself on the back, had a great time in Houston, having a fabulous time with friends, returned home memorizing nothing for 2012, and not sharing the power of the gospel to others.

Why are you going to Houston? What are you going to do about all that you have memorized this past year?

The journey has just begun for me....The Word is alive and active. Pass on its power and might in 2012. Every single one of us who have memorized these 24 verses can testify to the Lord's desire and ability to show Himself faithful over a period of time in our lives.

We are called to be sowers. I pray that we sow the most important Seed we know of into as many lives as we can.

Love y'all dearly! your best "Cool and the Gang" voices lets all sing....Celebrate good times come on!!!! 


Lisa said...

I'm looking forward to meeting you Fran!

Unknown said...

Have fun in Houston. Wish I was going. Maybe next time!

Ashley said...

Good post Fran. And so true. He truly has done great things for us and we are filled with joy. He is so faithful. I've grown in my walk tremendously this year and a lot of it because of the encouragement I receive on Twitter through you and Dedra and so many others. Love you and can't wait to hug your neck.

Deidre said...

I'm a little nervous too for the very same reasons. The last time I went I didn't know a soul. I was suppose to go with my best friend who passed away unexpectedly just months before. My husband secretly bought me a plane ticket anyway and practically pushed me on the plane. I was SO mad ;) It turned out to be one the most fulfilling times of my life. Not only because of the fun and excitement but to be at an event where so many women had hidden so many verses in their hearts and were there to celebrate that .... well, it was almost too much. Incredible.

I am (anxiously) looking forward to it all. Nervous, yes. Second-guessing myself at times, yes. But, I know God will strengthen us all through it. We'll go back home wanting to hit the ground running for Him. That I'm sure of.

Can't wait to hug your neck, Fran! One more week :)

Gran Jan said...

Fran - you know I love you - and I mean it. You have blessed my house shoes off (I'm not wearing socks) with this post! :) I just want to tell you that I see so much of JESUS in you and you are growing leaps and bounds. I couldn't love you more or be more proud of you. I feel the glow of your heart all the way down here in Middle Georgia. :) Have fun, squeeze some Siestas from Georgia Jan and hopefully we can get together soon.

You have blessed me so much with this post. You are abiding in HIM, and that is the most precious way to live.

Love you my little sister,

Kelly S. said...

That is exactly what I think when I read through my spiral...its like a movie from the last year of my life! I hope you have a wonderful time in Houston! I am sad to miss it this time, but I will be praying for you!

Holly said...

Amen! And...your heart is beautiful. I am proud of you, Fran. As I have prayed for you this year, I see something God-sized in my mind's eye headed into your sweet lap. Don't let that worry you, though. HE is going to DO IT! I don't know what, but I know WHO. He is going to do it. You need only be willing.

Love you!

Shelly said...

I loved this. And I'm going to aim for 2012 Scripture memory with you too.

I blog so you can get a glimpse into my life as wife, mom of 3 boys, and someone who simply wants to bless others along the way. Have fun and be sweet :)

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