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In 38 years, it was the 2nd biggest violation I had ever known. After years of amassing a generous network on Twitter and Facebook; after years of daily blogging in hopes of encouraging just one person…I lost it all. In one big hacking maneuver, someone else who wanted all things “leadhership” was successful in getting it. For a week, I agonized, cried, obsessed and fought to get it all back. After a week of forsaking my home, neglecting my family, hardly eating & restlessly sleeping, I knew I needed to come to grips with this. I pleaded with God. Not for everything to be restored. Not for justice to be served. Not even for my perpetrator to acknowledge their hacking success. Nope. I got down on my knees and prayed for one word…”peace.” And God heard. And God helped. He slowly turned all the bad that had infected my body over this loss, into His good. And after that peace filled me, I was able to peacefully let go of what was rightfully His. Yep, I realized that too. That “leadHership” was never mine to begin with. The good Lord giveth..and the good Lord taketh away. So that’s why you are here, today, at “wondHerful.” Because after I learned to let go of one thing and give God everything, He gave me something. He’s good like that. I hope you know Him. And I hope you will join me on this new wondHerful journey.
>Yesterday morn, someone hacked into my accounts, including my blog, leadHership.net. My blog & four years of daily blog posts are gone. Its crushed me. Praying that Google can get my blog back. Sure would appreciate your prayers too. Thanks, family & friends. For now follow my temporary twitter account @leadhershipnow https://twitter.com/#!/WondHerful
This picture was taken in 2005, when we dedicated our little Andy man. That was 7 years ago. Wow! Time flies & kids sure grow up fast. Last week, Andy shared with Raul and I that he’s ready to get baptized. Tears filled my eyes at how fast he’s grown & how he’s developing his own little relationship with God. So on Easter Sunday, at sunrise, Raul will have the privilege of baptizing our youngest in the ocean, as part of our Church by the Glades Easter-Sunrise Baptism. I hope you have taken this step in your life. I was 8 when I got baptized. I still have the memories of it. It’s a huge moment in the life of a God-follower. Totally unforgettable! If you haven’t, whatcha waiting for?
Tonight I had the craziest thought: do I want to be buried or cremated? I decided I want to be buried. Burying lets me have a tombstone. A tombstone lets me have an epitaph. An epitaph lets me have a message. A message allows me to keep speakingafter I’m not here to say it. I’m not sure how I’ll craft my epitaph, but I know I want it to include my favorite bible verse: We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair. We are hunted down, but never abandoned by God. We get knocked down, but we are not destroyed. Isn’t it cool that even when I’m 6 feet under there, God can still speak through ushere? I think that’s awesome!
I am hurting for what you are going through right now. It begs the universal question of, “why do bad things happen to good people?” I am sorry for the pain that runs deep and the future that is unknown. But I am writing to let you know that God knows the plans He has for you. He has plans to prosper you. He does not have plans to harm you. He has a plan to give you a hope and a future. Keep your gaze on Him and your glimpse on your circumstance. You will come through better than when you came in. And you will do great things.
Yes you can. If you have God in your life, you CAN in your circumstance. You can have a breakthrough. You can be set free. You can have a second chance. You can reach that goal. You can step it up, break that habit, rebuke that addiction. You are dazed, but you can see. You are shy, but you can speak. Abraham did. Moses did. David did. Esther did. Rahab did. Tamar did. Job did. Jonah did. Mary did. Paul did. Peter did. Billy Graham did. Mother Theresa did. YOU can. Whoever says you can’t, tell them you can because: Jesus looked at them & said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” Yes! You can!
Today, I had an epiphany of sorts when these words popped into my head: “Do your best with where you’re at.” As I considered that, I started to translate it: In depression? Do your best with where you’re at. In unemployment? Do your best with where you’re at. In mourning? Do your best with where you’re at. In addiction? Do your best with where you’re at. Why do we need to do our best with where we’re at? Because we can’t do our best with our future (we don’t know what it holds); and we can’t do our best with our past (because it’s never coming back). So perhaps life is about being wherever we are (good or bad) & doing our best with where we’re at.
I was no angel. I certainly wasn’t behaving like Miss Goody Two-Shoes. I wasn’t feeding the homeless or singing in the church choir. I wasn’t meditating, reflecting or kneeling at a pew. Nope, God didn’t lovingly show up during anything like that. When God showed up I was crouched over a toilet, throwing up from too much booze. Hair disheveled. Shirt inside out. Dirty. Rancid. Alone. That was when God showed up. And I sensed Him. And I desperately needed Him. And He wasn’t angry or embarrassed. He was merciful & still unconditionally in love with his girl. This God loves you too. So wherever you are (& if you are ready) He will lovingly show up for you, too.
“But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.” Romans 5:8