Wednesday, July 19, 2017

that girl talk on GRACE radio with Guest Jamie Williams (9.14.16)

My dear friend and sister in Christ, Jamie Williams, is in hospice care battling cancer. Jamie is a radiant, joyful light in our community, a very generous woman of God who daily sows her personal gifts, talents, time, and (financial) treasures into our community. 

She founded the very successful Five Talents Wealth Management, Inc., in Canton, GA; the same town where she lives with her husband David, and their two daughters, Faith and Kaylee.

The Interview:
I am replaying my delightful radio interview with Jamie (recorded 9.14.16) to honor her and hopefully encourage continued prayer for her and her family.


Here's the link to our conversation:
that girl talk with guest Jamie Williams 9.14.16

Jamie Williams, you are so loved by so many!

"Glorify the LORD with me; let us exalt His Name together!"
Psalm 34:3
Polly   

Friday, July 14, 2017

The Frozen Chosen


Okay, so again I have been compelled to write a post about the verses that jumped out at me during my morning prayer and Bible reading. This time it began with reading Psalm 100. I  remember as a young girl memorizing it in KJV (King James Version) during a Vacation Bible School class. The language has changed a little with my NIV Bible but it's still a beautiful psalm for giving grateful praise!
PSALM 100 
"Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth. 
Worship the LORD with gladness; 
Come before Him with joyful songs. 
Know that the LORD is God. 
It is He who made us, and we are His,
We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.
Enter His gates with thanksgiving 
And His courts with praise; 
Give thanks to Him and praise His name.
For the LORD is good and His love endures forever; 
His faithfulness continues through all generations."

So of course, looking for encouragement and refreshment from the word of God, I always read Scripture aloud so His word will be preached back to me and my thirsty soul can drink it up! Yep. This girl loves to worship Jesus! This girl loves to enthusiastically engage in worship music. This girl loves to dance and adore my Savior with song! Whew. YES! YES! YES!

Why? I have an easy answer for you and here it is:  I know God. I mean, I KNOW Him. I am His child. He called my name and made me His child. And I know what He has done and continues to do for me. Wow. So much. So good. Wow. And I know I don't deserve what He does for me; like loving me and taking tender care of me. And the amazing thing about His love for me is that He knows every single thing there is to know about me: the good, bad, and bad ugly. Everything. And He still cares for me as only He can!

So, yes, I'm going to worship Him. Joyfully. Enthusiastically. Gratefully. With tears in my eyes and a smile on my face I'm going to worship my loving Father, God.

After reading Psalm 100 aloud to myself a few times I looked back at 
PSALM 99: 
"The LORD reigns
Let the nations tremble;
He sits enthroned between the cherubim
Let the earth shake.
Great is the LORD in Zion;
He is exalted over all the nations..."

Okay, now I was "having church!"  I looked back one more Psalm to glance at 

PSALM 98
"Sing to the LORD a new song
For He has done marvelous things;
His right hand and His holy arm
Have worked salvation for Him.
The LORD has made His salvation known
And revealed His righteousness to the nations.
He has remembered His love 
And His faithfulness to Israel;
All the ends of the earth have seen 
The salvation of our God...."

I was weeping with joy and thankfulness and  sensed such a loving closeness to my Savior. Oh, the magnificent benefits that come from wholeheartedly worshiping God!!!! Look at David's loving, worshipful praise in these psalms!!!!

When you open your heart and freely worship God like that, not everyone will like it. For example:
 1 Chronicles 15:29
"As the ark of the covenant of the LORD was entering the City of David, Michal, daughter of Saul watched from a window. And when she saw King David dancing and celebrating, she despised him in her heart." 

Just sayin'. 


All I know is the refreshment of my soul from my private time of prayer and Bible reading continued  when I read a young woman's journal that beautifully painted a picture of her first mission trip. It was with a group of her peers, through SERV International.  Abby Paul, my friend and next door neighbor, just returned from Kenya, Africa!
Abby's wearing her fundraiser t-shirt that said, 
"Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders."

My eyes were filling with tears when I read that they have tremendous joy and love of worshiping Jesus in spite of their devastating poverty! 
I have Abby's permission to share  a little bit from her journal.  
Copyright 2017 by Abby Paul
Chapter 13
Today we went back to the House of Hope to get some boxes of food to hand out to the villages in Lodwar. The first village we went to was called Kakiring. They taught us their dances, and to the beat of a handmade drum, we danced, sang, and worshiped with them. It was such a blessing to be a part...I was dancing with Turkana villagers in Kenya, Africa! We handed out food, watching the way their faces would light up was incredible! That is where I saw God today.
The second village was called Louloupe. They took us inside their church meeting area so they could sing and dance for us. They had us sit at the front of the room and we introduced ourselves to the villager one by one. We had a translator with us, and after I said my name and Moses translated, the villagers repeated my name back to me in unison, "Ahhh-bee." When I finished saying my name, I said, "God bless," and the villagers went crazy! You could see the fire in their hearts for Jesus! We are separated by culture, language and thousands of miles, but we all love and worship the same God. How incredible!"

Chapter 14
The level of poverty in these villages breaks my heart. Some wear no clothes, and others wear torn and dirty shirts or shorts. They have little food, and they walk miles for dirty, unsafe water. Despite these challenges, they wholeheartedly adore God. They worship so fiercely, and it's so inspiring. They sing and dance for Him and they light up at the mention of His name. It's so beautiful. I'm so in love with God and I'm so in love with Kenya!

Abby and two precious little friends.
Chapter 18
Kenya did so much more than just save me. It taught me how to find happiness in the little things. It taught me how to skip and laugh again. It taught me to love. It taught me to love life. But most of all, it taught me how valuable life is...I no longer have a desire to just give up and end it all. I now have a desire to keep going, for I know it will be better. I trust in God and I know He is constantly beside me. 

Abby Paul has plans to return to Kenya, adopt children, serve in the orphanages...and freely, enthusiastically worship with her brothers and sisters there.
Beautiful Worshipers celebrating and dancing before the LORD.

God inhabits the praises of His people and He is enthroned on our praises! (Psalm 22:3) Why would we chose to be a Michal when God promises this?

"Through the praise of children and infants You have established a stronghold against Your enemies, to silence the foe and the avenger." (Psalm 8:2) Our praises defeat our enemies! Why would we chose to be a Michal?

"From the lips of infants and children You have ordained praise!" (Matthew 21:16). 

Why aren't the churches in America filled to overflowing praise? Why are there so many people in Sunday services who don't even sing? I don't know. But I know I can't stop. God is too awesome to ignore. 

For HIS glory,
Polly
"Glorify the LORD with me; let us exalt HIS name together!"
Psalm 34:3

p.s.
Abby Paul's journal has recently become a book manuscript and has been sent to a publisher!  
"How Africa Saved My Life, 
A Story of Love, Loss, and Redemption"
by Abigail Paul

You can contact her @ abigail.paul1029@gmail.com 

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Cara, Team Tadsen, Bridal Crack, & Beyond :)

Dear Reader, 
Please see this as a journal written to bring God glory and to honor my dearly-loved friend Cara Tadsen. I'm compelled to write this journal because Cara never sought the spotlight. Never. Ever. She was a very private person who radiated the love of Jesus. 
What comes to my mind is the verse, "Let another one praise you, not your own mouth." (Proverbs 27:2). So here is my little journal -- with ongoing, dated entries --  giving glory to God for the beautiful life and legacy of Cara Cashin Tadsen.

CARA

Saturday, April 15, 2017


Pray 4 Cara
My beloved friend and sister in Christ, Cara Tadsen, has been hit with a storm and it's turned into a tsunami of cancer.
photo copyright Kevin Trotman

Cara is the type of Christ follower who is always taking care of everyone else around her. She has always been like the Proverbs 31 woman who "works vigorously with her hands" and her "lamp does not go out at night." She is loving. Tenderhearted. Unselfish. Insightful. Athletic. Joyful. She takes care of her large family, most of whom have started their own families. She loves her Lord.
I met Cara decades ago when a homeschool mom prayer group spouted in our local community of Union Hill. We'd meet in different homes and pray for each other, our families, our community and country. We have been blessed by God with a special, lasting sisterhood and that is what is driving me to write this post.
Our prayer group at Cara's home, circa 1990. My youngest daughter Mary is leading against me in this photo. Cara is sitting next to me. Who would have dreamed at that time, Cara and her family would be hosting/catering/beautifully decorating Mary's wedding at their beautiful Chukkar Farm Polo Club????  

For years our home school mom group prayed for each other and for others. Now Cara needs everyone to be praying for her! She's tired and she's fighting and praying. Those close to her know all of this to be true. 

Two years ago Cara and her family spectacularly catered our daughter, Mary's, wedding at her family's Chukkar Farm Polo Club & Event Facility. When "The Happy Song" was played Cara came out from the kitchen area in her apron and danced with a couple of us. We rocked it so much no one was willing to step on the dance floor with us. Yep. That's Cara.
No one wanted to dance with us to "The Happy Song" at Mary's wedding reception! 

World-renowned Pastor Charles Spurgeon, also suffered greatly in his life and wrote several sermons fueled by his own serious afflictions. He wrote and preached on the power of prayers through pain, the grace of God being comfort and help in His chronic suffering.  
In one of his sermons Spurgeon said, "The storm has a bit in his mouth...[Christians] know that the storm has a bit in it's mouth, and that God holds it in, and nothing can hurt them; nothing can happen to them but what God permits."
Will you pray for Cara and her family?
They've set up a website for updates to help all of us target our prayers for the glory of God.  https://www.caringbridge.org/signin
"The prayer of the righteous is powerful and effective." (James 5:16). 
I am honored to be Cara's friend/sister.
Thank you, God, for this faithful warrior. Keep sustaining her, Lord.
Polly



July 6, 2017
Anyone who surrenders their life to Christ and becomes consumed with living for the glory of God, can't help but bear a lot of fruit. All the gifts God plants as seedlings in us will begin to take root and will blossom and thrive if our hearts become attached to His. Sometimes we develop gifts we never knew we had until we take our focus off ourselves and draw near to God. He promises when we do, when we "abide in Him we will bear much fruit." (John 15:5)
My dearly loved friend Cara Tadsen was called to her heavenly home June 14, 2017.  Her legacy is like a branch on a prolific fruitful vine reaching far in every direction. She didn't make the fruit bud and blossom and grow. No. God did it when Cara surrendered her life to Christ many years ago. She intentionally answered God's call to "follow Me." 
A holy fire was ignited in her heart and she set her sights high to do everything with excellence. She had her priorities right: God's will & glory, deeply and dearly loving her ever-growing family, and loving others. 

She followed Jesus alright, with a humble, joyful, fiery passion whether she was competitively riding on the polo field...
(Cara in white)photo copyright Susan Elizabeth Talbot 2011


hosting gorgeous, classy weddings 
(as  for our daughter Mary & Matt, her husband)...

...or whipping up a healthy meal for her family of  
 two sons and four daughters, from left back row: Dane, Joy, Brekken, Joy, husband Kellum;  front row, Tate, Cara & Helen....and... 

.... the blessed family including spouses and grandchildren!!!!!! (2014)

 ...or checking vegetables, flowers, & weeds in her garden!
God filled Cara with the fruit of the Spirit of God, love, joy, peace, patience, goodness, gentleness and self-control. Not perfectly, of course, but Cara was full of integrity and kindness, love and laughter...and dancing...and worshipping her God. 

She was tenacious about having integrity, kindness, faithful, hardworking, Her passion to glorify her Father in heaven and her leaned her heart to His voice and His word so she could bring Him glory every day. He wrapped His powerful, loving arms around her every moment of her life; through agonizing painful situations and as well as joyful blessings.

Cara had many, gifts, talents and abilities! Her legacy gushes with the lasting Spirit of God, leaving a unique, creative trail of love and light for generations. Her smile was warm and very bright, as if she wanted to share the peace of God in her just like you could see the peace of God in her when she smiled. Of course she had struggles and serious trials in her life but she was strong in Jesus and was even good at persevering without complaining.
I'm sure she has no idea the massive impact her life has made in her 58 years of life. No. I don't think so. Even as the vibrant life was rapidly being drained from her body due to cancer, Cara still wasn't thinking about herself and what others thought of her. No.That's not how she lived and that's not how she died.

Cara was always concerned about everyone else's welfare first! No idea how many lives she touched with her love of Jesus, her love to worship and dance, her sense of humor, her love of gardening and floral arrangement, her humble spirit, her gifts of cooking and baking dozens and dozens of made-from-scratch cinnamon rolls and breads, and her athletic prowess on the polo field! 
The inpromptu after polo dance party...Cara in white hat & white shirt, her daughter Joy
 in blue shirt & tan hat.

TEAM TADSEN & BRIDAL CRACK
And then there's the evidence of her creativity in hosting weddings at the family's Chukkar Polo Farm and Event Facility. 
Cara knew how to create a stunning environment for weddings (and other celebrations).  She offered her personal services such as catering, table settings, decorations, flowers, and even her private collection of treasures hilariously called Bridal Crack, that was kept in the Wed Shed.





Here's a close-up of the sign on the Wed Shed door. I wasn't kidding, Bridal Crack. 


And here's what it used to look like on the other side of the rustic white door...

Well, Lord willing, that will be in the next journal post... where you can read how Team Tadsen (her immediate family & a few close friends) rocked the presentation of the Chukkar Farm Polo Weddings & Events with class!

--Polly





July 22, 2017


 When I mention Team Tadsen, it's my name for them and a couple a few friends who they call on to help before, during, and after their stunning events. And I can easily say stunning events because I'm speaking as a mother of the bride two years ago at the farm.

Cara was leading the very capable hospitality team and it was mostly made up of her own family! She was the overseer of the whole event and helped us the layout of our choices of decorations, dinner menu, catering, table set up, etc. And that's when we learned about the amazing Bridal Crack! We chose Brekken Cashin Padgett, owner of Events by Brekken, as our wedding coordinator!  She was amazing and oh, kso gracious and helpful! She's also one of the four Tadsen daughters. 
Then Cara's sister Heath Cashin baked and delivered the most delicious wedding cake I have ever eaten! And Kellum Tadsen obviously did the heavy lifting setting up for the wedding and reception whether it was with the tractor, ladder or his bare hands! During the festivities their son Dane drove the tractor hauling a long flatbed full of hay bales for the wedding party and guests to ride to the ceremony site and back to the pavilion for the reception. Cara's serving staff was professionally attired -- included daughter Joy and son Tate.

But it's the Kellum and Cara Tadsen family who has the generational motto:
"We may not have it all together but together we have it all!"


Okay, so the message at the bottom of the sign on the Wed Shed door was obviously the warning intended for anyone on her hospitality team to keep her Bridal Crack orderly. Ahem. It was really funny...but not a joke to Cara... and they knew it. She numbered, categorized, and labeled the decorative items on the wooden shelves. :)


Look, Cara lived a very fruitful and productive life and she knew her God as the God of order and she followed Him. That means everyone who was on the team -- whether her own family members or close friends -- they knew beloved, kindhearted, conscientious Cara kept things orderly! The sign, "Please return all items to their PROPER SPOT! Clean them, allow wax to set before moving

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Submit to God not Goliath


I am both blessed and blown away when verses from my daily YouVersion Bible Reading Plan leap off my cell phone screen and into my heart and mind! It doesn't matter when they are very familiar passages, because I know God is speaking to my heart and wants me to see something new and to do something about what He is teaching me. 

Hence, here is this blog post! :) 

The Scripture reading was 1 Samuel 17, describing the popular story of David and Goliath. The specific verse that raised a bunch of questions in my mind, and I vocally responded to myself, too, was, "For 40 days, every morning and evening, the Philistine champion strutted in front of the Israelite army." (1 Samuel 17:16) 

And, when I draw stars next to my journal notes, well, then God really has gripped me with new insight! And as you can see, this one is a three-star insight for me. :)

Whaaaaat? Forty days? Wait a minute. Goliath stepped out in front of the Philistine army twice a day for 40 days and tormented the Israelite army by loudly barking threats at them? Wait. This went on for 40 days? This is a new thought for me.

Why did this army of God's people put up with this? For 40 days? Did they forget God?


Why didn't the 9'9" tall Goliath, wearing a massive bronze suit of armor,  just take his gigantic spear -- you know, the one with the 15-pound iron point -- and walk across the valley that separated the armies and just slaughter them? He was after all, big, loud, and scary. The Israelites were already so frightened by what they saw and heard even their armor suits were rattling, right? They were getting frightfully ripe for Goliath's picking them off. 

And then another thought popped in my head: God was restraining Goliath, in the same way He has a leash on the enemy of our souls, the devil, today! This analogy became a new kind of perspective for me. Yes! This is just like the spiritual warfare every child of God experiences today. Yep. God has our raging, fierce enemy on a leash.

When we listen to the threats of the enemy of our souls -- it all starts in our thoughts you know -- and we don't resist the tormenting words, we become exactly like the Israel army in the Valley of Elah. (1 Samuel 17:2).

However, God has given us the sword of the Spirit, which is the powerful Word of God. And just like David who is a picture of our LORD, confronted the enemy in the name of the LORD, it is the same kind of warfare for us today: "Submit yourself to God, resist the devil..." (James 4:7).

I kept thinking about this verse, 1 Samuel 17:16, wondering why the Israelites put up with torment for so long. You know, that 40 days of torment thing. But now I see. I've done the same thing. Maybe I'm the only child of God who can be deceived by the lies of the enemy of my soul, shake in my armor, submit to his lies, and go on and on in torment. Those are the times I don't call on the Holy Spirit power inside me to resist with these weapons:

  • "God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble. Submit yourself to God, resist the devil and he will flee. (James 4:6-7)
  • "You dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the One who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world." (1 John 4:4)
  • "The devil is a liar and the father of lies. His native language is lies." (John 8:44)
  • "The LORD will fight for you, you only need to be still." (Exodus 14:14)
  • "I said, 'You are my servant'; I have chosen you and not rejected you. So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed for I am your God.  I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. All who rage against you will surely be ashamed and disgraced; those who oppose you will be as nothing and perish." (Isaiah 41:9-11)
  • "Finally, be strong in the LORD and in His mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore, put on the full armor of God so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand." (Ephesians 6:10-13)
  • Do we see that the LORD is our spiritual armor???!!! It's His power, His strength that wins battles. He's our covering, our shield! "In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one." (Ephesians 6:16)

 Are we going to submit to God or to Goliath? If we would actually sit still and read God's Holy Word daily, and learn to pray daily, we would see that God has supplied us with a supernatural arsenal to resist and overcome the evil that comes against us.

"The LORD is trustworthy in all His promises and faithful in all He does." (Psalm 145:13). David was confident in that truth. In fact, check this out: "So David triumphed over the Philistine...after he killed him he cut off his head with the [Goliath's] sword... When the Philistines saw that their hero was dead, they turned and ran." (1 Samuel 17:50-51) Whoo hoo! Total victory!

We don't have to put up with 40+ days of torment if we'll "submit to God and resist." Jesus came that we might have peace. "Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give as the world gives. Do not let your heart be troubled and do not be afraid." (John 14:27)

For all of my Sisters, you are not alone. Spiritual warfare is normal for us in this life. But ongoing torment is not. Fight back. God is with us.

XOXO
Polly
"Glorify the LORD with me; let us exalt His name TOGETHER!"  
Psalm 34:3

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Jesus didn't have authority issues; He was totally consumed!

I can't find "Lone Ranger" or "Master of My Own Destiny" in any of my Bible concordances. Nope. Not one. Not NIV, ESV, NASB, nothing. 

And there's a reason for that. As a member of the Body of Christ, we are a family of believers in Jesus Christ, The Good Shepherd. We are His sheep and we are totally dependent on Him for everything; all things come from Him!

All of our gifts, talents, abilities, imaginations, oh, everything comes from Him. We can't accept glory for our beautiful gifts whatever they might be -- but we do have the privilege to bless a lot of people by pointing them to Christ with our talents and give Him all the glory! Whoo hoo!



Jesus teaches us, "I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in Me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from Me you can do nothing" (John 15:5) BAM! There it is. 

Lone Rangers don't want accountability. They don't respect authority. They don't like rules or boundaries. They want to control. So they will not find the abundant life Jesus came to earth to give His children!

Here's the kicker: The Savior of the World, Jesus Christ, bowed His knee to the Authority of His Father in heaven every moment of His life!!!! Jesus lived in submission to Him! He loved and trusted Him that much!

Jesus did not make a decision without consulting His Father God! His heart and mind were riveted on the voice and love of His Father. Yep. Even Jesus, The Holy Son of the Living God said, "By myself I can do nothing; I judge only as I hear, and my judgement is just, for I seek not to please myself but Him who sent me" (John 5:30). 



Really? Jesus? Yep. It's all there in black and white in the book of John; Jesus' passion to glorify His Father in every way! 

Jesus said, "I and the Father are one." John 10:30. 

When we are one with God we do everything with Him and through Him. Jesus is totally consumed with the love of His Father, God. God is totally consumed with the love of His Son, Jesus. 

He invites us to have that same holy oneness with Him, too! Whoa! Yes!


This book is under revision in preparation
  a ladies' gathering in early fall 2017! 

And speaking of invitations, here is a invitation to all ladies (high school age  to empty nesters) to join me!  As we gather and seek Him together, we'll discover we can truly abide in this supernatural love. It will blow your mind because it's so beautiful. We can have that oneness with Him, too! 

8-week Totally Consumed Ladies Gathering
August 20, 6 pm
Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Canton 30115

Stay in touch for more details, Sisters! 

Polly
"Glorify the LORD with me; let us exalt HIS name together!"
Psalm 34:3



Saturday, April 15, 2017

Pray 4 Cara

My beloved friend and sister in Christ, Cara Tadsen, has been hit with a storm and it's turned into a tsunami of cancer.

Cara is the type of Christ follower who is always taking care of everyone else around her. She has always been like the Proverbs 31 woman who "works vigorously with her hands" and her "lamp does not go out at night." She is loving. Tenderhearted. Unselfish. Insightful. Athletic. Joyful. She takes care of her large family, most of whom have started their own families. She loves her Lord.

I met Cara decades ago when a homeschool mom prayer group spouted in our local community of Union Hill. We'd meet in different homes and pray for each other, our families, our community and country. We have been blessed by God with a special, lasting sisterhood and that is what is driving me to write this post.
Our prayer group at Cara's home. circa 1990.

For years we prayed together, for others. Now Cara needs everyone to be praying for her! She's tired and she's fighting and praying. Those close to her know all of this to be true. 

Almost two years ago Cara and her family spectacularly catered our daughter, Mary's, wedding at her family's Chukkar Farm Polo Club & Event Facility. When "The Happy Song" was played Cara came out from the kitchen area in her apron and danced with a couple of us. We rocked it so much no one was willing to step on the dance floor with us. Yep. That's Cara.
No one wanted to dance with us to "The Happy Song" at Mary's wedding reception! Why???? It didn't stop us, did it???

World-renowned Pastor Charles Spurgeon, also suffered greatly in his life and wrote several sermons fueled by his own serious afflictions. He wrote and preached on the power of prayers through pain, the grace of God being comfort and help in His chronic suffering.  

In one of his sermons Spurgeon said, "The storm has a bit in his mouth...[Christians] know that the storm has a bit in it's mouth, and that God holds it in, and nothing can hurt them; nothing can happen to them but what God permits."


Will you pray for Cara and her family?
They've set up a website for updates to help all of us target our prayers for the glory of God.  https://www.caringbridge.org/signin
"The prayer of the righteous is powerful and effective." (James 5:16). 

I am honored to be Cara's friend/sister.
Thank you, God, for this faithful warrior. Keep sustaining her, Lord.
Polly



Thursday, March 30, 2017

lukewarm


"I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! So, because you are lukewarm--neither hot nor cold--I am going to spew you out of my mouth. You say I am rich; I acquired wealth and do not need a thing. But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind, and naked.
Revelation 3:16

It's not easy to understand God's ways. He tells us the simple reason is, "As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts" (Isaiah 55:9). 

So when Christians -- His own people -- do not understand at times why He says and does things then it's an issue of our own faith. We have to believe God is the God of all truth. We have to accept His word and His ways as showing His love for us. We believe He is sovereign and in control of all things.

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your path" (Proverbs 3:5-6).

After He calls out our name and we drop everything and turn to Him, He fills us with His Holy Spirit so we can easily communicate with Him! From that point on, He loves us and cares for us more faithfully and powerfully than any human. We have to be a diligent student of the word of God to know Him better.  

Okaaaay...then what's with this vomit thing? I thought He was a God of love and all that?

He is all that! He is a God of love, mercy, compassion, power, faithfulness, kindness, long-suffering, wrath, justice, and He rules over all of creation.

So when He saves us through the blood of Jesus, His Son, we are changed and our hearts long for Him. And that's exactly what He wants! He wants us! He wants our time and love and fellowship! Seriously. He deeply loves His children.

When we take our eyes off Him and our ears begin to listen and follow the lies of worldly chatter, the fire in our hearts begins to grow cold toward Him. We are lured away from His ways and into accumulating stuff and to people and outward appearances. We are no longer hot or cold about being a Christ follower, we're just lukewarm. Fence sitters. Carnal Christians (oxymoron). Complacent. Apathetic. Just too busy for God. Period.

When we're lukewarm we'll only read our Bibles and go to church when we feel like it. Hey man it's trendy to show up at church when we feel like it, right? Trendy is cool.  And when we're in the worship service we don't sing or engage in the message, no, we just make an appearance. "Hey, I went to church! I'm a good person. I just don't have time to read a Bible. And praying? I don't get that. It's only for the religious Christians, really." 

This kind of attitude is what makes God vomit. Scary, isn't it? 

Charles Spurgeon writes: "Lukewarmness is nauseous to the Lord. The bad may be reclaimed, but those who are neither one thing nor the other are in a hopeless condition, for they are too  full of conceit to be led to repentance."

Is the American Church lukewarm today? Is God going to spew us out?

May God forgive America for our sins and turn our hearts back to Him. For the glory of God and the good of our own families, neighborhoods, churches, and communities.

"Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest and repent. Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with Me... Whoever has ears let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches" Revelation 3:19-20,22).

In Jesus' Name,
Polly