Star Struck

The lobby of the CNN building in Atlanta, GA
The lobby of the CNN building in Atlanta, GA

I admit it. I get star struck.

I didn't think so for the longest time, but yes...

I tend to turn into a blithering idiot around celebrities.

I had the opportunity to visit the CNN building back in 2013, and be a guest on their After Dark show as part of the studio jury during a very high profile case. I got to meet people who are on TV everyday; who are as normal as anyone you might run into in most places.

Me and Vinnie Politan
Me and Vinnie Politan
Me and Darren Kavinoky
Me and Darren Kavinoky

Yep. Red-faced, stumbling over my words, bonafide star struck.

To tell you the truth, I didn't think much of it, other than being excited I got to meet these fascinating people.

But it all came back to me, in a rush, back in May, 2015.

You see, I'm involved with prayer groups on Twitter. One of the people I pray for is Charlie Daniels. That's right, the "Devil Went Down To Georgia" guy. (If you don't know who he is, please Google him and check him out on iTunes. You're missing out on some fine music.) My husband has seen Charlie in concert numerous times, and I decided to go with him in May.

Cyn, Charlie Daniels, and hubby, "Pyro-Jack"
Cyn, Charlie Daniels, and hubby, "Pyro-Jack"
I'm so honored Charlie chose to follow me!
I'm so honored Charlie chose to follow me!

Charlie has graciously thanked me for praying for him, Ms. Hazel, and the rest of his crew, numerous times on Twitter. Back to May. We're waiting our turn at the meet-and-greet before the show.  As Charlie shook Jack(Pyro)'s hand, Jack said, "And this is my wife, Charlie".  I stepped out from behind Jack, Charlie looked me square in the face, and said, "You're CYN!"

and shook my hand, both of us grinning. You see, Charlie was being his usual charming self, posing with people for pictures as he does for every meet-and-greet before a show, but for me, this was different.

He. Knew. My. Name.

And I couldn't help but think, 'If I'm this star struck over Charlie Daniels' knowing my name, HOW MUCH MORE when Jesus says my name?.

How much more indeed?

Praying for my readers today. And Charlie Daniels too.

(An extra note--Charlie's godson, Logan Smith was killed in an auto accident over Labor Day weekend. Please include Logan's parents, Wayne & Cindy, as well as his sister Leighanna in your prayers. Thanks.)

Need prayer? Leave a comment, and know you'll be lifted to His throne.

My Oh-So-Vague Life

I've been having an 'out-of-body' experience for the last few weeks.26051 Not in a creepy, floating-around-the-room-looking-down-at-myself way. It's been more of a vague, going-through-the-motions kind of way. And I'm not too fond of this.

I've come to discover when I feel that vagueness, that feeling of indecision and doubt, they are all tools the enemy uses to get and keep me off track.

Sigh. I hate when this happens.

I hate it, because it means I've let something slip into my day that's more important than Jesus. This is one of the enemy's sly tricks, his making us think, "God wouldn't find that objectionable now, would He?"

"You can read your Bible tomorrow, it can wait, can't it?" "Oh, you deserve a day to be lazy..." "Yes, exercising might make you feel better, but it hurts too much to do it now...maybe later.."

ALL LIES!

If you think about it, it's the very same lie he used on Eve, back in the garden.

In Genesis 2:17, God clearly states-"But you must not eat from the tree of knowledge of good and evil... Yet in Genesis 3:1, the serpent said to the woman, "Did God really say,'You must not eat from any tree in the garden'?" The enemy twists God's words, and introduces vagueness to God's direct commands.

I've found God is very direct when speaking to us.

The story of Asa in 2 Chronicles 14-16 spoke to me. In chapter 14, Asa, King of Judah, "did what was good and right in the eyes of the LORD his God. He removed the foreign altars....he commanded Judah to seek the LORD..." (vs 2-4). King Asa had great success during his years of his reign, putting to death those who would not seek the LORD (2 Chronicles 15:13). The Lord rewarded their actions. (vs 15) Yet, we see that Asa, knowing what God commanded, still "did not remove the high places from Israel"(vs 17).

Choosing to not get rid of ALL false gods was the beginning of the downward spiral. Asa's heart was "fully committed to the LORD all his life" (verse 17). Yet he left seeds of the enemy still able to flourish.

What was keeping me from having that all-consuming right relationship with my LORD?

And I looked at my day...

I noticed I spend an awful lot of time in front of the TV...just for background noise...and the ever-present sitcom reruns...

During my quiet time, (which, yes...was actually quiet this time)the LORD asked what I was going to do about it. I immediately started my diatribe about strict times it could be on during the day, what I would do during that time...my usual litany of excuses...

and I saw they were excuses.

Excuses for not spending time with Him, reading, writing, researching...

These very things I had been asking Him to help me with, to make time for, to make priorities in my life-- were the things I thought I had taken care of, but sadly, had not.

I saw Asa in the mirror.

And he doesn't look good on me.

I have a new way to pray now... A new way to start my day...

It is easier to DO your way into new thinking- than to THINK your way into new doing.

Ingrained habits are never easy to change, but it can be done.

How has He spoken to YOU today?