Friday, July 27, 2012
Hello my friends!
I'm just finishing up a wonderful week at the Montrose Christian Writer's Conference after an extraordinary week at the Lamplighter Guild for Creative Arts. My heart is overflowing. I have so much to say, but so little time to write about it! You can read my post on the Lamplighter Guild Blog here. If you look around the blog, you can also find posts from other students throughout the week, as well as beautiful pictures of our time there.
Hopefully once I get home I'll get to share with you some of the exciting things that have been happening in my life! But for now, I wanted to share with you a piece I submitted on the theme of the writer's conference, "Eagles' Wings."
How many times have I settled for less?
I contented myself with sleepless nights on a lumpy bed of responsibilities and cares. You promised me rest for my soul.
I've spent my time arguing with a world that likes to turn every reasonable thing upside-down, and all it ever gets me is frustrated! You promised me peace.
I made do with a calendar chock full of events and to-do's and worries. You promised me a future and a hope.
I've hoarded stuff that doesn't last, like tattered green dollars, earrings that turn my skin green, expensive clothes that get ruined when I forget to heed the "dry clean only" label, and, yes, even my precious shoe collection. ;) Suddenly, your "glorious riches" are sounding better and better. You promised you'd use them to provide all my needs!
I'm living in fear of a wolf in sheep's clothing that shoots fiery arrows and prowls like a roaring lion trying to eat me for dinner. How silly--I could be flying above his head, taunting him like a child! You promised me eagles' wings!
Your promises hover round me, waiting to douse me with blessings like a warm, heavy rain. But promises usually have a condition. It's not a catch, or a cheap bargain, or a gimmick, or a bribe. It's just a step of faith; a gift I can't have until I open the package.
Come to me . . . And you will find rest.
Listen to me . . . I'll give you peace.
Seek me . . . And your future will be secure.
Loosen your grasp on the world . . . I'll meet your needs.
Wait on me, my child . . . And I will help you soar through this life--on Eagles' Wings!
Posted by ~LaJoie~ at 9:12 AM
Monday, June 18, 2012
The name is Blonde. Joy Blonde.
I have a secret. Since I was a kid, I've always been enthralled by detectives, spies, mystery, clever disguises, and undercover agent work. So it was only fitting that when I was still just a child, I joined he ranks of the world's premiere undercover agency.
Nah, you wont find me in a spy kids movie, but you never know in what kind of disguise I will show up next. Since my initiation into the agency, I've worked in subtle disguises, such as a nerdy college student, an aspiring playwright, and a young technical writer. I've also assumed preposterous identities like that of an actress in the role of a first century woman and even a ridiculous juggling clown! (at least, I was *trying* to juggle...)
I've infiltrated public schools with the subtle ideologies and behaviors of my agency. I've even swayed the opinions of college professors through stealthy conversation. The list goes on.
Why am I revealing this to you? Won't my cover be blown?
Nah. Occasionally, a target finds out who I am, and even gets a hint as to my mission. But the cool thing is, it's ok. My clever disguises just have to get me in the door. One I'm there, my commissioner and I can take care of the rest.
I never know what to expect on these missions. Never can tell who I'll meet. But there's never a dull moment. Sometimes I find out about a mission months in advance. Sometimes, it's a last minute decision...a cry for help that brings me running onto the scene.
I am an Agent of heaven, commissioned by Jesus Christ. As of this point, I'm cleverly disguised as a college student. My cover gives me access to locked classrooms and lecture halls, opens doors of distinguished professors' offices, and gives me a fantastic accessibility to thousands of hurting, needy young adults.
I have a few allies here and there, and I'm always thrilled to meet another. But for the most part, it's lonely, dangerous work, and if I didn't have complete faith in my commissioner, I'd be long gone from this business. But I love what I do, and I love the One for whom I do it. If it was easy, I wouldn't need all this special training, not to mention the disguises and social skills.
Oh, I almost forgot!
I'm writing this because we are in need of more agents. Desperately. The missions are abundant, but the agents are few. This is not a job for the faint of heart, but the rewards outweigh the difficulties by far. Oh, and by the way, just because you know the Commissioner doesn't mean you're his agent. This isn't a sissy desk job (not that desk jobs are sissy...I had one for a while!), it's a get-off-your-rear-and-change-the-world kind of job!
Don't worry about transportation...once you're on board, your commissioner will place you exactly where you need to be. (Although I'm still hoping he'll assign me to an imperial blue Camero!)
If you get bored, it's only because you haven't asked for a mission recently. Buck up and ask Him! You'll be in for the ride of your life before you can say Zerubbabel. ;)
I could go on, but I'll sum it all up by saying, I know for a fact, it's a choice you won't regret. Talk to the Commissioner, Jesus Christ, about it today. Call up Matthew 28:19 for more information from the Great Commissioner himself! Yes, my friends, act now, and Y-O-U could be a secret undercover agent, just like M-E!
No purchase necessary, sunglasses not included.
Posted by ~LaJoie~ at 10:41 PM
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
This really doesn't need any of my words to go with it. It's simple, to the point, and essentially step-by-step common sense for how to live a life that pleases the Lord as a "living sacrifice" (from earlier in Romans 12). It's also a pretty incredible list of how to succeed in...like...every way possible! (or at least in everything that's WORTH succeeding in!) I posted it because I read it recently and was thinking how cool it would be if we as Christians actually made it a point to live like this. It is, after all, our calling! ...Not just to believe in Christ, but to know him...to become like him...to be his hands and feet. Please remember though, the key is not to try harder and do better; it is to live by the Spirit. (Galatians 5) He is ultimately the one who gives us the power to do his will! God bless, my friends.
Love must be sincere.
Hate what is evil; cling to what is good.
Be devoted to one another in brotherly love.
Honor one another above yourselves.
Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.
Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.
Share with God's people who are in need.
Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse.
Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn.
Live in harmony with one another.
Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position.
Do not be conceited.
Do not repay anyone evil for evil.
Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody.
If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.
Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God's wrath, for it is written: "It is mine to avenge; I will repay," says the Lord.
On the contrary: "If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head."
Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
Romans 12:9-21 (NIV)
Posted by ~LaJoie~ at 12:34 AM
Thursday, May 24, 2012
I hope and pray this will touch someone out there like it touched me tonight. You have a Father who loves you with an undying, relentless love. Run to him!
Bring my thoughts back to you, oh God.
Recapture my affection tenderly with your love.
Let the healing touch of your embrace cause safety and belonging
to flood my feelings and crowd out the loneliness I battle.
Fight for me.
Show me the trophies you have already won.
Give me more of you.
Don't let me sit around in confusion, trying to discern your will--
take my hand and lead me to to wonders
that steal my breath and make my heart race.
Unleash the torrential rain of your grace.
Let me see you, smell you, drink you in.
I want to know you.
Posted by ~LaJoie~ at 2:00 AM