As you know, I am reading The Missing Link by Sam Hunter. I just read a section that I feel moved to share with you. Here it is:

“Busyness mistakes motion for true movement. People imprisoned by busyness have much motion in their lives, but they are not moving closer to Jesus. They are producing much worldly fruit, but not fruit that will last. Getting closer to the Father, digging deeper with Jesus, abiding with him, and learning to live with the power of the Holy Spirit are not tangible, and the world does not reward this–not at all, not in any way…A tragic life is a life that seeks things that are measurable in the moment instead of things that are measurable eternally. I have found that things that are measurable in the short term are often neither measurable nor memorable in the long term…what is unseen produces fruit that will last…what is seen is all too often no true fruit at all. Holiness is an inward harmony and unity with the Father, not an outward display of activity and religion.”

I am reading The Missing Link by Sam Hunter (Link: https://www.amazon.com/Missing-Link-Journey-Peter-Spirit/dp/1946615439/ref=asc_df_1946615439/?tag=bingshoppinga-20&linkCode=df0&hvadid=&hvpos=&hvnetw). If anyone is interested in reading what it means to live a life empowered by the Holy Spirit I highly recommend this book.

Excerpt, When Going with the Flow Isn’t Enough:

…the church failed women by not taking the lead in setting women free as Christ intended. Rather, the church has allowed the world to take the lead and has followed its example. Well, the world, at least the United States, is now leading in a new direction regarding gender equality. My question to Christ followers now is: Are you willing to take a good, hard, honest look at the lens through which you view reality, and consider the possibility that maybe the values and beliefs you were taught growing up regarding the roles of the sexes is not actually what Christ taught?

Link: https://www.amazon.com/When-Going-Flow-Enough-Upstream/dp/1625860714/

 

As I’m de-Christmasing the house I’m reminded that though the Christmas season is over, the Christmas spirit can still live.

https://isntenough.wordpress.com/2016/01/03/christmas-can-last-365-days-a-year-4/

I would like to update you re: a new endeavor I will begin in the new year. I will be volunteering for She’s Somebody’s Daughter, an organization in Harrisburg PA dedicated to coming against the sex trafficking and pornography industries.

In order to be an effective volunteer I needed to educate myself. I accomplished this by reading the following 4 books: Somebody’s Daughter, The Hidden Story of America’s Prostituted Children and the Battle to Save Them by Julian Sher; The White Umbrella, Walking with Survivors of Sex Trafficking by Mary Frances Bowley; The Johns by Victor Malarek; and Surfing for God, Discovering the Divine Desire Beneath Sexual Struggle by Michael J. Cusick. Before I begin my volunteer work I am going to read one more book, Girls Like Us, Fighting for a World Where Girls Are Not For Sale by Rachel Lloyd. Needless to say, none of these are light reading.

I read these books and will be doing this volunteer work because in 2014 God lit a fire in my heart to set His daughter’s free. My first response to this prompting was to write When Going with the Flow Isn’t Enough. Volunteering for She’s Somebody’s Daughter is my second response.

I wish each of you a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS.

Carol of the Bells – Pentatonix

This is one of my favorite Christmas songs. Take a listen.

Cloverton’s Christmas version of Hallelujah