Thursday, June 28, 2012

Week 2: Danette Hufstetler

Danette Hufstetler
I make lists...lots and lots of lists. There is something about being able to check something off of a list that brings me some sort of perceived joy. If I accomplish something that wasn't on the list then I write it on the list so I can check it off...yes, I'm one of "those" people. Curiously enough, all the checking off in the world doesn't actually bring real joy. I think making lists makes me feel like I have some sense of control over what's going on in my life. That feeling however is fleeting.

My perceived "control" brought me to a place in my life where I was, and still am at times, out of control. God has been showing me a lot of things over the last few weeks and I have become acutely and sometimes painfully aware that I really don't have control over things I so desperately try to control. I've also learned that my perspective has been wrong and that it is a good thing that I don't have control. Isaiah 55:8 says " 'For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,' declares the Lord."

That's the truth! My ways bring me stress, anxiety, depression, lack of fulfillment and a feeling of being very far from God. My ways cause me physical, as well as emotional and spiritual issues that I cannot get my brain and heart around. It is an awful feeling! I am learning though to hand over my control or my out of controlness (not sure that's an actual word) to God. Sometimes the handing over is well thought out and is done with intention. At other times it looks more like a walleyed fit, as my grandmother used to say. But...I am learning.

All of these control issues cause fear for me and I have come up with a list (see the pattern?) of "fear not" scriptures that being me peace. I even went as far as to type them out, print them out, laminate them and I keep them in my wallet for quick reference at any given moment. I depend on them...on God's Word. I've also learned that if I read them out loud that they strengthen my spirit even more. If you want to make your own little emergency kit, the scriptures I used are Dueteronomy 20:3-4, dueteronomy 31:8, 2 Chronicles20:17, Isaiah 35:3-4, Isaiah 41:10-13, 1 Chronicles 28:20 and Dueteronomy 31:6. For this season in my life, they are my lifeline. Jeremiah 29:11 says "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." So, I will continue on this journey of handing over the control of my life to God for His safe keeping and so that His plans for my life can become my new reality.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Intro by Susan Allen

Thank you for coming to this blog. We are a group of women representing, first and foremost, Jesus Christ, the love of our lives and the reason we do what we do. Secondly, Crosspoint Church, a place we call home, a place where real people are introduced to a real God.

On the blogs that will follow you will meet some of the "real women" of Crosspoint. Our hope as Crosspoint Women (CpW) is that you will be able to relate, to somehow connect, to have an understanding and insight into the lives of these women and the impact Jesus has had on them, their families, their marriages, their workplace and the way they do life in the church and community.

Jesus was and is all about people, real people with real, life-transforming, personal stories. In every story you will see how God is at work in their lives using, change, challenges, victories and even pain to draw them to himself.

Our stories both past and present have shaped the women we are today and will have a great impact on the stories of the next generation. Each of these stories are a work in progress. God is not finished with us, in some cases he is just beginning.

So our prayer is that you will visit us weekly, get to know the real women of Crosspoint. Feel free to ask questions and leave comments. But most importantly, we hope that you will see how having Jesus as our source of life, has made not only a difference in the way we do life here on earth, but an eternal difference.

These are the stories of the "Real Women of Crosspoint".....