“I really know some pretty cool people.”
This thought crossed my mind recently when I was at a women’s conference in Indianapolis. (I realize that “cool” isn’t a very “cool” word to use these days, but I am pretty sure nobody is accusing me of being “cool” anyway.)
I was walking through the rather large bookstore set up in the exhibit hall and saw this book and thought, “I know her!”
And, you should too! You can follow Kristen on her blog. She has written a couple of books and has a new small group bible study on Exodus coming out on the 23rd of this month. She is an amazing child of the King who is allowing God to use her for His glory. That is cool!
Another friend of mine recently published an e-book, For Right Now: Jason’s Story About Foster Care. Erin has a degree in Social Work and has a beautiful heart for foster children and families impacted by foster care. I would recommend this book to anyone who is involved with the foster “system” (and even those who aren’t who desire to have a better understanding.) Erin was one of “my” youth in Sunday school who has become a friend. She is being used by God to make a difference for Him in many lives. That is cool!
Thinking of these two friends who are a bit more public in their cool factor, I was reminded of some of my friends who are faithfully and obediently living in the power of the Holy Spirit right where God has placed them.
I have a friend who is finishing her undergraduate degree after years in the work force. God is using her to love and mentor young women who cross her path on the college campus. That is cool!
I have a friend who regularly speaks words of life into my heart and into the friends God has placed in her world. That is cool!
I have a friend who is a cancer survivor, continuing to feel the impact of chemo on her body, who is regularly taking care of others around her in God’s strength. That is cool!
And then there are these friends who are daily walking by faith:
- the exhausted mom of two “littles”
- the woman who would love to be a mom, yet God has said, “no”
- the woman who would love to be a mom, yet God has said, “not yet”
- the single friend who would love to be married
- the young woman who is pouring into the refugee community where she lives
- the teacher who is daily praying for and loving her students
To each of these friends trusting God in their circumstances I can enthusiastically say, “That is cool!”
As I sit here processing how blessed I am to have each of these people in my life, I am reminded that it is really my God who is the cool One, the amazing One, the awesome One. I love how He gifts His children for His work in His world. I love how He reminds me of His character through the lives of each of these women.
I love how His gospel is being proclaimed throughout the world in both big, public ways and simple, daily ways.
THAT IS COOL!
My prayer today for each of my friends and for you who read this is:
“Now may the God of peace who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant, equip you with everything good that you may do his will, working in us that which is pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.” (Hebrews 13:20-21)