Welcome to my eclectic journey of my life and delights. This year my theme is surrendering my writing pen to the true author, Jesus Christ, while looking forward to the future, reflecting on the past and dancing through my journey.

Sunday, September 30, 2012

My Trip to Eli

images from You Are Special Max Lucado

What an eventful week.  As we continue on our journey God's faithfulness could fill a book, yet when He is moving on our behalf the enemy doesn't go on vacation.  During a week of many victories came an unforeseen attack.  Where does the enemy attack? He always attacks those areas of our life we cherish.   As  I was launching myself into some new horizons he came to sneak in and shoot me from the sky, where God intends me to soar on His wings.

Sunday morning left me battle tired. 

This children's story came to my mind.  Max Lucado has a wonderful way of taking an adult truth and conveying it through a children's story.  One of my favorite children's books of Max Lucado is You Are Special.

The story unfolds in a village filled with Wemmicks.   They were all created by Eli a wood carver.  Every day as the Wemmicks walked around the village the citizens gave each other stickers according to how they viewed actions of each Wemmick.  You could receive a star or a dot.  The stars were to award you...the dots....well let's use the illustration, lies of the enemy.

Punchinello was one of the Wemmick's covered with dots.

"In fact, he had so many gray dots that some people would come up and give him one for no reason at all."
"He deserves lots of dots."  "He's not a good wooden person." - quotes from the book

That was what occurred this past week....dots for no reason at all...dots others felt were deserved.  

Punchinello noticed one Wemmick whose dots or stars never stuck.  Punchinello wondered why?

Punchinello don't want anyone's marks.

Her answer - "Every day I go see Eli!"

As Punchinello begin going to see Eli the stickers fell off.

images from You Are Special by Max Lucado

Eli said as the Wemmick walked out the door,
"you are special because I made you,
And I don't make mistakes." - Max Lucado

So this weekend was spent having time with  my creator.  Standing at the foot of the cross and allowing what He purchased for me on the cross to remove the stickers others had stuck on me.

Our worship song -
Celebrate the power of the Cross, the empty grave
And now we're free, let the redeemed lift 
up their heads and LOOK AND SEE OUR GOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Michael Beecker

I will be back without dots and share the new direction God is taking me, for now I am lifting up my head to LOOK and SEE MY GOD!!

34 Joining in with more words:

Anonymous said...

Beautiful, Janette.
I will be looking forward to hear the new direction you will be headed in.

Nikki (Sarah) said...

love the story...and the message and can't wait to hear about your new direction. have a great week....

Brenda Lazzaro Yoder, said...

Oh my friend! As I have been praying for you I thank you for these words to know how even more to pray for you. Seeing Eli is a sacred place to be. I use that story often with children, teenagers, and in therapy. There is so much truth in it. May the lies of the enemy be crushed in the presence of His Spirit who lives in you.

http://bitsandpieces-sonja.blogspot.com/ said...

I want you to know how glad I am that the dots are falling off and you have been seeing Eli.

This little story says it so beautifully, and I am trusting for every dot to fall as you are lead in new directions.


Christine said...

I must have been under a rock because I don't know this story!
But oh, I will be reading it!
Dots and all!

Debbie said...

We had that book here too. I had forgotten about it. The message is excellent, and your application is spot on! I love the part about giving "dots" just because you have so many other dots that you must deserve it.

Maryann said...

Have been praying for you....so glad those dots have been falling off and that you have been meeting Eli Looking forward to hearing more on how God is meeting you and directing you during this time

Debbie said...

Oh it has been a while since I have read that book! It is such a good one. Soo glad to hear you are getting the spots off you and yo have been meeting Eli. Praying about that new direction! HUGS

Vee said...

Your story is so encouraging. I don't see any dots on you at all and I know that your Heavenly Father doesn't. I must look for this book! It would be great for my grands and for me.

Susan Nowell @ My Place to Yours said...

Janette, consider yourself hugged this morning ... and prayed for often! I can't wait to hear more about where God is leading and what He has planned for your family. Trust Him ...

Lisa said...

I had not seen this story before. Isn't it amazing all the ways God speaks to us? I'm glad to hear you are not letting life get you down. Stay encouraged ,Friend and I can't wait to hear what the Lord is speaking to you.:)

Cindy said...

One of my favorite books too! Love the message it contains.


I am glad you recognized the source ... that skunky enemy.


Farm Girl said...

Someday we will be past this and we will be clothed in glorious clothes of Christ's righteousness. I will be praying for you.

Sandy said...

I am not familiar with the book but I know that when the Lord is directing you you always end up going in the right direction. You are loved...by Him and me! Always praying for you and yours.

Catherine said...

Dear Janette, I empathize. It seems when you feel slightly encouraged you get a belly punch and want to melt into a puddle.
I will keep you in my prayers always. Blessings dearest. Catherine xox

Sally said...

Hang in there, the sun is peeking through the clouds. Sending you love, laughter and all good things!

Rebecca said...

I have heard about this book but not read it myself. I'll def. go find it. (Just as it is not enough to hear about The Father but must def. go FIND Him for ourselves...)

I can't wait to hear about your new direction, Janette. Keep soaring. Don't let dots weight you down!

Cecilia Marie Pulliam said...

Oh Janette, I really needed to read this today. I too am covered in dots and want to be rid of them. Wonderful story. Looking forward to what comes next.

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