{word filled wednesday} April Desktop Calendar!

Maybe it’s because I’m 17. Maybe it’s because I’m still in high school. Or maybe it’s because I’m human…

I feel like this verse is the pinnacle of my life, the words the Lord speaks over me every morning. Every day the Lord is doing new things – in me, around me, through me. But how often am I so caught up, sometimes in the past, sometimes in the future, sometimes just in my own mind, that I don’t perceive it? How often do I miss the opportunity to watch the Lord carve a way through the wilderness and wasteland, be it in my heart or in the lives of those around me?

Chances are you’ve given a gift to someone, a friend, a child. Or maybe you remember being a child and making a gift for your parents. You know the look, the feeling, the overwhelming sensation that you feel as you encourage your loved one to open the gift. You anticipate the reaction – the gasp, the smile, the gratitude, the joy. Imagine then how much more it is for the Lord.

I need this verse taped to my wall and engrained in my heart. Can’t you hear it? It’s the Lord’s eager and excited voice, beckoning you to see the new things He has and is doing. I can picture Him motioning me forward, beaming, as He calls to me “See! I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up!” I can also picture His urgency as His heart moves, “do you not perceive it?”

I’m going to focus on this verse specifically throughout the month of April, but for the rest of my life. Will you join me? Let’srevel in the love and joy our Father feels for us as He calls us into the new things He is doing. We can’t miss it.

Maddie Macmath

Sweet Tea {Jesus} and Me

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Lori MacMath

Lori's daily mantra includes praying, "I will take it Lord, ALL you have to give," and a commitment to live out Colossians 3:17 daily. It's her prayer that the energy that fills her spirit be with her till her dying breath! Nearly two years ago, Lori traded the sauna of the Deep South, for the snow of Chicago. After 19 years in Atlanta, Lori has bought herself a coat and some winter boots and is ready for the NEXT adventure at Harvest Bible Chapel / Chicago West. She navigates this road with her husband of 26 years and they have 3 children, ranging in age from 17 - 22. She seeks daily to be creative and use the gifts the Lord has given her. With the heart of an artist and a spirit to live intentionally missional, Lori strives daily to see Him in all that surrounds her. Encouraging women on their daily walk with the Lord is her passion! She has recently stepped out into NEW territory with her husband in the inner city of Chicago. She is on staff at Harvest Chicago West, in the Austin neighborhood, where the Lord is opening her eyes to Urban Ministry and Discipleship. Lori and her husband also have a Business as Missions endeavor that helps empower women and missionaries around the world. She would be HONORED if you'd visit Hope Products International where providing HOPE to the world through fair trade and sustainable products. Lori has served in a number of roles over the years, ranging from Camp/Leadership Adventure Coordinator, a mid week Bible club for elementary and upper elementary students in a local public elementary school as well as being on staff at her church. She is excited in this season to watch the Lord unfold HIS plans for the next step on the journey. Helping others, loving others where they are and seeing the transforming power of Jesus is at the heart of all she does. Her heart for children, women and all those on the broken road is at the core of everything she does. She LOVES playing graphically and encouraging others through visual arts, and her passion for Discipleship is at the heart of all she does. It truly inspires her and fills her spirit.

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  1. Maddie, each spring, I read this verse with a sense of awe as creation blooms. However, you are right, it should not be confined to spring, but all seasons of life, because He is certainly not confined to one season. A beautiful verse to focus on now and in the seasons to come!

  2. Miss Maddie, I just love your heart! This is one of my favorite verses too and now I get to enjoy it on my desktop every day for a whole month. Thank you for sharing your gift with us! ~ Melissa

  3. Hi Maddie, Thank you for this lovely calendar and your sweet words of encouragement. Definitely some delightful food for thought for this Word-Filled Wednesday!

  4. so inspired by your thoughts today and the joy you have in this verse – one of my favorites too. My daughter is sixteen and you have definitely inspired this mama.

  5. Beautiful calendar and wonderful words of encouragement. Thanks for sharing your heart. 🙂


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