My Mobile Altar

When it comes to finding alone time with God, sometimes you have to take it where you can get it. Susanna Wesley was the wife of a 17th century preacher and mother of nineteen children, ten of whom lived to adulthood. Two of her children were John and Charles Wesley, who founded the Methodist movement. Susanna was committed to a daily time of prayer; if she was unable to find a quiet place to pray, she would often lift her apron over her head as a sign to the children to be extra quiet – mother was praying.

My mobile altar looks like this.

My mobile altar looks like this.

For me, it is not uncommon for my car to be transformed into a mobile altar. Some days my drive time is the only time I have alone with my heart and my Lord, and on those days, He often visits me in very powerful and almost tangible ways.

Yesterday was no exception. I was on my way to the first of three back-to-back client meetings, and as I listened to Michael W. Smith’s Deep In Love With You, suddenly there He was. I was singing along when I was unexpectedly overwhelmed with His presence. Unable to continue singing, I let my heart to do the talking as I wordlessly told Him everything He is to me – my strength, my hope, my fortress, my peace – followed by a long list of everything I know Him to be and what I currently need Him to be.

Then I listened.

This is a crucial part of maintaining a Mary heart. It is very important that we not only pour out our hearts to Him, but take the time to listen to His. He revealed to me something He is wanting to do in my heart and why the struggles I currently face are a necessary of the process. Peace followed.

Of course, by now I have cried all my makeup off and am a tear-stained, sniffling mess. But that’s okay. A tissue and a quick touch-up made me ready enough to face the rest of my day. As for whether or not anyone noticed I had been crying, I don’t know. Honestly, I don’t really care. Even though this kind of encounter with Him may not always come at a “convenient” time, I won’t push Him away and tell Him to come back later. And I won’t be ashamed that my less-than-camera-ready face reveals my messy intimate time with Him.

Mary moments can happen anytime, anywhere. The important thing is that we let them happen. Nothing deepens your intimacy with Him like a good Mary moment.

 

 

 

A Simple Holiness Starts with Intimacy

We spent New Year’s Eve at a house church meeting in Austin with some old friends (and some new). We shared a meal together, talked and shared with one another and then spent some time worshiping and praying together. We heard from a young woman who is ministering to refugees through teaching them sustainable and organic gardening. We also heard from a couple who are ministering hope and life to the Israeli people (the wife is from Israel) one heart at a time. It was an evening filled with sweetness and refreshing.

Later, as we approached the midnight hour, we took some time to sit quietly, each with a pen and a piece of paper, each silently seeking to hear the voice of the Lord. Here is some of what I wrote down; I believe this to be a word not just for me personally, but for the Body as a whole:

“From greater depths of intimacy will pour forth a stronger anointing and authority than you have ever known. My glory will be revealed as My people hear and obey My voice.

A simple holiness is what I am calling you to – based not on your own knowledge or understanding of what holiness is, but rather founded in the time you invest in My presence. As you seek Me on deeper levels, I will reveal Myself to you, and that revelation of who I am will empower you to walk in true holiness.”

Sometimes the instruction of the Lord is so simple that we miss it if we are not paying close attention. We understand holiness to be evidence by a code of conduct – by how we behave. But as we spend focused and intentional time with Him, becoming more like Him in the process, how can we help but walk in a simple holiness that reveals a heart that beats as one with His, loving the things He loves and hating the things He hates? Our thoughts, words and actions will expose what is in our hearts, and isn’t that where true holiness starts?

“You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you.
Remain in Me, as I also remain in you.
No branch can bear fruit by itself;it must remain in the vine.
Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in Me.”
John 15:3-4