Mar 16, 2016

Who Inspires Me / The Loft

I had to look up the word inspire and this is what stated:

verb (used with object)inspired, inspiring.
to fill with an animating, quickening, or exalting influence:
His courage inspired his followers.
to produce or arouse (a feeling, thought, etc.):
to inspire confidence in others.
to fill or affect with a specified feeling, thought, etc.:
to inspire a person with distrust.
to influence or impel:
Competition inspired her to greater efforts.
to animate, as an influence, feeling, thought, or the like, does:
They were inspired by a belief in a better future.
to communicate or suggest by a divine or supernatural influence:
writings inspired by God.
to guide or control by divine influence.

The first thought that comes to mind is the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit inspires me. Never before has the battle line been so clear as recently, that either I am being inspired by the Holy or unholy Spirit.  Thoughts, words, actions and reactions are evidence of who inspires me. 

My pastor, Jim Price, inspires me.  He lives life with the love of GOD so evident. He is patient, gives kind and encouraging words and listens.  He believes the best about everyone.  Everyone. All the time.  I have seen him honor people, that in my opinion, did not deserve honor.  I have heard him bring out a good character trait in someone, when they weren't evidencing good.  I have experienced him speaking life over lifeless situations. I have witnessed his family loving each other and honoring each other in their words and actions. I have felt the personal encouragement from his fatherly advice.  He has the ability to listen to the Spirit of GOD and speak to your heart. Like, he's read your journal and knows the situation and speaks GOD's heart to you.  

My daughters inspire me.  Recently my oldest, Audra,  honored her younger sister, Victoria, with her words.  As a mother, my heart swelled in pride. She humbly gave credit and kudos to her younger sister. Audra is a loyal friend. She is a serving friend. In the last year, I have seen her make more meals for people than anyone I know! If she knows of a need, she is there, doing something about it. She takes people places they need to go, she baby sits for friends and co-workers when they need her to and she does not do it for money.  She has a servant's heart and hands. In areas where she has experienced a lack, she steps forward and makes others experience abundance in the area where she has felt lack.  She does not complain about the injustice, she goes the second mile to make sure no one else experiences what she did.  She is a world changer.

My youngest, Victoria, recently just flat out blessed me as a momma with her responses.  Her heart is in the right place. She is filled with the compassion of GOD for hurting people and watch out world, she is a leader and defender of good.  Her passion for her beliefs and communication skills are second to none.  I cannot wait to see what GOD stirs up in her. Her perspective is love and her life is giving out to each and everyone she meets. Her intellect is deep and her desire to help the hurting is so evident. She is a defender of the weak, and me-oh-my, can her words speak. She has honed her abilities under the corral of a good, good GOD. 

My daughters are pillars in the house of the LORD. I am blessed by the women they are and the bright future that GOD has in store for them.  It is going to be so good!

I have a dear friend (we will call her Pearl ~ she does not like her name shared because of her work) that is home from the mission field to care for her ailing parents. Pearl has set aside her own dreams to daily help her parents during a very difficult season. She is deserving of a medal. And I'm sure when she reaches her final destination, she will be well rewarded by GOD.

I have two mentors, Vicky and Cindy, that have been like Aaron and Hur to me. Tears spill over my cheeks because of these Titus 2 women. I pray you have a Vicky and Cindy in your life.  They are real life Jiminy Cricket's to me.  Time and space could not hold what these women have been to me; but like Aaron and Hur, when I was tired, they found a stone for me to rest on and then they stood on each side and held my arms up.

I am so thankful for those that inspire.
On this earthly journey, may they never tire.
Give them grace to continue to inspire and go,
And knowledge of You and Your love may they continue to show.

Thank you Leah for The Loft Link-Up!  Glad to join in today!  I'd love to hear who inspires you!


Jerralea said...

Thank you for sharing about these wonderful women at The Loft today. You are blessed to have these blessings from God in your life!

Michele Morin said...

What a blessing to hear about the people who encourage your heart! I'm really enjoying the prompt this week!

Leah Adams said...

Oh my goodness...I love having you at The Loft. Your words bring beauty and inspiration. Sounds like you have done a marvelous job raising those two young women. Thank you for sharing with us this week!!

Betsy Brock said...

What a wonderful list! Good to see you on my blog, Lora! :)