Friday, June 10, 2011

Guest Post: Jesus and My Orange Juice

Sometimes, a gal just needs a vacation. So that's what I'm doing this week! Please enjoy this final guest post from one of my newest Twitter pals, Shannon Milholland from Jesus and My Orange Juice!

I'm excited about Shannon's guest post for a couple of reasons. First, she's one of the new friends I'll get to meet at She Speaks next month! Hooray! I honestly can't wait to hug the necks of all the ladies who have been encouraging me, writing for me, and making me laugh over the past few months. So exciting! Second, on her blog, Jesus and My Orange Juice, her writing style is so unique—kinda feels like you're reading a novel instead of a blog. She's got such a gift for prose. I love it! Third, as evidenced by the post below, the girl's got guts. For reals. And on top of all that, she's a godly woman with cool perspectives. Super awesome!

Read her here. Read her there. Follow her here. Like here there. I just know you'll love her everywhere!

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Confident in Christ

Isaiah 32:17 The fruit of righteousness will be peace; the effect of righteousness will be quietness and confidence forever.

I wouldn’t call myself lazy. Overconfident would be more descriptive. Though I met Jesus at 20, I never really developed a relationship with Him. I was satisfied to have a spot in heaven and didn’t really consider if there was more to Christianity than praying a prayer and volunteering at church.

Over a decade passed before one ordinary day at the office, God took me by total surprise. He nudged me to witness to a co-worker—not typical behavior for me. I was a Christian who opened her Bible at church and prayed during crises. Getting a cue from God was not something I expected.

I was going through a divorce at the time, as was the guy sitting in my office. He was on one of his daily social calls. I still don’t know why I agreed to God’s crazy suggestion but I did. Mustering up far less confidence than I felt, I meekly offered, “I’m not trying to pry into your private affairs but I just want you to know that I’m going through the same thing that you are. Even though these are the hardest, darkest days of my entire life, I still have hope. If you’d be interested in having hope in your life, I’d like to tell you where you can get some.”

You’d have thought I was offering him a key to Fort Knox because he enthusiastically agreed. In the nine months since his wife left him, he had spent more than one night in total despair. He fingered his guns and contemplated his options. Having no hope, he locked up his weapons, certain he would use them.

One especially dark night he came across the Bible that his grandparents had given him as a boy. The spine on his Bible was pristine. He cracked it open to a random page. He then called out to God and simply asked for help.

God sent me in answer to that prayer. That’s why so enthusiastically accepted my offer of hope. Six months later he accepted Jesus’ offer of forgiveness. In another six months he offered me a diamond ring.

I married Scott Milholland almost two years after that first office encounter. Five years later he left the corporate world to become the Chief Operating Office of a church—called Hope.

I learned the power and excitement of walking closely with God. I talk to Him not because I have problem but because I can. He’s captured my heart. Even so, I still have moments and days when I’m tempted to face a situation without Him.

When I am, I think of that lonely guy who once sat in my office and now sleeps in my bed. Saying yes to intimacy with God never disappoints. This once overconfident Christian has experienced the joy of placing her confidence in Christ.

7 comments:

  1. Wow, what an awesome story! When we listen to God, truly amazing things happen.

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  2. So inpiring. When I went through my divorce I reached the bottom too and my conversations with God were truly my salvation (no pun intended-ok maybe a little but in a nice way).

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  3. Wow! Amazing to see how God works, isn't it? Looking forward to meeting you at She Speaks, too, Shannon!

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  4. That gave me chills! What a wonderful testimony.

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  5. Love your story and how you answered God's call... what a great reminder of what life's supposed to be like... led, one step at a time, one moment at a time, by Jesus

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  6. Excellent post!! I could almost feel my own heart race at the thought of Him asking you (me) to step out of that comfortable box. So cool how He blessed you when you did. God bless!!

    Anita
    http://anita-whyibelieve.blogspot.com/

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  7. Great post. It can be very difficult to step out of our comfort zones, but when we do, a whole world of opportunity opens in front of us.

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