Saturday, December 8, 2012

Wise Words and Fraser Firs

Last weekend a tree was cut by each Tegen family. For the first time we had a chance to drive to the mountains to cut our very own fir tree. Every other year we drive ten minutes down the road and examine pre-cut firs or cut a pine. This year's tree is barely taller than Levi...but it fills the house with that fresh fir  smell and looks great with colored lights, a star that has seen better days and some Jesse tree ornaments



An hour and a half after getting home Jason and Levi were taking well-deserved naps, and I headed with Team India to Charleston. After finding on Facebook that the lady we worked with in India was in the states, I asked if she'd be in our area. The girls and I considered four hours to be "in our area" and booked a hotel with flyer miles to see her speak at a Sunday morning service. We got there Saturday evening and had the whole evening to hang out together. While in India on an uneventful evening we'd tried to play a game of hotel sardines and failed miserably getting caught by hotel staff and making us and them laugh hysterically. But the hotel in Charleston was a lot bigger...and we seized the opportunity. Our brilliant hiding places were-- behind the coke machine, under a table in a conference room, and, my favorite, the trash can. We're totally crazy, I know. :)


The amazing thing about Sh*mpa speaking in Charleston was that the church was fifteen minutes from the beach. We initially planned to see the sunrise but didn't quite make it so we just spent some time in the cold water before heading to the church. 


And after driving four hours, getting little sleep, visiting the ocean and waiting to hear Sh*mpa, Teapot as she calls herself, we were anything but disappointed. As a woman who has endured trials and witnessed miracle after miracle, we soaked up every one of her wise words. I marveled at how our May trip to India, that God so directed, is still bearing fruit. 

So many of the things she shared had me wondering how I could soak all of it up and share adequately with others so the lessons wouldn't stop with meThis little bulleted list is my best attempt to paraphrase some of the goodness though I know without context it's a far cry from the original.

From December 2, 2012 with Sh*mpa:

- Too many of us focus on always doing. Just be with the Lord instead of trying to do. Your being will spill over to your doing

- Instead of criticism, pray blessing over those in leadership.

- Instead of always asking God to touch you, reach out and touch him.


- God is the same miracle-working God as in the Bible...we will see miracles and maybe more-so because Jesus has gone back to the Father's right hand.

- Anyone can prophesy...the main difference is if the prophecy is coming from God and His love. 

- Too many people seek God for his gifts when they should seek the giver. The gifts will follow. 


She spoke with both head and heart knowledge and with real honesty. Every time I hear her I am refreshed by her perspective. She shares about the incredible work she gets to take part in and she always reminds us-- we are little people called to be little people filled with radical love. Jesus was so good to remind us of that call to humility and teach us so much from this little Teapot in Charleston! 



2 comments:

Auburn said...

I so needed to hear her words. Thank you for sharing.

MOM said...

WOW, WHAT A WONDERFUL TEAPOT FOR THE LORD!! I UNDERSTAND HOW YOU COULD LEARN SO MUCH FROM HER. SOUNDS LIKE
SHE HAS A LOT OF THE INSIGHTS TO WHAT JESUS TAUGHT.