History and His Story

believing god favored by god gods got this surrender what makes you happy Jan 15, 2024

I was a history major in college, some eons ago. History was fascinating to me because it moved in circles rather than linear lines. Time moved linear, but what people did with it repeated itself over and over and over again, always bringing the same result; the end of an era, the conclusion of a world power, only to be replaced by another until it too came to its end, all the while knowing it's coming because the same greed, selfishness, hedonism and dissension rises like a kraken in the sea.

That's why this CS Lewis quote caught my attention, especially as we embark on another new year. 

"Human history is the long terrible story of man trying to find something other than God which will make him happy." 

Consider this.

As a follower of Jesus Christ, and personal friend of God; I have grown to appreciate how centered my life is; and how anchored my heart and mind are because I accept God's Word (the Bible) as Truth. There is confidence in the surrender.

I've lived long enough to realize that I can not trust my fickle affections nor can I put a whole lot of stock into the desires that try to rule me. Even when God allows situations to come my way that are hard to endure and difficult to understand, I still find deep peace and solid grounding in knowing that the God who loves me has allowed it, and that He will never abandon me as I live through it.

Because of this, God makes me happy. 

I so wish I could convince everyone I know that He really is the only One who ever will. 

This year, I'm making it my personal goal to express my happiness as a living testimony to the goodness of God. I've no doubt that many Christ followers are as guilty as I am of living as if we have the weight of the world on our shoulders, instead of living as the Victors we have been redeemed to be; fully equipped with spiritual weapons that destroy strongholds and the Spirit of the Living God residing inside of us.

We are closing a huge chapter of our lives on January 31. My husband Tom and I will no longer be pastor and wife of Thompson Station Church. We've come to the "end" of our work there; and are vacating to make room for a new chapter. In doing so, it's caused me to take a large look at the big picture of my life.

In the "history of me" I want people to see just what happens when we live our lives "happy with God." 

Tom and I were blessed to have the privilege of growing a great church--one where hundreds, thousands even, of people came to know Jesus as their Savior. A church where people built relationships that have stood the test of time (and church membership), and testify to the friendships that are knit by God. We've started other healthy churches who are starting healthy churches. Through the years, we've linked arms with hundreds of people to teach children, challenge youth and adults, and encourage people to write a different story...HIS STORY.

Because we've found God and He makes us happy.

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