Tag Archives: Invitation

Open Doors

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“If you are a dreamer come in
If you are a dreamer a wisher a liar
A hoper a pray-er a magic-bean-buyer
If you’re a pretender com sit by my fire
For we have some flax golden tales to spin
Come in!
Come in!”
― Shel Silverstein

I have always loved this poem.  To me, it is about open doors, new possibilities, welcoming hospitality, community, and encouragement.  It says you are enough, you are chosen, you are invited, you are wanted.  Come in and share life with me.  It’s going to be fun.

I know Shel Silverstein is not Jesus but I can’t help but think Jesus might say the same thing.  Whoever you are, wherever you’ve been, come sit with me, let’s share stories, let’s do life together…come in!

We moved this past week into our new home.  After months of moving and being in temporary housing, it feels good to settle in and unpack. The picture above is of our new house through the front doors.

I love doors.  They hold such possibility.

From both sides.

Maybe you are the one inside, beckoning others to join you…Come in! Come in!

Maybe you are the one on the outside hoping to be invited, filled with curiosity, glimpsing inside…excited about the possibility of new things.

I feel like I’m on both sides right now.

God is opening this new door and saying, Come in! I’ve got great plans for you. Let’s do this.

I am excited. I feel loved and protected.  I say yes. I step through the door. Another new door.

I trust.

And then I feel I must do some inviting of my own:

Jesus, come into this space and fill it up.  Fill us up. Bless each and every corner of this home with your presence and your grace.  Teach us to be more like you. Laugh with us and be with us as we eat, pray, talk, learn, grow and love.  In our early morning grogginess and in our late night prayers…when the sun sets and rises…in our arguments and disappointments and struggles…in our celebrations and our accomplishments and our dreams coming true. In those moments when we wonder and we doubt and we let fear creep in…be there to remind us and to reassure us and to comfort us.  Show us who we are and what we are living for. Come into the messiness and love us.  Right now. As we are. We are in process and you know it and you love us anyway.  We put our faith and trust in you.

We invite you in.

It is because of you that we can step through new doors with bold confidence and joyous expectation.

You are doing a new thing and we are grateful.

Come in! Come in!

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©2015 Sue Bidstrup, Great Big Yes™, All Rights Reserved

I hope you can join us for a virtual Bible Study (0ver the phone!) starting February 9th. We will be exploring The Ragamuffin Gospel by Brennan Manning.  It’s an amazing book filled with so much encouragement! I will be leading the study so if you have any questions about how it works, please email me at suebid@holyyoga.net.  If you want to register, please go to holyyoga.net and then to events and then virtual bible studies.  I would LOVE to study God’s Word with you! 

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You are invited!

Hi Everyone!

I want to share two important and exciting things:

One:  A friend and I are starting a faith sharing group called Flourish and you are invited!  Yippee!

We are hoping to create a space where everyone can be their true, authentic selves.  Not perfect women but real, living, struggling, laughing, messing up, figuring things out women.  Women who can hold each other up and encourage each other to grow in a spirit of love and understanding.  Women who long to figure out who God intends them to be.  Women who are open to the spirit.  We hope you will join us to help create this beautiful community!

And Two:     I have a new feature on the blog that I’m really excited about –  AUDIO!!!

Click here to hear my first audio blog post which is an invitation to join us!                    flourish invitation

 

Here are some other things you should know about Flourish:  It’s not fancy, you can come in work out clothes, there’s no homework, it’s okay if you can’t come every time, you don’t need to bring anything, and there will be coffee!

If you want to sign up or if you have questions, please  email me at

If you are unable to join us, we ask you to please pray for us as we embark on this new adventure!

©2012 Sue Bidstrup, Great Big Yes™ All Rights Reserved

 

 

The Word

I recently had the pleasure of hearing a woman talk about her experience visiting Medjugorje. (For general information on Medjugorje, you can visit http://www.medjugorje.org/)

It was lovely and inspiring and a beautiful testament to faith. 

One of the words that she used is during her story is Invitation.  She said she was invited to visit the sacred space.  I don’t mean invited like she received a written invitation but that she was invited in a bigger, more spiritual sense. 

You know when someone mentions something to you and you get a spark in your mind or heart about that thing and you want to experience it.  You may have a feeling that you need to experience it.  You are drawn to it and you can’t shake the feeling that you should go.  That’s an invitation.

What should you do?

YOU SHOULD GO!!

I believe when this happens it is the holy spirit.  You can call it what you want but it is not a coincidence that you are hearing about this or experiencing this now.  There is no such thing as coincidence. 

While this woman was speaking, I cried.  (I believe tears and goose bumps are a sure sign that the holy spirit is working.) She gave an authentic testimony to faith and miracles in her life.  She experienced them, she told me, I believe her and my faith is strengthened. 

That’s how it works.  We are meant to share our stories.  We are meant to inspire other people to tell theirs. 

In my faith sharing group, we learned about what Thomas Merton wrote. He said that we should think of “all the events of our lives as God’s “words” for the nourishing of our spiritual lives.”  We should meditate on and contemplate all of our experiences as if they were classes in God’s school of wisdom. 

We learn of God through the Bible.  And we learn of God through our lives.  Like Psalm 119 says, “The Unfolding of your word gives light and teaches the simple.”  The Word – being both the Word of the Bible and the experiences of our lives.   

Through both things, the truth unfolds and brings light.  We just have to say yes to the invitation.