Friday, April 28, 2006

Yesterday I had all these wonderful things in mind to tell you all about the ways God is teaching me and growing me lately.

But this morning I am just frustrated. It seems that I have locked my keys, AND my spare key, in my car, along with everything else I own, save my cell phone and a few of my CDs. Even when I was moving out (ALL DAY Wednesday...), I lost my car key at least three times. I ask myself... am I really this ridiculous? Am I really that terrible at keeping track of one key?

Not to negate my own responsibility in the situation, but it seems to me that something else is going on here... For the past few weeks, my Swaziland team and I have been discussing spiritual warfare. We are trying to prepare ourselves, to know it is very real, and to recognize it when it comes. Even more than the key thing, I have felt very much under spiritual attack lately. Especially in this time when God has consistenly been teaching me so much about Himself and myself, Satan is using a vulnerable point of transition in my life to try to make me stumble.

He will NOT win! In Jesus' blood, I have victory!

Even as I write this, a good family friend of ours (one who was able to get in my car last time I did this) is close, and on his way over here to save the day once again. Big John, you are amazing!!!

Even in frustration, the Lord is teaching me to look to Him, and to rely on Him for the grace and mercy I need to make it through each day in one piece. On the days I fail, He goes back with me to pick up the pieces, and then He mends my brokenness.

Sometimes I wonder how the Lord doesn't get tired of my own ignorance to the grace He provides me every day. I asked Him yesterday. Never before have I felt such a clear answer! It was absolutely thrilling to have God answer me!

I DON'T GET TIRED OF GIVING YOU MY GRACE. I GET TO WATCH YOU LEARN.

When I asked what would happen if I couldn't learn right, or well, or enough, His reply was swift again.

I WILL GUIDE YOU. TRUST IN ME.

That's enough for me! Father, I will continue to trust in You. Teach me!!

Lauren

Mark in OH... I felt God speak into my heart. Usually I am very nervous to attribute what I think I heard God say to what He really did say, if anything. I don't want to be making things up in my head and pretend God said them, you know? But when I was spending time with the Lord the other day, I clearly felt Him impress those words on my heart. I have been learning so much lately, and He reminded me that it is Him doing that work in me, and that watching me grow is a delight to Him! Thanks for asking... :)

23 Comments:

At 9:36 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Lauren!

I read your entire post, thinking that your dad had locked his keys in the car, then I thought,"Wow! Big John has gone to Oklahoma!" Usually I check the name at the bottom of the post FIRST...

Anyway, I can echo your frustrations--I've noticed that when I'm super busy, overworked, stretched too thin, overwhelmed, etc. that the brain oftentimes just "checks out," and my circumstances momentarily get worse rather than improving. It makes a difficult situation even more difficult! (I WILL NOT admit to being scatterbrained---that COULDN'T be the issue!!!)

Anyway, all that to say that I empathize with you. And I also want to say "Hang in there! Be strong! It'll get better soon!" I'm impressed that you refuse to let go of God and His guidance--what a good lesson for all of us.

Lots of love to you and your entire family. We're praying for you each day.

Aunt Jolene

 
At 10:21 AM, Blogger LisaTeegarden said...

WOW, LAUREN how timely. I too have had an attack of spiritual warfare this week. Wednesday evening of all times. I am again so SORRY you had a really rough Wednesday too. As for losing things, well, it happens to ALL of us at ANY age. So glad to hear the LORD is HELPING you so much. Praying for all of you. LOVE YOU, and ALL THE FAMILY. PRAYING FOR WONDERFUL DAYS OF MINISTRY AHEAD in SWAZILAND, NORTH AFRICA, OKLAHOMA, and around the world. Aunt Lisa

 
At 10:25 AM, Blogger Melissa said...

Lauren, three words (hide a key). Go find one that you attach to the underside of your car with a magnet! Saved my life a few times!! Good luck and God bless!`

 
At 10:48 AM, Anonymous Cedarburg Tina said...

I have to say, Lauren, I was quite surprised when I got to the bottom and saw your name and not your dad's!! That's probably because my husband is NOTORIOUS for locking his keys in his car. In fact, one time, he left his car running at a park n ride, with the door unlocked...and you know what, it was still sitting there, 9 hours later, with the car running, lights on. He couldn't believe it. In his excitement about what he had going on that day, he didn't even notice and was further amazed that the car was still there.

My answer...I joined AAA. For $75 for the 2 of us to be members, they will come out and unlock your car. He thought it was a dumb idea, and then 3 days after I signed us up, he was in Madison with his keys locked in the car. Then he didn't think it was such a bad idea!! Anyway, they have helped him out on at least 3-4 occasions. So, sign up today for $30 and save yourself a lot of grief. p.s. I love the song about BJ, "To Die for You."

 
At 12:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Lauren, aka beautiful
I was checking the site today sad that we haven't caught up with each other yet.. i had to smile as i remember being with you when you locked your keys in the car and how Big John did come to the rescue.. I'm always excited to hear how God is working in your life and you know as well as i do that Satan only attacks when he knows were about to do something amazing.. I Cor. 15:57 Thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.. As we both head out this summer i have no doubt that the Lord will change your life and you will reach out as if it was his hand reaching and touch so many lives.. I love you
Chrissy

 
At 3:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Lauren! Everyone can relate to locking keys in the car and the frustration that causes. I'm curious as to how the Lord communicated His words: "I DON'T GET TIRED OF GIVING YOU MY GRACE. I GET TO WATCH YOU LEARN. I WILL GUIDE YOU. TRUST IN ME." to you. Did it come from reading the Bible, a song, a sermon or did He speak directly to your heart? Especially in the midst of spiritual warfare, I find the enemy distracts me so that I can miss the fact that the battle is "on" again, let alone hear His voice. (I have experienced audible words twice in my lifetime that I believe were the Lord.) Anyway, if you get a chance I'd love to learn from your experience.
Mark, OH

 
At 4:15 PM, Anonymous kristin dutt said...

Lauren--

I love it when you share w/us! thanks for such a vivid description of what the Lord is teaching you.. your transparency is refreshing.

love you! praying always!
~Kristin

 
At 5:51 PM, Blogger brobrad said...

Lauren, I have no doubt that you are seeing attacks by Satan's forces - he hates it when we are truly persuing the Lord's will. Satan definitely has an arsenal and is good at sneak attacks of a small, or large nature.

Too often it only takes the little things, or a series of them to get us off track and keep us befuddled.

There are so many things going on in your life right now, and I know the same is true for each of you, and that only makes even the little attacks more potent.

I love you and am praying for you as you prepare for your trip. Keep smiling and know that when Satan is interested in you - you must be doing something right for the Kingdom!

Uncle Brad

 
At 8:29 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lauren,

Tonight we listen to you sing, and it is clear God is doing a might work,
you will always be John's MFO
Jeannie

 
At 11:31 PM, Blogger Paul said...

Hello Higgins family,

I just wanted to thank you for all the spiritual strength and nourishment you've provided over these last 9 months, and most of all thank and praise God for how he is working through your family!

Also, I just want to ask for your powerful prayers this coming week.
My dear best friend and girlfriend, who lives many hundred miles away, went into the hospital for emergency surgery this morning. To make matters worse, she may not have health insurance, and the hospital near her has a recent history of significant malpractice. As I look to the Lord for strength and guidance, I just ask please keep her in your prayers, and pray that we may find peace and discernment of the Lord's will.

Most of all, may the Father, Christ, and the Holy Spirit be glorified through this!

 
At 11:48 PM, Blogger the leaf family said...

Laruen,
AHH yes, when we moved here a bit over a year ago, I was forever locking my keys in my car. At least 3 times in the first couple of weeks. If I wasn't locking keys in my car I was getting lost, I am convinced that all roads in Missouri lead to Kansas, the first several weeks I would venture out, (Sarah was usally with me) I would call either crying or laughing and Scott would respond "your in Kansas again" and of course I was.

You know Satan will attack anyway he can when you are being obident to God. Satan spent many hours attacking us from the time we put our home in Indy on the market until... well he is still working hard.. Just do as your doing.. continue to hear and Love our Jesus..

Thank You for so many blessings from you and your family..
With love and prayers from
KC-Tracy

 
At 5:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Higgins Family - The song "Die for You" on the new Mercy Me album is amazing!! Those guys are great - the accompanying DVD is great to watch also! They don't talk about the song on there, but it was just neat to get to know more about Mercy Me! (Plus - it came free with the CD, , , so that was a cool deal!)
Thanks for posting - for being in touch - for leading the way - for being there - for doing all you do!
You all are way 2 kewl!
God can use you, big or small, young or old. He just loves you way too much!
And he loves me and my mom and dad too!!

 
At 5:09 PM, Blogger Pastor J said...

I just downloaded the new Mercy Me CD and as I was reading the digital booklet I read about BJ's story.

Tears. Sadness for your loss. I can hardly write this comment.

I am a pastor and my son, Chris, serves on my staff. I literally cannot fathom all that you've been through and continue to go through.

Some well intentioned friends and family will say, "Be strong, be tough." However, I say, "Grieve as the Lord will allow." It's okay to hurt, to question, to wonder "why?"

My prayers and empathy are with you. I will continue to check your posts. Just know that your son/child touched a pastor's life in Abilene, TX... and I will never be the same.

Blessings and Love,
Pastor J
MSCC Abilene, TX
www.morningstarabilene.com

 
At 11:22 PM, Anonymous Brittany Di Salvo said...

Elle -
Thank you so much for talking to me in the elevator yesterday, we were in there for a while. :) And hearing you sing last night was something I had been missing, something I never get enough of. Speaking of missing, I miss you a lot, and I really hope I see you tomorrow!

I love you guys
Philippians 1:3

 
At 3:43 PM, Blogger Praying in Pink said...

Especially after having just experienced a major computer lockup (wish there had been either a key or a "Big John" at hand) suddenly this week while finishing an important project, Lauren, I can agree that Satan loves to whisper lies to us . . . especially at points where he knows we may be vulnerable. Your family's strength and courage to "continue on" through ALL these days is a tribute to your committed faith and to His holding you close. . . as I know He will continue to do. I am excited about all He intends to do through you this summer and beyond--and congratulations on finishing a very challenging school year so well. Your blog family is so proud of you and your sister!

AFTER the aformentioned project was finished, I was able to go and purchase my own copy of "Coming Up to Breathe"--and even if I didn't have a BJ connection, "I Would Die for You" would be my favorite--but the rest of the album is incredible, too. Let's commit to pray for MercyMe as they begin their tour and (just maybe) share some of BJ's story. My son came running downstairs yesterday to tell me that "So Long, Self" (second cut and first release on the album) was #6 on a popular contemporary Christian countdown show yesterday. . . go, MercyMe! Go, Jesus!

Continuing to pray for the family during this time of separation from one another and preparation for a summer of ministry and missions,

with tender love,

Marti

 
At 12:00 AM, Blogger AJ said...

Hi Lauren...

I don't think I've ever personally said hello - but wanted to say that as a parent, those words you received are stunning to me. "I get to watch you learn." I know what an incredible experience it has been to watch my kids learn when they were small and how much tougher it is to stand by and watch as they grow older - where the mistakes can be more intense. All the while - I get the phenomenal responsibilty of guiding them... and trusting in God guiding me AND them.

That love and trust conveyed in the message to you is such a beautiful promise and a potent defense in the midst of spiritual warfare. Everything falls under God's sovereignty - Satan's biggest ploy is to make us think otherwise. In that case... those words you received may instead be your offensive weapon, your sword, the word of God.. the truth. Swing away!

 
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