Dearest Liz

on Tuesday, November 25, 2008

This letter has been very hard for me because I was concerned that in all my humanness, I would not be able to summarize who Liz C is to me and do it justice. I asked someone who loved & knew you totally & completely to whisper in my ear what to write but everything He would have to say is probably already in Hiz love letter ~ the Bible. So maybe I could just download my heart, although I’m not too sure if the language is compatible with ‘word’ ~ hey, there’s a great marketing idea for Michael.

I remember at home group around seven years ago, you shared the “ Window Theory”; the four glass panels with each one representing our influence in life. The first pane was what you and everyone knows about you, one was what you only know about yourself, one what others know about you and you didn’t, and I can’t remember the fourth but it’s not important. So I might just use that as a platform, share what I see looking through the 3rd pane and hopefully I perceive correctly that the window isn’t too distorted by dirt… like ours around here.

I see a woman of strength, who sincerely hungers after God’s heart; someone who truly desires to be changed and used for God’s purposes. I see someone who loves to worship and sit at God’s feet, who isn’t ashamed of her total adoration & reliance on God. I also notice a desire to “disciple” others through the journey God had taken you, your “mothers heart” nurturing people into focusing on His heart. I know I have a fellow sojourner in that God has led and taught us through similar paths and life lessons and there is nothing warmer than having someone “know” and empathize with daily struggles and issues and being able to express them to a compassionate ear.

You may have noticed that everything admirable I see in you is flavored by God. That’s because we are everything “in” Him and nothing without Him and your life is a reflection of that truth. Your confidence, your inner beauty and your heart comes straight from honestly knowing who you are in Christ.

My prayer was that I would say nothing to flatter but be totally honest. So maybe a good question not to ask me right now is “do I look fat in this?” My answer though may be influenced by the fact that you are 30ish weeks pregnant!! That is one more thing I am sure simmers in you and that is speaking the truth in love. Accountability is a precious gift one which is rare in friendships but a tool to catapult each other into a higher walk.

God, somehow use these scrambled thoughts, birthed amongst the daily noise and distractions of family, to bless Liz, to bring her to a deeper adoration of you. Clean off the “windows panes” so we can encourage each other more, as you lead, bringing our friendships into a richer season. Liz is hungry for you Father and you have promised, “When you get serious about finding Me, and want me more than anything else, I’ll make sure you won’t be disappointed” Jer 29:13

Pappa bless Liz heaps, so much so that turning forty will be a season where her life reveals you like a “standing stone” in HiStory.


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