I would like to be considered a spiritual arsonist.
I want to start fires in minds and hearts. To be kindling to ignite, stir up, excite.
The name of my blog–Kindling–is exactly what I hope happens here: Together we share thoughts and ideas and start fires in hearts and minds–our own and many others.
I had the privilege of being mentored by Bill Bright, a charter member of the Fellowship of the Burning Heart. He often said, “My heart is aflame within me.” That fiery spirit gave him a passion for reaching the lost, a faith to believe God for impossible tasks, a supernatural energy to keep going no matter what.
I want such a fiery spirit. I want to think beyond the obvious and ordinary. I want to believe that God wants to do more in me and through me than I can ask or imagine. I want to be filled with God’s passion and compassion for the lost, the hurting, the needy, the rebellious. I want my life to make a difference for others—now and for eternity.
And I want God to use me as a fire starter—to be kindling to others. I want them to grasp how much God loves and cherishes them. And I also want to encourage and challenge them to allow God to set their hearts aflame.
God sets hearts on fire through His fiery Holy Spirit, living in, filling, controlling—inflaming hearts and minds and bodies. And turning us into fireseeds—sparks that spread the holy flames of God’s love and forgiveness.
That’s my dream for this blog—to share my journey as kindling for wildfires that ignite sweeping transformation in God’s children around the globe as true followers of Jesus.
A few random realities:
I love Jesus, my family, Texas, words, books, horses, Mexican food–and quite a few other things
I am married to a wonderful man and have three delightful children and nine superb grandchildren. My friends so fill my cup that I am drinking from the saucer.
I am a writer, speaker, missionary with Cru. Most of all I am an encourager–urging everyone I encounter to know God and to entrust their lives to him for all He wants them to be and all He has prepared for them to do. I get to go all over the world to do this loving and encouraging–what an incredible “job.”
I’ve written a few books, edited a couple of magazines, helped found Synergy Women’s Network. I have spoken to groups from eight to 8,000. I write about women, prodigals, becoming a true follower of Jesus, the homeless, grandparenting, learning from children.
I am amazingly blessed, totally inadequate, woefully unworthy and eternally grateful for the grace and mercy of God.
More from Judy on other sites:
The Redbud Post: Gratitude for a Grievous Gift
CLA Outcomes: Better Together! Cru’s Steve and Judy Douglass
Today’s Christian Woman (now CTWomen): The Perks of Aging