WHO AM I?
My name is Emmylou.
In January 2017, I jumped from an 8-5 job (after being in it for almost 20 years in 6 different companies) to working freelance as an Organizational Consultant on Performance Management and Institutional Systems and Processes, and a Trainer.
Currently, I am working on a passion project that I am not yet free to talk about publicly. But I am telling you that it’s a dream come true for me. I cannot, in the life of me, imagine that it’s actually happening. You see, beautiful things happen when God says it’s time.
Aside from that, I host a weekly talk show called Emmylou One-on-One. This is an interview-conversation, sharing stories, telling experiences, one life at a time so viewers can get insights, be inspired and motivated to keep growing in life so they can make their dreams happen.
I also host a weekly podcast entitled Rescuing Mondays: Experiencing God in You Life and in Your Workplace. It’s for people who no longer love the work they do, who are unemployed – by choice or by chance, underemployed or unhappily employed. For people who are just graduating into the world of work or who love the work they do so much they want to inspire others. For people who wants to experience God in their life and in their workplace.
I read books, journal private thoughts and blog about Books, Bible reading, and Brushes with God in my everyday life in the hopes that as I share it you can also glean bite-size truths that you can also apply in your own life.
I don’t mean to say I am perfect. I haven’t learned all I should even yet, but I keep working toward that day when I will finally be all that Christ saved me for and wants me to be. I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead.
I tend to wander off around where there are trees and trails. I never drink my coffee in a hurry and always have room for dessert.
Thank you for coming here.
WHAT TO EXPECT FROM THE BLOG
I like reading. So, every now and then, you’ll read book reviews and recommendations.
Books to me represents more than just reading. I prize education and to me, books are teaching tools. They are God’s way of speaking ‘His truth in season’ to me. I have personally been ministered to by authors who have written books that I feel like they wrote with me on their minds.
Almost all my writings on this blog are reflections and meditations as I continue to read the most important collection of books ever – the Book of Life. Writing about these reflections is essentially sharing my learning and lessons.
I started reading the Bible 7 months after I got born again in 1992. It was a 1987 Devotional Study Bible in the NIV by Zondervan. It was my first Bible I read and read. I studied and studied. I carried it wherver I went.
Fast forward to many years after 1992, life threw me some curve balls. One after another. I got tired. Exhausted. I still attended church but didn’t open the Bible. I still did what a “good” Christian should do but neglected reading the word on my own.
I relied on Sunday powerpoint presentation that Pastors show while preaching & as soon as I stepped out of the church service forgot what I heard. I relied on books & listened to podcasts to lift my spirits. All but the Bible.
In March 2015, in spite of the other Bibles that are on my shelf, I bought a new one. And started the journey back to reading His Word. It’s not always easy.
There are times I have to coerce myself because I’d procrastinate. I had to write it on my planner & follow through. I had to use an alarm. I had to do all possible means to be reminded. And after finding a routine that works for me, by God’s grace I’ve been consistent. Not perfect, but consistent.
David Mathis, Executive Editor for desiringGod.org said this:
Sitting with his closest friends, with the shadow of his own death looming in the upper room, Jesus lifted up his voice to the Father and uttered some of the most profound words of his ministry: “This is eternal life, that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent” (John 17:3).
To know and enjoy Jesus Christ – this is the heartbeat of our Bible reading — to know and enjoy “the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:8).
This is the highest task of Bible reading, not to internalize a dry list of dos and don’ts, nor to find instruction or wisdom for living, but to know and enjoy more of God.
However zig-zaggy or broken my life is, I know that I couldn’t run away from God. He & His Word is the base that I’d return to. He & His Word is the lighthouse that I’d refer to when I’m lost or confused. And more than that, I’d like to know more about my Saviour who is head over heels in love with me and took me as I am so I can start living a life that pleases Him.
I read and study the Bible not because I am perfect. I ready and study the Bible because I am utterly, completely imperfect.
BRUSHES WITH GOD
The year I left college, I joined my church as a full-time staff. I was on fire for God and ravenous to see what He could do. I was filled with ambition helping change lives, teaching His Word in Bible studies and small groups, and counselling and praying for people. The work was sometimes hard and often exhausting, but the life-changing stories fueled me. They sort of validated my calling and passion.
Until one year they didn’t. Lives around me were changing for Christ, but my life had grown stagnant. My passion for ministry waned and a vague emptiness took its place.
So, I left the ministry I admired and found a full-time ‘secular’ job. I’ve become the person who ended most days without a single story of kingdom impact or even a spiritual conversation.
There were things that surfaced in the hours when I was on the clock but not ‘changing lives’. I started a new dialogue with God. It was a conversation in which I saw that He cared for the inner workings of my heart. I felt the pulse of His life in the biblical stories for which I had lost passion. Not even whole sentences but mere phrases. He was becoming personal. To me. And He wanted to spend time with me.
Now I was no longer flipping the pages of my Bible out of obligation. Instead, I am driven to see and know more of the God who delights in me even if I felt I don’t deserve it.
There was a time I lumped all of these experiences together and labeled them unproductive. Wasted and lost. But now I see them differently. These are days in which I have brushes with God. God growing me from my visible work for God to my unseen life in God, moving from being a God-follower to a God-lover.
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