Amazing Grace - Part 2

Wednesday, November 02, 2011 by Demetria Murdock | 0 comments

His Grace is enough.  That is all you need.  His Grace is sufficient!  When I hear those words, there is such a burden lifted.  Knowing that His Grace is sufficient for me, I can cast all my cares upon Him for I know that He cares for me. 

Today, I will continue talking about His Amazing Grace.  My hubby A.T. Murdock, Jr.  is doing and awesome sermon serious on God's Grace at Christ Deliverance Church.  Last week I got the opportunity to share my message about God's Grace at our weekly Bible Study.  

You see 4 years prior to night of our son Tre's transition into eternal life (read previous post), we eagerly awaited the arrival of Tre', our first baby.  The first grandson of our family.  We had many hopes and dreams for this soon to be all-star soccer player.  But our dreams were shattered the day he was born and we discovered he was diagnosed with a rare chromosome disorder called Trisomy 18 or Edward's Syndrome.  Our son Tre' was born with severe birth defects.  Here we were, a newly married couple facing the unknown & uncertain future for our son. 

But God... 2 Corinthians 12:9-10 from The Message says... 

My grace is enough; it’s all you need.  My strength comes into its own in your weakness.

Once I heard that, I was glad to let it happen. I quit focusing on the handicap and began appreciating the gift. It was a case of Christ’s strength moving in on my weakness.    

When Tre' was born, God was repositioning our lives.  He was placing us in a position where we could experience His Grace.  Could He be doing the same in your life right now at this very moment?  What may seem like Your plans gone awry, may be God repositioning you for a far greater purpose!  

Amazing Grace

Tuesday, October 25, 2011 by Demetria Murdock | 0 comments

What is Grace and what is so amazing about it?  Many of us remember first learning about Grace in pre-school when you were taught the mealtime prayer of thanks... "God is great. God is Good.  Let us thank Him for our food. By His hands we all are fed.  Give us Lord, our daily bread. Amen."   Over the next few Sundays, my Hubby Pastor @atmurdockjr will be teaching on Grace, so I have decided to share with you what God's Amazing grace can do for you.   

As women we tend to wear a lot of hats these days, from wife, sister, daughter, auntie, mom, employee, entrepreneur, ministry leader, caretaker.  The list could go on and on.  Thinking about all those roles or hats we wear as women can make you feel like you been running a 10K race.  Do you ever feel overwhelmed by the demands of your role as wife, mom, employee, manager, even as sister or friend to someone?  Like life was pressing up against you from every side(role) in life and you were wondering where was God?

Courage Is...

Monday, October 10, 2011 by Demetria Murdock | 0 comments

What does it mean to live a courageous life?  It is hard to believe that it is almost been a year since I decided to take a leap and leave my safety net to begin living out my life purpose.  What an adventure it has been!  It took a lot of courage and prayer to make that move a year ago. But it has taken even more courage and audacious faith to stick to God's plan for my life. 

With the recent passing of Apple's Steve Jobs, many people are reflecting on the courageous life that he lead.  One of his quotes I have seen over the last few days that is so powerful says,

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” ~ Steve Jobs

For me, Demetria, living a courageous life is being an example to our kids in everything that I do!  Courage is having the guts to leave the familiar security of Corporate America and go from a computer programmer analyst to a domestic engineer/Mompreneur without worrying about what people thought.  Courage is being serious about following my God-given passions & dreams.  Courage is trusting God when my 4 year old son meet Jesus for the first time after losing his battle with Liver Cancer.   

Are you living a courageous life? 

Here a sample of the theme song from the movie Courageous originally done by Casting Crowns that J-me Brown and I did recently while hanging out in The Blue Room studio at our church Christ Deliverance Church.  Nothing fancy just loved the song and the message.

Listen Here....
  Courageous - Deme & J-Me by dememurdock

Face Your Fears Head On

Sunday, October 02, 2011 by Demetria Murdock | 0 comments

Those that know me really well know that I am terrified of spiders.  This past week I have had 3 spider encounters.  In all but 1 of the run-ins, someone came to my rescue by squashing the creepy crawly flat!  

Now, the 3rd spider encounter, came straight from a horror movie.  As I was driving along the road, Mr. Spidey decided to drop from the car ceiling right in front of my face and onto the steering wheel.  Now this wasn't any small spider, I might add.  He was about the size of my pinky nail.    I was terrified!  I couldn't stop the car in traffic! Screaming wasn't going to help because no one was in the car except me!  

Coloring Outside The Lines

Thursday, April 21, 2011 by Demetria Murdock | 0 comments

I have been hesitant to do a lot of things lately because I thought it wasn't perfect. In other words, I was afraid to color outside the lines and that has kept me from getting to where God wants me to be.  It may be keeping you from getting to your sweet spot!

Perfectionism can keep us stuck and prevent us from getting to where God wants us to be. I think perfectionism is just another long word for FEAR!  It can cause us to be critical and judgmental not only of ourselves but of others.  We can become choosy "Susy" and never be satisfied or we can be a conformer, conforming to our own thoughts and fears instead of leaning on the promises of God. 

From Caterpillar To Butterfly

Wednesday, March 30, 2011 by Demetria Murdock | 1 comments

 This is dedicated to the memory and awesome ministry of my first born Tre' and how he touched so many lives and dramatically changed mine...

A caterpillar can only see at ground level. Tre' could only see things at his level, in a wheelchair or on the living room floor. On March 30th, 2007 he turned into a beautiful butterfly that can now soar above the things on this earth into God's awaiting arms. When we think of how a butterfly is formed most of us think of a cocoon. When the metamorphosis is completed, the adult butterfly breaks the pupal case. 

Today is the anniversary of Tre's metamorphosis. Just as we had done 4 years ago at the birth of our son, we gathered by his bedside as he prepared to leave this world. As he took his last breath, I was told by the medical staff it was ok to let him go. He had fought a good fight and we were proud of him. But now it was time for him to take a bigger step and be with the Lord. This is a path that we all must take. I was so proud to see Tre' go with so much grace.

Priscilla Shirer said in her book "And We Are Changed",  A caterpillar's ultimate reason for living is to eventually become a butterfly. 

Going Beyond

Wednesday, March 23, 2011 by Demetria Murdock | 0 comments

"Act immediately and fearlessly in response to God" - Priscilla Shirer. 

I wanted to share with you today a blog post from a few years back.  I think it is so appropriate for those of us looking for that push to move forward in what God has called us to do.  Enjoy!  

Brother, Sister it is time for us to take up our beds and walk.

A few years ago, I attended the "Going Beyond" Conference with Priscilla Shirer. It was called a "spiritual reawakening for women." God definitely jolted me from my spiritual slumber to confirm the direction He is taking me. Priscilla talked about leaving a place of comfort and leaving behind what we are used to doing. She illustrated this by expounding on the journey the Israelites took out of Egypt into Canaan (the land flowing with milk & honey).

Going Beyond is exactly what God wants for us to do. When He speaks to you, you must respond to Him quickly and do whatever it is he has for you to do. God is calling me to go some places I have never been and do some things this year that I have never done. I don't have all the experience. He has not given me Google Map street by street directions and I don't have a satellite view of the big picture.