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Deidra is a national speaker and the author of Every Little Thing: Making a World of Difference Right Where You Are, and One: Unity in a Divided World. Follow Deidra on Instagram @deidrariggs

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  1. Deidra,
    My marching orders are from Isaiah 6:8: Then I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, “Whom shall I send and who will go for us?” Then I said, “Here am I. Send me.”

    I admit, though, that I am not always eager or bold in my assignment. I’ve been guilty, like Jonah, of turning tail and running until the big fish catches up with me. I think I do this not out of disobedience, but out of insecurity and lack of confidence in my abilities. But, I do believe that, as a Christian, I have been given certain spiritual gifts and it is my duty to use them in order to glorify God and advance His kingdom.

    My two “recent” callings have been to start my blog and to help start Redeemer Christian School in Pakistan. I LOVE how you said that we need to get “salty”…I’m doing my best, Deidra…thanks for an encouraging post to keep on, keeping on!
    Blessings,
    Bev

  2. Good Morning, Deidra ~

    You continue to warmly gather us around that table. Your compelling invitation helps us to pause, to be still, to listen intently to what God is inviting us to.

    For there is always something more, something greater, something deeper. For us to do. To be.

    Blessings …

  3. I am in the process of memorizing James… I am discovering… memorizing makes me sit with a scripture… instead of reading and moving on… I have to let it soak in… so James chapter 2 has been sinking deep and challenging me in new ways… especially this weeks verse…James 2:8-9 If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing well. But if you show partiality, you are committing sin and are convicted by the law as transgressors.

    I love how James calls this the royal law… the law that trumps all… and the last verse… he doesn’t make excuses for us to how partiality… prejudice … he calls it sin…because it violates love!!!

    Diedra… thanks… I believe these verse impact more today because you, about a year ago, were willing to “go there”… and yes… you set a wide table for many to gather around!!! blessings to you

  4. Deidra, you speak with such love–encouraging boldness and faith, convicting us that we will surely miss out on life, His life in us, if we don’t. Thank you. You make me want to both get low on my knees and stand tall, head high. My marching orders? “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, all your strength.” Bless you. You are just beautiful.

  5. Deidra,

    “I have this crazy idea that if the Church—the Body of Christ—could figure this out and stop building walls and holding grudges and let the world see a new kind of extravagant love, we might actually be able to speak truth to power and let God set a table of grace, even in the presence of those who see things differently than we do.”

    Several weeks ago I taught some high school students the difference between an agape love vs a phileo love. I’ll be the first to admit that I’m fearful of standing in front of others and holding their attention for any length of time, but when God speaks, I try to move (anxiety and all).

    So after I spent time praying for God’s peace and then laid the lesson He gave me upon their hearts I had to thank Him for what I witnessed. Eyes that understood! I saw teens who now know that every time we read “love” in the Bible it doesn’t necessarily mean it has to be with our heart. While I know my life would be so much less fulfilling if I had to forgo my phileo relationships it is the agape we share with one another that breaks down the walls of difference. The agape is our action behind what we speak. It is the product of faith and hope harmonizing together, allowing us to love unconditionally.

    I am so glad to have taken the time to read your post this morning. I am anxious to share your story with the class to show them what stepping out in faith and showing what true agape love looks like.

    Blessings to you,
    Jennifer

  6. Good words Deidra…
    My verse is Acts 1:8 – But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere–in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
    Basically, loosely interpreted… the call to TELL, here, nearby, and far away.
    And while I’m doing that (here and near) I’m trying to encourage others to do the same… and then to remind us all that while we are there (here, near and far away) that we need to care for each other, and take care OF each other (spiritually encouraging, physically meeting need, emotionally, relationally).
    God’s at work. I’m telling.

  7. Deidra, thank you. You are salty and glowing, my friend, and this speaks to me. That same scrioture (salt and light) was on my heart this week. God is speaking, always speaking–I ask Him–am I listening? Am I willing? Make me so, Jesus.

    Love you

  8. Yes, to all of this! I love this post. Especially LOVED the “salty” paragraph! WOW! So much deep truth in that!

    The scripture I can’t seem to shake right now is from Hosea 10:12 “Sow for yourselves righteousness; reap steadfast love; break up your fallow ground for it is the time to seek the Lord, that he may come and rain righteousness upon you.”

    Specifically, the line “for it is the time to seek the Lord.” It’s that deep calling to deep, get to know me kind of call. Every morning when I wake, I hear that deep inside. Seek the Lord, seek the Lord. I guess as a long time Christian, I got a little out of the habit of truly seeking Him. It is now time to seek the Lord.

  9. This scripture has always spoken loudly to me, even as a young child: Luke 6:38, Give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you!
    My calling has always been to help others. I ask that you pray God puts those whom I can help in my path and that I may listen and hear the needs.
    Loved this post!

  10. First, right in my home and with my own family, here in my very culturally, racially diverse neighborhood, in our church and the neighborhood and low income housing right next to it, and here in the online world, I just want the divine flow of God’s love to flow through me to others. Oh, what a faulty, clogged up conduit I’ve been too many times.

  11. I don’t think you over-simplify things, Deirdra. I think God made it simple, it’s us humans that muck it up and complicate things. One of my favorite quotes from George MacDonald is, “Have you done one thing today simply because He told you to do it?” If we silly people would just “get salty!” and do.what.He.told.us.to.do! Yet we struggle, just like Paul did, crying out at our wretchedness. Two of the most encouraging words in scripture: But God. What verse moves me? Micah 6:8 “He has told you, O, man, what is good. A what does the Lord require of you? To act justly, love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.” You nailed all three by ‘going there’. Blessings.

  12. Such beautiful and encouraging words, Deidra! The perfect way to start the weekend. Lately, I’ve really been digging deep and seeking the Lord. I’ve been praying that I will as you so beautifully put it let go, trust in Him and allow Him to “grow that seed he’s planted in my heart”.

    The Lord has with compassion for others in my heart; friends and strangers alike. It’s no accident that I always feel this pull to help the homeless or those in need. It’s no accident that I feel this need to offer a kind word to someone who seems sad, hopeless, alone.

    Last Christmas, a friend and I handed out blessing bags to the homeless. I remember handing the ziplock bag of goodies to a young man sitting on a street corner in the financial district. (It was -20 outside) We simply wished him a Merry Christmas, asked his name and offered to get him a coffee. He declined the coffee as he couldn’t panhandle with it. So we bought him a sandwich for later.

    We were drawn to speak to him for a couple more minutes. Almost a year later, his response still sticks in my mind:

    “All day, everyday people walk a mile away from me, heads turned away like they’re afraid of me. Thank you for stopping to talk to me.”

    This brought tears to my eyes. We are all God’s children. We are all worthy of love.

    Romans 13:9 “‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’ Love does no harm to its neighbour. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.”

    Love does no harm. This is my calling. To do no harm. To love others as God loves us, to show compassion, to be a light on a stand and break through the darkness.

    Have a beautiful first weekend of fall!

  13. Deidre,

    Powerful story! I’m proud of you for being brave to go to Ferguson! If God calls you to it then by all means go and show this world Christ by any means you can!

    I need to show the world more of Christ and less of myself! Praying that walls can be torn down and we can all live in peace and harmony!!

    My marching orders are Matthew 26 Go ye into all the World and make disciples. I want more disciples!!

    Blessings 🙂

  14. Thanks for posting this. I have learned to be flexible to a degree. And sometimes I see myself as being very comfortable with how I am living and other times not as obedient as I know I ought to be. My marching orders are to listen and do as He leads. Your post is very encouraging and good to see for the heart. God knows where we each must serve. Prayers always for those in need. May the Lord continue to lead you in your sharing.

  15. Thank you for this encouraging article! My marching orders are in Isaiah 58, to “spend myself in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed.” I am trying to understand where God is leading me and how to use the gifts I think he has given me. I want to begin to really live life to the fullest wherever God leads. Please pray for guidance and understanding, and boldness to follow wherever he leads.

  16. Inspiring. My scripture charhe comes from Isaiah 61:1-3 The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me because the Lord has anointed and qualified me to preach the Gospel of good tidings to the meek, the poor and afflicted ; He has sent me to bind up and heal the broken heated, to proclaim liberty to the captives and opening of the prison and the eyes to those who are bound. To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord and the day of vengeance of our GOD, to comfort all who mourn. To grant to those who mourn in Zion–to give them an ornament of beauty instead of ashes,the oil of joy instead of mourning, the garment of praise instead of heavy, burdened and failing spirit-That they maybe called oaks of righteousness the planting of the LORD that he maybe glorified.