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Voice

It's Friday again! Well, actually it's Saturday, Friday was a crazy day around my house and to be completely honest, the more I thought about the word for this week, the more I found myself finding other things to do. I  have been shuffling my feet to the computer over this word.

Every Friday Lisa-Jo Baker hosts 'Five Minute Friday'. She gives us a word prompt and we write for 5 minutes straight, just write what comes to mind. The word this week is 'Voice'.

Voice

Five minutes

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I have been pondering this word for 24 hours now. Why is this one word so hard for me to sit down and write about?
I think it is because God is giving me a voice and I am a little scared about the whole thing. Not of God, but of rejection and criticism, I think.

I can remember being a child and writing the beginnings of many many novels in my 3 subject wide ruled pad of paper. I think it was red. I always had this thought that one day I would write. Then I grew up and life happened an…

In. The. Same. Way.

I recently joined an (in)-courage community that is focusing on being Proverbs 31 women. Specifically, we are encouraging one another to pray for our husbands. Having a 'not quite perfect' husband, I was all in. I have been married long enough to know that I am NOT going to change my husband. Only God can do that. As I feebly began to some days remember to pray, God began taking my seemingly small and insignificant prayers to a new level. He began to work in me, not  my husband. Low and behold, it is perfect little me that really needs the adjustment. The following is a little bit of how it is going so far...

In the same way.......
I wonder how many of us know where I am going here? In. The. Same. Way.

Does that sound familiar to you? I have skipped over those words numerous times in my endeavor to be a godly wife. Brushed right past them on my way to the 'meat' of scripture. Many, many times have I come to the following verses for strength, structure and guidance in …

Gaze Long Upon Him

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And now, just as you accepted Christ Jesus   as your Lord,  you must continue to follow Him. Let your roots grow down deep into Him, and let your lives be built upon Him. Then your faith will grow strong  in the Truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness.
Colossians 2:6-7
~ A well of water springing up to eternal life ~
The goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. I had a gentle wake up call yesterday. Sitting before the Lord, as is my habit most mornings, I began to realize that ever so slightly my focus had begun to shift. Reading my Bible, praying, being involved in good things..... somehow, my vision was blurring and the biggest indication of something amiss was the peace that guards my heart and mind seemed to be failing me.

I have been listening to a song lately that speaks a truth that resonates in my heart. It is called  'Easier' written and sung by Jason Gray:

"It's easier to give a gift of gold 
than to give my heart for another to hold.
It'…

Look!

It's Friday. That means it's time for Lisa-Jo Baker's fun writing prompt! 'Five Minute Friday' She gives us one word and we write for five minutes on whatever comes to mind. Five fun minutes of writing.

Today's word is 'Look'

Five minutes

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Look. What a perfect word for me today! The Lord has been asking me to take a 'look' at my focus during my morning quiet moment with Him.

Open my eyes and look at my life in an impartial way. Look through the lens of faith and love and forgiveness and hope.

What is God calling me to do for Him? How about you? Do you know?  For me It started with taking a look at who I am in Christ, who he has gifted me to be. What are your special gifts? How is God calling you to use them for His glory?

Encouragement is my primary gift . I Have strayed a bit from my path lately and God is faithfully calling me back to be an encourager in the Body of Christ. His faithfulness and patience and determination is amazing. God sta…

Live Thankful

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I have been inspired lately by Ann Voskamp. I am about halfway through her book, '1000 Gifts'. It is an encouragement to live a life thankful to God, all day, everyday, all the time. Finding your way to the abundant life that Jesus promises through giving thanks to God in everything. (John 10:10, 1Thessalonians 5:18)

This is the encouragement and inspiration that I am basking in today.  




I am not sure if Ann goes into this in her book, but I am going to apply the principles she is sharing to my marriage.

Thought:

Focus on things I am thankful for about my husband. Magnify the things I am thankful for. After 19 years of marriage I am learning that the road is sometimes bumpy. There seems to be a lot of pot-holes in my marriage lately. And I seem to be very easily pushed into these pits. And quite frankly, I don't like it! Jesus promises to make the rough places smooth, and He promises that every valley will be lifted and every mountain made low. He promises us a highway in…

Five Minute Fridays!

It's Friday! Lisa-Jo Baker hosts 'Five Minute Fridays' on her blog Tales From A Gypsy Mama. She gives us a word and we write about it for 5 minutes. It is a fun exercise! Here is todays word,

Race...
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 My favorite song right now is called 'Run' by Josh Garrells. It is sort of like my theme song this year. It starts with these words,

" The times are changing I can feel it in my bones cause I stand on the other side of all that I have known."

That is my testimony this past year. Over the last few months my focus has changed and following that my life has changed dramatically.

In changing my focus God has begun to shape my life with purpose.

Tired and weary from living my 'Christian'  life, I gave God my heart, completely. All of my hopes, plans, dreams, expectations, fears, essentially all of me. I completely surrendered to the Lord.

Each day I wake up with purpose now. We are each created to run with a purpose.

"I feel the pleasure of my …

Walk Forgiven

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I wrote this as a sequel to a blog post I wrote earlier this week, Bitter Sweet Elation. God is doing His amazing work in my heart. 
To walk forgiven we must forgive.
Forgiveness is essential to living free. Abundant life comes at a cost. The abundant overflowing life is not for those that hold grudges and make lists of wrongs committed against them. The abundant life only comes to the one who walks vulnerable. Like a child. You have to let go in order to receive. Empty handed. 
Lets face it, bad things happen. We live in a fallen world. An imperfect place populated with less than perfect people. People fail us and we fail others. There is only One who doesn't fail. Only One perfect. And He offers forgiveness. Freely. As far as the east is from the west does He remove our sins from us. He says that Love covers a multitude of sins. He tells us to forgive as we have been forgiven. While we were yet in our trespasses and sins. We were,we are, forgiven. It is the height of pride and ar…

living intentionally

Living intentionally. Living on purpose with a purpose. This life. I remember days of perplexity. I just want to do something. Feeling dissatisfied with my Christian life. Going to church and reading my Bible, all the while wondering if there wasn't more to this. 
Back in January when I stepped into that circle of chalk and gave all of my hopes, plans, dreams, decisions, relationships, all of every bit of me that I possibly could, to my Creator and Savior, I didn't really know what to expect. I only knew that I needed a change. There had to be more substance to Christianity. 

My life definitely began to change from that day on. I began to sense a purpose to life that I never had before. A holy sacred purpose. Like I'm here for a reason. A specific purpose. God has awakened my spirit with a purpose. Purposefully, I open my eyes each day. Purposefully, I look to the Lord each morning. I have this passion inside that begs to be let out.   

Complete surrender. I used to be a C…

Bitter Sweet Elation

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I wrote this after experiencing persecution for the first time. It was a very humbling experience.

Sharing, ever so slightly, in the sufferings of Christ. The pain – hurt in the very core of being. Ridiculed, laughed at, scorned.
Glory! Can it be that I have finally experienced a taste of the suffering of Christ?

Small  significance in the eyes of my Lord.
I have often wondered about these verses that don’t apply to my life, my experiences. Share in the sufferings of Christ? Count it all joy when men revile you and cast insults at you?



..but to the degree that you share the sufferings of Christ..........
1Peter 4:14
..that I may know Him , and the power of His resurrection and thefellowship of His sufferings
being conformed to His death. 
Philippians 3:10
Blessed are those who have beenpersecutedfor the sake of righteousness.............
Matthew 5:10
God blesses you when people
mock you and persecute you and lie about you 
and say all sorts of evil thingsagainst you 
because you are My follower…

Welcome

I am starting something new this week.  Lisa-Jo Baker hosts a fun writing exercise on Fridays called 'Five Minute Fridays'. She gives a topic and then you write, just write unedited uninhibited for five minutes. So this is what I wrote in five minutes on the topic 'welcome'.

Welcome -  five minutes

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Welcome.
Welcome home is the first thought that comes to mind. Where is home? I have often heard that home is where the heart is. Where is my heart today? As a busy mama of nine growing, changing, demanding, interesting children, sometimes I have to ask myself, where is my heart today? We home school and all day, everyday I am absorbed in the mundane and the everyday. Sometimes my heart is to escape and find welcome somewhere else, outside of the many walls of my home. To find my heart, sometimes I have to leave the shell of my home and my heart. Take a walk, go window shopping, ride my bike instead of driving. Finding my heart is essential to keeping it at home. When the…