Wednesday, November 7, 2012

When God Says "Go"

Jesus calls me to GO, but I hold back. What will others say? What does Go look like before I make any real commitment?
Will I dare to fly?And see for myself what true freedom feels like?

We have a tendency to not trust beyond what we can see or control. Sometimes we need that push out of the tree to fly, to make our wings (our faith) grow strong.

"Faith means stepping onto the path that looks so much like it goes in the wrong direction." Emily Freeman {Grace for the Good Girl}
God didn't call us to safe and comfortable...and this is a hard pill to swallow because sometimes that is all I want. I don't want to risk getting rejected telling them about Jesus, I want them to like me, it's safer to talk about the kids or how dirty our houses are and so I'm challenging myself to step out and to be more daring and to stop worrying so much about being rejected for being bold.
"Always preach the gospel, and if necessary use words" {source unknown}

In my ladies Bible study we are doing Stuck by Jennie Allen and the chapter of Discontent really hit me hard, it was a tough two weeks of weeding and pulling. I didn't like what was being pulled up.

In the Bible study Jennie had quoted Katie from Kisses From Katie {you've probably heard of the book}, in this post Katie responds to some questions that people have asked her about really being happy with her life as a missionary. At age 18 Katie moved to Uganda and decided to stay. She is now 23 and the mother to 14 adopted daughters and feeds hundreds more.

"...I want to go the mall and spend a ridiculous amount of money on a cute new pair of shoes. I want to sit on my kitchen counter chatting with my girlfriends and eat a whole carton of cookie dough ice cream....But. You know what I want more? ALL the time? I want to be spiritually and emotionally filled every day of my life. I want to be loved and cuddled by 100 children and never go a day without laughing...I want to be taught by those that teach...I want to feel needed, important, used by the Lord. I want to make a difference and I want to follow the calling that God has planted deep in my heart. I want to give my life away, to serve the Lord with each breath, each second..."


I was in puddles. The faith of this young girl humbled me. I read it to my kids that night and they too were in awe. I wanted them to get a glimpse of another young person that knew life was more than things, friends, and middle school drama.

When I think of missionaries I think Super Christians, something I could never do, and at one time thought I would never do. The thought of going to another country where Christianity isn't tolerated and where I could be persecuted for it, never appealed to me.

And I'm ashamed. Ashamed that I regard my life so highly, because in the Bible it says he who loves his life will lose it, while the man who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life {John 12:25}

Is it unrealistic to try and live like this life doesn't matter? That the things that everyone else holds so highly isn't that important? Am I being a Pollyanna?

Trying to be content with where I'm at in life and where I want to be is becoming a daily struggle. I honestly believe my first and foremost mission field is my family. So why is it harder to be Jesus to them than it is to someone I hardly know? If God calls me to nothing more than ministering to my family and the circle of people He brings into my life, I want to be content with that and not have this feeling that it's not enough.

But...If  God is calling me to more, to go, then I want to trust in His timing and that He is moving in the hearts of my family so that they will be willing to join me on the journey.

Lord, help me to be bold for you. To be courageous and not let fear keep me back from loving and telling others about you. Whatever it is, wherever it is prepare my heart and feet today to get ready to go.
In Jesus' Name~Amen.

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This is part of what God has been showing me, I'll write more in another post.

Linking with:: Imperfect ProseSoli Deo Gloria, God Bumps & God Incidences, Women Living Well, WIP, Winsome Wed

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Monday, November 5, 2012

Liebster Blog Award!!

Recently I have been nominated for the Liebster Blog Award! 

I was nominated by Shannon at Imperfectly Perfect Grace, and I was also nominated a couple months back by Marissa over at For Fun Reading List

What is the liebster blog award?
The Liebster Blog Award is given to up and coming bloggers who have not yet hit the 200 follower mark. The award is presented by a fellow blogger as a sort of pat on the back "you've got a great thing started" type of award. "liebster" is German for "favorite" This makes this the "favorite blog award"

The rules.
1. List 11 facts about yourself.

2. Answer the 11 questions given to you. 

3. Create 11 new questions for the bloggers you nominate for the award.

4. Choose 11 bloggers with 200 or less followers to nominate. 

5. Go to each bloggers page and let them know about the award.

6. Thank the person who nominated you and link back to their blog. 

11 Facts About Myself::
1. I'm short, about 5'2 on a good day
2. I was married young and had my daughter before I graduated from college
3. I hate to move and in the last 12 years have moved 6 times, and about to move again in two weeks.
4.I love to read and write
5. I don't know what I want to be when I grow up
6. I love SEC Football
7. Thinks Parenting is the hardest job in the world!
8. Reads cookbooks like regular books
9. Haven't bought a Kindle because I like the feel of real books
10. My two love languages are affirmation and touch
11.Find it really difficult to list 11 things about myself :)

Questions That Shannon Had For Me:

-What is a fun fact people might not know? I snore :)
-What age did you start driving? I started driving young, probably around 12, bc my Granny and PawPaw lived out in the country, basically out in the middle of nowhere, in South Alabama, and he would take us out on the country roads in his pickup and let us drive! It is one of my favorite memories of him.

-What is your favorite item in your closet? My jeans, I wear them all the time and everywhere
-Who has been a major influence in your life? My Grandma
-What is your dream day like? Get up early and get everything done and don't procrastinate, like I usually do :)

-Favorite song at this moment? Forgiveness by Brandon Heath

-What did you want to be when you grew up? I don't know, I still don't :)

-What is something you have on your to do list? Work out, it sort of rolls to the next day a lot :)

-Would you prefer to be at the beach or out on the ocean? At the beach def.

-What celebrity or well known figure would you like to have over to dinner? Lysa Terkeurst

-What is the short answer to why you started your blog? To try to make sense of some of the things God was showing me in my own life.

My Questions For Those I Nominate::
1. Why did you decide to blog?
2. What's your favorite ice cream?
3. Are you a jeans and t shirt or dress up person?
4. What's a pet peeve of yours?
5. Favorite Color?
6. If you could live anywhere where would it be?
7. Beach or Mountain person?
8. Where did you go on your honeymoon?
9. Ever been on a mission trip?
10. Favorite color nail polish?
11. What keeps you blogging?

And the nominees are::
Alicia Bruxvoort from The Overflow
Pieces of Amy
Finding The Inspiring
Shakin The Foundation
Woman to Woman
Seven Flowers
Walking Redeemed
Weak And Loved

Thanks Marissa and Shannon for the nomination, and I hope my nominees feel as honored as I did!

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Friday, November 2, 2012

A " Whatever Happens" Person

I want to be a "whatever happens" person

A whatever happens person knows that whatever happens God has it. And that none of us can escape hard times.

Never wastes a crisis

Knows that spending quality time with God will strengthen their relationship with Him and help them see beyond the crisis to God's plan.

Prays without ceasing

Steps out and helps someone else and is Jesus to someone who needs them and Him.

Love of God abounds more with knowledge and insight

I want to grow, learn, and dare to believe anything is possible with God's help. Will you dare to be a "whatever happens" person with me?

And the *winner* of The Be-Tween You and God Devo is...... Emily Cook!!! Congratulations Emily! 
I used to decided on a winner, because honestly I would give everyone a copy if I could.

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