God planted dreams in me. He gives me something to aim for; to glorify Him. Where I’ve erred is thinking that I have to figure out how I was going to make it all happen. I haven’t submitted my plans to Him. My dreams and desires became consuming thoughts. All I’ve thought about is THIS blog and my writing; how to better design, which platform to use and how to be a better writer. There’s a stirring in me and I began wondering how to get it done on my own. I mean…. I’ve been doing this writing thing for about 8 years now. It’s a rhythm of life. I’ve heard His Word (rhema) before telling me. “Your path is already marked. Rest in where I have you. Position yourself. Let Me develop you.” I think “Lord, what if I miss it?” He gently speaks His Word to me (logos): Trust Me. Do good. Dwell. Feed on My faithfulness. Delight in Me. So. I sit. It actually looks more like sitting on my hands and rocking back and forth in anticipation,trying so hard not to become anxious! Y’all, I know that if I MAKE things happen, there’s no God in it. “Proud” would be written across my shirt. Its a time of waiting. It’s also time to be under mentorship.
You younger people, submit yourselves to your elders. Yes, all of you be submissive to one another, and be clothed with humility, for God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble. Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you. 1 Peter 5:5-7
As God is revealing all of this to me, its becoming clear. What good is web design and blog platform and better writing skills if
there’s no clear biblical direction
the words aren’t edifying
the tone isn’t from a place of love
It’s a season of submission and I’m more than certain that God has rightly positioned me to receive.
And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in knowledge and all discernment, that you may approve the things that are excellent, that you may be sincere and without offense till the day of Christ, being filled with the fruits of righteousness which are by Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God. Philippians 1:9-11
Words that come to mind right now are: stretch. reach. lean. dwell. hide (in Him). grow. share. new. alert. embrace.
It’s a new season!
What has God spoken to you about your plans and goals?
Stormie Omartian is one of the first women that revolutionized my way of thinking and praying for my husband, children, and the world around me. With a word from God and Scripture to back up every prayer written out, battle was waged and lives are changed! Reviewing her newest book, The Praying Woman’s Devotional, was a joy!
“In this book you will find examples of how to pray for your life and the lives of those around you, as well as for your world and the things you care about most. You will learn what God asks us to do with regard to prayer and how we should respond to His direction. You will be reminded of the ways God wants you to pray and why.”–from the introduction
The devotions are short, to the point, and packed with God’s Word. Its great for when I need a deep, quick “pick-my-spirit-up”. True to form, Stormie includes a prayer, based on Scripture, to pray back to God. They’re filled with purpose and directness. If you’ve read any of Stormie Omartian’s books before, this book would probably feel more like a refresher and continuation from her other writings. I can’t pick an absolute favorite devotion of the collections in the book, but one that spoke so sweetly to me is “God is Near When We Pray”.
“We pray to a living and responsive God who loves us and wants to be an active part of our lives.”
You can purchase The Praying Woman’s Devotional by Stormie Omartian through Amazon, Christian Book , or in stores.
With Sword and Coffee, Kela **I received this an eBook copy of Stormie Omartian’s The Praying Woman’s Devotional free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. **this post contains affiliate links Image courtesy of adamr at FreeDigitalPhotos.net
No doubt warmer weather is a get-outside-and-play prompter! My kids are eager to get outside and play. The youngest son is even more ready to explore our new backyard!
We useNotebooking Pages in our homeschool throughout the year, but when Spring time comes around, we’re reading with our clipboards with Nature pages attached. This year my son is focusing on “treasure” and seeing what the former homeowners may have left behind. I’m pretty excited to find out also…well, as longs as its all good!
Jolene Engle is a woman running full after proclaiming God’s mandate of the marriage covenant between men and women. Wives have been gifted to their husbands as their helper and companion. Jolene helps guide the way to better equip wives in this magnificent honor! I’ve read her blog for a few years and quickly fell in love with the message that she gives to wives. Jolene is very quick to point it ALL back to our Lord, Jesus Christ. She shares so much of herself and I’ve enjoyed working with her on a couple of projects, including the original 31 Days to a Better Marriage series. The Lord led her to open up her newest blog space, Christian Wife University, to other marriage writers! This girl gets to participate and I’m so elated and excited to see God’s work in the marriages of friends, family and all readers. I start out with Open Spaces and Counsel in Marriage. tutututututu Renovations and remodeling are in full swing in our new/old home. My husband, and the guidance of the Holy Spirit, are the architects of our new design. Trust me when I say that there have been several times when my husband has needed divine inspiration….(read the rest of “Open Spaces and Counsel in Marriage” here)
I’ve been continuing my reading in Hebrews this week along with Rachel (www.RachelWojo.com)
God’s word is always a balm and it sooths my soul.
Hebrews 12:11 is one of those verses that I know to be so true. I see the word “nevertheless” as another type of “but God” phrase. There will be some stuff that we don’t like that’s going on in our lives, BUT GOD is able to turn it around!
I’m making it short this week. But I don’t want to leave just yet! I wrote a marriage post this week for Managing Your Blessings’ 31 Days to a Better Marriage. I talk about being a discerning wife in Be His Eyes.
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“I’m very trusting, and you don’t trust enough.” That was a statement of fact from my husband. I don’t easily trust people. Its not like I set out not to. It just takes me a moment to figure out if I want to invest in another person and to allow them to see into me. Sometimes that “lack of trust” has worked in my favor for the benefit of our marriage. Some call it “women’s intuition”. I call it discernment.
This has been a great week of making connections at our new church, learning lessons from my husband, following a new reading plan, and receiving new books to review!
**The Lord has blessed us more than ever with making new friends at our new church,Restoration Church. The kindred spirit, the Holy Spirit, is so evident in each individual that we come in contact with! We are deep into a series on theGospel of Mark. I was so impacted by a statement that one of our pastors made that I wrote about it in “Get Up From Learning and Start Serving”.
**A few days ago I got new insight on how my beloved husband fathers our boys. What I saw as a moment of them needing correction, he saw as an opportunity to show them grace. I immediately captured my thoughts of it here in “A Daddy and His Sons – Insight that Momma Doesn’t Have”.
**I’m a regular reader of Rachel Wojnarowski’s blog, RachelWojo.com. She has kicked of a March Bible Reading Plan that I’m loving already! It includes reading a chapter a day in Hebrews, James, 1 Peter, 2 Peter, and 1 John. Very easy and meaty reading. She sums up each week with a highlight post of the chapters that have been read that week. It isn’t too late to join!! March Bible Reading Challenge
** Prayer is my “spiritual love language”!! I love praying for others through intercession. I love reading about prayer and being encouraged by faith writers that present the depth that can be had through prayer. I’m super excited to be able to read and review The Praying Woman’s Devotional by Stormie Omartian, and The Red Letter Prayer Life by Bob Hostetler. Look for those reviews soon! In the meantime, you can read about other resources for prayer that I enjoy on my Called to Prayer page.
I want to share the posts that blessed me this week!
I just learned a lesson from my husband! Nope. Its not the first time! Our younger two sons started bickering, and pushing on each other over sofa space. I’d already told them a couple of times to stop and then resorted to this threat, “Boys!! I’m gonna send your daddy in there….and if I send your daddy in there, you’re not gonna like the outcome.” Their fighting lasted a few seconds longer and I finally sent them to their room. My husband got up from his desk. The next thing I hear is our youngest son making sounds that were a mix between being hurt (he gets dramatic sometimes) and playing. I swiftly walked to their room to find their daddy play wrestling with them. Our boys didn’t need another “sit down and act right” lecture. They needed their daddy to help them release energy in the best way that fellas do it. I’m thankful for my man’s insight in that. It’s something that I need to be mindful of. See….just a simple nugget. A simple time of being parents and loving on our kids!
I’m sitting here thinking about something one of our pastors said Sunday morning, and I loosely paraphrase,
“Get up from learning and start serving.”
We should always be in a state of being teachable and learning new things, but it does no good to hang on to knowledge and not pass it on! I can sit for hours and study God’s Word, or read writings from others. But I’m just being a consumer. There’s no output, and I feel that’s a HUGE waste of life! God has gifted each one of us. We can each be generous in our gifts by serving. You can serve in a way that no one else can. I asked God to show me where I need to serve; to be on mission. I sheepishly think that I already know the answer and I realize that I’m not walking fully in my “serve”.
Have I made myself available?
When I know that I’ve clearly heard the voice of God speaking to my spirit, do I make excuses and blatantly disobedient?
How much do I love the God I serve; following His commandment to love others?
Why am I hesitant or afraid?
These are tough questions for me because it is a call to action and I am without excuse to follow through. As I take a self-exam, will you be willing to ask those same questions of yourself? What is your gifting and serve call? How have you been hearing God instruct you? Do you feel that what you have is too small and ordinary to be used? Think about this:
”What was once normal and common became supernatural with the touch of God.” –Rich Butler, Restoration Church
**Updated content: My husband and I were highly encouraged and called to order by the message from our lead pastor Rich Butler at Restoration Church. Follow this link to hear the message from the Gospel of Mark series, Redefining Apostolic Ministry.