(Almost) Wordless Wednesday

They aren’t my words so it counts right? This is a song I am singing over and over lately. I hope it blesses you as it does me! Their words are so much better than my own in describing where I am these days.

 

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I Hate Mondays…

Hate is a strong word… But it’s the word that is so often associated with Mondays.

It’s true that I don’t really like Mondays at all. Though I’m not sure I hate them.

A few weeks ago I decided to turn things around and see the positive in Mondays. I posted a blog called Monday Blues. So today I decided to do another. I’m in the midst of packing and loads of laundry so it’s easy to see a low side to today. But here are my Monday Blues…the Blue things of my Monday:

Blue Bell my cat is batting around the ground.

Blue vase I just wrapped up in a box. (yay progress!)

Blue sky after a stormy night.

Blue Jeans fresh from the dryer.

Blue tote packed full- PROGRESS!!!

Blue Ray Lion King movie playing in the background. (childhood memories anyone?)

Blue water in a clean toilet- clean bathroom! 🙂

Blue note cards I forgot I had and just rediscovered today.

Today take your Monday Blues and find the positive in today. It’s amazing what looking for the positive on a rough day can do. And Mondays are pretty notably rough.

What are your Monday Blues?

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Philippians 4:4

This is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. Psalm 118:24

The One Where I Tell You More About Me….

Before starting this blog I probably over analyzed it.

I thought about what kind of blog I would have. Would I just randomly tell you all the boring things I do each day? Would I try to have a purpose? Would I be anonymous or would I be willing to share anything and everything about myself?

As I began to think about anonymity and the career field I am in, I came to the conclusion that I could remain more open about myself and the things I am struggling with, thus being more transparent, by remaining anonymous to a level.

You see I work for a church. And I have found that in working for churches anything and everything you say and do can be criticized.

When I began this blog it seemed that remaining anonymous was best in remaining transparent. But its not a decision that I’m keeping as a total fact for now and forever more, just relevant to where I am at today.

But God has been doing BIG things in my life and my deepest desire for this blog is for it to be a place where I can pour out my heart. God’s BIG things are on my heart.

After much prayer, deliberation, and even some tears, I resigned from my position recently.

I felt God stirring my heart towards missions.

I’ve always loved the stories in the Bible of how Jesus called his disciples, and how they trusted completely and just left. And I love the story of Peter walking on water. It challenges me to be willing to step out of the boat, to step out of my comfort zone and trust Him.

As I prayed I couldn’t help but feel God calling me to step out, to get out of this comfort zone. And resigning was the first step.

One Sunday a colleague from another church came and asked how things were going, it was the same Sunday I was going to begin telling people I was resigning. I told him it was interesting he had asked because this was what was going on.

A few days later my colleague had a missionary in his office. This missionary oversees many 1-2 year missionaries in her field. And He told her about me, I was on his mind when she visited.

The next day I was in his office chatting and I told him that I was thinking missions.

It was like this great big Jesus moment. He hadn’t known I was already thinking it. I hadn’t known that this missionary was just at his office.

And so he shared my information with her and gave me hers.

Next week I’m supposed to be talking with her about some possibilities.

God’s handiwork is pretty amazing!

Who knows what will happen when I talk with her- if I’ll decide not to go or if it will all work out- who but God.

But it’s pretty amazing to feel like God is opening doors.

Trusting in God as I stepped out of the boat, this little comfort boat of mine, though scary, is truly amazing. And I hope that as I step even farther from my comfort zone and move home to a place where I don’t have a job that I’ll continue to trust God and I know he’ll continue to guide me. He’s pretty awesome that way!
It’s in the quiet after the storm that he has begun to make something of a future out of what was bleak and quiet.

Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voicebehind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.” Isaiah 30:21

Promises

A few years ago I was given a “praise stick” which reads “God Keeps His promises. Along with this small 1 by 6 plaque was a note which told me that the praise stick had sat on the mantle of it’s original owner for many years as a reminder that God Keeps His Promises. It had been a reminder for this dear friend through a difficult divorce, the challenging teenage years of her two daughters, job changes, and health scares. My friend felt the urge to pass this praise stick on to me that day. She told me that she hoped it would serve as a reminder that God keeps His promises as I was faced with uncertainty and beyond. And it has.

And God does keep His promises doesn’t he? He promised to send His son to save us: and he did. He promised He would never again flood the earth: and he hasn’t. He promised Abraham that his descendants would be more than the stars in the sky: and you and I are proof of that! He promises that he will never leave us nor forsake us: and I am certain He has not! And He promises that He has a plan for us, on that will give us a hope and a future.

The latter promise is the one I am clinging to the most these days. And I love this song by Sanctus Real:

(The above text was part of a letter I wrote published in my church’s newsletter this month, but I am so reminded these days of God’s promises that I wanted to share it here too!)

Five Minute Friday: Roots

We write for five minutes flat. All on the same prompt that Lisa-Jo posts here at 1 minute past midnight EST ever Friday. And we connect on Twitter with the hashtag#FiveMinuteFriday

No extreme editing; no worrying about perfect grammar, font, or punctuation.

Unscripted. Unedited. Real.

This weeks prompt: Roots

Go.

Roots.

Our Family.

Christ.

What grounds us. What helps us grow and become who we are.

She’s the woman I’ve been trained to say: I do not look like my mother, I look like she.

She is my grandmother.

A pillar of strength.

Though I only had 7 short years to get to know her, I still feel like I am continuing to get to know her.

It’s her strength I remember the most. As she fought cancer for so long and so strong.

It’s her love I remember the second most. As she loved on her family in what could have been her last few days, every day.

It’s her strength I see in her eyes in pictures.

The strength of her faith.

Her faith in Christ.

And the strength of her love.

She’s a part of my roots.

Her strength and her love- she no doubt got from God- run through my veins.

As I grow and go it’s her as my roots which keep me grounded in strength and in love.

My roots which make me who I am today, brought me through where I’ve been, and will continue to carry me through to who I will become.

Roots, I think God planned for our family to help root us. For She helps root me to Christ. Helps Root me to who I am, to who I’ve been.

She is my roots. Just a part of my roots.

Stop

 

Day 29: Connections

This past Sunday we had a group visit our church who talked to us about Connections and how important they are.

They each told a story about their life and their faith and how why they are still active. Each story had some connection- some relationship- which helped keep them or get them back to the church.

Today I went out to eat with a friend and her daughter. And as I sat there with them laughing and telling stories- sharing life- I started to think:

This is what it’s all about.

Being Christian isn’t about being in the church on Sunday mornings, going to all the age-appropriate church events and claiming to be this awesome Christian.

Being Christian is about connections, its about relationships.

Jesus was a man of the people. He didn’t live above them, and He didn’t care if it was Sunday or people were expecting Him, He was there.

Jesus was a man who built relationships- with his disciples and others. He didn’t just stand at the front of a church preaching, He really met people where. they. were.

He healed the sick.

He raised the dead.

He comforted the weak and sorry.

As humans, we were created to be in community, to build connections.

And as Christians it’s about being in relationships, building relationships, and being Jesus-with-skin-on to those around us. It’s about truly caring for the person across the table. Not caring because you want the latest gossip, or because you are “a great Christian person,” but because we are called to love because He loved us!

“We love because he first loved us.” 1 John 4:14

 

“if anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him.”  John 7:37-38