Do you ever see someone from your past that you never took the time to get to know? You weren’t necessarily rude to them or avoiding them, but you were busy or distracted or, if I’m brutally honest (talking to myself here), a bit (okay, a lot) self-absorbed.
And now you run into them or see them on social media and they are incredible. You realize you missed out on getting to know an amazing person that could have added to the richness of your life and learning.
It happens to me from time to time and makes me sad. I’m an introvert and I don’t put myself out there often or take the time to get to know people deeply. But these encounters from my past help me to want change that.
I realize God puts people in my path and life for a reason. There are people intended to be part of my story that I missed out on. I’m trying hard to not let that happen. Im trying to keep my eyes and heart open to those people God is placing in my path, and then stepping out of my comfort zone and engaging.
I don’t want to miss out on anything God has set before me, especially these special relationships.
Boy is this ever true. And sadly I fight like crazy against the uncomfortable, missing out on beautiful growth on the other side.
My friend @audreastewart posted this quote today and boy do I need it. I’ve proven myself quite ill-equipped at deciding what is best for me!
Do you have tons of ideas floating in your mind? Are you fearful to just GO? You aren't alone! You probably notice It’s been a theme of my posts lately...something God is really speaking to me. I know It’s not just me. Keep dreaming, praying, and asking God for wisdom. I can't wait to follow YOUR story! I'm cheering for you.
This quote has been rolling around my head today.
The truth is, God has picked us. “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” (Ephesians 2:10).
But we have a job here...to walk in them. God’s work is done. Now it is our turn.
Too often we wait for other people to do what is our job to do. We wait for people to notice us, select us, pick us, while we sit back anxious in the waiting, wondering why nothing is happening.
We need to be brave enough to pick ourselves. To recognize we are created for such a time as this, and these dreams we have were prepared for us beforehand.
What have you been waiting on someone else to initiate on your behalf that God may be waiting on YOU to initiate?
God, give us faith and courage to pick ourselves and jump into the works already prepared for us by You.
How different would our days be if we saw people like Jesus did?
More eager to lend a hand.
More quick to say, “I’m sorry”
Mare passionate about our prayers for them.
I’ve tried to make it a habit to pray that God gives me eyes to see people and circumstances as He does; for my heart to break for what breaks His. It is a game-changer.
Who’s joining us to start loving a Bible during Lent? Who are you loving your Bible for?
I’m making mine for my 10th-grader to give her when she leaves for college in two years. I couldn’t wait for Lent so I had to highlight a passage today that was on my heart.
If you want to join us, but don’t know where to start, I have a “Loved Bible” tab on my website with more info, links to journaling Bibles, verses by theme to get started, and a calendar to follow along during Lent (1-2 verses a day to mark in your Bibles). Link to swipe in my stories.
Let us know who you are starting a Bible for! Could be a child (any age), spouse, future spouse/child, family member you have been praying for, friend who needs encouragement, or to include in a blessing bag for a ministry.
I’m praying this will be a blessing for those we give them to.
Been on my mind so much lately. Only Jesus...
makes forgiveness of the unforgivable possible...
offers hope in cycles of generational hopelessness...
makes the unbearable pain bearable...
crates a path for the impossible to break through...
heals emotional, spiritual, physical wounds left for dead...
enables enemies to sit at a table together and talk...
softens our hard, stubborn, biased hearts.
I believe with everything in me that Jesus is the solution.
Some people are in the beautiful place of being smack in the middle of living out their dream. However, I suspect many of us fall into one of two camps when it comes to living out our passions. In one camp are those who have a crysal clear vision about what they want to be doing; what they feel like God is calling them to do. The other campers are those who feel utterly clueless about their deep calling and purpose. And while the two camps seem to be in different places, both feel stuck.
The ones with a clear vision feel like they know what they should be doing, but they aren’t doing it. Doors don’t seem to be opening; some are even flat-out shutting in their face. The work they are currently doing feels like it contributes nothing to get them closer to living out their passions. The frustration exacerbated when they feel so strongly that God has given them the vision.
The other camp feels like they are spinning their wheels; just going through the mundane motions with no sense of purpose. Their days are busy, but they aren’t full. They pray for God to show them their calling, but the silence is deafening at the moment.
What God has been showing me is that each little task, activity, opportunity, conversation, invitation is, in a way I can’t see yet, preparing me for the works He has planned for me. It is all beautiful on its own, but even more beautiful in the ways it is contributing to something bigger.
God is showing me that my job is to be obedient. To say “yes” when I feel the Spirit nudging me to, even if my flesh isn’t feeling it. I’m convinced that in surprising & creative ways God is laying out a beautiful puzzle made up of tons of tiny pieces. He sees the finished picture when all I see are disparate pieces.
Keep going after the dreams God has given you. Keep praying for God to show you His path for you. And then, say “yes” where God calls you. Be obedient in the small assignments. You don’t want to risk missing out on the training orchestrated by God for something so beautiful.
A wise woman said these wise words in my Bible study group this morning.
It provides such a great check when we are struck with an intense irritation over something or someone. If we are courageous enough to dig deeper, God just may be wanting to show us some unhealthy idols taking root in our heart.