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Flying High (with a little help!)

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Happy Sunday!  I’ve strayed away from my typical Sunday song posts for the last month, but decided I could use the encouragement myself, so here’s a quick one with a great message as you start a new week!

I know I’ve been exhausted from all the Halloween Festivities.  Good problems to have, but I could use some extra strength as we “officially” begin this holiday season.  I guess I could have waited until Advent, the true period of waiting, but I don’t know about you, but I feel the pressure is on these days to be super organized and start thinking about Christmas NOW (or 4 weeks ago!)

The words from Isaiah 40 have always been some of my favorite.  Verse 28 (I cut off in my picture about) starts with “Do you not know?  Have you not heard?”  Really grabs your attention.  As we may tire or become weary – our God will not.  And if we ask Him and believe in Him, He will give us strength, and help us soar on wings like eagles – great imagery don’t you think?  I could only imagine that soaring high above the earth, like this eagle here, would be both empowering and peaceful.  And isn’t that what God does for us?  And wants us to be through Him?  I’d like to believe so.

So as you enter into this next week, or season (in weather, on your calendar, and/or in life), know that you are not alone.  God does not tire, He is always listening and will give us the strength we need to move forward, or even just wait, as many of us are called to do at different points in our lives.

Take a listen to “Everlasting God” by Lincoln Brewster below.  Love this song and the message.  “Our God WILL reign forever” and will “lift us up on wings like eagles.”

Amen.  Have a blessed week!

Everlasting God
Lincoln Brewster

Strength will rise as we wait upon the Lord
Wait upon the Lord, we will wait upon the Lord
Strength will rise as we wait upon the Lord
Wait upon the Lord, we will wait upon the Lord

Our God, You reign forever
Our hope, our strong deliverer

You are the everlasting God
The everlasting God
You do not faint
You won’t grow weary

You’re the defender of the weak
You comfort those in need
You lift us up on wings like eagles

Strength will rise as we wait upon the Lord
Wait upon the Lord, we will wait upon the Lord
Strength will rise as we wait upon the Lord
Wait upon the Lord, we will wait upon the Lord

Our God, You reign forever
Our hope, our strong deliverer

You are the everlasting God
The everlasting God
You do not faint
You won’t grow weary

You’re the defender of the weak
You comfort those in need
You lift us up on wings like eagles

You are the everlasting God
The everlasting God
The everlasting God
The everlasting

You are the everlasting God
The everlasting God
The everlasting God
The everlasting

You are the everlasting God
The everlasting God
The everlasting God
The everlasting

The Lord is the everlasting God
The Creator of all the Earth
He never grows weak or weary
No one can imagine the depths of His understanding

He gives power to the weak and strength to the powerless
[Incomprehensible] become weak and tired
And young men will fall in exhaustion
But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength

They’ll soar high on wings like eagles
They’ll run and not grow weary
They’ll walk and not faint

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Scarecrows, Ogres, and Shaggy Dogs!

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What do all those have in common?  Why they are all fun things to view this fall at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens!  We packed a picnic and headed up there this past Sunday AM.  (Another item to add to our Fall Fun list!)  Right now, two fun events are going on, as it looks like they change seasonally.  (We checked out the Garden Lights a few years back and it did not disappoint!)

First is the Imaginary Worlds | Plants Larger Than Life.  This included:

“The sculptures – ranging up to 25 feet tall and 20 feet wide – include a gazing unicorn, a friendly ogre, a pair of gigantic cobras, a group of enchanting rabbits, and a couple of flighty butterflies. The largest piece, a 25-foot-tall representation of a goddess emerging from the earth, greets visitors in the Cascades Garden.”  (Description from website)

Here are some of our pictures.  The kids favorites were the Shaggy Dog and the bunnies (I think LL found 6!)

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Second was the annual Scarecrows in the Garden were various companies, organizations, and school from around Atlanta participate in constructing their own scarecrows.  These were SO fun to look at as they lined the trails throughout many parts of the garden. I just noticed a Scavenger hunt on their website – we’ll definitely have to print that one out for next year for the kids! Here are a few favorites: (the first was named BooBee for Breast Cancer Awareness – by far my favorite!)

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Another big highlight was the Children’s Garden.  A surprisingly large section of trails with a variety of activities for the little ones.  It included (but is not limited to); a treehouse, how a caterpillar turns into a butterfly, digging for dinosaur bones, a sunflower splash pad (we’ll have to go back in the summer to check this out!), a little house, a little cavern, and just lots of “little” places to crawl/walk/whatever through!  Definitely need to go back and spend some more time there!  And bonus this weekend, they had little stations set up where kids got the hands painted, made a hat, and went pumpkin bowling – extra fun!

After taking in all the kids could handle (and actually joining for only a little bit more plus free tickets to bring friends!), we walked right into Piedmont Park and set up to picnic.  Did I mention how pretty the weather was?  Then we went to the playground, which I was very impressed with, and then strolled around a little.  The AIDS walk was going on, so we walked over to the main green space to observe and dance to a great band playing some of our favorite songs (Moves Like Jagger, Don’t Stop Believin’…), before calling it a day.

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Kids both fell asleep on the way home, and we came home exhausted, but refreshed from a perfect Sunday morning together and outside!  The perfect way to celebrate God’s glory and rejoice in it!

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On the glorious splendor of your majesty, and on your wondrous works, I will meditate. Psalm 145:5

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Tasty! (God and Candy Crush)

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Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.
Psalm 34:8

You’ll never believe where I heard God speak to me this week and my inspiration for this post.  Seriously, this is embarrassing, but I know some of you will know what I am talking about.  Any Candy Crush addicts out there?  Don’t judge me, it’s my down-time (what little of it there is) indulgence.  We all have one (or two).  Usually I have the volume down, but sometimes on my computer it is up and you’ll hear the creepy voice throughout the game proclaim “Tasty!”.  And the verse above and song below came to mind.  Now whenever I indulge in Candy Crush, I have this song in my head, and even playing a mindless game, I feel close to God.  I know – far-fetched but it’s a stress-reliever for me (along with exercise and other things), and just a momentary break from the present.  (I could tie this in with the topic of temptation that was discussed in my small group this AM, but we’ll save that for another day!)

But this song below “Taste & See”, first heard at church from Jay & Abby Akins (who are releasing their first album, Trust, very soon!!), has always been one of my favorites.  Catchy, good beat, and really gets you moving and feeling the music.  And not to mention a GREAT message – God is good and I’m going to proclaim it anyway I can!  I’d argue that not only can we taste and see, but we hear, feel, and even smell God in all the little indulgences He allows us, and HE IS GOOD!  I am thankful for that piece of dark chocolate or pumpkin latte I can TASTE.  I am grateful for the beautiful changing leaves I SEE.  I can rest in the silence during naptime or after the kids go to bed at night that I HEAR.  I FEEL hugs and kisses from my husband, my kids, and my dogs each day.  I am refreshed with the SMELL of dinner in the oven or the cool crisp air of AM.  And there is nothing better than knowing in my heart that God loves me and has provided so many blessings and amazing things for us to experience on this earth.  Pretty cool.

I pray that we all take time this week to be blessed by all God places for us to taste and see each day (even if it is in a silly game!).  Amen.

Taste & See
Hillsong United

O taste and see
That the Lord is good
O taste and see
That the Lord is good
He is good to me

You’ve turned my mourning
Into dancing
Put off my rags and clothed me with gladness
And I will arise and I will praise you
I’ll sing and not be silent

O Lord, My God
I will give thanks to you forever
O Lord, My God
I will give thanks to you

And I’ll live only for you
And I’ll lift these hands up to you
And I’ll dance before you
I will shout it, I will shout it to you

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Through the Storm, He is LORD!

Happy Tuesday.  Yep, I’m late for my Sunday post.  I’ve just been tired lately.  Maybe a bug, maybe my kids not wanting to sleep (teething, bad dreams…), maybe stuff on my mind, maybe dogs waking up early to enjoy the cooler, almost fall weather, who knows.  Blogging just hasn’t been high on my list.  Even today I’m struggling to be encouraging, uplifting, positive.  Nothing is wrong, I’m incredibly blessed, just tired.

My heart is heavy with yet another shooting yesterday.  I pray for the victims, their families, the shooter, our country.  Such tragedy, but God will prevail if we have our anchor in the right place.

“Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil”
Hebrews 6:19 (KJV)

So I’ve had this song on my mind this week “Cornerstone”.  And the verse “My anchor holds within the veil”  Our “anchor” is God and our hope and trust in him.  And the “veil” is God’s inner sanctuary (I saw somewhere where the impossible becomes possible).  I’ve googled this verse and song could go much deeper, but I’m leaving it at that for today.  It’s simple, keep anchored in God and He will prevail.

Listen to the song and really meditate on it.  The last verse gives me goosebumps.  “When He shall come with trumpet sound, Oh, may I then in Him be found; Dressed in His righteousness alone, Faultless stand before the throne.”  It’s what all of this (life) is all about.  As God as our cornerstone, we will survive (even thrive) and be better for it!

I pray for those grieving this week and those celebrating this week.  Wherever you are in life, as God as your anchor and your trust in HIM, you can’t go wrong.  Amen.

Cornerstone
Hillsong United

My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus blood and righteousness
I dare not trust the sweetest frame
But wholly trust in Jesus nameMy hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus blood and righteousness
I dare not trust the sweetest frame
But wholly trust in Jesus nameChrist alone; cornerstone
Weak made strong; in the Saviour’s love
Through the storm, He is Lord
Lord of all

When Darkness seems to hide His face
I rest on His unchanging grace
In every high and stormy gale
My anchor holds within the veil
My anchor holds within the veil

Christ alone; cornerstone
Weak made strong; in the Saviour’s love
Through the storm, He is Lord
Lord of all
He is Lord
Lord of all

Christ alone
Christ alone; cornerstone
Weak made strong; in the Saviour’s love
Through the storm, He is Lord
Lord of all

Christ alone; cornerstone
Weak made strong; in the Saviour’s love
Through the storm, He is Lord
Lord of all

When He shall come with trumpet sound,
Oh, may I then in Him be found;
Dressed in His righteousness alone,
Faultless stand before the throne.

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God gave me you. A post for my husband.

DSC_0879Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God,
and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God.
John 4:7

Happy Sunday!  Again, I’m straying from my typical church, summarize the sermon post, and posting what is on my heart and mind.  This one today is for my hubby, Steven (but hopefully you can relate and maybe be inspired by some of it!)  He’s been working extra hard lately and we’ve been spending a lot more time apart.  While at times this puts a lot of strain on our relationship, I know that God brought us together for a reason, many reasons, and this is one of our trial periods.  Through the 9 years we have known each other, we’ve had ups and downs and I feel the desire to reflect on that this particular Sunday and maybe reaffirm my belief that “this too shall pass” and we will be stronger for it (with God’s help ofcourse!)

The song I’ve had on my brain lately, and today’s Sunday song, is God Gave Me You by Blake Shelton (see the video and full lyrics below).  I heard a song of a similar title the other day on the Fish Atlanta, but when I tried to think back on it, this was one that came to mind and has stuck.  I don’t know much about their relationship, but I know Blake is married to Miranda Lambert (she’s in the intro to this video too).  From seeing them on the Voice, being fans of both on Facebook, and from songs, it seems like they have a solid relationship (hopefully rooted in Christ!)  (It also doesn’t hurt that Miranda is a huge animal advocate – so I really like and respect her!)  The verse “On my own I’m only half of what I could be” stings true, without God and you by my side, things would be a lot tougher and together our possibilities are endless.

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While doing my “research” for this post, it was easy to get caught up in Bible verses about marriage and love.  While those are important, I wanted today to reflect on those gifts, those people, whatever it is, that God has placed in our lives.  I know that God alone is sufficient, and all that I need.  But being the amazing God He is, I strongly believe He places people in our lives for different reasons.  He places them there to strengthen us, to grow with us, to teach us lessons, to guide us, to follow us, a million different reasons.  Some may only stay a short while, while others hopefully will stick around for awhile.

Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 says “Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up.  But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up.  Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.”

With you (Steven), my heart is overflowing.  Together we have already overcome so much, and grown with each other and through God.  And this is only the beginning!  Our potential is endless.  We have been given 2 beautiful children to raise up and have been filled with passions that drive us to be the BEST we can be, alone and together.  On the days I have doubts, I need to pray and reaffirm, that we are serving a higher purpose.  But that “higher purpose” still wants us to learn from our mistakes, be stronger for them, and go out into the world and be the best we can be and testify to others.  While through this blog (and in real life!), I am striving to find my “purpose”, I have no doubt that you are part of my purpose and without your support and love, it would not be possible.

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Today, I hope you can too reflect on those people God has placed in your life and the role they have.  I pray that you have found your partner, your equal, and that they can lift you up, love you, and help you realize your full potential in whatever you are facing.  I love you Steven with my whole heart, thank you from the bottom of my heart, and know in my heart we are meant to be and meant to do amazing things!

I’ll conclude with a verse on love that was read at our wedding and one I refer back to often.  Thanks for reading and have a great Sunday!

426.21Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.  Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace.And be thankful. Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Colossians 3:12-17

“God Gave Me You”
Blake Shelton

I’ve been a walking heartache
I’ve made a mess of me
The person that I’ve been lately
Ain’t who I wanna be
But you stay here right beside me
Watch as the storm blows through
And I need you
Cause God gave me you for the ups and downs
God gave me you for the days of doubt
And for when I think I’ve lost my way
There are no words here left to say, it’s true
God gave me you
There’s more here than what were seeing
A divine conspiracy
That you, an angel lovely
Could somehow fall for me
You’ll always be love’s great martyr
And I’ll be the flattered fool
And I need you
Yeah!
God gave me you for the ups and downs
God gave me you for the days of doubt
And for when I think I’ve lost my way
There are no words here left to say, it’s true
God gave me you
On my own I’m only
Half of what I could be
I can’t do without you
We are stitched together
And what love has tethered
I pray we never undo
Cause God gave me you for the ups and downs
God gave me you for the days of doubt
God gave me you for the ups and downs
God gave me you for the days of doubt
And for when I think I’ve lost my way
There are no words here left to say, it’s true
God gave me you, gave me you
He gave me you

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Have a glorious, wondrous Sunday!

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Happy Sunday and Labor Day weekend!  I’m going to keep this short today.  We spent this AM out at Power’s Pavillion for the Power’s Festival in West Newnan.  A beautiful shaded setting to enjoy live music, good (but maybe not healthy) food, arts & crafts, and people watching.  Although now it is finally feeling like our typical humid Georgia summers, it is still great to be outside and bask in God’s creations.  Whether walking through the woods or even a crowded festival, being outside I am the happiest and feel closest to God.  So I’m just going to leave you with a few pictures and a verse on this beautiful Sunday!

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On the glorious splendor of your majesty,
and on your wondrous works, I will meditate.
Psalm 145:5

A few pictures from this AM at Power’s Fest:

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Enjoying all natural homemade ice cream from Country Cabins Sweets & Treats and we can’t go to a festival without face (well arm) painting!  (I loved it last week when LL told me she didn’t want her face painted because she couldn’t see it!)

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May you and yours meditate on God’s wonders in this world this Sunday.  Happy 3-day weekend!  Amen!

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Just be Yourself! Living a Life of Freedom.

“Now you are the body of Christ and each one of your is a part of it.”
1 Corinthians 12:27

Happy Sunday!  Beautiful day out here in GA!  We are getting ready for LL’s first day of 3-year old preschool tomorrow and really getting ready to be back on a schedule!  (Yes that does make a Type A person very excited!)  And I’m learning that kids are creatures of habit.  While flexibility is good, knowing what each day holds is also a nice thing.  We attended the early service at New Church of Peachtree City this AM as Pastor David continued his mini-sermon series titled “Living a Life of Freedom”.  Last week I missed most of the sermon on building a foundation for freedom (you can see why here).  Steven kindly took some notes for me.  The building blocks for freedom’s foundation that David presented are:

  1. Our Status (where we center our life)
  2. Our Security (physical v. through Jesus)
  3. Christ’s Strength (not our own)

So this week, David continued by discussing personal aspects, specifically who we are?  He mentioned that we tend to reflect the model of persons we admire, but that may not be what God created us to be.  Again, this hits home as I am trying to figure out who God created me to be.  I do feel that in my maturing age I am becoming so much more comfortable in my own skin, but like everyone, have a long way to go.  But so much of that is not only being comfortable in the body God gave me, but in the skills (or lack thereof), passions, roles, and places He also gave me or put me in.  God created us as we are to be who we are.  David gave 1 Corinthians 1:5 as a verse.  And in my new-found quest for deeper biblical understanding, I looked a few translations and found this one I love from “The Message”:

Every time I think of you—and I think of you often!—I thank God for your lives of free and open access to God, given by Jesus. There’s no end to what has happened in you—it’s beyond speech, beyond knowledge. The evidence of Christ has been clearly verified in your lives.
1 Corinthians 1:4-6 (The Message)

In Presbyterian fashion, David gave us 3 bullet points on how to live a life a freedom:

  1. Know Yourself
    Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ.
    1 Corinthians 12:12
  2. Be Yourself
    But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be.
    1 Corinthians 12:18
  3. Enjoy Yourself
    But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.
    2 Corinthians 4:7

The full verse (as linked to above) relates God’s people/believers to a body.  Each person has a function, eyes, ears, hands, feet, heart…none is any less important that any other and they all need to work together to function.  A pretty cool image, can’t you just visualize it?  It got me thinking as to what part I am and how I can do the best I can do.  And then how I want everyone else to do they best they can, so we all can be a huge functioning body to worship, praise, spread the good word, and live the lives God intended us to.  Just think how amazing we all could be together! What part of God’s body are you?

The song that came to mind for this week is “If we are the body” by Casting Crowns.  Take a listen and look below.  Thanks for reading.  May your week ahead be blessed!  Amen!

If We are the Body
Casting Crowns

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Jesus loves me this I know. Having the faith of a child.

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Hope everyone’s week is off to a great start!  This is our last week of summer before preschool starts (but I know most of you down south are already back and at it!)  With the advent of a new school year comes lots of change.  As adults, we are used to it, and deal with it (in our own ways.)  But this year I’m struggling with my 3-year old LL who is extremely perceptive (she’s inherited my sense of detail) and emotional.  With summer break coinciding with changing churches, every Sunday the question has been – which church are we going to (old, #1 new, or #2 new)?

With these changes come tantrums.  Including one yesterday at church when trying to leave LL at her new “big girl” Sunday school class.  I don’t know if it’s information overload, stress, change, or probably a combination of a lot of thing, but she just had enough.  Having only a handful of tantrums under my belt, and being around other children and parents, I was at a lost on how to calm her down.  I finally settled into the classroom with her and once she was nice and settled and distracted, I quickly excused myself.  That all being said, I missed most of the sermon yesterday.

My wonderful husband, knowing and supporting my weekly Sunday blogs, took notes for me.  But it just wasn’t the same, as I’m usually taking notes and thinking of songs all while taking the sermon.  But I did notice my common theme for yesterday and this week (not a far cry from usual) is kids.   It was Kids Sunday at church, kicking off a new year of Sunday school.  We also were able to attend a party for a neighbor’s little girl who was baptized yesterday.  And then this AM we went up to LL’s preschool to meet her new teacher and see all the preparations for this coming school year.

I took this as a time to reflect on what the Bible says about kids.  Specifically about how we ALL should have the faith of a child.  How God’s love is not complicated, its so innocent, and pure at its core that its unfortunate that growing up and exposure to the world can tarnish it’s beauty.  All 4 of the gospels have a variation of this verse:

People were bringing little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them, but the disciples rebuked them. When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” And he took the children in his arms, placed his hands on them and blessed them.
Mark 10:13-16

I’m sure this is a topic I will hit on again (and again!) as my life as a Mom with young kids has been (and will be) full of moments of purity when my kids learn about and experience God’s pure love.  Each night we talk with LL and ask her who made her and she says “Mommy, Daddy, and God!”  And she loves to tell her brother and even the dogs that God made them.  We love watching Veggie Tales as their guiding statement is “God made you special, and He loves you very much!”

Nothing earth-shattering today, just a good reminder that God’s love is simple and pure and that maybe we can take a hint from our kids sometimes!  Now if anyone has any advice on tantrums and approaching them with God’s love at the forefront – I’d love to hear it!

I’m breaking out an old kids classic (we all learned it!) and an old video to go with it (as my weak attempt at a song for this week!)  This is LL after she just turned 2 years old.  (Makes me a little teary eyed at how much she has already changed in just 1.5 years.)

May your week be blessed and full of God’s love!  Amen.

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Is that You, God? I’m waiting!

I’m a day late, I know.  Sunday night church is tough.  We go because it’s the contemporary service, which we love (esp. Jay & Abby‘s music).  But with the little ones used to a schedule, trying to get dinner and bedtime afterwards it just a chaotic rush and doesn’t put me in the right mindset to face the week.  I like to cook and have quiet Sunday’s at home to prepare for the week ahead.  So it’s been a struggle – the church service we like vs. our sanity!  All that to say, I’m usually not in the mood on Sunday nights to blog and provide inspiration for the week ahead (which I try to do for you all AND myself.)  So I’ll either make up my own (like last week) or just wait until Monday (or I guess we could go to the early service!)

David’s sermon last night (at New Church) touched a sensitive subject for me (and left me a bit frustrated).  He talked about calling.  Specifically in Exodus 3-4 when God is talking to Moses.  God couldn’t be more clear on what He wants Moses to do, but Moses keeps pushing back.  Sound familiar?  Is does to me, minus the clear part.  I am on a mission (the purpose of this blog) to find my calling, to listen for God’s messages to me on what I am supposed to do.  Have I heard it already and pushed it aside?  I sure hope not.  Will I be ready for it when I do get it?  I sure hope so!  But David pointed out when Moses heard his calling from God, he had some questions/objections:

  1. Who am I?
  2. Who are you?
  3. What if they don’t believe me?
  4. Isn’t there someone else more qualified?
  5. Can’t you send someone else?

As I am waiting for my calling – I’m not sure these are the questions I would ask.  Maybe more like; is it really You?  Are You sure?  How can I be sure?  Where do I start?  and Can You help me?  Not too different, definite reservations as to if it’s really God calling, and the need for His guidance. (Maybe God could give me a few tricks too?  Maybe not the staff-snake one though!)

Maybe I’m a little jealous of Moses that God spoke to him so clearly?  Not that I want that calling (unless God wants that for me!).  I’m just getting impatient waiting to find out what mine is.  I feel bad feeling bad.  I know I’m called to be at home with my kids at this point in my life (no regrets leaving the corporate world).  But I can’t help but wonder what is next when I see them growing up (way too) fast.  It may not be huge, like Moses, but it will be mine, and I can only pray for and open heart and clarity and peace when I do hear!  But I also pray that I don’t write it off as a coincidence when I do hear it, or talk myself out of it, or pretend not to hear it (all examples David gave.)

Off from the message, but rather on to what I took from the message, is the song I chose for this week.  I had a few in mind, but as I typed this out, the verse “I’m waiting on you Lord, and I am hopeful” came to mind from John Waller’sWhile I’m Waiting“.  It’s the attitude I try to have (need to have).  Although it’s not comfortable, I will be obedient, I will serve You, worship You, and wait on You.  Knowing that You have a great plan for my life! (Jer 29:11)  (Sidenote: I’m incredibly blessed and can keep on going on as is, I just know I was (we all are) made for a bigger purpose and I’m anxious to find out what it is!)

With that I will leave you with my guiding verse and a YouTube video of the aforementioned song.  May you have an open heart to God’s calling for you in your life.  Have a great week and stay tuned!

John Waller
While I’m Waiting

I’m waiting, I’m waiting on You Lord
And I am hopeful, I’m waiting on You Lord
Though it is painful, but patiently I will wait

And I will move ahead bold and confident
Taking every step in obedience

While I’m waiting I will serve You
While I’m waiting I will worship
While I’m waiting I will not faint
I’ll be running the race even while I wait

I’m waiting, I’m waiting on You Lord
And I am peaceful, I’m waiting on You Lord
Though it’s not easy no, but faithfully I will wait
Yes, I will wait

And I will move ahead bold and confident
Taking every step in obedience

While I’m waiting I will serve You
While I’m waiting I will worship
While I’m waiting I will not faint
I’ll be running the race even while I wait

I will move ahead bold and confident
I’ll be taking every step in obedience, yeah

While I’m waiting I will serve You
While I’m waiting I will worship
While I’m waiting I will not faint

And I will serve You while I’m waiting
I will worship while I’m waiting
I will serve You while I’m waiting
I will worship while I’m waiting
I will serve You while I’m waiting
I will worship while I’m waiting on You Lord

I will serve You while I’m waiting
I will worship while I’m waiting
I will serve You while I’m waiting
I will worship while I’m waiting

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I will follow – will you?

“Then he called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said:

“Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.”
Mark 8:34

Happy Sunday!  Today I wanted to share a song that I have heard a few times this week that I really feel God has placed on my heart as I am trying to listen.  It is Chris Tomlin’s “I Will Follow”, and as always I have included the YouTube video below.

I’ve been feeling restless lately.  As the kids are getting older and a bit more independent, I’m trying to figure out what to do with my [free] time.  Part of that was starting this blog.  I am hoping that by organizing how I spend my time and documenting trips, activities, and whatever occupies our time, maybe my true calling (purpose) will appear.  At least that is my prayer.  God speaks to me through music, as each Sunday I have been posting a song that either goes along with that days sermon or one that God has laid on my heart.

This week it was “I Will Follow”.  I always hope and try to follow the desires God places on my heart, but as I am entering a period of unknowns and possibly some tough choices (nothing serious, I will elaborate at a later time), I need to, now more than ever, place my trust in God and follow.  Where HE goes, I go, where HE stays, I stay, where HE moves, I move…you get the point.  I know things are not always clear – but I’m praying for a clear answer right now! (Wouldn’t that be nice!?)  I know in time, it will come, so I pray for patience in the meantime (something I pray for daily)  I will TRUST in HIM, SEEK HIM, and my joy will follow.

Recently, I’ve enjoyed reading stories behind songs, and found this article here with Chris on the meaning behind this song.  It comes from the story of Peter.  Peter was a follower of Jesus, but also a man of the world, and while he wanted to follow wholeheartedly, he was hoping for a different version of the story.  Sound familiar?  (It does to me!)  Following Jesus means setting aside your own wants and obeying.

“Isn’t that still what it means for anyone to follow Jesus? It means that we lay down our own agendas and hopes and dreams, and faithfully obey day by day. It’s a daily dying to self—the crucifying of our own petty and self-centered desires so that we might more clearly reflect Christ to the people around us. In the end, it’s not about bravado and bold statements. It’s about simple, ongoing obedience to the words of our Lord. To say “I will follow” is really not so different from saying “Help me every hour to die to my own desires, Jesus, so that you can live more fully through me.”” [Excerpt from article linked above with Chris Tomlin]

I pray this week (and always) that I can set aside MY expectations and MY agenda and fully open up my heart and mind to the word of God and follow HIM with my whole heart, while trusting HIM, and praising HIM always.  In HIM I will be free and find my joy, if I will just follow.

Amen – have a great week!  (Looking forward to a fun and God filled week here as we host VBS at our church!)

I Will Follow
Chris Tomlin

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