Sometimes I find that my perception of God needs a bit of alteration. I find that I am not consistent in my thinking or that I bought into something that shouts that I’m stuck on my ways instead of seeing them as His ways.
Example One: I found a prayer in one of my journals that asked God to protect me from deception. And at first, I was like, uh….what!? where were you God–why didn’t you step in and intervene and save the day? Except, the kicker here is that I wanted Him to intervene so that things would turn out how I wanted them. He DID protect me by allowing others to step in and walk with me. Things just looked different.
Example Two: I keep wanting to put lists, rules, and lines in areas of my life. But, then, I’m reminded…He wants me to fall in love with Him in such a way that life no longer feels like a list of do’s and don’ts but a crazy madly love that permeates all that I do to where each and every moment translates into an all relying on Him adventure both with Him and others!
Example Three: I found myself verbalizing frustration over waiting on God’s timing…yeah, sometimes I get frustrated. But, see, I kept thinking of Him as almost teasing or just not wanting to give me want I want. Though, really, no! That’s not it at all. He wants to wait to give me that amazing delicious tasting satisfying falafel instead of letting me settle for some not so tasty cheeseburger…
How about you? Do you need to adjust or alter some areas you translate your ways as God’s ways?
I’m a learner at heart.
As I read and write…I learn about myself, about God, about others, about life.
When I write, I want to capture a moment, a feeling, a piece of truth staring me down, and share that with whoever is listening.
And just maybe, sometimes, the words might strike a cord with someone else’s heart like they did with mine. They might bring up a question, bring them back to a moment, touch them, make them feel alive, let us share life.
Because when I feel deeply, the words are part of the story and what I see. I don’t want the moment to go unnoticed, to slip away. So, I capture the memory in the words that portray beautiful truth. And when this happens, how can I not share the painting?
As life truly is a work of art made up of brush strokes that move us along in the journey. So, I splash words on paper to evoke inspiration, encouragement, freedom, and the simple every day moments.
Good writing changes me, deepens me, makes my eyes go big and sometimes makes them green with tears. And good writing itself makes me want to write to stir up the paint to make something beautiful that expresses the abundant life in Christ.
Why do you write?
Countdowns…I got rid of mine. Why? Because I want to live in the present. I don’t want to get distracted by the “what if” or “I wish” or “I can’t wait until..” game like I have before. In the past, I’ve written posts about things I’m looking forward to and how far away they are. Some of those countdowns aren’t as exciting anymore or don’t have the same significance. Some take/took away my focus and let me play those games of selfishly wanting things as they are not.
I refuse to complain or get caught up in the wilderness because of my selfish desires. Instead of counting down, I’m asking God to help me count the day, the season, the moment. To take that step into the Promised Land. To let go of my picture of what I want life to be and trust that He wants to give me a life that is immeasurably more than the anything I could dream up for myself.
To take up my cross daily and to die to myself for Him. To live in such a way that the Holy Spirit guides my path and every word. Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead by focusing on what I can do today to press into Him and dig deep to have more of Him and less of me. The rest doesn’t matter.
I need to obey today because if I love him, I will obey His commands no matter what.
Life is so startling it leaves little room for other occupations—Emily Dickenson
“Practice seeing beauty—practice being astonished by life, take time every day where you in a moment become breathless, remove the dust and see the treasure that is there” –Kim McManus
I’m trying hard to live in the moment, live in the present. I don’t want to focus too much on the past or the future. But, I must say that lately I find myself counting down to a lot of things. I’m excited, nervous, still thinking that everything feels far away, and so many more emotions. Here are the numbers in my head that are coming up:
in alphabetical order the countdowns include: Carrie leaves, Christmas, florida, last day of church last day of work, leave for africa, my birthday
Can you match them up?