27: whole 28: song 29: together 30: voice 31:close
those are the prompts I missed over the past few days. ironically this is what those days looked liked:
27th- WE DID A WHOLE LOT OF WALKING around the suburbs of Chicago. spending the day with “Mister Pants and the midgets” is always a joy. granted we do many things as a family, but a day away…it’s rare.
28th: I HELPED LEAD WORSHIP. it’s always a joy to assist in the leading of worship. it took me ages to grow into my talent and ability, I am proud of the leader God has made me to be. Worship is a dance…a movement. I am blessed every time the opportunity is offered to me.
29th: I HELD IT TOGETHER through a rough day of homeschooling. after 10ish years of schooling we still have days that are a mess. “plan Z days” is what my discipler calls them…I agree with her!
30th: said discipler reminded me WHO’S VOICE WE MUST LISTEN TO, especially when days are hard and obedience isn’t easy. when tempers are high and sleep is far away. Christ’s VOICE is the only one that matters. His call. His opinion. His will.
which brings me to today, where I close out this series of posts.
I am 38 years old, dear reader. while that is not an old age, it is old enough to live differently that the years before. I have lived much of my life based in fear when it comes to things that matter most. I have spent so much time waiting around for permission, for acceptance, for clarity, for the timing of others…all of them based on the idea that BEING COMFORTABLE was of most importance.
desiring that COMFORT created in me a willingness to sacrifice sanity as I sought it.
I got it wrong…I lived having forgotten the measure of Faith allotted to me. I have so frequently forgotten that this life is NOT ABOUT ME…ever! (even if I remind myself often)
I have forgotten to remember what the WORD says in Romans 12. (emphasis mine)
“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
3 For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith. 4 For as we have many members in one body, but all the members do not have the same function, 5 so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another. 6 Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, let us prophesy in proportion to our faith; 7 or ministry, let us use it in our ministering; he who teaches, in teaching; 8 he who exhorts, in exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.
9 Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good. 10 Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another; 11 not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; 12 rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer; 13 distributing to the needs of the saints, given to hospitality.
14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep. 16 Be of the same mind toward one another. Do not set your mind on high things, but associate with the humble. Do not be wise in your own opinion.
17 Repay no one evil for evil. Have regard for good things in the sight of all men. 18 If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men. 19 Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. 20 Therefore
“If your enemy is hungry, feed him;
If he is thirsty, give him a drink;
For in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head.”
21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
i’ve forgotten to remember that this body is meant for a living sacrifice.
i am meant to be continually transformed as my mind is renewed.
i’ve forgotten to remember that this life is not about me! i must think soberly.
i have forgotten to remember that i have Gifts given by God and i am told to use them.
i have forgotten to remember to love, WITHOUT hypocrisy…hating what is evil and clinging to what is good.
i have forgotten to remember that i must give preference to others.
my job is to bless when i am persecuted. to rejoice with those who rejoice and weep with those who weep.
I REMEMBER BECAUSE I know that God sees me and is taking care of me ALWAYS.
“If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men…”
that is freedom! that is comfort!
that is THE POWER OF STORY!
love. sacrifice. service. FAITH. STORY.
joining in with the lovely Kate Motaung over at fiveminutefriday.com as she graciously supplies prompts. 🙂 and i’m linking to the beautiful tribe over at write31days.com.