27-31: don’t forget to remember (31 days of the Power of Story)

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.

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. For as we have many members in one body, but all the members do not have the same function, 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; or ministry, let us use it in our ministering; he who teaches, in teaching; 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.

 

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26: we are a moment (31 days of the Power of Story)

today is the last five minute friday link up in this series. the prompt is moment.

GO.

i don’t usually take time to think about FMF posts before i sit to type them, but today my laptop is being dumb so i did.

this blog is called

CHOIKOS: /kho-ē-ko’s/ an adjective, “made of earth, dust”

based on this verse “He remembers that we are dust”

we are a moment, friend. a breath. a vapor. a mist that appears and then vanishes.

if that saddens you, has you thinking “what’s the point then?”

do not stay there.

“we are a moment, YOU are FOREVER…”  is how the song goes.

it is quite beautiful really that we are a moment., because we serve a MASSIVE GOD who is ETERNAL!

HE has blessed us with this short PRE-life.

eternity is long, my friend.

this life on earth is a moment.

we choose how to use that moment, and it effects our eternity.

again, a beautiful thing.

if we choose the incorrect path the first, the 2nd, the 1000000th time, we get another chance. and another. and another.

until this moment, this breath, this mist filled life is done.

my advice is CHOOSE HIM EARLY!

don’t wait until your PRE-life is in its final seconds.

(STOP)

be dust…be breath…CHOOSE WISELY WHERE YOU WILL SPEND ETERNITY.

Psalm 103 New International Version (NIV)

Of David.

Praise the Lord, my soul;
    all my inmost being, praise his holy name.
Praise the Lord, my soul,
    and forget not all his benefits—
who forgives all your sins
    and heals all your diseases,
who redeems your life from the pit
    and crowns you with love and compassion,
who satisfies your desires with good things
    so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

The Lord works righteousness
    and justice for all the oppressed.

He made known his ways to Moses,
    his deeds to the people of Israel:
The Lord is compassionate and gracious,
    slow to anger, abounding in love.
He will not always accuse,
    nor will he harbor his anger forever;
he does not treat us as our sins deserve
    or repay us according to our iniquities.
For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
    so great is his love for those who fear him;
as far as the east is from the west,
    so far has he removed our transgressions from us.

As a father has compassion on his children,
    so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him;
for he knows how we are formed,
    he remembers that we are dust.
The life of mortals is like grass,
    they flourish like a flower of the field;
the wind blows over it and it is gone,
    and its place remembers it no more.
But from everlasting to everlasting
    the Lord’s love is with those who fear him,
    and his righteousness with their children’s children—
with those who keep his covenant
    and remember to obey his precepts.

The Lord has established his throne in heaven,
    and his kingdom rules over all.

Praise the Lord, you his angels,
    you mighty ones who do his bidding,
    who obey his word.
Praise the Lord, all his heavenly hosts,
    you his servants who do his will.
Praise the Lord, all his works
    everywhere in his dominion.

Praise the Lord, my soul.

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.

25: remembering snapshots (31 days of the Power of Story)

I wrote “He (God) gives us all gifts to cherish. moments that are ours alone. memories. snapshots of time well spent.in a post honoring my Dad in December of 2015. I was reminded of it today as i sat down to the prompt:capture.

Read the rest here: AND WE SPEAK.

I miss him every day.

When I see a hunched, old man walking in a store.

When I smell cigarette smoke.

When I drive by his church.

When I rub oil into my forearm that bares his memorial.

When his HEAVEN BIRTHday comes and goes.

My man and I laughed about Dad’s antics today. About my memories of him…

And I miss him.

“Snapshots of time well spent” keep him so very real in my mind. And in my heart.

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.

20/21: Yoda wisdom: do or do not… (31 days of the Power of Story)

The prompt for yesterday was Audience and today it is Start…I purposely didn’t blog yesterday, and since Obedience is not the easiest for me to do all the time… Here we go.

I originally titled the post, “Just Do It.” (Pep talks help. Quit rambling, woman.)

Audience…we all have one.

A platform, a space.

We also all are given MOMENTs of decision that change the course of our path. It is in those moments of decision where we either choose to step into the path God has prepared for us, or we do not.

OBEDIENCE.

Yoda got it right, “Do, or do not, there is no try.”

We obey, or we disobey.

Step or don’t.

My story goes something like this:

Middle child grows up trying to be perfect, hiding when she fails, She tries again a different way, hides when she fails. Tries to speak up, hides when she is questioned or corrected. Tries to fight, runs away when she gets battered. She learns to run when she can, and hide when she cannot. Sometimes in defiance, most times in fear.

My parents loved the best they could, how they could; yet, my timidity and fear were learned. I, like so many, am a product of my environment… the learned things became the instinctual things.

Fast forward 20+years:

I am unlearning timidity.

I am unlearning fear.

I am unlearning how I hear things.

I am learning that I do have an audience, I do have a purpose, I do have a calling!

In 2011, my discipler said, “Don’t you dare not move.” And though I stumbled MUCH those early years of my RELEARNING, I rarely do now.

Looking back, I’m aware of how that stumble-walk began:

I simply STARTED walking.

I clung to those who believed in me. I sought their reminders. I asked questions. I learned to seek confirmation in God’s WORD. I aimed to be teachable.

I sought HIS PATH and focused on His Voice. Choosing to let go of the things I COULD NOT carry on the journey.

I’m still tossing the uncarriable as I go…

  • The opinions of others.
  • The Fear of failure.
  • The Uncomfortable memories.
  • The Lack of confidence.
  • The Desire to hide.
  • The Desire to run.
  • The Desire to have an easier path.

Yet on I go. Seeking the confidence I lack at moments from those who believe in me. Trusting the ABBA is still lighting my path.

Trusting His Joy.

Daring to move!

Knowing that ALL of the things I have walked through have taught me how to walk now.

To whomever needs to hear it, I’m telling you that Obedience is easy. “Do, or Do Not. THERE IS NO TRY!”

You have an audience! You have a Gift. You have a Calling!

And most importantly, you have a Father who is walking behind you. He is telling you where your path is.

Do you hear Him?

“This is the way, walk in it!”

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.

19: who (31 days of the Power of Story)

today is fmf. For 5 minutes we blog on a given prompt. Today: WHO

(go.)

Who are your heros?

Your parents?

Your grandpa?

Your pastor?

A favorite teacher?

For me, there are many.

  • GOD the Father, GOD the Son, GOD the Spirit.
  • The HEROES OF THE FAITH listed in Hebrews 11.
  • The apostles who wrote down the scriptures.
  • The scribes who copy them over and over again.

But to me the biggest heroes in Scripture are not the main characters, but the ones that we hear about in passing.

The ones that get one sentence or one word. Like the little boy who gave his lunch to Jesus. The servants who filled the water jars. The woman at the well. The blind man at Bethsaida. Those people, whose stories teach us who we are, because we see ourselves in them. To me they are the unsung heroes of our faith.

And others we see just in life. the authors that teach us who we are because they share who they are. The Poets.

the artists.

The Visionaries.

Who are we?

We are shaped by our culture. We are shaped by our parents. We shaped by our friends. We are shaped by the ones who love us the most. By those who don’t give up on us when we have a bad day, week, month, or year.

(Stop)

But when this breathe of a life is done, WHO we are is WHO GOD SAYS WE ARE.

I choose Jesus!

Hillsong’s “Who You say I am” is a great reminder.

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.