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.

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.

15: when I come to myself (31 days of the Power of Story)

I often forget…

My voice

My courage

My self.

My identity.

Then I remember!

I am who JESUS says that I am.

Holy and Dearly Loved

Purchased by Joy!

Redeemed.

Beloved and ALIVE in Christ!

Strong in GOD’S Armor!

Royalty.

Gifted by God.
A living sacrifice.

A member of His Body.

Never alone!

I am a Child of God.

He is delighted in me!

I am Sealed in Christ!

I am surrounded with Favor!

The Lord sees me and knows me, and I am this woman when I come to myself!

14: Ask, Seek, Knock (31 days of the Power of Story)

Jesus says it best, ALWAYS!

“Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you. Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.

“Do not give dogs what is holy, and do not throw your pearls before pigs, lest they trample them underfoot and turn to attack you.

“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. Or which one of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent? 11 If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!

12 “So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.

13 “Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easythat leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. 14 For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.

15 “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. 16 You will recognize them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? 17 So, every healthy tree bears good fruit, but the diseased tree bears bad fruit. 18 A healthy tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a diseased tree bear good fruit. 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 Thus you will recognize them by their fruits.

21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.22 On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ 23 And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’

24 “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. 26 And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. 27 And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.”

28 And when Jesus finished these sayings, the crowds were astonished at his teaching, 29 for he was teaching them as one who had authority, and not as their scribes.

Matthew 7 English Standard Version (ESV)

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.