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Thursday, August 29, 2013

Watch what God does...

and then follow, do it!  Kinda like how our children learn from us as parents.  And the incredible thing is, mostly what God does-
IS LOVE.  Yep, he loves us.  He loves me, right to the core.
So we follow that, stay ever so close to Him that we too can learn a life of love. 
We have a most incredible example in Jesus and how he love us-
how he wasn't cautious, and even made the disciples nervous at who he allowed to "touch" him.  His love was extravagant.
EXTRAVAGANT~ meaning,  spending much more than is necessary or wise

excessively high
exceeding the bounds of reason going beyond what is deserved or even justifiable
Jesus didn't love to get anything in return.
He gave everything.

Chase a life of love like that.


From my journal, thoughts on Ephesians 5:1-2
Tuesdays is suppose to be "journal day" - will Thursday suffice?  :)


Thursday, August 22, 2013

Potential

Apprehension, Excitement, Anxiety, Anticipation, Unsure, Over-Confidence and pure fear......
saw it all yesterday as I manned a station for our high school registration day.
The girls hoping they chose the right hairstyle and outfit for the ID picture and the guys hoping they have gotten taller and muscular but caring less about the picture.  And then there are the kids that just don't care.  And you can see it in their eyes and in their hands as they shakily handed me their form.

With every passing student, I met with a smile hoping to encourage them that it was going to be
Me and my girl at her 8th grade "graduation".  Now a Freshman!
okay.... Whatever they were wearing, whoever they were and whatever emotion they were feeling.  Because I know sometimes that is all that we need.....
that who I am today is okay and that someone believes in me
Emerson says-
“Our chief want is someone who will inspire us to be what we know we could be.” 
And I saw it all over the room.  Potential.  A new school year.  Young minds and hearts longing to become.
And I just wanted them to know that God loves them and sees.

God sees our potential.  And I am thankful.  In fact, He even has a dream for us; all a part of His story.  Somewhere in the middle of what everyone says we are, all the images that are shoved at us, we lose grasp of what God says our potential is.  Comparison is a potential killer.  And in the comparing we forget who we are.
I saw that as each wandered from station to station, waiting for the picture to be taken and the new schedule for the year to be viewed for the first time.   The sizing up and sometimes disappointing looks.  Hoping someone will nod of approval saying "yeah, you are doing just fine" or for just one friend to walk over and say hi.

Yes, this is High School.   Yet I still see us- grown up, kids maybe of our own, still looking around the room for that nod of approval.  Hoping we are okay. 
Will we ever stop putting our approval and potential in the hands of others?

Ephesians 2:10 (NLT)

10 For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.

Find who you are in who God has created you to be.......no one else.  And not even the limits we place on ourselves.  Because we do that and decide what God can do. Some of us even tell God what our potential is.   But He sees our potential.  And only in a relationship with Him can we find the true potential we possess.

And then live up to that.

Are you living your God given potential?  Or everyone else's

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

From my journal...

Sunset over Ft. Myers in 2010
God, You are my Savior and I will ever praise you.  I will seek you every morning with thanksgiving and then through out my day.  I will listen for Your voice.  I will breath, go slow, enjoy this day because I AM confident in You.  Work in me, transform me to what Your dream is and was when you created me.  And use it all, being all for Your Glory!

I have decided that Tuesdays are a glimpse from my journal in the last week.  Working at a "schedule" so I can post more often!  Last week I worked way too many hours to write, gonna be weeks like that, I am sure.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Just this today.....





Only love empowers the leap in trust, the courage to risk everything on Jesus, the readiness to move into the darkness guided only by a pillar of fire. Trust clings to the belief that whatever happens in our lives is designed to teach us holiness.    Brennan Manning

My husband sent me this quote.  Trust is an issue I am currently studying and he knew I would love this quote by Manning.  And he was right.  I love the mental picture of trust clinging to a belief ......leading to a lesson in holiness....that is only empowered by love.  It's a cycle, all connecting.

It says in 1 Peter 1:16 that as obedient children, we are to be pulled into a way of life shaped by God’s life; a life energetic and blazing with holiness. Because God said, “I am holy; you be holy.”
and in that I can Trust that everything I am faced with; the emotions, the disappointments, the joys and the pain.  And that all of it is of growing me closer to being who He has created me to be.  "In His Image we are created" always is an overwhelming thought to me.  But it is truth.  And the truth is that me allowing Him (the trust part) full access to me- my heart and my mind, then I am in that process of becoming.....even becoming Holy.  Emptying myself.....and God pouring into me.

mmmm- I like that.