It seems to me that life is more about practice than perfect. When I keep this in my thinking, I don’t get so easily discouraged. Indeed, it seems to me that the journey to success are various sizes of incremental improvements. Some increments are big & some improvements seem infinitesimal. Furthermore, I often learn more from my failures than success, particularly when I think of failing as a verb & not just a noun.
If you’re like me, I often pray that God would deliver me from stuff (hardship, struggles, etc). But often, I experience that God brings me through stuff (hardships, struggles, etc). While I prefer to not have to go through stuff, I’m grateful that God helps me regardless of how – from or through.
The value of through is that I often get stronger, learn more about God, deepen in my faith, understand who I am better & become more grateful for God’s help and moment by moment presence 🙂 – Noah went through the flood, Paul went through the storm
The value of fromis that I often stand amazed at God’s power, preservation & wisdom 🙂 – God delivered Daniel from the lions, God delivered Israel from Pharaoh, but through the Red Sea 🙂
From & Through – both are important ways that God participates in our lives!
I recently returned from leading our first team trip for Saving Moses and it’s been a little tricky getting back in the groove. A few things that I’m presently working through include the regular jet lag sleep challenges, the normal digestion excitement and catching up on missed sleep. Additionally, I’m trying to process some of my experiences and this has proven to be rather difficult.
When I get in these kinds of mindsets, I often get impatient with myself and frustrated that I can’t seem to get back to my regular groove, which only makes things more frustrating & difficult. Thankfully, God had a nice chat with me this morning and reminded me of a few helpful things:
temporary – life can change is big & dramatic ways, but more often, our current situations are temporary & are changing incrementally, even when we don’t know it
be gentle – I can often be harsh & impatient with myself, which often makes things worse; when I’m gentle, gracious and forgiving with myself, I seem to adapt and grow more easily
now – being present today, in Denver, Colorado with my kids, husband & church family is very good
All of us make decisions every day and as adults we get to manage the consequences of these decisions. If you want to get the best mileage or results from your decisions, consider making these “power choices”:
“Chill out!” It seemed to me during my prayer time this morn that this was what God was saying to me. Probably both of us (you & me) have plenary of activities, demands, responsibilities & stuff going on & I can easily get pretty tense with everything. Sometimes my prayer times can be jam packed with lots of requests, venting & pressures. Today, I feel like God is challenging me to chill out & enjoy God’s company & put the stresses, pressures, demands, responsibilities, etc on pause & take a deep breath.
Let’s remember that God is in control, has a plan & loves us more than anyone else. May today’s blog be your weekend “chill pill” ,)
Feel free to forward this to anyone you know who’s stressed 🙂
Have you ever had seasons in your life where you feel very overwhelmed? Sometimes we go through times where it seems like everything is broken & sometimes we go through seasons that just have lots of demands. Last week, I had one of those weeks – it was the kids last week of school, I had a couple of sermons to prepare, some work deadlines and a few other spinning plates. I felt like I was drinking from a fire hydrant on full open
Thankfully, this week has a little more breathing room. Regardless of the demands & pressures on our lives, it always helps me to remember that God is in charge & that I don’t have to be an “expert” on water pressure, time management, resource allocation, solution provision, energy distribution, etc. While I may have a few talents & skills, God is an expert at everything – most of all, God is an expert at loving us & helping us in our daily living, with or without fire hydrants ,)
I recently returned from a “quick” trip to Ethiopia, a country that I love for her magnificent people, fabulous coffee & opulent culture! When I do alot of traveling in a short amount of time, I can often feel rather fragile & sometimes overwhelmed. This trip, however, has been an interesting experience. In the past, I’ve taken some time & space to kind of work through the fragile feeling that I experience from the traveling. This trip is different. Upon returning home, I’ve been confronted with MASSIVE amounts of work, pressure and demands – add on the jet lag & it could easily be a recipe for catastrophe, without a blink.
I’ve been praying A WHOLE LOT & I find that God is helping me to be more agile than fragile. Let’s never neglect to ask God for Help, who is the Holy Spirit 🙂
Greetings & happy mid-week to you! I’m working on a message about family & really want your input. Please answer this question (I’m not “grading” any answers & I’m not looking to judge or critique your feedback – I just want your wisdom, thoughts & insights):
With some maternal encouragement (always the sports enthusiast that I am), my daughter decided to play soccer this Spring for the 1st time & she has really come to enjoy the experience. While her first game was absolutely traumatic, it’s been an awesome learning curve for both of us. Possibly her greatest take-away so far (we might be in the playoffs), is to not quit. There’s lots to say about that, but that’s her story 🙂
For me, probably the greatest take-away is to stay positive. My sideline role is to cheer, be encouraging, stay positive & upbeat, even when it seems discouraging. Another take-away that I TOTALLY love is that while I’m limited to a sideline role of cheering, the Holy Spirit in our lives doesn’t have to stay on the sidelines, but can have an active & integrated role in helping us with our daily living. Of course the Holy Spirit cheers for us, but let’s know that there’s lots more that the Holy Spirit can do in our lives, particularly when we let down our preconceptions, guards and boundaries 🙂