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I was reflecting on many things this morning as I watched the sunrise out my window. That is my usual quiet time with God. I remember before the summer began how I had an experience where I was brought to my knees-where the rubber met the road, and I was tested. Then, I came out on the other side of that testing, changed and new. I felt like all those things happened to show me that I need to live differently. To truly live as each moment could be my last. To be ME. To be bold and to be living every second for Him.
Then, life got comfortable again, and the further away from that experience, the less inclined I was to remember the feelings and convictions that came with it. Isn’t that always the case? When things are difficult, our perspective changes. Yet, as soon as comfort comes back, we forget.
I was thinking this morning how I need to really remember those feelings I had in the spring. I remember thinking, “If I get out of this, I will be different. I will live every second for Him, unashamed by what people think.” The fleetingness of life was at my grasp again. I understood that at any moment things could change. Was I living the life I wanted to?
I have found that on this blog and wherever I write, I am most myself. Funny how some people think writers may dress up their life when writing, but for me I feel free. I guess it is because I don’t have eyes looking at me as I speak, or disapproving looks, or a self conscious feeling about what I say. Yet, in person at times, I can talk so little about my faith, or even not at all. Ack. How that grieves me.
I’ve also been looking at life lately and how fast it goes. Just yesterday my biggest stress was getting to Gymboree on time with a new baby girl. Now those stresses have been traded in for the usual middle schooler stress that comes with entering a new phase in life.
I see how quickly a time period of five or even ten years goes by. The baby boy I once rocked, is a full blown boy that I can barely lift. The things we once worried about…are now in the past. All of a sudden memories are made, where the present just was. Time truly does fly.
I don’t want to waste time on things that don’t matter. I want to keep those feelings I had in the Spring at the front of my mind. I want to know that my life mattered, not for me, but for Him.
Ive been thinking about ideas on how to be effective in this world. I had this thought yesterday that I posted on facebook:
God didn’t give us the Gospel to keep for ourselves! We are commanded to go out to the world and share it! Everyday we can be in the world sharing it with those we come into contact with. Don’t keep this gift for yourself! In fact, we should be SO excited by it, we not able to keep it to ourselves!
I am looking for ways for my kids to find purpose in life by loving others, putting them first, and sharing the good news…answering the command to make disciples of all nations…
I have the greatest gift in the world of salavation and I shouldn’t hide it from anyone. In fact I should be pursuing those who do not have the gift. We’ve been brainstorming ways as a family to develop more ministry opportunties. Since my children are at home, we have an even greater opportunity to use our time and abilities for good. I want them to have purpsoes beyond themselves. I want us to be truly living for Him with our time and talents. I want to take the focus off of ourselves and onto a world that needs Him.
I’d love to take Simply Living…for Him and expand into a ministry that goes far beyond this blog and into the world. Will you join me in prayer for that?
In the meantime, I will seek His will, remembering where the rubber meets the road…
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