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Soul Callings  5

My sister-in-law, Roxy Scott, preparing for her first grandchild, planned a baby shower for her daughter-in-law where she passed on some age-old, yet very relevant wisdom that her own life beautifully displays. Here’s a glimpse into what she had to say:

Ephesians 3:14-4:2

 

14 For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, 15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, 16 that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, 19 and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

20 Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

4 I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, 2 with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, 3 eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

 

Motherhood is not a job and it’s not a hobby –

                            Motherhood is a CALLING.

 

Our highest calling, of course, is to glorify God in whatever we are doing, including motherhood! A calling for which the Lord is preparing you and for which He will enable you, if you walk humbly with Him daily!

 

Some days, as you wait for your delivery, you might be thinking, “Come on, I’m tired of waiting, let’s get this going – I’m READY!!”

Other days you’ll be thinking, “What have we gotten ourselves into?  I’m scared!”

 

And once baby comes, those last thoughts will probably happen more and more often! In fact, one thing I’ve often said is “like marriage,

Motherhood will bring out the worst in you!”

 

That sounds awfully negative, but we better face the facts now so they don’t surprise us! We are unqualified and inadequate for this calling on our own!

 

Motherhood is humbling and humiliating because our real [old] selves will be exposed when we’re pushed to the limits of our own capabilities and our own patience and gentleness and love!

 

Jesus has a way of graciously and mercifully bringing us to our knees by showing us our own inadequacy and yes, sin, – so that we will respond rightly to Him in repentance and submission and a desperate hungering need for Him!

 

We need HIS grace, forgiveness, mercy and steadfast love for this task, this calling. We need Him living through us! So that HE can accomplish His purposes through us – and one of the greatest purposes of a mother is to disciple her children.

 

Your children need to learn from you – to see what it looks like to repent, receive forgiveness, grace and mercy, to humbly bow before their Lord and know HE wants to be their sufficiency.

 

There will be days when we’ll be tempted to wallow in guilt or in the trap of comparisons or in a critical spirit. These will all steal the joy from this blessing of motherhood!!

 

Be reminded that Jesus is asking you to walk in a manner worthy of your calling – humble yourself before Him and let Him enable you to walk in humility, kindness, gentleness and love – Quickly

go to His Word!

Wake up every day purposely with a song in your heart, anticipating how Jesus will show Himself strong on your behalf! Thank the Lord that His mercies are new every morning – embrace them and enjoy the fresh slate our Savior offers us!

 

What calling do you need to embrace now to glorify your God?

 

Pursued Soul  0

 

He has blessed us, chosen us, lavished on us…according to the kind intention of His will.

(Ephe. 1)

 

God is after you for your good! Isn’t that an amazing thought?! He affirms you as a valued bearer of His image. You are His workmanship uniquely crafted and shaped by the wonderful and horrible events of your life. His purposes are deep and He knows what you need to be drawn deeply to Himself, so you can be the free, joyful person He is working toward.

“Suffering, like nothing else shows us what we really love. The enemy of joy is not suffering, it is idolatry.” Matt Papa, Look and Live

“Even in the suffering, He is for us. He brings pain in order to bring healing.”

Mitchel Lee

 

(The following thoughts were prompted by a talk by Pastor Mitchel Lee.)

 

Our new self is in process, it is being created, renewed, and transformed. The authentic self I was born with has to be trained, disciplined, formed and instructed with outside help, grace and power. The old self that I crafted to survive and keep myself safe has to be unlearned and put off so the new can be put on. That’s why he pursues us and sometimes it takes hardship.

 

Pride often is what keeps us from growing and from receiving.   We think we have to be at a certain place or mindset in order to have God’s attention. As though we have to make ourselves better first to be worthy. That’s pride. Larry Crabb calls it “deceived by the pride of self-hatred.”

 

What is keeping you from growing?

 

What we often attribute to God is a wrong view of who He really is, because we see him through our brokenness, which distorts truth. Many of our emotions are based on assumptions that come from our wrong view of Him. If I embrace the fact that God is pursuing me for good purposes; if I cooperate rather than refuse or fight him, I will find growth, strength, purpose and the new self shining His glory. God uses every circumstance to father us.

“Most people who are angry with God are angry with him for being God. They’re not angry because he has failed to deliver what he promised. They’re angry because he has failed to deliver what they have craved, expected, or demanded.”

Paul Tripp Awe, p. 73

I know that has been true of me…

 

What may be keeping you from letting God meet you where you are right now?

Soul laughs~  8

Feeling unsure about our future, the whens, the wheres and the hows; one night in the wee  hours, God reminded me~

She laughs at the future…”!  Prov. 31:25

How can someone laugh at the future in our tumultuous days?!

 “The secret of the Lord is for those who fear Him.“ Ps. 25:14

 Someone who fears God is beginning to understand the magnitude of the Creator and his power; is getting a glimpse of how different He is from us, how beyond this realm he is.  So God can open their eyes to new things.

“…the eyes of the Lord are on those who fear him, on those whose hope is in his unfailing love, to deliver them from death and keep them alive in famine.”

Ps. 33;18, 19

Could that be a famine not only of bread but also of other needs we are feeling?   Where God intends to show himself enough…?

Following him, fearing him is for our good…for our blessing.  This blessing speaks of the deep things of life that matter, that last; not simply the blessing of material things or physical comfort as nice as they are!  When you live among people who have to run for their lives because they have experienced the love of God and will not deny it, you see these promises come true in living color!   In the midst of persecution and hardship – fear of God is good for us.  God’s desire is for our good.

 Open wide your mouth and I will fill it. But my people would not listen to me; (they didn’t fear God, they feared something else…)

…they would not submit to me.  So I gave them over to their stubborn hearts”

Ps. 81:10-12

Why wouldn’t we be willing when He so well knows the best for us?!  Maybe because we really don’t believe that…or we think we know better…or we want what we want, and don’t want anyone in the way…

So my prayer is

 “Unite my heart to fear your name….”

Ps. 86:11

 Bring together all the flung pieces of my heart that wander, the things I’ve lost track of… unite my dispersed heart!

 May we

 “…be zealous for the fear of the Lord…”  Proverbs 23:17

Then we can laugh at the future!   …..wow.

  What’s keeping your soul from laughing?

Tambourine your Soul!  2

Don’t get in a February funk…we’ve all made goals we haven’t worked on yet.  Hey, at least you made some…ok, well, if not, there’s always today!  🙂

I’m reading through the Old Testament with new intrigue, noticing some cool things.  Today’s had to do with a tambourine.  Imagine leaving a place you’ve been all your life, and leaving fast.  You have less than a day to get yourself ready and figure out what you’re going to take and what you can leave.  There’s all the kitchen needs: utensils and bowls, the bathroom stuff, your clothes, the kids’ treasures, the animals…and in the flurry out the door, you see your tambourine and you grab it.

A tambourine…?!

Miriam in Exodus 15:20, 21 led the celebrating!  “Miriam… took a tambourine in her hand… dancing and singing…”  After some grueling, long, tortuous days against their enemy, they saw God overcome.  Their steps were fraught with doubt, complaining and spurts of belief andwonder.  And here came a moment of mouth dropping wonder and celebration.  So they stopped and used the tambourines!tamborine

When finally breaking away from things that had enslaved them, kept them less than who they were made to be, oppressed them, and infuriated them… they took time to celebrate in the midst of their intense transition.

Our souls make nano-second choices every day that make a difference in who we become.  Are you seeing the small steps you’re taking toward fitness of soul?  What are you doing to celebrate the victories you see God working in you over things you fear and dread?!  There’s something very healthy about celebrating.  It does something for our soulsand our bodies.

So I’m celebrating the scary step of starting a blog almost a year ago.  🙂  It’s still a bit over my head. And I’ve thought maybe a year was enough, but I finally broke down and got the book Blogging for Dummies because my blog still has lots of bugs and I’d like to make it more user-friendly.

Is there something you can “tambourine” your soul about today!?  Celebrate the small steps: the fact that at least you made a goal, or you refrained from a negative word, or extended care when you’d have rather sat, or sat when it wasn’t your place to act, or prayed instead of freaking out.  Celebrate!  It’s good for you and gives a new outlook for the next step.

Soul exercise:  Celebrate a victory no matter how small!