Sep 22 2017

I accepted a life

The Five-Minute Friday word for today is accept. With all my thoughts about accept, I was drawn to one proposal I accepted that changed the course of my life.

I accepted a life

I accepted a life

Go.

We sat together, having a private moment exchanging gifts. With the magic of Christmas morning, he gave me one more gift.

A small box.

Just there right size…for a ring.

I hoped and held back my excitement.

When I opened it and saw that it was indeed a ring, I smiled and looked over to him. He was already on bended knee, ready to propose. Of course, I accepted. He was my dearest friend, and I wanted to spend the rest of my life with him. And the adventure began.

Had I known the twists and turns life would take us, would I have accepted his offer? There were times over the years I regretted it. But as I am now—who I am now—I realize God knew best in putting us together. Those tough spots in our lives molded and deepened me. Those plot twists became friends and experiences I wouldn’t have otherwise.

Instead of accepting a man to be my husband, I accepted a life. This life is full. I’m thankful for him and the family we have together.

Stop.

I’ve been married for twenty-one years. It’s taken me a long time to get there, but I think Mr. Real is awesome. I can think that and not lose myself in the process. Yes, during some of my roughest times, I believed his awesomeness diminished me. That was a soul-sucking lie. But we hung in there to discover the beauty of marriage—accepting and loving each other.

In what ways have you grown because of your life?

We all make choices that lead us to the life we have today. I shared my choice to marry and how it has grown me. Marriage isn’t the only life choice that grows us. Choices come in big and small packages. In God’s hands, they are all opportunities to mold us into his image.

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Sep 16 2017

Have you been duped by this trick?

The Five-Minute Friday word for today is support.

Have you been duped by this trick?

Go.

Sufficient grace 2 For 12:9

I stand looking in the mirror. My eyes are naturally drawn to the flaws. I pick at myself and don’t notice how unkind I can be. The critical eye feels right. My heart slumps. And God longs to give me grace, but I think about a new diet book or exercise. God’s strength was ready to be applied, and I missed it.

I came late because I didn’t know how to handle the dominoes of one wrong turn after another. I feel embarrassed. God longs to give me grace, but I try to make a joke to offset how hot my cheeks feel. God’s strength is ready to be applied. Another opportunity lost.

Weakness is an opportunity for God to fill me with himself and transform me into his image. His gift of grace is always at the ready. When I feel the weakest, God has the perfect support structure for me: Himself.

Stop.

Have you been tricked in filling your feelings of weakness with something other than God?

Even in being tricked, I can receive God’s grace.

So can you.

In 2 Corinthians 12:9, Paul gets an unexpected answer to his prayer. He wanted God to remove his problem. Instead, God gave him grace, a sufficient grace.

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Sep 08 2017

Work Sharp or Work Dull

The Five-Minute Friday word for today is work. As I think of Ecclesiastes 10:10, I’m reminded of the value of tooling up in whatever work God has given me.

Work Sharp or work Dull

Work Sharp or Work Dull

Go.

My friend hands me her fancy knife. She got it as a gift. She keeps it sharp. The blade goes smoothly through the tomato, not smashing it as it normally does at home. I experience the difference of a nice, sharpened knife. Cutting through is easier—much easier. It’s working the way a knife is supposed to work. And I dream of a good, sharp knife.

But that’s the way it is with a good tool. If it’s sharp (or ready or prepared), it does what it’s supposed to do and works better and easier.

As I think of my many roles of work as a Christ-follower, mother, wife, writer, teacher, play advocate, guitar and ukulele enthusiast, and…and, I’m reminded of how I can approach my work. Will I approach it with wisdom through learning and listening, through practice and preparation? That would sharpen my ax. If I don’t value the prep, I’m doomed to be dull.

Stop.

Ecclesiastes 10:10 Sharpen the Ax

What will you do to sharpen your ax today?

The problem with sharpening is that it doesn’t feel like making progress. But taking time to learn and grow is part of the working process. And when we’re ready to dive in, having laid a firm foundation, we’ll have a smoother rather than a smashed-up work experience.

 

 

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