I know God is good. I really do. But, sometimes I think I forget, maybe even for just a moment. Then something happens and I’m brought back to this place of awe. I am so in awe of God’s goodness. Wow!
A few minutes ago it hit me. Even though I believe God is always working in people’s lives, I’m blown away when I hear that someone I never expected to follow Him opens the Bible and puts their trust in His hands. As my fingers hit the keys of my laptop, my eyes are beginning to water. I can’t even coherently put into words the way I’m feeling. It’s as if I didn’t realize the eternal significance of each individual life, but now I understand. God’s given me a little piece of wisdom to see how he feels every time one more of his lost sheep comes to Him.
I am thankful.
You know what I love about blogging?
It’s being able to pour out my heart and be real about things I care about… what a great feeling! There’s something therapeutic about sharing what God’s teaching me. Life is full of obstacles, but I choose to see those moments as opportunities to learn and grow.
Lately, I’ve had a lot on my mind. From life decisions to ideas about the future, my mind has been all over the place. I sometimes find it hard to turn off. (Which is why I tend to talk a lot, as those who know in me in real life can attest to!) I’ve decided to start doing these “Thoughts Wrap Up” posts every once in awhile with blog posts I like, music that’s inspired me, etc. as a way to get out what’s on my heart.
Hope you enjoy the first one!
- You Were Born for This by Bruce Wilkinson – I really enjoyed this book. In it, Wilkinson writes practically about how you can partner with God in His miracle-making. You know those nudges you may have about stopping to help someone or a strange desire to say or do something but don’t actually do it? Some of those could be God working to show you what He wants to do through you. By being open to God’s leading, we can experience miracles in our everyday lives.
When did it become cool to see how little sleep we can rely on while still maintaining the appearance of having it all together?
Why do some people need to make a point to emphasize how little they rest? (As if that somehow makes them better than the person who makes resting a priority!)
The last post on this blog
was about being busy. We (primarily Americans) pride ourselves with the ability to juggle far too many commitments. We somehow are deceived into believing what we “accomplish” in a day’s work is some indication of our self-worth. That’s a lie. Whether or not you seem productive to other people has no bearing on your value.
You as a human being are adequate. You are loved. You are desired. That’s what matters.
Rest and busyness are two subjects that go hand-in-hand. If you are too busy, you lack the time for rest. If you actually have time to rest, you must not be busy enough, so you’d better step it up! (Or at least that’s what society tries to tell us!)
I’m done. Completely finished. Never going to be this way again.
That thing I’m so desperately trying to put a stop to is busyness.
I am done being “busy.”
Never again in my life do I want to consider myself busy. That is radical, I am well aware. I realize that jaws may be dropping at this crazy proclamation. But, I think it’s exactly what I need in my life to help me be at peace.
The standard definition of busy is something along the lines of “having a lot to do.” Okay, fair enough. That definition works for me…but society’s coveted lifestyle of “being busy” sure doesn’t.
D.L. Moody – A man whose faith intrigues me. I recently read A Passion for Souls: The Life of D.L. Moody by Lyle W. Dorsett. Though lengthy, the book gave me a greater understanding of what made Moody such an influential man of God. The key was his willingness to surrender.
Not only was he called by God, but he responded. He endured hardship and trials, yet still stood firm, knowing that God is good. Moody preached to people who were not welcome in churches of his time. He didn’t care if this made him look bad to those of high social importance. He knew that the message of the Gospel is too important not to share.
After leaving behind a successful career in business, Moody entered ministry, building up believers in the Chicago area, through the YMCA and area churches. Eventually, he started a training school that is now known as Moody Bible Institute. Moody did revival tours around Britain and the U.S.