Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Lessons From Gideon - Week Two



So... I'm a couple days late in posting this, but better late than never, right??

Seriously though, I could use y'all's prayers.  The enemy has been fierce in our lives lately, and it has not been easy.  Some days getting out of bed at all is a struggle for me.  (I'm just being real, here.)  But I am getting better.  God is good.  He is faithful.  And He continues to pursue me through it all.

Why, just today He has reminded me that HE is My shield... My Victory... and My Courage. (Psalm 3:3)

And if that weren't enough, my precious Mama sent me an email with these words...
“Take your eyes off yourself and reset your focus. Take your eyes off your mountain and turn them to your mountain-maker. Take your eyes off your hardship and refocus, past the chaos, beyond the veil, where My sovereignty reigns over all. In the press, in the whirlwind, in the shifting sand, I have things to tell you that will usurp the ‘usurping one’, that will calm the storm, and will place the mountain into a swallowing sea. Turn to Me. Step back, step away, and turn to Me!"
Wow. Just... WOW!!!

If I can just take my eyes off myself and my circumstances long enough, and "Lift up mine eyes unto the hills whence cometh my help"... He can show me SO MUCH.  He can teach me SO MUCH. He will heal me and restore me through His Word and in His Love.

That being said, here are some things He has spoken into me lately through His Word, and through the study of Gideon...

Week 2: What to Expect When You're Expecting
  • Knowing God's purpose requires being aware of God's presence.
  • May the eyes of my heart be enlightened that I may know what is the hope of His calling, the riches of the glory of His inheritance, and the surpassing greatness of His power. (Ephesians 1:18-19)
  • God has positioned me in this life exactly where He wants me.  He is here.  His call is on me.  I must open my eyes to SEE...  Then I can KNOW... Then OBEY.
  • Today's tasks - even the most mundane of them - are often preparation for tomorrow's calling.
  • God is teaching you faithfulness, diligence, and integrity through each and every task.
  • Don't despise the very things (laundry, housework, carpool, homework) that signify your seat under the umbrella of God's goodness each day.
  • Whatever He is asking me to do - recklessly follow Him! Because if He is with me, then no one and nothing can ever be against me!!!
  • Behavior does not determine identity!  Gideon was cowering in a wine press... yet God called him a "Mighty Warrior"!
  • My identity in Christ is what empowers me to my full destiny!
  • Today, you are getting tugged out of the shadows. Now, lift up your head and act like it!
  • God has strategically set me in this home, this family, this town, and this season for a REASON.
  • Some of the most difficult and intimidating opportunities to walk in God's calling come when we are staring in the faces of those who know us best and whom we love the most.
  • My greatest impact is done here... in my smallest sphere of influence... in the ordinary rhythms of daily living.
  • It is easier to stand on a platform and teach people we may never see again than to walk with our own children, friends, and loved ones in accountability, and discipleship. But these spheres encompass the heart of true ministry.

Oh  my goodness!  I went into this post thinking I was a "day late and a dollar short", but as I have reviewed my notes and "ahas" in Gideon, I realize that it was all a part of the plan.

The Master's Plan.

Even through my struggle and reluctance, He is speaking.

And I am listening...

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Monday, November 11, 2013

Lessons From Gideon - Week One


This fall I had the privilege of attending an awesome Bible Study for ladies at My Church.  Together we participated in Priscilla Shirer's Gideon: Your Weakness. God's Strength.  Needless to say, it was quite powerful.

At the end of each day's assignment, Priscilla asked us to "hashtag" our big take-away of the day.  Now, if you don't know what a hashtag is, it is a Twitter action.  (Don't know what Twitter is? Well, all I can say is Google it! Don't know Google?  Oh, no! You're just up the creek! ;-))

Anyways... A hashtag is a way of connecting with others on Twitter (and now even Facebook) around a similar topic.  For instance, if I send a Tweet about Christmas and hashtag #SantaClaus, then I will be able to connect with other people tweeting about Santa and see what they have to say. (Oh yeah... a hashtag always begins with a # sign). ;-)

Priscilla challenged us to connect with other women in the Twittersphere around the topic #LessonsFromGideon, so I thought I would share a few of mine.

I am going to break this up into several posts because a) I don't want to overwhelm you  b) this will be a way for me to review my study each week and possibly glean more from its pages, and c) maybe some of you have done the study (are doing the study?) and would like to follow along and leave a comment.

Without further ado, here are my "aha! moments" from Week One:  Head, Hearts, and Hands.

  • His strength will operate through - often in spite of - my weakness.
  • Today's difficulties are often results of yesterday's disobedience.
  • My God is a God of mercy and redemption.  Always.  Every single minute.
  • The most important way God has reminded me to wage war against the enemy, is through raising my children.
  • My #1 mission/ministry is that of motherhood!
  • WE HAVE NOTHING GOING FOR US EXCEPT WHAT GOD PUTS IN US! (Priscilla's)
  • I am the first line of defense for my family.  Stay alert!  Pray!!
  • Our choices and actions affect our families.
  • What kind of legacy am I leaving?
  • As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord!

Throughout this particular week, I remember breaking down crying several times during my time of personal study.

Why?  Because of the reminder of WHO I am in Christ, and HIS CALLING on my life.  It's easy to reconcile being a "stay-at-home" mom when your kids are small.  Just think of the money you save on childcare!  And who can better care for the needs of my children than me?  But honestly, I've been struggling in this area a lot lately.  Now that all my kids are "big kids" what does that mean?  At 13, 12, and 9 do they still need "Mommy" at home?  Who am I if not "Susie Homemaker"??  Is there something else out there I should be doing? 

I felt God's gentle whisper in my ear, every single day during this week, "Be who you are... Do what you've done.  You're good at it, and your children need you now more than ever!"

I guess that was my biggest #hashtag of all!  

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Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Is This Thing On??


Hey y'all!

It's me... your long lost bloggin' buddy!

I've been terrible at making time for sharing, lately...

I need to tell you about our Family Night... and Halloween Party... and my Bible Study...
and how I manage to hold on to my hair while parenting teens and pre-teens.  (Let me tell you, it ain't easy!!!)

I promise... I've been making notes and taking pics, and there are several drafts in my queue.

Y'all hang on to your hats, because I'm about to become a bloggin' whirlwind!!


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