Saturday, November 23, 2013

Day 327

Here on the blog beginning 12/1 and going through the 25th
I'll be digging into Ann Voskamp's newest book, 
The Greatest Gift- 
Unwrapping The Full Love Story of Christmas. 
"Make some space in the pace for PEACE!"  ~Ann Voskamp

I want that...space in the pace for PEACE!  

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Yes I Do! Proverbs 31 OBS Blog Hop Day!!




I have a lot of passions in my life.  A passion for being a great wife to my husband. A passion for being a great mother to my children.  A passion for taking pictures that speak to people.  A passion for writing.  A passion for crafting.  A passion for people seeing Jesus in me.   But all these passions aren’t  goals…they are more like arrows that lead me to Jesus.  



 “The spirit of Jesus lives inside us.  He intends to continue moving on earth in me the way He moved on earth as himself- doing only what He sees His Father doing. “ - Emily Freeman


Jesus moved when His Father told Him to.  Jesus did what His Father asked Him to.  Jesus kept His eyes on His Father the whole time He walked this earth.
 
I can look at my passions and start to think…but do I really make a difference?  What I’m doing right now…does that really even matter?  It’s just a picture.  It’s just laundry.  It’s just cleaning the bathroom.  It’s just picking up toys.  It’s just a blog.  The “It’s just” statements can suck the life out of my passions.
 





It’s a get to.  I get to take this picture.  I get to do this laundry for the family that I love.  I get to clean these bathrooms in this house I’m blessed to live in.  I get to pick up all the toys my kids…my kids that I dreamed of…play with.  I get to write and post pictures to a blog that touches people.  It’s a get to. 

I have a lot to offer.  I am made in the image of Jesus and His Holy Spirit is with me wherever I go.  I get to give my passions and myself to my family, friends, and people I come in contact with every single day.  

He invites us into the story.  





“Jesus is our ladder.  We don’t have to climb up because He comes down to us.”  -Ann Voskamp




I can offer my gifts with thanksgiving or I can look at as an “it’s just” really nothing.  I choose to live as though I really have something to offer.  My time on this earth is so limited…that I want to make a lasting impression for my kids.  I want them to remember that Jesus came down to us and comes out of us in millions of ways.  My gifts….your gifts….should bring glory to God.  And by walking into the story He invites us into we can make a difference to the people around us.  



“Just as a target is designed to narrow the aim of an arrow, God uses the desires of our hearts to narrow the focus of where He wants our lives to make a mark for eternity.” –Renee Swope, A Confident Heart 



It starts with an invitation from God.  When we choose to accept that invitation we can offer our gifts with thanksgiving.  By doing this we are letting Jesus come out of us in all the little daily things we take for granted and that is something big!

“May the promise of growth outweigh our fear of stumbling.”  -Emily Freeman 



Step into the story He has for you!  I'm laying down my fears and jumping in because I have lots to offer!  

“You have searched me, Lord, and you know me.” –Psalm 139:1
  


 

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