With Jessica (Allume co-host)
With the hubs
With the DaySpring crew (and other friends)
With Jessica, again
With Darren Rowse (AKA Problogger)
With the hubs and other great friends
There was just so much goodness and beauty. Will post more soon. Oh, and about that 31 Days thing, clearly, did NOT count the cost.
The last couple of weeks have been insane for me.
Pulling together the final touches for Allume and working on the Desperate website (to have finished by Allume) has been completely overwhelming. As the cliche goes, too much to do, too little time. So it feels.
But God knows and He is good and kind. Today I had friend surprise me with a Chai tea latte with vanilla (yum!) then clean my kitchen, and another friend tell me she’s dropping off dinner to me tonight.
Oh, He hears! Yesterday I was just about in tears and having mini-anxiety attacks when I prayed, “Lord, this is too much. Will you help me?” And so swiftly He responds.
What I Know Now
I know that God hears and He gives the strength needed to persevere in the kingdom assignments He allows us to take part in. He will not leave you to do it alone. In fact, in our weakness, His grace is not only sufficient, but there is power.
“And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me.” 2 Corinthians 12:9
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“Once I decided that my children were God’s best will for my life, I saw all of my life through this grid. So when I went through my day, in general, if an interruption came into my life, since my “grid” said, “My children are my decided and valued priority,” then I could say yes to my children and put the other non-essential things aside because it did not fit with my priorities. The other tasks and goals in my life are secondary to the plans I have made to keep the Lord, my children and my husband first.”
-Sally Clarkson, Cultivating Kindred Spirits and Choosing Priorities
“…significant figures in the life of faith were fashioned from the same clay as the rest of us…fan clubs encourage second hand living…scripture, however, doesn’t play that game. Something very different takes place in the life of faith: each person discovers all the elements of a unique and original adventure…each life is a fresh canvas…” Eugene Peterson, Run with the Horses
I used to morph into other people.
I hid myself behind a series of manufactured lives.
Being someone else, living out all the good and beautiful things I saw in them seemed better than the vision I had of myself. I was immature, never good enough, awkward, and sad. There was this cloud over me that showered me with lies. This “morphing” began when I met her.
I wanted to be vibrant and wise and mature, all of the things I figured I wasn’t; all of the things she was.
She was smart and alive and I had never met anyone like her. I hated her, but wanted to be her. For years I fought comparing myself to her.
Read the rest of my story here.
“Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Does he not leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it?” Luke 15:4
A couple of weeks ago I had the privilege of attending the Mom Heart Leadership Intensive hosted by Sally Clarkson.
During our time we talked about wisdom and legacy and intention and beauty. We cozied up in Sally’s living room and the living rooms of her friends, and were encouraged by older women who, for three days, poured into us their knowledge, life experiences, and wisdom. I have pages of notes worth more than gold, but there was one thing that was said during the weekend that stopped me in my tracks; one thing that I knew was meant for me:
“Jesus left the 99 to go after the one.”
The Holy Spirit spoke deep into be my bones and I knew, I knew that He was telling me to leave the blog readers and the platform and the worry that comes with wanting to minister to the many and instead to go after the one, to go after my Caroline. I was to pursue hard after her heart. She would be my first priority.
What I Know Now
I know that if you have a little one who is acting out or having troubles or that is driving you up a wall, you need to “leave” what has the bulk of your time and attention and go after that one. Make winning their heart a top priority. Don’t wait.
“When our children don’t want to obey, we ought to step back and prayerfully ask ourselves if they feel wanted.”
“Our children, just like us, want to be known. They want to be respected. They want to know they matter more than anyone else, because they are ours.”
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