Sometimes we need to be reminded of our focus, at least I know I do.
I love how God speaks to us from His Word, meeting us right where we are at….hurting, confused, tired and lonely. He is with us.
To be honest with you, I’m tired tonight. Tired from traveling with 3 little girls, tired of living out of suitcases for a week and a half, tired from not seeming to have enough time in the day to get everything done, tired from not getting enough sleep……for more nights than I’d like to admit. Tonight, I’m just tired.
But part of the reason I’m so tired is because I’ve allow my eyes to get off of my Lord and onto the “world.” My problem is, I’m a people pleaser…….and I hate to disappoint. For some reason I continue to believe the lie that I’m “super woman” and I can get more accomplished in a day than is humanly possible. I have forgotten Colossians 3:23…..I work for The Lord….not “men.”
Over the last few months, God has been speaking to me…..quietly…..and I’ve been listening but not acting. Ever been there? Instead of listening and obeying, I’ve been listening and then delaying my obedience with excuses. “Wait until this is over, Lord” or “I’ll do that once I have this finished.” The “things” I’ve been doing aren’t bad. To many people they would appear to be really good “things.” They all involved “serving” God, but unfortunately delayed obedience is not obedience at all, but rather disobedience.
This past weekend, God used human voices to confirm what He has been saying in my heart. The messages weren’t new, I’ve been hearing them for months…..but sometimes I need to hear a message over and over again to take action. I dislike that about me, but it’s the truth. I love how even in our disobedience, God can be gentle with us though. God was gentle with me when He used some of my favorite bloggers/authors to speak the same words to me that I’ve been listening to for months.
God always uses Sally Clarkson, my favorite parenting author/blogger, to speak directly to my heart. This past weekend, at the Allume conference, she reminded me to live as Jesus lived. To live a life that is personal and local, that can be a challenge in today’s online world. She challenged me not to substitute real life for online life! If you’re a blogger, you know first hand the battle of balancing online ministry with real life ministry.
The Nester, one of my favorite decorating bloggers, challenged us to say “No” more often than “Yes” when different opportunities come around.
“Don’t say ‘yes’ to a stranger and ‘no’ to your husband or children!”- The Nester
The conference came to a close with the final keynote from Ann Voskamp. I just love her because she always speaks truth with God’s heartbeat mixed between her words. She said, “God’s call is not that you do more for God, but that you do more with Him.” How many times have I made decisions or said “yes” to opportunities without truly praying about it and seeking His face? Saying “yes” to even “good” opportunities is still wrong if it isn’t what God wants for my life. That’s why Colossians 3:23 is so important to remember! Who am I working for? Who am I serving? The “Who” in our lives is so important because when we know the “Who” then we can understand the “Why?”
(Having breakfast with Courtney, from WomenLivngWell.Org, during our Good Morning Girls meet-up)
This past weekend I was challenged to keep my eyes on Jesus, to serve Him where He has placed me. I was reminded that my days are numbered, to make every day count. That’s why it’s so important to pray and seek God’s wisdom in knowing what to say “Yes” to and what to say “No” to….making sure my priorities are God-pleasing not people pleasing. God, family then ministry. When we are living out Colossians 3:23, we no longer seek man’s approval but God’s approval. We turn from seeking the applause of this world to seeking the only applause that matters…..the applause of the One.
Seeking His face tonight for wisdom to know what I need to say “No” to so that I can say “Yes” to the right things in my life.
How about you? Is God whispering in your heart too?
Love God Greatly!
Women around the world are IN THE WORD!
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