I just blogged my way through a post on LOVE and Corrie ten Boom ~ (and can I say how every part of me thrills to the idea of sitting at the table as a family after breakfast and before bed, simply reading from God's word? This one I've tried to implement but regrettably it hasn't had as much sticking power as whatever is typically found beneath Sam's placemat...good on you if you guessed chocolate of some sort. Why God chose to roll wife, mom, spiritual hermit, encourager, extrovert, rule-follower-and-happy-that-way, all into this one person called "ME" I don't know? I digress.)
I crafted that post ~ and indeed that's what the post was this time, a crafting of it ... because typically everything that pours forth is a blessing, one that God is speaking to me and I read and return to, often with tears and a "yea, that's so good God. I really needed to hear that" mentality.
That post ~ it just was not satisfying. I guess because what I really
I am drawn to people who like me. Ta-Da!
Oh, I know, no-brainer there because we all are. But I've been so challenged in this season of life, to have walked with the Lord for several years in the protective confines of authentic, growing Christian friendships, and suddenly find those relationships thousands of miles away and no one really filling the vacuum here. Challenged to discover that on my own, in my people-magnet appeal, words sometimes slip from my mouth that I was not aware were even in my heart. Or, confident words of love, received well or not, don't pass my lips at all ~ lips pressed tightly closed.
How do you determine who will be in your circle of influence?
How do you determine who will be in your circle of concern?
How do you walk with others who aren't walking in the same direction?
Today the boys and I discussed genuine friendship. We tend to wrestle through determining if things are "wrong" when really what needs to be asked is, "Is this the wise thing for me to do?"
Oh well, it comes back to something simple. For me, the wise thing has to always line up with the character of God and His will.
Be very careful, then, how you live - not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord's will is. Ephesians 5:15-17
Ken says I'm a seed spreader. And that I don't need to mourn so much when my skirt gathers up burrs as I move through the field. It's good to be loved. But more than that, it's good to be LOVED.
...still counting gratitude...
549. Wisdom, to recognize a season of vulnerability
550. Experience, to rely on keeping me pure in the presence of my dearest friends
551. Knowledge, to know that my secure acceptance in found only Jesus Christ
552. Confession, to bend the knee and to turn back to living in the Will of God
553. Joy, to return to real joy