Life looks really different than we ever thought it would right now. Haggai reminds us that our purpose hasn’t changed in all this, but we may have lost sight of it.
God continually calls us back to our foundation. He calls us back to finding our true purpose in Him and whatever He wants to do to bring Himself glory. That always results in us returning to build on His true and lasting foundation instead of working so crazy hard to fill our bags (which are full of holes) and fill our closets with clothes (which never warm us down to our soul).
No matter what your world may look like right now, return to your foundation and start building on THAT. Your foundation is Christ.
He invites you back to His foundation, His table.
Come. Eat, drink, and enjoy the oil poured out.
Act according to your conviction of who God is and what He’s called you to.
Your Master has promised you things. Your Master lived, died, and rose again to make those things available to you. Do you have earthly masters that will do the same? No? …Then make sure your daily decision-making process BEGINS with ‘What has my Master commanded?’, not ‘But what will happen if…?’
Don’t expect to have your view & actions welcomed and loved by the masses. In fact, if you aren’t being ridiculed by the masses maybe that should be a red flag? Christ was ridiculed and hated everywhere He went for not becoming part of everyone else’s norm.
Pray for grace to stand for truth & live out the gospel.
I will never forget the moment my mother tested my teenage self in giving my honest opinion. She came out of her room in a ridiculous shoe choice for the outfit she was in and with a perfectly serious face asked if it looked okay. I didn’t want her to feel bad so I said, ‘Yeah, it’s good.’
She burst out laughing and declared she would never trust my opinion again. She thought it funny, but you know what? I have remembered the dishonesty of that moment for the rest of my life. It was a pivotal point in my walk with Christ to realize that in all my relationships I was often being dishonest. Lying. Not wanting people to feel bad I’d smooth over rough spots to not draw attention to the awkwardness of bad shoe choices… or worse, sinful life choices… and they were all doing the same for me!
You’re best friends are NOT the ones that affirm you and keep telling you you’re so smart & beautiful no matter what your life looks like. You’re best friends are the ones that call a spade a spade when it comes to your shoes & your sin.
The people in my life that called me out for what I did or said and stuck around for me to learn from it are the ones that I trust when I ask their opinion. I know they are pursuing truth, not the petting of my emotions.
“Faithful are the wounds of a friend;
profuse are the kisses of an enemy.” Proverbs 27:6
Sooner or later what we’ve planted will start producing and all will know what we have been sowing in the seemingly inconspicuous parts of our fields.
What are you planting today? The pursuit of Christ, or self?
Rest assured, we will harvest more than we planted. One seed grows an abundance of its own kind. And the fruit never shows itself immediately, roots begin and it takes time to show its growth. And what comes up from that dirt won’t be anything different than what was stuck in the ground. You WILL reap what you sow.
Only God has the power to uproot our holds of sin & bitterness and exchange them for new seeds of the Spirit.
Beg Him to take over the sowing of your field. Beg Him for a harvest only He can produce!
There’s an episode 8 1/2 somewhere that I haven’t edited yet. I still just might get around to listening to it and sharing some snippets… for now we will share this one.
We talk about defining terms, this year’s 2021 VWEC, Cheryl’s store, Jekyll & Hyde, and whatever else we could fit around those topics. 😅
We hope listening in on our random convos is an encouragement between conferences. We LOVE hearing from each of you when we meet up for our fall encouragement session. I’ll post more about it soon! Watch for it… and pray for it!!! If God wants it to happen it will, and we want to be ready and waiting if it’s a go!
K… here’s episode 8, and if you want to hear other episodes you can find them all HERE.
Busy days? Rough last-of-the-winter days? Keep on choosing to serve. Us mommas have the ultimate job of teaching our kids what ‘my life for yours’ looks like on a practical level. It’s NEVER perfect and we will ALWAYS keep falling, messing up, and realizing more and more of our sin & shortcomings… it’s called being human. This being made from dust has deep effects, but life-breathed into that dust by Christ Himself has deeper effects that allow for a strengthening in that dust to continue to persevere and reach for the glory promised us to come.
Maybe you’ll make bread. Maybe you’ll go for a walk. Maybe you’ll model service by caring for the sick. Maybe you’ll sacrifice deeply in dark circumstances and your children won’t comprehend the lesson for many years to come…until they look back through their own story’s lense. Whatever your day is looking like today choose to react with 10 years from now in mind. Our choices impact years, not just moments.
This is not just our training ground as women, but our children’s, and their children’s. We can learn to pass on a legacy of Christ-centered service as much as depends on our dusty selves, and trust God to miraculously use it somehow.
There have been many days in the past few years that I’ve lost my breath, laying winded in a face plant of hard circumstance. Getting the wind knocked out if you has this deceiving feeling as if you’re dying. You lay there not able to draw a breath but look normal to all around you… they don’t know you can’t breath, and there’s nothing they could do essentially if they did realize. But after a few seconds your lungs remember to suck in some air and you get up and start moving again. Life returns. This is the life of a child of God at times. But we can’t take the few seconds of breathless position on the ground to define the whole race; that’s just a few steps of our journey.
We model to our people what it looks like, not to be flawless, but to be terribly flawed and persevere. We show them that Grace is what keeps us all moving forward.
Don’t pretend to have it all together. You don’t. No one does. You’re going to get winded at times. But thankfully you don’t have to be flawless to keep serving.
In a world where women would rather hear soothing encouragements no matter what they’re doing or what they feel like… a world where you can find multiple makeup tutorials, face massage how-to videos (really?!), and the perfect filter to always assure you’ll get a compliment … a world where people get offended and walk away when you think differently than them and dare to speak it confidently…. sayings like this meme make backs arch. Way back in the day it was a funny way to state a blunt truth. And I guess if you don’t hang around our crew and enjoy sarcasm you won’t appreciate how we normally say it. I’ve made some more ‘soothing’ ways to say the same thing depending on your comfort level, but the answer is always the same: Read you Bible, it’ll change your life.