Friday, November 1, 2013

Are You Being Called?

As a mature Christian, the term "called" is a very familiar term to us. What has God put on your heart to do? One of the things that God has placed on my heart to do, is to get back to writing my blog.

Yes, it has been a VERY long time since i've written anything. And i have tried to turn a deaf ear to God's nagging about this. You know...when you ignore God's calling, He only calls louder & more consistently  until you can't ignore it. Have you ever had something like that happen? Something that gnaws at you, that you can't shake, no matter how hard you try? Well, you better start listening when that happens, because that is God speaking.

So, what's been nagging at you? Maybe you're feeling a bit guilty because you don't go to church regularly. Or maybe you do, but there's a volunteer position that you haven't stepped forward to do. Perhaps there's a shut in that you think of often, but just don't seem to find the time to stop by for a half hour visit...or more. Or maybe there's someone that you could invite to church, but you don't know how to ask.

We are all guilty of this. I've already admitted that i am. So, why don't we heed God's call? For some, it's procrastination. That's my biggest struggle. For others, it's fear. Like Moses, we don't understand why God chooses. us. We feel that we're not worthy. Well...that is correct. Non of us are worthy. But remember, God doesn't call the anointed; He anoints the called. The God who calls us, equips us.

"Moses said to the Lord, 'O Lord, I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor since you have spoken to your servant. I am slow of speech & tongue.'
     "The Lord said to him, 'Who gave man his mouth? Who makes him deaf or mute? Who gives him sight or makes him blind? Is it not I, the Lord? Now go: I will help you speak & will teach you what to say.' "
Exodus 4:10-12 (NIV)

We never need to be fearful or anxious. Fear & anxiety are symptoms of doubt. That often means that our focus is on our self, instead of God. But when we trust God to do what we can't, it takes the burden off us & places it on Him. By giving it to God & allowing Him control, He will use you to achieve the potential that He sees in you.

And when that happens...look out! God wants you to be confident in, & certain of His plan & purpose for your life. Whether you're called to serve with in your church, your community, or as an active worshiper with your church family, there is no need to fear. You can be confident that God will provide all that you need.

"God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work."
2 Corinthians 9:8 (NIV)

If you don't know your purpose, ask God to show you which path to take for His purpose for you. And if you sense that He is guiding you in a certain direction, especially an unfamiliar direction, then be thankful. You've got the best tour guide for a new adventure.

"The One who calls you is faithful & He will do it."
1 Thessalonians 5:24 (NIV)

Monday, July 8, 2013


(First, a personal note: Hello my friends. I am sorry for not keeping up with my blog. As i started to type today, i realized that it's been 9 months to the day, since i've posted. & i truly regret that. I ask for your forgiveness & make a pledge to get back to weekly postings, beginning today. Thanks!)

I have been working on my blog lately - a little at a time. Truthfully, a lot of the work has been going on in my head. Today, i have been sitting outside with my laptop, on a picture perfect 4th of July. I just finished adding the tab "Feedback" at the top of this page. I copied & pasted feedback from my ifrogcrafts' shop that have made my heart smile. I warms my heart & makes me happy that people really do like my creations. And then, as i was being still, i heard God ask me this question, "How many people give Me feedback?"

So i pondered that a bit. And as i was pondering, i saw a horsefly. (No, not a flying horse. Tee hee) And i thought how annoying flies are sometimes. But then, i remembered watching our 1 year old black cat trying to catch one, not too long ago. It was so funny & entertaining. 

Then, i thought of the annoying teeny, tiny black ants, that seem to invade our kitchen every year. And i remembered that i did tell Him not too long ago, that i didn't know what He was thinking with these little pests, that they were a pain & i hated them. I did laugh when i said it, so i think that, those little oblong specks of black are an illustration of God's orneriness. After all, i do know a lot of ornery people & we are made in His image.

Just then, i look over & there is a weed growing that has been missed by the mower. But it has a beautiful little purple flowers blooming from it. I love purple. And i hear a bird & i'm reminded that the truck needs washing. But when i really listen to the song that the bird is singing, it's so beautiful that i don't care what birds have done to my truck.

I sit back & look up & see a dead limb in the tree. Not very pretty, but i notice the awesome shade that this big Maple tree gives our back yard. In fact, there are trees galore, behind the fence, all around our back yard...including one big tall one in the center back with no leaves. At this point, i'm not really sure where i'm going with all this & i hear God say, "Don't just tell them, tell Me.Give Me feedback". So i tell Him:

"I love the peacefulness of my backyard. Yes, my laptop is out here, but there is no TV to distract me from You. Weeds can be beautiful. The green leaves are stunning against the gorgeous blue sky. And i really love the shade of our big maple tree today. But best of all, the tall tree with no leaves reminds me that when we die, we won't be standing out in the elements. We'll be without pain & suffering, & standing tall with our Lord & Savior. Jesus Christ. Words can never express enough feedback for that.

(But i still don't like the tiny black ants in my house.) 

Father, thank You for this glorious day. I ask that you remind me to give You feedback & that You keep my heart open to hear yours. I pray that my feedback to You will make Your heart smile....and maybe even laugh a bit. In Jesus name, amen. <><