Why do we pray for the Lord to lead and then doubt when He does?
Do you struggle with this? I’d like to think of myself as a faithful daughter of the King, but I discover time and time again that I question His providence. I have to give myself the proverbial slap to refocus my proper perspective. Here are His promises:
“The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave your nor forsake.” Deuteronomy 31:8
“For we are God’s Masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” Eph 2:10
“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’” Jeremiah 29:11
He promises to go before us (and our children). He planned good things for us (and our children) long ago. He promises prosperity, safety, hope and a future for us (and our children). Yes, I believe this Lord. Help me in my unbelief! (more…)
With the litany of voices all wanting to be heard, it behooves me to ask, who do you listen to? This is worthy of consideration. The person you allow to speak into your life may have a lasting impact on how you think about or live life.
So why would this matter? Well, if you are being influenced by someone else’s calling, you run the risk of living someone else’s life and not hearing the unique plans God has for you.
This leads me to ask yet another question: who should you be getting advice from? The person who talks about doing something, a person who has once done something, or the person who has consistently done something and has a record of success. I say the later. You may still choose to spend time with those from the former categories, but those are the folks who have yet to prove if their ways will workout as planned.
When I read about the Proverbs 31 woman I see a life well lived. For many women, they interpret this passage as something that must be done all in one day or season. Truth is, this describes a woman’s life in totality… not a day.
Let’s begin by defining “consider.”
: to think about carefully in order to make a wise choice or decision
: to take into account to gaze on reflectively
: come to judge or classify
There are, however, key principles a wise woman practices on a daily basis. She… (more…)
A friend once said, “Busy always seems to find you.”
Does busy seem to find you, too?
We hear, “Don’t be too busy now”, or “you’re too busy.” These statements can cause inner turmoil for many. How can someone know if you are too busy? Could it be that we have different callings, drive levels, and interests? What one person feels is too busy may be the perfect balance for someone else. After all, God has equipped each of us with individual passions, skill sets and drive.
Busy for the sake of being busy accomplishes little. The key is not so much are you too busy, but are you busy about the things God has called you to do? Or, are you busy trying to avoid dealing with something in your life? Hurt, conflict, unmet needs or neglect maybe? Are you busy chasing after a career or a relationship? (more…)
Women (like yourself, I presume) have always had to juggle many titles and positions. The various roles we must fill, if not guarded and balanced, can cause us to lose a sense of who we are at our core: uniquely female. Moms who choose to homeschool, a unique role indeed, often run a greater risk of allowing themselves to be defined by what they do and at times are subjected to scrutiny by peers, friends, and even family.
During the different seasons of my life, there have been five things that have helped ensure I remain the woman I was created to be:
Get to know and understand yourself. Whether you are a wife, mother, homeschooler, volunteer, or business owner, there are certain expectations (job descriptions, if you will) required of you. Although the expectations may be well-founded, problems arise when you realize those expectations might not be what you’re all about. For example: my children, now adults, were recently surprised to learn I do not enjoy cooking. They had no idea! Creating food that could win awards is not something I aspired to. But feeding my family nutritious meals and creating memories required cooking, so I was happy to do it. I was working toward the goal of building a family. Meals times are a big part of that.
Knowing who you really are is the beginning of staying true to yourself. You must discover what you do well and build on that base. Every woman has been given strengths and talents unlike anyone else. Your strengths and talents fit perfectly with the life you get to live and the people you are doing life with. (more…)
Such an odd title, isn’t it? How can something be beautifully broken? Broken: in pieces, not put together, and most importantly not perfect. The word broken conjures such sad, negative emotions. That is usually the case because we fail to see the beauty of how the Lord sees brokenness.
This is a vivid picture of life: we are not perfect. We are never able to accomplish everything, or say just the right words, or love unconditionally. We are broken: crushed by past hurts, disappointments, unmet needs, sickness, and so on. (more…)