31 days of Surrendering to God Discover

I believe that this is a sign of the stage of life that I am in as a homeschool Mom, but when I read that the prompt was discover, I thought of the often used line in the Magic School Bus series “Take chances, make mistakes, get messy!” I like seeing my children stretching themselves creatively, and I know that the only way to learn is by sometimes making mistakes. As a tired Mom, I must admit the getting messy part makes me a little nervous. I believe that our Heavenly Father wants us to make discoveries, also. He wants us to be willing to try new things, grow, and make new discoveries about ourselves, others, and most of all Him. I believe that he made this wonderfully intricate world as an invitation for us to explore and discover. It makes me smile to watch my children discover new things, and I believe that God as our Heavenly Father smiles when we live without fear of failure, and view the world with the wonder of a child.

 

discover

 

Advertisements

31 Days of Surrendering to God Day 19 Brave

I don’t really think of myself as brave. Rather, I am a big chicken. You won’t find me on roller coasters. I would much rather view a mountain from the ground rather than climb it. My oldest daughter who loves to climb trees, asked me if I climbed trees as a kid. My answer to that was, “Nope.” There is a different kind of bravery though. The bravery that it takes to just show up. The bravery to lay my agenda at Jesus’s feet, and ask Him to use me to love others today. My kids and I were talking about Matthew 5:14. “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden.” My son said that he learned in Sunday school, that Jesus is the light, and we are the mirrors.   I want to lay me down, and be a mirror of the light and love of God.

Day 18 of Surrendering to God Share Your heart

Acts 4:32

Now the full number of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one said that any of the things that belonged to him was his own, but they had everything in common.

I have always admired the Acts 4 church. The thought of  being of one heart and soul with an entire community of believers is so inspiring to me. They shared with each other. No one said, “That’s mine!” about anything that belonged to them. They had everything in common. I think to get to a point that we are openly sharing our belongings with other, we have to be willing to share our hearts. To be of one heart and soul means to share your thoughts, cares, concerns, ideas, in a completely open and safe environment. These people in Acts were free to love out loud. There was a great deal of trust and emotional safety in the body of believers. I want to be that kind of wife, mother, daughter, sister, aunt, and friend. I want to live this out with the people with which I do life.

 

 

31 days of surrendering to God Day 17 Grow

Sometimes I feel stunted in my spiritual growth. I feel like I repeat the same lessons over and over. I must not have learned it right the first time. I am so thankful for God’s patience with me. In this stage of life, as a young mom, I think of myself as someone who has planted seeds, watered and cared for the seed and now I am watching the soil for signs of growth. The encouraging thing is that even if I do not see signs of growth does not mean that there isn’t growth happening under the surface. I need to keep presenting myself to God, praying to Him, asking to grow me, mold me, shape me. I need more and more of God. He must increase. I must decrease. I also hope that years from now that I will be able to look back at this season of my life, and see growth that isn’t so apparent right now in this moment  I am thankful that God is not finished with me yet.

 

Day 16 31 days of surrendering to God Read

I love to read. I tell my children all the time that reading is the only way to travel the world without leaving the house. I usually get eye rolls from my oldest when I say that. Reading a good book is one of my favorite ways to relax. I sometimes forget what a privilege it is to read God’s word. There are Believers around the world who do not have access to the Bible? Do I realize how amazing it is to hold a Bible in my hand? Do I sit at my computer and scroll through Facebook or browse the Internet, before I tell God good morning? I need to remember that there is only one true source of wisdom God’s word. The Bible is the source of truth, and if what I am reading does not line up with God’s truth, than I need recognize that fact and cling to God’s truth. So what about you? Have you read any good books lately?

Day 15 Remain in Me (31 days of surrendering to God)

1 Corinthians 13:13

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

Some days I feel like I am getting pulled in a thousand different directions. It is so easy to lose focus on what is important. I feel scattered, and forget that my foundation is solid if I actually anchor myself into it. On these days, I have a choice. I can crumple into a ball and have a good long cry. (Sometimes that choice is very therapeutic and even necessary.) I need to remember what will remain for eternity. I need to focus on the Eternal. The whole Bible can be summed up in two commands to love God and love others. My thoughts and my to-do list need to be run through that filter. Am I living out my love for God? Am I living out my love for others? Am I abiding in Jesus? I need to focus on answering these questions when I am thinking about the priorities in my life.

 

 

Day 14 31 days of surrendering my efforts to God (try)

I realize that I am sometimes very much like a toddler. I want to do things for myself all by myself. I say, “I got this.” Instead of saying, “I need help.” I do this only to find that the mess is bigger, and I am more frustrated and sad than I was in the beginning.  Why do I not want to admit to God that I am needy? Why do I wait so long to cry out to him? Why do I think that I have things cleaned up before I present my requests to God? Why do I try so hard? Instead of trying so hard, I need to lay myself at the feet of Jesus. Confess my sins, weaknesses and failure and profess my need for Him. I do not want prayer to be my last resort, but my lifeline. I do not want to try everything I can think of, before praying about a situation. I want to pray and ask God for guidance and wisdom in the various circumstances in my life. I want to acknowledge God in my daily life, and not just try to push through my day on my own strength.

31 Days of surrendering to God Surrender Invite (Five Minute Friday)

I love invitations. I save them. Both the really pretty formally printed ones and the ones on notebook paper, or even the ones by email. I love being invited. Even though, I can get in a bad habbit of sleeping late. I then hear that my kids are awake and I just jump into my daily rountine without inviting God to be a part of my day. Several hours later, I am then wondering why I am crabby and cranky and just don’t feel right. I need that time with God. I need to start the day out right, with a cup of coffee and Jesus. But I also don’t want it to end there either. I need to invite Him into the moments of my day, the happy, sad, mundane, challenging, or fun parts of my day. As the old hymn says I need him every hour. I need Love to take me over.  I need His help every moment. So, God what’d you want to do today?

 

Day 12 of 31 days of surrendering to God

 

Proverbs 7:2-3 Keep my commands and you will live; guard my teachings as the apple of your eye. Bind them on your fingers; write them on the tablet of your heart.

When I need to remember something I write it down. In fact if I don’t write it down I am likely to forget it. I frequently write a grocery list, and then forget it at home, but I have found that something about writing it down helps me to remember what is on the list. I have read research that states that writing notes is more effective than typing notes, and I believe it. This is the reason that I think that writing out scripture is a good way of studying it, memorizing it, and living it out. God doesn’t just want us to write it on paper, but to write it on our hearts. He promises us that there is life in keeping his commandments. May I remember this as I go about my life today. 31 days of surrendering to God

Day 11 31 days of surrendering to God Remember

Psalm 77:11-12

11 I will remember the deeds of the Lord;
    yes, I will remember your miracles of long ago.
12 I will consider all your works
    and meditate on all your mighty deeds.”

I think it is so important to remember the things that God has done for me. I think that the first step in wandering away from God and walking toward sin and darkness is forgetting that God is good.  I know I need to remind myself daily of God’s goodness, and preach the gospel to myself daily. To that end, I am going to post a list of things that I am thankful for today.

I am thankful for my family,

I am thankful for the opportunity to attend church, and the encouraging thought-provoking message from James.

I am thankful that my children loved the taco dinner that I made my family for lunch.

I am thankful for my warm cozy home.

I am thankful for the food in the pantry, fridge, and freezer.

I am thankful for our pets our cat and our dog.

I am thankful for the Bible- God’s word.

I am thankful for music.

I am thankful for books.

These are just a few of many things that I am thankful for. What would you add to the list?