It is interesting learning to connect with my kids better. One of the struggles is choosing to meet them where they are, rather than forcing them to meet me where I am.
It is so easy to make it all about me.
Not cockiness. Not arrogance. Not pride.
Confidence is so attractive. Those who lack confidence are often jealous of those who do have confidence and sometimes even say things in an effort to try and make themselves feel better like downplaying or attacking the confidence of others.
"Plant your feet toward every purpose you were born for." Beth Moore, Audacious
I love this quote and the decision that is part of this concept. Planting my feet is more than simply looking in a certain direction or even standing and pointing my feet in a certain, chosen direction. Planting implies commitment and decision.
What does Christ's love compel us to know, be, and do?
Christ's love compels me to know and understand who I am in relationship to God. God sent His only son, Jesus, to this world to become a man and live a perfect life, and do the miraculous in saving me! He died for the world . . . and he died for me. If God - and Jesus - could give up so much for me, for us, then shouldn't that love change me?
This book is stirring feelings within me that I haven't felt in some time. I've been a little numb. Ok, I've been a lot numb. I, who love setting goals and creating dream boards, have been asking myself questions like, "What's the point of goals and dreams?" I didn't like that I felt that way, but after several major disappointments and uncertainty about the future that question was my reality.
"I keep waiting to hear what you are going to do next!" These words were said to me with eager anticipation. My friend is waiting for my next extraordinary adventure. I have shared many of my dreams with this friend and after not seeing her for several months, she was ready for the next thing to be in motion. This came on a night when my heart was weary of the fight. The belief in my head and the feeling in my heart were not in alignment. I was feeling once again like God doesn't see, doesn't care, and is not going to respond.
Pain. Hurt. Betrayal. Suffering. Most don't walk many days in their adult lives (or even in their lives period) without experiencing pain. Whether it's intentional or not, we humans have a way of hurting each other. We betray our word to ourselves and others, we cause pain, and we enact suffering. I, too, have experienced pain multiple times in my life. 2015 was one of my most difficult. It was a betrayal and pain that impacted my husband and my children which was part of the incredible intensity of the hurt and the ramifications continued into 2016.
I think there are two parts to surrendering to God's design. The first meaning I see is a surrender to how God designed me: my personality, my looks, my being, my gifts, my talents, and my abilities. These are all the things God chose to give me and all the the things he chose not to give me in regard to who I am. This is not really looking at any of the external influences in my life, but everything that God has made about my internal and external being.
The answer is the same: Give thanks. It's a choice.
Whatever your circumstance looks like, regardless of how little hope you feel for things to turn around . . . choose thanksgiving.