Oh man, it has been a while since I’ve posted. Sorry all. I think I’m breaking blogger rules; aren’t you supposed to post at least every week? Oh well. To be honest, I’ve been in a little rut. I just haven’t really known what I should write about.
So naturally, I decided to just avoid it altogether rather than waste everyone’s time with forced posts! Although I have not been posting, I have been learning some pretty cool stuff.
Where to start?
I’d say the theme I’m learning about right now is discipleship. So, what is a disciple exactly?
Though the term “disciple” is used in different ways in the literature of the period, there are examples of discipleship referring to people committed to following a great leader, emulating his life and passing on his teachings. In these cases, discipleship meant much more than just the transfer of information. Again, it referred to imitating the teacher’s life, inculcating his values, and reproducing his teachings.
I just discovered a book called Impact My Life: Biblical Mentoring Simplified. I’ve only read the first 2 chapters, but it is really awesome so far. I’m so glad that God is building me up and calling me to step out of my comfort zone to lead others as I am following him.
I’m listening to a series from Church of the Highlands called The Pastoral Epistles. My husband grabbed a few of the cd’s for me once while he was in Birmingham; unfortunately I don’t have the whole series & it is not available on their website.
One of the messages was talking about getting balance in your life. And I need some of that!! It was submitting that first you need to know your identity/find your purpose. I think that’s what so many people struggle with, not knowing what their purpose is.
Saturday, we were talking about purpose and ministry in my growth group. One of the ladies was talking about how our ministry is first in our homes. And I know a few months ago I was feeling down and not really knowing what my ministry is and my husband was like, “Right now your ministry is your family.” It’s so true!
I’m also trying to figure out what my strengths and spiritual gifts are. My husband told me that he loves my zeal. And I told him that I definitely think that’s one of my biggest strengths. Also one of my biggest weakness. I mentioned in one of my posts that I learned that your biggest strength can be your biggest weakness. I believe it.
So to help me along the path of purpose, I took a spiritual gifts test here. These are my top 3 results:
- Faith- The divine ability to recognize what God wants done, and to act when others fall back in doubt. Although as Christians we are all called to have faith, people with the spiritual gift of faith receive it in an extraordinary measure. Even in the face of barriers that overwhelm others, people with this gift simply have confidence that God will see God’s will done. Believing deeply in the power of prayer, they also know that God is both present and active in their lives. People with this gift, by their works and by their words, show others that God is faithful to God’s promises.
- Mercy- The God-given ability to see and feel the suffering of others and to minister to them with love and understanding. More simply, this gift is “compassion in action.” People with this gift are called to reach out to someone who is hurt or rejected, easing their suffering. They feel fulfilled when they can show others that God loves them. They are skilled at gaining the trust of those in need and enjoy finding ways to comfort them.
- Hospitality- The divine ability to make others feel welcome and comfortable. People with the gift of hospitality often love to entertain. Sometimes, however, their gift is simply demonstrated by a warm handshake or hug, a bright smile, and a tendency to greet new people and help them get acclimated to a new place or situation. People are drawn to persons with this gift-they often have many acquaintances or friends and help others make connections, too.
I took a personality test too. I’ve actually done this before and it came back the same. I’m a caregiver, an ESFJ. I suppose that’s right in line with my spiritual gifts.
Really, my desire is to spread the love of Christ by living my life with his attitude. I want God to use me for his glory! I’m so thankful to serve him. I’m thankful to be a disciple of Christ.
Speaking of thankfulness, one of the messages in the series I mentioned is called “Appetite for the Eternal.” The speaker said that we need to think of having anything more than food and clothes as extra.
It really put things in perspective. I’ve just been realizing how blessed I truly am and how insignificant my problems are compared to so many others. I’m becoming more thankful for my problems, because there is a glory that outweighs them, and I know that God is allowing things in my life to be a testimony to others.
Now, to highlight a few joys of parenthood.
Before I put Isaac to bed tonight we were playing a game. It’s called, Isaac crawls down the hall really fast and mommy crawls and chases him then tickles him when she catches up to him! He was loving it. He laughed & laughed when I would catch him.
And today after church we went to lunch at a friend’s house, and Isaac was soaking up everyone’s attention. He pulled himself up to standing then looked around at everyone in the room to make sure they were watching him!
I love to see his personality develop. He melts my heart.
About a week ago, I set him down for a moment in the living room while I was getting something out of the kitchen. I come back in the room like maybe a minute later, and he has dog food all in his hands. Yes, it was in his mouth too. Ah!
Quick story about our dog, Nibbler. We rescued him when he was a tiny puppy. My husband said to me, “God’s preparing us to be parents.” Isaac is exactly 1 year younger than Nibbler. How cool is that?
Well, we had originally planned on just nursing him back to health then finding him a good home. He turned out to be such a sweet dog, a big baby really, and we just couldn’t part from him. Unfortunately, due to all of the craziness and recent changes in the last month, we had to find a new home for Nibbler. He was not getting the love, exercise, and attention he needed.
Yesterday I was at my parent’s house with Isaac waiting for a couple to come look at Nibbler. I heard this really strange noise that lead me out to the garage and behold, the freezer is making the noise! Everything is melting. Of course my parents are out of town for their 25th wedding anniversary, so I’m freaking out. I ran upstairs and emptied the freezer then ran up and down the stairs to get more loads of food from the freezer in the garage, all the while Isaac is crying because I’m not feeding him. Then the couple shows up in the middle of it all!
It was pretty crazy to say the least. It all worked out though, and they will be very good parents to Nibbler. He has 3 little girls to protect: 6 years old, 1.5 years, & 1 month! He will do his job well, I’m sure of it. And they said they will send pictures and we can meet them at the dog park to play with him.
Call me crazy, but giving Nibbler away was something heavy on both my heart & Branon’s, and we prayed about it a lot. I’m so thankful God answered our prayers and sent the right family for him to be with.
It’s so awesome to watch the Lord answer your prayers. What are some prayers that you have seen answered in your life?