Tuesday, September 13, 2011

set apart.

I sometimes wish God would whisper in my ear exaclty what his plan for my life is. I get so caught up in wanting to know this plan that I fear I miss just living it out. 

I've been realizing something, something I have to remind myself of often. Doing God's work looks different for everyone. Our gifts are different so of course our callings will be different. I need to stop comparing myself to others.

God is also opening my eyes to the incredible difficulty of living radically for him admidst the American Dream. The need for a Savior isn't thrown in your face here the way it is in other parts of the world. I'm seeing that to live intentionally for him and to look set apart from the world is hard in a world where no one thinks they need anything.

God's also genlty reminded me that no matter where I am in the world he's called me to one thing right now....being a wife and mother. He's blessed me with a husband and children and they are my first priority. 

This quote encouraged my heart this morning...

"The mother is the hub of the home, holding all the spokes in place. 
Without her being at her post, the family spins out of control and 
falls apart.” Mark Chanski

He also writes this... 

“There she sits exhausted on the edge of her bed, her face in her 
hands, wondering, “Where's the glory in this?”
She needs something more empowering to keep her going.
She needs to gain and maintain the deep conviction of the glory, 

honor, and nobility ofselfless service. This she finds at the foot of 
the cross, looking up to the One who earned for Himself “the name 
which is above every name” (Philippians 2:9), by “emptying 
Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant” (2:7), humbling 
Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on 
a cross” (2:8). There she beholds her Savior who mopped up the 
damning vomit of her own sin with the precious sponge of His 
perfect life and atoning death. The love of Christ constrains and
compels her to press on (2 Corinthians 5:14). The Spirit of Christ 
empowers  her” (pp. 120-121,).


Stephanie said...

I loved the thoughts you have shared here...from our diversity in our service to Him to living intentional set-apart lives to the high calling of being a helpmate and mother. Loved the quote...so true.

Jennifer said...

I wish God would just tell me his plan too! I know I'm where I'm supposed to be though...it easy to overlook the here in now. I love those quotes!

Heather @ we.are.the.holdens said...

Love the opening line...I can so relate. It's so hard to not fall into the lie of... comparison. You have a beautiful family. :)

Rebekah said...

I love this post. It helps remind me that I'm not the only one who looks to other people only to be draw back in by the Savior.

Living intentionally. Ouch. It makes me thing "Who did I share Jesus with today?" Most often the answer seems to be "no one".

Simplistic Beauty said...

Love this Post so much! So true! So thrilled to follow you!

Jami said...

I'm so glad you linked up! What a beautiful post. I am about to start reading a book called "radical" that my friend gave me. Fits what you are talking about. Have you read it? Hope you are well! xoxo

Angel Haynes said...

Beautiful! Thanks for your honest thoughts about being a wife and mom...the hub of the home, indeed! I noticed Jami asked you about Radical. Also, have you heard of Just Do Something by Keving Deyoung? He addresses some of the questions you raised, as well. Anyway... great post. I love your honesty! Very encouraging!!

K said...

i so needed to read this today. thanks.

Z said...

What a great post! I think about it too. Am I doing enough? Am I in the right place? I am fulfilling the purpose? And better yet, what is my purpose? These are the questions that plague my mind again and again. Regardless of what we do and are called to do, we should never forget that our family is our ministry first and foremost. This post ties in perfectly with the book giveaway I did last week. The book of the month was Radical and is one heavy read that gets you thinking ALOT about the ideal life and the life God expects us to live. I encourage every believer to read it.

Crystal said...

I have been struggling with comparing myself to other women and what God wants for me and my family. "Where do I fit in and where does God want me to be?"

Right now, I needed a simple answer since all the big ones can only be answered with time and patience.

"A woman's place is following Jesus."

I am holding on to that dearly at the moment and finding in it strength; that God knows what is best for my family and will guide us to that.

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