Posts Tagged ‘lessons’

hello again…

I’ve been a bit absent from the blog world lately.  When life picks up the pace Live Writer seems to get left in the dust.  I’m hoping to change that habit.  I get all these thoughts and things I want to put down on virtual paper and then *poof*, they’re gone before I can find a chance to get them down. 

Anyhoo… it seems like so much life has happened that I haven’t mentioned.  God is revealing so many things to me and He’s doing His amazing works in my extended family too.  He’s brought people into our lives we never would have expected and showed us what it looks like to love.  I’m so excited to see Him working in and around my life – it’s awesome.  I guess I’ll just try to catch up a little at a time. 

First off, this idea of homesteading is taking on a more clear and distinct shape.  I’m discovering how it is fitting into God’s plan for our family as a means of ministering to the community around us.  At first I thought it was something God was using to teach us contentment and joy in work – loving and praising Him through the everyday tasks He gives us.  I still think this is a valuable lesson He’s given us to learn, but it’s only part of the lesson.

  Like stepping stones, He’s building up our faith and taking us, step by step, closer to Him.  Slowly narrowing our path, little by little.  Lesson by lesson.  We had to learn contentment without stuff, joy in work – knowing it is for God’s glory, how to love one person with the love of Christ, before we could learn to serve and love others in our community and neighborhood with the love of Christ.  All these lessons are coming quickly but definitely in a logical order.  While we haven’t mastered any one of these enlightenments, they’ve clearly been laid out and presented in a purposeful pattern.  We would never have been able to love a community without first knowing how to love an individual who is very different from ourselves.  We would never have been able to love an individual if we were not willing to find joy in God’s glory rather than our own selfish greed.  We would never have been able to joyfully give and work if we were worshipping stuff.                                           Stepping stones… as if God knows what He’s doing.  ; )

hello again…

I’ve been a bit absent from the blog world lately.  When life picks up the pace Live Writer seems to get left in the dust.  I’m hoping to change that habit.  I get all these thoughts and things I want to put down on virtual paper and then *poof*, they’re gone before I can find a chance to get them down. 

Anyhoo… it seems like so much life has happened that I haven’t mentioned.  God is revealing so many things to me and He’s doing His amazing works in my extended family too.  He’s brought people into our lives we never would have expected and showed us what it looks like to love.  I’m so excited to see Him working in and around my life – it’s awesome.  I guess I’ll just try to catch up a little at a time. 

First off, this idea of homesteading is taking on a more clear and distinct shape.  I’m discovering how it is fitting into God’s plan for our family as a means of ministering to the community around us.  At first I thought it was something God was using to teach us contentment and joy in work – loving and praising Him through the everyday tasks He gives us.  I still think this is a valuable lesson He’s given us to learn, but it’s only part of the lesson.

  Like stepping stones, He’s building up our faith and taking us, step by step, closer to Him.  Slowly narrowing our path, little by little.  Lesson by lesson.  We had to learn contentment without stuff, joy in work – knowing it is for God’s glory, how to love one person with the love of Christ, before we could learn to serve and love others in our community and neighborhood with the love of Christ.  All these lessons are coming quickly but definitely in a logical order.  While we haven’t mastered any one of these enlightenments, they’ve clearly been laid out and presented in a purposeful pattern.  We would never have been able to love a community without first knowing how to love an individual who is very different from ourselves.  We would never have been able to love an individual if we were not willing to find joy in God’s glory rather than our own selfish greed.  We would never have been able to joyfully give and work if we were worshipping stuff.                                           Stepping stones… as if God knows what He’s doing.  ; )

a lesson in waiting…

waiting Over the many years of my marriage, God has been giving myself and my husband lessons in patience and waiting.  Admittedly, we rarely pass the test.  I don’t know why we have such a hard time learning this lesson but it’s definitely been one of the biggest challenges we’ve faced.  Let me give you a few examples.  First of all, we met four days after I turned 18 and two weeks later we were engaged to be married.  Providential? Yes, but a sign of a pattern we would establish throughout our married life.  When we needed a house, we bought one… in a day.  When we needed a new car, we bought one… that day.  Just about every decision we’ve made has been this way.  The second a decision presents itself, we make it.  Obviously, some of our choices have left us scratching our heads or biting our nails, thinking, “maybe we shoulda waited on this one”.  We’ve gotten better over the years – a little.  We have intentions of patience.  We weigh our decisions for a bit longer, but honestly we fail in calling out to the Lord for His direction.

Nevertheless, God has been very forgiving and patient with us in this area.  He has protected us, since day one, from our impetuous decisions.  I’m often perplexed though.  Why is it so hard for us to learn this lesson? 

As God moves in this wonderful, mysterious way in my family, I find myself really desiring Godly patience.  I know God is doing wonderful things and I do not want to get ahead of Him or be in His way.  I desire to simply be here and be ready for whatever He is preparing for us.  I want us all to be ready.  I also know this is not just a time of waiting.  It is a time of preparation.  We are clearly meant to be learning, growing and maturing – each and every one of us – from my husband all the way down to little Mags.  In the past though, I’ve had a tendency to make a time like this a ‘busying’ experience.  I get in God’s way and take over.  Like Abraham headed for Egypt rather than waiting on God, I construct my own plan of preparation which only results in a lot of useless running around and wasteful spending of energy. 

In a search for the answer to this question of patience, I’m finding some helpful advice from (where else?) the Bible. 

  • 31 but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength;
    they shall mount up with wings like eagles;
    they shall run and not be weary;
    they shall walk and not faint.  — Isaiah 40:31
  • 3 More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, 4 and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, 5 and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.  — Romans 5:3-5
  • 25 But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.  — Romans 8:25
  • 12 Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.  — Romans 12:12
  • 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.  — Galatians 5:22-23
  • 11 Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content.  — Philippians 4:11
  • 35 Therefore do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward. 36 For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God you may receive what is promised.  — Hebrews 10:35-36
  • 2 Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, 3 for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. 4 And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.  — James 1:2-4
  • 7 Be patient, therefore, brothers, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient about it, until it receives the early and the late rains. 8 You also, be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand.  — James 5:7-8

I think I’ll take some time each week to study these passages.  Maybe take one at a time and just work my way through them. 

Father, you are my holy unchangeable Lord.  What you desire, you will do.  For you will complete what you appoint for me, and many such things are in your mind.  I pray you keep my feet from stumbling or wandering to my Egypt when I grow restless and impatient.  Keep me content in the joys of your wisdom and the richness of your mercy.  Amen.

 

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a lesson in waiting…

waiting Over the many years of my marriage, God has been giving myself and my husband lessons in patience and waiting.  Admittedly, we rarely pass the test.  I don’t know why we have such a hard time learning this lesson but it’s definitely been one of the biggest challenges we’ve faced.  Let me give you a few examples.  First of all, we met four days after I turned 18 and two weeks later we were engaged to be married.  Providential? Yes, but a sign of a pattern we would establish throughout our married life.  When we needed a house, we bought one… in a day.  When we needed a new car, we bought one… that day.  Just about every decision we’ve made has been this way.  The second a decision presents itself, we make it.  Obviously, some of our choices have left us scratching our heads or biting our nails, thinking, “maybe we shoulda waited on this one”.  We’ve gotten better over the years – a little.  We have intentions of patience.  We weigh our decisions for a bit longer, but honestly we fail in calling out to the Lord for His direction.

Nevertheless, God has been very forgiving and patient with us in this area.  He has protected us, since day one, from our impetuous decisions.  I’m often perplexed though.  Why is it so hard for us to learn this lesson? 

As God moves in this wonderful, mysterious way in my family, I find myself really desiring Godly patience.  I know God is doing wonderful things and I do not want to get ahead of Him or be in His way.  I desire to simply be here and be ready for whatever He is preparing for us.  I want us all to be ready.  I also know this is not just a time of waiting.  It is a time of preparation.  We are clearly meant to be learning, growing and maturing – each and every one of us – from my husband all the way down to little Mags.  In the past though, I’ve had a tendency to make a time like this a ‘busying’ experience.  I get in God’s way and take over.  Like Abraham headed for Egypt rather than waiting on God, I construct my own plan of preparation which only results in a lot of useless running around and wasteful spending of energy. 

In a search for the answer to this question of patience, I’m finding some helpful advice from (where else?) the Bible. 

  • 31 but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength;
    they shall mount up with wings like eagles;
    they shall run and not be weary;
    they shall walk and not faint.  — Isaiah 40:31
  • 3 More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, 4 and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, 5 and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.  — Romans 5:3-5
  • 25 But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.  — Romans 8:25
  • 12 Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.  — Romans 12:12
  • 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.  — Galatians 5:22-23
  • 11 Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content.  — Philippians 4:11
  • 35 Therefore do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward. 36 For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God you may receive what is promised.  — Hebrews 10:35-36
  • 2 Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, 3 for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. 4 And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.  — James 1:2-4
  • 7 Be patient, therefore, brothers, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient about it, until it receives the early and the late rains. 8 You also, be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand.  — James 5:7-8

I think I’ll take some time each week to study these passages.  Maybe take one at a time and just work my way through them. 

Father, you are my holy unchangeable Lord.  What you desire, you will do.  For you will complete what you appoint for me, and many such things are in your mind.  I pray you keep my feet from stumbling or wandering to my Egypt when I grow restless and impatient.  Keep me content in the joys of your wisdom and the richness of your mercy.  Amen.

 

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