Monday, February 27, 2012

Lay down your life for a friend

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I am so glad to have come across these resources lately. I have recently read Sally Clarksons' The Mission of Motherhood and absolutely loved it. It was so insightful. I also just finished up her book The Ministry of Motherhood.

 It is a book that I will keep in my mom library forever. It was encouraging; She gently encourages mom with practical ideas all backed by scripture of ways to steer your children in grace, inspiration, faith, training,and service.

This morning I finished up my bible study on service. This verse really stuck out to me this morning. John 15:13 Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends. I started looking at it in a new light today.

 We all have read and see what an emphasis Jesus places on love.- But to what level are we taking it to? Are we "laying down our life" for our friends? Or are we too busy with our "to do" list to give our time to others? I'm sure we all have more "to do" than we can get done in a day. But in what ways are we "laying down our life" to serve our friends? Are we taking the time...... to invest in other people?

 A sentence I read this morning: Most worthwhile endeavors- whether they involve housework and chores, schoolwork, serving outside the home or providing hospitality within it, or training our children to be servants of the Lord- end up taking more time, energy, effort, and character than we ever thought they would.This was a nice and gentle reminder to me that all my good ideas of service are not going to be easy for me or a cakewalk- It's going to take sacrifice, time, energy, and work on my part.  

 I believe that we all have good intentions... It's just the following through that is sometimes the issue. Serving and Loving others will take our time, energy, and effort. It will mean putting aside our "list" to think of others. I am guilty of sometimes letting relationships and serving slide in order to have shiny tile grout and dusted furniture instead........ (Not saying keeping house is not important... just that loving others is more important) 


There are many ways that you can "lay down your life" for  a friend.... 
A few ways to "lay down your life"
  • Make and extra meal for a busy working mom
  • Make a 15 minute phone call to show someone you care (I mean a real phone call with actual talking.. TEXTING IS NOT ALLOWED)
  •  Mare a care package for someone who needs encouragment
  • Visit someone in REAL LIIFE (Facebook chats do not count)
 Something about a face to face visit- really shows laying down your life- It shows you putting your "to do" list away to concentrate on another person that God created. In what way are you going to "lay down your life for a friend" this week? 
Amanda

Monday, February 13, 2012

My Heart's on FIRE

Hi Friends~!
Yes- My Heart is on FIRE in a good way- The kind of : I want to serve God in every aspect of my life, super excited, change things- type of way. I have been flooded the past month with some AWESOME Christian resources, friends, and relationships that have really  challenged me. Also- It is so interesting to me that some of the same resources, blogs, books, that I have come in contact with or have been studying others around me have as well without even mentioning it to each other-HOW WEIRD? Do you think God is trying to show us something?
Anyways with that being said I'd like to direct you to Courtney's at  Women Living Well Facebook Page. If you "like" her page you can get her FREE Ebook about the Proverbs 31 woman. ( I receive no profits or benefits from this- I just think it is so GOOD!) She wrote a short little book about the Proverbs 31 woman verse by verse and simply applies it to us today. I just finished reading it. I feel so much JOY, POWER, and INITIATIVE to become a better Proverbs 31 woman. I have had to repent for the ways that I have been choosing not to do this. The Greek word for Repent is metanoeo which means "to think differently, reconsider". I have reconsidered and am thinking differently about some of the ways I do things. I am so thankful that I can go to God and ask for help in these areas that I want to improve and be different. I do not at all feel "beat down" or "burdened" or like a "failure" in the ways I am falling short. I have a joy unspeakable that I have a Savior that I can RUN to and ask for help and that he WILL HELP me in the areas that I am committing to do better in. Thank you Jesus for refreshing my spirit and giving me a gentle reminder in the area of striving to be a PROVERBS 31 woman. I highly recommend you read this short little ebook. I hope that you will be refreshed and inspired to INTENTIONALLY strive to be the woman that God wants and has called us to be. Intentional living is a choice that will bring you much joy, peace, love, and wisdom to your life by choosing to Live Your Life for God's Glory with every decision and action- by leaning on Jesus only.

Blessings
Amanda

Friday, February 3, 2012

What Can I do for the Kingdom?

Hi Friends!
Have you ever been just so overwhelmed with God's Grace and Joy that you just want to SHOUT ALL ABOUT IT! :) That's the way I've been feeling lately and I just want to tell you about a little about what the Lord is talking to me about right now. Have you ever been in the spot where you are just trying to be the "best Christian" you can possibly be?..... by you know... acting right, reading your bible and trying your best to apply it to daily life,.... encouraging and building up others, repenting, worshiping, and just trying to be being plain ol' good. Well... I would say I've been in that spot- trying to please the Lord with the gift of Life that he's given me the best I could... But- Recently- I've really been digging deep and asking God "God- What do you want me to do with my life? How can I serve you? Show me ways... I want to be your faithful servant- What is your plan for me?" It's like moving on from.. "just trying to make it" to Really Asking... What can I do for the Kingdom? How can God use me? This change in my attitude has given me a renewed spirit. I just want to encourage you to really take the time to fellowship or "hang out" and spend time with the Lord- being silent and asking Him to help show you ways that you can be of service to Him in your everyday tasks. A common prayer that my children and I say in the morning is "Dear Jesus- Thank you so much for the day that you have given us- Please show us how we can serve you today". Psalm 51:10,11 Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me

Blessings
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