I’ve been trying to decide what to do with my blog for the past couple of months, but especially this month: do I keep writing, do I make it more personal, do I incorporate who I am into it, what should I do with it. I’ve decided to just be me, because ‘Stir me up, Lord!’ is my motto for my relationship with God. I don’t want to become complacent, I want to step out of my comfort zone, I don’t want to be idle, I want to go where God leads me and I want to be as real as I can along the way.
So I started writing a list of ‘who’ I am:
Child of God
Homeschool Mom to Teenage Sons
Contractor Wife (Single Married Mom)
Proud Karate Mom
Boxer (dogs) Mom
Salt draws out the good flavors subtly hidden in food and preserves what would otherwise spoil, as do those who claim to be children of God.
You, beloved, are the salt of the earth. But if salt becomes bland and loses its saltiness, can anything make it salty again? No. It is useless. It is tossed out, thrown away, or trampled.
And you, beloved, are the light of the world. A city built on a hilltop cannot be hidden. Similarly it would be silly to light a lamp and then hide it under a bowl. When someone lights a lamp, she puts it on a table or a desk or a chair, and the light illumines the entire house. You are like that illuminating light. Let your light shine everywhere you go, that you may illumine creation, so men and women everywhere may see your good actions, may see creation at its fullest, may see your devotion to Me, and may turn and praise your Father in heaven because of it.
Matthew 5:13-16 Voice
I’m most thankful for the relationship my family has with God, as most people who come to truly know the redemptive power of Jesus – our lives have changed and for the better. God has an amazing way of weaving people and circumstances together, bringing lives and experiences intertwined into a beautiful tapestry. Almost like the example of the backside of an embroidered canvas – it’s messy, knotted, seems like a ball of mistakes and yet it looks nothing like the finished masterpiece on the other side. This is why so many times we can’t see what God is up to, we don’t ‘understand’ – but it’s not for us to ‘understand’, our part is to have faith and believe.
For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.
Ephesians 2:10 NLT
Our lives are different, we’re individuals, each with a purpose – we’re unique, just like our fingerprints, we have no business comparing ourselves with others. Instead, we are to encourage and build up one another. I have to believe that I’m doing something right, as my daily security reports show that I’ve gone from no attempted hacks to over 7,000 attempts in the last few months, someone I’ve either upset or offended I presume. We know people will always disagree on subjects – kind of like the vast amount of Christian denominations [on a side note, we are members of a non-denominational, hubby was raised Catholic and I was raised Baptist] but I promise, I pray before I post anything, so know if I’m led to post something, I’m just following what I believe to be God’s leading. Yet, I’m human, I am very much fallible, so please feel free to comment if you agree or disagree and extend to me the grace and mercy you would appreciate if the situations were reversed. I believe we were created to bring honor and glory to God by showing the world God’s love – we can celebrate our differences, while we enjoy the common threads that pull us together.
In this way we are like the various parts of a human body. Each part gets its meaning from the body as a whole, not the other way around. The body we’re talking about is Christ’s body of chosen people. Each of us finds our meaning and function as a part of his body. But as a chopped-off finger or cut-off toe we wouldn’t amount to much, would we? So since we find ourselves fashioned into all these excellently formed and marvelously functioning parts in Christ’s body, let’s just go ahead and be what we were made to be, without enviously or pridefully comparing ourselves with each other, or trying to be something we aren’t.
Romans 12:4-6 MSG