Be original…not strange..or defiant…just everything God intended for you. -Jewell Green
kari jobe – he reigns [new song]
i read this article by christine caine [www.equipandempower.org] this morning and thought it was such a poignant and appropriate message. here it is in its entirety:
There is no doubt you awoke this morning, as I did, mentally rehearsing the endless list of things you have to get through today. It can be exhausting just thinking about all of our responsibilities, commitments, and obligations.
As I was drinking my new usual, Triple Tall Americano, and going through my to-do list, I began to feel overwhelmed and exhausted before I had even started the day. But then I remembered…
“Those who wait on 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).
In Him, we already have all the strength we need to do whatever we are meant to accomplish today. Our only requirement is to wait, trust, and rely on God and His strength. If we are willing today to be utterly dependent on God, then He will supernaturally enable us to do all He has called us to do, and we will not be weary at the end.
This puts a smile on my face, and as I embark on a day of being a wife, mother, team leader, writer, visionary, and “whatever it takes” person, my only real goal is to wait on God. He is the renewer of my strength and the enabler of my responsibilities.
Ok…I am going to run…to WAIT.
Who are you waiting on today? Your spouse? Your kids? Your boss? Your staff? your business colleague? Your town planner? Your editor?
Or YOUR GOD?
>>>Jesus reigns. over all he reigns kari jobe sings and i think its important that we stop and let that be our first thought and our first response should be in worship as we think about God’s greatness. It puts the rest of life in perspective and surely gives us strength and grace for the day ahead. “Jesus, over ALL you reign.”
my friend wrote this on her blog and i thought it was really interesting. what say you?<<[chocolate pearls]
I was talking to one of the besties who shall remain nameless (though it’s actually quite easy to figure out…lol). We were discussing (per usual) our proposed book about the, um, blessing of being a single Christian woman of a certain age, and the attendant frustrations. The desire to be pursued. The wish to just skip the dating phase and just have a great guy see you, hear from heaven, state his intentions, pursue and move forward. The longing to have the guess work removed.
We started naming our fave biblical women. “Why can’t I just be like Esther and snag a king, a man with purpose? What happened to my Boaz? Where’s the servant to tell me, time to marry Isaac?” Then one of us brilliantly stated: …these women all had their own issues to deal with, their own process before the prize:
Esther – in competition for the king (seriously, a year-long beauty contest??? i don’t know if my self-esteem could take that) [Esther 2:1-4, 12-14]
Ruth – had to basically go to Boaz and tell him she was interested [Ruth 3:1-11]
Rebekah – had to leave her family to marry a man she didn’t even know, on the word of a random servant [Genesis 24]
Yes, these examples turned out very well for the women involved. I’m not saying not to emulate/pray for the Bible to be real in your life. Just saying that we sometimes forget the process when we pray for the end. We forget that Boaz may be shy, or incredulous, or feel a little unworthy. We forget that our king may have multiple women vying for his love. We ignore the friend who wants to tell us about the great guy because we don’t believe in “arrangements.”
We pray for the prize and want to skip the process.
*personally, I’m praying for Caleb. or a man as secure as Lappidoth. Don’t know what I mean? Here’s your Bible study assignment for the week: numbers 14:6-10, 24; Deut. 1:36; Joshua 14:6-14, 15:13-19; Judges 4:4-9. Let me know what process I should be preparing for with my prize.
“Sexiness wears thin after a while and beauty fades, but to be married to a man who makes you laugh every day, ah, now that’s a real treat.” –Joanne Woodward
Newman once attributed their lasting union to “correct amounts of lust and respect.”
note: joanne woodward and paul newman were married for 50 years.
photo found via sealaura.blogspot.com