Another post from my archives as I am gone for the week.
I wore this t-shirt recently when I did my exercising at a local walking path. Forgetting I had it on I was met with some strange looks, wondering why are they looking at my shirt. It only took a couple of glances my way to remember what I was wearing. I need a daily reminder that
"...my body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is from God. I am not my own, for I was bought with a price, so glorify God in my body."
1 Corinthians 6:19-20
I am still working on what I would say if someone at the park asked me what this means.
It begins with two of my life verses:
"So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God."
1 Corinthians 10:31
"And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
Am I making much of God in every aspect of my life?
Do I make much of God as a
- in the workplace
- in my church and community
Not focusing on what Jody can do today, not doing things in my own strength. Not trusting in my to-do list of works righteousness, but in the righteousness of the blood of Jesus Christ. The price I was bought with was Jesus' blood. There is nothing I can to do today to add anything to that price. It is because of God...rich in mercy...because of his GREAT love for me, when I was dead in my trespasses and sin, when I was his enemy, by the grace of God I am saved.
How do I make much of God today?
- Seeing the many interruptions of my planned out day as opportunities to practice patience and humility.
- Praising God for many inches of rain so I will have water to drink and food on my plate.
- Taking the time out of my busy schedule to listen to a friend without trying to put my "two cents worth" into the conversation.
- Not having the last word with my husband, again practicing gentleness, kindness, patience with my family when they rub me the wrong way.
- Not gossiping with my neighbor about my husband or children.
- Loving my neighbor as much as I love myself(my closest neighbor being my spouse or kids)
Minute by minute CHOICES to make much of God in every aspect of my life.
How do you make much of God?
God has wired us for something great---not for ourselves, but for Him. --Pastor Rob
Mother's Day is approaching and with it comes thoughts of my mom, who I just saw, and wish I could celebrate with her. I also think of the babies that made me a mother and the great young adults, and one 13 year old, they have become.
So much can be said about mothering. Books, articles and songs have been written about motherhood. Sermons have been preached with examples of biblical mothers and the famous Proverbs 31 woman. It' no secret, I love God's Word and the men and women who have gone before me to show me how to live and follow Jesus. His Word is...
Yes, Titus 2:3-5 reminds us of what kind of woman to be and what the older women(I think I'm in that category now). My role models are not sitting in the pew next to me, they are not the ones who seem to have their 'act together,' or the perfect women we see on glossy magazine covers while we wait in the grocery checkout as our 3 and 5 year olds
kill each other
duke it out in the cart.
Fact is I'm a mess a lot of days, but He invaded my heart and life 30+ years ago, dying and rising again for my messy heart, and the messy job I do at mothering some days. I will not focus on the past, with the should of , wishing I would of done some things differently. It isn't what I do or not do as a mother but what Jesus Christ has done. Three things I would do differently and have implemented the past few years.
Talk less, love more lavishly, and pray without ceasing.
God did wire me to be a wife and mother, but He first
wired me to be His. He invaded my life and said..."follow me." (Luke 9:23)
And yes, this post is rambling, because my mind is rambling with what's next as the day to day mothering comes to an end in a few short years. I say to myself everyday, I will not be identified in the role I have for that day, but my identity is found in Jesus Christ. I want to be wired for Him, not for myself...I want to follow Him.
Happy Mother's Day!! And if you're not a mother...well..this post is for you too. May we all be found...
in Him. John 1:12-13