Intersecting Life and Faith

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Creamy or Chunky?

As an eighteen year old girl on her way to college, she knew what she wanted, who she wanted to marry, how many kids she wanted to have by age 30 and where she would live. She knew she wanted someone who was raised just like her and a home in the country.

But God….

…had a plan and none of these things would become reality. She was looking for someone who was just like her, and today thirty-two years later, she is glad God interrupted that farm girl, bringing along a city boy who wasn’t like her at all. He would be her complement= would complete or make perfect. Now their life together has been far from perfect, but complete, yes.

In my opinion compatibility is overrated.

That’s not to say couples shouldn’t have things they like to do together, places they like to enjoy together, but after many years of marriage, Rob and I are still very different in how and where we were raised, the foods we like or don’t like,  right down to what kind of peanut butter we like.

What has made our marriage complete and last is our mutual love for the Lord.

Grace has been a life long lesson that has made our life together sweeter as the days go by. Yes, my single friends,(and married) compatibility is important, but most important is can you stand side by side in your faith, walking in the same direction as a sojourner with the same destination? That is the question my friends,  without God’s grace, mercy and love there is nothing.

But for right now, until that completeness, we have three things to do to lead us toward that consummation: Trust steadily in God, hope unswervingly, love extravagantly. And the best of the three is love. 1 Corinthians 13:13 The Message

Can you guess who likes chunky and who likes creamy peanut butter? You can read the rest of our story in my book, Confessions of A Farmer’s Daughter.

 

Chronicles of a Year~~2017 Part 3

2017 I began the practice of focusing on a word for the month, writing it on an index card, keeping it before me each day. Days turn to weeks, weeks to months and months to years, looking back and not remembering where those simple joys of the day went. What were the simple joys of the weeks and months that got me up each morning? I needed a guide, a way to remember. Although this is not an original idea, I made it my own. You can read about the general idea at  Ann Voscamp  or Lore Wilbert  at Sayable.

July…Do…pray more, listen more, speak more grace
  1. Pray the Scriptures for others. This is a practice I have done over the years. In order to pray the Scriptures I need to know them.
  2. Listen more, listen well, listen to understand, not listen to reply. Listening well is one of the hardest things to DO well. Listening well involves not rehearsing what your reply will be while the other person is talking.
  3. Pray without ceasing
  4. Speak healing words filled with grace, blessing and hope
August…LET GO: SURRENDER
  • of my way
  • of preconceived notions
  • of expectations of what life should be
September…LEARN TO
  1. …choose the good portion which will not be taken away from me (Luke 10:42) I want to be like Mary, choosing the good portion.

2. …carefully obey God’s voice( Exodus 23:22)

3. …make my fundamental aim in life to know Christ (John 17:3)

4. … trust God in the now, this season and what is in the forseeable       future.(Psalm 62: 5-6)

 

Chronicles of a Year~~2017 Part 2

2017 I began the practice of focusing on a word for the month, writing it on an index card, keeping it before me each day. Days turn to weeks, weeks to months and months to years, looking back and not remembering where those simple joys of the day went. What were the simple joys of the weeks and months that got me up each morning? I needed a guide, a way to remember. Although this is not an original idea, I made it my own. You can read about the general idea at  Ann Voscamp  or Lore Wilbert  at Sayable.

April…Believe= accept something as true, to have confidence in the truth

This month I spent time reminding myself to continue to believe and press on in this journey.

“…believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household.” Acts 16:31

“The time is fulfilled, and the Kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.” Mark 1:15

“That you may fear this glorious and awesome name, the Lord your God.: Deut.. 28:58b

May…BREAK habits that do not bring honor to the Lord my God.

Break my heart Lord for what breaks yours.

Habit= a settled or regular tendency or practice, especially one that is hard to give

Break- separate or cause to break into pieces as a result of a blow, shock or strain, shatter, smash, crack snap

What habits should I break? I didn’t make a lot of notes this month on the subject of breaking habits, but I remember there were/are habits God is working on.

June…Fruit= the sweet and fleshly product of a tree or other plant; the result or reward of work or activity

Galatians 5:22-25

“…live by the Spirit, keep in step with the Spirit

  • love
  • joy
  • peace
  • patience
  • kindness
  • goodness
  • faithfulness
  • gentleness
  • self-control

These speak for themselves and is a life long journey of keeping in step with the Spirit.

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