Tuesday, April 9, 2013

When God Says No More

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What is God's plan and purpose for my life? Who is He calling Sarah Brooks to be? 

Kelly Minter, author of Nehemiah, A Heart That Can Break -  the bible study I am doing right now, got me thinking about theses questions? The answer is, well I'm not 100% sure of the answer, but I feel I am tiptoeing slowly,very slowly towards a rough outline of His plan. 

I love that I can say with confidence what the first two items on this outline are. Being Jarrod's wife, not just living with that title but actually being a partner. And second being mommy to my precious, crazy children! 

In my bible study Kelly said,
...Kirk recently encouraged me to draw up a vision statement for my personal life and ministry. He explained that when you clarify who God created you to be and what He wants you to do, you can more easily determine what opportunities fit into that vision and which ones don't.

I have filled my days with lots of different things lately, sewing, friends, blogging, kids, date nights, resting, cleaning... None of them bad, all of them certainly have their place. But are they all leading me towards God's ultimately plan for my life? 

Though I do not know all the details of God's ministry through me, I have a few ideas of what He desires of me right now. And when looking through a biblical lens at being a wife and mommy I can form a few conclusions. 

With this in mind I sat down and made a list of priorities. Some of what I am already doing were right there at the top of this list. Others, didn't even make onto the page. I am realizing if I spread myself too thin I am really not giving near enough to anything. 

On this list of priorities, blogging, did not make the cut. I feel like God is telling me to lay it down. This was a bit of a surprise to me, and honestly a little bitter sweet. I love to write! And I feel like after 3  years of doing this, I am just now starting to build a bit of community among some fellow bloggers. But then I felt relief. It washed over me like hot shower water on aching muscles. What use to be a sweet conversation between me and my heavenly father, typed onto a keyboard and brining new revelation to my life - has now become a struggle, a labor that takes up hours and produces little change within me. 

I am not sure if this will just be for a season or if God will ever lead me back to this on a regular bases. But freeing up hours in my day to focus on my walk with God, my children, my husband and my home is something that has too long been ignored. I have made a commitment to What He's Done Wednesday so it will still be available for link ups each week (until or unless God says otherwise). I will likely only share a quick verse or quote along with a place to link your post. And I will not, at this time focus on featuring a post each week. Although I thoroughly enjoy reading each of the posts that link up! 

So long for who knows how long... I'm off to focus on God's best for me! 
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Thursday, April 4, 2013

Full Dressers Full Heart

Yesterday was new clothes day!!!! Jarrod pulled out A LOT of boxes from storage and I spent several hours sorting through, boxing up, and bagging up old fall/winter clothes to make room for spring/summer apparel! By the time the kids got home from school their drawers were filled with entirely "new" wardrobes. They always get very excited when this happens twice a year. There was a fashion show, yelps, hoots and hollers as they looked through and unfolded, I might add nearly every item in every drawer. 

During the girl's fashion show Hannah would come
strike a pose and ask, "Do I look adorable?"

I too, am overwhelmingly pleased two times a year when I fill dressers full to the brim. My kids grow so fast, I was warned this would happen but seriously, SO FAST! Weather changes, yes even here in Texas - we at least go from warm to scorching. And society dictates that my children not run around naked. I see no way that we would be able to keep up with the ever present need for more and more and more shorts and shirts and pants...(oh my) 

However in 8 years of growing children and changing seasons we have "had" to buy a very few items. Every year, every season without fail our (nearly) every need has been met in the clothing department (Ha, get it? Department! Tehehe) Cousins, friends, strangers pass along hand-me-downs to us. At times our storage unit is busting at the seems with next seasons apparel, just waiting to be worn. Other times I have sorted out a couple of very meager piles, sighed and commented to Jarrod that we may actually have to purchase a few things this year. But always, always God shows up and shows off. I'll get a phone call from my sister or sister-in-law, "Do you need anything for the kids? I am about to get rid of old stuff." Bags of clothing show up on our door step... it's amazing, a blessing and over the years something we have come to expect! 

I get this warm embrace from the giver of all good gifts (James 1:17), every spring and fall. And then a loving peck on the cheek from Him while I watch my kids celebrate, with utter joy, their "new" wardrobe! 

I use to love when the children were younger, everytime I'd put something new on them they would ask excitedly, not where is this from, but "who is this from?". A reminder to a young mommy who was learning to trust her heavenly father for everything. He does provide! 

Thank you Lord for supplying our every need according to your riches in Christ Jesus! (Philippians 4:19)

(Once He even provided us with a gift card a very cool story, read about it here)

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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

What's Better Than Good Enough?

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I promised last week that I would share the 3rd lesson God taught me in matters of contentment. Rather it was something He retaught me. I HATE that He is constantly having to go back and retrain (how quickly I forget). I LOVE that He is gracious and patient and loves me enough to go back and retrain! (I pray this time it sticks.) (tweet this)

God has such great plans for my life. In fact, the life I am living right now, today, is a part of that plan. (tweet this) But it is often not good enough, not what I had in mind, ultimately not a part of my plan. 

Oswald Chambers said in My Utmost for His Highest, “The great enemy of the life of faith in God is not sin, but the good which is not good enough. The good is always the enemy of the best.” It has, for several years been a favorite quote of my husband's and mine. 

How often do I try to sacrifice God's best on the throne of my own desires, daydreams and plans? (tweet) How utterly arrogant we are when we think we know better, when we assume we can do better. I may not always like the methods God has for bringing about his perfect plan for me. As far as I can tell my daughter's "break" from candy, which has been enforced for her own good, is not her idea of the best. But I am wiser and I have some idea of the Elyse I want her to become. With that in mind, I can only conclude that God has even GREATER wisdom, and EXCEPTIONAL plans for me to be the best Sarah I can be. I must yield my good to His best. (tweet

What that looks like to me is:

(There were a lot of great ones to choose from this week)
Janis from Wednesday's Word Link shared a beautiful poem that she wrote about transformation. I loved it! Also on her blog you can check out an adorable looking children's book that she wrote and illustrated! Talk about talent! Be sure to go visit Janis.

As we head toward Easter I think back at the difference that Easter means to me now compared to earlier -before I understood who Jesus is.

I found a poem I had written a few years ago. (Click here to keep reading)

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