Monday, October 29, 2012

A Change In Plans

I am sad as I write this post, but have a lot of peace with the decision.  I am not going to the Holy Yoga retreat this week.  It was not an easy decision to come to, but feels like it was the best one for me and my family.  

It's sad because this means that I won't be able to start teaching Holy Yoga until I finish my training at retreat; a retreat in June.  This pushes back "the plan" by seven months.  It's ok.  Sometimes on God's timing you have to adjust and trust that His timing is so much better than yours. 

"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord,  "plans to prosper you and not to harm you plans to give you hope and a future.  Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.  You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your hear." 
(Jeremiah 29:11-13 NIV)


Home Today

I was supposed to be in Virginia right now at my Holy Yoga retreat.  So, why am I not there?  Hurricane Sandy shut down Reagan airport when I was sitting on my plane this morning.  It's ok though, I don't have any control.  It's in God's hands.  I came back home and slept for a couple of hours.  I'm booked on the flight for tomorrow morning (if Reagan airport is open) and I will be joining my class a day late.  I'm just hoping to get my bag back today.  What?!?!  Yep, my bag went to Lansing, MI this morning.  They didn't get it off the plane in time.  I just smiled and filled out the report.  I'm glad a little part of me was able to head to DC this morning :).

When I sat down this morning to do my devotion from Jesus Calling this is what it said:
"LINGER IN MY PRESENCE A WHILE.  Rein in your impulses to plunge into the day's activites.  Beginning your day alone with Me is essential preparation for success.  A great athlete takes time to prepare himslef mentally for the feat ahead of him before he moves a muscle.  Similarly, your time of being still in My Presence equips you for the day ahead of you.  Only I know what will happen to you this day.  I have arranged the events you will encounter as you go along your way.  If you are not adequately equipped for the journey, you will grow weary and lose heart.  Relax with Me while I ready you for action."

Ephesians 2:10 For we are God's handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

Hebrews 12:3 Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.

What now?  I wait, I pray, I listen to what's in His will.  It might not be what I want it to be, but I know that whatever he has planned for me is better than I can imagine.

Today I'm praying for the storm to calm, for a good nights sleep tonight (I haven't slept well the past two nights because I'm so excited), that I get my bag back (they said I should be able to pick it up in the morning before I fly out), and that my cold and headache go away.


Monday, October 22, 2012

I know. . . or do I?

This morning at Myles' ECFE (Early Childhood and Family Education, for those non-Minnesotans) class we were talking about mirroring our kids emotions back to them.  I asked a question about Barrett always telling Myles what to do.  Our wonderful facilitator gave a good response.  She told me to say to Barrett "You feel you know what Myles needs to do and you want to tell him."  I've said it a couple of times to him today and he just agrees.

I wrote this on some post-it notes and placed them around the house because I won't remember the wording.  I was passing a note this afternoon looked at it and changed the words around a little bit.  I changed it to what I seem to be saying to God lately.

I feel I know what I need to do in life and I want to tell Him exactly what that is.

That stopped me in my tracks.  Deep down I know I don't know what I need in life, except Jesus.  I know I need Him.  So, if I know this why do I continue to try and control my life and everything around me?  

What if I change that wording again?  What would God say to me?

You feel you know what you need in life, but put your trust in Me and you will truly live.

Lord, please help me to hand my life over to You.  Today and every day.  I can't even imagine in my wildest dreams what You have in store for me if I would just let go and trust in You fully.  Thank you for everything You have granted me in this life.  You truly are an amazing and wonderful God.  Amen.

Friday, October 19, 2012

A Living Sacrifice

When I sat down this morning to read my Bible I was interrupted by my kids more times than I can count.  I know all the other moms out there can totally relate.  I was attempting to have some time with the Lord this morning (which I should have gotten up early to do) and my kids come in.  It always happens this way and it's ok.  It happens (life, that is) and I need to be able to roll with what's thrown my way and continue to keep my eyes on what's important... Jesus.

This is why I think the following verses are so amazing.  How is it that I read exactly what I needed to hear this morning.  It's a God thing, I couldn't do it if I tried :)

"Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God - this is your true and proper worship.  Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.  Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is - his good pleasing and perfect will." (Romans 12:1-2 NIV)

Why don't we give our lives (yes, I'm talking crazy busy lives full of interruptions) over to God and let Him transform them to what is in His will?  Offer up everything you do today as praise and worship to Him.  Yep, in my world I'm talking about worshiping Christ through changing poopy diapers, wiping snotty noses, keeping a calm voice, and letting my kids be kids who make messes.  I will worship Him by showing my kids His love by serving them today.  Some days are easier than others to do this.  

This isn't even half of the mess they've made this morning.
How are you going to praise and worship Him today?  
I think I'm going to go sit on the floor and play with Batman, tractors and lincoln logs :)


Monday, October 1, 2012

Sermon on the Mount

Recently, I (well, Beau and I) just finished reading a chapter of John every day (almost) for 21 days with our church.  It was a fun way to spend some time together and get in the Word.  So, when I came across this challenge from The Year of Less blog I was excited for the chance to do it again.

What's the challenge?
For the month of October you read Matthew 5-7 every day.  Yep, every day. As the notes in my bible say "The Sermon on the Mount is in effect Jesus' inaugural address; explaining what he expect of members of his kingdom."  Don't you want to dig deeper into that? 


This morning I listened to it on my phone with my bible app.  The app is free which is ALWAYS in my price range :).  I am able to look up so many different versions of the bible and it's always right at my fingertips.  I love it!  

So, are you going to take the challenge with me?  Let me know and maybe we can chat about it through the month of October.