Thursday, February 9, 2012

invasion of sorts...

It's been a couple days since the last post and mostly it's been because I've been not bringing the laptop home in order to force me into a little balance. Although, I may not have achieved balance because I ended up reading an entire book in past two days. I don't normally make too many resolutions at New Years, but this year I wanted to expand and read more fiction. I am working on reading one fiction book a month...along with the other books that I read as well. As a child to help me remember the difference between what Fiction and Non-Fiction meant I would say Fake and Not-Fake which was a great way to help me remember, but probably ingrained a little can't learn from a Fake story. Oh, I know it's not true, but it sure did seem that way. I'm definitely trying to break that thought pattern. We can choose to learn from everything. And there is nothing wrong with reading something for pleasure...I've found that it can be somewhat relaxing and enjoyable. Now, just to do it in balance is the key and making sure what I read is still appropriate....just as I'm careful what I listen to and what I watch.

Isn't it amazing the things we train ourselves to believe at times and how innocently they can be formed? That's why I really try to be so careful with what I allow myself to absorb through my ears and eyes (insert childhood Sunday School song "Oh Be Careful Little..."). I know that I'm extremely affected by music...within a short time frame too. It will make me happy, angry, sad, irritable, content within a few short minutes. I don't object to others listening and there's plenty of incredibly talented musicians/singers...I just have to be choosey for myself (and that doesn't mean I only listen to Christian means, I listen to what is encouraging, uplifting, any talented artist). I don't typically listen to the radio and it may make me a little culturally out-of-tune (pun totally intended)...but after all is that who I am as Christian...set aside, not of, but in the world. I'm not trying to fit in, I'm trying to fit Heaven and now.  

Today's Prayer Points is Local Churches and Ministries...

Monday, February 6, 2012

and not what was expected...

Well...Friday (5), Saturday (6) and Sunday (7) were not what I would have expected. I had to make some slight modifications to my adventure because it was important to be celebrating and honoring those around me.

I struggled with making a decision to modify the fast because I didn't want to act in a religious spirit and I didn't want to "reason/justify" why I should or shouldn't. It was definitely a back and forth debate in my heart and mind, but I let the Lord help me alter the plans for a few days. I knew I made the right decision, but that doesn't mean going back to the original plan today was all that much fun. Ha!

Friday night a group of friends and I got together to celebrate one friend in particular. It was not their birthday, they hadn't completed something or got a promotion. It was a sheer celebration of who they are. A couple of us had told her some slight misrepresentations that week to keep the whole thing a secret and it worked! She was completely surprised! How fun for us all!  There was some feasting, some bowling, some tattooing, and most of all tons of laughter. Our friend was taken care of...she was chauffeured around, had her meals, dessert and games paid for, and even got to decide what tattoo I was going to be disgraced with (all for the sake of some fun!). Our goal was to let her know that she is loved not because of what she does, but because of who she is. She is a princess of the Living God and she truly deserves to be honored.

Think about that for a moment. We being humans don't know how to love as well as our Papa God. If we can celebrate each other like we did for our much more does our Daddy, who spared NO COST for us, want to celebrate us. Can you fully wrap your heart around that? He truly call us His beloved. He doesn't call out our faults or human nature. He calls out our successes (read Hebrews 11 for confirmation of that!). He calls out what He describes as a masterpiece. He smiles at the very thought of us. He wants to surprise us each day with new treasures and gifts. He loves to see us full of joy and excitement.

Too many times we get caught up in the doing and not being. I know I do! In fact, that's one thing I even began to learn as I had to be willing to let my adventure veer into a different direction. It wasn't about maintaining was about ebbing and flowing with my Creator. It's so much more beautiful that way. I'm not saying easier...for me, it's not easier...but it is so much more beautiful. Trusting Him to love me perfectly each day.

I hope that you've been enjoying your focused prayer points. Here is the new set list of the upcoming week... don't feel obligated to these if there Lord is leading you to something else...flow with His Spirit. One small tip to help you remember is add the Prayer Point to your calendar for that day. For instance today was Tennessee (8)...I added Tennessee to my "All Day" task on my calendar and even set reminders throughout the day to help keep me focused.

Day 9: Your Place of Employment/School
Day 10: Mid-TN and specifically Nashville, Brentwood and Franklin businesses
Day 11: Local churches and ministries
Day 12: Your family
Day 13: Pick a specific friend
Day 14: Missionaries
Day 15: Greater increase of spiritual gifts in self and church
Day 16: Someone you don't get along with

Feel free to comment or send me an email if you have any suggestions or want to share something the Lord is showing you during your prayer times!