The wise man built his house upon the rock…..thank me later for putting that tune into your mind for the day.
Surely we all recognize the most important building block of any structure is the foundation. Whether it be children or adults we are building in to, the foundation we lay must be done so skillfully and with much truth, wisdom and grace.
Believers, because of God’s grace, have been enriched in every way! In all our speech and all our knowledge, we are enriched in him. We have the mind of Christ, does that not blow your mind? I’m so grateful I don’t have to think and ponder what my flesh wants to do or what the foolish world says ought to be done, the mind of Christ is available to me, I just have to follow the path of life he has shown me.
Because of this same grace of God, I am a skillful master builder equipped to lay steady, strong, lasting foundations. In the hearts of those within my care, I must take special effort in how I pour into them so their foundation will last. I don’t want to be idle in my conversations or wavering in the faith they see me live. I want to make the most of every opportunity, always ready to offer them the hope that is in me. It’s in God’s wisdom and truth that foundations are built to be steadfast and faithful. I want to offer them a taste of the goodness of Jesus so they will see that he is good and worthy to follow with passionate pursuit. If I only offer them perishable items that don’t linger in the soul, roots will never grow deep into the heart of God and their foundation will be weak and easily destroyed.
As I ponder these thoughts in 1 Corinthians 3, I’m aware that others will also build upon my foundation and that of my children. Take special care how you build upon us. Pour truth into us, spur us on toward love and good deeds, fan the flame of excellence in us so our hearts will continue to burn for Jesus.
I’m also aware that whether I’m a foundation layer or a builder in your life, special care must also be taken. Just like I don’t want to offer my children perishable fruit, I want you to be fed by Jesus through me. I desire that you are nourished here, that you are spurred on towards excellence by us, that we offer you fruit that sustains you and fills you because it’s living water that you drink flowing out of us.
It’s easy to type. It’s even easier to dream big and envision actually living the plan God has for me in this area. It’s easy in the wee hours of the morning as I sip my hot tea alone. It’s easy. It’s easy to send you that text spurring you to live as a victor today, easy to call you to excellence in a facebook post, easy to pray for you as I pen my request in my binder. It’s easy.
It’s hard to live it. It’s hard to live victoriously and boldly and confidently in this plan God has for me in this area. It’s hard when my kids wake up hungry and needy and at odds with one another. It’s hard. It’s hard to have a real life conversation with you and spur you on to excellence without condemning you. It’s hard to speak truth into those around me and let it be sent out with love and grace. It’s hard to sit with high standards in a conversation with very low standards and not live fully this conviction God has for me. It’s so very hard.
I do not do what I want to do. I do what I do not want to do.
I read this week, “If we aren’t brave enough to speak our dreams, how can we ever accomplish them?”
Here I am, being the brave I pray my children to be. I know the plans he has for me, he wrote them down for me, whispers them to me, yells at me even. I long to be this skillful master builder he says I already am. I desire for this enriched speaking and knowledge he says I am to come out of me. I want you to have value because of Jesus pouring himself out of me into you. I want to build truth and life and wisdom and grace and goodness and excellence and trustworthiness and righteousness into you. I want us to live the life God has for us, fully and abundantly. I want God to use me to pour into others. I want my investment to bring you much reward. I want the work he does through me to survive and increase your strength, your steadfastness and your faithfulness.
Whether I plant or water, only God gives growth. My prayer today is that God grows me and grows you!
I pushed aside the heavyweight down comforter and reached for my Sword. The printed words of wisdom have grown smaller over the years but with every passing year, the truth they ring is louder than ever.
After sleeping in, I knew if I stirred, so would they. I also knew that if I didn’t let Jesus stir my heart, I would have nothing to offer them today. So, I read, still and quiet as not to wake those who need me adding value to them this day. With no reading plan, I flipped open with high expectation from the Word of Truth…1 Chronicles 29….ALL of Scripture is useful so I prefaced my reading with a prayer to have something to chew on and nourish me.
Using NIV because that is what was on my nightstand, bold emphasis is mine….
It’s a bit long….read the words, don’t skim them…
Then King David said to the whole assembly: “My son Solomon, the one whom God has chosen, is young and inexperienced. The task is great, because this palatial structure is not for man but for the Lord God. With all my resources I have provided for the temple of my God—gold for the gold work, silver for the silver, bronze for the bronze, iron for the iron and wood for the wood, as well as onyx for the settings, turquoise, stones of various colors, and all kinds of fine stone and marble—all of these in large quantities. Besides, in my devotion to the temple of my God I now give my personal treasures of gold and silver for the temple of my God, over and above everything I have provided for this holy temple: three thousand talents of gold and seven thousand talents of refined silver, for the overlaying of the walls of the buildings, for the gold work and the silver work, and for all the work to be done by the craftsmen. Now, who is willing to consecrate themselves to the Lord today?”
Then the leaders of families, the officers of the tribes of Israel, the commanders of thousands and commanders of hundreds, and the officials in charge of the king’s work gave willingly. They gave toward the work on the temple of God five thousand talents and ten thousand darics of gold, ten thousand talents of silver, eighteen thousand talents of bronze and a hundred thousand talents of iron. Anyone who had precious stones gave them to the treasury of the temple of the Lord in the custody of Jehiel the Gershonite. The people rejoiced at the willing response of their leaders, for they had given freely and wholeheartedly to the Lord. David the king also rejoiced greatly.
I’m no scholar, just trusting I’m that simply foolish one the Lord wants to use to shame the wise.
Whispers from Jesus this morning, I am the one whom God has chosen. You are the one whom God has chosen! The task before us is great because what we are building is not for us, but for the Lord. We build for his glory. We invest for his glory. We speak truth for his glory. We add value for his glory.
My devotion should be to the temple of God. I am God’s temple. Those around me, believing in Christ as Savior, are God’s temple. I desire to give willingly of myself, to work on and add value to the temple of God. Everything precious in me should be given to you, I should have nothing left at the end of each day if I’m letting God fill me up for the purpose of being poured out.
Yesterday I went shopping, ALONE! I had this thought, “what can I do with myself today….whatever I want to do!!” At the completion of that thought, I looked over and saw a truck trailer that said, “UNIGLORY” and I was quickened to remember for whose glory I am made.
Who am I building for, speaking for, breathing for, writing for, living for, investing in others for? He is the One!
Now, who is willing to consecrate themselves to the Lord today? Are you willing to be poured out for the building of his temple?
For the community of Cyanika in northern Rwanda, the lack of latrines and sanitation is a very real problem with a solution in sight. This year, through partnership with Blood:Water Mission, Cyanika celebrated 100% water coverage with rain catchment tanks for 7,000 people. Women and children no longer have to walk 30 kilometers for access to a water source. To continue transforming the health of this region, latrines are the next piece to the puzzle. They will provide the dignity of eliminating waste in private, while keeping the newly constructed water sources free from disease.
This Christmas, help us Deck the Stalls to raise $130,000 for our sanitation efforts in Cyanika, Rwanda. Just $50 means one person will have access to a composting latrine that will provide them health and dignity.
One would expect me to come away from a blogging conference a bit more proficient in WordPress, widgets and well crafted words. I should know all about growing my platform, partnering with sponsors, marketing, branding and publishing. The time and money my sweet husband invested in me to attend Allume surely should produce something of value, some sort of treasure.
Tricia Goyer’s words have stirred me, ”Mine Your Treasure!”
Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Mat.6:19-21
What treasure am I mining?
What eternally valuable treasures have I devoted my heart to investing in?
I walked away from the blogging conference with a renewed vision and passion for mining my treasure. My husband and my children are my treasures. They are gifts, straight from the Lord himself. That is where my heart is. Being a faithful steward of my time so I can invest my whole heart into giving them the opportunity to grow in their relationship with Christ is what the Lord has called me to in this season.
Make disciples, I am commanded. What better place to start than right here within the walls of my own home.
Jesus said, “I have brought you glory on earth by completing the work you gave me to do.”
My heart’s desire is to be faithful in this work he has given me to do so his name will be glorified.
I may be none the wiser when it comes to widgets or web design but when it comes to recognizing kingdom work with eternal dividends, I’m thankful my eyes were opened to the Truth of God’s plan for me. I’m grateful he promises to gently lead those with young.
The prayer of my soul is that when he searches to and fro looking for those whose hearts are devoted to him, that he will find me devoted and that he will strengthen me.
Need a bit of help in managing your time well enough to be able to Mine Your Treasure? Check out Tricia Goyer’s words via Intentional Pursuit!
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For months now I have been praying for Alison, an ordinary mom. She has a couple of handfuls of kiddos with her oldest battling brain cancer. I’ve prayed for her son, Ian, for God’s will to be done, for his health to be restored, for Alison’s strength to be renewed, for her family to see God’s hand at work in their lives.
I love this Ordinary Mom because there’s something quite extraordinary about her as I read her blog and her journey of trusting the Lord with her child.
This post today isn’t about Alison though, it’s about our creative God who is a divine appointment planner. See, Alison lives in Minnesota and I’m in Texas, that’s at least 5 states away and I’ve had the honor of taking her family before the throne of grace and asking God to make his name great through them.
We’ve never exchanged correspondence aside from me commenting on her blog or seeing each other tweet. At the MomHeart Conference with Sally Clarkson a few weekends ago, I checked my twitter feed to see all the buzz about the conference and I noticed @ordinary_mom tweeting about the MomHeart conference. WHAT? She is in Texas??? I immediately sent her a tweet asking her if she was there and telling her that I pray for her and would love to meet her! She tweeted back saying she was at table #49 and asked where I was.
I couldn’t see my table number because we had previously moved it due to picture taking so I turned to look at the tables around me because I knew we were 40 something. Table 49 was right beside us!!! I recognized her and our chairs were practically side by side…I whispered over to her!! All I could think of was how great our God is for me to get to meet this sweet mom who I’ve been able to pray for….now, I actually get to meet her!
When the session was over, we met, hugged and I got to pray over her. It was such a blessing for me to meet Alison, to pray over her with my arms around her and ask God’s blessing upon her life and family. Thank you, Jesus, for planning this unexpected divine appointment for me.
Take a moment today to pray for Alison, her son Ian and their family.
Kate said my lips were sparkly after putting fake lipstick on me. I told her that she makes my life sparkle. She gave me her infamous look of cuteness and said, “you make my heart sparkle!” I love this sweet girl. She definitely adds sparkle to my life.
This week in our family we’ve been discussing spiritual gifts, personality types, bents & talents. Tonight, I witnessed one of God’s gifts being used. I went to a new friend’s house, she obviously has the gift of hospitality. She loves opening her home, she is inviting and makes everyone feel so welcomed and at ease. It was refreshing to be in her home around women who love Jesus.
My belief that you should surround yourself with others who are passionate with a purpose, who inspire you to greatness and who make you a better person after being with them was affirmed tonight. I get lazy in being intentional about forming and nurturing relationships because well, it’s hard and it takes time. It is always such a blessing to invest in others and to be invested in.
Another day down, who have you invested in with eternal purpose this week?
Be inspired….read this link..I’ve seen what living looks like then come back here….
I can’t seem to gather my thoughts on prison but after reading the post at the above link, it reminded me of the realization this past weekend in prison: Living fully in the freedom of Christ is a matter of the heart.
Women (and men too according to my husband) are living fully and passionately for Christ behind bars. I dare say, the abundant life Christ offers us is being lived out in so many of their lives. We, on the other hand, out here in the free world…..do we choose to live fully? Are we in bondage, imprisoned behind bars we’ve chosen to build ourselves? So many of these people are so free…I left encouraged by the scripture poured out over me by several inmates, their hope was contagious…they pointed me to Jesus!
This prison experience was quite different than my experience at this event last year. God’s creativity continues to amaze me. How he goes to great lengths to reach each of us on an individual basis never ceases to overwhelm me. What I needed to learn last year was perfect and this completely different learning process this year was again, suited for me.
Prison ministry is like nothing I have ever been apart of. Peter assures us that they weren’t following cleverly invented stories when they told us about the power and coming of Jesus, but that they were eyewitnesses of his majesty. (2Peter1:16)
I feel as though I am an eyewitness of his majesty, that his power is raining down on us and pouring out through us as we are his vessels. As one guy commented, “we aren’t looking in the rear view mirror saying, “look what God did”, we are standing there seeing, firsthand, what God is doing in our midst!”
Continue to open my eyes, Lord Jesus, to what you are always doing in my midst.