Oct 23, 2013

God's Calling

God calls us to many things. 

 He calls us to follow Him.  

He calls us to intimacy with Him.

 He calls us to various vocations.

He calls us to spread the gospel. 

 He calls some of us to marriage.

  Some to a step further, parenting. 

 Some of us he even calls us to adoption, post the parenting call. 

 He has called me to all of these, and I am finding that in the midst of this, there isn't much time left over.  My days are very full with what He is asking me to live out. My life has become simple.  But sometimes, simplifying becomes a necessity that cannot be denied any longer.  Pieces began to show signs of unraveling.  Work that had been carefully worked, began to show signs that something wasn't quite right.  How thankful I am for the Holy Spirit showing me what needed to be attended to, where I needed to retrace back to earlier work, so as to strengthen it. 

None of this is bad, or particularly difficult, it just means taking order of what happens each day, so as I can stay focused on fulfilling the call on my life.  My heart longs to hear, "Well done, my good and faithful servant," someday.

 This has been a season of home.  A season of sticking to the task of training my children in the way they are to go.  I do it most days with joy, joy in knowing that if I do, there is a promise from God that they will continue to walk it out in their lives, post them being taught it at home. Honestly, some of these days my heart is heavy and fighting off loneliness....But My faith believes that God's promises are true.

Proverbs 22:6

Train up a child in the way he should go,
And when he is old he will not depart from it.

2 Corinthians 1:20

For every one of God's promises are "Yes" in him; therefore also through him the "Amen" is spoken, to the glory we give to God.

My desire is to share my life and heart with you.  My longing is to encourage you to passionately follow Him.  I hope that even if my postings are more stretched out in between, that you will find words here that help you live out your life with joy and 
greater and greater faith!


Dardi said...

It's good to hear from you! I have also been looking to simplify in some areas. I've gotten so I don't feel like I must post on my blog "x" number of times because then I'm just doing it to hear myself talk. ;) Instead, if the Lord lays something on my heart or if I have something I'd truly like to share, I take the time, but no particular agenda. I have always found your words to be genuine & intentional. Have a beautiful weekend!

Steve Finnell said...


If you are searching for the truth about God and His plan for mankind, where should you look? What is the only trustworthy source to find God's truth? Would it be creed books, Bible commentaries and a variety of other written works of men?


Jeremiah 30:1-2 This word which came to Jeremiah from the Lord, saying, 2 "Thus says the Lord, saying, the God of Israel, 'Write all the words which I have spoken to you in a book.

The Lord did not tell Jeremiah to check with Billy Graham, Joesph Smith Jr., Gandhi or Saint Augustine and write down their words.

Exodus 24:3-4 Then Moses came and recounted to the people all the words of the Lord and all the ordinances; and all the people answered with one voice and said, "All the words which the Lord has spoken we will do!" 4 Moses wrote down all the words of the Lord.......

Moses did not write down everything that John Wesley, Brigham Young, and Buddha had said.

Matthew 4:4 But He answered and said, "It is written, 'Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God!"

Jesus said live by every word that comes from God. He did say say live by every word that comes from Pope Benedict XVI, Martin Luther, and Jerry Falwell.

Luke 10:25-26 And a lawyer stood up and put Him to the test, saying. "Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life ?" 26 And He said to him, "What is written in the Law? How does it read to you?"

Jesus did not answer the lawyer by asking him "how does what is written by Robert Schuller, Mother Teresa and Benny Hin read to you?"

Acts 17:2-3 And according to Paul's custom, he went to them, and for three Sabbaths reasoned with them from Scriptures, explaining and giving evidence that Christ had to suffer and rise again from the dead, and saying, "This Jesus whom I am proclaiming to you is the Christ."

The apostle Paul did not reason from the writings of Max Lucado, Pope John Paul II and John Calvin.

John 20:30-31 Therefore many other signs Jesus also performed in the presence of disciples, which are not written in this book; 31 but these have been written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing you may have life in His name.

The writings of John McAthur, Jack Van Impe, Bill Hybels and Charles Swindoll were not written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ.

2 Peter 3:15-16 and regard the patience of our Lord as salvation; just as also our beloved brother Paul, according to the wisdom given him, wrote to you, 16 as also in all his letters, speaking in them of these things, in which are some things hard to understand, which the untaught and unstable distort, as they do the rest of the Scriptures...

Peter said Paul's letters were by wisdom from God. Paul's letters were Scriptures.

Where does Peter say creed books, catechisms, Bible commentaries, books about the Bible, and other writings of men are Scriptures?


(All Scripture quotes from: NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE)

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Meredith Atkinson said...

Keeping you in my prayers, sister! I miss your smiling face on Thursday mornings at Bible study.
- Meredith ;)

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