Called to go.

In The Great Commission, Jesus tells us to go (Matthew 28:16-20).  He also says in Acts 1:8

But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.

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I have never had the distinct call from Christ to stay home, sometimes we have to wait or recuperate, but I don’t think we should stay home.  There is someone you can reach, whether it is in the grocery store or on the other side of the world.  There is no doubt in my mind we must share the gospel, but where? Do I believe Jesus called everyone to go across the world? No. Do I believe He has called more people than are going? Yes. Are Christians called to go somewhere, even if it just their own town? Absolutely. Often times we forget our Jerusalem.  What are we doing right in our backyard to tell people in our communities about Jesus and love them the way Jesus does?

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Friday Letters 3.27.15

Dear Spring, I thought we were past this?  Freeze warning tonight? Seriously, get it together, wasn’t it 80 yesterday?

Dear AK, Thank you for being honest about being in trouble at school this week.  I know you will work harder to not play during lunch.

Dear Philippians, Way to call me out this morning.

Do all things without grumbling or disputing, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world.  2:14-15

I have been grumbling a little too much lately. I get it.  Hey, when is this two month study going to end?  There might be other books in the Bible I need to check out.

Dear Sadie, Thanks for being my accountability partner, not just in exercise but also in the rest of my life!  I am loving our 6 AM torture sessions work outs.

Dear Orchid on my desk, I loved you, I really did.  I know I don’t show it very well but I am just not very good with plants.  I don’t know if you will make it to next Friday, if not RIP.

♥ Elizabeth

I press on…

I have been in the book of Philippians for what seems like an eternity, so much direction in such a small book.   This morning I went over chapter three and was really drawn to verses 13-14.

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As a runner (I use that term loosely), this spoke to me – I press on to reach the end of the race – In the ESV (which is my usually version) reads “I press on toward the goal.”  When I participate in a race, I participate for the challenge, for the experience, and for the t-shirt.  I am never, ever going to win a race, even in my dreams.  My goal is to finish, get my shirt and/or my participation medal, and then reward myself with more calories than I burned a delicious meal. Continue reading

Pick your battles or choose your engagements

As the parent of a toddler, I find I am picking battles all day, every day.  Such as this one…

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Sure, you can wear a crown to school.  Maybe it will promote more narcissism like everyone is talking about.  Everyone loves a narcissistic threenager.  Oh yeah, ALL toddlers are narcissistic, but I digress.

We pick battles every single day: in traffic, at school or work, and in our own homes.  I recently went to an education conference in which the speaker was discussing ways to manage anxious students.  One of the of her suggestions was to

choose your engagements rather than pick you battles.  

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Friday Letters 3.20.15

Dear Friday, You couldn’t get here soon enough. This week has been crazy and I am not even sure what I did every day this week.

Dear Spring, You’re here! Hallelujah!! I was beginning to worry you would never show your face around these parts again.  Looking forward to brisk morning runs, bike rides, and long walks!

Dear AK, I am going to need you to tone down the sass.  It is really wearing on me. I am hoping spring’s arrival will assist with the problem as we are going to spend as much time outside as possible; go ahead and say goodbye to all your friends on Disney Jr because it is going to be a rainy day before we visit with them again.  Also no matter how many times you ask, we are not changing your name to Rapunzel.  You have two names to choose from A or K or AK, those are your choices.

Dear March, ummm, where did you go?  How is there only 11 more days left?  I have a lot of things I need to get done in those 11 days, so if you could just slow it down a little that would be great.

Dear Girlfriends in God, Thanks for the clutter reminder in your Friday devotion  – That hit home, did you write that just for me?  “It’s one thing to be prudent with our stuff. But when we start to hold onto things with a “just in case” mentality, what we are saying in some small but significant ways is that we are the bottom line instead of trusting in God provision.” Ouch…the truth hurts sometimes.

♥ Elizabeth

Sunday Funday

After a weekend with no whining or complaining from a certain threenager, thanks to my mom, it was so nice to lie outside in the grass and read.  I read a little for school and then I read a little for fun…but mostly fun.  As I started rereading Anne of Green Gables for the second time, I kept getting distracted by how beautiful of a day it was. How important is it that we take time for ourselves?  I find myself distracted wasting time on insignificant things and not enough time investing in myself.  I have a list of books in my head I would like to read in my lifetime but I tend to find myself coming back to the same old friends I have had read and reread.  One of the things I would like to do with this blog is to document all the books I plan to read over the next few years.  Maybe next Sunday Funday I will get that list on paper and spend some time with my nose in a new book instead of on Pinterest pinning recipes I will never cook.

♥ Elizabeth

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Waiting

My husband will tell you I am the least patient person he has ever met. I can’t tell you how many times I have found myself in trouble because I could not wait in many aspects of my life including relationships, finances, and professional life.  I have taken short cuts only to be two steps back when it is all over.

“Short cuts make for long delays”

– Pippin, The Fellowship of the Ring

If anyone should know about long delays, it is Pippin and Frodo!  I am currently halfway through my master’s program to be certified to teach 6-12 English Language Arts.  I have applied for student teaching starting in the fall and I have passed all my certification exams, but I am now in an interesting waiting game.  Because of the way my program is set up, I could potentially get hired for the 2015-2016 school year as a teacher rather than doing my student teaching, but there is a catch.  Since I am still in my program, schools have to make the claim they could not find a fully certified applicant before they hire me; it could be the week of planning or the first week of school before I could be hired!  Talk about throwing a wrench in my obsession with planning every aspect of my life.

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Lent: A time for refocusing

Growing up Baptist and Methodist on alternating weekends, I was always interested in the church seasons that are not emphasized in the Baptist church: Advent, Christmas (You know those 12 days AFTER Christmas), Epiphany, Lent, Easter, and Pentecost.  Maybe it is the OCD in me that likes organization, something to prepare for or look forward to next.  I have given a few things up through Lent over the years but since the beginning of the year I have been really asking myself

What in my life is taking time away from serving the Lord?

Like most people I catch myself spending too much time on Facebook, Pinterest, or down the rabbit hole of funny Youtube videos (don’t act like you haven’t lost an hour of your life before watching funny videos).  I have found the biggest time-snatcher in my life is clutter.  No, my house does not look like an episode of hoarders but I seem to have collected many things in my life. I dream of having a home where everything has a place and it gets put there as soon as you are done using it but that isn’t my reality, I have a toddler.

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