Thursday, October 30, 2014

Getting Real

Let's be honest here...I dropped the ball.

I think it was one of those things that I really wanted to talk about & honestly needed to talk about...but just didn't. Maybe it's because my heart is so full of the things that aren't important I couldn't even talk about the things that were/are important.

Yesterday's Wednesday's Words was on time management & how we take notice of God's daily blessings. I had half a post written with full intentions of posting it later...but I didn't.

And that's the thing, we become so full of good intentions that we NEVER actually do any of them. Or if we do, they're half hearted & pretty lousy. Am I the only one here?

As if it wasn't already convicting enough, I started The Best Yes by Lysa TerKeurst last week. If you haven't heard of it, you NEED to read it. If you can't read it yet, put it on your list. Within the first two chapters I was brought to tears & just couldn't think straight.

I've been so caught up in the superficial things of this world that I have missed so many of the opportunities God has given me.
I've said yes to countless things that are nothing more than to please people - not to serve the Lord.
I have confused my love of others with the disease to please.
I have sought after God's direction rather than just letting him lead me where I am at.

At this point in my life I have a full time job, a growing small business, & a committed marriage. I volunteer at church, blog every day, host small group, & run an Etsy shop. I manage to cook dinner two or three times a week & I desperately seek to keep a clean house.

I am trying to do it all.

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I honestly believe that the Devil thrives of these seasons in our life.
When we are "too busy" he gives us more to do.
When we can't do it anymore, he tells us we are right.
The very idea that God has provided a way out, a way to be solely satisfied in him becomes so far from our minds & THAT is where we are broken.

Lysa says in her book that a broken world will give us broken results, but unbroken companionship with our creator allows us to hear instruction. Let me say that a different way. When we are focused on things of this world there is NO way we can hear the instruction from Christ. We can't be lead when we are leading. We can't repent when we are too busy talking about being busy.

Friends, this is my life. I'm not preaching to you, I'm writing to myself.
This habitual Yes to everything & bigger, better, more mentality has to stop.

Thanks for giving me grace & for understanding my missed emails, absent posting, & spastic  instagramming. I am so thankful for each of you do constantly think about & pray for the ladies who read this space. You're awesome....don't ever change.


Frankly my dear...I need Jesus.

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Now it's time to grab some tea & visit my sweet friend Katie!


10 comments :

  1. Such a great reminder to let go and just say no sometimes. To be ok with missing things that are ultimately unimportant. To spend time doing other things that should get done. To NOT get caught up in the superficial and be caught up in the REAL. The here and now. The things that really matter.

    I have been upset with myself for not posting as much as I could have or as much as I wanted, but then I realize I was doing something much more important than that, like spending time my my daughter and family, and I am OK.

    Thanks for the reminder

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  2. Jenni I had no idea that you were reading The Best Yes as well! It has been one of my favorite books so far because it relates to my crazy life schedule so well. It constantly reminds us to slow down and focus on the Lord which I LOVE. It is so easy to become buried in our long to do lists. We should start a study with some other girls!

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  3. I have The Best Yes in my pile of books to read. I thrive off piles of books to read. Girl, I totally agree with you. I am in a different season as you can read about today...a weird...crazy season but I have been here before all this happened and....yeah. you hit the nail on the head.

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  4. such a great reminder - thank you for your words! i truly believe that satan uses our busy-ness to distract us... if he can't win us over... he can at least distract us. it's his most sly tactic and we need to be aware of it!

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  5. So much truth here... I need to print this out to remind myself daily of this!

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  6. such good, true, and honest thoughts jenni. <3

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  7. I am right there with ya girl! Praying peace and rest over you right now! :)

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  8. I needed this today, at the beginning of the holiday season! So perfectly said - thanks for sharing, girl!

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  9. I just finished that book and LOVED it! "Today's choices are tomorrow's circumstances." -Lysa

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