Experiencing God . . . Again
Just when I think I know much of what I need to know, I find out I still have more to learn . . . or re-learn.
Some ladies and I are meeting every two weeks to study a book called Experiencing God.
Most of us have already read the workbook and filled in the blanks. So, I didn’t really think that only on Day 5 I would have already had some profound moments. But I know that even when I read the Bible once, I can read it again and learn something new.
so is my word that goes out from my mouth:
It will not return to me empty,
but will accomplish what I desire
and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.
Sometimes I think that I am just a mom. I find I slightly define myself by my blogging. In the summer, I am a gardener. And if I really want to impress someone, I become a seamstress. (Basically, I know how to sew a straight stitch to make a baby sling.) So how could a mom of three children, with one on the way, a homeowner, and the educator of my children ever do much of anything? (Besides laundry, dishes, and catching up on sleep?)
Where is the time? I feel like one of many ants in a colony . . . working alongside a bunch of other ants doing the same thing.
I’m not like my friend who just got back from doing physical therapy work in Haiti for the wounded and needy. Though, I did put a Band-Aid on someone last week. I don’t have a voice like Bono to wake up the world to the problems facing the human race. I do write letters to our Compassion children on occassion.
Consider this quote, as I myself did this morning,
When you believe nothing significant can happen through you, you have said more about your belief in God than you have declared about yourself. You have said that God is incapable of doing anything significant through you. The truth is, He is able to do anything He pleases with one ordinary person who is fully consecrated* to Him.
*to be devoted specifically to a purpose
That’s me! I am one ordinary person. BUT I can do something. And in reality, I know that I am doing something. I am raising three very special young men. Sometimes it can be easy to lose sight of how valuable a job this is. Additionally, I am providing support to my husband to allow him to accomplish the role that God has him in right now.
The only way to keep this in perspective is to spend that time daily with God.
And I might discover that I, too, can be extra-ordinary.
The people you generally see in the Scriptures were ordinary. Their relationships with God and the activity of God made them extraordinary.
So if it seems like not much is happening around you. Or it seems like God is silent. Or you feel like the walls are caving in . . . know that God is ALWAYS at work around you. You may not sense it, but He is pursing a relationship with you that is real and personal. He will speak to you through the Bible, prayers, circumstances, and church. And . . . well . . . I’ll be honest, talking with Him and being involved in a relationship with Him . . . can require a few adjustments. But the more you come to know God by experience, and obey Him (which actually is thrilling), you will find Him doing amazing things with and through you!
Stop by and visit me sometime over at Granola Mom 4 God!