And I’m spending the day with my Mama!!! I have to admit it’s been one of the hardest working birthdays I’ve had. Mom is quite high maintenance today! And sassy. She’s running me ragged. I told her to be patient, I was working as quickly and efficiently as I could…washing sheets, scrubbing the sinks, fixing her BLT with extra crispy bacon, adjusting pillows behind her head, and refilling her cup of water (milk with the BLT though)…and did I mentiion ALL AT THE SAME TIME! Who does this woman think she is? Ha ha, just kidding, but I did let her know that it was MY birthday …and she let me know that it was she who gave birth to me. Well then, ok Mom, you win
Mom is in a great mood today and it has changed me drastically. I’ve been so down, but today she’s brightened me and for that I thank God. He has provided a wonderful day on my birthday to spend with Mom. Thanks God, I love you so much for this.
Admittedly, I’m a little behind in my NT reading. Because of this, I am sharing a post from my pastor’s blog, he’s not behind. I hope you like this, it spoke straight to my heart.
Just Like Jesus Said (Luke 22:7-13)
They left and found things just as Jesus had told them. So they prepared the Passover.
Jesus gave the disciples very specific instructions about the preparations they needed to make for the Passover meal. SeeLuke 22:7-12.
The disciples followed His instructions to the detail. And everything was in place, just like Jesus said.
I can’t count the number of times God has called me to take a step of obedience that seemed somewhat far fetched at the time. But when I got to the place where he told me to go, I found things just as Jesus told me they would be.
When God calls you to obey Him in your finances, career, or relationships, do it. And once you get there, you’ll find everything is in its place.
Just like Jesus told you.
Don’t you love that Jesus keeps His promises? Obedience can be scary. Sometimes doing what God has asked us to can mean we are doing something we’ve never done. Something we don’t think we could ever be capable of. Something that is beyond our reach. Something that others will frown upon. Something that will let someone else down. Something that requires we work a little harder. And sometimes it means doing NOTHING at all.
Obedience has been a requirement for me lately. (of course it always should be, but I’ve been very intentional about seeking the Lord diligently in recent times. Honestly, I haven’t really liked what I’ve heard. It wasn’t matching up with my agenda, my dreams, or what I’ve wanted. But just like the disciples, in my obedience, I’ve found everything in it’s place. Decision making is easier because I know what it is I need to do. I don’t need to apologize to anyone, because I’m obeying God and I know that.
I’ve been in the process of developing new topics for my speaking and writing ministry. My writing has received great confirmation from readers. Speaking is something I long to do, it’s in my soul and calls me. I was ready to begin pursuing excellence like never before in this area of my life. God has made it quite clear that ministry as I would like it, is not in His plan right now. My Mom is dying. As much as hate writing that, it’s the truth. She accepts it and I do too, but I hate it. (just sayin) In 2010, God has shown me where my efforts need to be. I have 4 priorities. The Lord is #1. My family is #2. Caring for my Mom and spending quality time with her is also #2. My office job at Proverbs 31 is #3. Attending Bible Study on Fridays and church on Sunday (either in person or live online) are #4. That’s it. As I’ve obeyed God in these areas, He has blessed me because of it. My focus has never been better. For the first time ever, I had to pull out of 2 speaking events this Spring. That may not sound like a big deal to you, but it was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done. I cried my eyes out as I met with Barb Spencer, P31’s Speaker Coordinator, and she made the calls. While it was terribly hard for me though, a sense of relief surrounded and filled me afterwards. The 2 event coordinators were so gracious and understanding, even though this puts them in a tight spot. Their gracious response as well as a note I received from Lysa TerKeurst confirmed that I had done the right thing. The following days with my Mom further confirmed this.
Pastor Steven wrote: I can’t count the number of times God has called me to take a step of obedience that seemed somewhat far fetched at the time. But when I got to the place where he told me to go, I found things just as Jesus told me they would be. And I have witnessed this in my life.
Of course, with obedience to God, fear tries real hard to grab me…and it has succeeded a few times. Well, more than a few times. Fear whispers:
Melissa, you don’t speak now and you never will again.
You are going to lose support.
No one will want to hear you later. You aren’t quitting because of God, you are quitting because you stink at what you do and you are scared.
Proverbs 31 doesn’t need you anyway.
God doesn’t need you. He doesn’t want to use you.
And oh, so your family is your 2nd priority…ha! What a joke. Great job you are doing with them, kids fixing their own suppers and always looking for clean clothes to wear…and Jeff, geez, there is not a more deprived guy on the planet right now!
Obey God. Follow your new priority list. You’ll see, you are not as needed as you may think.
You don’t need to spend time with your Mom. She doesn’t even remember you are there half of the time.
Shut up!!!! Enough of that already. Those are lies. I hear them in my head and go to the Lord right away and ask Him to fill me with His truth. He has NEVER let me down. And my family, friends, and God centered business relationships haven’t either. Everything is in place.
I don’t trust the voice of fear, I know that it’s not from God.
Today is my birthday and I’m celebrating. I’m celebrating my 43rd year of life. I’m celebrating the gift of more time with my sweet Mama. I’m celebrating the contentment in my heart I have through Jesus. And I’m celebrating obedience.
Hey, why don’t you celebrate my birthday too! Do something crazy fun and sing Happy Birthday to Melissa People might think you are crazy for doing it, but that’s half the fun!
Love to All!