Monday, June 13, 2011

Time out for me and no I wasn't naughty!


I have found myself being a little overwhelmed lately.  My mind can’t even form a logical thought and I find myself unable to make a simple decision.  So after much thought and prayer I am going to take a few weeks off from writing.  I am sure God will still lay things on my heart and I’ll post them when I am able.  Thanks to all of you who have supported my posts and shared how they have touched you.  Please pray for me and my family as there is a lot going on and as we seek the will of God. 

Thank you so very much!

With much love,

Michelle

Monday, June 6, 2011

Growing Pains

Sometimes I really wish our minds and memories would be able to go back to when we first entered this life.  What it was like to depend completely on our parents.  As we grew we sat up, went from only drinking milk to being introduced to real food, began to crawl, learning how to talk, and eventually learning to walk that inevitably turned into running.  Life was full of so many new and wonderful things.  There was always something to learn or try.  We never had to wonder what we would do next because we always found something to occupy our time.  Living was an adventure and around every corner awaited something to be explored.  The only reason I know these things is because, first of all, I’m a mom.  Second I have known A LOT of little ones and watched them grow and learn.  My mind may not be able to go back and remember my own new life but I can imagine what it was like for me as I watch these little ones.  I can remember however what it was like when I got a little older.  How I couldn’t wait to get out of school so I could go play in the dirt and mud, go fishing, ride my bike, or just go play in the woods.  As I grew and life began to take shape for me, I quickly fell into the roles that it demanded of me.  As hard as I tried I could not have life be as care free and simple anymore.  I must step up and take ahold of what was now my life and try every day to learn new things to help me with each new task.  Oh sure I could have made a choice to not become responsible and be carefree.  But for me to be able to get very far in this life I would have to admit that I needed to learn these lessons and put them in action.  There were so many times that I didn’t want to do the right thing because it was a lot harder than just going with the flow.  WOW have I learned a lot and I’m still learning!  Every year I live it is a year I never lived before so how would I know how to deal with the new things?  I haven’t gotten a chance to learn so I must take that opportunity to learn something new so when it happens again, you know it will, I will be able to say I know what works. 

So this got me thinking about our Christian walk.  We all were new Christian at one point in time.  EVERY SINGLE ONE OF US!  Remember the newness?  Remember the feeling of that unexplainable freedom you felt?  Remember not knowing everything but your willingness to?  Learning to crawl through the grace of God and what it truly meant?  We all had to take those uneasy learning steps of how God’s love was unconditional.  Do you remember the thrill of telling someone about God?  You were ready to save the world through your testimony.  Something interesting happens to us though.  We get to a point in our walk that we "get it".  That we understand it now.  We just KNOW!  You then begin to live this “Christian Life”.  I mean after all you know you love God and you wouldn’t do anything on purpose to displease Him, right?  But I think we displease God more and more every day.  We have chosen to not grow anymore, to not learn the older our Christian walk becomes.  I think we become content or complacent.  We don’t even notice we have become that way.  Do you not think this would make God unhappy?  Do you think this would make His heart sad or maybe a tear fall?  What does He think when He is looking down at someone that is calling themselves His child and seeing them just “living” the life? 

“Now these are the gifts Christ gave to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers.  Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ.  This will continue until we all come to such unity in our faith and knowledge of God’s Son that we will be mature in the Lord, measuring up to the full and complete standard of Christ.  Then we will no longer be immature like children. We won’t be tossed and blown about by every wind of new teaching. We will not be influenced when people try to trick us with lies so clever they sound like the truth.   Instead, we will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ, who is the head of his body, the church.  He makes the whole body fit together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love.” ~ Ephesians 4:11-16 (NLT)

My challenge this week . . .  Look at your Christian walk.  Are you content to stay where you are or are you growing daily in the will of God?  Are you allowing your part in the body of Christ to grow and be healthy?  Or are you sitting there every day and just knowing that you love God and are doing right?  Do you allow yourself to be stretched and pulled so that you might learn what God would have for you?  I’m here to tell you that if you never have trouble or discomfort you are not doing something right!  We must go through pruning every once and a while in order to produce wonderful and tasty fruit.  We must ALWAYS grow and learn.  If you believe you  have “made  it” then you haven’t!