Loving...these chilly mornings.
Pondering...this from Elyse Fitzpatrick's devotional Comforts from the Cross: Celebrating the Gospel One Day at a Time:
The key to a godly life is not more and more self-generated effort. Instead, Jesus is saying, "Love me and your obedience will flow naturally from that love." The secret to obedience isn't formulaic steps found in a self-help book. It is a relentless pursuit of love for him. How then do I cultivate the sincerity of love that motivates obedience? By focusing more intently on his love for me than on my love for him, more on his obedience than mine, more on his faithfulness than mine, more on his strengths than mine.Reading...Embracing Obscurity: Becoming Nothing in Light of God's Everything by Anonymous. I received an advance reader's copy from one of the booths at The Gospel Coalition's Women's Conference but hadn't read it because, just being honest here, but I thought the whole obscurity/anonymous deal was a little gimmicky. But then a friend I respect and admire recommended it and told me it would totally get in my business and, well, she was right. I read this just a few minutes ago and think it apropos for moms and bloggers and bible teachers and, well, you get the idea...
Instead of spending our days struggling for significance, living under the shame of failure, and watching what temporary significance we do achieve fade away, Christ offers His significant life to us all. We cannot earn it; we simply receive it by faith. He is our significance.Yes and amen.
Also reading...Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin and looking forward to the release of the movie based upon it. Actually, for one who rarely goes to the movies, there are several upcoming releases I am eager to see: Lincoln, The Hobbit, and Les Miserables.
Anticipating...the start of basketball season.
Thinking...about community and grace and conflict and the necessity of loving honestly and communicating humbly.
Wondering...yet again about the future of this blog. I know, I know, I'm a broken record (yada yada yada) and yet for all my waffling and wondering I seem to end up limping along with the occasional post here and there. It's almost time to renew my domain registration which makes me wonder (for the thousandth if not the millionth time) if it's a worthy investment!
Considering...a personal blog challenge similar to my 21 days of blogging "Something, Anything". Maybe a month of thankfulness? Anyone willing to take up a similar challenge or have any better ideas for easing back into the blogging routine?
Thankful...for so many undeserved blessings this Thanksgiving month: my husband and children and family, my dog (yeah, really), my home, my church, my friends, the privilege of teaching Bible study, the ministry of our crisis pregnancy center, the grace and mercy of my God, the salvation I have in Christ. Blessings all mine with ten thousand beside.
Humbled...by a sweet email I received yesterday from one of the ladies in the Bible study I am teaching. Though I learned a long time ago not to seek it out nor to define myself by it, I am so very grateful for words of support and encouragement. It is good to boast together in the faithfulness of our God for He alone is worthy!
Needing...to get up from the computer (and the sofa) and get some work done. First up on the To-Do list: cleaning out the refrigerator. Oh, the glamour of the life of a stay at home mom! Thankfully, Christ is my significance!
Happy November, friends!