While we’re all trying to learn to navigate a world that has required us to do things differently, many of us are also trying to stay the course of our own personal journeys, shining light where we can. I often feel that I’m not pitching in enough, but I’ve had to let this go.
It all started long before this pandemic when we shut our business down for health reasons. Having no employment, I felt as if I was no longer contributing. To compensate I poured myself into writing. I’ve always enjoyed writing about and for Jesus. I still do, but along the way my focus shifted.
The title of my other blog speaks volumes: God’s Kid Speaks. While I identify myself as belonging to Jesus I began to over speak. In other words I became a work-a-holic, forgetting to enjoy the journey and what it means to simply be a child of God. I’m still sort of working my way backwards as I go forwards. If that makes sense.
I have many jobs: servant of Christ, wife, kitty mama, daughter, sister, aunt, and friend. As such I’m required to go and sow, whether that’s sharing the gospel of Jesus or sowing seeds of love, kindness, and anything else worth sowing in the lives of those around me. Pippi’s Poetry has become a reminder to enjoy doing this!
Lately I’ve realized how nice it is to simply listen and be fed. So if I’m not feeding you as much as you’d prefer, I hope that what I’m sowing has at least been enlightening, lifted your heavy heart or raised the corners of your mouth.
I still have things to work through before I feel as if I’m thriving and enjoying the journey to the fullest. However, I know that as I lean on the Lord, instead of my own understanding, He will renew my strength and keep my path straight.
A video for you…
For 14 years Andrew and I made ceramic urns for those beloved four legged family members. (Uh, pets, not mutant children. Hehe.)
I love that we made jars of clay. Paul, an apostle for God, used jars of clay to represent the life of those who share the Good News about Jesus. We have fragile bodies and face many hardships. We crack. We get chipped. We may get thrown down, but we aren’t broken. Instead, by God’s power, we are strengthened and held together. We endure and press on. Our weakness shows that our help comes from God so that we can’t boast about ourselves.
The song I chose for this video is by a friend and brother in Christ who sort of lost one of his jobs as well. The band broke up. Nevertheless, I’m still a big fan, and the Lord doesn’t waste anything. It’s not an up beat song, but it’s so fitting to the struggle and that need to feel God’s presence in our weakness. It’s a really wonderful thing to depend on and place our hope in Jesus.
“Trust in the Lord completely, and do not rely on your own opinions. With all your heart rely on Him to guide you, and He will lead you in every decision you make. Become intimate with Him in whatever you do, and He will lead you wherever you go.”Proverbs 3:5-6 (The Passion Translation)
(Photo credit goes to Pixabay.com user Bessi.)