Love, Juliebug: March 2012
It always amazes me how God can use us not in spite of ourselves, as the popular saying goes, but because of ourselves.
I’m not saying we have anything to do with what God does through us. What I am saying is that instead of believing that God is merely making do with us…maybe we should believe that he is looking for us exactly as we are. God knows all. He knows where you are, where I am in my walk with Him. He knows the things that trap us or hold us back. He knows the things that we struggle with.

Maybe, just maybe he knows that someone, your co-worker perhaps or the mom you just met, would never hear His voice if it was through someone a bit more perfect. (Perfection by the way is just an illusion for us humans.) If I am going through anxiety, there is someone else going through it. Someone who doesn’t know about His Saving Grace or who has forgotten. Seeing me go through my life, dealing with anxiety, and watching me walk in the path of my Savior, no matter how many times I veer off course, may be just what that person needs to see.

This means, of course, we need to be willing to make ourselves vulnerable. Not act like we are without flaw or fault. Can you imagine being a non-Christian (or even a Christian) surrounded by a bunch of phoney’s? What is the point of appearing perfect?

God knows better. You know better. Everyone else probably knows better too. If they don’t they are most likely caught up in the mask and are feeling less than.

Keep it real. Be positive. Show God in your everyday life.
Open yourself up to being used by Him.
It will change you for good.

Note: Clearly I am still in the learning process and am not perfect so I may be (and often am) wrong but I do know that God uses you and your life to touch others.
This move has been interesting. I’m not sure what to say so far but that I like it here. Sure, I wish all my friends and family could have been packed in boxes too but since that isn’t possible I am choosing joy instead. I could tell you a ton of things about Wyoming so far. I’ll start with 5. Five things about life up here.
  • It’s cold. COLD. For an Arizona girl it’s cold. For a penguin, it’s cold. Haha. No, I get it. It could be worse but I am here wondering when my toes will thaw and do I have to throw my flip flops away?
  • The speed limit is slow most of the time. Think Sunday afternoon drive. Chilling out with the fam in the seat next to you. Think “Be careful because there is ice” (there’s not right now but the speed limit makes me feel like I’m being cautious.)
  • It’s flat. Yeah, there are some hills but all in all, it’s flat. I have never, ever been able to see so far from one spot.
  • People talk to you. When you are sitting at a park, it’s amazing, there are these things called conversations that strangers have with you. It’s crazy.
  • No drive thru Starbucks. I have been spoiled. Here you have to, you know, go IN.
Though some of these make it sound like I am complaining, I am not. Truly. It’s just going to take some adjustment. So far I think I am falling in love with this town.
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