Giveaway has ended… and the winners are Amy and Kristin! Enjoy this wonderful read, girls!
(…which also could be titled as “Ways the Lord is Working on my Heart”) 🙂 🙂
Last week I blogged about a great book I’ve been reading called Rhinestone Jesus
, written by Kristen Welch. This book is about to hit store shelves, and you will want it
. Ever since I finished reading it, I’ve been contemplating its message. This idea of being willing to say “yes” to Jesus, no matter what that means. In the big, in the small, and in the not so pretty. You see, I’m just an ordinary mama, with no major ministries going on or maternity homes across the ocean that I’m trying to build, and that means I could easily dismiss Kristen’s story in this book because it’s not mine.
But I’d be missing the point of the entire book. You see, no matter where we are in life, we are being called. Called to offer our “yes” to a Father who knows what is best for His children when we don’t have a clue what tomorrow may bring. And that’s a really scary thing sometimes. In the midst of my own life mess right now, these three areas have stuck out to me as ways He’s calling me to offer my “yes”:
My time. Oh, my time is so precious to me these days. My time… that time when there is nothing that must be done and no one asking anything of me. That’s because that kind of time rarely ever comes. And when it does, I often want to be selfish with it. I may refuse to spend time with someone who is hurting because I need some “me time,” refuse to play a game with my kids because I finally have the time to pick up a book I’ve been waiting to read, or sleep in a little longer instead of waking up early enough to have some quality prayer time before the kiddos are roused.
When I say “yes” to Jesus, I let Him direct my time. And if my day ends up looking a whole lot different than what I planned but I look back at the end of it knowing Jesus was the one who directed it, than I can trust Him to also bring me the nourishment and down time He knows I need to keep functioning well.
My talents. The Lord has given us all gifts and abilities, and sometimes, I want to use my unique giftings for my own purposes. I want to rush opportunities and make them happen before God’s timing and fulfillment, or in different ways than He’d like. Or, I want to ignore where I’ve been gifted and waste my time doing other things, instead of using it to refine my gifts and use them where I’ve been planted.
When I say “yes” to Jesus, I give my talents back to Him for Him to use as He sees fit. I choose not to get frustrated when it’s not the right timing to use them, or He uses them in a way that I may not have chosen. And when He does choose to use them in ways that get me way out of my comfort zone, I am willing to “do it scared,” as Beth Moore says.
My treasure. A lot of people define this as their money, and rightly so, because the Bible says that “where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” So I take it a step further and pretty much sum up my treasure as everything I hold precious in my heart – including my desires, hopes and dreams.
And when I say “yes” to Jesus, I choose to trust Him with my heart. I choose to believe that He sees where I am broken, and is working to mend me in a more beautiful way than I can imagine, even when I can’t see anything but scars. I choose to place all of my desires, hopes and dreams in His hands and let Him do with them whatever He wants.
Much easier said than done, isn’t it? That’s why I needed this book, and I believe every other woman does too. I am one weak woman, fully dependent on the Lord and always needing to rely on His grace and strength to help me in my mess each and every day. But when you read someone else’s story of saying “yes” and it’s presented as beautifully as Kristen’s, doesn’t it make you long to say “yes” more often? And don’t you feel a little braver when you know that others around you have been willing to say “yes” too?
officially releases on May 1st
of this week, but I’m so excited that I have two copies to give away here on my blog! Just leave a comment sharing something pertaining to your own “yes” story by 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, May 1st, and I’ll draw two winners on Friday!