Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Wonder

A couple of weeks ago, a friend asked me to share my testimony with the staff of an amazing retreat center where she works. Specifically, she asked me to talk about living life reflectively. The format was to be more of an interview style, so there were no speech notes to prepare. Instead, I spent the last week really praying about what God would have me share.

This weekend when we arrived at Windy Gap we realized the camp speaker (and special music) was an old friend from my hometown, Allen Levi. His topic? Cultivating wonder in our daily lives and living life reflectively. It is clear this is a message God wanted me to get!

Allen's perspective and insight was such a gift. I left encouraged to OPEN MY EYES to what is going on around me. This is what I was alluding to in the previous post about 'missing the blessing.' When I tune in and look for God in my daily life, I find Him everywhere! The converse must also be true. When I am tuned into other things at the expense of being tuned into God I miss the blessing of seeing Him at work and knowing He is real and present in the 'mundane' parts of life.

Does that make any sense?

I really believe God wants us to know Him and experience Him. Why else would He go to all the trouble to pursue us so relentlessly, including the sacrificial death of His Son?

We are the ones who fill our lives up with so much stuff. We crowd Him out.

Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened. Matthew 7:7-8 (NIV)


Life is so much more fulfilling when I am looking for the lessons and the meaning throughout the day. I want my life to be characterized by growth, not stagnation. I don't want to just survive, I want to thrive.


I believe John 10:10. "The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full."


People (myself included) often talk about motherhood as if it were a 'derailment' moment, where we put life on hold to raise children. I disagree. Life doesn't come to a screeching halt as a Mom. If anything, it is the time when it becomes even more important to keep growing so we have life to share with our children and life to breathe into our spouse. I have found one of the greatest gifts of motherhood to be rediscovering the wonder of life from my children's perspective.


I am not just a laundress, a cook, a nosewiper, a bill payer--and neither are you. We are image bearers of the Almighty God. We were created on purpose and with a purpose. Let's live like we believe that!

10 comments:

Nikki said...

What a great way to start my day. Our schedules are starting to get crazy with end of the school year parties/awards days/play dates, etc. We're also moving from TX to SC later this summer and it seems like my to-do list is a mile long. This is a great reminder to lean into God during the busy-ness of life and be thankful to Him for all of our blessings.

Tonya Ingram said...

Thank you, thank you, for reminding me that my life was not "put on hold" to raise my boys. Sometimes I feel like I am just surviving, and not necessarily because of being a mom, but in every area of my life. This reminds me of the song by Matthew West, "The Motions":

I don't wanna go through the motions
I don't wanna go one more day
without Your all consuming passion inside of me
I don't wanna spend my whole life asking,
"What if I had given everything,
instead of going through the motions?"

Kylie, Jesse and Asher said...

Great post...thanks for you insight. You are a blessing.

Pamela said...

Thank you SO much for this post! It is exactly what I needed today! You are a blessing. :)

ocean mommy said...

Hi! This post reminded me of the song "Don't Let me Lose My Wonder" by Keith and Kristen Getty. (They also wrote In Christ Alone)

Thank you so much for challenging me this morning!

Blessings,
stephanie

Open mouth, insert foot! said...
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Open mouth, insert foot! said...

**repost because I didnt like the way the other one came out :)**

JMom..
How did it go last night. Been praying all week for soft hearts to show up and for them to be okay with that!

Hope it went well.

Melissa said...

Thanks for the encouragement!
I couldn't agree with you more!

Debra said...

Hi Jennifer,

I am a long time reader of your blog (not sure how I stumbled upon it!). Anyway, if ever there is someone I'd like to listen to about reflective living, it is YOU!! Your writing reflects your desire to live intentionally and to do that you have to reflect on God's word and how we respond to that in the hustle bustle of our everyday lives.

Natalie said...

What great encouragement! You always seem to give a great perspective right when I need it. Thank you for sharing so honestly from your heart!