I've always been the type to obsess...what am I supposed to be doing?
Am I doing this right?
Should I be doing this or that?
And then regarding God.
I start to become paralyzed not wanting to move.
Afraid to make the wrong decision.
((Us going into foster care feels like the first time that yes at first I felt so flippin scared but said yes.))
Our church is doing a series on this exact thing.
It's all being taken from one chapter in the bible.
Yes, ONE chapter.
When it was first announced that it would be starting I thought 'really, one chapter for weeks and weeks?'
But it has been amazing.
So what is God's will for my life?
I am learning every little detail doesn't have to be this master plan thing, where every single minute is something I'm either doing right or failing, but "that the will of God is not so much a plan as a relationship" -Dave Workman
:2 Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.
I must be different. My goals and the way I want to live should be for a different purpose.
Surrender. Start with the general & He'll give you the specifics
:5-8 So in Christ we who are many form one body, and each memeber belongs to all the others. We have different gifts according to the grace given us. If it is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his faith. If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach; if it is encourage, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leading, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully.
We have all been blessed with different gifts and need to be helpful, not think one gift is more important than another.
It's not just about Jesus + me --- it's about getting connected to community and family
This part was HUGE for me --- "Paul is not saying these gifts will come naturally or easily & it doesn't mean the first time will be great & successful" -Emmanuel guest speaker we had from Nigeria
READ HERE and you'll understand why this touched my heart so deeply
:12 Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer
:16/18 Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peach with everyone.
Seriously christians, ENOUGH of the pride we all sin and we all have to interact with those who will never believe as we do -- that doesn't mean we talk down to people who are not choosing Jesus -- prayer is way more powerful than misplaced words
"To experience the fullness of His kingdom ---- DON'T BECOME PARALYZED...to not live in fear, but reality of the kingdom"
:20-21 If your enemy is hungry, feed him;
if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this you will heap burning coals on his head [means you are pouring God's presence onto your enemies]
Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good
Be Jesus. Show His mercy & love and cling to Him
You can watch the series HERE