You Make Beautiful Things…

I love, love, love this song.  This is actually the song that plays in the video on Jennie’s blog (in my last post).  But I wanted to include the entire song here with the words.  It’s a powerful and incredible song.  It’s…. well, beautiful.

My favorite line:  “You make me new, you are making me new”.    That’s how I feel.   God made me new and continues to make me new everyday.  He not only created all the beautiful things in our world, but He does beautiful things with each and every one of our lives, if we let him.

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Obeying God

My pastor and his wife are good friends of mine.  I love them, and I’m so inspired by them.  They are such obedient followers of Christ.  Even when it’s scary and unknown they tackle it knowing it’s where God is leading them.  That’s tough sometimes, well actually a lot of the time.  Let this be an inspiration to you.

This is Jennie’s blog .  The video is of their family meeting their new son, Cooper,  for the first time in Rwanda.  God started this process in their hearts about 2 1/2 years ago…please read what Jennie has written in this post and watch the video.  You will be convinced, once again, that God really does  have a plan for all of us.  We just have to obey.

http://jennieallen.com/adoption/beautiful-things/

Worry

Why do we worry, when God tells us not too?  Who knows.  I do know that I’ve gotten so much better about this and that is partly due to my husband. 

I just go over things that I have to do or haven’t done in my head.  Over and over and over.  It’s exhausting at times.  I’m always thinking of what I still have left to do.  Why?

Something I started doing as a teenager is still very helpful today and I’ve even suggested it to friends.  Write down your worries.  It sounds simple and maybe even a little elementary, but it works.  I promise.   This is what I do.

1.  I make a list of everything that is on my mind at the moment.  Listing out all of my worries (silly or not)

2.  I look back over the list and one by one add logic to the equation and out to the margin I write a solution.  For ex: If one of my worries was “I won’t finish my project in time”.  Then next to that I would probably write that I just need to develop a plan, set aside time and worst case find out if it could be extended. 

3.  After I’ve written solutions to each “worry” I look back over the list.  It takes away a LOT of the stress. 

I believe that letting things float aimlessly around in our heads is so detrimental.   When they are ambiguous, that is so much worse.  Take them out of your head, write them down on paper and look at them.  Face them, be real about them and dissolve the worry. 

We can only do so much in one day and God NEVER intended for us to carry around the weight of worry…especially about our to-do list. 

He wants us to forget our to-do list and worry about His.

Getting Out Of Our Comfort Zone

I want to get uncomfortable and get out of my comfort zone.  I know I’ve talked about this before on this blog….but this topic stood out to me yesterday during the sermon at our church. 

We need to not only be okay with being uncomfortable, but I believe we should be searching for opportunities that make us squirm in our seats, fidget and want to turn and run.  Opportunities only God can turn around and use for good. 

Those times when you feel so led and so scared at the same time….THOSE are the opportunities God wants you to pursue and not because you can handle them alone, but because you can handle them with Him.  And when you choose to obey God and go down those scary, unknown paths….it is then that He knows how much you truly trust Him.

In my experience, when I show Him how much I trust Him, he turns around and shows me why.  Every single time.

If you aren’t uncomfortable right now in some way, or if you are not feeling a bit out of your element or stretched ….ask God where He wants you to focus.  Where He needs you and where He wants you.  Odds are, He is waiting on you to trust Him.  Don’t worry….what is scary and intimidating to you, is nothing to God.  He can handle anything and everything…if you let Him.