All posts tagged: priorities

Would Jesus shop at Target?

Would Jesus Shop at Target?

This past week, I’ve come to realize that we, my friends, have a glorious chance to be Rocking Ordinary by how we respond publicly and privately to current events. Changing the world — highlighting audacious, extraordinary grace — is what we are all about, and there’s no time like the present to walk out Christ-like attitudes before our family, our friends, and our community.

Am I quenching the Holy Spirit's work in my life, or in my children?

Don’t Pour Cold Water on the Flame

Last Sunday, our pastor preached on 1 Thessalonians 5:12-24:  Do not quench the Spirit. — 1 Thess. 5:19 He explained that to quench is here the same as we imagine water quenching. Water quenches our thirst, stifles an activity, even extinguishes a fire.  Sitting in my pew, I began to imagine a roaring fire. All around me, buckets of water overflowed with power, ready to dampen, cool, put out the flames. I shivered in apprehension. But what if that fire isn’t something dangerous, but rather something good, holy, right, and exciting? Maybe the fire in my heart is … a burden for souls, a guilt over bad habits, a compulsion to prayer, a longing for children, a calling to reach out in faith. That’s the Holy Spirit of God’s work in my life, a fire He starts with a purpose. But at my feet are buckets of laziness, or selfishness, or materialism, or mindless entertainment, or irresponsibility. How easy to splash those on the flames, to intentionally or unintentionally squash the warmth of God’s working in my heart. Then with a start, I realized I was sitting in a pew, …

Hands Free Life

Let Go of the Pain

  Let us not be so consumed with the past that we forget we are here now. Let us not be so bent on self-protection that we never speak our innermost hurts. Speaking one’s deepest regrets does not change the past; it does something far greater. It connects us to the One who loves us despite our faults and failings so that we are free to connect to the person sitting beside us. This type of vulnerable connection, born of a place of deep pain and authenticity, is the kind of connection that is strong enough to transform individuals, families, communities, cities, and worlds. Let us surrender the failures and pains of our past so that our love is not separated and weakened but instead united and strengthened. — Rachel Macy Stafford. Hands Free Life, p. 50 This post contains affiliate links, which help support this site. I’d love to keep in touch! I send a monthly email to my friends. It’s full of goodies like great books, interesting information, exclusive content, and coffee chats. Wanna’ …