Friday, January 4, 2013

The Best Worst Thing

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As a new Mommy, it's been very hard to make time to read my Bible and spend time with God. I make a lot of excuses, trying to justify why I am not able to get up in the morning for some quiet time with God. It's not that I do not want/need to spend time with God. I just have not made my relationship with the Lord my #1 priority.


As a result, of not spending time with God, many areas in my life are suffering.

Like my blogging.


It is hard for me to blog when my relationship with God isn't right. It's almost impossible for me to be inspired to write blog posts, when I have not spent time with God.

I use my blog, Living a Changed Life, to help me process what God is teaching me. I use them as an outlet, because I often do not have time to sit and journal all of my thoughts like I want to do. Instead, I blog and share my thoughts with all of you, because maybe you are struggling with the same thing I am and you need to know that you are not alone.



Yesterday, before my work day began, I sat down and read the Proverbs 31 Ministries Devotional, "The Best Worst Thing" by, Lysa TerKeurst.


It felt amazing to start my day off in God's word. I must confess that this blog post was inspired by that devotional, so you should read it before going on.


A few months ago, I was talking to Jon about all of the different ministries at our church that I have tried out. I was sharing my frustrations, because I have felt like such a failure. You would think by now that I would have figured out found my passion.

After the frustration passed, God helped me to take a step back  and realize that it was important for me try different areas on ministry at church so that I could find out what He has not called me to do. I needed time to evaluate what I don't like doing, so that I could narrow the ministries that I should be involved in!


Yesterday, I was so encouraged by Lysa TerKeurst, because she has tried a lot of things too! Toward the end of her devotional, Lysa says, "He can take our worst and add His best. We just have to make the choice to stay with Him and keep following Him through it all."


I don't know exactly what God wants me to do for the rest of my life. However, I do know that He will take my worst and add His best to do something amazing.


Maybe you are like me and you are not at your best right now.

Give God whatever you have, no matter how small it is, and He will give you all that you need to accomplish His purposes!


"'For I know the plans I have for you,' declares the Lord, 'plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.'" - Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV 1984)

11 comments:

mrsmarkdave said...

I sat down to check email and blogs before spending time with the Lord this morning. Your line, "Maybe you are like me and you are not at your best right now." has made me cry because I am SO frustrated with myself beyond belief. What I want to do, I don't do (refrain from giving into temptation) and what I don't want to do, I continue to do (eating like a cow). I don't understand why I keep doing it. Because nothing feels worse than the next morning.
I keep begging God to change me, and I feel ignored. Not because God isn't good and faithful. I feel He's ignoring me because I'm doing something wrong. Is my heart not right? Am I asking Him to fill me with love for Him for the wrong reasons? I am desperate to only love him and not the lesser things in life, but I keep putting Him off and continue loving the lesser things in life.
I am so discouraged. But, I must keep on keeping on.

Denise said...

This is just what I needed to hear today. I've been having some physical issues and I am really down. I've not been as close to God as I should be. After reading the devotional and your post, I know I need to give my worst to Him and He will always help me. God Bless you and your family and thank you again.

Stevie said...

I know this probably isn't something you'd want to do every day but if you're feeling a time crunch, you could always LISTEN to the Bible while feeding your child. If you have a laptop/tablet or even a phone, there are APPs that have it. For example, http://www.biblegateway.com/
Type in the book and chapter and then click the megaphone icon and viola.

Alex Oliver said...

Thank you for this post. I am amazed at your strength in God, WW, and more. I feel my journey of losing weight and keeping it off sounds similar to yours, and so does my relationship with the Lord right now. thank you for these thoughts and for giving me just what I needed to hear today, or better yet, God giving you the words so He could speak to me.

Alex Oliver said...

Thank you for this post. I am amazed at your strength in God, WW, and more. I feel my journey of losing weight and keeping it off sounds similar to yours, and so does my relationship with the Lord right now. thank you for these thoughts and for giving me just what I needed to hear today, or better yet, God giving you the words so He could speak to me.

Shan Van said...

The verse you ended with is something I needed reminding of. Thank you for saying what you did here. Gods plans are perfect And better than anything we can imagine.
God bless
Shannon

Shan Van said...

Thank you. The verse you ended with is just what I needed reminding of. God is good and faithful and better than anything I can imagine. His plans are perfect and good.
God bless
Shannon

Primitives By The Light of The Moon said...

Very well said. I can see that your heart is a heart that is after God. I often times feel the same way. It is hard not to get discouraged but I know that sometimes even the smallest things we do can turn into the greatest blessings.

Libby said...

WOW!! I really needed to hear this! I have been neglecting my time with God! It makes me so sad. I get into a rut of thinking that "everything is going well" and then let one thing go wrong and I go running back! and yes, I know he wants me to come to him...I don't want to only do it when things arent going my way..where is the trust in that?

Alison said...

I found your site through Pinterest and have spent almost an hour clicking through everything, and just want to say thank you for all the work and dedication you put into this site!

It's funny, because while I clicked over because of the WW component, this post is one that I can really identify with (as it seems many others can, too!). It seems like I've been searching for that "passion" (both at church and professionally) that you and the devotion talk about for a long long time... and sometimes I struggle with feeling like God left me out when he was assigning gifts and callings! But to buy into that would be to ignore everything else I know about God, so the search continues :)

I also just wanted to encourage you that while you may still be searching for your place in the church, don't discount the work that you do here and at your meetings! You are providing encouragement and help in a way that I know that God can really use! He's taking your old weight (worst) and using it for something amazing here, even beyond WW (best)!

Team Gardner said...

Just found your blog, for sure book marking it so I can come back and really read ALL of it looks like tons of great things!! what an accomplishment you have made.

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