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Wise Words for my Future

Earlier this week a wise friend set me free with this statement, “You and God have a good thing going. I, too, feel there are some big changes coming up for you. Just know that not everyone in your life is going to respond positively to those changes, but if those changes are from God it is better to do His will than to please others.”

As the week progressed, I kept going back to that statement, feeling freer and freer to be who God has made me to be and to do what God has purposed me to do. I’m sure, if you have been reading my blog regularly, you have sensed my utter frustration at closed doors in my life. Part of my frustration is feeling that change is coming and not seeing the manifestation of that change. My thinking is, ‘If God has told me change is coming, why hasn’t it happened yet?’ I feel like the child in the back seat of the car screaming, “Are we there yet?!?”

The fact is we aren’t there yet because if we were it would mean running red lights, passing on double yellow, violating laws of physics. The same goes for life, sometimes if we rush to our destination, not only have we been reckless along the way, but we have also wished away our day, our week, our life to get to our final destination, death. I’m guessing that’s not truly what we want, and I’m guessing we probably don’t want the consequences of reckless living: broken hearts, stressful thoughts, and tired (possibly sick) bodies.

In the past week I have made a decision that affects every part of my life. As one friend explained, God knew that this would be a good foundation for change. When we set out to do a large project, we don’t try to develop the product right off the bat. We must first make a plan, from the ground up. If our project doesn’t have a strong foundation, it will fail. In the same way I feel God placing that foundation for further growth in other areas of my life.

This 34th year of my life has started off with a bang! I’m so excited (and yet terrified) about what God will do next. A change is coming God willing.

 

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Passionate Living

I hate to admit it, but my twenties were more Carrie Bradshaw than Mother Teresa, not to compare my current self to Mother Theresa but you get the idea. I had my own group of girlfriends that would meet up for Sunday brunch and talk about the latest in our love lives. I had my own Mr. Big who was playing hard to get or maybe just playing. At the time I thought passion was going after a guy, leaving behind all inhibitions. I thought love was losing yourself in someone else. As I grow in maturity in Christ, and well, just plain maturity, I realize that passions are those things you would do regardless of pay, recognition, success, things that make you tick.

As you could probably tell from my previous posts I’ve been thinking a lot about what makes me tick, and how that fits into my plans for the future, my destiny if you will. At times it seems it would be easier if God just told me His plan. Of course He does tell me in the little everyday things and through His Word, but as far as I know there’s no Book of Chelsea published in scripture.

I’ve narrowed down at least three broad areas that I’m passionate about. Thanks to my pastor who revealed a few things to me about my passion just yesterday.

One of my passions is creating. I made this dress for my niece last summer.

I made this dress for my niece.

In no particular order:

1. Creating – I love writing, sewing, paper crafts, photography, etc.

2. Teaching – It brings joy to my heart to see people learn, no matter their age.

3. Volunteering/giving – My parents were always giving of their time and resources, so I guess it is a learned passion.

Once you have narrowed down your passions you can take God’s Word in scripture and apply your passions to His commands. How can I love God with all my heart, soul, and mind (Matthew 22:37) by using my passions? I can create things that reflect my love. I can learn and teach His Word and His ways. I can give to others of my time, words, and resources just as Jesus did in scripture. This is just one example of applying scripture to your passions.

As you do your daily activities and spend time with God this week ponder what your passions are and consider how they can be used to glorify God. Then ask God to reveal more about how He wants to use your passions.

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

Ephesians 2:8-10

Heavenly Father, thank you for the passions you put in each one of us. We confess to squandering our gifts at times, and ask that you help us to serve you by considering how we can use our passions to glorify you. We seek your will for our lives, and ask that you open our eyes to new possibilities. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

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