Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 1 Corinthians 13:7
See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? Isaiah 43:19
Getting back into exercising. Is. Not. Easy. Or fun. After being on what felt like “house arrest” because this pregnancy sickness took me out of all things active, I am finally starting to ease my way back into our norm (whatever that is). My “norm” looks something like daily dishes, laundry on Monday’s, texts to friend’s in order to sync schedules for various kid free and kid included activities, Pinterest pin dinners and the shopping for needed ingredients, a daily work out, and time with my Father/in the Word with my latest devotional book. But trying to get back into the “norm” has been harder than I may have anticipated. And I am recognizing some of my “norm” must change with a given season-and as challenging and uncomfortable as this may feel, I must surrender. To God. And His “norm” He has for me in my now.
I am learning to succumb and even thank Jesus for His new norm for me in this season (And you can too).
Here are my 3 “out with the old, in with His new” daily reality:
1. I am embracing a new routine-You have no idea how it pains me to write the following statement: “I went on a walk a couple days ago”. You, see, only woosies walk (and I so apologize for offending you if you are a walker-I understand my thinking is scewed and I am in need of heavy counseling for my flawed attitude.) But you must forgive me. Because I am a runner in heart, body, and mind. But the run wasn’t workin’ friends. When I tried my old running “norm” with my daughter the other morning, I lost my lunch. Literally. And so you have to know. My pride. Was. Shot. As I put on my running shoes. Stepped out of my front door. And got my speed walk on. Pumping arms and all.
Thank you Jesus for Your new daily routine norms you have for me.
2. I am willing to make changes in my attitude, activity preferences, how I spend my time in order to love others like Jesus does-You have no idea how it pains me to write the next following statement: “We have a lizard living in our house”. My oldest daughter is one with bugs. Snakes. Digging in the dirt for treasures. And I would never have pictured myself encouraging these hobbies. But now I am embracing them (the hobbies and yes, even the lizard). Our God is about intimate relationship with us. And if we are to love Him, we will love others. And a part of loving those around us is caring about what they care about. It’s not enough to be apart of the activities/hobbies I like or “get”. The Lord has given me a new sense of laying down my selfish agenda, to build a home for what seems to be just about the ugliest creature I have ever seen (for instance).
Thank you Jesus for how you made each of us unique and how you have called us to love and appreciate one another.
3. I am saying “Yes” to the Spirit nudges/Jesus’ agenda for my day, even when I am physically and emotionally weak-While speed walking the other day, I spent time thanking God for His beautiful creation. I asked Him for strength as I still struggled to keep certain foods down and have strength to be the Mom and wife and friend and Daughter of the King He had called me to be. I asked Him to show me how to “minister in my weakness”. Right after this thought I saw a sign in front of me for a garage sale and underneath it said, “Benefiting missions”. I passed the sign, wanting to keep with my fast walking pace and knowing I didn’t have any money on me to buy anything. But then an idea, I believe to be a “nudge” from the Lord came into my thoughts, “you should go and pray for them”. Hmmm. Feeling pregnant. Feeling uncomfortable. Mainly for multiple reasons- I don’t even know the people at the garage sale, let alone if the “missions” the sale is supporting is even one I agree with. I am needing to get stick to my exercise agenda and be home in a timely fashion. But the prayer idea did not go away. And i had just agreed to God to allow Him to do “ministry in my weakness”. So I went. And awkwardly browsed the sale. With no means to buy anything. But saw a girl in the corner putting out baby clothes. I asked her if this was her garage sale and she said “yes”. Long story short-I found out she was going on a week long mission trip. Asked her if I could pray for her. Did. And she said, “Wow, that was so encouraging” as I left. But truely-I was the one who was the most encouraged. To be apart of God using me in my weakness. To see saying “yes” to God’s nudges in ALL seasons only fills us with joy.
Thank you Jesus for Your new ministry norms you have for me.
© 2012 Standing on Peace