Who’s Calling?

Ever want to give up on a long-term dream or a huge goal? Maybe it’s homeschooling or losing a bunch of weight. Maybe it’s getting that record deal or learning a new language. Whatever it is, it’s likely you’ve been bogged down in the middle.

Even if you felt sure in the beginning you were called by God, you began to doubt He ever asked you to do this thing. You might have asked yourself why you even began in the first place. I’ve been there too.

This week, I have some encouragement for you. It’s from Peter and John’s example in Acts 4. 

“Get up! The chief priest wants to talk to you.” The jailer scowled at Peter and John as they slowly rose from the dirt floor, bodies stiff from their night of confinement.

Peter and John Arrested Photo credit: Sweetwater Publishing, Free Bible Images

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Waiting to Bear Fruit

I’ve been doing a lot of waiting this week.

Waiting for packages to come, people to call back, and for God to answer prayers.

almostripetomatoesIn my garden, I’m waiting for a tomato to ripen to its peak. I could pick it today, but if I give it a little bit more time, I’ll have the most flavorful, juicy tomato possible. This weekend, it will be perfection.
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El Roi: The Way God Sees

“Who gives this woman?”

Image courtesy of Samantha Johnson, Monumental Moments Photography www.facebook.com/monumentalmomentsphotos
Image courtesy of Samantha Johnson, Monumental Moments Photography

We’ve all heard the pastor ask this question at the beginning of traditional wedding ceremonies. It’s customary for the father of the bride to say, “Her mother and I do.”
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Rahab: When Walls Crumble

Two spies shimmied down the high wall of the mighty city, gripping a rope hastily thrown out the window. Amidst their enemies, they had seen what they needed to know—the city was locked up tight. Jericho had stores of food and water, and plenty of soldiers to withstand a months-long siege against the feared Israelites.

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Rahab helping the spies

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Five Blogs to Read if You Forget Who You Are

I’ve blogged about remembering who we are  before. It’s easy to forget when life gets busy or hard, or both.

James 118
James 1:18, LynetaSmith.com

 

The best way I’ve found to remember is to soak in verses of God’s word (like a bath–we need it daily!) that teach is who He says we are.

I’ve also compiled a list of writers I read regularly. Here are five blogs I recommend to help you seek out the truth of who God says we are.
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Antidote for Fear: God says, “You are Mine.”

But now, thus says the LORD, your Creator, O Jacob, And He who formed you, O Israel, “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name; you are Mine!

Isaiah 43:1 (NASB)

 

IMG_0235The other morning when my kitten, Lucy, greeted me, I noticed she wasn’t wearing her collar. Being a safety collar, it isn’t hard to unclasp—one little tug and it snaps right off. Somehow, she had gotten it off during the night. I looked around but couldn’t find it.
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Saint Valentine: Love and Injustice

We live in an unjust world. No one knows this better than St. Valentine, the man for whom the holiday we’re celebrating is named.rome-714658_1280

 

Legend has it the priest refused to obey Roman Emperor Claudias’ decree forbidding marriages. Claudias believed more men would be willing to join the army and go off to war if they remained single. Believing Claudias’ decree to be unjust, Valentine secretly officiated weddings anyway.
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God is Good!

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Mount Hermon writers conference

Late in 2014, during a horrific year, God gave me this beautiful Psalm:

“I’m sure now I’ll see God’s goodness in the exuberant earth. Stay with God! Take heart. Don’t quit. I’ll say it again: Stay with God” (Psalm 27:13-14, The Message).

He knew I needed to be reminded that He is good. In the midst of my grief and human-ness, I had forgotten.
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