Friday, February 1, 2013

not for the faint at heart

Listen, Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is One. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, 
with all your soul, and with all your strength.
Deuteronomy 6:4-5
There are a few things in life that I have learned over the years.  Things you can never know until you have experienced them personally.  More and more, I realize that without God, I really can do nothing.
Absolutely nothing.
I am the vine; you are the branches. The one who remains in Me and I in him produces much fruit, because you can do nothing without Me. 
John 15:5
The good news is that the exact opposite is true, too.  With God, I can do more than I ever imagined possible.  These things, however, are not for the faint at heart.  Not at all.
Now to Him who is able to do above and beyond all that we ask or think 
according to the power that works in us -
to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.
Ephesians 3:20-21
What tops my list?
Being a true, talk it/walk it Christian.
Being single in a married world.
Getting married.
Being married.
Having children.
Raising children.
Becoming a morning person.
Wallpapering.
Selling a home with toddlers afoot.
Renovating an older home.
Moving.
Selling a home with preteens while building a home across town.
Changing churches.
Keeping friendships going across many miles.
Fitting in.
Giving without expecting in return.
Being yourself.
Saying goodbye.
Growing older.
A few of my things, I will choose to never do again....like wallpapering and remodeling an older home.  Been there, done that.
Some will not present themselves to me again as they have in the past.
The remaining others are in an ever going status that I do not want to give up on in life.
All in all, they were and are all worth it in the end.  Lessons learned.  Life enriched.
In the process of daily living, life happens.  Some days seem so much longer than others...the not-so-good along with the good.
It's in this life happening stage that I realize if I were to receive all that I deserve, it would be so much less than I am blessed with.
To keep on going in the hard times...in the confusing times...even in the good times...is not for the faint at heart.  But, with God, it is possible.  He is so good!

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