"It is my job to make sure that you grow up to be a productive member of society and not a burden to it!" ~ my dad.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Seek The Lord Sunday

It's Seek The Lord Sunday over at Call Her Blessed. This week, Daiquiri asks us to write about lessons we are learning and how God is growing us. The timing of Daiquiri's topic couldn't be more perfect for me right now. God has been speaking to me about my growth in several ways and using different aspects of my life to challenge me and move me forward. One of those ways is with my other blog, The Stumbling Christian.

I felt God really speaking to me weeks ago when He let me know that I wasn't using my blog for His intended purposes. It was suppose to be a way for me to release my most authentic self. I had turned away from that and started posting what I thought my blog readers wanted to read and would make me more "popular" in the blogging world. In other words, I took the reigns out of God's hands and started concerning myself with what the world wanted instead of what God wanted. You can read more about that here.

Once I got back on the right track and put the reigns back in the hands of God, things started to come together on my blog for me again. But it wasn't long before God started to whisper in my ear about my writing one more time.

I titled my other blog The Stumbling Christian because when I started it, I really just considered myself a baby Christian. It was to be about my learning experiences as I began a dedicated walk with Christ. The Lord has put so much into me and I've grown so much that I really can't, and shouldn't, call myself a baby Christian anymore.

To whom much is given, much is expected.

I've been given a lot recently and it's time that I move forward and start doing what I know I should be doing. And that is being the person God created me to be.

I now know what He expects of me and I have no excuse to not work towards and fulfill the potential that God says I have. That is what this new blog is about - the challenge of growing into the person God created. Accepting myself as the person God created - that doesn't mean accepting my flaws and dealing with them. No, it means accepting my strengths, my potential, my God-given abilities, my gifts and using them as God intended.

Is it just me or is accepting your strengths and doing something with them more intimidating than accepting your weaknesses and just living with them? I've got to tell you, I'm a bit scared thinking about what glorious things God has in store for me. It means I'm going to have to rise up, work a little harder, push myself a little further and attempt things...no, SUCCEED at things I never even considered doing before. All because God created me as this person capable of doing the seemingly impossible.

I remember hearing Joyce Meyer once say that if you're not uncomfortable then you're not growing. Whew! Was she ever right about that.

But I know I can do it. Afterall, I have the power of Christ within me. Would you like to come along on this new journey with me? I'd love to have the company. There are many facets of my life that I'll be working on improving - my roles as wife, mother and homemaker and, of course, my continued walk with Christ. I also want to work on helping others in these same areas. That's an important factor of this new blog because I can't be the person God created me to be if I'm not helping someone else be the person God created them to be.

So, are you in?


Daiquiri said...

Beautiful new blog! And look at that...your 2nd post and it was a STLS...I'm so thrilled :)

I know what you mean about the blog being about all the wrong stuff. Whenever I start thinking about hits and ads and traffic, that's when blogging starts to really get old for me.

Instead, I try to think of it as something I'd like to leave for my kids someday. I'll publish the posts in a real book each year, and we'll have it to keep. Someday my kids will have their mom's thoughts on raising them, being a wife, being a Christian. And along the way, I hope that my stories will point others to the Lord. It's all pretty pointless without Him anyway...another lesson I'd like to leave for my little ones.

I agree with you that it can be very scary to think of using our skills/talents for the good of the Kingdom. What if we fail? But I really believe those thoughts are from our enemy. We can do *all* things through Him who strengthens us :)

Amy said...

hi there, I came here through daiquiri's blog, just saying hi :-)

Sheila Hill said...

Love the new blog. I just started a second blog as well solely out of God's push for me to share things out of my life. Check it out at www.thefaithfulfollower.blogspot.com. I have a Count Your Blessings post everything Thursday as well as Monday Morning Christian, Raising Godly Children, and an Idea Factory.

Peggy said...

Blessings Amanda...great self evaluation! Good determination and I wish you the best in success in following your new plan. I liked what the Stumbling Christian said!
Failure is not an option(that was meant for D. comment)

I think most of us can relate! I see D/'s comment had very good points...legacy...kingdom...pointless without Him!!! Awesome...but all of what you mentioned is doing exactly what God says for you...and as you shared Joyce Meyer
"if you're not uncomfortable then you're not growing. Whew!" May you rise up to what God has revealed to you, may your blog become and stay authentic to your own challenge and standard. May Our Lord lead you closely and may you listen and follow His directions!

Vansmom said...

God has such a beautiful way of re-directing our thoughts and steps. Now, off to check your other Blog!

Jen said...

I love the direction that you're growing the blog. Isn't it a great thing that you are no longer a baby. I often think of the potter and the clay. He is constantly molding me. I can hardly wait to learn with you!

Miriam said...

Keep up the good work.