I have a number of passions that I would like to share, but above all is my relationship with Jesus. I try to follow Him as best I can, and have prayed to be convicted of anything in my life that isn’t in alignment with His desires. Not because I think this earns me salvation or answered prayers, but because I truly love Him and don’t want to hurt His heart! I want my life to be a pleasing aroma – a fragrant offering – to God.
It all started when I prayed for conviction:
“Jesus, I want to serve you as my Savior and Lord. Please have your Holy Spirit convict every thought, word, and deed that does not align with Your Word. Sharpen my conscience. Make me like Daniel, above reproach.”
Well, at least I thought it started with that prayer. God eventually pointed out that, though I meant well, I had the wrong focus. I was focused on my actions – I wanted to be more patient, more loving, more kind, so I would feel better about myself. So that I would be a better person for my family. So that I would feel closer to God. So that I would feel assured of my salvation. I thought this would also please God.
God patiently led me to realize that relationship with Him is about the HEART first and foremost. (Turns out, that’s how it works best with our kids, too!)
God works on our hearts, not our behaviors.
God had to do a lot of heart work in me before I became more Christ-like. The fruit of the Spirit isn’t something we can cultivate in ourselves, but is a result of abiding in Christ. As we yield to the work of the Holy Spirit in our hearts, He ripens His fruit in us.
I am learning to care less about what others think of me, and more about what God thinks of me. God is chiseling me bit by (sometimes painful) bit, as he forms me into the image of His Son. He wants me to learn to love Him as my closest friend, with all my heart, with all my mind, with all my soul, and with all my strength. And to share this love with everyone around me.
He wants this for you, too.
I would love to have you come alongside me. Not that I am anyone significant. But that is exactly the point. I am average. Plain.
For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God. And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God,righteousness and sanctification and redemption, so that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.” 1 Corinthians 1:26-31 ESV
God leads in unexpected and surprising ways sometimes – I pray that you find a closer connection with Him through this site! I am specifically praying for each one of you who come here, that you will develop the desire to follow Jesus minute-by-minute, hour-by-hour, day-by-day – to lay aside your passions to follow God’s heart. I will pray for God’s Holy Spirit to bring this forth in your life!
About Me – I’m a homeschooling mama to 2 children. I also work part-time. I’ve been married for…quite a while now! That places me somewhere between not-very-young and still-young-enough 🙂 We are learning to apply God’s grace in family life together. I don’t have all the answers, but I’m committed to continually growing in my faith in Jesus and in my understanding of His Word. Here is the story of my Journey to Finding Christ.