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We are made for relationship. As a writer, I am quickly learning that networking at writer events is a treasure trove of joy. I found a Barnabas (Son of Encouragement) when I met Barb Lownsbury at an author expo, she is a speaker and author of Using What’s Broken to Boldly Shine. God designed each of us to sharpen, challenge, and motivate each other to recognize the great and mighty things He is doing.
Barb is a connector, bonding people with the right resources that will strengthen and build them up to fulfill the fullness of their purpose. Check out The Dented Fender Ministry. I am honored o be a part of the blogging team.
“Who being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, made in human likeness” (Philippians 2:6-7 NIV).
I am trying to post more consistently, but sometimes life happens. I found myself growing frustrated with my day yesterday as deadlines loomed and nothing I wanted done, was done. But, a much-needed commitment to my son took center stage and revealed how off my priorities had become. I was leaning towards doing, rather than being.
How easy it is to make life into a to-do list. And while checking off agendas can be a nice feeling for the moment, just like any addiction it is only a short and a temporary high that requires more and more doing. God is looking for men and women who make themselves available to those in front of them. As long as I can remember I have always looked to do big things for God. But God is teaching me to skip stones and change the waters a little at a time, in individuals, rather than making a splash in the crowd.
So as I watched my son race around a track with his friend, I realized the depth of importance this moment has. Daniel needs solid friendships, he needs experience, and he needs to know his life is valued. My time with this growing young man is fleeting and what I do for and with Daniel and his sister matters. Turning the Page on Suicide is a big deal and I love the unique details of your purpose and lives dear reader. But speaking life into my children has far bigger implications because we are face to face, day in and day out.
Who is in front of you Page Turner? How can you spend time with them? Be intentional to speak life into their circumstances? Lean into Christ’ purpose for all you encounter.
It can be easy for us to look for opportunities to do and miss out on being present, right where God plants us. Christ was very good at being present with those in front of him. Notice his habits, where he positioned himself and who he spent time with.
homes (rich and poor)
road (Can you imagine how many saddles he wore out)
So excuse me if I have moments of catch up, but I am being with my children, and what a delight to speak God’s life into them.