Monday, May 12, 2008

Hey everybody!!

Did you have a fabulous weekend?? We had a GREAT time in Birmingham over the weekend.

I really liked that place....totally wanted to move there. ;)

Lets get the disappointing news over with first.....

1. No trip to World Series in Disney for our 10 yr old guys. Lets just say those Alabama Bombers are "it!" WOW! Had a fun, fun time but didn't make it to Orlando in August.

2. Games were pushed back Sunday morning and that completely messed up my ability to go hear David Platt at the Church of Brook Hills. VERY VERY SAD about that.

Ok....that's the "not so fun" news so lets move onto some food for thought. And, boy, have I been thinking on this one.

Got a question for you. Its been gnawing at me all weekend long.

What is your passion??

I tell ya one thing....there are some intense parents during competitive sporting events. I could cut some tension with a knife during a few games. I've come a long way in this area of my life.
By nature, I'm very competitive. So....when a game gets going....you better watch out. However, this part of my life is now under control and the sweet Lord has been able to tame this crazy girl and this part of my life. I've learned to "settle down."

However, there are some parents out there who get really...really worked up during some games. Sometimes that's ok and sometimes you just want to say, "chill out...its just a 10 yr old baseball game."

What if I took that passionate, competitive nature that God gave me and channeled it into something for the Kingdom. Hmmmmm.....

I want you to pray about and think about what you are passionate about regarding the kingdom.

Can you name one or two things??

And, are you going after them?? With that same passion and intensity that you might have in other areas of your life??

I'll be honest.....I am not going after some things that I would really love to do for His church.
Why??? Fear. Failure. Missing the mark.

So....I'm praying now for some "take it up a notch" intensity when it comes to His Kingdom.

What is your passion?? Are you pursuing it?? We all have passions. But, what is yours for the church and for Him??

Go after it!! We each have a calling.

Ephesians 4:1 "As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received."

I want to live my life worthy of the calling He has given me. I bet you do too.


Blessings and hugs~
Fran

16 comments:

Michelle V said...

Fran,

We did years of Little League with my boys and I couldn't take some of the parents who were so intense about the games that they would yell at little boys who made mistakes! I must admit that I am glad my oldest is past LL age and my youngest has not played the past 2 years. I don't play well with other parents when they yell at my sons! ;-) Thanks for the food for thought about passion. My passion is Bible study and I love to facilitate because I love to see other women get hooked on His Word! But, like you said, I know that I don't always put as much energy into that passion as I should when I get bogged down in all those daily mundane earthly worries! Thanks for making us more mindful of that!

Michelle

Patty said...

Fran,
I am sorry your son's team isn't going to Disney World. :( I did pray for them!
Goodness, your word today is thought provoking, convicting.
I have been praying for months now where or what God wants me to do next. He has me in a season of rest and believe it or not, that can be hard. I feel like I need to be doing something. I think we as women are wired that way. He has me in a big church and I really only know a few people. Very different place God has me in but I know He uses seasons of rest to prepare us for the next step.
Here is the passions in my heart, for single moms, and basically women period. I truly believe God may be calling me into a different direction. :o)
Very good word!!!
Love You,
Patty

Darla said...

WOW- channeling our passions into something for the kingdom...now that is a life worth living! had to check on you haven't been here for a while..wedding for my daughter had me preoccupied. Love ya Princess, Princess Overcomer!

Tanja said...

What a great thing to ponder. Our former pastor, who has now retired, said more than once that folks will cheer with abandon at ball games but won't shout out a healthy "Amen!" at church on Sunday. I have thought on that a long time. Passion. Makes me think of that Steven Curtis Chapman song "Magnificent Obsession". Love it! I am passionate about women's Bible studies. I was lukewarm for so long... and we don't have to live that way! I am also passionate about teen girls. I think also because of my own upbringing and errors. Oh, if our teens can grasp His great love, how differently they would respond to life. Love ya, lady!

Earen said...

Sorry about your son's team...maybe next year?

Very convicting blog today...My passion right now in my life is definitely my family. To raise my boys up to have a heart that is passionate for the King! Of course, I know they will always be my passion....my ministry.

Stephanie (Ocean Mommy) said...

Awesome post today!!! Thank you for pushing me!! I've got to address this very thing tonight in a rehearsal...staying focused on the passion God has placed in our hearts...so this was very timely for me...Anyway..if you think about it, pray for me! It's tough to speak truth when it's not always the most popular thing..;)

Love you girl!
steph.

BethAnne said...

No Disney? No fair!!! hahahaha

Sometimes I think satan uses our minds to deny the plan God has for us. At least he does it in my life. he tells me that I could never do big things for God and that God isnt really asking me to do _______ (whatever He is asking of me at the time). Have I mentioned that I hate satan?

connorcolesmom said...

Girl
I could have told you any team coming out of B'ham was going to be COMPETITIVE
They do not take sports lightly in that city!
I am sorry your little guy lost though :(
We did not make it to church either not after those storms that blew through on Sat night - mercy I was up all night
I prayed for you and your family constantly and watched the news to see if you were ok!
I love your question about passion and God is challenging me a bit on this one :)
I am ready but the doors are not open yet
Love ya
Kim

Denise said...

Sorry about your sons team, but thats ok. I want to be in Gods will, doing whatever He desires for me to do my friend. I love you sweetie.

Sheryl said...

Hmmm...interesting question to think about. What are my passions? For me they are the same as they've been for years. To minister to teen girls and to help women find freedom in Christ.

I've had a problem figuring out how to live out that passion now that I am home-bound. However, I know that God doesn't have limitations on where I can serve. So if need be, I'll serve in my home, from my bed if I have to.

Oh my, now that's a scary thought. Thanks for your words today. And I'm sorry your son's team didn't make it all the way. But they should be real proud of how far they went.

Sheryl

MelanieJoy said...

Nice question....hmmm.
My passion...my job (I work with kids who have autism) God so brought me to it and drew me in,
getting His children's ministry off the ground at church, and my soul longs most of all for Him to be my greatest passion of all.

I was so cheering for you guys to win! Have a good week~

Lisa said...

Fran,
Thanks for the reminder today to live out my passion! I say He is my passion, but does my life reflect it? Oh, I hope so!

Thanks for the "word," sister.
Lisa :)

Alana said...

Oh, so sorry about the game and Disney ;-(

Great post. I think I am in between passions, if that makes any sense. I think God is helping me refocus. I'm excited to see what is ahead,though!

Cheryl said...

Hey Fran,
Thanks for stopping by! Great post. My kids are just really getting into the competitive sports and like you, I am competitive. So during games, I'm constantly trying to keep myself under check.
I saw you Siesta Fiesta button, are you going? I so want to go but don't think I'll be able to make it!
I'm going to add you to my feedemon list!

Ang baylis said...

I read this this morning and am reflecting on it still! What is my passion? To tell people how HE saved me and encourage them to do the same! I'm still thinking about this!
You are so inspiring... have I told you lately?
Love to you,
Angie xoxo

littlerad said...

Fran,
It is to bad for your son's team...
Now for my passion,it is for sharing Gods story that he chose for my husband and I to be apart of, and witnessing, I'm glad you asked that question, I think there are times we don't pay attention to our passions and we have to be reminded of them...
Connie
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