Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Working together

Inauguration has come and gone. If you follow me on facebook, then you know yesterday my lovely little status update was "Fran is having a hard day." That day has come and gone. Thank you Jesus your mercies are new every morning and crying may last just for a night, but joy comes in the morning! Thank the Lord, for sure!

So, I've done a little bit of thinking. I've written about being real and not going to be the fake girl anymore. I want to live freely as God wants me to. I have also asked us to prayer for Harper a few days ago. That family is the real-stinkin-deal and I love that. By the way, that baby girl IS getting better slowly but surely. PRAISE HIM! I also wrote a little about some cool things in Esther that I have learned. Why are we walking down bloggy memory lane??? Feel free to scroll down and read these things.

Bloggy memory lane is important because the last 3 posts are REAL to me. They are about community. They are about human beings working together to give God glory and praise. They are about difficulty and still glorifying God. Life is about relationships with people. REAL relationships with real people. The good, the bad, and the ugly is going to happen.

I am desperate for community. I am at a season in life where I am desperate for that group of friends who are the real deal at its finest and being beautiful in doing so. That, my friends, will encourage me.

Just think what we can do and who we can be when we come together with open and honest hearts. It's ok...take a step out of that "got-it-all-together" box and let others see that we don't have it all together, that we are far from perfect, that life will be messy and hard, but yet we continue to strive after the Author and Perfector of our faith.

Working, loving, serving, and growing together!

15 comments:

Melinda said...

It really is all about relationship and community, isn't it?

Real, honest relationship with our God and community with those who join us as we travel the road home.

Glad you're on my road, Fran. Love you and will hug you tight enough to prove it in a few days. XO

Lisa said...

Your blog has really struck a chord with my journey in recent days. Time to quit role playing. We can get so busy wearing all of the hats, that the distraction is blinding. Time to peel away the layers and get real.
Blessings - Lisa

A Stone Gatherer said...

I'm with you girl! Trying to be as real as I can, and hoping God pushes me over the edge into what I can't! I am grateful for your honesty!!!

beckyjomama said...

Friend, you have inspired me to do the post I have been avoiding ... I need to just sit down and do it. Be real about my situation and my God that is getting us through. And REAL about the community that God has placed in our path (even our cyber path - YOU!!!) to help us through too!!!

I WILL work on that today!

LOVE ya Frannie!

Anonymous said...

Fran, yesterday was a sad day here. I am so disappointed in how many are turning their backs on God. What keeps me going is that I know God will prevail over sin and Satan in the end.

I still haven't mastered Facebook (how is that for being real and putting myself out there for ridicule? --smile--) but I did see that you were having a hard day, too. I was wishing I was able to talk, pray and praise with you.

It sounds like your gathering this weekend is going to be wonderful to refresh you & your siestas.
Teresa L

HisTreasuredPossession said...

Fran, you got a REAL Siesta here - I too have done the role playing thing and frankly, it's exhausting!!!! and I'm too tired to deal with it. My life is not all pulled together by a long shot but I just love Jesus and pray that people see that instead of all the messes I make. So glad to be journeying with you!

2nd Cup of Coffee said...

At 46, I am only just uderstanding the importance of community. You're way ahead of the game.

ocean mommy said...

Love you Fran. I so agree with you...I wonder what God could do with us if we kept off the masks?

Can not wait to have some prayer time with you this weekend.

hugs
s.

Cheryl said...

I'm with you 100%!
I'm all about being real and honest. I don't have it all together and NEVER will so why try and pretend like I do!

Looking forward to this weekend!

Mrs.Naz@BecomingMe said...

I am with you! We are called to be transparent for His glory.

Susan said...

Girl...you KNOW I'm real. I am so waiting for the day that God gives me the A-ok to let the flood gates open. Shudder. Kinda apprehensive about THAT. But it is coming...Lawsy Me it is coming!

Love you, RGF.
Susan

Shelley said...

I'm at a place in my life where I couldn't be fake if I tried. :) My kids force me to be real every day. Especially my oldest one. I am broken in so many ways, in so many pieces, that I can't help but show the reality in which I am living. It is hard, terribly hard. But there is a freedom in it too. Because in being broken, in being real, I am lifted up by my family and friends in a way that I couldn't be if I was being fake. And in being broken, I am learning to lean on Him more than ever. Thanks for being one of those who lift me up.

Teri~Facedown said...

I love this community...the authenticity is refreshing. Can't wait to spend some time with you this summer. Seriously Frannie...we are going to have fun!

Love to you!

Sharon said...

Amen, Sister!!! Thanks for encouraging me to keep it real!!!

colorfulwoman said...

Hey Fran:) In my Bible study the other day, my wonderful friend said that Martin Luther said to receive God's grace, we must receive it like the earth receives rain. She brought up a great point, think, if we are sitting inside, in the shelter, we may feel warm and cozy, but we are sheltered from the rain outside. Part of fully receiving God's grace comes from being willing to be exposed, not hidden, fully "out there" in the elements. An uncomfortable place to be, but the only way to really receive His grace in full. We can be fully exposed before God and allow His grace to cleanse us and then we are free to be ourselves to others too, you know? I am kind of rambling, still waking up (at 10:23!!!) I had a long night...anyways, hope you are having a blessed day sister!!

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