Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Swimming in my sweet spot

When I hear the words, "sweet spot" I think of a baseball bat. Having 3 boys that play a lot of sports, I'm pretty sure that I have heard them talk about this sweet spot on a bat and that is exactly where you want to hit the ball. It's that place where the ball hits the bat and makes the hit a really good one! It's also a tricky spot to find and a tricky spot to find on a regular basis. Seems to me a lucky thing, but what do I know. The environment is never the same....the pitcher, the speed of the throw, and the type of the throw all matter when it comes to that pitch finding the sweet spot on the bat.  And apparently....it's a pretty awesome thing to a kid when that ball makes contact in the "sweet spot."  A kid knows when they have found that sweet spot. The fans do too.

I'm a girl. I don't play baseball. I have no clue what that feels like.  But, I do know this....as I enter into this new year there is one thing that God is impressing on me that simply won't let up. It kinda makes my stomach hurt when I spend a lot of time thinking about it.  A stomach ache in a good way, I guess. Maybe more of an excitement. Regardless, it's that feeling in my stomach when I know it's time to DO and quit thinking.

God is pushing me into a sweet spot with Him. My pastor calls this sweet spot in our lives the place where we are living and serving Christ with great passion for Him and the Kingdom. And wouldn't you know....this is exactly what he preached on this past Sunday. I hear ya Lord.  Ummmm.....what is that "sweet spot" place of ministry for you?  Where is that "sweet spot" place of ministry?? Do I even know what my sweet spot in ministry is?

I've realized in the last 24 hours that I'm desperate to serve Him well this year. I mean serve really, really well. Time to get over my sweet, cushy, sort-of serve type of lifestyle. It's time to "rise up sleeper."   (Eph 5:14)

God has that sweet spot for you. Do you know yours?  If you have no clue, kind of a clue, already serving in that sweet  spot, I pray you spend some time talking to Him about it. I pray we all rise up and serve Him well starting NOW! The days are evil. It's time to do the thing!!!

Let's jump into 2012 thrilled, awake, excited, anxious, full on faith, no holding back, ready to ride the roller coaster  and serve Him oh so well this year.

I'm in!!!  No more sleeping for me!

 "this is why it is said:
   “Wake up, sleeper,
   rise from the dead,
   and Christ will shine on you.”

 15 Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. 17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. 18 Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit, 19 speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, 20 always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ." Ephesians 5:14-21


Praise and Coffee said...

Excited to see how God unfolds your "sweet spot" this year Fran!
Love ya,

Dedra Herod said...

I'm all in friend!! EXACTLY what He is doing in me as well!! Mucho love!!!

beckyjomama said...

My sentiments exactly! I heart you HUGE!

Karen said...

Love, love, love this post! So happy for you and excited for God!

Mary R Snyder said...

I'm in! I had JUST this conversation earlier today. I have to STOP trying to figure it all out and just do it! God has it handled, I just have to TRUST Him and LEAP!

Linda said...

Yep--same here time to move into action-- since going back to work I have used the excuse that there is not time but I belive the Lord is leading me to do something within my job that is way out of my comfort zone-- I like to play it safe but I belive the Lord encouraging me Do something already!!! Thanks for the post-- love the visual of the Sweet Spot.

Groovewoman said...

Goes right along with what was taught last night at Passion 2012. I am sensing a theme for the new year here. It's obvious the Lord is trying to tell me something. I'm opening my ears & heart to listen, cause I don't want to miss this!!

Love that you called it a "Sweet Spot with Him."

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