Sunday, November 30, 2008

Seasonal checkup

I so badly want to be a techy nerd. And if you knew me and had known me for a long time (AKA Lesley) then you would LAUGH REALLY HARD. You would laugh because I completely struggled with the whole techy world up until now! I love it!!

The next thing that would rock our world was if I began to scrapbook or start making things. You know...turning creative. I truly thought "techy" was not in my inner most being, but it is now. And, yes, I praise God for it!! So, I'm sure the good Lord is just laughing and thinking..."Just you wait Fran. You'll be sewing your kids clothes this time next year."

I spend hours of time laughing and loving facebook. I have the absolute best friends on twitter. Seriously...try explaining to your parents the fabulous friends you have made on the internet. And, if you have no idea what I'm talking about......I'm sorry and sad for you. I may just fly out and see some of these people that I "know." I mean that. Especially those of you that live in warm climates right now. DO NOT TEMPT ME! I really do call you my friends. It's kinda cool. point....and I know I'm stretching....but I'm a simple girl....

You never know when or how God will use you. And...from my experience it won't be in an area that you are comfortable in. I have an example or two or ten, but I want you to think about yourself for a second.

Let's take some time to reflect on where we are in this journey of ours with a couple of short questions...

1. Is God truly number 1 in my life?
2. Where am I serving Him and His church?
3. Am I being stretched and made uncomfortable?

If any of these questions is a "no" then let's promise to prayerfully consider and reevaluate where we are with God. Christmas seems like a fabulous time to think about where we are with Him. Maybe like a checkup, but without all the in's and out's. And samples of this and that.

Start back with question 1 and pray your way through each one. regards to question 3, God wants to take us out of our comfort zone. He wants to stretch us, grow us, depend solely on Him, be scared, completely trust, show 100% faith, and live out what we claim to believe.

I don't want to be complacent. I want to be sold out. I want to live the thing out with Him day in and day out. That's tough. Day in and day out I want to be sold out.

Let's live this thing out with Him, for Him, and be completely set apart for the world to see who we are and Whose we are! Ask Him to stretch you and mold you and even take you places that you'd never think you'd go. It is the best thrill ride of our lives. Just hang on real tight! He won't let you down.

Mark 8:34 And he called to him the crowd with his disciples and said to them, "If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me."

Hugs and blessings~


Teresa said...

I hear you, sister! I'm tired of the status quo! No more! Thanks for the encouraging words this morning!

love ya!

Michelle V said...

Amen! Great post!


Linda said...

Love the Christmas blog look! It is somewhat rewarding when I figure out stuff that only teens are supposed to know how to do so I am with you on all the techy stuff. I want to be sold out as well. Thanks for the post.

beckyjomama said...

Love your Christmas Blogginess! So purty!
And, I always need a good check up!

Plus - COME HERE!!!!! Mini siesta!


Jenny said...

Hi :)

Those 3 questions are now written on an index card and taped to my monitor here at work. Oh, yes they are. And every time I see it I will give myself a good check to make sure me a Jesus are good... and then I'll thank Him for YOU :)

love you!

ocean mommy said...


needed part of this BIG TIME. big time I tell you.

Love you!

Darlene R. said...

Fran. You're awesome. I am completely and totally blessed to have you in my life. I've told you before and I'll tell you again, YOU ARE A BLESSING, and I love ya.

Thanks for everything.

Hugs to you,

BTW, I gave all of my SA roomies an award on my blog. Someone gave it to me and I am passing it on.:)

Melinda said...

Frannie Girl, you ARE one of the most sold out people I know - and I love you for it!

Thanks for the checkup - we all need it from time to time.


Anonymous said...

Oh you really nailed me with the "stretching" and being too comfortable question. Good things to ponder.
And, if you want to come to Texas for Converge, you're welcome to stay with me. I'll be going with a friend and our two daughters...I'm just sayin' --It's sunny and 60 right now! Love ya, Annette

Cindy said...

Great post! I have just entered the techy world. New blog and my daughter insisted I must go on Facebook. I am an old dog trying to learn new tricks.

I loved your 3 questions. I too want to live the thing, day in and day out.


Alana said...

I love your passion for Christ, Fran! You inspire me to be better!

I blog so you can get a glimpse into my life as wife, mom of 3 boys, and someone who simply wants to bless others along the way. Have fun and be sweet :)

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