For your Saturday…little things that filled up my heart and mind during this past week…
I stumbled onto a lovely website through this article about the way we can hold onto the love that has been given to us…I am sure that I will be frequenting Art House America. Based in Nashville, “Art House America was founded with the vision of nurturing creative artists and anyone looking to explore an artful, faithful life. In addition to promoting the seamless life of Christian discipleship and imaginative living, AHA also provides students with creative nurture, hospitality, and access to sound and exemplary vocational and spiritual counsel.” What an amazing vision…and such good work is coming from this community.
I just started reading The Me I Want To Be by John Ortberg and my first highlight in the book is this: “Only God knows your full potential, and He is guiding you toward that best version of yourself all the time. He has many tools and is never in a hurry. That can be frustrating for us, but even in our frustration, God is at work to produce patience in us. He never gets discouraged by how long it takes, and He delights every time you grow. Only God can see the “best version of you,” and He is more concerned with you reaching your full potential than you are. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” You are not your handiwork; your life is not your project. Your life is God’s project. God thought you up, and He knows what you were intended to be…”
His thoughts lined right up with a quote from Elisabeth Elliot…“There is no ongoing spiritual life without this process of letting go. At the precise point where we refuse, growth stops. If we hold tightly to anything given to us, unwilling to let it go when the time comes to let it go or unwilling to allow it to be used as the Giver means it to be used, we stunt the growth of the soul. It is easy to make a mistake here, “If God gave it to me,” we say, “its mine. I can do what I want with it.” No. The truth is that it is ours to thank Him for and ours to offer back to Him, ours to relinquish, ours to lose, ours to let go of – if we want to find our true selves, if we want real life, if our hearts are set on glory.”
I felt encouraged by a few other words from her books…
“Does it make sense to pray for guidance about the future if we are not obeying in the thing that lies before us today? How many momentous events in Scripture depended on one person’s seemingly small act of obedience! Rest assured: Do what God tells you to do now, and, depend upon it, you will be shown what to do next.”
“The life of faith is lived one day at a time, and it has to be lived – not always looked forward to as though the “real” living were around the next corner. It is today for which we are responsible. God still owns tomorrow.”
I was inspired and challenged by Kristen Strong’s post, The Simple Choice You’re Given Every Day, over at Chasing Blue Skies.
I shared a version of “How Great is Our God” earlier this week, but this version is so beautiful…it fills me with such hope and yearning for the day when the family of God will worship, together, in His presence.
This weekend, don’t forget to let your heart find a quiet place. Don’t forget to look for beauty. Don’t forget to see His love in the gift of this day.
Remember – delight (find your joy! be glad!) in the Lord…we are brought out into a spacious place, rescued because He delights in us. (from Psalm 18)