Little Miracles

"Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus." 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Be Still

Be Still

This article posted by the IMB was extremely convicting for me.  I know it’s kind of long and I don’t like to read long articles people post on their blogs but I encourage you to take the time to read this one.  As stated by the author, I know so often in my life I want a close walk with God, but I let life get in the way.  As life gets busy, which it does for all of us, I find myself not praying as much as I should.  That’s my problem.  I’ve been able to get into the routine of setting aside time in the morning before work to read my Bible however, I tend to struggle with setting time aside to sit still before God talking with Him and listening.  I pray throughout the day at work and while I’m at the gym but this isn’t enough.  This isn’t what God has called us to. Many of us have heard the verse a thousand times, but don’t let that fact let the significance of what it says pass you by.   Psalm 46:10 says “Be still and know that I am God.  I will be exalted among the nations.  I will be exalted in the earth.”  God doesn’t want us to pray to Him only while we’re putting our makeup on or running on the cross trainer, He wants us to set aside time that is devoted to talking to Him and that’s all.

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Fall in the 80’s?

This weekend had fabulous weather here in Fort Worth!  Thursday night, it started raining sometime between 7 and 9 and rained all day Friday until sometime into the night.  Rain was not one of the things I thought about possibly missing when we moved to Texas but boy do I miss it!  It was incredible to fall asleep Thursday night to the sound of the rain on our window and to wake up to it Friday morning.  The rain brought with it the very nice gift of cooler weather.  Saturday was a beautiful sunny day and it was still cooled down from the rain.  Sunday was the same and it was lovely! 

Sunday afternoon, my friend and neighbor, Katie, and I went to a park not even half a mile from our apartment complex to sit outside and watch a local league play some baseball games.  I thought many times throughout sitting there chatting with her that it was a warm fall day and it made me happy!  I decided for kicks and giggles to look up the temperature for Sunday and learned that the high had been 83.  I’m a princess in the fact that I don’t like to be hot so in North Carolina, I would not have sat outside for a couple of hours watching baseball just because in 80 something degree weather.  But here in Texas, it felt incredible!  I also forgot that a warm fall day in Fort Worth would be much different than a warm fall day in Asheville and as a result, my face is nice and red today. 

I would have never dreamed I would look forward to the days when the high was in the 80’s but later this week is supposed to drop back down to that and I’m excited about it!  Funny how perspective changes depending on where you live and what your body gets used to.  So here in Fort Worth, I am happily welcoming the beginning of fall in the 80’s.

With love, 

Meg

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Make the most of it…

It’s going to seem like I’m stuck on taking time to do things after my last post being Mercy me’s song “Take the time”, and maybe I am.  I guess only time will tell.  Today, I would like to encourage you to do things while you have the opportunity to do them.  In my own life, I often make the assumption that I will have as much time to do things as I want.  For over a year, Ben and I lived in Weaverville while we were married.   I wish we had taken advantage of the beautiful mountains through the parkway and hiking more.  I’ve been told that there are places to go hiking here in Texas but I can’t imagine there are places as breathtaking as DuPont State Forrest in Hendersonville.  There are several families that we talked about having over for dinner and we never did actually put those plans into action while we just assumed we had more time to do that than we ended up having.  If I had realized that we would be leaving the state of North Carolina so soon, I would have gone to Raleigh to visit my brother at NC State more and I would have gone to see my grandparents more since they are all only an hour and a half away.  I would have spent more time with my family, gotten more pedicures with my mom, and had lunch with just my dad more often than I did. 

I don’t say all of this to pine away, to think about could have beens or should have beens.  I’m more thankful than words can express that God has brought Ben and I to Texas and I realize that when you leave a place, you’ll always wish you had spent more time with certain people.  I say all of this because I’m hoping to learn from not taking advantage of the time that God gave me in North Carolina.  When Ben and I leave Fort Worth one day, while I’ll wish I had more time with our friends, I hope that I’ll be able to look back and think: “I used my time well in Fort Worth.  I didn’t talk about doing important things that I never actually did.” 

I also say all of this to encourage you to use the time that you have wisely.  The Bible talks a lot about the fact that our time on earth is short, calling it a vapor.  If our whole lives are a vapor, how much shorter is our time in the places we call home?  I would like to present the idea that we need to use our time wisely because our lives are so short, but also because we can’t see the future.  We never really know how long God may call us to be in any given city, state, or even country.  So don’t put off spending time with the ones that you love.  Don’t put off finding the place where you can serve missionally.  Don’t put off enjoying the place where you live.  You never know when God may call you to make a new place your home.

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Take the time

This song is on Mercy me’s newest album with Bear Rinehart from NeedtoBreathe. While I would obviously love this song for the sole reason that Bear sings the 2nd verse and helps out in the chorus, it’s a good song for more reasons than just that. We’ve all heard and read Matthew 25:34-45 where Jesus states that what we do to the least of these we do to Him and what we don’t do to the least of these we don’t do to Him. This song is about that very passage of scripture and I think that it does a good job of hitting on one of the points that stops us from helping the least of these.

Time is something we greatly value, something that we put in the place of God often. We only have so many hours in a day, a week, a month, a year, and in our lives but unfortunately so often we don’t use it well. I know in my own life I get wrapped up in my schedule and the things that I need to get done that I forget to “take the time” as this song says. This song is convicting for me and reminds me to slow down, to look for the least of these. The way I live portrays that I think that the least of these are going to find me and come ask me for help. While that may occasionally be the case and I need to be ready to help when that happens, I need to have my eyes open to the needs around me.
I hope that you enjoy this song as much as I do, and that you enjoy Bart Millard and Bear Rinehart singing together but most of all I hope that this song makes you think.

With love,

Meg

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The balancing act

So I’ve been quite the slacker with posting for the past two weeks as we’ve settled into our routines that include work and school.  It’s my goal to get much better about posting in the midst of the busyness that is everyday life.  To update on all that has been going on, I LOVE my job!  I get to work with books all day and I get to engage my brain to the point where I’m tired when I go home.  But that makes me happy!  I’m glad that I have a job that requires engagement.  The people I work with are very nice and my work environment is quite.  I really like my job and I am so thankful that God saw fit to provide me with this one!  Ben’s classes are going well and he is enjoying them greatly as well as learning a lot.  We both like the atmosphere of being here in seminary and everyone that lives in our apartment complex is connected to the seminary.  We are making good friends already and I’m so excited to see what God has for us as we continue to live here in Texas!  

The challenge in life right now is trying to balance everything.  Those of you who have been married longer than I have and/or have children have already had to figure this challenge out.  It’s hard to fit in working a 40 hour week, exercising 3 to 4 times a week, making dinner, ironing clothes, and packing lunches even just for the two of us!  I made a cleaning schedule though that highlights the big cleaning jobs such as cleaning the bathroom and assigned each weekend to a task.  I’m hoping that will help us in our goal to live a busy life but also not live in a pig sty!  I’m also having to learn to let Ben actually help more with the cleaning and cooking.  Before moving to Texas, the only time I had a full time job was when I subbed a maternity leave for 3.5 months.  Outside of that I was able to get cleaning, ironing, and cooking done easier because I wasn’t working full time.  I also did not make exercise a priority over the past year and I’m trying desperately to change that while I have free gym access through the seminary to get in the habit of it.  So needless to say, I can’t possibly do it all without some help.  Ben has been great about helping me make dinner, clean and he has been packing our lunches almost every night while I iron our clothes for the next day.  We’re figuring it out as we continue to get settled into our new routine and honestly there are just some nights that we’re going to go to bed with the apartment messier than we’d like and we just have to deal with it. 

With love, 

Meg

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