I love my blog! I don’t get to post to it as often as I like but I still love it! Like everyone else in the world I work and have a family to take care of. Finding a good, quiet thirty minutes to spend on my blog can be challenging, however, I have this crazy love and passion for writing. I may not post to my blog everyday but I definitely write everyday. I have to. Writing is like breathing for me. I have journals that date back to high school and it is really crazy to read and see just how much I have grown and changed as a woman. One thing I think helps me to continue growing is my openness and willingness to try new things. My dad had a saying, “Try it at least once. If you don’t like it, don’t do it again but how will you ever know if you like or don’t like something if you don’t at least try it once?” My sister and I have lived by that for practically all of our lives.
Earlier this week, my life partner and I were having a discussion about how God uses even the simplest of things to speak to us. He, my life partner, is not always as open as I am to trying new things. He will sometimes but he doesn’t like being too far outside his comfort zone. On Sunday, he happened to be flipping through the channels and came across the Joel Osteen program. He had never watched the program before but something Mr. Osteen said just before he flipped the channel made him stop and listen. He watched the entire program. At the end, he and I talked at length about the message and how it resonated with him. He talked about how he was glad he’d watched it because it gave him some clarity about somethings he’d been dealing with. He also made a statement which I absolutely love, he said, “even though I’m southern and enjoy a good hooping word every now and again it was nice to hear a good practical message that I can clearly understand and apply to my life. It’s amazing how God can use different people to minster to you.”
I would definitely have to agree with that statement. We never know when God will speak to us or who He will use to do it. Yes, we have to be careful what we listen to and sometimes careful of the person delivering the message but I believe that this is one reason why it is so important to know God’s word for ourselves, so that we are able to discern God’s true word for our lives rather than simply someones loaded opinion of what we should or should not be doing. From my dad, be open to trying new things at least once and from my love, be open to stepping out of your comfort zone… just a little.
Enjoy your day and thank you to all of the men and women who have served and are still serving in our armed forces. Happy Veteran’s Day! 🙂