As promised here is my post about Glorify and Unseen, from a post I shared a few blog posts back http://ajourney4life.blogspot.com/2018/05/summer-is-upon-us-now-what-books-and.html that I would share what I was learning about these words. You see, I combined it into one post, see I am sweet like that. 😉
I keep going back to that word "unseen", I have struggled with it somewhat. However, I am learning the importance of "unseen" moments. This has been the season of waiting and wondering. With this has come some difficulties and changes. However, it is good because there has been growth in my faith and learning more about what God desires. Being an ex-doer has been a struggle to not do all the things and to be content in not accomplishing "big" things and by that I mean things that can be seen. Moving to the country has really taught me much about this! I am learning I am still doing "big" things even if my things are unseen, because what matters is obedience to God and glorifying Him.
I also had to relearn what I thought glorifying God meant, I thought it meant doing/accomplishing things for God, but I am learning it is so much different and that is a wonderful thing! God is showing me that glorify means to praise, enjoy, and delight. Being in the presence of God is its own reward! It's about God, His Word, and His people. God is about other-orientation, He chooses us for His glory and He likes joy. So He offers Himself to us (When you think about that, how awesome is that!)! It's not about self-centeredness, God is about His creation and people. He has given us so much! We can't save ourselves, but God saved us through Jesus. We can't pay, bribe, or do enough good things to earn salvation, it has been done for us. He did this through self-giving and love! Which teaches me so much! God made us to join Him in His joy and to share it. We glorify and enjoy Him as we worship Him, serve the community, and care for His creation. He wants me to delight in the presence of His beauty-His creation, like a sunset, hummingbird, or a flower, to cultivate and this may be through our families, neighborhoods, work/service, teaching our children, churches, gardening, painting, writing, and oh yes cleaning too, etc... These things are necessary for flourishing. We glorify God when we do these to praise or make much of Him.
From this I am learning to ask what is my intention, why am I doing something? How often do we leave God out of this equation? I need to focus back on God and what His Word says, and this is not easy, it takes discipline (and this is something we don't like, but it is good). How often do we do leave God out when we make a decision, set to accomplish something, checklists, rush through a to-do, or say look at me I completed something? That is definitely not about self-giving or other-centered love (agape love) when we do things in that way. So I must learn to be content with the mundane things, and notice the beauty in those things, and this brings glory to God! I learned this by stepping away, being obedient to God, letting go of some things to see this. I thought stepping away would cause me to miss out (you know FOMO for the younger ones), but instead, I am learning and seeing God more! It comes down to me trusting, resting, and noticing Him in the things He is having me do. Afterall, we belong to God! I was bought with a price! Christ my Hope, in life and in death! Romans 14:7-8 For none of us lives to himself, and none of us dies to himself. For if we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord. So then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord's.
Here are some worthwhile reads and posts from around the web, at least they were for me:
|I thought this was good, thank goodness it does not fall on my shoulders!|
|Right out of the horse's mouth!|
|No argument here!|
|Yes, my poor sweet friends! Thank you!! 💕|
|This one made me LOL, this so me, unfortunately! So sorry, I just suck at small talk, I don't know how to talk about the weather without sounding bored. I will keep trying though! 🤣|
When the Lord in his goodness withholds fruit—even when we have been obedient in our service—we can know this is for his glory and our good. More than productivity, God cares about pruning, refining, and growing inner fruit that reflects his Son. https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/results-not-your-responsibility/
I finished up a couple books over the week and shared those reviews here, so if your interested check those out here:
The Spirit-Led Heart https://ajourney4life.blogspot.com/2018/06/the-spirit-led-heart.html
Quit Church https://ajourney4life.blogspot.com/2018/06/quit-church.html
Bible Infographics for Kids https://ajourney4life.blogspot.com/2018/06/bible-infographics-for-kids.html
My Good Reads, has all my recommendations and books I am currently reading (Not including books I read with my children, but maybe I should start?) https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/46967494-jennie