Hello Mornings

“Mixed Media Installation by Peter Liversidge: Hello, 2013 (58 Light bulbs, powder coated steel, motion activated sensor)” / Ingleby Gallery / Art Basel Hong Kong 2013 / SML.20130523.EOSM.03963Creative Commons License See-ming Lee via Compfight

Hello Friends!

The spring HelloMornings Challenge starts on Monday, April 21st and I’m hosting a group!!! I would love to have you join me. It’s easy, just follow these 3 steps.

1st- Go to the HelloMornings website and register!

2nd- Go to my group page and join!

3rd- Check your inbox for the welcome letter from me and follow the link to join my FB group!

And boom! We’re connected and encouraging each other toward better days by starting off with better mornings.

Christian Community

To Love

To-Love-Blue-Windchime-Snow

If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing. ~1 Corinthians 13:1-3

I recently wrote about the task of identifying my purpose, the thing that I was created to be. It was not a task that came easily to me. I looked online for advice on how to discover my purpose. I made list after list of my priorities, values, talents, and desires. Identifying these things wasn’t helping. I got frustrated. Then I stumbled onto an article by Steve Pavlina, How to Discover Your Life Purpose in About 20 Minutes. It sounded too good to be true.

I skimmed the article. Because it was long and I was feeling very impatient by that point. Steve’s advice sounded all touchy-feely and unscientific and totally opposite of all the advice I had read before. But I was won over by the simplicity of it and decided to try it anyway. Steve’s plan:

  1. Take out a blank sheet of paper or open up a word processor where you can type (I prefer the latter because it’s faster).
  2. Write at the top, “What is my true purpose in life?”
  3. Write an answer (any answer) that pops into your head. It doesn’t have to be a complete sentence. A short phrase is fine.
  4. Repeat step 3 until you write the answer that makes you cry. This is your purpose.

Steve says in his article that it took him 25 minutes and 106 answers before he finally found the one that was his. He suggested it would take the average person 15-20 minutes. It took me less than 5 when at answer 11 I burst into tears (maybe the list making had helped more than I realized, lol).

I sat feeling rather stunned at my answer. Not only had Steve’s advice actually worked (Whoo-hoo!) but the answer was not at all what I had expected. At first I thought maybe I was just feeling tired or something. So I took a minute to pull myself back together and clear my head. When I came back and read the statement again I again burst into tears. Something in what I had written resonated deeply within me.

What I wrote, unedited: To share myself with others on a highly intimate level knowing that by doing so I am revealing God’s heart to them that they might see and know His grace and mercy unending.

I teared up again when I read it to my business coach. He was excited, but concerned it might be too wordy. I’m a writer, I kinda dig wordy. So we compromised. We narrowed it down to two words and then followed that with an explanation.

My purpose is to love; sharing myself on an intimate level thereby revealing God’s heart so others will know His grace and mercy unending.

To love? Yes. To love my husband? Yes. To love my children? Yes. To love you? Definitely.

My answer made me cry because it involves what feels like a great risk on my part. To share myself, my thoughts, my story- that’s risky behavior. But to die without revealing God’s heart, passion, and love for you- that’s a fate far worse. My life will have been meaningless, a chasing after the wind if I don’t fulfill this purpose.

And so I choose to love, to share, to reveal.

“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” ~John 13:34-35

New

New Spring Flowers BloomPhoto used with permission from Connie Etter Photography

New is a beautiful word. It covers the past and breaths hope over the future.
New points us in another direction. New redirects our path. New restores a life.

Spring is new in action. Rebirth meets new life. Hard earth melts and gives way for new growth and this is the grace of God. This is the promise He keeps.

He is making me new.

He calls softly to me through the newness of spring. He tugs at my heart and whispers love to my soul.

The spring comes full of promise every year and there’s nothing you or I or anyone can do about it. It’s all in His hands. The same is true of you and me. The newness He grows in us comes regardless of what has been spoken by others. It comes regardless of our past. It comes in spite of our broken places. It comes because He wills it to come.
This change, this new, this wonderful hope of spring eternal.

God instead invites us into a beautiful, scandalously grace-filled relationship. Within this bond he remakes us not by breaking our wills but by lovingly shaping us like a potter molding clay.
~Holley Gerth

Like the warmth of spring melts the hard earth, so too God softens our hardened hearts. As He molds us and remakes us we learn to trust Him. We learn to see Him. We learn to follow Him closer. And this, this is the secret of how new happens. In the daily dullness of our lives the light of the SON comes breaking through revealing who we were created to be. The shadows of the past disappear in the brightness. The broken places become smooth in His warm capable hands and we… We are restored.

Breathe it in, friends. Dare yourself to go outside and breath in the freshness of the spring that is coming- is here, and allow yourself to believe and receive the new thing you have become. Arms wide open. Breathe it all in.

Father in Heaven, we are so grateful for the way your love changes us. We are so in awe of your power and your majesty. Renew our hearts today, Lord. Restore our faith. Melt away the hardness of winter and breathe new life into our souls. In Jesus precious name, Amen.

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