Monday, May 19, 2014

Coffee date.

If we were having coffee together today I'd have you over, we would sit on our back porch in the warm sun, with our coffees and talk the morning away.
{mmmmm, breakfast quinoa. Recipe from Bread & Wine by Shauna Niequist}

I would tell you about how I've been challenged in the best of ways as I study God's Word on contentment with the DePaul women I mentor. This study is hitting me hard, and calling me out, and shedding light on the areas of my heart and mind that need that kind of work that only God can work on. The kind of work that I'd like to try to work out on my own, but I know is a lost cause without Him. 

I thank God for the restlessness in my soul that reminds me this world does not satisfy. 
Complete satisfaction comes from God and God alone, and I know that, but so often I get off track. (Thank you Lord for your grace that pulls me back to where I need to be.) I have honestly been asking the Lord to show me where I am discontent. In what areas of my life am I going to something or someone to fill something only HE can fill? In what areas of my life have I let disappointment take over to the point where bitterness and anger have taken root? I am asking that God would help me to discover how HIS LOVE can satisfy the longings of this heart of mine. 

As we continue to soak up the sun that the whole city has been longing for, I would ask for your prayers as I continue to seek God with this blog and my Etsy shop. I have felt this prompting or urge or however you would describe it to just stop, talk to the Lord, and listen to what He wants for these two things that are so near and dear to me. I've felt stuck, but also have ideas. Have not known what to write, but also have thoughts in my mind that need to get out. I want what He wants for the blog and the shop and if I am headed down a path that isn't lead by Him, I don't want it. 

I want everyone who reads my blog to know how deeply loved they are by Jesus, and how a relationship with Him is the most incredible thing in the world. I want you all to feel known even if you and I don't know each other personally. I want to produce products in my shop that are made with excellence, quality, and love. I want to use the talents, skills and gifts God has given me to produce good things. 
On the blog and in the shop. 

As I pray and seek and listen, I am continuing to move forward with these two things. And if one ounce  of my heart isn't giving God all the glory, I am asking Him to put me in check. 

As we go grab a refill and head back outside, I would want to know just as many details as I've given you. The good stuff. The difficult stuff. And everything in between. It's these kinds of moments that fill the soul. 
It is quite beautiful if you ask me. 

Let me know how I can be praying for you. And thanks for stopping by. See you next time! xo


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