Monday, January 12, 2009

I'm sitting here this afternoon with one hundred and one thoughts running through my head. So much to chew on...and yet I am having a hard time forming them into a post. Each time I get started, my cell phone beeps with a new text message. There is some serious Facebook activity going on right now!

Pretty much, all my thoughts can be traced back to one theme. Obedience.

We are barely into this new year and I'm being challenged to live, love and obey in some totally different ways. Ways that just a couple of years ago would have sent me into a tail spin. The heaviness of this is almost suffocating at times. It's what I think about, dream about..pray about...and yet a calmness seems to have covered me.

Several years ago my request of God was that I would come to a place where I did not live unmoved by Him. This year, I have felt this urge to ask Him to move me. Does that make any sense at all?

The girls and I have challenged each other to become "Action Verb Christians" this year, it's time to be a doer of the Word, time to start working this thing out. God has somethings for each of us to do and we are asking Him to show us where to begin. We want to see Him in our every day life, and we want to show Him to someone new every day.

He has given me several opportunities over the last week to once again place my "yes" on the alter. That's scary when you don't know what He's going to ask! But as scary as it is, it is MORE exciting.

So here I am saying publicly...I'm not quite sure what He has in mind or where He's sending me...but for the record...I said yes.


Patty said...

Oh girlfriend I am excited for you!! I had chills as I read that...I can't wait to see what comes next!!

You are right, many conversations in a few weeks!!

Haley said...

Obedience has been a huge thing for me lately as well. I'm not exactly sure what kinds of things you're dealing with. It's not hard to give up the big things, but it's the small things that I have a hard time being obedient to. Does that make sense?? "Action verb Christian"-I love that. I want that and I want my girls to want that as well. Steph, you're awesome and know that I say that because you point me straight to HIM!

Melinda said...

Just wrote about this! 2009 is my year to be a YES-(wo)MAN!

Heather C said...

I love where the Lord is taking you! Have you ever read "The Holy Wild" by Mark Buchanan? AWESOME book! It talks about trusting this huge awesome God, when we have no idea where He will take us... but being willing to surrender our lives to Him. I was captivated by the things it stirred up in my soul for months. Good good stuff... of a great great God!

Leah said...

I am with you!! I have Romans 12: 1-2'd myself every day for months now. I will continue to do it as long as there is breath in my body!! Praying for you this weekend.


Kimberley said...

You GO!!! It is wonderfully exhilarating to just walk forward in faith...waiting on what He will reveal!

I'm glad to know that I'm not the only one who suffers from a crowded brain, a blank, blog, a facebook explosion, and texting mania!!

I'm really enjoying your blog and getting to know you better through your words.

Cindy said...

I love your challenge to be an
"Action Verb Christian". I will try to show Him to someone new every day.

BethAnne said...

Big things.....that's what He has in store...i dont know what they are, but they are Big and exciting and Kingdom impacting because you said yes.

Fran said...

I said the last sentence too. And meant it. He's completely up to something. What in the world?

Yep..your house will be talking soon. We have much to say. And, I think its gonna be gooooood!

So much love,