Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Can it be April - 8 in 2008?!

Oh my goodness, time does just speed on by doesn't it! I wish I could slllloooowww ttthhhiiinnngggsss ddddoooowwwwnnnn! I choose to go back to "Little house on the Prairie" Day's! They seened to have so much time didn't they!
Oh well time marches on! Time to be accountable for my month of intentional living in 2008!
  • To learn to wait on God - This is a wonderful work in progress! God has me in a hold position of sorts right now because I don't know why he has me going to the Precepts training which is this weekend. Sometimes I try to figure out what he's going to do. Well you know where that goes! He alone knows the future and I like that!
  • To practice better hospitality - humm.... I am trying to get better at sending out cards. I haven't gone to the Nursing home yet with Bekah. I really want to do that!
  • To speak truth in love and to stop gossip before it happens - Truth in love has taken a hard hit. This deals with issues that I have always had a hard time with. Currently there is an "elephant in the room" in a very close relationship of mine. What is hard is finding the time to sit and talk it out. That is another thing I've never really learned successfully how to talk things out. I also don't want to do it over the phone. So I sit and wait for the appropriate time.
  • To pray for others more. To pray for the salvation of my family (extended) - I think this is about the same as last month. I'm not going backwards.
  • To take better care of God's temple - I'm feeling better in this area. I joined the accountability group over at CWO-Living Well. The women are all so encouraging and supportive. Steve and I have started walking again. I am journaling (somewhat). I've never been really good at that, but I must keep trying. I am focusing more on God and what he wants for me. So all in all even with some set backs I march forward.
  • To study 8 books of the bible - I just finished my study of the book of Acts. It was great! I received so much instead into Paul, but also saw how God sometimes chooses to work. Here are just a couple of things that stand out in my mind:
  • Persecution will happen when you follow Christ.
  • The gospel is spread through persecuted people.
  • Edit: I just wanted to explain a little more about this. Not that anyone has said anything against it, but I feel I need to. God works through all his people, but I noticed in the book of Acts that the gospel was spread through persecuted people scattering to other areas and speaking about Christ. I don't want anyone to think that the gospel is only spread through persecution.
  • God has a plan for each one of us that he will accomplish in His time.
  • You cannot forever "kick against the goads".
  • God's plan will advance. He will get you to where he wants you. I love how he could've just told Paul to go to Rome, but instead Paul had to go through alot of hard situations before getting there. God says to Ananisis in Acts 9:15-16 But the Lord said to Ananias, "Go! This man is my chosen instrument to carry my name before the Gentiles and their kings and before the people of Israel. I will show him how much he must suffer for my name." Isn't that cool! The thing is too Paul knew that he would suffer and went willingly, even desiring to suffer for Christ! WOW! Needless to say I so enjoyed my time in Acts. Now I am studying Malachi (with our small group) and Galatians.
  • To memorize 8 verses - This is going well. I am involved in Evangelism Explosion so I am re-memorizing verses from my youth there.
  • Last but not least To Organize all the closets, bookshelves ans storage areas in my house. It took me until just last week, but I finally cleaned out my bathroom closet! (no picture sorry). It was in major disarray. It looks so nice and neat now. Right now I am working on our storage room down stairs. It is a mess! My sister and I are having a garage sale on May 1st or 2nd, so I am down there pulling everything out that we will be selling. Then it's on to the bedroom closets starting with mine and Steve's.
  • Well that is the full report. It's funny I love structure, so this so keeps me in line. I don't know if that's good or bad, but it's effective!
  • Come see others who are being intentional and cheer them on over at Extravagant Grace!
  • Have an Awesome April!

12 comments:

Denise said...

I think you are doing a very good job my friend.

twinklemom said...

Wow! I'm just wow!
Persecution will happen when you follow Christ.
The gospel is spread through persecuted people.
God has a plan for each one of us that he will accomplish in His time.
You cannot forever "kick against the goads".
God's plan will advance. He will get you to where he wants you. I love how he could've just told Paul to go to Rome, but instead Paul had to go through alot of hard situations before getting there. God says to Ananisis in Acts 9:15-16 But the Lord said to Ananias, "Go! This man is my chosen instrument to carry my name before the Gentiles and their kings and before the people of Israel. I will show him how much he must suffer for my name."


That was just a great reminder and so true!

The Christian walk isn't going to be easy and we won't be best friends and sometimes we may or may never see fruitation of our efforts but so long as we keep our eyes focused on God, we will always be able to perservere through Him!

Lovely post!

Linda said...

"The gospel is spread through persecuted people." I daresay I'm not very persecuted. I work in a church, and it just seems my contact with nonbelievers is minimal.

helenw13 said...

Once a month I return here and I am always reminded of how much I like each and everyone of your "8".

I think you are doing so well...wow!

I really like your take home from the book of Acts...

Isn't it funny how it seems to take forever to get to an area to purge and organize...then once it is done...it feels so great and we wonder what took so long...ha! Enjoy the peace that will come with all your hard work!
Thanks for your comments and I appreciate your saying that I should not do more physically than I should...I need to hear that...thanks!

Have a blessed week and month ahead!

Helen

Just Me said...

You are making good progress. Keep up the good work.

ValleyGirl said...

I find it interesting that so many of us seem to have very similar goals!

It sounds like you've done well with keeping your goals in mind and working towards them ~ keep it up!!

Cheryl said...

You have an awesome blog! I love spending time here, I feel right at home. I can always relate to your post. Thanks! Have a good week!

Shari said...

"God has a plan for each one of us that he will accomplish in His time." Amen! This has kind of been a personal theme for me this year - God's will.

I think it's great that you have a goal to study 8 books of the Bible this year. Maybe I should do that, too. I've already done Genesis (which is a very adventurous book) and now I'm part way through 1 Corinthians.

I'm going to check into 8 in 2008 and see if it's not too late to join.

Joanne said...

You got me with the 'organize' every closet...

I will be watching you for any tips you have there!

Shelly said...

very nice! GOD IS AWESOME!

Elisa said...

What a great list and insightful update. I was excited to read your thoughts on Acts, as I'm about to beginning reading it, too. I'm sure there is much God will teach me through this exploration of His Word.

Keep on keeping on for the Lord! Your testimony is a blessing!

See you again!

Elisa

eph2810 said...

It is so neat that you have kept going on organizing your spaces. I really need to make a plan for that as well.

Oh - I so love the Book of Acts. You know - you pointed out about the Gospel spreading through persecution. I think you have a point there. I would say that the Gospel is shared through all His people, but it seems that sometimes people tend to listen more when under persecution (not sure if that makes sence). Look at the countries today where Christianity is under persecution? His Word spreads much faster :)

Thank you for sharing your up-date on your 8.

Blessings to you and yours...