*You guys have to relink up, so sorry!!!!
I have a few things this week for “on your heart” link.up.
If you are new here I would love for you to link up!
Just link a post about something that is on your heart, it can be something light & fun or something heavy and vulnerable.
Comparisons can be nasty.
Nasty for everyone involved. Nasty for those you are comparing yourself to, because remember…we never really know what someone is going through, nasty for yourself….let’s be honest it never leads to good places & nasty if you are comparing someone you love to someone else.
For example: birthdays, anniversary, mother’s day…there really aren’t a TON of these “special” days and it can be nasty when you bring blogs, facebook & twitter into the mix.
“Oh wow, Suzie’s kids gave her breakfast in bed, a canoe ride, surprise hotel stay and a limo ride home…..her family must really love her, she must be a mom/ a wife that is WORTHY of those things.”
or this one…
“Wow, Lucy’s boyfriend is really crazy about her. He goes above & beyond for her constantly. She must have something I don’t.”
Who wants to be around someone like that? But how many of us can relate?
Isn’t it a choice?
Can’t we choose to be happy? (I am talking to myself too)
Choose to not play the comparison game.
Choose to celebrate our friend’s blessings & embrace other’s successes?
can we be honest about the yuck in our hearts.
Not everyone can love us and appreciate us just exactly the way we need. We can’t expect people to. That just drives them away anyway.
So lets stop feeling sorry for ourselves, lets change our ways, lets embrace & celebrate, lets be thankful in all things.
You know what I want my husband, kids and friends to say about me?
“I want to be like the Jesus I see in her.”
Can I do that when I am down? Putting myself down? Comparing?
“Our responsibility (as salt) is to make men & women thirsty (for God) because of our lives.”
Are you making people thirsty?
Or are you threatened? Jealous?
Yucky heart stuff here.
Obedience is tough.
Also, I have been thinking all week about the fruit of the spirit. It gets so watered down over the years.
Am I really LIVING these daily, in ALL I say, in ALL I do?
read them slow….
At the beginning of the year I chose the word PEACE. This is what I wrote…
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God. Matthew 5:9
My all time favorite book, “A Beautiful Offering” has a chapter on peace…
“When you decide to live out what you believe. When you decide you want peace in your possession, then you will find out what that looks like & feels like. You begin to pray for God to give you peace. You incorporate peace in your relationships. You decide to respond differently. You speak in love. Act in tenderness. You imitate what you know about peace until it becomes a reality for your character & your life.”
It is so convicting. Dying to your desire. Dying to your flesh.
“He restores what has been broken & heals what has been wounded. I don’t have peace because I figured it all out. I have peace because I believe in Christ.”
I love the idea of imitating what I want to be until one day it just becomes who I truly am. I desire for God to give me peace that passes all understanding. I want a God-given peace that comes from Him living within me. I want to respond differently.
Wouldn’t the greatest honor of all to be told ” You must belong to Jesus, I see Jesus in you.”
And most of all by the people that live with you, the ones who see the yuckiest of you.
Every morning of 2011, I desire to wake up & pray for peace. And hopefully along the way my imitation will become a reality.
I want a lovely, peaceful offering to all that know me.
tell me what is on your heart?
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