Thursday, June 2, 2016

May's Lessons ...

Let's Share What We Learned in May 2016

It's the end of the month! Time to reflect on what May taught me ...

Here's some thoughts on May listed in no particular order:

1. Any Christian who considers themselves a writer needs to read Susan Shipe's Shepherds With Pens. You're welcome.

2. I want to be an adventurer and have "What's next, Papa?" on my lips!

Romans 8:15-17 The Message (MSG)
This resurrection life you received from God is not a timid, grave-tending life. It’s adventurously expectant, greeting God with a childlike “What’s next, Papa?” God’s Spirit touches our spirits and confirms who we really are. We know who he is, and we know who we are: Father and children. And we know we are going to get what’s coming to us—an unbelievable inheritance! We go through exactly what Christ goes through. If we go through the hard times with him, then we’re certainly going to go through the good times with him!

3. In May, I've been dwelling on the premise that fellowship is a spiritual discipline. Michele Morin appears (again) on my monthly list of learning with her blogpost, Beginners All Our Lives. Can I just say how much I love reading Michele's words? I want to be her when I grow up.

4. Another gem from Michele:

It’s God’s job to distribute the gifts — it’s our job to use them. … Michele Morin, Your Gift is a Platform for God's Glory

5. Beckie Lindsey shared this awesome quote in April, but I came across it in May:

 “Most Christians feed their body three hot meals a day and their spirit one cold snack a week. And they wonder why they’re so weak in faith.” F. Bosworth
6. Pondering this heard on a podcast:

Pay attention to what makes you come alive … Emily Freeman 

7. Ever been subject to self-pity?

“Make your home in my love,” Jesus invites. “Let me be your home.” This Home is a place where there’s room to express sadness and disappointment, anger and fear, and find myself loved in it and not alone, accompanied, and reminded by God’s gentle presence that I, and what I feel and long for, matter.  ... How to Turn Self-Pity into Joy 

8. A sobering, yet challenging thought:

“Our lives preach our own funerals.”… Whitney Capps, “If I’m Going to Finish Well Then I Must Run Well Today.” (First 5 Devotional App) 

9. Lightening up:

This has been a great big journey that's spanned years, not weeks.  But I couldn't be more content and at peace with where I am.  I travel free, I travel light.  When I look around our home, I breathe a contented / grateful, 'ahhh,' instead of a frustrated / overwhelmed, 'ugh.'... Linda Stoll - 5 Game-Changing House Redo Lessons

 10. How to make the devil's day:

“When a Christian shuns fellowship with other Christians, the devil smiles. When he stops studying the Bible, the devil laughs. When he stops praying, the devil shouts for joy.” -Corrie Ten Boom

11. The overarching concept brought home to me in May? Long to-do lists paralyze me. This was quite the revelation to an die-hard list maker like me. I've learned shorter lists free me up. I say this as I glance over at a long to-do list at work that I'm going to break down in to threes. 3 jobs at a time and then we'll work on doing another 3.

My May in Pictures

Has May taught you any lessons? We'd love to know!

If you'd like to read more about discoveries made in May, visit Emily Freeman's blog, here, to view all the links.


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betty said...

You shared some great quotes here and awesome pictures. Things to ponder with those quotes indeed. I think I like the one quote I saw on someone's Facebook wall the other day "God works the night shift, allow him to do so." (or something like that, loosely paraphrased) It has helped me when I wake up in the middle of the night anxious or worried to remember he is working and I try to pray myself back to sleep :)


Barbara In Caneyhead said...

Seems May was a very productive month for you! Pastor likes to say that if you have a Pit Bull and starve him, and a Chihuahua that you feed all the time, sooner or later the Chihuahua is gonna be able to beat the Pit Bull. Feed the spirit, starve the "fleshly" desires.

Barbara, blogging at Life & Faith in Caneyhead

Michele Morin said...

Jerralea, I can't begin to tell you how honored and humbled I am that my words about books impact your walk. Thanks for being on this journey together. We have so much to learn!