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. Bosworth6. 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. “” 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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