Passionate Pursuit {day 11}: Changed

IMG_0550You’re different.  You’ve changed… in a good way.
Ever thought or said that about someone?

I like to think my kids have thought this about me over the years… since they’ve certainly seen me at my worst – more times than I could count. I wish it didn’t take my ugliest moments to grab my attention to pursue more passionately God’s grace and guidance for maneuvering the day, the relationship or a circumstance.

Drawing near to Him, change happens. Good change. God molds our heart, the catalyst behind every thought, word and deed.

Proof breaks out. Subtly. Sweetly.
In our words, attitude, decisions, perspective and relationships.
In person. On the phone. In a text, email or card.

Our children experience us new. Being transformed by God.

Wearing God’s grace, we are testimony.
Testimony about the faithful God we’re telling them about.

God shows us who we can truly be. Who He created us to be.

“And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. for this come from the Lord who is the Spirit.” (2 Corinthians 3.18)

Passionate Pursuit {day 1} : Knowing God

DSC01990 I’m kinda scared to be a mom.  
I didn’t handle that too well.
I hope I survive this.
I really feel alone among my friends who are moms.
I had no idea this could be so hard.

Being a mom IS hard. And being a mom is FULL OF WONDER.

We didn’t make ourselves mothers. God performed this miracle.
He has an amazing plan for us, for our child and for our relationship.

Doesn’t it make sense to stay in really close touch with the One who created our child, knows every detail of our character and life – and has already written the days for all of us?

God alone knows the next minute.
A conversation opportunity. An impending challenge. An experience we won’t want to miss.
The way for us to handle…EVERYTHING…including our child – and our self.

He wants to walk with us.  He wants us to walk with Him.

Passionate Pursuit.

DSC01993He’s the ONE AND ONLY Person we can know, that by knowing Him our character can be transformed. Our living can be redeemed. Our life can be changed for eternity.

Throughout scripture, in creation and in our life experiences God reveals His desire for us to know Him. He made Himself known to mankind – before any of us were born.

“He (Jesus) is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation… For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell…” (Colossians 1.15,19)

He wants us to know Him fully.
Not sorta.
Fully.

Better and better every day.

God wants us to know Him best.  Way more than every person we know well.
No one pursues us to make themself known to us like God does.

His fully disclosing invitation sits on the table of our hearts. Do we accept or send our regrets?

DSC01991This theme has been percolating in my heart for a while now.

In my morning devotional time, often I find myself jotting notes in my journal’s margin about it. Notes for me. Notes that I want to share with you. So that’s what I’m going to do here for the next few weeks. I pray you’re encouraged and challenged, like I am.

Why am I so passionate about this theme?

Knowing God is the key to raising our children.
Knowing God is the key to raising our children to know Jesus.
Knowing God is the key to living in relationship with our grown children – and their children.
Knowing God is the key to living our life to the fullest measure that God intends.
Knowing God is the key to eternal life.

Dear God,
We want to know you more. To know you best. Open our heart to pursue You with abandon. To live the life You’ve created us to live – with You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Meanwhile, We Pray…

Scan_8When our children were really young, a mom of teens shared, “I pray almost every day for each of our children’s mate.”

Silently I thought, “Well, that’s a good prayer. But that’s a long ways down the road. I’ll add it later.”

My mind already overflowed with prayer needs for the current season.
Potty-training, sharing, sleep, wellness…
…Patience, guidance and getting everything done.

Because it wasn’t pressing, I wasn’t motivated.

075_75Several years after Terrell and I were married, an older couple approached me at an event my husband and I were attending. After introducing themselves, one said, “We’re so glad to meet you. We prayed for years for you.” They attended my husband’s church when he was single.

No words. Strangers praying for me, a stranger. For my path and development over many years.

That day I jotted some prayers in my Quiet Time journal that I pray daily for each of our children and their mate. Here are a few: That they love Jesus most. That they love, honor and cherish each other. That they’re each other’s best friend.

To love Jesus most is a lifelong journey. Learning to love, honor and cherish another person is learned over the course of lots of relational experiences, the painful and pleasant. Understanding how to be a good friend takes time, which often includes trial.

get-attachment-68.aspxOur son Ellison asked a beautiful young woman to marry him a few months ago. Her name is Carter. Our whole family is excited and thankful to God. They love Jesus most. They love, honor and cherish each other and they’re each other’s best friend.

What a privilege God gives us to stand in the gap praying for our children and for those they will love – for their protection and development. And for their continued growth throughout their lives.

“First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people…” (1 Timothy 2.1)