Savor Prompt #3

Every time I think I have the time to focus on writing/blogging, life happens so I thought this prompt from Savor was fitting.

{Why do you keep yourself busy? What would it look for you to lay down busy, both the drug and the defense?}

I use busyness as a distraction. A distraction from God and a distraction from myself. If I keep myself distracted I don’t have to slow down and process through what God is asking me to notice or do. Stay busy and maybe I won’t hear what God is whispering to me. Keeping the schedule busy, keeps my mind busy. The message had a beautiful verse in Jeremiah 2:25, “”Slow down. Take a deep breath. What’s the hurry? Why wear yourself out? Just what are you after anyway? But you say, ‘I can’t help it. I’m addicted to alien gods. I can’t quit.” Yes just what I am after. What are you after by keeping yourself busy?

We also live in a world that promotes busyness. The busier you are the more important you must be because your calendar is full. What often gets ignored are the people and things we love the most. There is sanity in the slowdown. And if anything I need more sanity in my life. What if I only filled my calendar with things that filled me up? We all have responsibilities and obligations, I get that but not everything in our calendar is a have to. I want to slow down to sweeter pace of life so that I can take company with not only Jesus but my family.

 

in grace and love,

amber

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Savor Prompt #2

{Whose story has helped bring you to a new of understanding and living? Who has been helped by hearing your story, your hard-won understanding?}

The easiest answer to the first questions is Jesus. His story completely transformed my life and Dave’s. His story is constantly revealing a better understanding of God’s grace. Now those other stories that bring me new understanding are friends around me. God created us each uniquely which allows us to interrupt our experiences uniquely as well. Hearing friends share their lives in their own voice gives me new understanding on a variety of topics. This is one of reasons I feel so strongly about being authentic in relationships. Being who we are and open about how living our own unique story has affected us can not only help us understand one another but also you never know who needs to hear your story.

The older I get the more I realize that the life I have lived to this point and the life I am living now can potentially help those around me. Sharing a part of story may help bring clarity or comfort to those around us. While parts of our lives can be painful I feel like those are were the most powerful lessons for ourselves and others. Be confident in the story God gave you and share it with others.

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Savor Prompt #1

{How often are you using the word should? Even if your thoughts? Where are you in the continuum between living and drowning? Be honest with yourself about that, and then with God, and with the people you love and trust.}

Should can be a debilitating word. The list of shoulds can take away from the list of CANs. I use the word should to shame and scold myself: I should be a better mom, I should be a better wife, I should be reading right now, I should be making baked goods and homemade crafts with my kids. The list goes on and on. I am drowning in shoulds instead of living in the world of what I can be doing. Taking little steps of what I can do vs. the endless list of shoulds can change my perspective of what God has planned for me into something tangible not out of reach. God wants me to thrive in His kingdom and right now I’m in the process of getting there but before things can thrive they need to grow. What I can do right now is hand over those dark parts of my life, those should zones, to God. He is the creator, the Great I AM. I want to replace my shoulds with not only cans but I am. I am a child of God. I am given the gift of grace. I am enough. The bible list several I am verses but I want to leave you with this one:

Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; he who comes to Me will not hunger, and he who believes in Me will never thirst. – John 6:35

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Savor by Shauna Niequist

I started the 365 day devotion book Savor by Shauna Niequist and have been really loving it.At the end of each day there is a question that pertains to the devotion so I’ve decided to write some blog posts answering these prompts. I think this will be a fun way and meaningful way to get in the habit or writing and also deepening my faith walk. I’m not sure if I’ll go back and write the 16 previous questions but my posts regarding this topic will be under the Savor page at the top of the blog. Here is the first one. 

 

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