Blogging Elul – Day 3: Bless

Blogging Elul

I love that the Greek word in the New Testament for “blessing” means “to experience the fullness of God.” God is big. God is full. To experience all of God will take forever. But we will know all of who God is when we choose to travel with God and God’s people and see where God is at work.

You’re Blessed – Matthew 5 (The Message)

5 1-2 When Jesus saw his ministry drawing huge crowds, he climbed a hillside. Those who were apprenticed to him, the committed, climbed with him. Arriving at a quiet place, he sat down and taught his climbing companions. This is what he said:

3 “You’re blessed when you’re at the end of your rope. With less of you there is more of God and his rule.

4 “You’re blessed when you feel you’ve lost what is most dear to you. Only then can you be embraced by the One most dear to you.

5 “You’re blessed when you’re content with just who you are—no more, no less. That’s the moment you find yourselves proud owners of everything that can’t be bought.

6 “You’re blessed when you’ve worked up a good appetite for God. He’s food and drink in the best meal you’ll ever eat.

7 “You’re blessed when you care. At the moment of being ‘care-full,’ you find yourselves cared for.

8 “You’re blessed when you get your inside world—your mind and heart—put right. Then you can see God in the outside world.

9 “You’re blessed when you can show people how to cooperate instead of compete or fight. That’s when you discover who you really are, and your place in God’s family.

10 “You’re blessed when your commitment to God provokes persecution. The persecution drives you even deeper into God’s kingdom.

11-12 “Not only that—count yourselves blessed every time people put you down or throw you out or speak lies about you to discredit me. What it means is that the truth is too close for comfort and they are uncomfortable. You can be glad when that happens—give a cheer, even!—for though they don’t like it, I do! And all heaven applauds. And know that you are in good company. My prophets and witnesses have always gotten into this kind of trouble.

Friday Five: Keep Calm and Cowgirl Up!

revkjarla writes:

O.K., so it is the second Friday of August, and I don’t know about you, but, REALLY????? 1/3 of the way through August?

Seriously, though, the last month has been charged with so much professionally and personally, and my mantra has been, “Keep Calm and …….”,  filling in the blank many ways.  Sometimes its “and breathe”, sometimes it’s “and pray”,  and other times it’s “and call your friends”, which seems to be the most used one, because my friends are the souls that remind me to breathe, pray, laugh–and even sometimes, to “cowgirl up!”

So, in that spirit, here is your Friday Five:

1.  First, how are you doing? What’s going on with you?

Thanks so much for asking. I have to say that all but one area of my life is going swimmingly. We’re getting into the busy season at my job so I’ve got a lot going on there. Unfortunately, my pastor is leaving our church. That sucks because I love her, but I know that her new call is the right thing for her. I’m transitioning into a more elevated leadership role in the worship planning and leading areas. I’m working with my parents to plan their 50th wedding anniversary party in October. So far, my favorite is the cake tasting appointments. Floral designers to be called, mannequins to be borrowed, catering to be arranged. It’s all very fun, but if I ever get married – backyard, family, small, no big deal. This stuff is crazy. The one area that’s not going well? Let’s just say it’s broken-heart-related, but I’m cowgirling up on that as well, and it will all be fine.

At the moment, what’s going on with me is that I’m struggling to sleep well. I go through cycles of insomnia and it seems I’m in a big one. I’m physically and mentally exhausted all day and then as soon as I hit the bed – DING – wide awake. It freaking sucks. I’m hoping tonight is my lucky night.

2.  Is there anything you need to Keep Calm and Cowgirl Up for?

My busy season at work which coincides with fall/advent/holiday stuff at church and in life. Jesus, take the wheel.

3.  If you were going to make a “Keep Calm and __________” logo for a t-shirt, what would it be?

I kind of like the original, because I’m pretty much like that. However, If I was going to make one, it would probably have to do with comfort food or pharmaceuticals. like “Keep Calm and Pop a Xanax” or “Keep Calm and Grab a Fro Yo”.

4.  What are you looking forward to in the next week or so?

I have a busy week of some social activities, church stuff, friends visiting and a church leadership retreat. All good stuff, but the big thing I’m looking forward to – HAIR APPOINTMENT!

5.  Use the following words in a sentence:     cape, river, dancing, paws, glory

The Gopher Queen rubbed her paws together gleefully, swept her cape off her shoulders and danced her way up the river and into glory.