Blogging Elul – Day 5: Know

Oprah knows a lot of things for sure, way more than me. Here’s just a couple of mine.

1. I love my Sunday afternoon naps

2. I will never say no to a pizza

3. Children are my favorite kind of people

4. I need music in my life

5. Football makes me happy

6. Cooking for other people is a way I express love

7. People are better than I think they are

8. Always be kind to the support staff – in a genuine way. They’re the ones who know how things work and will get the job done

9. Don’t take anything personally. It’s rarely about you.

10. People usually talk about the thing they struggle with most

11. Plato was right – everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle

12. Words matter.

13. Waiting is frustrating and painful but usually worth it. Usually.

14. I become a horrible person when I drive – lots of yelling. I don’t want that to be who I really am.

15. I am useless when I don’t get enough sleep.

16. Everyone has an interesting story

17. Use your energy working hard at your job, not at finding ways of getting around doing your job

18. Listening is one of the most powerful things you can do

19. The next most powerful thing is forgiving

20. There’s a difference between being a traveler and being a tourist and most of the time I prefer being a traveler.

Blogging Elul

By Faith…

….Abel offered a sacrifice. Though he died, he still speaks.

.,..Enoch did not experience death

…Noah built an ark

…Abraham set out not knowing where he was going

…Abraham received the power of procreation at an old age

…Isaac blessed Jacob

…Moses chose to share ill-treatment with the people of God

…the people passed through the Red Sea as if it were dry land

…Rahab received the spies in peace

….kingdoms were conquered, promises obtained, lions mouths shut, fire quenched, swords escaped, women received their dead back through resurrection

…all died without receiving the promises, but saw them from a distance and greeted them

(Hebrews 11)

Erin preached about faith today and wow did I need it. I am having to believe God a LOT lately for things that really do seem impossible. Maybe they are. I don’t know. Here’s the thing – I want to believe and I think that God is telling me that they will work out and/or happen but I can’t tell if that’s God saying that or my wishful thinking. It’s easy to look back at the Bible and even at my life and the lives of others and see the big things that God does that require a lot of faith. I’ve been asking for a big thing for a bit now and I don’t know how it’s going to turn out. It’s no Red Sea or chariot of fire, but it’s big to me. As Erin said, faith is choosing to live God’s story rather than the one I would write for myself. In this particular case, the one I would write is pretty good. I’m kind of creative that way. I know God’s is better, but wow, it’s easier to want to live mine because I can see mine in my head. I can’t see God’s. God is keeping this one close to the celestial vest and it’s kind of ticking me off.