Friday, July 22, 2011

Metamorphosis

"But God is good. He has his plan and it is not to make this metamorphosis easy. Just certain. There are a thousand lessons to be learned in the process. Nothing is wasted. Life is not on hold waiting for the great coming-out. That's what larvae do in the cocoon. But frogs are public all the way though the foolishness of change."
-John Piper, from "Letter to an Incomplete, Insecure Teenager." Desiring God Blog

I read this post about a week ago.  In it, Pastor John Piper is giving life advice to a teenager who wrote to him.  He uses the illustration of a tadpole turning into a frog to show how God uses life to transform us.  Unlike a butterfly, a frog is in the public eye during his awkward change from "child" to "adult...no hiding in a cocoon here!   Piper reminds the teenager that instead of looking at his own awkward progress, looking to God and forgetting ourselves in the life He has for us brings fulfillment.  I needed that reminder.  Often, I feel like this teenager...that I am just waiting for that life to happen and I believe that it will happen when I am less anxious, when I can make friends more easily, when I go back into the workforce, when I join the right play group.  Notice how all of those "life" happenings begin with "I"?  Our selves are so hungry for recognition and improvement...but reality and God is calling us not to look at our selves for fulfillment, but to God.  Piper emphasizes that in the stuff of life, it is imperative that we focus on God's glory.  His glory can be found in nature and in others.  Isn't that so different from how the world tells us to improve our lives by improving ourselves?  I must return to this post often and encourage myself...in the painfulness and foolishness (or frogginess, as the case may be!) of change or the everyday routine, God is working in me.  No matter how awkward or painful the process, if I choose to forget myself He will bring me into true Life: a life lived for Him and for others.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

25

"Count your many blessings, name them one by one, and it will surprise you, what the Lord hath done."
-Johnson Oatman Jr.  "Count Your Many Blessings"

I turned 25 today.  In a conversation with my grandma I joked that I think I will stay this age for a while...it sounds old enough!  A friend on Facebook also wished me a Happy Birthday and suggested that I think about what I am thankful for today...a great idea!  Here's a list of 25 random things I am very thankful for:

1.  I am redeemed, forgiven and loved by Jesus Christ and will spend eternity glorifying Him, both here on this earth and in my future home in Heaven.

2.  I have husband who works very hard, comes home every night, adores his daughter and adores me despite my faults.

3.  I have an amazing twin sister who is also my best friend.

4.  I have a beautiful, healthy baby girl who means more to me than I ever could have imagined.

5.  I have a great family that has an amazing sense of humor!

6.  I am blessed to have a great relationship with my in-laws and privileged to be part of their families (they also have an amazing sense of humor!).

7.  I get to stay at home with my daughter and care for her and our home: a dream of mine since I was a teenager.

8.  I have a home!

9.  I have an Old English Sheepdog who loves me unconditionally.

10.  My husband cooked breakfast, fed the baby and made our bed this morning!

11.  My husband has a job at a family friendly ministry.

12.  I have very good neighbors who love my daughter and babysit from time to time for free.

13.  I am part of a healthy, vibrant church family.

14.  I have a car that runs well and is paid off.

15.  desiringgod.org

16.  My husband and I finally bought paint to paint the downstairs!

17.  I am healthy.

18.  My family is healthy.

19.  Dunkin Doughnuts is supposedly sending me a coupon for a free drink for my birthday.

20.  I have friends who love me despite my social awkwardness.

21.  I get to cook meals every night for my family.

22.  flylady.net for helping me organize and clean my home-and also know when to stop!

23.  My slow cooker.

24.  this recipe for iced coffee

25. Burn Notice on USA