God Don’t Need Your Ducks

God Don’t Need Your Ducks

Jumping back into the world of blogging feels a bit like trying to jump into a game of jumprope. Two friends, spinning the rope… you stand watching, waiting for just the right time to jump in, hoping to stay in rhythm with the rope as it swings.

When Holy Spirit told me to take a 6 month break from writing last December, it felt right and good. And, as the weeks progressed into January and February, it was quite obvious that I needed the break, as I wouldn’t have had an extra minute to get my thoughts down and submitted to cyber space.

In mid-June, I felt like it would be time to jump back into the blog world in July but, over the last 11 days, I’ve watched the rope turn, waiting for the right words, the right time. And, as in life, there often is no “right timing” – and sometimes you just have to jump and hope for the best.

A few years ago, my husband spoke a profound statement that rings completely true in this season of life. “God don’t need your ducks.” (Yes, that’s terrible grammar. But yes, that’s the way it really needs to be said.)

I seem to really want to have my, proverbial, ducks in a row. I am a planner – who loves the planning more than the carrying out of the plan. I love schedules and organization, and when there is none, I throw up my hands and just watch the chaos, not quite knowing just what to do. I like schedules. I like new seasons because of the fresh start of getting things in order.

But, lately, there is no order. I feel like I’m watching ducks run around the room like curious toddlers in a new space. I can’t quite get my sh** together as I’d like.

No, as it is, this post is being written at 2am after laying in bed, willing to go to sleep, but the words just started to fill my head and there was no falling asleep. My “ducks” are disobedient children that I can’t control.

And so I will just… jump. Jump into the spinning rope and hope for a rhythm. It’s a game of trust. Trusting that God doesn’t need my ducks in a row and that He truly has the reigns of my life.

Indeed, I speak of a world much bigger than the one of written words on a blog page. Yes, in this season, He is taking away my security of ducks and rows, and He is asking me to trust.

Trust in His faithfulness. Trust in His planning. Trust in His organization. Trust in His calendar.

THIS is not easy for someone He’s gifted to plan, to schedule, to organize. Laying aside the things you do well is dang scary. Because, if you aren’t doing the things you do well, you’re left with the things you don’t do well. And no one likes to suck at life.

But THAT is exactly where I am. Unsure of where and when to jump in… because I don’t want to fail.

Even in that, I am reminded of the familiar verse,

“Each time He said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me.”  (NLT)

2 Corinthians 12:9 is a great verse to quote, a daunting one to live.

I love living in my strengths, my gifts, my capabilities. I love having my ducks in a row and then asking God to come bless the row of ducks. I love already being in the rhythm of the twirling jump rope.

But this time – right now – I am learning to trust that He is able to move without my strengths. He is able to move in weakest moments and without my ducks.

What’s on the Bookshelf Next?

What’s on the Bookshelf Next?

Looking forward to a bit of down time over Christmas vacation? I am! I actually am choosing to be very intentional about not getting caught up in the frenzy of life before Christmas hits.

I have plans to enjoy the next 6 or 7 weeks of holidays. I plan to put my tree up early and enjoy some reading beside the twinkling lights.

There’s nothing like sitting next to a beautiful tree and a fireplace with a hot drink in a beautiful mug, and a book in hand. {I can feel it now}

I haven’t read a book all the way through in months and it. is. time.

I love to read. I go through seasons where I read more and then some when I have less time to read. This has definitely been a season of less but it’s time for that to change!

Below, are a few of the books on my shelf that have been waiting for me. Now, where to start? Any suggestions?

 

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Write 31 Days – Day 29: What’s the Problem?

Write 31 Days – Day 29: What’s the Problem?

“The problem wasn’t that I wasn’t doing the right things, I wasn’t believing the right things.” 

~Marie Sheets~

As believers, it’s so easy to get caught up in the doing. There are lots of good things to do.

But when we’re not finding victory or freedom in life, we need to re-evaluate what our belief system looks like.

Asking the Lord to help us believe and think like He does will lead to living life abundantly and victoriously!

(To read a full article on this quote, click HERE.)

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This is Day 29 of my “31 Days of not-so-famous Quotes” – part of the #write31days challenge. To read all about this 31 day venture, please visit the overview page HERE.

Write 31 Days – Day 28: The Same Story

Write 31 Days – Day 28: The Same Story

“That is a different story… but perhaps it is the same story.” 

~movie line~

And honestly I don’t remember which movie (but it may have been Lord of the Rings). But I love, that as different as each chapter in my story can be, it is all a part of the same story – my story.

The interwovenness in life is truly amazing!

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This is Day 28 of my “31 Days of not-so-famous Quotes” – part of the #write31days challenge. To read all about this 31 day venture, please visit the overview page HERE.

 

Write 31 Days – Day 25: Not Just Healed, Whole

Write 31 Days – Day 25: Not Just Healed, Whole

” God, in His wisdom, knows the way we need to walk, not to just be healed but to be whole.” 

~Mitch Stroda~

Healing is awesome – whether physical, spiritual or emotional. But sometimes we want the instantaneous healing without actually dealing with the root of the problem. We want the headache to go away without dealing with the reason why we have the headache.

But God. He cares more about the root. He cares more about the journey than the destination. He is wise and knows that, as great as healing is, wholeness is even better.

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This is Day 25 of my “31 Days of not-so-famous Quotes” – part of the #write31days challenge. To read all about this 31 day venture, please visit the overview page HERE.

 

Write 31 Days – Day 24: Far Better

Write 31 Days – Day 24: Far Better

“There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind.”

C.S. Lewis

Ok, this one is pretty famous but as we come to the last few days of this challenge, I couldn’t help including it.

It’s a good reminder that as unknown as anyone’s future can be, God’s purposes, plans, and destiny are always good. He leads us from glory to glory. And AMAZING things are ahead!

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This is Day 24 of my “31 Days of not-so-famous Quotes” – part of the #write31days challenge. To read all about this 31 day venture, please visit the overview page HERE.

 

Write 31 Days – Day 21: Get Up!

Write 31 Days – Day 21: Get Up!

“I don’t think you can get up until you can get up, But when you do get up, run!”

~Mitch Stroda~

Sometimes life gets you down. Sometimes it feels hopeless, with no way of ever changing.

In some seasons, it seems many days (sometimes weeks) go by before we have the grace to “get up”. But if we continue to stay plugged into Jesus, the grace will come.

Grace to move on may not come immediately but when it does come, grab it and run forward in life!

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This is Day 21 of my “31 Days of not-so-famous Quotes” – part of the #write31days challenge. To read all about this 31 day venture, please visit the overview page HERE.

 

Write 31 Days – Day 19: Creativity

Write 31 Days – Day 19: Creativity

“I have a right to collaborate with creativity because, I myself, am a product… of creation.”

~Elizabeth Gilbert~

Any time you think you might not be a creative person or have an ounce of creativity in you – think again!

You have been created so creativity runs in your blood. Go and create something today!

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This is Day 19 of my “31 Days of not-so-famous Quotes” – part of the #write31days challenge. To read all about this 31 day venture, please visit the overview page HERE.

 

Write 31 Days – Day 13: Questionable Leadership

Write 31 Days – Day 13: Questionable Leadership

“Leaders who can’t be questioned, end up doing questionable things.”

~Jon Acuff~

I love this but let me clarify my thoughts from the very start. This is not about leaders having to be held in question by just anyone. I think specifically about pastors, and know that some congregants would take this as a license to question their pastor’s motives about everything. Not what this means.

This is about leaders having their safe place. People they can trust their heart with. Everyone should have at least one person – including those in leadership.

When you don’t have anyone to bounce ideas off…

When you don’t have anyone to cheer you on…

When you don’t have any one to share your struggles with…

The enemy likes to come in and begin to wear you down, leading to burnout and often, sin issues.

So, do yourself a favor, pastors and leaders, find someone to be that safe place for you! Let them into your life and let them speak life into you. You’ll be a better leader for it. And you’ll save yourself from some of the attacks of the enemy.

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This is Day 13 of my “31 Days of not-so-famous Quotes” – part of the #write31days challenge. To read all about this 31 day venture, please visit the overview page HERE.

Write 31 Days – Day 12: No Smoking

Write 31 Days – Day 12: No Smoking

“Be yourself and don’t blow smoke.”  

~Ruth Rosenzwieg~

I blogged a bit on this HERE. It’s a line that will stay with me for a long time. The beautiful woman who shared this wisdom is one of the most ‘real’ people I know. She’s godly and wise and funny and a bit edgy.

To me, blowing smoke is that facade, fakey, face you put on when you’ve just been yelling at your kids but someone rings the door bell.

To me, blowing smoke is telling people the nauseatingly perfect Christian answer when it’s far from how you’re actually doing.

To me, blowing smoke is when you live in denial to how you really feel, burying those emotions deep until there’s no where let for them to go but to burst.

To me, blowing smoke is being all dressed up in your Sunday best but hiding dark sin in your heart….

So don’t do it. Don’t blow smoke, y’all. Just be real, be true to yourself, be authentic, be you.

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This is Day 12 of my “31 Days of not-so-famous Quotes” – part of the #write31days challenge. To read all about this 31 day venture, please visit the overview page HERE.