What HE says…

 

“It’s in Christ that we find out who we are and what we are living for. Long before we first heard of Christ and got our hopes up, he had his eye on us, had designs on us for glorious living, part of the overall purpose he is working out in everything and everyone.”

Ephesians 1:11-12, MSG

Question: What are you living for?

Big topic to cover tomorrow. I hope you’ll weigh in on the conversation.

Following and listening,
Ginger

The life we were meant for

“Scripture breathes wisdom like we breathe oxygen. It can’t not. Through Scripture, God reveals himself. This wisdom cannot be captured, let alone contained, on a neon bumper sticker or rubber bracelet. Wisdom itself invites us to go deeper- right into a relationship with God himself. 

Through wisdom, we learn to love God and love what he loves. We find rich counsel on the life we were meant for- in our families, communities, and world. We discover our personal responsibilities to others. And we unearth how to put love into action.” -Margaret Feinberg, The Organic God

Question: When was the last time you asked the One who created relationships to give you wisdom as you interact with your family?  This week we are heading right to the center of conflict, drama, and hope: loving our families.  I hope you’ll jump in on the conversation.

Following,
Ginger

Buying Joy

 

“We try to get [joy] through entertainment.  We pay someone to make jokes, tell stories, perform dramatic actions, sing song.  We buy the vitality of another’s imagination to divert and enliven our own poor lives.  The enormous entertainment industry in America is a sign of the depletion of joy in our culture.  Society is a bored, gluttonous king employing a court jester to divert it after an overindulgent meal.  But that kind of joy never penetrates our lives, never changes our basic constitution.  The effects are extremely temporary- a few minutes, a few hours, a few days at most.  When we run out of money, the joy trickles away.” -Eugene Peterson

 

This week is all about our stuff.  The good, the bad, and the joyless living.  Question for the week: When you have a bad day, what’s your typical routine to restore the joy?  Shopping?  Eating?  Exercising?  What’s your go-to fix?

Following and listening,
Ginger

Ask

Yesterday I jumped into the discussion that’s been all over the interwebs for the past few weeks. How do you live a good love story?

I want to recognize that not every good love story has to involve a wedding here on earth. Marriage is not the end all, be all culmination of this life. It’s not the goal. It’s certainly not the climax in the story. It’s simply a possible addition to the arc in your story. Plenty of men and women have lived single lives full of far more love than some marriages will ever demonstrate. As I said in the previous post, you start living a good love story by LIVING your life rather than waiting for life to happen to you.

Now that we’ve got that out in the open, I want to point out that V’s question specifically boiled down to requesting advice for someone hoping to one day be married: “Do you have any practical advice for what Christian singles can do to prepare for a future spouse?”

I went through a really warped time in my relationship with the Lord where I truly thought that unless I could be happy being a lonely, that I was being disobedient. There’s a problem with that line of thinking:

Then the Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper who is just right for him.” (Genesis 2:18, NLT)

I felt like I was being more holy by being completely alone. That’s not good. In fact, GOD says it’s NOT GOOD for us to be alone. Yes, He has given us the gift of marriage, but He has also given us the gift of platonic relationships. When I moved to Arizona I was alone. I could have spent my years watching television, going to the gym, and going to work… but I would have been terribly lonely. Somewhere along the way I realized that I was designed for community and relationship. We all are.

Life is going to contain some lonely bits, but I don’t think you should punish yourself with it. Some seasons will hold more friendships and relationships. Hurray! Others will require that you depend upon the Lord and remain thankful for a small circle of friends.

I also had a time in my life where I honestly believed that as long as I wanted “a someone” or to be married, that God was going to hold out on me until I learned to be content in the current situation. And while God does sometimes desire to teach us patience, there was another problem with my line of thinking.

And so I tell you, keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.

“You fathers—if your children ask for a fish, do you give them a snake instead? Or if they ask for an egg, do you give them a scorpion? Of course not! So if you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him.” (Luke 11:9-13, NLT)

Second piece of practical advice: It’s ok to hope for it! It’s ok to want marriage. It’s ok to want a relationship. It’s ok to ASK for a relationship. Keep a watch on your heart. If you are spending more time praying for “someone” and wanting “someone” than living your life (loving God, loving others, and making disciples), then ask that God would help you to desire Him more than anything else this world has to offer. If you are IN a relationship and that other person has become your everything, ask that God would also show you how He should be the greatest desire of your heart.

We serve a God who loves to give good gifts in His perfect timing. He wants to hear from you and to know the desires of your heart. You don’t have to be ashamed of your requests or fearful of His response. Trust His timing and His desire to see you live an exciting and heroic story full of love.

Following,
Ginger

Thursday Tips: You Tell Me

When you leave here…

…What helps you stay plugged into here?

 

That’s my question for YOU today.

 

I’m curious!  What books, music, tips, practices, postures, places, things, help you to connect to our Father?  I spend so much time talking on this blog that I would love to take a moment to listen.  :)

What are 5 things (disciplines, tips) that cultivate spiritual growth in YOUR life?

Eager to hear and learn from you!

Following,
Ginger

Roll Call

1-2-3-4-5, My name’s Ginger and I say “HI.”

6-7-8-9-10, back it up and meet my friends!

Hello blog friends.  I’m doing some spring cleaning and I was hoping you could help!  I’m wanting to get a feel for the readers that continue to join me here and to see if I can’t do an even better job of connecting.

So if you’re willing will you try out the following, puh-lease?!

Will you leave your name (or initials) and the answer to ONE of the following questions (your choice!) in the comment section?

1.  What book are you currently reading?

2.  What’s the first website you check out every morning?

3.  Did you or will you attend your senior prom?

4.  What makes you smile?

5.  What’s a go-to fix for when you have a really bad day?

That’s it!  Pretty painless right?

One more thing… at 9pm West Coast time TONIGHT I’m going to randomly select one participant from the comment section to win a free iTunes download of the song of your choice!! (Only one entry per person.)

I thought I was finished!  Are you on Facebook or Twitter?  If so, I would love to connect!  Find me!

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Following,

Ginger