Friday Finds: Fuel for the Weekend

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Dear, dear [FRIENDS]…

“I can’t tell you how much I long for you to enter this wide-open, spacious life. We didn’t fence you in. The small ness you feel comes from within you. Your lives aren’t small, but you’re living them in a small way. I’m speaking as plainly as I can and with great affection. Open up your lives. Live openly and expansively.”

(2 Corinthians 6:11, MSG)

“Fear is a manipulative emotion that can trick us into living a boring life.” -Donald Miller, A Million Miles in a Thousand Years

Here’s to a weekend filled with stories to tell, moments shared, and adventures to be had!

Following,
Ginger

Friday Finds: Words for Change

These are a few of the quotes captured in my journal this week as I researched and wrote about seasons, changes, and transitions. I hope they encourage your heart as they have mine.

“It is always the simple things that change our lives. And these things never happen when you are looking for them to happen. Life will reveal answers at the pace life wishes to do so. You feel like running, but life is on a stroll. This is how God does things.” ― Donald Miller

“Remember He is the artist and you are only the picture. You can’t see it. So quietly submit to be painted—i.e., keep fulfilling all the obvious duties of your station (you really know quite well enough what they are!), asking forgiveness for each failure and then leaving it alone.You are in the right way. Walk—don’t keep on looking at it.”  -C.S. Lewis, The Collected Letters of C.S. Lewis, Volume 3: Narnia, Cambridge, and Joy, 1950 – 1963

“Look at the many ‘if’ questions we raise: What am I going to do if I do not find a spouse, a house, a job, a friend, a benefactor? What am I going to do if they fire me, if I get sick, if an accident happens, if I lose my friends, if my marriage does not work out, if a war breaks out? What if tomorrow the weather is bad, the buses are on strike, or an earthquake happens? What if someone steals my money, breaks into my house, rapes my daughter, or kills me?”

Jesus says simply, “Make your home in me, as I make mine in you.” -Henri Nouwen

“Wait with hope for the LORD. Be strong, and let your heart be courageous. Yes, wait with hope for the LORD.” (Psalm 27:14,GWT)

Happy Friday!

Following,

Ginger

Sacrifice

“I was in San Francisco recently staying at this bed and breakfast place for people who are in the city to do ministry.  It was a small house, but there were probably fifteen people living there at the time.  The guy who ran the place, Bill, was always making meals or cleaning up after us, and I took note of his incredible patience and kindness.  I noticed that not all of us did our dishes after a meal, and very few people thanked him for cooking.  One morning, before anybody woke up, Bill and I were drinking coffee at the dining room table.  I told him I lived with five guys and that it was very difficult for me because I liked my space and needed my privacy.  I asked him how he kept such a good attitude all of the time with so many people abusing his kindness.  Bill set down his coffee and looked me in the eye.  “Don,” he said.  “If we are not willing to wake up in the morning and die to ourselves, perhaps we should ask ourselves whether or not we are really following Jesus.” Donald Miller, Blue Like Jazz

Then Jesus said to his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will find it.”
-Matthew 16:24-25, NIV

I think I have a lot to learn about following.

Following,
Ginger

Waiting with Hope

“Your hope cannot be put in some dreamed-up future. It must be in the God who knows your past, present and future, and loves you enough to give you the best.” Lady in Waiting by Debby Jones and Jackie Kendall

“Wait with hope for the LORD. Be strong, and let your heart be courageous. Yes, wait with hope for the LORD.”
-Psalm 27:14, GWT

Are you waiting with hope or with frustration? (Asking myself that same question today.)

Waiting,
Ginger

With the rest

“Make the most of your talents, and trust God with the rest.  These words ring true…

Most of the people I know, myself included, haven’t done so well with the trusting God with the rest.  Many of my friends and I find trusting, in one area of life if not another, tough.

But… what I’ve discovered is that the Talent Giver isn’t twisted; he is gracious.  His response to both our repentance over our foolish failings and our regret over our earnest missteps is surprising.  Our messed-up views of ourselves or him, our misused talents in work or life, and our quiet line crossing do not elcit harshness.  Instead, he forgives at a cost to himself, draws us near, and beckons us to continue with him.  Somehow he turns our mistakes- our stumbling blocks- into stepping -stones for the journey forward… we’re set free to do the best we can with what we have and grow to trust God with the rest.” –Connally Giliam, Revelations of a Single Woman

Question: Do you ever fear that your choices will throw God’s plan out of wack?  Do you fear making big decisions because you think you will choose the wrong option?

This week we are going to talk about our choices, our talents, and thankfully… our freedom.

Listening and following,
Ginger

Friday Finds: Simple Joys

I love words.  I just started the millionth journal of my life this week.  My journals are filled with quotes, clippings, letters, verses, lists, plans, prayers, hopes, needs, dreams… you name it.

As I’ve prepared for our joy series this week I’ve jotted a few quotes down about joy and being satisfied in the Lord in my journal.  I hope they bring you encouragement today!

“Joy is the infallible sign of the presence of God.” -Madeleine L’Engle

“There’s nothing more contradictory than an unenthusiastic Christian. The Bible tells us that God loves us so much, in fact, that God gave his only son so that all who believe in him will have everlasting life. Nothing not even death can separate us from God’s love! If we really believe that, we can’t help but overflow with joy!”  -Ronald Newhouse

“If you don’t feel strong desires for the manifestation of the glory of God, it is not because you have drunk deeply and are satisfied. It is because you have nibbled so long at the table of the world. Your soul is stuffed with small things, and there is no room for the great.” -John Piper

With much joy,
Ginger

Friday Finds: Quotes

I’m happily sharing some of my favorite ADVENTURE quotes this week.  I have gobs of them.  Oodles of them.  I’m hoping one or two jump out and inspire you today.

“Strong lives are motivated by dynamic purpose.” (Kenneth Hildebrand)

“Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow.” (Ronald E. Osborn)

“A large volume of adventures may be grasped within this little span of life, by him who interests his heart in everything.” (Laurence Sterne)

“Make no mistake.  God tests our willingness to follow Him in obedience even if no one will or can go with us.  We won’t embrace with both hands what God has for us if we hold our old lives with a death grip.” (Beth Moore)

“He (Jesus) is inviting us on a divine adventure.  He’s calling us to be spiritual pioneers, explorers, and even warriors.  To respond to this calling is to accept that you will be a sojourner relinquishing the security of being a settler.” (Erwin McManus)

“…Sometimes when we listen, we are led into places we do not expect, into adventures we do not always understand… But one does not have to understand to be obedient.” (Madeleine L’Engle)

“It is a dangerous thing to underestimate your role in the story.  You will lose heart, and you will miss your cues.” (John Eldredge)

“The Christian is the one whose imagination should fly beyond the stars.” (Francis A. Schaeffer)

“We are not created to watch from the sidelines.  We were created in the image and likeness of God, to hear His voice and journey with Him.” (Erwin McManus)

“But we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who believe and are saved.” Hebrews 10:39, NIV

Have any you love?  Care to share?

Have a FABULOUS weekend!

Following,

Ginger