Saturday, June 4, 2011

Not Being You denies God His Plans for You

I was flicking through a journal I started a while ago and came across two quotes I had written from 2 very different books.

The first is from "The Hidden Art of Homemaking" by Edith Schaeffer.

If you stop putting off 'homemaking' until your hope of marriage develops into a reality, and start to develop an interesting home right now, it seems to me two things will happen:  first you will develop into the person you could be, as you surround yourself with things that express your own tastes and ideas; and second, as you relax and become interested in areas of creativity, you will develop into a more interesting person to be with, and other people will very likely find that they will enjoy being with you more!

The second is from "The Prophet" by Kahlil Gibran.

You are good when you are one with yourself.
Yet when you are not one with yourself you are not evil. 
In your longing for your giant self lies your goodness: and that longing is in all of you. 
But in some of you that longing is a torrent rushing with might to the sea, carrying the secrets of the hillsides and the songs of the forest.
And in others it is a flat stream that loses itself in angles and bends and lingers before it reaches the shore.
But let not him who longs much say to him who longs little, "Wherefore are you slow and halting?"
For the truly good ask not the naked, "Where is your garment?" nor the houseless, "What has befallen your house?"

We went out today and I grabbed this book off my shelves in case I got time to just sit and read.  In the front invitation it says this.

Do you ever wonder what the purpose of your life is? And do you ever feel like life is piling up on you faster than you can push your way forward? That your days are doomed before dawn? That you'll never get it all done?  That there has to be more to life than this?
Well, we can both thank God that there is hope for our hearts and answers to our heart-cries. Our lives were created by God.. and He knows what His purposes for us are and how He wants us to live them out. 

The thoughts that gelled together in my mind were that God created me, He has a plan for me, a purpose for my life.  To deny that I am a person with longings and dreams and to not work on those longings and towards those dreams is to deny God the opportunity to use my life for the purpose I am created for.

When I ignore those little niggles to do something, to create a home, to share my strengths, to work on my weaknesses, when I hide from God I am denying my purpose.  And I don't know what that purpose is, and maybe I never will, but I don't have the right to ignore those promptings, my righteous longings.  God knows me and my life purpose and I should just get on with living this life, living my life with passion, and with heart.  Be who I am meant to be because that is what He intends for me, wishes for me, for my own good.

Are you living the life God intends for you?  Or do you just get too busy to listen when He tries to prompt you and prod you on the path He intends for you?

Something to think about,


  1. Love this Jen. Thinking on these very things myself lately. A lot of what I have been dwelling on is my season of service and not resenting that or fearing that I will lose myself in the process. Just read this morning "Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it". I can just get on and do the next thing and I know God has got my back!! He knows my desires and will not see me forgotten. Thanks for the reminder Jen. Have a great week.

  2. Sometime I wonder if I am living the life God intended me to live especially now that my sons are all grown up and becoming independent. It is now that in look back and go "should I have done things differently", "where did I go wrong". But of course these thoughts don't change anything at all. I take each day as it comes and await God instructions for me. I am planning for tomorrow I will leave this in Gods hands.


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