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Using Our Blessings

I lead one of the women’s Bible study groups Tuesday mornings at our church. We have one week left in the Sweeter Than Chocolate study of Hebrews 11. It is not my group’s favorite style, so I have been challenging them each week with an application.

Last week’s homework covered Solomon and Jeroboam. Both men were given many blessings by God and both failed to use all those blessings for God. Solomon writes about his regrets in Ecclesiastes 2.

This was the challenge I gave them this morning:

Like Solomon and Jeroboam, we are given many blessings by God. Many of us have seen Him at work in our lives, but over time, we become like the Israelites, stiff-necked and wanting to blend in. Consider something you have been given (time, money, food, a talent) and think of how you could use this thing for the Lord. Then go do it!

I thought about this challenge yesterday afternoon while I folded laundry. Yesterday was the first day I made any kind of dent in my To Do list because that morning I got up and handed it over to God. That is a story for another day, but because I gave Him my time, I had more time to think and that laundry finally got folded.

I am a compulsive writer. If I go too many days without writing something, I get grumpy. Ries can attest to the truth of that statement. I have been blogging for a long time because it fills that need. I have written three books, one published, one out to publishers, and one draft. I write. Prolifically. Most writers would tell you this is true for them too. It does not make me unique.

Off and on over the last few years, I would get the idea that I should write more about my life with God or my thoughts about Him, but I brush that aside a soon as I can.  I liked having my work life separate from my home/church life. It was much easier that way, but it was not the best way.

I have avoided writing posts here or on my professional blog that have too much God in them. The exception being when Gideon was in the hospital. My reasons for holding back are many and none of them are good. Mostly, I think I was not ready to be the person online that I have been growing into the past 34 years of my life.

Enough of that.

Again, while folding laundry I was thinking of the talents I have that I am not using for God. Writing was the one that loomed largest. Yes, I have publishing ambitions, but that is farther down the road. I needed something I could do now, today, and I do have that ability.

I have this space. This space where I have long shared my struggles as a mom and new housewife. There is no reason why I should not be sharing my journey to God here as well.

I could have skipped this post and dove right in with something profound (don’t hold your breath), but I wrote this post first. Now, I am accountable to you, internet, to follow through. I am also going to send this to my Tuesday ladies so they know I take the challenges I give them seriously.

So, hello. My name is Michelle. I will still share ridiculous stories of my boys, because they are ridiculous, but I will also sometimes tell you about this awesome God who challenges me to love others and give because He gave it all for me. And you too.

“Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the duty of all mankind.” – Ecclesiastes 12:13


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