Another view

Since my daughter Deanna’s blog was an inspiration for me to begin my blogging expedition, I thought I would invite her to publish a guest post. I hope you enjoy her work as much as I do. Deanna is a Christian wife and mom to three boys. She blogs about God in her everyday life and invites you to join her on the journey. In a casual and conversational manner, spotLIGHT316 (http://journeywithd.com/) will lift you up and encourage you to be extraordinary in the ordinary of life.

 

There’s more to come: We continue to shout our praise even when we’re hemmed in with troubles, because we know how troubles can develop passionate patience in us, and how that patience in turn forges the tempered steel of virtue, keeping us alert for whatever God will do next. In alert expectancy such as this, we’re never left feeling shortchanged. Quite the contrary – we can’t round up enough containers to hold everything God generously pours into our lives through the Holy Spirit (Romans 5:3-5, The Message).

I love homemade noodles – like more than a normal person should. I don’t always like to make them because it is time consuming, but the finished product is never a disappointment.

The other morning, I was making a batch for my chicken noodle soup. I added the flour to the eggs and water and kneaded it to just the right consistency. This is not an easy process and it takes a good eye and feel for the dough to know when it is ready for the next step – which is rolling it. I like to get it as flat as I can without being too thin. And then I roll up the dough like a jellyroll and cut into pieces. Once all the pieces are cut, I lay them out flat to dry. As they dry, I survey the mess and cringe. Flour concoctions are never neat, right?

Quite honestly, neither is our faith. It’s not meant to be watery and should never be kept intact inside a pretty container. We have to allow God to work in our lives, kneading and rolling and cutting through as He shapes us perfectly in His likeness. Sometimes that can {and often should} be messy.

After they sit out for a while {like hours} the noodles begin to dry and eventually are ready to be put into a pot of hot soup! And so are we. God is doing all that work to prepare us for something great – and that “something” could be scary. Unknown.

Sometimes I fight that. I’m not ready to take the next step. To put my foot in the boiling water. But we have some promises that we need to keep a tight grip on throughout the process. None more inspiring than the very fact that God has it all under control. Stop fighting. Stop resisting. Allow yourself to be shaped into his likeness, all-the-while knowing He has something incredible in store for you – and the finished project won’t ever be a disappointment.

What are you resisting today? Can I encourage you to allow God to do His thing … so that you can do the work He is preparing for you?

Keepin’ it Real … D

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About wisdomfromafather

I'm just an ordinary guy walking along the journey of life.
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  1. Pingback: Another View {a guest post} « spotlight316ministries

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