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Lower Your Nets

When Simon Peter was approached by Jesus, he was obedient and subsequently blessed.  So much so, that Simon Peter left everything behind right there on the spot to follow Him.

Jesus is asking us all to lower our nets.  What little thing is God asking of me today?  What seemingly small act of obedience will result in blessings beyond comprehension?

Who knows.  Not me.

The things pressing on my heart are to stay calm with the kids, enjoy these moments with them at this young, snuggly age where I am the most important person in their life.  Sometimes that gets really hard.  But it is so crucial.

Also I am reminded that my body is a temple, and I need to treat it as such.  I want to be healthy in mind, body, and spirit.

I want to renew my passion for the Lord every single day when I wake up.  Every day is a fresh start.  My passions of yesterday do not need to be my passions of today.  It is totally fine to change my vision as I listen to God – as long as my vision lines up with His Word.  I admit that sometimes it is easy to tweak God’s vision to match mine – but I need to remember that just because something is PERMITTED doesn’t mean it is ACCEPTABLE.

Finally, I want the love in my heart to overflow today.  Overflow for Jesus, my husband, my kids, my friends who are coming over today, my mom whom I will surely speak to before the day is done…even my crazy cat, Gertie.  I love that crazy cat.

Dear Lord,  I want to see You today in all I do.  I want to honor You as much as I can in my words and actions…but most of all with the purity of my heart.  Please prompt me to lower my nets just like Simon Peter did; in that very moment, I want to do as You say even if I think it’s wiser to do otherwise (which, let’s face it, is ridiculous).  And then in that moment, I will be following You.  Thank you for the cool breeze wafting through my windows on this sunny day, and for helping my kids play nicely and quietly so I can write this blog this morning.  As you know, many times I am typing with two 2-year-olds literally hanging from my neck or trying to get me to stop writing and put on some Curious George.  Thank you for Curious George, which seems to have a magical calming power over my rambunctious children.  Thank you for forgiving me when I fall, which is all the time.  Thank you for giving me a confidence I never had before.  Thank you for saving me.  Thank you.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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This verse doesn’t have much to do with today’s post, but I thought it was so lovely!

#YesToGod

On page 103 Lysa shares a short prayer she prays every morning choosing to say yes to whatever assignments God places before her. Write your own personal morning #YesToGod prayer.

Heavenly Father, You are the God who sees me. You are going to meet me wherever I am. My story is already written, and I know that if I say yes to You, I will be following the story the way you wrote it. You are within me, I will not fall; You will help me at break of day. I want to say yes to you today, Lord. I know there will be moments when I forget that you are within me, and I pray that I can repent and reset and accept your gift of grace in those not-so-graceful moments. Thank you for saving me…

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(Lysa’s prayer)

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The Day I Didn’t Fall Into The Gap And Said YES Instead

The last item in Chapter 3 of “What Happens When Women Say Yes To God” says the following:

“Lastly, journal your thoughts below about this statement:  ‘Soon, saying yes to God will no longer be a discipline of your heart but rather the delight of your life.'”

I was always a fan of steam-of-consciousness writing.  Here goes:

I had a total Yes To God moment a few minutes ago…I know this might be weird, but sometimes I like to do online shopping and fill up my cart with a new outfit or whatever and then I just delete it.  I am also in the middle of finally trying to seriously lose some of the baby weight (it’s so hard because my body is just so different after having twins…my belly!  MY.  BELLY.  Oh, my belly.  It’s the bane of my existence.  Actually, pantry moths are the bane of my existence.  Next, it’s my belly).  I decided that I was going to try to go down one jeans size by October 22.  That is TOTALLY doable if I just actually try.  I have NO JEANS.  NONE.  Well, that’s not true.  I have lots of jeans.  But none of them fit.  So, I opened up my Gap app and guess what?  ALL SALE ITEMS ARE 50% OFF TODAY.  WHATWHAT!!!!!!  I filled up that cart with smart items that I totally need.  A pair of jeans in my current size.  2 t-shirts and a pair of socks.  I had to get over $50 so I would get free shipping.  Then I used my 50% off code and PEOPLE – I had a pair of jeans, 2 cute classic Gap t-shirts (one grey, one white) and a pair of argyle socks for $36 with FREE SHIPPING.  WHATWHATWHAT?!?!?!?!  I KNOW.  I almost – ALMOST – bought the stuff.

And then God spoke to me.

I was all like, “God.  Seriously.  I know I’ve been praying for you to speak to me literally every single day for the past two weeks, but I didn’t mean when there was a killer Gap sale.  I have to look cute, right?!  How am I supposed to get through the first part of fall without jeans that fit???  I realize that I am a stay-at-home mom and the only places I regularly go are church (and you don’t care if I’m wearing ill-fitting jeans) and Bible study (same thing) and storytime at the library (I assume Miss Corinne doesn’t care about my jeans either) and my mom’s house (and I KNOW she doesn’t care about my jeans).  SIGH.  Yes, I know we are financially strapped, like, all the time.  Which is the sacrifice I promised to make in exchange for the AMAZING and BEAUTIFUL experience of staying home with my kids.  And didn’t I just blog about self-control the other day???  Sigh.

Fine, fine.  I’ll delete my cart.

Oh look, here’s a cute Gap khaki skirt I bought a million years ago in this pile of clothes that I never wear that I was going through so I could pack some stuff away and is the magical next size down I want to be by October 22.  I’m gonna put it on to see how tight it is and continue the pity party I want to have for myself because life is sooooooooo harddddddd…

Oh.  It fits.  Huh.  I need to wear a big shirt to cover this twin skin, but IT TOTALLY FITS.

Thanks, God.  Now I won’t have to have an awkward convo with my husband when that Gap bill comes.  Because now it’s not coming because I have plenty and I don’t.  Need.  Any.  More.  STUFF.  I have plenty of stuff.  And now I’m still on track to lose a few pounds to fit into those jeans that are draped over my great-grandmother’s dresser as a reminder to not put a zillion teaspoons of sugar in my coffee and not to bake anything until October 22.

God, I know this was a totally inconsequential event, but it felt really good to say yes to You.  And maybe it’s not so inconsequential…my husband trusts me to not spend money unnecessarily.  Even $36.  I asked You for help in that area, and also in the realm of my health.  That purchase (no matter what a crazy awesome killer bargain it was and no matter how cute I would have looked in my new outfit on the first day of BSF in a few weeks), I would not have been saying yes to You if I did it.  So thank you.  And thank you for making that skirt fit.  I love you and you are so awesome and you just take care of me always…through really big stuff and through little stuff like that cute distressed boyfriend-fit 1969 Gap jeans.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.”

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Self-control

So, worldly passions covers a lot if ground. I think it’s all basically an issue of self-control, which is a fruit of the spirit.. One of this week’s exercises is to list three fruits of the spirit to focus on this week. I chose kindness, gentleness, and self-control. I will share my self-control-related scriptures and revelations with you.

Psalm 105:4

Look to the Lord and his strength;
seek his face always.

Proverbs 25:28

Like a city whose walls are broken through
is a person who lacks self-control.

1 Corinthians 10:13

No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.

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Confirming One’s Calling and Election

3 His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. 4 Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.

5 For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; 6 and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; 7 and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. 8 For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Okay, so what does this mean to me, for my life?

Considering I just got back from the beach and have photos of myself in a bathing suit still fresh in my mind, I’m going to use this to help me do what 1 Corinthians 6:19 says to do:

Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own;

I keep justifying the fact that I am bigger than I have ever been with, “But I had twins!!!” Yes. Yes I did. Two-and-a-half years ago. It’s on, man. It’s so ON. I’m setting a small goal for myself: go down one jeans size before October 22, a date I chose because that’s the day of the Father John Misty show and it seems like ample time to accomplish such a goal. I’m going to eat lean meat and fish and fruits and veggies. Carbs sparingly. I’m not going to bake anything unless I use whole wheat flour and raw sugar.

I can do this.

I’m also re-reading Made To Crave and I am really looking forward to doing this as an online study in a few months! Yay! I think it starts in January, after the holidays. Thank goodness. I kinda live for “the holidays” and baking cookies and eating lots of food made with love. Oh, who am I kidding? I like to eat lots of food all the time! Made with love, made with hate, whichever! That’s why I’m in this predicament. Anyhoo, this is how I am applying the SAY YES study to my life right now. Saying yes by having self-control and treating my body like a temple thus being effective and productive with a heart that wants to seek His face always. Ahhh, I love it when a plan comes together!

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A godly life

Week Two of the study finds us here (this is a question from Chapter 3):

Titus 2: 11-12
11 For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. 12 It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age

How do I define this in the realm of my everyday life?

I wish I could say that, oh yes, I say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions. But, sadly (and not surprisingly), that just isn’t the case. As much as I want to glorify Him in all I do, many times I probably don’t come off as a believer in Christ at all. Like when I yell at my kids when they are working my last nerve. Like when I took my (kind of awesome) novel about a grisly murder than my “Yes To God” book to the beach today. Like when I told my husband he sucked today. (You don’t suck, honey. I love you.)

But that’s how it is, isn’t it? These moments remind me what a gift His grace is, because I’m a mess without Him. I’m kind of a mess with Him, too. And He knows that, and that’s ok. I had some amazing moments today, too. Like when I was floating in the ocean on a perfect summer’s day as my family built a sandcastle together on the shore. Like how I looked up and said “Yes” to God right there in that beautiful moment and praised His creativity with our earth. Like when later on we saw a school of just dolphins just parading in front of us.
So amazing. As I watched them slowly spinning and swimming together in the water, I understood it all. If God takes care of them, surely He will take care of me! And that was God speaking to me right there. “It’s ok, Stefanie. Don’t worry about XYZ. Just look at these dolphins frolicking in this vast beautiful ocean with these eyes that can see and ears that can listen to your children’s squeal of delight at seeing these dolphins and know that I am your Heavenly Father and I have mighty plans for you. Just listen to Me. Figure out how to listen to Me.”

I heard Him loud and clear today.

I will cover the worldly passions issue tomorrow. I definitely want to mull that one over for a bit. Living a godly life in the present age is no easy task.

Below is the memory verse for the week. It’s a good one.

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