I have a confession. I can be unfaithful.
Let that sit there a minute…unfaithful, you ask?
You see no matter how much I want to get it all right and follow through every single time, I don’t. In fact, I often drop the ball. It is a terrible, terrible thing to me.
Because I want to be fully faithful.
Here’s Just a Portion of My Unfaithful List
I have made some promises to friends this past year to tell about their books here. And I have not followed through on that promise. So I want to tell you about them now.
Church of the Small Things by Melanie Shankle
This book is a wonderfully writ out story of how God uses the small things in our lives to tell the bigger story. I found myself, as I read, remembering things from my childhood that brought me such joy. And I laughed and cried (thankful tears) throughout the book. Melanie is an exceptional storyteller. And her heart is no small thing…she literally cuts it wide open, splayed before you, to share the deep things God has wrought in her soul, so that you may also partake of His goodness…and may reflect on how God speaks into our lives every day in the smallest of things and to open our eyes, so that we may truly see His goodness in the land of the living.
All in All by Sophie Hudson
This devotional is geared toward young women, who are growing in their faith, but I tell you…it is really for all ages! In fact, my very sweet friend Bobbie told me how much it meant to her right now, as an empty nester. All in all is such a rich capture of every aspect of the Lord and His goodness, His faithfulness and His way in our every day. I would highly recommend this book for any and all ages of women in your life!
The Good Book for Kids by Lisa Bergren
This wonderful kids’ Bible tells the stories from scripture in such a way that tweens can grasp how the stories connect with them. Sydney has been loving this book so much. And in her own words, “It is really cool. I really like it, Mom!” Tell me the stories of Jesus, write on my heart every word comes to mind when I think of how Lisa has brought this book together. It is exactly what my girl needs in these challenging days.
From each of these books, I have learned so much! And I have also learned to be wiser in saying YES and not to agree if I won’t or can’t fulfill my promise in a timely manner. It is a good thing to remember!
I have promised to pray and then never followed through. So I am praying right now that the Lord would help me to do better and remember…and follow through…even when the time is long past, I pray to remember what I promised and to be able to try again to be faithful.
I have promised to give and never did. But I’m about to follow through on these promises today and tomorrow. It’s never too late!
I have promised to contact friends for lunch and never did. So a couple of weeks ago, I followed through with one sweet, caring friend that went nearly TWO years! It was a rich time. And I confessed to her how sorry I was to let so much time pass.
I have promised to do better at follow through, and it seems that I keep on getting behind-er and behind-er. It usually begins with me writing a list and following through in that way. I need to get back to this.
I have promised to go to bed earlier and get up earlier and exercise every day…and I don’t or I won’t. I am still hoping to do better here!
All this and so much more!
And so I have taken some discipline in hand to bring my focus, more and more, to faithfulness–keeping a shorter account with myself.
Lately I have taken to writing out scripture, every morning (thanks Mer!). They are topical–on strength and thankfulness. And I need a boatload of both. You can write them out, too…here is where you can find November’s scriptures.
It is a process in my heart and mind to delve into that the living, breathing Word of God–to write it out and think it and say it. To let it settle into my bones.
And in that line I want to say this–EVEN IF I am never faithful or EVER faithful enough, God will still be faithful. You see, He is not holding out on us, waiting for us to get our act together before He will bless or help or heal or provide (or fill in the blank with a need or blessing) for us. He is going to still be faithful. He is. Because it is fully in His nature to bless and give everything He has for us, as He displayed so perfectly in giving His One and Only Son (Flesh of His Flesh), Jesus, on the cross for us.
As Christmas draws near, I think the birth of Jesus always brings my mind to the death of Jesus that was for me and for you…and that wasn’t the end of the story! For He rose again, conquering sin and death for me and for you. It is the finished work of Jesus that brings unfaithful me into a place where I can not only confess my unfaithfulness, but find forgiveness and renewal…to walk again, to try again, even if it is a daily thing. He brought me near, because He loved me so much.
So, if you are unfaithful, like me, take heart today. Your God is not waiting to scold you for everything you never did right. He is waiting with open arms to love you, right where you are and as you are, TODAY. This very moment. Accept His gift.
And with me, give thanks for His indescribable gift!
Happy Thanksgiving, Everyone!
PS Here is a picture of our family this weekend, as we celebrated my Chris’ wonderful new job!! Again, God was faithful, even when I was not believing Him for it all.