Today I’m so excited to have a dear friend sharing part of her story here on the blog!
Leigh Anderson is one of those people in my life that,
#1 – we text more than we actually talk, lol
#2 – we wrestle tough topics together and talk each other down from ledges or losing our cool with people that bump into our happy (as Lysa TerKeurst would say!)
#3 – is learning along side me to balance raising a family with young kids and at the same time pursue a calling and purpose that is ministry focused.
Leigh flat out inspires me. She left a job several years ago (out of her own control, mind you) to become a stay-at-home mom. I’ve watched God take that experience and put Leigh exactly where she needs to be. She’s currently leading a local Bible study called Be Still Mama that reaches weary moms of young kids.
Take it away, Leigh!
It’s so ironic that it’s raining as I write this guest post today.
Today’s #1wordwednesday for us is SILLY.
As the thunder roars making its presence known and the sharp rain pellets slam against the window pane, it’s dark when it’s supposed to be light. It’s gloomy and somewhat violent, but within those elements is lots and lots of water.
The grace God bestows on us can be hidden in dark, gloomy, and inconvenient circumstances. But if we look closely, in the midst of it is water – a pure liquid that cleanses, heals, nourishes, and refreshes.
Sounds like grace to me. He’s feeding the earth, and us.
If the Lord doesn’t provide rain, the earth doesn’t grow. It withers and fades, and we run out of water, and our lives can’t be sustained without it. It’s the same for us – without circumstantial storms, we wouldn’t grow.
Although the storm is raging outside, it’s quite the paradox for our family right now because we’re in a season of growth, in every aspect of our lives.
My husband’s career is taking off, the ministry the Lord gave me to steward is taking off, our threenager is literally taking off, and our two year old is growing in his ability to say “no”. I’ll let you pick which two are the most challenging ☺
All of these areas are growing a lot faster than we ever anticipated, and it seemed to happen all at once, and we weren’t prepared for it. I guess we never assumed this type of growth would be difficult since it’s something we find joy in. A lot of times we don’t think of growth happening within a storm since we’re forced to lean on God to get through it. That is definitely true, but sometimes we grow taller after the water sinks in.
We are learning that we have to be intentional in walking through this season of joy as if we were walking through a storm. Growth is good, and it’s what we wanted, but it can still be difficult. I struggle feeling guilty for getting frustrated with all of the challenges it brings, when it’s such a fruitful experience.
As my husband and I talked about all the challenges that accompany joy, we talked about the opportunities it has provided for us to pray about the most “silly” things that “normal” people would never pray about. But honestly, we literally have no other choice.
The “silly” things we’ve been praying about have turned into small miracles, and the faithfulness of God in those prayers keep compounding on each other to grow our faith. We’ve noticed, more so than ever, that He literally cares about every detail of our lives even if we think they’re too small to bring to Him.
A Pastor friend of mine told me last week “Complacency is the Devil’s playground.”
Well, how applicable is that statement for times of good? For times of joy? For times of experiencing the fruit after a storm? If we weren’t intentional about our relationship with God in the good, and only cling to Him in the bad, doesn’t that make our faith circumstantial?
What if we stopped being complacent and operated at all times, no matter what the circumstances, as we would while we’re in a storm?
I assure you it’s life changing. Take if from our family.
Pray about the things that seem “silly” to you, the things you think God doesn’t care about.
I just love Leigh’s challenge to pray about the silly things!
Do y’all do that? I sure do.
Some days I pray to God to help me get through the day without killing my kids.
We all know I wouldn’t kill them, but goodness gracious. They can drive me BONKERS!!!
Some days I catch myself praying for God to help me figure out how to clean my shower. I mean really. I cannot figure out how to get the glass completely spotless. That’s another topic for another day.
Whatever your prayers may be, know this: Nothing, absolutely NOTHING is too silly for our God. He cares about every thing you do, think or imagine.
He knows every hair on your head – even the ones you want to pull out most days.
Thank you, Leigh.
If you want to connect more with Leigh, you can find her here on Facebook.
And any local young moms, you can find more info on the Be Still Mama Bible study here.
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