I’m back…and it’s time

ImageOne month has passed since I’ve last posted; not because I haven’t had anything to share; I have. I wanted to discuss the tricycle; metaphorically the tricycle represents friendship and the triune God. I aspired to share what it means to label people. I was at an event and noticed it wasn’t until I was introduced as a board member that others reached out to shake my hand. That reminded me of how many times, I’ve been introduced with a label rather than: “This is Angela.” That’s who I am. I also had the inkling to write about fellowship. The discussion evolved with a friend, she wanted to know what was fellowship. Then just last week, I thought ah, attachments. I’d had an idea about how hard it is to let go. This notion was inspired by one of my students. When he saw me get out of my car in the parking lot, he later commented, “Looks like you’ve been in a car derby.” I laughed. He’s right. Even my daughter says the same. I’m attached to my car. We have memories. It’s reliable. It’s loyal. It’s paid in full. I’m not even looking for a replacement. And from attachments, I knew for sure I would spin a post about socks. Can you guess what socks represents? Relationships. My eldest daughter and her best friend were the impetus to this discovery. One young lady doesn’t wear socks, while the other wears mismatched socks. As I listened to the chatter, I realized their socks illustrate their relationships—girl boy stuff. Just a few days ago my daughter answers my text, proudly and loudly: “I don’t need socks.” I’m always wearing socks. I’m attached to my socks. My feet need to be warm or I’m cranky. After careful self-reflection, I’m letting go and replacing those relationships. Self-reflection was another blog post. Looks like I have lots to keep me busy writing and you reading.

However, through the weeks of not posting, thinking about posting, wondering what to post, I’ve decided that’ it’s time for prayer. My reading material has consisted of prayers by poets, writers, teachers, saints and others. Did you know a scholar discovered Flannery O’Conner’s prayer journal? I need a copy of that. It’s one year in her life young adult life—20 years old—while a student in Iowa. The topper was an email about prayer. That’s when I knew it’s time for prayer. We all need prayer for encouragement, patience, discovery, teaching, learning, working, relationships, friendships, attachments, fellowship…just plain old living and breathing. 

I hope you join me for 30 days of Prayer: Dec. 18, 2013-Jan. 18, 2014.

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What are you doing while you wait?

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Patience and waiting have been a running theme at angchronicles. And as God would have it, a few scriptures and ideas have crossed my path creating a new school of thought regarding waiting. Moreover what are we doing while we wait? I’d never thought about this, until reading a bible study by Charles Stanley. He questions our actions in the waiting period—that place where what you expect doesn’t happen, every step forward is two steps backwards, when a window looks open it’s nailed shut, a promise is shattered, dreams crumble, things simply fall apart. And no matter how hard you try nothing absolutely nothing moves.

 

Ever been there? Yeah, me too.

 

Well, while in this place of waiting what are we doing? Can you see what God is doing? For me, in hindsight after moaning and groaning and my infantile behavior—me, me, me, why me—I realize God is shaping and molding me to be ready, instantaneous and obediently, when he calls me to take the next step, climb the next level.

 

So, as I wait for the desires of my heart, I must trust God, take my problems to Him not my friends or family, rid myself of false humility, show compassion, learn obedience and submissiveness, focus on Christ not the circumstances, and thank God for everything—the storms, the rain, the suffering, the pain, the joy and the laughter.

 

These are behaviors that I need so God can use me in His kingdom, for His purpose not mine. Every day that I grow closer to him, every minute I see God moving in, around and through me— a me that I didn’t know existed. While I wait, I’m falling more in love with Christ.

 

What about you? What’s happening while you wait patiently on the Lord to move in your life?

Here’s something to consider:

King David waited until the Lord allowed him to defeat all his enemies.

Job said, “If a man dies, will he live again? If so, I would gladly suffer through this time waiting for my release.”

The Psalmist prayed, “In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly.” Knowing that the Lord watches over his followers, those who wait for him to show his faithful love.

So, join me in waiting patiently on the Lord for his answer. 

 

Angchronicles receives Reality Blog Award

Sharla of Awakenings blessed angchronicles with the Reality Blog Award on November 21, 2012. angchronicles accepts this award with a open arms and appreciation.

When one gets an award, she must work extra hard afterwards to live up to the standards. And with every award comes rules:

1.) Show appreciation of the blogger who nominated you and link back to them in your post. DONE!
2.) Add the award logo to your blog. DONE!
3.) Share 7 things about yourself. SEE BELOW!
4.) Nominate 5 – 10 or more bloggers you admire. SEE BELOW!
5.) Contact your chosen bloggers to let them know. CHECK YOUR BLOG! WATCH FOR A TWEET!
6.) Optional questions. (This one I will forego for now to make it easier on everyone!)

Seven things about me:

  • Learning to not take myself so seriously.
  • Laughing at myself more.
  • Having fun with life.
  • Jumping of the cliff and thinking about the net on the way down.
  • Completing a novel..not Nanowrimo.
  • Falling behind the word count on Nanowrimo because I can only work on one project at time.
  • Attempting to work on one project at a time, not five. (Twice I left this draft to send an email, make a phone call, and then had to stop reprimand myself to get back to the task at hand.)

Reality Blog Award goes to …the envelope please:

Cherie, Susan, Julane, and Sara@ pagesfromstages
Morning Story and Dilbert@ Morning Story and Dilbert
Cristian@ cristianmihai
Kim Cash Tate@ Color Your Perspective
Jen @ Jen’s Thoughts
Gina@ Writer…Interrupted
Charise@Prayers and Cocktails
Wade@WadeWebsterWrites
kmtreat@allergictolifemybattle

That’s all folks, be sure to check out the new blog post “In a place…” Each week angchronicles explores places we find ourselves in such as bitterness, joy, grumbling, peace, anger, love, thirst….

Be well, do good things, rejoice always.