Moving Into Your Future

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Jon and I have been having many discussions about our future this summer.  We have had decisions to make, about his business, about my work life, and about where we want to be with our time, family, and finances.  After much thinking and talking we think we have things “figured out for now.”  Yet, throughout all, our prayer to God has been, “Please direct us in YOUR path.  Give us wisdom.  Show us the doors you want us to walk through and close the ones you don’t.”

I want more than anything to have wisdom from God.  For with wisdom comes the ability to choose the best (not necessarily the easiest) path for my life, the path that stretches forward before me with just the right amount of shade and light. One that I can walk with confidence knowing that God has plans for me along the way, and things to teach me.  To be honest, I don’t know if the decisions Jon and I made will lead us on the right path.  Our best laid plans may not really be the best, or possibly they are.   But we will continue to pray and stay tuned to that gentle whisper or nudge that we have come to recognize as God’s voice in our lives, and as we journey,  we will ask for courage to turn our heels in the dirt and head a different direction if led.

This is a devotional from Stormie O’Martian that speaks into my journey, and maybe yours:

Moving Into Your Future

“Lord, I ask You to be in charge of my future.  I don’t want to dream dreams if you are not in them.  I don’t want to make plans that you will not bless.  I don’t want to work hard trying to harvest something that will never bear fruit because I did not receive the seed from you.  Help me not to waste valuable time getting off the path and having to come back to the same place again.  I do not want to get to the end of my life and regret the time I spent not living for you.”  The Book of Prayer, p.241

 

Capacity Building

The bible says that when we ask for wisdom, God will give it to us.  Well, I have been asking God for wisdom on the subject of “capacity” for many weeks now.  Just like when I was pregnant and all of a sudden I noticed all the pregnant women at the mall, I am finding bits of wisdom on the idea of capacity in unexpected places.  I love how God is faithful in helping us grow.
So, I wanted to share with you the random devotional I opened to the other day in a book a friend just sent to me.  It is called “Capacity Building” and it is full of wisdom.
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“To one he gave five talents of money, to another two talents, and to  another one talent, each according to his ability” (Matthew 25:15).
Capacity is the ability Christ gives me to carry out His commands. And capacity varies from person to person. Some people can get by on five to six hours of sleep while I require seven to eight. Where I get out of balance is when I compare my capacity with someone of greater capacity. Indeed, capacity is meant to provide guardrails, not guilt.
So how can we use capacity to our advantage instead of our disadvantage? How can we understand our limitations and trust the Lord with the results? It starts by being honest about how God has made us. If we can only execute one project with excellence, then we limit ourselves to one. If we only have the time, money, and love for two children, then we accept this as the responsible decision. Honesty about capacity is freeing for parents.
But isn’t there a way to build capacity at work, at home, and in relationships? Yes, indeed! As you remain faithful with small responsibilities, the Lord and others can trust you with additional tasks.
When you manage a small amount of money on a budget, you can be trusted with more resources to steward well. When you treat one individual with a full complement of grace and truth, you build relational capacity for more quality friendships.
Furthermore, you are over capacity when cash in your bank account is overdrawn or when you have written a relational check your emotions cannot cash. Therefore, monitor your capacity in prayer before Jesus. Ask Him for courage to say no to something new so you can say yes to current obligations. As in weight lifting, you can increase your mental, emotional, financial, and relational capacity, but it takes time, focus, and discipline.
The Lord has unlimited capacity for empathy, wisdom, and character. So go to Him for your character-capacity building. Make sure your character capacity keeps up with your success, and you will be able to handle success. Does your heart have the same capacity for humility as your mind does for truth?  Build capacity around Christ’s gifts to you.
“We do not dare to classify or compare ourselves with some who commend themselves. When they measure themselves by themselves and compare themselves with themselves, they are not wise. We, however, will not boast beyond proper limits, but will confine our boasting to the field God has assigned to us, a field that reaches even to you” (2 Corinthians 10:12–13).
Prayer: What capacities do I have that Christ wants to grow? To whom do I need to say no?
Related Readings: Job 15:18; Psalm 147:5; John 3:34; 1 Corinthians 10:23
 
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