Saturday, July 27, 2013
If you fill it they will come...
My sister wrote the most amazing post this week about God taking ordinary people and using them to do extraordinary things. She writes that she used to fear being ordinary as if it meant she wasn't extraordinary.
I know exactly what she means...
and I think you might too.
I have watched the Lord do AMAZING things this week! He is BLOWING MY MIND! The care he will take for ONE SINGLE individual. We may feel ordinary but what I'm seeing lately is that his love for us is anything but; He loves us with an extraordinary love.
Lately I have felt a little stuck waiting for something big that I could do for the Lord. Somehow I felt that my little life was too small and that if I wanted to be radical for God I needed to be bigger. All that did was completely paralyze me to where I was doing nothing at all.
Then my sister sent me a podcast by Bob Goff which I've listened to three times so far. Basically he just says take what you love to do and just go do that for the Lord.
I love to feed people.
I love to encourage people.
That's my heart.
So you know what I did? I went to Trader Joes, Costco, the market and I filled my fridge. I came up with some simple meal and snack ideas that I can easily keep on hand so that when people come to our doorstep I can welcome them in, feed them, and treat them as family.
Once my fridge was full I basically laid it before the Father and said, "my fridge is full so if there's anyone that I can offer hope to at my table please bring them to my door."
I also talked this over with my husband and we agreed that if the Lord does this we will stop everything, get out a bit of food and have a sit. We are SO ready to pour our lives out for others. We really know what it is to be down and we are living proof that God can turn everything around to be even better than your wildest dreams if you don't give up and put in the hard work. We also know how stinking difficult it is while you're going through it and that's why we have such a deep desire to lift others up who are walking through the valley.
So here I was last night with a full fridge when my sister and her husband showed up at 8:45pm asking to sit on the deck and watch the sunset with me. Silly me, my first thought was, "oh, but I wanted to finish my book tonight." Right then and there the Lord reminded me, "I thought this is what you asked for!" And I thought, oh yeah, you're right as I got out the popcorn to cook on the stovetop with oil, real butter, and salt.
Once the popcorn was ready we all went outside and enjoyed each others company. It's almost as if this was a test from the Lord to see if I'd really drop everything.
So here I am with a few meal and snack ideas ready to go and waiting for the Lord to send someone to me and I'm pretty sure he will.
Here's some easy ideas.
Guacamole and tortilla chips
a simple pasta salad
caprese salad and a simple cheese tray
chocolate chip cookies