Today is Friday With Friends! Each Friday for the next few months, I’m going to introduce you to some of my favorite writers. Each has their own style, and all are worth your read.
Today… Ms. Heatherly Sylvia. She’s from Boston, she snorts when she laughs and she loves… big. Enjoy!
The REALity is…
It takes me forever to get into a routine, and then, once something bumps me out of that routine- a vacation, illness, major life change- it takes me forever to get back into the routine.
In the last year this has applied to work habits, cleaning habits, eating habits, weight loss, goals, relationships. *Sigh*
Can I be even more real with you?
Most of the time I don’t WANT to get back into those routines. I get stuck, and it’s easier to just stay there. As Lysa TerKuerst says in her book, Made to Crave, I have my “how to,” but I am missing my “want to.”
I wonder how many others of you are with me on this:
eat the whole bag…
ignore the problem…
shift the blame…
The problem is with all of my “I’d rather’s.”
I know that the same verse I claim on my journey to joy, also applies to my daily “to-do” list.
Philippians 4:8 (NIV, 1984), says, “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”
My excuses don’t hold water, because they are not the TRUTH of who I am, or who I’ve been called to be. If I even bother to try to measure my very human list to the words of these Ancient Words, they crumble.
But can I be honest again?
This is exhausting… IF I do it in my own strength.
I’ve been guilty many times of trying to do great things the wrong way…. Heatherly’s way, in Heatherly’s strength.
No wonder I lose my “want to!”
And so I pray,
“Abba, I want what You want. I am grateful that I serve a God that is involved in His children’s lives, that You want the best for me, for my family, for my life, for my time. You planted the dreams I have in my heart. You have a plan to bring them to fruition in Your time. Please forgive me for getting ahead of You, for trying to do the things You’ve called me to do in my own way, in my own timing, with my own strength. I fully recognize that my gifts, talents, strengths and weaknesses were all designed by You to be used BY YOU through me. Please give me the humility and the wisdom to know when I’ve started to do things my way instead of Yours. Please bless me with the WANT TO to do it Your way, and not my own. Thank You that You want this for me even more than I do. I am forever grateful to be Yours and to be used by You… miserable, moody sinner that I am. Thank You for helping me find the path to joy- to real life in You, through You.”
And all the “stuck” said…
Heatherly Lane Sylvia is a mom, wife, homeschooler, speaker, aspiring writer, and apprentice grace-giver. Her greatest desire is to live a life following after God with abandon, and she hopes to be a blessing to as many people as she can while she figures out exactly how to do that. Het is passionate, loud, addicted to books, and loves her friends, old and new. She adores the blogosphere and would love to “meet” you there. She’s also pretty sure that blog comments and tweets are her love language. Check out her blog A Pinkdaisy Life or follow her on Twitter @Pinkdaisyjane