Monday, October 30, 2006

Transformation




Janice asks in today's Monday Meme on Faithlifts, "What is God revealing to you about your purpose? What are some action steps you can take to help keep those lessons firmly planted in your life?"

It's been such an interesting month, giving us the opportunity to really reflect on all the different aspects of purpose: the purpose of my roles, my walk with God, suffering, God's work, our service. . . . As Janice mentioned today, I struggle with keeping my primary focus on God. God is the underlying context of all my conscious choices, but I'm not sure that my daily actions and words always reflect that. Lauren's Faith Lifts post really stuck with me this month, asking how we can keep that eternal perspective at the forefront of our minds.

A dear friend long ago shared her prayer, “Lord, decrease my desire for the things of this world, and increase my desire for things of you.” I’ve found that prayer “works.” And, yes, unfortunately being shaken by tragedy (as Lauren addressed) works, too. I know that nothing I give up is enough, so I have to keep praying for transformation, instead of just trying to have reformation of my present state.
Ephesians 2:8-9 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast.

Philippians 2:12b-13 Continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose.

So, I pray. I ask God to work in me. I grasp for the understanding that it is completely His work, and not mine, and yet in spite of that I continue to do my part by continuing to read His word, and grow in knowledge and in the practical experience which comes from living my life and fulfilling my earthly purpose of taking care of my family, and speaking of Him and His work in me.

7 comments:

Susanne said...

I have found this month's topic at faith lifts to be very powerful indeed. Purpose has always been such a struggle for me. But I got something out of what each person posted and out of all the comments also.

Anonymous said...

It has indeed been a GREAT topic at Faith Lifts this month. I have really enjoyed it - as it is rough and not "rewarding" by worldly standards being "just a mom." I have struggled with this for a couple of years now - and it has been impressed upon me for about 6 months or so that what I am doing is indeed His purpose for me. So - through the month of October, I feel as if he has uses NUMEROUS posts to encourage me and to speak to me even more!!! :)

Elizabeth said...

Thank you for sharing your freind's prayer for God to decrease her desire for the things of the world and increase her desire for Him. That is exactly what I need to pray myself.

Lindsey @ enjoythejourney said...

You know, just when i think I have my purpose "nailed down" so to speak---it changes again.

As mundane as it may seem, and as Donna Reed-esque as it might be...my purpose right now is being a wife and a mommy. Everything else seems to get in the way. Well, besides blogging, that is.

Erna said...

I too need to carry the Lord with me in the day to day moments so He shines in all aspects. It can be such a hard thing to do. I loved the way you shared about needing to do your part and allowing the Lord to do the transforming. God bless you today!

Nancze said...

Hi Jennifer. I enjoyed your thoughts and view point on the meme for Faith lifts very much. Congratulations on becoming a contributor. Transformation is a great word and we all need to pray and see the transformation Christ would have in us. God Bless.

Janice (5 Minutes for Mom) said...

transformation! great insight - thank you! :)