Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Our Very Best


How do we give Him our very best?

In the midst of uncertain times? In the midst of tremendous suffering?  How do we give our very best in the midst of a job loss? A miscarriage?  Another betrayal? A loss of finances? Hurtful words?  A separation? A divorce? An illness?

How do we get up every, single morning and offer the One who created it all ..............our very best ?
This is not an easy thing.
It seems impossible.
We are after all...... merely human and everything human within us wants to give up at the 20 yard line and we tell ourselves that we cannot do this anymore. 

But we can.

I have learned (the hard way) that it is a simple act of worship.
It is a spiritual posture.
It is a choice.
We can choose to give up at the twenty. The thirty. And even the fifty. Or we can choose
to press in and press on keeping our eyes on Him and not on our situations and make it to the very end.

To choose to count it all joy no matter the circumstances. No matter how difficult. No matter how unfair it is. No matter how painful it is.
 I have learned over the years that when we are busy giving Him our very best instead of our very best leftovers we end up doing the very thing that we think we cannot do. The very thing.

When we press in and press on ~ instead of giving up~ pretty soon we will look up and find ourselves in the end zone. Maybe you and I will have to do the death crawl to get there. But we will get there friend.

I love this video clip from the movie Facing The Giants.  It really ministered to me and I pray that it speaks to you as well.  Picture yourself as the one doing the death crawl and picture that football field as your circumstances. Then imagine the coach in this movie as your Heavenly Father pushing you toward your goal.
I pray that this ministers to you and blesses you and encourages you today sweet friend.

Give Him your very best.....

~This post is dedicated to my incredible husband . Look up sweetheart, we are in the end zone........~


paige said...

so true & so beautifully written my friend...
ok...i am a total slacker
off to email you
right now! :)

bevysblog said...

My boys love that movie... wow, giving our very best. That's a question I should ask myself DAILY!

pink green & southern said...

Oh how I enjoy your posts!

Jennifer said...

First off, THANK YOU for reminding us how important it is to encourage our husbands! To walk beside them and know we are a team. Never give up! How lucky we all are to have someone to go through the day to days with both near and far.

Secondly, THANK YOU for encouraging us all to push through the good and not so good times. We are running the race together and how thankful I am for friendship and encouragement!

"Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. "
1 Corinthians 9:24

Thirdly, on what for you to wear to Blissdom? I have an idea: Since you will be in Nashville how about your encouragement and grace on your face... A creamy, ruffly JCREW top...some cream JCrew cords on your legs, My broken-in leather COWGIRL BOOTS and a few strands of pearls around your neck?

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

My dear Sister-In-Christ, I came across your lovely blog today. I really hear God in what you say. What a lovely and gentle reminder! I am a new follower... since you follow after Christ!

thevintagedivas said...

Your blog is ALWAYS beautiful and I have missed it this week. What can we say...to or about The Man that owns it all and has given His all. Your post was as moving as my Psalms 24 reading this morning. May it bless you as you have blessed me. Please come over when you can and visit my "new blog on the block".


Valerie said...

Such a beautiful post.

Over the past 10 years my husband and I have been riding the horrible infertility roller coaster. But through it all, I never blamed God for our losses. Did I cry...did I weep...did I scream in frustration? ABSOLUTELY, but never did I blame God or think that I was forsaken.

Instead, I took my faith and belief in HIM and turned toward the medical community for help. I know that many frown upon using assisted reproductive technologies (ART) to create conception, but my husband and I are of the belief that it is through the one GREAT PHYSICIAN, that medical doctors have developed the technology to help infertile couples.

Can the technology be used inappropriately...absolutely. Like all good things, those with FREE WILL can chose to manipulate something for good into evil.

But my point, is that after 4 miscarriages, we successfully conceived our beautiful daughter through IVF. 18-months later, we miraculously conceived our son, Benjamin, naturally!!!

Now, at age 40, I find myself once again, unexpectedly pregnant with #3...and at 12-weeks all seems good!

My sister says that GOD never gives us more than we can handle, but that it takes perseverance on our part to handle what GOD gives us. Apparently, HE knew that I was willing to GO THE DISTANCE to create our family and HE has blessed us once again.

As always, I love your moving posts. Thank you!!!


Susan said...

Such a wonderful piece of inspiration. BTW what movie is that clip from? What a great way to encourage others. Thank you for sharing.

Lissa said...

this blessed me beyond measure today. You have no idea how I needed this! I put a link on my blog to this post because it is such an extreme encouragement! Thank you so much!

Heather K. said...

Thanks for sharing!

Farmgirl Paints said...

tears! thank you:)

Angie said...

Came over from Humble Pie. This is such a powerful post. Thank you for sharing.

Tracy said...

I've watched this movie several times and this part NEVER fails to move me to tears. It is such a powerful image of how the Lord sticks right with us pushing and empowering us to keep going when we think we have nothing left. THANK YOU for sharing this.


Suzann said...

Found you through Lissa at Humble Pie.
This post spoke to my heart deeply. Thank You.

I am off to read more of your blog.

Kathie Truitt said...

I will be buying this movie. My son is a great athlete and a good Christian boy. I think he'd like this and it should speak to all of us in so many different ways.
Love to you, sibby.

Kristin said...

This is amazing, inspiring, beautiful and perfect. I know it is dedicated to your husband. I am humbled first in your wanting to encourage him. I admire that so! Also though it seems that you have given us all inspiration and gently but boldly moved our faces back to Christ. So gently, thank you. I will give this day and every moment my best. Praying you an amazing light filled day.

Martha said...

Thank you for this video...I saw it a couple of years ago and forgot about it...but just brought me to tears all over again...today is a day that I needed this reminder so thank you!