Monday, June 13, 2011

God's experiments

there is only one thing you can consecrate to God, and that is
your right to yourself
(Romans 12:1).
If you will give God your right to yourself, He will make a holy experiment out of you.
God's experiments always succeed.

The one mark of a saint is the moral originality which springs from abandonment to Jesus Christ.
In the life of a saint there is this amazing wellspring of original life all the time; the Spirit of God is a well of water springing up, perennially fresh.
The saint realizes that it is God Who engineers circumstances, consequently there is no whine, but a reckless abandon to Jesus.
Never make a principle out of your experience; let God be as original with other people as He is with you.
If you abandon to Jesus, and come when He says "Come," He will continue to say "Come" through you; you will go out into life reproducing the echo of Christ's "Come." That is the result in every soul who has abandoned and come to Jesus.

(Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest)

51. pop beads
52. My Utmost for His Highest never gets old
53. reserving library books online
55. the family together

56. listening to the girls tell jokes to their Uncle Joe, and his responses= my favorite moment of the week
57. This recipe for cumin & oregano beef kebabs was perfect for a crowd= simple, prepare ahead, and everyone loved it.  (I added the garlic-oregano grilled pita, greek yogurt, marinated tomatoes and avocado and lime corn salad linked to in the post- yum!)

58. a new niece or nephew arriving in December!
59. "If we know carefully enough who, what, and where we are, and if we keep the scale of our work small enough, we can think responsibly." -Wendell Berry

60. perfect weather today

61. an hour in the sunshine with two good books

62. a long walk

63. questions they ask, especially the ones that lead to deeper questions about God. (Tonight's question, Why does God make cancer?)

64. a basket of flip-flops by the door

65. our pediatrician, and a not-serious virus

66. books that make me want to cry, change, cheer . . .

67. potted herbs

68. a little date with my middle child

69. Jim's glasses

70. Jesus died and rose again for me.


Fijufic said...

These things are beautiful. We are blessed to be healthy and active.


George and Missy Herrera said...

Thank you for this post - I read it right when I needed to hear it! I keep trying to control outcomes, when really I just need to abandon it to God. Thanks so much! :)

P.S. Love your blog

Rebecca said...

Love the lead-off quote you chose by Oswald Chambers...and your 1000 gifts list is beautiful so far : )