“I’ll have what she’s having.” 

What person(s) would you want to be more like? What is it about them that is so attractive to you? Is it their wisdom, or joy? Are they especially tender or gentle? Do they have a lightness about them? Is their first instinct to sow peace? Are they courageous? Do they love the unlovely? Do they live life brimming over with hope, or are they richly rooted in faith? What do they radiate?  What do they have that you want? 148130_4481619491928_1068926090_n I want to be more like Janice, who loves Jesus more than she fears death, even though she will soon encounter both.  And I want to be more like Alison, who comes to sit tenderly beside a dying sister, singing soft hymns by the bed while Janice labors to rest. They are both beautiful to me. But the fruit of the God’s spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. I want to be more like the Apostle Paul, who was not ashamed of the gospel, because he knew it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone. And, I want to be more like Jesus, the one Paul served, who revealed the mercy and righteousness of God to both the foolish and the wise. So, what is it that you don’t want to become then? Fearful? Aloof? Numb? Bitter? Whiny? Cowardly? Harsh? Cold? Out-of-control? Me, either! And most especially, I don’t want to become a fool. “For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools…” marcela-almost-ready-to-dance Friends who claim to know God, this is a test!  Fruitful thinking and morally discerning hearts are gifts from knowing God as he really is, remembering all he has done, all he promises to do, and thanking him for all of it. Do you want this?  Do you want a hopeful heart and clear, productive thinking? Do you want to bless others, speak grace, strengthen the weary, and encourage the saints? Me, too! What if the opposite of Romans 1:21 were true of us? “For they knew God!  They glorified God as he really was, and they continually gave thanks to him.  Their thinking was fruitful, productive and hopeful, and their wise hearts were discerning and clear. They weren’t wise in their own eyes, but prayed without ceasing…” Would others want what you had, if this were true of you? Wouldn’t you just radiate? tumblr_llj2peFFaS1qjjg6io1_500 Nothing is too hard for God.  He makes the lame to dance, and the blind to see.  He can turn your life’s ashes into something far more beautiful that you could ever imagine. So, if you are feeling fuzzy and futile, do not despair!  Ransack God’s word to remember (or discover) who God really is.  If you are feeling dark and foolish, do not fear! Humble your own way – the one that seems right to you – and ask for new eyes to see God’s righteous way, his kingdom come. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. Great joy in God’s eternal kindness, today. Kim

4 responses to “I’ll have what she’s having.” 

  1. Denise Tolton says:

    The woman who is “Given Breath” takes mine away more times than not when I read her blog! Yet I know deep in my spirit it is the Spirit of God who speaks through her. I have the double blessing to be a friend of her Mom, too. Two generations of women who know the Lord so intimately. One communing by internet; the other in person. I am doubly blessed.
    Denise

  2. Given Breath says:

    Ah, thank you, Denise. Take good care of my mom:) I hope to be in NC in August. Maybe, I will see you! xo

  3. Chelsea says:

    I feel like you have been inside my head way after reading your last few posts. I feel overwhelmed when you allow God to express his truth through you. Thank you for being so faithful and reminding us of God’s character the only thing that will always be constant.

  4. Given Breath says:

    Ah yes, Chelsea – his character is constant and good, and his mercies never fail. So amazing:)

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