I mentioned in an earlier post that I generally spend the Easter season processing my Lenten experiences. The past two years have marked more spiritual growth than the previous 40 years. Not that I haven’t made personal progress in my live, but the last two years have been focused on my spiritual growth more than anything else.
For most of my life, I have largely ignored God’s call. It hasn’t been intentional. It’s been a side effect of my crappy self-esteem. I valued the opinions of others more than my own. Not very helpful given that few people really know me well.
So… The course of my ministries has been directed by the requests of others rather than the God’s will. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the ministries I’ve led and participated in, but they haven’t been consistent with my gifts or my passions. I’ve been walking someone else’s path instead of my own.
A few things I’ve learned about myself…
- I connect with God most fully when I connect with God’s creation.
- I’m a beloved child of God and don’t need to be anyone but myself.
- I have a passion for helping God’s creatures.
- For me, music is a form of prayer.
- Living a quiet, contemplative life is the key to my happiness.
- I am–and have always been–a writer.
- My husband is not just my best friend and spouse; he is my partner in ministry.
- Family is not really about genetics; it’s about the people who love and support you when times are tough and who celebrate with you when times are good.
- Life is best when God comes first.
- I’m still a work in progress, but since Faith is a journey, that’s ok. 😉
As we approach Pentecost this weekend, I am preparing for action–to put the things I’ve learned in practice. I pray for the Holy Spirit to fill me and to move to do great works. What will you be praying for as we celebrate the birth of the church and the arrival of the Holy Spirit?