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Sunday, May 24, 2009

a stirring towards community

naturally, i am a very content person. i enjoy the daily things that i do. i do not get the itch to always be doing something new. i do not change the decor in my home very often. i decorate it the way i like it and i like it for a very long time. it is easy for me to stay home and just do nothing. i enjoy having friends over. we do that a lot. but, i want to be able to do that with people who just like being with me and my family, for us. i do not want to have to impress them in any way. when i go some place new, i do not feel the need for someone to have to make a mad dash over to me to make me feel comfortable. i feel comfortable if someone talks to me and i feel comfortable if they don't. i say all that to say it would normally be ok with me to stay home with just my family and not venture out to involve myself in much else. but, i'm feeling like there is a new thing that God is doing inside of me and i am very excited. i can not really explain it, but it feels like a stirring towards community, being a part of something that is bigger than just me or me and my family by ourselves.

you would think that the place to step out in this urging within me would be my local church. i am very involved there. i help to administrate the children's department and i teach a weekly Bible study. sometimes i will speak on Sunday mornings if our pastor needs a break or will be out of town. so, there is definitely involvement there. but whatever this is going on inside of me is different. honestly, i can not put my finger on it. i have never liked busying myself in things for the sake of being busy. big programs that are purposed for saying, "look at what great thing we just did for God" never interested me. and they still don't. i feel like God is wanting to do more relationship building in me that moves me toward accomplishing a oneness with others that shows the great thing that God has done and is doing in His people by magnifying His love in us and toward one another. i don't know what is going to come of this but i can say that i am very excited. i am sure i have more understanding coming of what He is doing in me. as it is revealed to me, i will share it here.

23 comments:

Sarah Dawn said...

Rejoicing in the pull on your heart. God is moving to touch hearts, to unite His children, to proclaim His glory in a beautiful way. Each time I read your words, He does this in me.

Keep writing my friend, the world is listening,
Sarah Dawn

Beth in NC said...

That is great! Very exciting!

Daveda said...

It's so awesome when God begins doing something new inside of us! I recently went on a jog and offered to watch this ladies dog while she chased after her other dog...I just felt like it was the "Jesus" thing to do. It seemed as if she were gone for a loooong time. But, the whole time I was content, because I had this sense of reaching out to the community, this is a good thing. If I see this lady again, which I sincerely hope I do, I think we may be able to be friends, or at least share in conversation. For me, reaching out can sometimes be just this simple.

Loved your post...much of the time when I read here, it reminds me of something I want to share.

Looking forward to Blogger Appreciation Week! Glad you are in and can't wait to read your posting! Love ya

He And Me + 3 said...

I can't wait to see what God has in store for yo and your family. So awesome that you are being that willing vessel ready to be used in what ever capacity He has for you.
Blessings!

Sassy Granny ... said...

Ah yes ... the incredible, stirring, compelling, summoning of God! I know that sense well. I call it the approach to the "Y" in the road. For me, it typically entails the taking of a direction, and not always a clear arrow pointing towards which one.

I love life's "Y"s ... God always goes before, and then always comes behind. How could they be anything but amazing when both would have us walking on the high ground.

Prov 4:25-27

Looking forward to the next chapter!

Kathleen

Five Moms & A Blog said...

You sound a lot like me! My guests know my house is a place to feel at home. We don't sit properly with our feet firmly on the floor. My guests feel comfortable curling up with a pillow on my couches and putting their feet up. Mine is simple and homey and never gets redecorated either!!!

Thanks for dropping by "Five Moms & A Blog" today. We're so glad to have ya!

Five Moms & A Blog said...

Oops, I forgot to sign that...

~Erica =0)

The Real Me! said...

Hi Christy,
Thanks for stopping by my blog. This new adventure that you are embarking on sounds wonderful.
Oh and by the way, I'm Kim, not Kathleen. LOL. But you can call me anything you want. I'm that easy to get along with! Hee! Hee!
Blessings,
Kim

Kelly's Ideas said...

That is great! When God puts something new on our heart - another chance to glorify Him

Kelly

amanda said...

praying for you and your obedience to HIS calling. :0)

to answer your question. we have three in diapers and have been using cloth four almost five months. there's no going back. i LOVE it. it has saved us SO much money. and if you research what is really in disposable diapers, it's scary stuff!! :0) i could go on and on but i won't. if you really want to know i'm more than willing to share! :0)

Shanda said...

I completely understand what you are saying. I too have been feeling that need to pull back and connect in deeper and more meaningful ways.

Daveda said...

Hello friend...thanks for joining in on Blogger Appreciation Week. I need to ask though if you could come back by Grace Talk and sign up again, AFTER you have published your post, copy the URL for that post into the Mister Linky. This way when folks drop by it will take them directly to that post. SO SORRY :{ I'm new and learning...

Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

I enjoyed reading your blog today.

Be sure and stop by my blog and sign up for the "10 Giveaways" that I will draw for on Wednesday.
Also, please pray for sweet Maggie as she returns to St Jude's this week. Would love for you to grab her button for your blog...

2nd Cup of Coffee said...

Christy, re your comment on my blog; there are days when the kids are little that we all feel like that. i thought I would be filling sippy cups for.ev.er. Not so. Not so at all. I would like to have each one of them, just for a day, back when they were little again. I miss those children although I dearly love who they are now. Does that make sense?

Also, you might like Francis Chan's book "Crazy Love" because he addresses the feelings you have expressed in this post.

Lisa said...

I cried when I read this because I felt such a kinship. I am not involved the way you are though. I would be content to stay at home and do nothing but things around the house. I feel that God is telling me, "It's time for more".

Thank you for sharing that.

Julie said...

Sweet Christy,

I loved this post. I am excited to see what Papa God is up to in your life.

Thank you for your sweet comment on my blog's post... I saw that LInda recommended Francis Chan's book, "Crazy Love"... I've got that book and plan to start reading it soon. Let me know if you start to read it.

Have a blessed day!

Christy said...

I just came upon your blog and truly am enjoying it and am being blessed by your words. I too am Christy! :) I'm praying for you as you step outside of your box and obey our LORD.

I look forward to getting to know you even more.

God Bless

RCUBEs said...

This post is a great inspiration to me. I love being at home too with my family, contented with simple things. But not as active as you are in church. My ministry I feel is where I work, same with my husband. But that's exciting that the Lord is leading you to a new place you haven't ventured before. Can't wait to hear from you as this is revealed in your heart.
Lord, please protect sister Christy as you give her obedient heart a new place where she can be a useful tool for Your glory. May you fan the flames in our hearts to long more for You and You alone. In Jesus' Name. Amen.

Kiesha said...

Hi, I just found your blog thourgh MiMi's. You have a beautiful family and write from your heart and that is always refreshing.

I have felt God dealing with me for the past few months, still not sure about all the details. I guess God and I are still working that out. :)

Can't wait to see what God has in store for you. I plan on coming back for more of your inspirational posts. Thanks for sharing.
Kiesha

Billy Coffey said...

That stirring of God is a precious thing, best met with exactly the attitude you're showing. I can't wait to see what God has in store for you.

Kimberly said...

Hi!
What a pleasure it is to meet you! :) Thanks so much for your sweet comment over at my place.

I know I don't know you, but I get excited just reading this post. :) I understand what you mean here...being excited about the stirrings God places in our hearts. I am at a similar place. Knowing He is stirring in me for something new...something more. I don't know exactly what is ahead of me, but I am excited, too.

Blessings to you as your pursue more and more of Him!
K

Kellie Felmey said...

Great post Christy, I feel like we are on the same page!

LisaShaw said...

I understand that great stirring...

Go forth with courage and serve the Lord in whatever area He directs and leads. I'm sure it's going to be awesome!

God bless.