Oct 14, 2011

Three things on my Heart

Oh, I have so much on my heart this lovely, beautiful Friday! The weather here is so crisp, fresh..perfect for Sissy to wear little tights and boots...then shed them off around lunchtime.
last fall

I have been to the gym three times this week, and it has been such.a.blessing. I have the honor of going with a friend and the accountability is really keeping us motivated. I teetered back and forth on whether or not to join the Y...I thought I'd never go or that we couldn't handle the expense. But it ended up being $9 cheaper (that's yarn and buttons and a cheeseburger!) than we thought. And it's open til 10:30p.m. Us girls are the only ones there.

After just these three days, the endorphins have made me:

Not need a nap (though they are nice).
More patient with the kids.
Have more energy to work on the house.
This is the romantic phase, where getting back into physical fitness is fun and not overly strenuous as I get my body used to being worked. I pray the Lord gives me the same enthusiasm 2 months down the road... Or even next week after I learn my BMI and how weak I am...

Thing number #2 on my heart:

Sissy and I look alike! Cute...eeee!
baby Mindy on L, baby Story on R

Thing #3: Heard an inspiring speaker (keeping names private) at MAPS today, as is usually the case. In a nutshell, she told how she intentionally pursued the Lord for a period of 5 years, remaining open to how He could use her big one day. She struggled with self-esteem but the Lord kept with his healing ways. Then, just this August, something happened.

A coworker's daughter (19 months old?) was in critical condition at the hospital after a car accident. This woman felt compelled to visit the family/baby, in the hospital, though she didn't know them well. God gave her confidence that He was working in this family. She was compelled to be there for the family their entire hospital stay, and even after as they said goodbye to their daughter, who went home to her princess mansion in Heaven.

The day of Baby Girl's celebration ceremony, this woman led the father to Jesus. Later, she asked why the family wanted her around to help with the ceremony, etc. They said, "it's because of your confidence in God; your confidence that everything was going to be okay."

God had given a young woman, who struggled with self esteem, fountains of confidence that helped a family through a trying time!

Five years prior she made the decision to pursue the Lord intentionally. She said, "it is my personal responsibility to learn and develop myself as a follower of Christ" (the same is true for us). The Lord was working in her life so she could be a willing vessel several years down the road.

Here are a couple of things she said that resonated with me:

When you believe nothing significant can happen through you, you have said more about your belief in God than you have declared about yourself.

He will develop your character to match your assignment.

I want to know the Lord personally more and more each day. And I want to be ready to jump when he says "go." As vessels we must empty ourselves so the Lord can fill us. Then we take what he has given us and pour it out on others. I don't want to be known as solely spilling crafts or cute blog posts onto people. I want to be known as spilling the Lord's anointing, compassion, and confidence onto others.

It's always about/for Him!


april@gingerbread said...

oh my gosh, you and story are twins! I love it!

Sarah {the fontenot four} said...

I agree - you two are twins!! Cute! And the story at the end. Beautiful. I hadn't heard it put like that, but "He will develop your character to match your assignment." is a thought to truly cling to! Thanks.

Courtney said...

Thank you for sharing what's on your heart. That last story really touched my heart. I love the act of intentionally pursuing God. Our God is incredible!

Lindsay said...

I am so jealous of your gorgeous fall weather :)

Diane said...

Love that story. He helps us to be great and useful for Him. :O)

Liz Lowrey said...

Oh my! You were right! You and Story look so much alike! Too cute!

Briana@SweetCGrace said...

yarn and buttons and a cheeseburger - i think you are my new favorite person :)

Ashley @ LaLuce said...

i think i'm in the romance phase with running too... the fall weather WANT to run...we'll see how motivated i am when its freezing out. LOL. just found your blog! love it!

Emily said...

I've been wanting the same for my blog. I hope you know how many women you inspire beautiful mindy! Myself included!!!

The Cantelmo Family said...

I struggle with insecurity. Thanks for the encouragement.
Ha! I have a love hate relationship with the gym. I really need to get back there and having that break from the kids is refreshing. I am also in a way better mood with the kids after I workout and spend time with God. That is the best combo ever for me. Doesn't always happen.
I am loving your blog