November 7, 2013

Half Posts and Full Truths

I keep a list of blog topic ideas open on my computer at all times. My best thoughts come at the most inopportune times, so I'm constantly writing on my hand, on the tops of journal pages, and or on my phone until I can release them for safe keeping to the document on my computer.

But sometimes those ideas just sit there. Like for months. I forget what I was thinking about when I wrote it down or, when I go to write, it just doesn't seem relevant anymore. Most of them are just half-baked ideas that will probably never get fully-baked.

But that doesn't mean I can't pull the half-baked ideas out and let them marinate with you. So that's just what I'm going to do today--give you a few mini posts. Perhaps some full truths in a few half posts will connect with somewhere where you are right now. And it gives me a chance to share some of what's going on in my mind, heart, and even on my calendar. Read on, friends!

Do you know the Holy Spirit?
I grew up in a traditional Southern Baptist church. We didn't talk about the Holy Spirit, at least not from what I remember. It's no wonder that I've been undoing a tangle of legalism, try-hard, and self-reliance ever since I began studying and discovering Him for myself. The law is a ministry of death and condemnation (a perfect description of legalism) but the ministry of the Spirit is of righteousness, life, and freedom. The Holy Spirit is our everything when it comes to ministry and life transformation. Click here for a little ditty about the roles and the activity of the Holy Spirit.

A few months ago, I spoke to some church planting wives and I've been thinking about it ever since, specifically about one woman who bemoaned that she is never included in social situations with women in her church. I said pretty firmly in return, "Because you're the pastor's wife, you're pretty much going to always have to be an initiator with other women. The sooner you embrace that, the better." Afterward I wondered if what I'd said was right, if we really do have to be initiators when it comes to friendship. I think what didn't sit right about my response was actually my not wanting it to be true. But I think it is true, and I think the sooner we embrace it, the better.

In regards to discipleship and ministry, my husband always says, "The more time we spend with fewer people leads to greater kingdom impact." I have been reminded of this several times lately and have been challenged to keep my focus on the few rather than the masses, just as Jesus did as he spent time with the 12 and even more time with the 3.

Think This, Not That
I wrote this in a recent post...
As I learned in the early days, I can't live for a minute on romantic ideas of ministry or even by giving myself a little pep-talk in moments of difficulty or apprehension. I must live and minister by faith or I'll simply wither up from discouragement. I've learned to combat recurring thoughts, whether true or untrue, with the Lord's encouragement as given in His Word.

Now, I've put the verses and thoughts from that post into a nifty little print-out just for you.
Here are a few other print outs I've offered in past posts:
Verses for Ministry
The Pastor's Wife's Prayer (or in Spanish)

I Heart...
I am really loving the music of Josh Garrels right now. And I can't wait to read The Insanity of God by Nik Ripken. That's all.

The Blog
I've got some ideas brewing that I can't wait to share with you! I'm hoping to roll them out around the one-year publishing anniversary of The Church Planting Wife, which I can hardly believe is coming up in a few months.

I've got something else brewing that starts with a "b" and doesn't end in "aby". More on that in the coming months!

Now is as good a time as any to simply say thank you. Whether you are new to the blog or you've been around for a while, thank you for reading and commenting and being my cyber friend. Thank you for reading The Church Planting Wife this year and telling me how you could relate and how it has encouraged you. That has encouraged me! And mostly, thank you for pursuing the Lord with me.

What do you have to say? Anything you're learning lately? Any questions or topics you'd like me to add to my half-baked idea list?