Participating with the Divine

As I wrote about a couple of weeks ago, my one word for 2015 is Love. In that post I declared that my 2015 Love would:

  • Be grounded in prayer and in pursuit of how Jesus wants me to Love
  • Strive to be that servant kind of love, especially within my immediate family
  • Involve a lot less talking and lot more listening
  • Approach my daily duties in my home with a joyful and grateful heart
  • Be verbalized more. That is, I plan to say ‘I love you’ more often, especially to my husband
  • Guide me to think & act beyond myself; to be more self-less.
  • Safeguard my intentions and motives, ensuring they are for love of Him and the desire to align my life with His Divine Will.

As I’ve been moving through everyday life with a heightened awareness on how I’m loving others, I’ve learned something incredible. I’ve learned that every day, without leaving my house, heck without even getting out of my pajamas, I get to partner with the God of the universe. That I have an important role to play in fulfilling the Will of God through the way I love and care for my family.

I participate with the Divine through the way I live out the ordinary responsibilities of motherhood and marriage. My kids and my husband were chosen for me because God wants me to be the bringer of His heavenly love to them. God knows there is something specific about the way I will nourish them, challenge them, care for them that will enable each one to fulfill His plan and purpose in their lives.

When I think about life in those terms, I feel incredibly honored. Honored to be a woman and a mother. Honored to be used by God to love, clothe, feed, and spiritually nourish His precious people whom He has placed in my care during this earthly life. I am His hands, His feet, His voice, His shoulder, His heart. Motherhood is indeed a high calling. And marriage is a sacred vocation.

The Love of God
Every day, I am sustained and kept on track in carrying out my ‘participation mission’ by one thing alone: God’s love for me. His heavenly love provides the nourishment and the fortitude that I need in order to do what is required of me. That is, to love the imperfect humans around me in the way He wants them to be loved.

without letting my ego or pride get in the way

without focus on their human imperfections (or mine)

by choosing to see and relate with the Truth of who they are (and again, not getting hooked by the imperfect or undesirable parts of our humanity)

God’s love for me – and for you – is Huge and Powerful! Beyond comprehension and not at all contingent on us, thank goodness. Lean into His love today. Ask Him to pour it on! And then be still, even for a moment, and soak in it.

Many blessings to you and yours,
De

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” – John 3:16

“No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” – Romans 8:37-39

Have you chosen a word to be your beacon this year?
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  1. martha brady says:

    hi de, my one word for the year is healthy. not just physically, altho’ it is that, but in all areas of life. i’m delving into it on my blog of course. it is a slower process than i’m wanting. but that’s how it often goes isn’t it?

    you bit off a big one didn’t you? love. wow! i see we wrote on a similar topic related to raising our children today…or grandchildren as the case may be.

    the thing about participating with GOD in raising our kids is that it is so mundane that it doesn’t often feel all that holy does it? somehow, making meals, changing diapers, cleaning up? helping them learn to be decent human beings who love the Lord? it doesn’t feel very diving. some days it doesn’t even feel very loving or lovely.

    but we are doing divine work…or as many of us like to call it…Kingdom work! no, we won’t see the results for a long time to come, but we are doing it just the same. it’s good to remember, especially on the really grimy days:)

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    • De Yarrison says:

      Hi Martha! The power is in the perspective! I can choose to look at my daily tasks as mundane, boring, or unappreciated. Or I can choose to look at a much larger perspective, beyond myself and any given messy moment. Ours is a sacred vocation (mothering, grandmothering, parenting) and is indeed Kingdom work! We are His hands and feet, right here in our own homes!
      Thank you for visiting!

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