Friday, February 26, 2010

Actually Listening

I am totally inspired by my friends. I plan on writing more about them just to share them with the rest of you! They are incredible and I learn from them time and time again. My dear friend Jade is one that just rocks my socks. Jade is a tiny little person with blond hair and fair skin and big pretty lips. She reminds me of a little pixie. Jade is always sharing the latest thing she has learned or the latest book that gave her a revelation. You know how Oprah has a book club? Well so does Jade! And I am all up in it my friends! haha! I know she is just a person and she has stuff like we all do, but I tell you with the most honesty my friends, Jade has worked through so much and she is an incredibly disciplined individual. This is why she is always reading a pushing herself toward growth. After a conversation with her I realized something that I think makes my friend Jade so amazing. She wakes up in the morning and prays about her day. She invited the Lord into her agenda. She invites him into the tiny places I would never think of. What to eat... Who to go see... Later I got on the phone with Brittney and we, as usual, were talking about some kind of diet and exercise program. She shared with me that she had started inviting the Lord into her workouts and in her diet after being inspired by Jade to do so. What an amazing thought! I sat amazed. I do not think I had ever even thought about asking the Lord about what I would eat or about inviting him into the tiny little parts of my daily agenda! I guess I had always thought if I accomplished everything I set out to.. juggled everything I set out to.. and prayed a few times during the day that was enough. I decided after that light bulb went off that I would begin to invite the Lord into my agenda. The next day was CRAZY for me. I had more to do than I could think about. I woke up, fed the baby, drank my coffee, and stated pumping out my to do list. All of the sudden I was convicted to pray for my day. I looked down at my to do list and said " Ok Lord, not my agenda but yours today. Help me to be sensitive to the Holy Spirit ." Later that day I was in a tissy! Overwhelmed! I still needed to go grocery shopping, cook dinner, give the baby and bath, and on and on and on. Just then baby on hip in my laundry room, my phone rang. My friend Hannah was calling to come see me and hang out. She wanted my help writing a paper. Just as I was about to tell her today simply wasnt the day, Jesus showed up. He reminded me of my prayer. I told her to come on! I forgot the laundry, we ordered Sushi and hung out and I helped her finish her paper. That night ended up being one of the best nights I had spent with a friend in awhile. At the end of the night she informed me that she loved me and it meant so much that I would help her. I was glad I did. I was glad for once the laundry sat there and the grocery shopping didnt get done but I had listened. This concept being to catch on in my heart. So my dear friends, I am currently in a state of ACTUALLY LISTENING! Who woulda thought. haha. Every day I am asking the Lord to set me on His agenda and not my own. I am praying to be sensitive to the Holy spirit that I would know who to hang out with and what to do with my time. For once my friends... I am actually listening!