friends, as we are in this work with you, we beg you, please don’t squander one bit of this marvelous life God has given us. God reminds us,
"i heard your call in the nick of time; the day you needed me, i was there to help."
well, now is the right time to listen, the day to be helped. DON'T PUT IT OFF; don’t frustrate God’s work by showing up late, throwing a QUESTION MARK over everything we’re doing. our work as God’s servants gets validated—or not—IN THE DETAILS. people are watching us as we stay at our post, alertly, unswervingly . . . in hard times, tough times, bad times; when we’re beaten up, jailed, and mobbed; working hard, working late, working without eating; with pure heart, clear head, steady hand; in gentleness, holiness, and honest love; when we’re telling the truth, and when GOD'S SHOWING HIS POWER; when we’re doing our best setting things right; when we’re praised, and when we’re blamed; slandered, and honored; true to our word, though distrusted; ignored by the world, but recognized by God; terrifically alive, though rumored to be dead; beaten within an inch of our lives, but refusing to die; immersed in tears, yet always filled with deep joy; living on handouts, yet enriching many; having nothing, having it all.
dear, dear corinthians, i can’t tell you how much I long for you to enter this wide-open, spacious life. WE DIDN'T FENCE YOU IN. the smallness you feel comes from within you. YOUR LIVES ARE'NT SMALL, BUT YOURE LIVING THEM IN A SMALL WAY. i’m speaking as plainly as i can and with great affection. OPEN UP YOUR LIVES. live openly and expansively!
((2 corinthians 6))
it has been a goal of mine to grow this blog. not grow as in readership, but grow as in content. i've stopped and started many times, wondering what is too much to share and often times getting confused by comparison and easily forgetting what the goal is. when i started blogging again i wrote up a post addressing very specific ideas that i wanted to stay true to as i committed to blogging again. it was a necessary thing for me. and as i have found myself more and more in a "writing" groove, i have been met with the same question over and over again on blogging and privacy. how much is too much?
there is a very real discomfort in sharing your everyday. a discomfort in sharing your thoughts, in sharing your dreams, in sharing your faith, in sharing your mistakes. a sure discomfort in living "openly". a safety in living in the small. but, i have to decide. am i in or am i out? i don't want things to be filtered or staged. i want them to be open and authentic, in a "syreena" kind of way. this post probably means nothing to you. but it definitely means everything to me. its time for me to live openly and expansively. its time for me to let love rid my life of any and every fear (and i currently have a ton of them). my life isn't small, and i'm tired of living it in a small way. i truly believe that i was lead to share a bit of my world. and this is me, deciding to just go with it.
on another note, i am beyond ready for the spring weather to roll in in a strong way. besides getting to catch precious moments like a baby girl with her daddy (see above) being in the house with three small children is a no go.
>>> will work for sunshine people <<<
im excited about all the fun we will have this spring and summer.
can't believe my baby girl will be one year old in just a few short months!!!! not happy about it and happy about it all at the same time. anywhoooo....
from syreena, with love