Saturday, August 17, 2013

Awesome Blog Design

After hours of hard tedious work, I've finally created a blog layout that I think is pretty awesome. I still need to tweak the layout by adding some content to the sidebar, maybe creating a button/icon. and a coming up with a post signature to match the new design. BUT, in the meantime, I think what I've got is pretty awesome, and best of all - I did it myself!

Of course, now I want to create more and more blog layouts. Designing the layout and header was a lot of fun. Working the new layout and header into the blog design so that it actually looks good, not so fun. So, I may make a few more so I'll be ready for all the upcoming seasonal holidays. But for now, I hope you like this one, because I'm done playing with HTML coding for awhile!

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Radical Obedience

On Aug 4th, I began an online Bible study hosted by Proverbs 31 ministries. We are using the book "What Happens When Women Say Yes to God" by Lysa TerKeurst. This week, we've read Chapters 2 and 3 - Hearing God's Voice and When Obedience Becomes Radical.

What is radical obedience?

Radical is defined as "affecting the fundamental nature of something; far-reaching or thorough" and obedience is defined as "compliance with someone's wishes or orders or acknowledgment of their authority."

So, radical obedience is compliance with God's wishes, in acknowledgement of His authority, in a far-reaching way that affects our fundamental nature.

So, what does that look like in my life?

This week, it looks like giving up a few of my favorite television programs. Doesn't seem too radical, huh? Well, nowhere does it say that radical obedience has to take the shape of selling your house and becoming a missionary in Africa or quitting your job to preach on the street corners. Now, it may, for some people, mean just that. But for me, in this moment, God is telling me to give up these shows. So, in order to please God and acknowledge His authority over all areas of my life, I am giving them up.

And really, radical obedience, for most of us, will probably start with a small step. God will ask us to do or say or give up something that will cost us only a little bit of comfort. Once we learn how to say yes to small things, He can begin to get us ready to say YES to big things, in big ways, that may require big sacrifice. I hope we're all ready for that, because once He begins a good work in us, He will see it through to the finish. (Phil 1:6).