Ambitious Christian Living, Ambitious Church Life, Uncategorized

Ambitions for Christ is moving to a new address!

After much thought and pray, I have decided to take the leap into making a real website home for Ambitions for Christ. This means I will no longer be posting here at my wordpress.com account. I’m so thankful for each one of you who are following me here and I would be honored if you came and checked out Ambitions for Christ’s new home-

www.ambitionsforchrist.com.

I would appreciate your prayers as my new site is currently a work in progress as I learn new techniques each day to build my website. This is definitely a learning experience and God is using it to teach me LOTS of patience and perseverance! ๐Ÿ™‚

Thank you again for your kind comments and likes here and I hope to see you at my new address in the future!

Thanks for stopping by!

Ramblings, Uncategorized

Writing Again

Well, I must admit that I have my reservations about blogging again. Partly because I don’t know if it is a hair-brained scheme of my pregnancy mind. Partly because I wonder if I should be taking any time for such simple musings. I mean, there is always more chores to be done and more games of Peek-a-boo to be played with Laura. But at the same time, I couldn’t be more certain that I should be blogging again. It is so refreshing to be getting all the thoughts that rumble around in my head out onto paper or onto screen, depending on the point in the day. My husband has also been great about encouraging me to try this venture again which gives me peace that this might be the perfect time for me to be blogging again.

As I mentioned in the past, I am thinking of attempting to turn blogging into a money making project as well but for now, I am trying to just not panic and enjoy the moments of sharing thoughts with others again. It’s been fun to find other blogs to comment on and read through. It has also been crazy eye opening how hard writing has gotten for me. I am super rusty at this!

For the most part, I am just praying that God continues to confirm that He wants me to do this blog and that I can share more of Him with the world through whatever humble words I can pen. I do want all that I write and all that I do to truly glorify Him! Please pray for me if you have a chance too as I am just learning this all over again and again that I am wholly dependent on Him to help me. I can do all things through Christ but that doesn’t always mean the blog topics will flow quickly or simply or that the time in my day will be easy to come by.

With all that being rambled, I just want to say again, thank you for following the beginnings of my humble blog and I will see you again tomorrow, Lord willing!

Thanks for stopping by!

Ambitious Christian Living, Devotional Thoughts, Uncategorized

Expectations

Expectations was today’s writing prompt and I couldn’t pass it up. Expectations can be so AGGHHHH! Yeah, just picture a crazy lady pulling her hair out there… ๐Ÿ™‚

Expectations can leave you feeling worse than the worst or better than the best depending on the outcome of said expectation. Everyone has expectations, whether for the positive or the negative, they have them. Expectations when boiled down simply mean how we assumeย something to turn out. For instance, I expect my daughter to sleep through the night tonight. Why? Because after months and months of sleep training practices, she has successfully done so consistently for almost a month now. I can’t believe tonight would be any different since we are staying on her schedule and she is healthy and fine today. However, that expectation can be punctured at any point during the night and leave me sleepy and grumpy by morning.

I also have the expectation that my husband is not going to do something special for Valentine’s Day today. Before the condemnations rain down on him, let me explain why. Well, first, we went out and had a special date night in advance on the weekend since we knew a week night was not convenient for us to have a date. Second, neither of us are super high on the gift giving/gift getting love language so it is rare when we do give each other gifts and we usually decide on those gifts in advance to minimize surprises that we don’t deal well with. It’s just who we are as a couple when it comes to gifting. Third, we have planned to eat a special supper at home tonight where we can simply enjoy each other’s company in peace and quiet (our favorite way to celebrate any holiday!) ย ๐Ÿ™‚ Now, that is my expectation. Should my husband walk through the door with a bouquet of roses tonight, my expectations would be upset but that wouldn’t be a bad breaking of my expectations. It would be an elevation of them-a going above and beyond the call of duty type thing.

We often have expectations of what God is going to do in our Christian walk with Him too. Like we expect that He will bless us if we are walking with Him. How does that expectation work out for us though? Especially in America, Christians hear many pastors or teachers or authors preach what we would call Prosperity Gospel. This is the idea that if we just live “good enough” Christian lives, God will bless us and give us whatever we want. Yeah, I hate to burst anyone’s expectation bubble but that’s not quite how it works. How do we know when we have been good enough? Our faith can quickly turn to frantic work-based legalism or to glib why-should-I-even-try attitude in the face of this false doctrine.

Don’t get me wrong, God does bless believers. It just probably won’t look like the blessings we were expecting. Like when I prayed that God would help my husband find contentment at work, I expected Him to help Nick see ways to do so in the work environment as a teacher, I never expected that prayer to be answered by Nick’s total career change during the pregnancy of our first child! Trust me, in the moment, it did NOT feel like a blessing for either of us. God also blesses us as believers in the BIG ways that we often forget to count such as waking us up everyday, providing us a way of salvation, and ministering to us through His Holy Spirit.

God does promise us that we will face persecution and hard times for living our lives for Him in this world. It is not the pretty cross-stitch message you see on wall hangings unfortunately so we tend to forget that promise. Also, we forget that He said that whatever the Master (Jesus) faced on earth, we could face as followers of Him. Yikes. Beatings. Imprisonment. Separation from family and friends. Death. That doesn’t sound like what most Christians expect to experience. But it should be part of our expectations. However, that is not the hopeless end of our expectations. Thank goodness!! ๐Ÿ™‚

We can have another expectation as believers. God will never leave us or forsake us.ย Whew! I don’t know about you but that is amazing. I know that hard times will come (some already have) but God will be right there with me every moment of every day just waiting to help and comfort me through each situation. Now that is a promise I can place my hope in! Plus, it will help me face all the other broken expectations that will happen too.

Okay, super long post complete. Now it is your turn, tell me about times when your expectations were met or not met and how God helped you deal with those time!

Thank for stopping by! ๐Ÿ™‚

Uncategorized

The Blank Page

My favorite aisle in any store is the office supply aisle-you know, the one filled with empty notebooks. Sigh, could I just buy them all? I mean, is that really too much to ask? According to my husband, it is. ๐Ÿ™‚

The reason I have been drawn to the notebook aisle since I was a little girl has to do with the wonder of staring at a blank sheet of paper and dreaming of all the ways I could fill it up with words. I love journaling about life when I get a chance in a notebook. It is so great to look back over the years of scribbles I have kept because I can see how God has grown me and changed me and how I still have lots of growth and change potential.

Or I could fill the pages with stories that I make up. That was my particular favorite way to use a blank page when I was a teenager. My friends and I would write story after story and share it with each other. Trust me, it was no great writing but the act of getting to imagine on paper truly is magical. From time to time, the urge to story write on blank pages comes back strong for me.

Finally, I love writing about my passions. I love writing “articles” as it were about what I am passionate about. That is where this blog is coming in. I wanted to get my articles off of dusty old notebooks and into the world for others to see and think over. My prayer is that as I share my stories of life and my passions with you, God will use them to grow you closer to Him and to help you find ways to better glorify and serve God.

What about you? Do you love staring at the potential of the blank page or computer screen? Or does it drive you nuts because you don’t know what to put down yet? Let me know. I would love to hear about what you fill your blank pages with and what you want me to share on my blog’s blank spaces in the future.

Thanks for reading! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Learning Again

Hello,

Well, I am learning about blogging all over again. It is not as easy as I had hoped, maybe because I keep getting caught up by reading Pinterest posts by professional bloggers who make it look easy and have been doing it forever in comparison to me. It’s amazing how horribly simple my blog looks in comparison to theirs!

There is a quote that I have heard (no idea who said it) about not comparing your beginnings to someone else’s middles. I like the thought of that again right now. It’s easy to fall prey to this idea that my life has to look like others who are in totally different areas of life than I am. For instance, my mom’s house is so CLEAN compared to mine. She lives in a big house alone with my dad and it almost always looks company ready. I have an active toddler in mine who can undo hours of cleaning in less than 5 minutes time. Different stages of life dictate that I cannot compare my house to my mom’s right now.

My reading list that I accomplished during the first (childless) years of marriage are impressive (not to brag but I read some good but tough stuff!) Right now, I can’t stay awake through a basic shorter C.S. Lewis book and am happy to make my goal in reading a little easier on myself since I know that this time of life just doesn’t offer the focus necessary for certain types of study and books. That’s okay. Someday I will have that kind of quiet time and focus again and all I will probably want is a little girl who kisses me while she has Cocoa Puffs in her mouth. Okay, I am getting teary eyed…must NOT think of her growing up way too quick!!

Finally, I cannot compare my relationship with Christ to other Christian’s walks. First, I have no idea where God is leading other people in their walks. They could be facing far deeper issues than I will ever guess and God could be working on them in super special ways that are unnoticed by the world. Also, I cannot assume mine is better than another’s just because it looks different from my own. For the longest time, I had this very vain idea that reading the Bible on one’s phone just wasn’t a good way to cultivate time in God’s Word. Now I am the mom who gets daily reminders of Scripture sent to her phone so I at least get some Bible study in every day, even if it is just a two minute text! Now, don’t confuse me, I still LOVE studying my Bible pages that are all marked up and mine and smell great and such but again, different season of life. I just don’t have that opportunity every single day so I grasp the moments with God and His word where ever and whenever I can get them!

So for today, I am learning again and again. Thank God for little lessons in small moments of the day. ๐Ÿ™‚

Now excuse me while I go get some more kisses from my adorable and crazy daughter who is currently pushing chairs all over the house and giggling about the crashing noises. ๐Ÿ™‚