March already! It's hard to believe. Why, only yesterday I was optimistically reassessing my commitments and focus, determining how best to use my time and energy, this year. Surely, it was yesterday!
I was also listing the books that I planned to read over the next few months. Mmm... and I haven't crossed too many off that list, I'm sorry to say.
But at the moment, I'm deep in a couple of books. One is'Average Joe- God's extraordinary calling to ordinary men.' Yes... I know it's written for men. But I'd read some really good reviews and it sounded interesting. I've included a couple below:
All too often we stretch for the excellent, the exalted, the extraordinary only to be pulled back into the daily mundane of family life. We long for purpose and meaning but feel so entwined in the lives of others that we lose sight of ourselves. We even forget our gifts, our dreams, our identity.
Sometimes we need reminding that those things that we daily say and do, things that seem commonplace and ordinary, can be used by God for eternal impact. Don't sell yourself short.
Our deeds are like a stone cast into the pool of time creating ripples that extend to eternity.
But I'm also reading 'Made for More' by Hannah Anderson. I'm really enjoying Hannah's writing style. She reminds us that we are to be the image of our Maker and calls women to reflect God within their unique sphere of influence. She addresses the issue of who were are rather than what we are doing.
Her book has been described as 'a warm conversation about humanity, life and value and the journey of each of us as we come to grips with God and ourselves.'
I've been pleased to read these books together as they tend to complement and round out the picture. It's encouraging and inspiring to be reminded that our influence within our sphere of family and friends can be exceptional when we are focused on God and faith in Him. But neither can we be complacent. We need to broaden our gaze.. using and developing who we are, and that recognising and developing our gifts is imperative, not optional.
So, I've included a free downloadable iPad wallpaper as a daily encouragement and a reminder that we can find true purpose and fulfillment that takes us beyond commonplace to extraordinary.
Every day, in simple yet profound ways, you are building an enduring and ongoing family legacy, when your life is lived in the shadow of the King.
Life as a grandma.. it's no 'quiet, restful days in the rocking-chair'. It's filled with activity, excitement and lots of family fun. Please share it with me.