Today is Day Eleven of 31 Days of Encountering God! If you missed the kick-off, you can go HERE and find the Introduction as well as each days post! (I will be adding every day as the month goes on!
Encountering God on a (Five Minute) Friday...
Once again, attempting to combine my #31Days series on Encountering God and Lisa-Jo's Five Minute Friday... Today, the word prompt is: ORDINARY
Oh but - first - the fine print: if you don't know what FMF is! Five Minute Fridays are hosted by Lisa Jo Baker. It is open to anyone, so to learn more about it - and to jump in yourself (the more the merrier!) or just to find a linky to see what everyone is writing about today - click HERE! The idea is to simply write... for Five Minutes flat... no editing, no deep thinking - or at least REthinking, no spell check - just write! Let it flow! We all write using a prompt that Lisa posts at 10pm Thursday night (EST.) I'm loving the community of amazing bloggers and the creativity that flows from these magical Five Minutes!
So - here goes: Five Minute Friday - Ordinary...
Blah... By the very definition of it - it feels like nothin' special... and yet we give in to this day in and day out!
What if what we are called to is not what we think? Because, as I mentioned in yesterdays' post, we have Christ within us, the hope of glory... I am pretty sure He just comes right on in and changes our everyday Ordinary into something pretty special! Something quite like EXTRAordinary!
But here's the thing... Ordinary is also defined as this:
"1. What is commonplace or standard."What if God wants to Encounter us in such a way that all of His "Extra" fills our ordinary up to overflowing and we spill out wherever we go? What if our Ordinary is more than we think?
What if Us + Him really DOES = the Majority?
What if we carry within us the ability to change the atmosphere around us and help others to see a little more Extra in their Ordinary? I believe that is the call!
Bethel Church 2013
The above photo was taken while we were on vacation in Redding, CA... and why did we vacation in Redding, CA? Because that is where Bethel church is and people from all nations flock there to encounter God... they set an atmosphere there of worship and praise... they wait on Him - like, ACTUALLY wait on Him... and they take Ordinary and Real and they love on God with reckless abandon and it changes something deep inside.
You see - you don't have to travel anywhere special... there are moves of God happening all over the world, but what I want you to know - to REALLY know - through this series and through this post specifically - is He is there... right now, right where you are... wanting to move in you and through you...
He has already taken all of your Ordinary...
all of your Less Than & Never Enough...
& in return, He offers you Extra!
He desires to encounter us in a way that changes all of our ordinary everydays and then He wants to partner with us to make that the standard!
Happy Friday! This weekend my husband and I are at a Retreat, where we intend to partner with Him to change the atmosphere... to make room for His Presence to come and to linger and to exchange all of our Ordinary for His Extraordinary! Join me here over the weekend for a little worship and prayer... (as well as my weekly recap - a gathering of Awesome found all over the internet!) I pray you encounter Him this weekend, and help to raise the standard of Ordinary!
Blessings! Let's remember to:
Five Minute Fridays gives us the chance to dive right in and share what He puts on our hearts! Click here to read what others have to say about "ORDINARY"
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