October 27, 2014

Walk Where I Lead

The prayer room was dimly lit. A few lights cut through the shadows, illuminating pillows on the floor and a few comfortable chairs to sit in for prayer and meditation. In my world, quiet and solitude are as rare as finding rivers in the dessert. Not because I don't crave them, but because when you live in a home with three children age 5 and under, silence usually indicates that someone is dumping a container of flour onto the kitchen floor.

So, here I find myself in a  quiet room. No interruptions. No distractions.

Prayer Journal
Lined up on a table are prayer journals - one for each attendee of the Allume Conference.  I found my journal among those lined up next to the letter "s." Sarah Brooks. There next to mine were Shauna Niequist and Sara Hagerty. Their books sit on my bookshelves at home. I've loaned them to friends and shared about them on Facebook. I've read excerpts out loud to my MOPS group. I felt like, maybe, my journal didn't belong next to their's.

Then, I felt that familar whisper.

I don't love them any more than I love  you. Walk where I lead. 

The truth is, that that's all He expects of me. He is not impressed by the size of my platform. I don't become more pleasing to Him if 10,000 people share a post online.

Tweet: The world looks at our numbers, but God knows our name.The world looks at our numbers, but God knows our name.

All He asks of me is obedience. To walk where He leads. That holds true regardless of your profession or passion. I've had to learn that the ultimate goal is not to be succesful, but to be faithful. You may never be the best dancer, the best singer, the best writer, athlete, or mom . . . and that's OK. Are you doing your best? Are you pursuing your dream/talents as an offering to Him?

That's a hard lesson for this recovering perfectionist to learn. I don't have to be perfect. I don't have to be the best. I just need to listen and walk where He leads.

What if the story isn't just about you? What if you are a supporting character in the grand story of God's redemption?

This weekend reminded me that this calling is not about making my name great. It's about pointing toward His great name.

"The name of the LORD is a strong tower; the righteous runs into it and is safe."
Proverbs 18:10

Allume Dinner
My dinner table friends for the first night of Allume.

I've included affiliate links to Sara and Shauna's books. I absolutely have loved everything I've read of their's. If you haven't read them yet, I highly recommend them.

Sara's book Every Bitter Thing Is Sweet: Tasting the Goodness of God in All Things is on sale right now on Kindle for $3.99 (Prices change fairly quickly on Amazon, so double check the price before you buy).
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  1. Love this post....and your heart! So much fun meeting you at Allume and spending time with you. Enjoyed doing life around that big table with you all. XOXO

    1. Thanks, Susan! It was so refreshing to spend time with all of you too! God bless!

  2. Good word, Sarah. And walking where He leads is MUCH less burdensome than building a magnificent platform, eh? I'm feeling the pressure fade.

  3. What a gentle way God reminded you of your value, that you are just as loved being YOU. Thanks for sharing! Blessings, Christa

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Christa! I think we all need that reminder from time to time.


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