It’s not a post; it’s a list

1. Have you checked out the Back to School Giveaway going on at 5 Minutes for Books? We’ll be posting some really great giveaways every day Aug 12-26. Click on the button to find out more!

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2. I want to be deliberate about my time and what I do with it. I’ve been pondering Pastor John Piper’s thoughts in this post about making autumn resolutions. Consider this quote from the post:

So pause sometime soon. Pause and examine your life this autumn. Examine what is missing that should be there. What is there that should be removed? What new dreams for ministry might you venture? What new habits do you want to build into your Fall schedule?

Remember: God will be pleased with new resolves for good if you resolve by faith in Jesus.
As my thoughts gain definition and clarity, I plan to blog about my own back to school resolutions.

What about you? Any new resolves for good?

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3. I’ve been doing a little housecleaning in my google reader, mainly un-following the blogs I was following. Yeah, all of them. I will definitely be following your blogs in the sense that I’m still subscribed via the reader, just not in an official “blogger follower” capacity. I just needed simplicity in my reader and I couldn’t figure out a better way to do it. Plus, I had to take the widget off anyway because of the problems with Explorer. So, please, feel free to return the favor if you too are frustrated with the whole follower deal.
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4. I gave a short devotion at our ladies’ fellowship at church last night. Okay, so it was 30 minutes and not exactly short. Short or not, today I feel like an idiot. I’ve been teaching/speaking/facilitating for over a decade and still I feel so foolish the next morning? Well, yeah, I do. Still. But that decade has granted me this perspective: I am foolish. How’s that for earth shattering? 🙂 I’m an idiot and in my idiocy I am thankful for Paul’s encouragement in 1 Cor. 1:26-31…God chose what is foolish so that no one may boast! “He is the source of your life in Christ Jesus, whom God made our wisdom and our righteousness and sanctification and redemption. Therefore, as it is written, ‘Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.'” Yes and amen!
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Author: Lisa Spence

Wife, mother, Bible teacher, bibliophile, occasional blogger

7 thoughts on “It’s not a post; it’s a list”

  1. The one time I spoke to a group of women I felt pretty great before and during, but the next day, when I was home and evaluating my talk, I felt foolish. For whatever reason, everything that I thought was good to say 24 hours prior now seemed ridiculous. What's up with that?

  2. Thank you for introducing me to John Piper. I've only got "Desiring God" but it has changed the way I approach singing on the praise team at my church. A true "ah ah" moment. Skipping the history, I let my joy and thanks just overflow into the praise and it has changed everything. Everything.And I'm doing a lot of pausing and reflecting these days. Thanks again. p.s. 3 more items on your list and you would have a "7 Quick Takes" post to link up at Conversion Diary. (she's converted from atheist to christian – I know another blog to read. sorry.)

  3. Hmmm… I like this list post! Love the John Piper quote. It fits right in with my feeling that I should always have an intentional area of growth in my life. A personal revival.Public speaking does have a way of splitting us wide open doesn't it!?Holly just sent me a great verse that might encourage you:2 Corinthians 2:4-5 "My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit's power, so thatyour faith might not rest on men's wisdom, but on God's power."I love that. And knowing you, I bet there was some serious demonstration of the Spirit's power.Hugs to you friend!

  4. Well, I, too, soemtimes feel ill-equipped/qualified after speaking for any length of time. I think the enemy knows where to aim his weapon!As for the following thing, I rarely pay attention to any of it. It's too confining for me. I have it on mine as a convenience, but I really don't think about it much. Along those lines, I opened up a twitter account about 3 weeks ago and have twitted about 5 times. I don't get it and will probably be eliminating it soon!Fall.I love Fall. It's a good time for re-examination, and yes, I have a few ideas along these lines. I want to "grow up" in some areas, so I need to get a bit more "formal" about my declarations along these lines. This is a season of change for me. I am very sad today, but I know I will rebound soon. Right now, I'm just letting myself walk through the emotions as they come. I think that this, too, is a worthy and healthy way to process life rather than suppressing my heart and stuffing it in a drawer somewhere.Thanks for this post and letting me ramble. Sorry if it doesn't make sense. God's blessing and peace to you this weekend~elaine

  5. 1.I use my blogroll as my main source of following folks. I never use my Google reader. The blogroll lets me know when someone has a new post and I find that so much easier than having that extra step of opening up my Google reader.2. I thin we all struggle with feeling of inadequacy when we are speaking in front of others, especially when we are sharing our hearts about how much we love Christ. We all want to be perfect in our sharing but since we can never achieve perfection we pick apart our moments and find all the things we did wrong or could have done better. That's my short list!BlessingsRobin

  6. Girl, I am SO loving this idea to PAUSE in the fall and plan out new resolutions…that sounds like a perfect rainy day afternoon on the back patio thing to do. Thanks!As far as the speaking goes, there is nothing the enemy would love more for you to doubt what God has called you to do. Needless to say it will always be a point where he tries to deceive us. John 10:10 makes that so very clear.If you, and I am sure you did, went in to it as a vessel for Him, then God's word was shared and lives were changed…rock on girl!xoxo,Melissa in Mel's world

  7. Hey Lisa! I love your post about stopping and re-examining how we spend our time. John Piper really pushes not wasting your life, doesn't he? I know when I get to the end of my life, I don't want to regret how I spent it. Spending the time to invest in others for Christ is one of the greatest (maybe the greatest) thing we can do while we are here on earth – even if we feel like an idiot afterwards. When you speak God's truth as you did last Thursday night, you are not wasting your life in anyway! Thank you for not wasting your time and investing in women like me 🙂

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