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The following post has been circulating on Facebook this week.  And I wanted to give my two cents… not that I am charging for this blog.  All my thoughts are free!

What I love about this list is that it makes the men and women in the Bible accessible and real.  Not that I am going to relate to a murderer or someone who is dead.  But I can completely relate to a worrier, moodiness, impatience, insecurity or being a short person.  And probably even a few more if I was truly open with this post.  Most of this list covers half of what the freshman year at college can be.

Jacob was a cheater
Peter had a temper
David had an affair
Noah got drunk
Jonah ran from God
Paul was a murderer
Gideon was insecure
Miriam was a gossip
Martha was a worrier
Thomas was a doubter
Sarah was impatient
Elijah was moody
Moses stuttered
Zaccheus was short
Abraham was old
Lazarus was DEAD

But what is fascinating to me is that through their real lives they were chosen to be part of stories that can help us today in our current world.  Even in reading Max  Lucado’s Out Live Your Life, this theme of normalcy resounds.  I don’t know where I got the idea that the disciples were called so they must really been more perfect than the Bible  stories led me to believe.  But Lucado describes them as not well educated, not well traveled, they were working class, they were regular joes, and not devotedly religious before Jesus.  Yet they were called…

You will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth. (Acts 1:8 NIV)

Can you imagine getting this declaration?  You right now are reading this…  What does it feel like or look like to honor that call?  Why do we put time limits on  who received this call?  Could we all honor it in some extent in our normalcy?

So, what’s YOUR  excuse? Can God use you? All He wants is YES!

God doesn’t call the qualified, He qualifies the CALLED!

Live loved and boldly blessed!

Kristin

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About Kristin

I started this blog thing years ago in August 2011. I have made attempts to blog over the past three years of seminary, but it was like writing when drowning. But I have completed the bulk of my course work, so I know there is a God. I am currently in my capstone creation phase this fall. This allows me time to unravel a little and renew my passion for writing my ramblings. If you like what you read, share what it stirs in you or even share it with others. I write for you from me. A little about me... I have celebrated 16 years of wedded bliss and reality with my best friend for over 17 years. We have 3 wonderful kids that are all unique, amazing and different in their own way. Our first born is nearly a teenager. He loves talking, Scouts, reading, camping and science experiments. Our daughter is a decade old. She is our creative soul and a planner! She loves to spend time dancing, singing and nurturing/teaching her babydolls and us. She is very sweet to her brothers. Last but not least is our daring 6 year old red head boy. He broke the "Wooldridge Mold". He is the fastest runner, our busiest explorer, our deep philosopher and biggest joker, oh and he gives the best hugs. You know the long lingering kind that truly fuel your soul to sing. I have been a stay at home mom for nearly 13 years and I have found a groove that works for our family. (That grove doesn't mean I have it figured out. It just means I am good with asking for help and having my family help us survive.) Twelve years ago, I joined a local MOPS group and I have been the Coordinator for 1o years. This group has given me a chance to lead without working full time, support other women in my community and help refine my walk with God. I also attend Central Baptist Theological Seminary. I am pursuing a Masters of Divinity and loving every minute of it. I am currently working on my capstone project, which a ministry guide for the MOPS group I have lead for a decade. It will serve as a touchpoint for those in leadership and also as a sweet offering as my goodbye to meaningful work that touched every part of my life and taught me that I am called to pastor. My life isn't perfect as the paragraph above makes it seem. But I have traveled through those harder times and found strength and support through them. Hoping to use this blog as a spot to write my thoughts, feelings and stories as I keep on living life! God Bless you and keep you. We each need to remember the Divine is within each of us. Be kind to yourself and to others.

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