Sunday, February 28, 2010

The Jesus follower sign

I can't remember what I was reading one day during my devotions in January, but it was brought to my mind the thought what if I had a sign hung on my neck that read 'JESUS FOLLOWER'. Would people think oh yes I can see Him in her or would it be you've got to be kidding me. And of course that was the day I went to work, got irritated by someone who didn't show up, and then said a few things that got texted to her which caused hurt feelings, and yadda yadda yadda. Sometimes I want to wring my own neck.

With blogging, I can hide the real me and not write about the things I've done that I don't want people to know about. Fortunately my daughters who blog haven't written the full story! I want to thank Cora and Carrie for reading about who I am, knowing that I am only human, and liking what they see here.

First, from Cora. She handed this to me last fall. Cora, your pay it forward is on my desk at work and will go out this week. I wanted to do something springy for you once all the holidays were passed and we were in the tail end of winter. I hope you enjoy it.

And then this one from Carrie. She is such an encouragement to me, and I get so many ideas and challenges from her blog.

Thank you both. I know these awards are for blogging, and I appreciate your kind thoughts.

I've been reading some new blogs, and I will pass both awards on to:
1. Renee at Sewn with Grace
2. Linda at Prairie Flower Farm
3. Laurie at The Farmer's Wife Quilt
4. Angela at My faith, My journey,
5. Deb at Woolensails
7. Leslie at Crafty Mom
8. Karen at Log Cabin Quilter

I'm going to mentally tape my JESUS FOLLOWER sign back together and hang it on my neck. For my friends that read my blog see me in real life, I'll keep trying to live up to what I should be.


Melanie said...

I think you are beating yourself up over a very human response....Reember the best mark about God's forgiveness is that it works-- You need to forgive yourself...And remember that sign doesn't mean your perfect.... it just means you are trying.... hugs your way.....

Cora said...

"… it’s much easier to act like a Christian than it is to react like one. Anyone can put on an act. But your reactions reveal what is really in your heart." This is a quote that I refer to a is so hard....I know exactly what you mean. Here's my good one for you...I was helping a friend decorate for a wedding rehersal dinner in the church fellowship hall and a table turned over and broke a borrowed glass cake dish. I said the sh** word out load before I even realized what I had done, right there in the church! Boy did I feel rotten.
I know God forgives me when I ask...but I still felt bad that someone working there had seen a side of me that I was not happy with. (Confessions feel good)
Take care my friend.

PS...I love surprise mail :)

Barb said...

Mary oh Mary you are being much to hard on yourself...we have all been there! God understands, He allows us to be human so that we can remember and know to reach out to Him for understanding and forgiveness! Your 'muffin recipe' on your previous blog entry looks so yummy, if only I had the ingredients handy! Have a great week, blessings to you!

Elizabethd said...

Well, we cant be as perfect as we 'should' be all the time, but trying hard is good!

Sue said...

We all have days when we are not our best in Christ. I am so thankful for His forgiveness:) Otherwise, I would get pretty discouraged. Rest in knowing He loves you and knows also our weaknesses.

Have a blessed Lord's Day!

Angie Berry ~ Berry Homespun Primitives said...

Ah Mary! Don't we all deal with this at one time or another. It is so much harder to be the strong Christian when you are in the workplace, especially if they know you are Christian. You are watched to see how you react. Who doesn't mess up? We are all human. I'm just so very thankful for a loving Father who will allow me to come to Him and ask His forgiveness. Don't you worry girl, we all know what a sweet spirit you are!

Pokey said...

Mary, You are great! Do you think the rest of us don't react "in the flesh" on occasion? Just keep your love of Jesus, and your light shining. :-}

At Home With Amy said...

Yes Mary, sometimes we have to make sure we don't hang ourselves with our signs. Aren't we so lucky that God is so forgiving and patient with us when we sometimes forget how to be this way to others! We are not a perfect bunch and that is what keeps us on our knees.

Mandi @ Sweetly Home said...

Mom, I love you. Don't worry - I definatly think you'd be a Jesus Follower. I learn so much from you - even reading your blog. I'm so glad you have one. You're great - and today I had to check myself to see if my tape was intact with my sign around my neck.

Sewn With Grace said...

Thank you for the kind awards, it means alot to me! I know that God placed your post on your heart so that I could read it today. I kept thinking earlier, if God called me home today, what would people say about me? Would it be, she was a nice lady and made quilts? I really want it to be that she loved Jesus, shared Him with others and used the gifts He gave her to bless others. I've got alot of work to do. Thank you!

Farming On Faith said...

What a sweet post~you have a wonderful day ~Friend!

The imPerfect Housewife said...

You sound totally human - and that's the BEST you!! ♥