Friday, March 13, 2009

Lady of Diligence!

I have to point out a few things that made yesterday so special for me. First off, won my first blog giveaway held by Shauna. And I received this...



It's a lavender bath set and I can't wait to use it and when I opened the package boy did it smell good, haha. Thank you sooo much Shauna. She just celebrated her
100th post and so she's been doing a giveaway every day this week, so today is her last day. Go over to her blog, you won't want to miss it!

Then I also received these sweet cards from Whitney and Kelsey . Please go by their blogs, they are two precious people with two GREAT blogs!!



Thank you so much Whitney and Kelsey for putting a smile on my face and making my day all the much sweeter!

As I said, every Friday I'm going to be sharing my questions and answers for the week out of my Lady in Waiting book. The chapter was on the Lady of Diligence. So here you have it for this week:

JEALOUS JENNY: Do you focus on the gifts others have been given, and therefore never give your own niche in ministry? Have you unwisely compared yourself to other women? (1 Cor. 4:7;12:7; Rom. 12:3)

There have been many, many times I have compared myself to other women, and in doing that, it's only left me feeling really bad in the end. It's okay to want to strive to aquire the attributes you see in other women that you admire, but when you start comparing so much that it leads to jealousy, you get absolutely nothing done for the kingdom and in the ministry. We are uniquely, fearfully, and wonderfully made. And the sooner we realize that, the better off we are.

PRIMA DONNA PAULA: Do you want to serve God on your terms? Do you want to write the script and have the leading role? (Jn 4:34; 7:16, 18; Mt. 23:5)

I kind of touched on this last week. There has most definitely been those times where my relationship with God was based on my terms and at my convenience and it's so easy when it's comfortable for us, to sit back and say okay God, I'll let you have it. But when we get too uncomfortable and we can't handle it, we take back the reigns and try to shift everything to our liking and to what makes us comfortable. We're talking about the creator of the heavens and earth, do you really think he needs our help in creating and directing our life story??? Something to ponder there.

FEARFUL FRANCES: Do you fear what others think? Are you afraid of becoming too involved and being labeled a fanatic? Do you hesistate to be a Lady of Diligence because you feel so inadequate? (Prov. 29:25; 2 Tim. 1:7; 1 Thess. 5:24)

Better question is, who at one time or another hasn't feared what someone else might think? I will say that I don't think I've ever been afraid to get too involved and being labeled a fanatic. But have I ever felt inadequate, most certainly, YES. There have been moments that I felt someone had something to give that I just couldn't offer, and that could be very true, but when you start to look at that not as a bad thing, but in such a way that you start to realize that everyone has something different to bring to the body of Christ and the ministry, and when we bring all those qualities together, we can rock the devil's world. It's a process to get to this point and we all want to be a Lady of Diligence, and the journey to getting there is well worth it.

DOUBTING DORIS: Faith is believing what God says about you. Do you long to become more involved in a number of ministries, but feel your faith with fizzle before you finish? Have you struggled with serving the Lord in the past, so you doubt yourself today? (Part of ministry is learning, so don't let yesterday's struggles prevent future successes.) (1 Jn. 4:4; 2 Tim. 1:9; 1 Tim. 6:12)

No, I just long to belong to ministries, period. We belonged to a church for a number of years and stopped attending back in 2005 and we were out of church for a little while and when we knew it was time to step back in again we church hopped for awhile and still struggling to find that church I'm really connected with. With my schedule, it's soooo hard to really get involved and I know that's no excuse but if it's really my hearts desire, God will make it happen and know this is only for a certain season. So I'm definitely still seeking that opportunity to really become involved with ministry, and know God will meet me right where I'm at. I know this doesn't really answer the question directly, but this is kind of where I'm at right now as far as ministry is concerned.

To get involved with any ministry demands a sacrifice. Have you allowed your self-centeredness to dominate your daily schedule? Why not go through your checkbook and see how many checks were written for things concerning others? (2 Sam. 24:24; Phil 2:3-4; Mt. 19:29)

Can I just say that this really hit home. I must admit, I’ve found myself guilty of fitting in my block of time the things that I want and leaving out God and the important things that really matter. It’s true when they say we make time for those things we really want to make time for. I really hope each day I get better and better at this. As far as the checkbook and area of finances go, this is what I hold onto most tightly. It’s soo easy to stress about finances and hold on to our checkbooks and not bless others with what we’ve been blessed with. Lord, please allow me to let go of this area and to give it completely over to you.



On a final note, tonight I am heading down to Tampa for a church conference called “Extraordinary Women”. Sounds awesome right? Tonight I’m going by myself and then tomorrow I have a friend coming with me. I typically wouldn’t go to these things alone, but for some reason I really feel I need to do this, and to do it alone. Please be praying, because I think the Lord might be up to something :o) There's an amazing line-up of people:

Julie Clinton


Candace Cameron-Bure (You've got to love DJ Tanner from Full House)


Natalie Grant (I'm so excited about her)


Michael O'Brien (Will be leading worship)


Stormie Omartian


Chonda Pierce (LOL is all I've got to say, haha)


Angela Thomas


Kathy Troccoli (I aboslutely LOVE her!!!!)


Rebecca Jo, you were the winner for the most creative name for my car. I LOVED "Flo" the Ford Focus. Please e-mail me at LaurenBella6@hotmail.com with your information so I can send you a little something :o)

And your comments yesterday just made my day. Thanks for all the encouragement and sweet prayers for my grandpa. Have a GREAT Friday everyone!!! :o)

15 comments:

Melissa said...

I hope you have a wonderful weekend and enjoy your conference girl!!

Rebecca Jo said...

WHOOP WHOOP!!! I'm a winner!!! Excited! THANKS!!!

And totally jealous of your conference... I LOVE Chondra Pierce - that woman is HILARIOUS! Her twin works at my church.. not a literal twin - but this woman looks & sounds just like her!

And Kathy Trocoli... havent heard anything from her in awhile... I love her too!! Great women there!

Mr. and Mrs. In Training said...

I wish I lived close by so I would attend the conference! How awesome! Have a terrific time :)

Shauna said...

I am so happy your package from me made it there safe and that you love it! Hope your day is as beautiful as you are! ♥ Hugs :)

Julie said...

Lauren-
I can so relate to the very first question. I needed to read that this morning. That is a weakness in my life...comparing myself to others. Thank you for sharing this!

I hope you have a wonderful weekend!! Stop by again!!

Niki said...

I hope you have a great time at your conference!! So excited that we are warp partners for the Spring swap!

Emily said...

Have soo much fun at your conference;) cant wait to hear all about it:) Be safe.. and lots of huggs from me to you:)
Yeah for winning a contest:) hooray.. you soo deserve...

Justin and Jessica said...

Sounds like you are going to have a GREAT weekend! And might I say ... I wish I was going to see Candance Cameron too. :) :) Enjoy the conference - can't wait to hear about it!

Rachael said...

Ohhh, I read Lady in Waiting before I got married too! I loved it! The thoughts and prayers you shared were so beautiful and I can relate to so much of what you said! Have a great time at the women's conference & enjoy that prize :o)!

a boy a girl and a pug said...

oh how fun! DJ Tanner!! I hope it's a blast. Thanks girlie for the tag. I'm a little behind on the blogging thing this week. Have a great weekend!

Jacquie said...

I'm SO excited for you getting to go to this conference! What a great line-up of people!! (I LOVE Michael O'Brien!)

Praying you'll meet with Jesus tonight and tomorrow!!

Heather said...

Enjoy your conference girl!! Way to go on winning a giveaway! YAY!

Kelsey said...

I'm so glad you got my card! I hope you have an awesome experience at the conference! :)

Mikki said...

Congrats on Shauna's giveaway!!
Just wanted to stop by and say thanks for entering my giveaway, and good luck!!

Becca said...

Thanks so much for being honest and sharing your answers! :-) love it!

happy sunday afternoon!