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Saturday, April 12, 2008

Mediocre Life

After a prompting from the Lord, I am re-posting one from my own blog. I had something else for our Saturday together, but I think the Lord is not through with me on this. So, here you are...if you've already read it at my site, sorry. But maybe, just maybe the Lord has another message in it for you as well.....hmmmm.

The Mediocre Life.....

What kind of life is that? Sometimes---many times it is what we settle for instead of persevering before the throne---or pushing ahead and believing God for what He wants for us in the first place! He does NOT want the mediocre for His blessed children!

Jeremiah 29:11 says "For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future". (NIV)

Last Thursday morning at 2:34---well, probably just a few minutes before that, the Lord woke me from a deep sleep. I woke, rolled over and snuggled deeper, only to hear Him in my heart/head beckon me from that nestled position. Well, old flesh immediately says, "I hate it when You do that...wake me up from sleep...YOU know how much I love sleep...."

I was instantly rebuked, "No, Lord, I'm sorry, I don't hate it.... You know I love YOU more than sleep."

So, I rolled over on my back, as if to ready myself to "listen".

His instructions are clear. "Get up-go to your prayer room, lay before me in prayer." I try just for 2 seconds, to reason with Him, that I can pray here....but no I can't. I pray out loud when He instructs me like this...and I KNOW already that this will be an out loud prayer. Not a whispered or silent type.

As I roll the covers back, my thoughts begins to "wander" down the corridor of my mind, filled with pictures of family. Is someone in distress? The brink of disaster? A fire? A tornado? (There was that one time of the tornado---an old post...don't remember which one--you'd have to hunt back to last year sometime...)

I go to the bathroom, then on through the dining room, where the Bibles, books and computer are arranged, just as I'd left them hours before...walk into the kitchen and look at the clock, thinking surely it must be almost "getting up time" anyway.--- Not so. ---Only 2:34. Good sleep being missed. Girls you have no clue how much this youngin loves to sleep!

I walk into the prayer room/library. Small room. Only big enough for the "granddaddy chair", two book cases and a desk. Just enough floor space that I can lie down and meet the Master of the house. So I take my place. Same place every time. As I began, I told Him, "I don't know what You've called me here for ....but that's okay. I don't have to know." My prayer began slow, as He blew the sleep from my heart, I began to weep before Him with the urgency of NEEDING Him to hear my plea. Not knowing who or what I was praying for, I left it up to Him. Many of you were prayed for. Many of you that I converse with on a daily basis via e-mail or a visit to your blog were on my heart. So, your name was called. The Lord prompted my spirit...."it's not about the numbers, Angie. It's about the message." I asked for the message. For the anointing. For His Spirit to rest upon me and pour into me what needs to be said. To the hurting. To the damaged. To the brokenhearted. To you and, yes, to me. He pours it in....I pour it out.

I can't tell you how many times a day I think about what the Lord wants to use my life for. What He's up to. But girls, it is all up to Him. Whatever He wants to do with me, use me for I am His. Totally. I love my precious family. My sweet darling man. My girls, their husbands, their children, my parents, my siblings...but I belong to the Lord. For His work....I don't know what it's to be. It may only be to get up at 2:34 a.m. and pray for someone I don't know. Someone I've never had the pleasure of a neck hug. But that's okay too. If the Lord crosses our paths here....then it is for a reason. I question Him not.

Dear sweet sister-in-Christ, it is not about the number of visitors I have or you have. Nor about the comments or who they come from. It is about the message of Christ....and getting it out to the lost and dying. It's about Him. All about Him. I had prayed. Then off to bed again. Thought I had completed the task set before me. Thought I had fulfilled His desire. I had laid back down but couldn't get you off my heart and mind.

That's where the word "mediocre" came in. It came in and would not leave! Like a rolling tape...just the word~~over and over and over and over~~yes! You get the picture? I promise I don't lay around or sit around with "words" just coming to my head, but that particular morning....the word mediocre came in and would not leave no matter what else I tried to replace it with! I was like, "mediocre what!" For goodness sake! I knew I would not go back to sleep until I had been fully obedient! So I got BACK up and went to the computer. I needed to tell you that we don't have to live a mediocre life. That He has a plan and purpose for EACH ONE OF US! YOU and me! All we need to do is be obedient.

So girls...if He calls you in the night to pray for me....please pray. If He calls you in the middle of a busy day to pray for your pastor, your neighbor, the girl at the checkout, the guy that delivers your pizza, the dude that cuts your lawn, pause and pray. If He prompts you further to go to another room, lay before Him, kneel before Him, or sit before Him, be obedient. Listen for His voice....He is calling us from a mediocre life into His glorious one!

Angie welcomes your visit at her personal blog, "The Knightly News".

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Blogger Mocha with Linda said...

Thanks for these words and your inspiration and example.

We settle for mediocre because it is comfortable and known. But if we only could grasp what we are missing!!

April 12, 2008 at 7:29 AM  
Blogger Denise said...

Blessings to you dear one.

April 12, 2008 at 12:49 PM  
Blogger Lynn said...


Awesome... I praise the Lord He calls us to so much more than we can dream. :)

April 12, 2008 at 1:12 PM  
Blogger windycindy said...

I am guilty as charged! I tend to feel like I lead a mediocre life, but I don't know where I am needed! Thanks,Cindi

April 12, 2008 at 1:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think you are so right. God is calling every one of us from a mediocre life. I think the trouble is that the road from 'mediocre' to 'abundant' can be (is) pitted with trials. He has promised to walk through them with us, but when the going gets really tough, sometimes we take a side road (for some relief) and settle once again for mediocrity. "Just human nature" they say.
It's not what I want my life to look like - mediocre.
Thank you for a "right now" word, as usual.

April 12, 2008 at 3:04 PM  
Blogger lori said...

I read it before...and I just read it again...the message is clear..just finished the "SECOND MILE" you HAVE to read's all about NOT living a mediocre a very mediocre world...

We have to commit to it...even when we are cleaning the TUB!!
it's a perfect message for an imperfect me....look inside, look deep, and SEE where HE wants to lead me....the only promise is that it will be BEYOND what I can imagine...

I LOVE this...and YES, I needed it AGAIN!
so thank you for re-posting for ME:):)


April 13, 2008 at 2:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wonderful post, Angie. I have felt that nudge many times and tried reasoning but the Spirit will not let you rest. Thanks for this wonderful reminder of surrendering all that we are and have to Him.

April 13, 2008 at 5:41 PM  
Blogger Tammy said...

WOW! Great reminder!

April 15, 2008 at 10:54 PM  

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