Monday, February 6, 2012

Let Your Yes Be a Whole Yes, a Resounding Yes & Soli Deo Gloria Party

It's time to pull up your chair.  Do you know you have one here in this space we call Soli Deo Gloria?  You do.  It's reserved every week only for you.  This place would be different if you weren't here and we miss you when you are gone.  This is a place filled with women who seek to honor your words, you heart, your tears, and your laughter.  Scooch in close.  You won't want to miss a word.

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SDG Retreat Update:  We have a winner!

Virtual Friends, Real Sisters.  Soli Deo Gloria Sisterhood. 

is our tagline for the group and t-shirt.  In the next few weeks, I hope to have the shirt designed and online for purchase.  This shirt is not retreat specific, so even if you aren't able to come to the retreat, the t-shirt still totally applies to YOU.  (Oh, and Nancy Franson was the genius behind this tagline -- Nancy, I'll contact you when the t-shirt is designed so you can order your free one!)
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Now, allow me to introduce to you our Saturday morning speaker at our retreat, Mrs. Jennifer Luitweiler! Here is her introductory post to you, so you can begin to get to know her a bit better.  Here she is:
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So I'm feeling kind of tough these days. I mean, I'm kind of a big deal: I homeschool these three kids, our first year, and they don't hate me. I am training for a marathon, my first, without fear or indecision. And I'm beginning to ask these really uncomfortable questions about justice and the church, and instead of hiding my head and pretending God is not talking to little old me, I find that my spine is straight and I'm ready to bust a move.

Some people, including me, think homeschooling three children, a teen, a tween and a primary schooler, is nuts. "How do you do it?" they ask. Some days, I say, "Not very well." And other days, I just cry. Of course, there are days, many more than I realize, that delight all of us.

Other people say, "you're nuts," when I proclaim my registration for a half marathon and a marathon a week apart in the spring. Yes. Yes I am. This is crazy. Right? You know, because, that's like...a lot of miles, and stuff. Yes. I know.

I tell myself I'm crazy for wanting to determine the ways we are and are not, as a church, resisting injustice, right here, in our little city. I think I am just one tiny voice, without any power. Just a little old mom, doing her thing. But her thing might be gigantic to the disenfranchised.

And so while it may appear crazy, each of things on their own or combined, they are what I am doing. They are where I am. And I can not complain. Not because I don't want to, because, dangit, parenting is hard, yo. And running those long miles takes So. Much. Time. And it makes me tired. And hungry. And remember, there are these children who need their teacher to sort of be somewhat alert.

I can't complain because these are the things I CHOSE to do, not without a little spiritual prompting, I'm sure. But listen. When I chose to do each of these things, to set my sights on these goals, I chose with all of me. My heart, my head, my body all bought into the idea. Homeschool would mean a certain kind of effort, the marathon another and the  injustice, well, that's a whole different kind of strength. I can not use any other voice or body or heart than my own, and that's a story for a different day, all the ways we can try to be someone we are not.

I CHOSE to homeschool and so I will homeschool so hard. I chose to run a marathon and so I will train the snot out of myself. I chose to ask women about their hurts and so I will listen with every part of me.

When we are called to do something, we do it. What other choice is there?

Are you being called out into something scary or big or risky? 



Jennifer Luitwieler is the author of "Run With Me: An Accidental Runner and the Power of Poo," released September 2011 with Civitas Press. She writes on crafts, sports and all manner of nonsense at jenniferluitwieler.com. A Pittsburgh transplant to Tulsa, OK, she homeschools 3 great kids and tolerates a confluence of soccer gear from her very cute husband. Find her on twitter at http://twitter.com/jenluit and on http://facebook.com/jenluitwieler But watch out, because she likes to talk. You might not get rid of her. 

21 comments :

  1. Oh, I love this challenge...to do everything I have chosen to do with 100% all of me. Very convicting!

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  2. as a mama of two; non-runner of 3 half marathons, works full time outside the home and goes to school part time... I get it. We get to choose, and I choose things that make me stretch. make me crazy. and make me a lot tired. but it's worth it. loving knowing I am not alone in choosing (good) crazy.

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  3. What a great challenge! Thanks for sharing!

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  4. "...so I will homeschool hard." I like that. Thanks for calling us to a higher standard! I just think of the effect it would have if we gave our callings our ALL day in and day out. Thanks for the reminder and happy "training the snot of yourself". :)

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  5. Homeschool hard. Prepare for your Marathon hard. Stand up for injustice - hard - it prepares you for battles yet unseen - and I am cheering you because whole-hearted living ensures you don't fail in the surprising battles!!!!

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  6. We can choose from so many things to do. Our choices speak loudly about who we are and what we value. So glad to hear someone speak with such conviction about her choices. Thank you.

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  7. Our victory begins in our choosing and is played out in our follow through. Thank you for the encouragement by sharing a part of your story :)

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  8. Ah...the will of God juxtaposed perfectly with the grace of God. Keep forgetting that, thinking that everything is going to be so darned HARD. I keep forgetting that Christ bears up the other end of the yoke.

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  9. I had a rough day yesterday, too, and was so encouraged when I sat down to do my Bible study before bed. God spoke to exactly what my soul needed to hear. This is what I read: anointing is a "divine empowerment or a divine enablement to accomplish God's purposes for your life....
    "The anointing on [King] David's life was essential to accomplish God's purposes, and we must have it to accomplish His plans for us. Without it, everything we do will only be a shell of activity that will leave us breathless from a series of frustrated efforts, amounting to little. With God's anointing, we can face life's circumstances with courage, joy, and inner peace." I blogged about it here (and linked up for the 1st time) :) http://momsinneedofmercy.blogspot.com/2012/02/living-in-your-annointing.html

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  10. This was fun and a nice picture of your personality Jen:} I will miss your speaking because our big thing is moving overseas to work with high school students in Budapest and all over Central/Eastern Europe. It's the biggest thing we've ever done because we don't have a return date and if you google Hungary, right now, there's some pretty rough stuff out there that's going on...& we'll all learn the language and I'll homeschool in English while the kids attend national school where I *may* understand their teachers...the hardest has been the waiting for it all to start and wondering how it will be...I'm read to just do it and to Live it:} I'm praying for and am sure that the retreat is going to me A-MAZ-ING!

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  11. If He called us to it, He will see us through it! Praise God that His strength is made perfect in our weakness. Thank you for sharing this post. I'm like you in that there are so many demands on my time, yet I chose and love them all and feel that God called me to them. May His will be done.
    http://savedbygracebiblestudy.blogspot.com/

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  12. Jennifer L,
    Your post made me smile and your bio made me laugh! Hope to see you in October.

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  13. And follow after Jesus hard, and rest hard in the grace He offers. Nice to meet you, Jennifer L. A lot of great folks come from Pittsburgh!

    So glad you liked the tagline, all. Wait! Does this mean I've finally gotten my words into print? :)

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  14. Amen sista. I am currently a pseudo-runner (been trying/training for over a year) and although it's a slow process, God's carrying me through. And as far as the answer to your question if God is calling me to something scary/risky? Hmm, perhaps. I kind of launched a personal ministry. Yesterday. Couple that with being an army wife, and I am bouncing between praise, panic and peace approximately 12X per day. Good times. 1 Thessalonians 5:24 is my permanent mantra.

    PS: Jen L-- I just purchased your book for my Kindle. Super pumped to get started!
    PSS: Jen F-- I'm looking forward to linking up with Soli Deo Gloria Sisterhood with tomorrow's blog post.

    Thanks to both of you ladies for running (Literally) after Jesus and inspiring us to do the same.

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  15. Great post. I read Jennifer's book a few months ago. Loved it!

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  16. Hi Jen F - I posted! Would love some of SDG community opinions of my blog direction! And...by the way, 7daystime.com is my intern. You will LOVE her! She is such a blessing to me.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog. You always inspire me.

    Jen L. looking forward to connecting with you as well...

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  17. Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment Jen. it is remarkable you visit all the blogs and leave an encouraging word :)

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  18. Great post. I too am being called to do somethings including homeschool that are way bigger than I am but with God I also feel like I can do it. It is like a Holy confidence because it is not by my strength but the Lord's. Thanks for your post.
    Jeannie

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  19. So challenging. I'm going to be praying about my hard thing. I'm in a new place in my life with mothering all but over. I can't see what God has for me.

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  20. Great post. I've never run a marathon before. I can't wait to hear how it goes!

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  21. It is so wonderful to meet Jennifer.I am so excited about this amazing community you have built here, Jen. This week have been so about the empty. But even though writing has been hard, I've been praying for you and the ladies. Such a privilege.

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