Making excuses - Monday Ministry

Monday Ministry is about sharing and encouraging one another as we take Sunday into the rest of the week
Too often as the service ends and the closing hymn plays my mind has already turned to who I need to speak to or my plans for the day. Even though I make notes I rarely come back to them.
What if I'm missing what God is trying to speak into my week?
So, whether you go to Church or not if there is a word that speaks to you, a prayer that touches your heart or a hymn or song that makes your Spirit soar; I want to encourage you to join me into bringing Sunday into the rest of your week and letting it minister to you (and others) from Monday.
                                                                                   

I wasn't well enough to go to church yesterday and as I usually take something I heard in the sermon into my week I was wondering what I was going to write today.

As I asked God what verse or word he wanted me to write about a conversation, well a tweet chat, came to mind.

I had been reading Amy Boucher-Pye's interview with Liz Curtis-Higgs in Woman Alive magazine. I think Liz is an amazing woman and have loved her 'Bad Girls of the Bible'  books, ever since we used them for our women's Bible study group. I actually did the first talk for that series in January 2010 on Eve - the first 'Bad Girl'. If you've never read her books then I highly recommend them.

During this tweet chat Amy asked if I wanted to meet her in Camberley where Liz is speaking on 20th June. I was excited, Liz doesn't speak in the UK often and she is such an encouraging woman that to hear her speak would be amazing.

And then it started... the excuses... 
  • It's over three hours away
  • I'd need to stay over
  • What about my boy who needs to go to school the next day
  • That's my discipleship group night
My husband is great he knows I always do this, my sense of responsibility and my excuses for not doing things are legendary, he immediately comes back
  • Three hours is not long (I'm sure as Liz is used to America that's a normal outing!)
  • I can easily stay over (they have hotels up there!) and he can happily cook tea
  • My boy getting to school? He's 15 and school is over the road - it's been a long time since he's needed help crossing it!
  • My discipleship girls will happily meet the night before

That was all my excuses batted out the way and yet I hesitate and it wasn't the first time that day.

The work book for my course is done. I've proof read it many times and yet I still hadn't sent it to the printers - why not?
  • What if it's wrong
  • What if I'm wrong
  • What about the added cost if the proof needs changing?
  • Do I order 100 trusting I'll need them or do I order 10 convinced I wont?
And it went one and again my faithful husband batted each one aside and I sent it. Pointless worrying now it has gone, I must wait patiently (ha!) for the proof!

So toady I'm going to stop making excuses, I'm going to book a room so I can hear Liz speak.

I'm going to forget about the book until the proof arrives (honest!!)
I'm going to make time for God because I can never be that busy, surely!
I'm going to sit a while and enjoy what's beautiful, sometimes I need to stop.
I'm going to make time for a friend even if it means I don't hoover.

What excuses are you making to not follow God, what unnecessary distractions do you have from the better things in life, what excuse will you put down today?

I'd love to read your blog on excuses - link up below and take a step today put one down.

2 comments:

  1. I can so relate! Have been putting off going to group exercise classes for 9 years! Finally have done so in the last week, and it feels great to have pushed through the fear factor.

    And now I get to meet you face to face! So looking forward to that...

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    1. Fear & excuses often leave us missing out and when we finally do it - we wonder what all the fuss was about!! See you in a couple of week Amy :)

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