Café Menu for Friday, May 4, 2012
Today’s Special is: Learning To Walk In New Shoes
Carefully prepared just for you by your friend, Shannon Milholland
Main Ingredient: “I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances”. Philippians 4:11
Since I first lined my baby dolls on my bed, I wanted four children. I wanted to stay at home, change their diapers and sing them whimsical songs. Life didn’t exactly happen that way.
Ten years post-college, my heels had climbed the corporate ladder. My reward was a sizable paycheck, a respected position and an empty place gnawing at my heart. Deep within, I still reached for my childhood dream.
My husband let me walk away. After I caught up on sleep and laundry, I wondered what next. My trade from heels to flats left me feeling…flat. Worse, unexpected financial strain followed soon after I closed the door on my career.
Maybe the shoes I was meant to walk in were pumps. My “stay-at-home-mom” shoes were rubbing blisters on my ego. I asked God to help me find purpose in my new-found life. I found my purpose in Him.
I’d been a Christian for over a decade but spent my years strolling with Jesus as a casual acquaintance instead of an intimate friend. I dared to admit I was a longtime new believer. I counseled myself with the words I’d heard dozens of times. Start in the book of John.
My mom loafers provided the space in my life to seek Him. As I spent one morning, one moment with Him, my life was transformed. No longer did I look for contentment to fill me, I was filled with contentment.
Take Out: No matter what shoes I wear, they fit right when I walk with God in them.
Dessert: Father, thank You for slowing me down so I could see my need of You not just for salvation but for daily sustenance. Walking with You is like dancing through my days.
For more encouragement, visit Shannon’s blog, Jesus & My Orange Juice, a fresh-squeezed oasis for ordinary life.
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