what's on the other side of obedience: a 10 year old story

3,650 sunrises. That’s my story. It’s the side I’m standing on and there’s no going back. You know that moment you tried french fries in your frosty and you’d never dip them in ketchup again? That moment you laughed so hard you snorted, the embarrassing moment passed, and you knew your friendship just went to another level?

Life is the way it was intended to be lived on this side of obedience.

Well, how do I get there?

What will it cost me?

Is anyone else doing it?

What’s in it for me?

Let me check my calendar.

If I’ve got nothing else to do, I’ll think about it.

Yeah. You’re not ready.

The basic definition of obedience is submission to another’s authority. Our another being the Perfect Son of God, who, “being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death - even death on a cross.” (Philippians 2:6-8)

You’re ready when you submit. Submission - it’s been deemed an old-fashioned word because our world gets more and more selfish, so anything requiring obedience or submission gets ridiculed. So you have to get over that first.

But standing on this side of obedience, submission is worth it! It’s the most freedom I’ve ever experienced. If you know Jesus, you know He does everything backwards and upside down from this world. He says bow low and He’ll lift up. He says last will be first. He says to be rich become poor. I’m still progressing on my faith journey learning from my Maker, but I’ve gotten a few years behind me to taste and see that the Lord, He is good and He is worth following. He’s worth obeying.

And since obedience is active, to stay bogged down with our self-filled questions keeps you on the side of disobedience.

Are you ready now?

Let me tell you a story.

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look who's moved into the neighborhood?

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i can’t believe it! meet my new neighbors who will help launch Love Where You Live into the world on january 22, 2019:

patti, washington

rachel, california

jessica, georgia

natalie, michigan

cole, louisiana

brittany, hawaii

caryn, virginia

katy, california

mary, california

kathy, alabama

lindsey, california

laura lyn, tennessee

candace, california

rachel, illinois

praise, california

debbie, georgia

denysha, florida

elizabeth, california

stephanie, georgia

brittany, arizona

lauren, virginia

michelle, california

brenda, georgia

jenn, hawaii

lisa, california

rebekah, montana

abi, quebec

jenny, missouri

rhonda, california

mary, california

harris, georgia

layne, hawaii

ken and kellie, california

rachael, california

kayla, virginia

marissa, california

katie, georgia

hannah, california

ben, california

christina, quebec

frances, california

alison, georgia

lauren, district of columbia

didn’t see your state represented? there’s much ground to cover in the coming months as we get ready to launch this book into the world. let me know if you’ll represent your state well in the comment section below!

If time and commitments didn’t allow you to join the launch team, know that I still hear you cheering and that means so much to me. You can still show the world that you see & love them because you’re committed to the people and place you call home. and in your own way, own style, and own network, you can help get as many people informed about the book and get a head start with intentional living for 2019!

today, especially, i’m grateful. grateful for you. you’ve made this writing journey worth it and have fueled my faith on days i felt so alone and wanted to give up. and you must know, God sees every effort you are making to give love and show kindness and make a difference and He’s well pleased.

happy thanksgiving from my family to yours. from our table to yours and from our neighborhood to yours. it’s profoundly us!

shauna