A Life Surrendered

The start of this blog in 2011, which I named A Life Surrendered, was a response to God asking me to open up about the things I was learning as a wife and mama following God—the good and the bad, the ugly and the beautiful. He used Matthew 5:14-16 in the Message translation to call me out. The lines that urged me on and continue to urge me on are, “Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven.”

It is my hope, as I share openly and honestly about the things I’ve struggled with, the things I’ve overcome, and the things I still have yet to overcome, that you would come to know the nature and heart of God. You don’t have to fear losing the loving of God when the process of transformation gets long and messy. There’s nothing you can do or not do that will cause God to ever stop pursuing you. He will not stop trying to get your attention, and you always have His.

Articles

Making of a Home [UNVEILED] My Favorite Warm Blue Paint Color

I cannot choose paint color without buying an exuberant amount of paint samples to try. There are worse problems, but still it is a problem. The paint chips the painting companies provide almost never, ever, never look the same once they are painted on a wall. I...

Making of a Home [UNVEILED] Hanging Wall Art and Fear

I have stacks of picture frames, some empty and some filled. I have bare walls that I glance at every day and think, "I want to hang something there." Except the picture frames stay stacked gathering dust, being moved from my bedroom, to the laundry room, to the...

Making of a Home [UNVEILED] Let the Kids See Mom is Human

I would dread waking up. Many mornings of making a home, this is how it went. My husband who would already be at work, would ask through the phone, “What are you doing today?” I would reply, “School and housework. Same old -- same old.” Those words would drop heavy...

Making of a Home [UNVEILED] The Problem with Being a Perfectionist

It’s my default to find fault. I’m an expert, actually. My mind hyper-focuses on the flaws. However, viewing blemishes through negative eyes spoils the hope of finding any grace and beauty in what I see. See differently...Yes. When I walk through the house and see all...

Making of a Home [UNVEILED] The Day I Learned to Set the Table

I tell this story with all the mamas in mind who think they are failures, because they may not have learned how to make a home. Maybe the dream you have for your own family and home-life is different than the one you experienced growing up, and you have had to learn...

Making of a Home [UNVEILED] Why keep open house?

I lived behind self-built, fortified walls of security erected in fear -- closed-hearted, closed handed, closed-doored. I would tell God, "I love you, but not your people." I'd keep people out of my life and out of my home. I was okay living that way, until I wasn't....

There is Something More: The Sacred Romance [Featured Book]

Each month I introduce to you a book that has changed my life. I tell you about it, because I want it to change yours too. This month's is The Sacred Romance: Drawing Closer to the Heart of God by Brent Curtis & John Eldredge. The Opening Lines "Thirsty hearts are...

Begin Again

Sometimes we have to begin -- again. I am always amazed when we think we are doing something because WE decided it was a good idea, then doubt creeps in. We wonder if we made a mistake. We wander into uncharted territory feeling lost. Then God shows up and says, "I am...

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Michele-Lyn Ault
2017

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