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Michele-Lyn Ault
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wife + mama | writing about motherhood + missions + beautiful messes | living surrendered | Gal. 2:20
wife + mama | writing about motherhood + missions + beautiful messes | living surrendered | Gal. 2:20

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I am learning what brave hospitality really means. And Biblical hospitality, well, that is more about love than anything--even the love of strangers. Join me at Grace Table, a brand new community of storytellers and artists sharing about what it means to pursue brave hospitality. 

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I was sitting on a buried life, and un-lived life. And my soul felt like it was growing stagnant and dying. So I would cry and cry out, “God, when are you going to do something with this life you’ve given me?”

But it was not until I heard God’s Voice and His reply that I knew the way I was living had to change … “When are YOU going to do with this life you’ve been given?”

I had no idea, but I knew it was my job to find out.

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Beginning again is hard when you do not really know why you are doing it to begin with. The reasons we begin are not always the same reasons we keep going. Sometimes our “why” gets redefined along the way.

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Lay aside the guilt that can weigh heavy when we find our time and hands filled with seemingly mundane monotony, instead of the more spiritual-looking work we think we should be doing.


“We ought not to be weary of doing little things for the love of God, who regards not the greatness of the work, but the love with which it is performed.” – Brother Lawrence, The Practice of the Presence of God

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God doesn’t condemn us in the struggle or for the struggle. The struggle is evidence of a wrestling and a decision not to settle where you are, but a pushing forward, a pressing in toward transformation and greater surrender. 

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God keeps account of the good you do in secret.

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I knew when I came to Africa that I wanted to tell the stories of redemption and show the people of Africa, full of hope. We all did. I honestly thought it would be a challenge to see good, amidst a people who have experienced so much, death, destruction and pain.

What I discovered is hope can be found, and where it can’t, it can be given. We give hope by going, by giving, by doing. We are not the source of hope, we are carriers of it. Because of the hope in Christ we have been given we are able to–we are commanded to—bring it to others.

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"Jesus walked the dusty roads and the muddy banks and went into homes and touched the people. We must go like He went to touch the people, the ones you meet in your everyday. Be moved with compassion, because of His love for them. Because, His love for us is not to keep for ourselves." #AfricaWH

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I should probably begin by telling you about all the craziness there’s been trying to prepare for leaving to Africa in less than 3 days, and I will soon! Right now, I want to squeeze in some news. It’s something new I’ve been working on.

It’s a devotional newsletter I’ll be writing called “As You Think”. The title is based on the verse, “As you think, so you are.” (Proverbs 23:7) If you sign up, it will be delivered to your inbox, beginning February 1, 2014, and every six weeks following — with lots of free printables.

There's a sneak peek on the blog!

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What I am still slow of learning is, I think I’m in control, but I’m not. My desire to control outcomes is wrapped up in a performance mentality and perfectionism. I have to let go — daily. Even though I worry that I’m getting it all wrong and ruining my children, the real problem is my pride, and wanting to show the world a model perfect family. It’s exhausting, really.
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