Soul Marination {Masterpiece Weekend}

These weekend features are to remind us of all of the INGs of life. The Doing. The Nothing. The Speaking (of the Holy Spirit). The Listening (of our hearts).

Masterpiece Weekend


This summer my heart and mind have been marinating in Beth Moore’s Children of the Day study of 1 and 2 Thessalonians. Verses that seemed so-so or kind-of-cool before, have literally leapt off the page and boisterously demanded my attention.

“…that our God may count you worthy of His calling, and that by His power He may fulfill every good purpose of yours and every act prompted by your faith.”   ~  2 Thessalonians 1:11

See what I mean?! There are some intense flavor sensations going on in just that one little verse!

With this fresh perspective has come serious contemplation. And with contemplation has come some deep soul searching. I’ve heard myself voicing questions outside the usually quiet confines of my head; things I would not have audibly expressed before (or at least not since my more introspective college days…when I had time to do things like sit and peacefully reflect). Questions like: “If I could be known for one thing in this life, what would it be?” And “Am I truly seeking that to which He has called me?”

Though this may seem melancholy or uncomfortable to some, inquiries like these have peppered my thoughts throughout our nine week study and have helped me to process the potency of these two small, but rather compelling books.

Quite frankly, I am struck at the end of yet another summer at the fragility and uncertainty of our lives here on earth. As moms, we often talk about using our time wisely. Of being intentional in our parenting, in our marriages, and in our friendships. But at the end of the day, have we lived as such?

Please understand my heart in this. I’m not trying to be all Debbie Downer-ish. Just wondering if there are others out there thinking these same thoughts, but unsure how to voice them. Let me assure you: This is a safe place. We welcome your comments. Truly, we do. We want to hear the good, the hard, and the unexpected parts of your everyday.

So what things have you found yourself pondering as of late? What is your soul marinating in at the moment?

2 Thes 2.16-17May your weekend be filled to overflowing with the deep and the not-so-deep. May your thoughts slow down long enough to probe your purpose. And as you contemplate and evaluate, may the God of all peace enfold your heart and mind through Christ Jesus.

We have one life. Let’s live it well, my friends. Live it well.


Anne-Renee Gumley

Anne-Renee is a full-time mom who works part-time at her family's party store. She has two children who keep her laughing, a husband who keeps her smiling, and an itch for writing that just won't go away.

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