thankfully, not me! who are we to know what God has for us? let’s approach each day, not decided on what we have to do, but rather what He wants us to do as we take care of the responsibilities He has placed before us. there isn’t anything that can come our way that can shake us, if we are firmly planted in Him!
He is not afraid of bad news; his heart is firm, trusting in the Lord. Psalm 112:7
now that we are letting Him lead the way, even in the ugliest of times (see Stuck below), how do we actually become unstuck?
He does it!
how do we let Him lead?
how will we know what He is telling us to do?
what if the answer that is bringing you peace doesn’t seem like it’s the “right” fit?
that’s My God! He doesn’t abide by our rules, we should abide by His! search your motive and if your motive is pure and you are receiving His peace: it doesn’t matter what the world or anyone in your life says. He has provided exactly what you’ve been praying for: the path He wants you to step on!
always follow His Peace!
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
The LORD will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail.
have you ever been stuck in a situation or circumstance or life scenario that you don’t want anymore? you know the ones, all you want to yell is “uncle! i give up!” of course you have, that’s a silly question.
maybe the question should be: how did you cope when you were stuck? or what did you do to get unstuck? as much as we may hate where we are or what we have to do at the moment, the Bible promises He is with us, guiding us. we just need to let Him lead the way and not get stuck in what we think is going on or not. look for Him even in the ugliest of times, He is there and wants to help!
So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
some time ago a friend spoke of a study she was doing, so i apologize for not knowing what that study was. in any event, she shared with me something so profound that almost immediately i disagreed with her. that is, until i stopped to really think about it. it went something like this:
“the areas of our lives where we have the most fear, are the areas we trust God the least.”
“wow, how can this be true?” i thought. it sounded like a complete contradiction. of course i trust God, especially in those areas! why wouldn’t i? they mean the most to me. i pray the most for and about these areas!
what i figured out: praying doesn’t actually mean we fear less… we have to also release it to His care. it’s only when we have our hands completely off it … that He can do His thing and fill our [now empty] hands with His love and care!
The Lord is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me?
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
ever been there? looking at your current situation and shaking your head? wondering where to go? and seeing the only choices before you don’t seem to fit what God would have? good thing He doesn’t see with our eyes! when things look hopeless, don’t forget who knows what’s coming. don’t forget the One who set you on the current path you’re on. the bible tells us to “live by faith, not by sight.” so let’s trust that His will shall come to pass, in His time, no matter what it may look like to us.
there is another choice. you may just have to trust Him to make it for you!
For we live by faith, not by sight.
2 Corinthians 5:7
It’s A Sign
ever felt not quite “you”? have you ever uttered the words “this isn’t me?”
there was a time in my life when I said these words quite often to those around me. I “wasn’t me” or at least the me I had been for so many years. but this is what I now know: the Lord was transforming me. He was molding me into someone I hadn’t met yet. a newer version, a better version, a closer version of the woman He created and wanted me to be. this was so foreign because I was so used to who I had become. as hard as it was, in the midst of all the shaping, I trusted Him. I knew beyond any doubt He loved me and I would be ok.
Yet you, Lord, are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand.
The Hot Seat
who is, you? are you different for different people? does it matter what crowd you‘re in as to what version of you shows up? of course it does. that’s tiring, isn’t it?
good thing we have a Heavenly Father who accepts you in any particular moment or circumstance. you‘ll be met with complete grace, understanding and love. but in order to accept all He has, you must come as you are. open and ready for God to show up, not hiding any part of you. He already knows! it is you standing in the way because you come as you think He wants, not as you truly are.
“Come now, let us settle the matter,” says the Lord. “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.
have you ever had to make a decision you didn’t want to make? when everything in you tells you to do the opposite of what the Lord is asking? obey! even if you don’t want to.
in a moment described above, He has whispered to me “you can’t have this now, so you can have it later”… maybe that doesn’t make sense to anyone but for me: His timing is everything! and we cannot make something happen that just isn’t meant to happen right now. I’m not saying ever, but just not right now.
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. Isaiah 55:8-9
Get Outta The Way!
you had to know it was coming… LOVE is a feeling. I once heard it described, “true love is a feeling, neither defined nor described but is experienced!”
believe me, I understand the harm in letting your feelings rule your decisions, because we can be fickle and wish-washy. what is truth this moment may not be the next. so we must be careful when love is a feeling. but if this ‘feeling’ repeatedly shows up, could it be truth? in my experience: it’s truth enough to take a look. God speaks to us all, and most times about things we don’t quite understand. (that’s when His wisdom is imparted if we are seeking Him) He has purpose behind every feeling, every emotion, every thought, every action. we may not trust ourselves to feel what we are feeling, but we can trust the One who put it there, who made us, who knows all and trust Him to explain. but we first have to let ourselves feel it and stop denying it.
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
take a moment to look around. we have so much to be thankful for, even in the midst of hard times.
this Thanksgiving (and every day of my life) I’m thankful for my faith! w/o it, I don’t know how I’d make it through each day. faith has so many benefits. things like: assurance, comfort, peace, security, freedom and joy.
it’s no secret that my kids are my life. parenting gets more difficult as they grow. maybe not physically, but mentally, emotionally and most definitely financially. different seasons, call for different parenting skills. so in a sense, I’m also forever growing.
this morning I’m thankful for my faith that reassures me that even though as a mom I can never be perfect and know exactly what to say and do, He’s got my back. His faithfulness isn’t just for me but for the generation I’m raising and all generations to follow! so even though I mess up from time to time, He remains faithful and I trust He will be there for them, as He is for me!
Thank You Lord for loving my kids more than I ever could and showing Yourself real to them as You’ve done for me. Thank You for promising to do so!
Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.
Psalm 100:4-5 NIV
Happy Mother’s Day