I read an article the other day about China discouraging/banning movies that have to do with time travel saying that they “lack positive thoughts and meaning”. Of course, this got me thinking.
We all have a history. Every minute that passes, moves into a part of history. We are always creating it. There’s no stopping it; time never stops. It is good to know your past. It is good to know about the past history overall. That is how we learn. We learn from past mistakes. The problem comes when we start to LIVE in the past. When we dream of things of old. Wishing that “things were like they used to be”, or we never let go of something that happened in our past. When we start to live in the past, we are not in the present to enjoy the things of now. We keep ourselves from dreaming of our future and enjoying it. We stop ourselves from ever moving forward. The majority of the time, though, the past that we hang onto isn’t one of good. It’s more of the hurt, pain and trauma that has happened to us that we cling to. And we tend to use that to keep us from growing and stretching ourselves. We use it as an excuse as to why we can’t do something. Then we end up being consumed by fear (that’s a WHOLE nother subject for a different day.) The bible says in Isaiah 43:18, Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. It goes on to say (verse 19), See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland. God is wanting to do new things in our lives. We often miss those things because we are stuck in the past. He makes a way where there is no way.
History has it’s value. As long as we use it for the right reason. Enjoy the now that God has blessed you with. Pray that He will help you focus on the now that He has for you. Tomorrow is a new day. Make sure you live in it! =) Be Blessed!
I have found that I have always looked at God as this HUGE being that was hard to get to. You know, in all honesty, He really isn’t that hard to reach. I have been starting to make myself look for Him in the smaller things. The simple things. It’s not that He’s hard to find there. He’s been there all along. It’s just that I haven’t been looking for Him or expecting Him to be there. He isn’t this thing that is so hard to obtain that we struggle and struggle to get there so we can receive Him. We make the process so much harder than it really is. And the answer is pretty simple. Just be still. Notice the little things around you. We don’t allow ourselves to be still enough to even hear a scream from Him more less a whisper.
We have to be willing to make the time to meet with Him. The devil has done a wonderful job of screwing our priorities up. Where we think we have to be busy all the time to have accomplished anything or to have all this stuff to prove successful. Do you realize that by NOT being busy all the time that you can actually get more done? Or in NOT chasing after all the “stuff”, you have more contentment and joy. And did you know that in that quiet, down time, God uses those times to speak to you? To tell you how much He loves you and wants the best for you.
When it comes to decisions that we have to make, even about the small things, there is nothing wrong with taking the time to pray about it. And sometimes it takes more than five minutes to get the answer. When we are only willing to rely on him in the bigger things in our lives (normally crisis mode), it makes us pretty narcissistic. It’s like saying that we don’t need Him until we can’t handle it on our own. When we start to rely on him EVEN in the small things, we are nurturing something so great, we don’t even understand it.
Just always remember, yes God is there with you through the big stuff (death, job loss,etc) but more importantly, He’s there even in the little things. While you’re cleaning the toilet, doing the laundry, bathing your children. He’s there. Just let yourself feel his presence and bask in it. Even if you don’t know what His presence feels like, making yourself aware of Him is a big start. Peace will be soon to follow…even in the small things. =)
Proverbs 27:17 says, As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. How sharp are you? Do you have someone in your life that holds you accountable? I have found that we have become a nation who is afraid of offending people. Do you realize that some offense is needed in accountability? We used to raise our children together as a community. Kids were afraid of getting caught, doing something they shouldn’t be doing, by the little lady down the road because they knew that she would let their parents know. Now days we have kids who could care less if you see them. They know that you more than likely won’t tell their parents and/or if you do, their parents won’t care and tell you to mind your own business. Where’s the accountability? We have quit letting natural consequences happen with our children. We don’t teach them to be accountable. And we have stopped holding each other accountable. How do we expect to grow if we aren’t challenged, in a good way? The study bible describes, “Sharpens another” as – Develops and molds the other’s character. Do you have anyone if your life that will HONESTLY tell you how your character is developing? So much today we are not developing the character of our children and ourselves. At one time, having integrity was a great thing. Today, we hardly know what that is anymore. We need to be willing to be sharpened by our friends and family. We are to hold each other accountable in the church also. We are to accept and love them the way that they are but we can’t let them stay in the condition they were when they came into the faith. It is for our own good. In trying to find a way to explain this better I came across a site about accountability that was very helpful. It is has a couple links to pages that has questions that you can ask yourself.
Often when we are trying to work on ourselves we leave God out of the equation. He’s the Author of life. He’s the one who designed you and made you in His image. Wouldn’t we want His input on what we are to be developing into? If we are trying to be anything else than what He has designed us to be, we will always have an internal struggle about our self-image. And having someone who is grounded in their faith and that we trust, who can tell us “Hey, I don’t think you are making the right choices here”, is vital to our growth. And the more that we are held accountable, the sharper we get. So I ask you, how sharp are you?
Stepping out in faith. We frequently won’t move in faith because we can’t see what we are moving towards. Hebrews 11:1 says that faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. When God calls us, we must go. He doesn’t have to give us all the info involved. We just go. God will have everything taken care of. As long as we are walking in accordance with HIS will, He’s got it covered.
I love Reinhard Bonnke. He speaks truth and speaks it without fear. He has a few quotes that I really like. One of them is, “Faith is a leap into the light, not a step into the darkness.” Many times we think that stepping out in faith is walking into the dark. I can see why. It’s the unknown. But the thing is is that we often forget that God is already there. We really aren’t walking into darkness if God is already there. We are just meeting up with him.
We can’t stand around waiting for God to do something, though. We can’t sit and wait on Him to make the first move. If He calls you to do something, you have to take the first step. One of Bonnke’s other quotes is “The ABC of faith is that as we act, God acts.” You HAVE to step out. Trust Him to carry you through the unknowns. He’s already been there and has charted the course. And when you are facing a dry spell in that walk, KNOW that there’s something big coming. He’s going to shake your world upside down (in a good way) if you just let Him. 2 Corinthians 5:7 says, We live by faith, not by sight. Besides, if you had all the details, would you still go?
So, take that step of faith in what he’s calling you to do. Trust Him. He’s the one in charge. Always has been and always will be. Trust that he has it taken care of for you! Take that step! =) Be Blessed!
Needed to re-read this since I totally lost it last night. We started AIT (Auditory Integration Therapy) yesterday for Hunter and it is taking a lot out of me. All the driving, time involved and wrestling with him takes it out of you. He is very disorganized right now in how he handles himself, which is a result of the intensiveness of having his brain retrained. Needless to say, I was wore out and lacked a TON of self-control.
Today I have really struggled with myself. I have really felt bad on nearly everything about myself. Tevis and I were talking and I just started listing everything that I didn’t like about myself, everything that I feel I have failed at, etc, etc… I started ranting about failing at homeschooling, failing at keeping up with the house, failing at being a good wife, being overweight…yada yada yada. You get the point. I started crying about wanting to have a counter like the ones in the model homes where they have just a papertowel holder and a few canisters on them. Why I was so focused on that, who knows. Tevis just laughed at me and said “what home do you know of that is like that?” I said, “Peoples!” That’s all I could come up with. In my head that’s the way everybody’s house is.
I think the main thing that gets me down is that I don’t live up to my own expectations. I have this image in my head of what I want our house, family and life to be like. I like the order of things. Where everything runs smoothly, the kids love each other and don’t fight. There are days where it straight up hits me that we are no where close to that image and it really bothers me and I dont’ know how to fix it. But so often that image that I want to live up to is really nothing but a comparison of someone else, of what I THINK their life is like. I’m craving to be like someone else because their grass is greener. But, I’m not seeing myself or our family through God’s eyes. How easy it is for Satan to weasel his way into our minds and to plant these little thoughts that really can wreak havoc on us. What I need to do is go and pull out my paper that has all the things that God says I am, and read them. I need to dig in and stand on THAT truth instead of Satan’s lies. I have to admit though, it is really hard to change your way of thinking when you have let negative thinking become some a habit. Especially when it’s about yourself. But we are to have a renewed mind. And I need to remember that I am a new creation in Christ and so are you! =) Be Blessed!
Note: This is a previous post that I am transferring over here to my new blog. =)
I have come to realize though that modern conveniences are a pain in the tookus because they are just that…conveniences. And conveniences are only convenient until they require effort. I am thankful for them though. Our water heater bit the dust. We replaced the thermostat (mainly because it TOTALLY melted) and the bottom element. OH YEAH (we thought), we have hot water again! So, I got up this morning and……nope. No hot water. The ol’ girl doesn’t have anything left in her. So, we have to install a new one (which I’m hoping they will come to do by this weekend). This is on top of a bunch of other things that seem to have wanted to stop working all at the same time. Tevis informed me today that this gives us a chance to experience the old days, sorta, since we have to get the water from the tub (kitchen faucet stem is full of sediment) and boil it on the stove and then put it in the tub for a bath or the sink to wash dishes. Not that they went to the tub to fetch water…but you get the point. Mind you that I TOTALLY understand the whole roughin’ it mentality. We lived without hot water for 6 months before. I am thankful for what we have though. What a blessing it is to just have shelter from the rain and wind. We get to where we believe that we HAVE to have all these modern things. Why? Sure, us having to boil water requires more effort than just turning on the faucet, but we still have running water. We still have a way to heat it. It just takes a little more time.
God is so amazing in how he provides and cares for us. He is amazing in how he allows inconveniences to happen in our life that teach us about perseverance and trust and some good ol’ fashioned hard work. These are the times that we find what we are made of. How strong our faith is. How strong our trust in Him is. What our foundation really consists of. Too often we try to handle everything on our own. By doing that, we run out of steam. We get burned out. We become distressed and we start to become depressed. We are relying too much on our own strength. Why is it so hard for us to just lean back into God’s big arms and let Him carry us through the muck? We are such a rushed society. I don’t think we really know how to just stop and let God do what God wants to do. God is at work all around us, but we have to be able to slow ourselves down enough to see the work He is doing. The whole water heater thing is a lesson for me. I have to take the time to fill the stockpot. I have to take the time to heat it on the stove. And I’m having to take baths right now instead of a shower. I’ve had to slow down. And during the waiting in all that I find myself talking to Him. What else do I have to do? Perfect time as any so I’m taking advantage of it. Maybe you can find those moments of “inconvenience” as a convenient time to talk with God. =)
GOD HAS BIG PLANS FOR YOU! Did you catch that? Do you believe that? Growth though, only happens through fire. You have to walk through the trenches and be willing to experience the pain to be able to achieve the goal. By walking in the obedience that God is calling you to walk in, you will gain the wisdom and trust in Him that will help you through all future trials. First, you have to be willing to set YOURSELF aside and wholly walk in faith. His plans for you will be revealed with each step you take. So, don’t look at the trials and hardships that you are facing with such dread and negativity. See them for what they are. Great opportunities for God to do more molding in you for the plans he’s has for you life. =) Be Blessed!