Be Still And Allow The Master To Work

My mind lately has been going a mile a minute.  There seems to be a lot of “things” happening around me, but I just can’t seem to put my finger on what those “things” are exactly.  What I do know, is that I am coming into a season of growing…again.  I have behaviors that I desperately need to break and that God wants to “chisel” off of me.  I’ve spent the last few weeks working out what it is that God is wanting me to do to work on breaking those behaviors.  What keeps coming to the forefront are a few things.

  1. I need to do a Tongue Fast again.
  2. Extremely limit my time on Facebook.
  3. Unplug from things and set strict time limits.
  4. Sit outside, in the quiet, and listen.

I did a Tongue Fast a few years back.  For me, that consisted of not speaking and only writing everything down that I wanted to say.  If I was happy, I had to write it.  If I was mad, I had to write it.  The purpose was to SEE the words that I would normally speak.  By seeing what I would say, it made me think about whether it was really worth saying.  How many words had I wasted because they were hastily spoken, without thought?  It’s time for a refresher of seeing the words again.  James 1:19 tells us, Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, SLOW TO SPEAK, and slow to get angry.  I need to slow my “speak” down.

I need to limit my Facebook and other electronics time drastically.  These things are doing nothing but wasting time and affect my emotions and attitude towards my family and others.  I have a tendency to be reactory when my anxiety about something is triggered.  By constantly having Facebook or other media in my face, I keep myself in that heightened state of anxiety and tension.  Which in turn makes me short with others and quick to get angered.  It leaves my mind in a constant whirl and makes it nearly impossible to find stillness.  Scripture tells us to “Be STILL and KNOW that I am God” (Psalm 46:10).  How is that possible when we leave no room for stillness?  Which leads to my last point…

Nature is very healing.  There is a rawness to it that when we sit and observe, we see that life isn’t as complicated as we make it.  There is a simpleness in the ebb and flow of each day.  That simpleness gets lost by the noise that we allow in.  Most of the excess noise is nothing more than a distraction from the simpleness that God wants with us.  Just to sit and listen.  Only then will the calm & peace come.  It’s time for me to be still.  This process of molding and shaping is going to be painful.  It may be my most painful yet.  I will be forced to face things about myself and my past that I’ve wanted to ignore.  That stillness with God will become more important that anything else.  Only in the stillness with Him will my true healing and change begin.

When was the last time you were able to truly “be still”?  Something to really think about.  =)  Be Blessed!

Division To Friendship

Division.  The act, process, or an instance of separating or keeping apart.  The condition or an instance of being divided in opinion or interest.

Something that has been on my mind lately is how divided we are as a people.  In the world, our country, our families, and even the church.  What is so wrong with actually TRYING to be friends?  Why do we have to search for the similarities and differences in each other?  Why can’t we just see them for people who God has given us as a gift to love?  There is beauty in everybody if we would just actually look for it.  Let’s attempt to move from division to friendship.  We will all benefit from it.

So, as the song below says, will you take my hand and be friends with me?  =)  Be Blessed!

 

Roots

While going through some past posts, I found this speaking to me…again.

 

I had a root canal awhile back.  Great sentence to start with, I know.  I was thinking this morning about the whole idea of a root canal.  The whole intent is to go in and take care of  infection. …

Source: Roots

Conversation With God

“Get up!  It’s time!”

“I know, but I’m scared.”

“Of what?”

“What if I fail?”

“You will at times.  But what if you succeed?”

“That scares me even more.”

“Why?”

“I don’t really know.  I’m afraid of more being expected.  Then what if I can’t do any more?”

“How do you know if you can’t do more if you haven’t even tried to do a little?”

“How do you know that I can?”

“Because, you are my child.  I put into you the things that I knew you would need to do the task that I have given you.  I knew that you would need determination, strength, fire, and audacity.  I also knew that those things would also make you stubborn and hard-nosed if not tempered right.  That my child is the struggle you are having right now.  You are fighting the wrong battle.  You are fighting against what I instilled in you, when in reality I intended you to use that to grab hold of the difficult people who are hurt so badly that only you can reach them.  They will be hard to love because of their hurt, but I know that you are stubborn enough, determined enough, and audacious enough to not give up on them and to guide them to Me.”

“How do you know that?  You’ve seen me!  I lose it over the small things now.”

“Yes, but you have also held on and persevered through the tough, too.  Let go of what you are holding onto that you think is protecting you.  It’s a false wall.  It’s not protecting you.  It’s keeping you from what I have intended for you.”

“But what if I get hurt?”

“That will happen.  Let go of the hurt.”

“What if I fall down?’

“That will happen, too.  You know what I want you to do when that happens?”

“You want me to stand back up.”

“Exactly.  For some reason, the last time you fell, you chose not to get back up.  Not completely.  You allowed yourself to stand just enough to where when something hits you, you easily fall.  I want you to stand completely up and on a solid foundation that only I can give you.  Are you ready?”

“I think so.”

“I asked if you were ready?”

“Yes.  But…”

“No.  No “but”.  When you add that, you are not fully trusting me.  Do you trust me to catch you if you fall?”

“Yyeesss.”

“I sense some hesitation.  I have never left you.  I have been right here waiting for you to take hold of me, ready to help you stand.”

“I know you have.”

“Then what are you waiting for.  Are you ready?”

“Yes.”

“Then stand!  We have a job to do.”

“Yes, Lord.”

 

 

 

Run Your Race…Don’t Give Up

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Over the weekend, I received several messages from you.  They covered the spectrum of things you’ve overcame, ways that my journey has encouraged you in some way, and then also the trenches in which you are walking right now and asking for prayer.  You have been a huge encouragement to me, in ways you will never know.  I wanted to tell yall that.  It gives me direction in how to pray, not just for myself and what God is wanting me to do with this, but also in how to pray for those it is impacting.  Please, keep letting me know what’s going on in your lives.  Message me on Facebook or comment below.  I love hearing from you.  I have been really surprised at how this has made such an impact.  Know that I am praying for you.  Praying that you will continue to press on.  Praying that you will not lose hope.  Praying that you will overcome.  Thank you for all the support that you give me.  It pushes me to keep fighting.

Hebrews 12:1 says, Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up.  And let us run with endurance the race that God has set before us.

Every single one of us are in a battle.  Whether is be spiritual, physical, or whatever else, those valley’s can seem painfully long and never ending.  They can push us to the brink of breaking.  No matter what fight you are fighting, KEEP RUNNING WITH ENDURANCE!  Know that God is running right beside you.  Even when you can’t feel Him there, He is.  Keep running. The moment that you give up, is the moment the enemy gets the upper hand.  Every step you take gets you one step closer to breakthrough.  A lot of the time the moment when we give up is when we were just one step from that breakthrough.

So, when you feel like giving up and you are hearing all those voices screaming at you (give up, you’re a failure, don’t waste you time, why even try), know within all that, there is a voice (albiet small) that is shouting with all its might, “KEEP GOING, YOU CAN DO IT, I BELIEVE IN YOU!”  Find that voice.  Strain your ear to hear it.  Keep finding it, keep listening to it and it will eventually get to where it is the one that speaks louder than all the others.  Know that that voice is God cheering you on.

I’m rooting for you!  Take that next step…even if it is small.  It’s one more than you had before.  =) Be Blessed!

Catching Fire

Have you ever watched fire?  It is so captivating when you just sit and stare into the flames.  Have you ever had to burn off a field or ditch?  We used to have to burn our fields off when I was a kid.  I remember just watching it as it crept along, slowly chewing away at the innocent growth unsuspectingly.  It was slow, yet it wasn’t at the same time.  You could see, every so often, the flame lick at the live growth, teasing it until it finally caught fire.

I think there are many things in our life that happen that way.  We are the growth that the fire is just at the edge of, flicking us with it’s flame, waiting for us to finally catch fire.  That fire, I believe, is God.  He is wanting us to catch onto the fire that He has for us that will propel us forward to new growth and for His kingdom.  For us to stand boldly and to proclaim that He is the center of our lives and that nothing will stop us from completing the work that He has for us to do.

So, what’s stopping you?  What’s the blockage that is getting in the way of you being able to finally catch fire?  For me, I think it’s always been two-fold.  My weight and the comparison game.  It’s time to stop.  Stop letting things get in the way of what God wants to do with you.  Catch fire!  Believe me, there is a HUGE difference once you do.  You find an endurance and the ability to push yourself to accomplish things that you wouldn’t have dreamed.  Case and point…over the last 20 year, I would talk myself out of anything that would have required me to physically push myself.  On Saturday, I made myself walk, even though I hadn’t had a lot of sleep over the past 3 days because I had been in such pain.  I made myself do it.  If I want to succeed at this, I HAVE to push myself.  I could have used the excuse that I was tired, I could have listened to the voice that said I couldn’t go on, but what would I have gained?  Instead I chose to listen to the still small voice that said I CAN!  I was proud of myself for being consistent, even when I didn’t feel like it.  And I know that that small voice, is the one that I have been ignoring for so long.  God’s gentle prodding, telling me I could.  I just had to take the step of faith to actually listen to it.

I know God wants to use me.  He has a plan.  I just have to continue to let myself catch fire and then continue to burn for Him and His glory.  Will you catch fire, too?  =)  Be Blessed

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Pruning Your Life

Transitioning into a new season in life can be tough.  We have different ebbs and flows that we have in our relationships with our spouse, children and friends, but, we also have seasons that we go through with them as well.  We have friends or acquaintances that are only intended to be with us for a season, not multiples.  How often do we try to hang on to them longer than what they were intended to be there?  It’s hard to put closure, sometimes, on those friendships, but that closure is what is needed for us to move on to the next part of our journey that God has us on.  Why is it that we try to always cling to the past when God is trying to get us to let go?  Why can’t we just trust that He has something better for us on the next leg of our voyage…if only we would take that step in following Him?

“Everything has seasons, and we have to be able to recognize when something’s time has passed and be able to move into the next season. Everything that is alive requires pruning as well, which is a great metaphor for endings.”  –Henry Cloud

Pruning can hurt.  I’m not gonna lie.  Pruning is to cut or lop off superfluous or undesired twigs, branches, or roots from; trim, to rid or clear of (anything superfluous or undesirable), to remove (anything considered superfluous or undesirable).

Branches have a purpose on a tree.  Branches also die and need to be removed from the tree so that it can stay healthy.

Ecclesiastes 3:1-22 (ESV) For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted; a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;

The word this year that had kept playing over and over and over again in my head in BALANCE.  That is our goal for this year.  To bring BALANCE back into our lives.  When I first heard it, I thought God was just telling me to bring balance to our schedule, but it was more than that.  It was time to prune.  It was time to prune not only our schedule, but also our diet and most importantly, our minds.  I have a lot of “thought baggage” that I need to finally let go of that has weighed me down for years.  For me to really bring balance to my life, I need to start there and everything else will fall in line.  First, a pruning must happen and I must let go of things that were only meant for a season.

So, when you examine your life as it is right now, are there things or people who you should be letting go of (or pruning)?  Is there baggage that you are to put down and be done with so you are able to move forward, the way God is wanting you to?  Are you allowing yourself to be held back out of fear of letting go?  There is peace in balance, if we would only let it happen.  You can do it!  Just trust Him.  =)  Be Blessed!