many are simply grateful to be alive. But the one thing I CAN post about is the faithfulness of God during times when all seems to be running amuck. During times when disease seems to be having its way. During a time when it does not appear justice is being served for the innocent. During a time when it appears the enemy is claiming victory.
I make my way to work and it continues. How can I work, when I should be locked up in my closet praying and interceding right now? How can I be concerned on such temporal tasks when eternity is at stake for so many? How can I not DO SOMETHING MORE than I am right now, in order to bring peace to the chaos, allow love to engulf the hate, allow Jesus Christ to be known? This is where I struggle.
I struggle with the more. But like David in Bethlehem, I must be faithful where I am. I must be willing to tend after what God has, right in front of me, for as long as He needs me to. I must view it as the MORE now and all the MORE I may ever have, and be content, because God’s heart for my life is HERE. Where His heart is, is where I want mine to be. He needs me to pray for my husband. He needs me to pray for my children. He needs me to stand firm in my faith in Him and rise up on their behalf. Why? Because their faith, their hearts, their love is still growing. Until it becomes more solid, more deeply rooted, they need to witness and know there is a place where God is and that place is home. Isn’t this selfish, looking out for your own?
Absolutely not. If God is meeting their needs through me, He can then meet others’ needs through them! They will be compelled to pray and intercede for others. They will be moved to feed others, give a drink to the thirsty, cover the weaknesses of others, help the sick, and set free the captives in the lives they encounter every day. And then what? The ripple effect. It goes on and on, until not one is lost. God works like that you know? He causes one soul to rise up for the sake of others, and we were directly on the receiving end.
Rather than post about food, I am moved to fast. Rather than get in a work out, I am moved to pray. Rather than sit by and become disengaged in the life God has placed me in for His purposes, I am going to call on Him to cause me to live it out all the more. I am going to call on Him to help me rise up. I am going to call on Him when I pray with my family, with my friends, and with my community. I am going to call on Him to bring a wholeness to a situation appearing to be broken with despair. Will you join me?
His leading. Yes the first few days were pretty uncomfortable, but I made it through relatively unscathed. Once I made it through and really felt like I could take my thoughts off the discomfort and onto what God has in store for me, movement began. First, was a challenge with youngest. Something as simple as not making the time to do her hair one morning upset her considerably. As the day went on I sensed there was MUCH more to the issue than I really understood, and God in fact revealed to me what her thoughts were. When she came home from school I began talking with her, and she turned to tears. A very real part of her heart was being touched by God and it was like she was amazed that I knew something, she was unwilling to discuss. Aaaaah, I’m so thankful God spoke to my heart and I didn’t dismiss her as being over emotional.
The second incident came with a gal I don’t know all that well, but I kept sensing she was looking for a church home. I had been putting it off because I didn’t want to come across as super-religious. God opened the door, I finally asked, and I was extremely overwhelmed with God’s presence. It was almost too much to bear, and I told Him so. It worked out that she made it to church service and fell in love with the church home. I pray she continues to go and grow and is supported by a wonderful church family.
times lately, but does her absolute best to forge on, put on the smile and be who she thinks a lot of people expect her to be. A recent incident took place and I could sense the pain she felt as I looked in her eyes, although she was doing her best to conceal it. The next day, I began sharing with her my heart (which is God’s heart) on the matter and she too turned to tears. How could I possibly know her heart, when she intentionally tried to conceal it? God knows, sweetie, God knows.
Finally, God compelled me to reach out to a gal simply following along in the challenge, but who never officially signed up. She too had a need I would have otherwise been unaware of. This is how GOOD GOD IS. On the flipside of the positives also exists a negative. There is a particular circumstance in my life, God has made clear I need to keep my distance from. I let it get the best of me and ignored the directive. Ugh…. My heart has been broken yet again. My mind twirling. My body feeling it. When I look to God over the matter, His reply, “I’m trying to protect you. Your heart is so intertwined in the situation, you get wrapped up in the pain it brings, and are unable to help others begin to turn from their own pain.” I see it. I see why it is so important to listen and honor His Word.
As I continue forward on this journey, my theory continues to be confirmed. The less junk I have in my life, the more sensitive I become to the Holy Spirit’s leading. The more sensitive to His Spirit I become, the more others around me sense His presence and experience His love. Praise God for moving me into what I call the sweet spot. Praise God’s Spirit for empowering me to move forward, and blessing me with understanding when I don’t sit tight when He needs me to!
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