Hi Precious Friends,
Monday, Wednesday, and Fridays are my days to post. On Friday, I was going here and yon and life got in the way of my posting. This morning, my intent was to post and again, life got in the way. It is my deepest desire to be obedient and move with Christ. Mania gets in the way of things and the next thing I know, I am painting the house! (Not really, but you know what I mean…)
God sent Julie, His beautiful daughter who sparkles. A sweet note to encourage the things of The Spirit and there you go…our God truly dots every “i” and crosses every “t”. Thank you, God! Thank you, Julie.
All of this is to say that it’s okay to fall down. You know what? We aren’t going to be perfect right out of the gate. We have it on Good Authority (remember that God will never lie) that it’s the relationship that He desires. He wants your heart, your company, your love…in fact, loving Him back is a natural response, given that Christ died for us.
These things happened to remind all of us that the point is the upward trend. As you go forward, every day will still be different, even though being at home right now, every day seems to be the same.
It takes time to do each of the things that I’ve written about.
Getting up and giving God your full attention, going for light, making a schedule, being still, and speaking truth will not happen overnight. It takes time to do these things. Writing them only takes a little while but doing them takes a long time.
So for now, let’s slowly digest those things that God has given to us already. Right now, there’s time to respond to The Father. Being at home, even if you’re working from home, there is more time to work on these things. God allowed this virus and it can be a blessing. If you allow The Spirit to work within you a new way of living in response to God drawing you close, this can be the best time of your life!
Shall we all allow The Spirit to s-l-o-w-l-y work these truths in us? Cause if you’re like me, you find that it’s e-a-s-y to feel like a failure if you set yourself up for perfection at the start. I don’t know, I think that if I don’t get it absolutely right (especially typing out to everyone what I hear in my heart from The Spirit) well, I am an utter fraud. Those thoughts are from the enemy. God never calls us names. Ever.
Let’s agree to work hard to get better and better as we go through this together. You will fall down, you will forget things, you will purposely be disobedient because you don’t feel like doing what you’re supposed to do, and it may seem as though you’re going backward instead of forward.
Never fear, sweet friend…you are not retreating. You’re going forward, especially when you fail, because you’re learning. In order to learn, you have to mess up and see how to do things differently. Be kind to yourself. Do not fall into the guilt trap that Satan sets for you.
Through Moses, God told the Israelites, before they conquered the Promised Land, “The LORD your God will drive out those nations before you, little by little. You will not be allowed to eliminate them all at once, or the wild animals will multiply around you.” Deuteronomy 7:22.
Take comfort in that verse. One thing at a time, one day at a time…little by little. Life happens and each one of us has different “wild animals (that) multiply”. The wild animals in your life could include something like perfectionism, arrogance, pride, or confusion.
Mania is running it’s course over here…and has been for months. I have been “up” for a very long time and it’s okay. I am okay. You are okay. So you’re house-bound for awhile…well, you’re going to come out of this thing stronger than ever because Jesus is going to do a mighty work in you! When you fall, He is there immediately to pick you up. Remember how fast He came to Peter when they were walking on water and Peter began to drown?
He is there faster then lickety-split when you need Him. Let Him help you up. May God grant you rest, joy, and peace as you fall into His Arms, you wonderful, amazing, imperfect child of The King.
“I waited patiently for the Lord;
he turned to me and heard my cry.
He lifted me out of the slimy pit,
out of the mud and mire;
He set my feet on a rock
and gave me a firm place to stand.
He put a new song in my mouth,
a hymn of praise to our God.
Many will see and fear the Lord
and put their trust in him.” Psalm 40:1-3
We’ll meet again (God willing and helping me) on Monday! Some time during the day, I will post. Stay safe, wash your hands, and allow God to wash your heart!