Monday, July 22, 2019

God Only Knows


 

 
Rejoice in the Lord always, I will say it again; Rejoice! Let you gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 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. Philippians 4:4-7

 

Anyone who knows me, know that I am very skeptical of anything that presents itself as a formula to get closer to God. It’s as if we have to follow certain steps in a certain order to get His attention or receive His mercy. I am much more an advocate of crying out from the naked, transparent depths of my heart. Trusting that the God who created me and loves me is not checking the order of my steps as I run to Him.

          Today I’m going a little bit of a sidestep from that. This morning while praying three phrases came to my mind and heart and immediately I knew they weren’t just for me. Someone, somewhere who at some point, God will lead to this message needs to hear this.

So thankful
So blessed.
So encouraged.

 
Believe me when I tell you that this isn’t new. If you look at it, it is basically the “formula” of the Lord’s Prayer.  It is certainly following the format of the verses from Philippians.  We bring ourselves to God with thanksgiving. He answers with peace beyond our comprehension. How can we help but be encouraged?

          I hear all the time from people who, “just don’t have time to pray” or insist that they don’t know how.  Hmm… okay. Try this. Say thank You Lord. Then tell yourself, I am so thankful, so blessed and so encouraged!

          Those very brief words will draw you closer to God and only He knows what will follow.

         

Friday, July 12, 2019

A Pain In The Neck


 

Do not be misled: Bad company corrupts good character. 1 Corinthians 15:33

There is a season for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven. Ecclesiastes 3:1

For the last several days I’ve had a lot of pain in my neck.  This isn’t the first time I’ve had this and I know eventually it will ease up. This morning while we were praying my husband prayed that God would take away the pain in my neck.  I absolutely appreciate his prayer and I am so grateful and thankful for his support but the first thought that went through my mind was, “Well, there goes somebody.”

          My Bible Babes and I have had a few discussions about toxic people. It is so hard to get rid of them. Sometimes because of them but just as often because we won’t let them go. As much as we complain and bemoan the toll that they take on our lives we have myriad excuses why cutting them off feels wrong.

          I promise you I fervently hope that my hubby’s prayer is answered.  I am truly tired of this pain in my neck. I do not want to hold onto this at all. However, there are some people in my life who do cause me to flinch and yet, I’m reluctant to let them go. I have, as I advise my Babes, assessed the value they have in my life. I have prayed for wisdom. I pray to be objective but here they are and here they stay. Why? Good question.

          It’s not just people either. There are circumstances, situations and things that cause me more anxiety or aggravation than they are worth but they still take up space in my life.

          We’re quick to recognize physical barriers or limitations in our lives but what about those people, things and situations that make it harder for us to live as we were created to live. Shouldn’t we recognize those as well and try to rid ourselves of them?

          Take a few minutes and ask God to help you identify your current “pain in the neck.” Then ask him to give you the wisdom and courage to let it go. Let. It. Go.

          There are enough pains in this life that we can’t avoid. Shouldn’t we try to avoid the ones we can?