About 6 months ago, I had a turning point in my life. I was spending some time cracking open my Bible, but not even every day. Certainly not multiple times a day.
But as I looked at myself- how I handled situations with my kids, interactions with other people (Christians and not)- I was disconcerted by how beaten down and tired I was.
I would read an excerpt from a book by Andrew Murray every once in a while called Waiting on God- and I began to realize that I had no anticipation of God answering prayer- that He would be faithful. I was living my life as though I did not believe in His promises, though I claimed to.
That first week that I got up every morning at 6am I struggled. I was so tired. But God was faithful to speak to me- as I opened myself up to hear from Him.
As days turned to weeks, I was so overwhelmed by how God was working in my life, I started getting up earlier, because I wanted more time with Him. I finally understood what mentors in the faith had been trying to tell me all along.
The Word, God’s Word- the Bible- it is a necessity for Christians.
It needs to be in our minds throughout the day. That is the only way we can succeed in being the kind of person (Mom) we long to be- patient, long-suffering, loving, gentle, and JOYFUL!
I was missing that joy piece- and I noticed it. I felt heavy and burdened. Sin can do that to us. We must inject truth into our lives- to combat the lies that we get caught up believing.
17 Join together in following my example, brothers and sisters, and just as you have us as a model, keep your eyes on those who live as we do. 18 For, as I have often told you before and now tell you again even with tears, many live as enemies of the cross of Christ. 19 Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, and their glory is in their shame. Their mind is set on earthly things. 20 But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, 21 who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.
Therefore, my brothers and sisters, you whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm in the Lord in this way, dear friends!
4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. 9 Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.
How much time and money do we spend on our outer appearance? Twisting and turning in front of the mirror to make sure things look ok from every angle.
Do we examine our hearts and minds with that scrutiny? Do we desire to purify and refine our inner selves, to let our inward beauty shine?
If we believe what God’s Word says- we should be spending more of our resources on our inner spirit. (Man looks at the outer appearance, but God looks at the heart).
I am sharing this with you in hopes that if you are on the fence- if you have been like me- fervently seeking God in the storms of life- but when things are good your Bible might start to collect a little dust…start today, start this morning.
Reach out to God with an open heart and mind- ask Him to teach you, to mold you. He is faithful. My heart is full of praise, joy, and thanksgiving for God has been faithful to reveal himself to me.
He has fed my hungry soul and I am satisfied. I am more peaceful. Those closest to me see a difference in me- and that is God having His way-it is not I- but God working through me.
He deserves all the Praise and Glory. When we hold on to all that God has done for us- through His Word- remembering- holding onto the promises we have received- His love can pour out of us.
We can be salt and light- through His Holy Spirit working in us and through us. We can give strength to that voice of truth by listening and obeying.
I am on the journey-I sin daily- self gets exalted- pride weeds its way in- and I seek forgiveness from God again.
It is a discipline, but like any other habit, the more we practice it, the more we shall naturally cling to God’s Word.
Oh what joy when God’s Word rules my mind. When our mind is surrendered to God, and consistently focused on Him, our will bends to His. We become vessels that God can fill and use for His glory here on earth.
What do you struggle with? Do you spend your days feeling defeated, looking back with disappointment on your words and behavior toward others? Do you feel out of control- like you are just reacting to everyone and everything in your life?
Only God’s Word can transform us and bring us peace.
The person that we are working so hard to be- trying to do all the right things- stop. Just be with God, pray- talk to Him, read His Word. Let Him do the work in you.
Let go. Let God.
God bless you, may we live surrendered to Him today.