Sometimes life can just flow from one day into another without us really paying too much attention to what is actually happening within that day at all…..
I sort of realised this recently, mainly because I was exhausted after some things I needed to do in my life and home to catch up after some time of neglect. It dawned on me that even when I have been *hit* with some problem I have not given thought to its timing. It made me think how many times I go from Monday to Friday so quickly and have’nt been stopping in that day long enough to soak up the wonderful blessings God has blessed me with.
I am so grateful to God that His Holy Spirit will begin to nudge my heart and cause me to stop and think…and that is so important, after all….I don’t want to be caught sleeping now do I!!
Life is so full of wonderful everyday happenings, if only I would slow down some and allow them to have the impact on me intended.I don’t mean the negative stuff but the smaller things, like my daughter sharing her homework and as I listened to the story read aloud or the way she worked out her maths problems I suddenly realised what a beautiful clever darling I have and began to praise her efforts and encourage her and then she was walking on cloud 9!! Didn’t take too much effort, just my time…and that is awesome.
I know that God has called me to serve others whether that be in my home my church or my community…that is what life is about, knowing what God has given us. I must remember that today is a GIFT, one that will happen whether or not I am aware of it. he has promised to be with me through it and in it and will never leave me so what am I waiting for..roll on day!!!!
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The Lord has been speaking to a lot about knowing and truly believing that He is good. It is easy to know He is good when things are going well, but it is much harder to know deep down with total certainty that God is good when things are not going the way we think they should go. God wants us to stand in faith in Who He is, to believe His goodness and to know for with a certainly that rises up from our innermost being that He loves us and that He is dependable.
There are times when the enemy tries to beat us down and to make us believe that God is mad at us, or that He is disappointed with us. The devil does that because he wants to prevent us from running back into God’s presence, so we can be restored. Our enemy wants to sabotage our faith.
There are going to be times when we get empty and drained. We begin to minister and to function from our own limited resources instead of from God’s vast resources. We continue doing our best to please God, but the emptier we get, the more we feel that God must either be mad at us or disgusted with us for allowing ourselves to get into this state. Then the enemy begins to play “mind games” with us to make us feel even worse about ourselves and our walk with God. He tries to tell us that God won’t help us when we cry out to Him because He is so disappointed in us, and we have failed Him or let Him down. Eventually we find it difficult to believe that God wants to restore and refresh us. We are not aware of it, but what is happening is that out faith in God’s goodness is being systematically attacked and damaged.
I went through that for a couple of months. The emptier I got, the harder it was to do the things that strengthen my spirit: to pray and
read my bible every day. I felt guilty about my struggle to do those basic things and I began to feel so desperate for God that I arranged
to go on a five-day prayer retreat at a mentor’s house to seek God in hopes of being restored and refreshed.
As I began to draw into God’s presence, I realized that I was afraid of coming to Him. My head “knew” I had to draw into God, but my heart feared that He would be angry with me or not want me to come to Him. Part of me was so hungry to be restored to intimacy with God that I was willing to meet His terms and conditions–whatever they were. But another part of me was afraid that God would not want to meet me.
I set all else aside and started to press into Him, and His sweetness began to settle over me. I expected Him to rebuke me, and I kept waiting for that rebuke–but it never came. I expected Him to tell me that He was displeased with me, but all He did was love on Me and let me see glimpses of His glory. Two days into the prayer retreat, I finally asked Him about it. I asked Him if He was angry or disappointed in me for letting myself get into that state. His reply surprised me.
“It hurts My feelings that you think I would be like that. I am not hard to please for those who’s hearts are committed to obey Me. I am a loving Father, and I love My children. When they get empty or drained, I don’t get mad at them for it and I don’t punish them for it. Instead, I fill them back up; I refresh and restore them, just like I am doing for you right now. When hope is drained and My children feel they have disqualified themselves, I don’t disqualify them. I restore their hope and I remind them of their destiny, and then set them back into it. I don’t rebuke My servants when they are weary, I revive them and I refresh them.”
Then He want on to say, “When you are feeling empty or dry or when hope begins to fade away, I want you to exercise your faith. I want you to remind yourself of Who I am, of what I am like–remember what My true nature is. I am your loving Father and I am committed to take care of you. I want you to choose to believe in My goodness instead of choosing to believe the devil’s lies about Me. Have faith in Me–not in your spiritual disciplines or in your ability to sense My nearness, or even in your ability to “please” Me. Know that I am love and I cannot stop loving you. Believe that I am good and choose to stand in faith when the enemy whispers his lies into your ears.”
“I have revealed Myself to you, and I don’t change. So don’t think of Me don’t attribute pettiness to Me. Trust Me, I really am Who I have showed you that I am, and I am truly good. Yes, I have good plans for you and I will accomplish them in your life.”