Month: August 2015

Pressing On- Finding the Beauty in the Middle

 

Driving in my car, I often have quiet moments with the Lord.  Loving to drive long distances (sometimes with the radio off), It’s my opportune time to collect my thoughts and focus on the day’s agenda. During this particular moment, my heart was heavy with a specific burden.  Likewise, feelings of hope consumed me as I thought of all wisdom gained. Both personal and spiritual. 

I knew my faith was being tested, yet I had to go through until I reached the end of my story.

Better yet the end of that chapter.  Growing up, I always had a deep love and appreciation for books.  So engrossed in my novels, I was transfixed page by page-looking forward to seeing what the end would bring. 

As God would have it, He connected my love of books with my momentary dilemma. This “test” was something I had not planned or thought I would undergo. 

It was as though I were reading this fabulous novel. Purely in the thick of it, and watching this specific plot of the story unfold.

The only way I would know the ending- was to read page by page. 

I could skip to the end, but I would be oblivious to all that had to take place to reach my ordained destination. 

As if being on a roller coaster, the twists and turns in my plot would eventually bring me to end of that specific chapter. 

A Good Read

In essence, our lives are great novels- full of detours, roadblocks, or level planes.  

Each chapter representing seasons in our lives:  joys of growth as well as “seemingly” setbacks. 

In the middle, you find out just what you’re made of. 

Most of all, you’re introduced (or re-introduced) to another layer of our Great God. 

As much as our middles in life bring us great lessons and insight, they’re often packaged through pain and frustration.    But don’t stop there. Do not allow the weight of your middle to blind you of the great ending that’s in store!  There’s more to see and learn. 

And lest not forget, many people are depending on you to get through the middle of your fabulous story.   To my brothers and sisters, I say- PRESS ON AND DON’T GIVE UP! Page by page and day by day, let’s see what your end is going to be!

Philippians 3:13-14 Brethern, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.  (KJV)

 

 

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True Success

Hey Singles, I can’t believe how quickly the year has gone by. We have 4 months left until the end of 2015. Have you completed your goals thus far? Most importantly have you accomplished all that God has set forth this season?Let’s have an awesome year and be about our Father’s business. This post is an oldie but goodie. First published on January 2, 2013- I thought I would remind myself (and you), being in God’s will is the epitome of success.  Enjoy!

 

Proverbs 19:21 (New International Version) – Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.

 

Resolutions, check. Monthly goals, check.

 

As we all look proudly at our lists (whether or not you’ve written them down), I hope you didn’t forget the most important thing.

I know I did.

In the midst of looking forward to a great new year, God reminded me of what needed to be done. Coincidentally, I had  previously asked him what my next post should say. As always, He revealed words that would stop me in my tracks while I proceeded with the mundane- my hair :-).

During that moment, I began to think about my monthly goal for September. It was major and being the planner that I am, I was definitely planning now.

 

But, the Lord spoke to my heart by saying, “you didn’t ask Me.”

 

God's glory

 

Have you ever wished you could have avoided things, situations, people, etc? Our “if only” can be alleviated in a huge way by taking the time to consult God (the Master Architect), and inquire about His plans.

As God revealed further, He impressed that goal setting and to-do lists are not bad. We should have them. However, three simple words would make everyone’s goals all the more successful. What, How, and Where.

-Lord, what are your plans for me this year/ what do you want me to do?

-Lord, how would you like me to bless others?

-Lord, where would you like me to be?

True Success, I’m learning is being in the will of God.

He would LOVE for you to go further than making lists. He is longing to tell us just how productive we can be, when allowed the consultation He so desires.

As we go further into this year with our plans, how about we loosen that grip on lists and listen for His guidance. After all, Papa knows best! 🙂

What task has God given you to complete this year?

 

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