Are We Here, or Are We There?

IMG_2834I still don’t know.  We think we see the light at the end of the tunnel, but then there are the signs that tell us, no entry.  We have had a hiccup in the process and we are waiting to see how big the buyers think the hiccup is.  The kicker?  If we have to put more money into the house to sell it, hubby wants to invest in the house for ourselves, and stay.  WHAT?!?!?!????  I have packed half of the house up to do what???!!!  STAY here?  Oh boy!  Breathe girl… breathe!

So I let this idea roll over in my heart a bit, and I tell God that He sure go through a lot of trouble to maneuver what happens, to get us where we are supposed to be.  He must be exhausted trying to keep us in His will.  But that may happen in the plans.  It also can be that the process of selling this home is to teach us:

  • What we REALLY want.
  • What our focus is.
  • Get some things accomplished.
  • Learn to have an even deeper focus on trusting Him.

We certainly have had to do that, because it has been a ride for sure!  Scripture shows me how He will always be faithful to bring me back.  I have read of His faithfulness over and over again, even when I may have repeatedly abandoned what I know to be true.

IMG_2837Today as I opened my Bible, I turned to Psalm 116.  It talks of the author’s love for the Lord, and all that the Lord has done for him.  He is praising the Lord for His goodness.  That was lifting to my spirit today, as well as, a gentle reminder to stay in gratitude.  What refreshment to my soul!  My Gratitude Jar hasn’t been growing over the last month or so.  That’s not good.  When I am not dropping those hearts in my jar, I can easily let other things that come my way get the best of me.  Of course, that is exactly what  satan wants; he wants to discourage me in every way possible.  So today, I have dropped a few hearts in my jar and told God I will continue as I always do to remember (my word for the year) to always live in gratitude.  Today, I am very grateful for U-Turns that we are allowed in life.  Wow!  What a blessing to be able to know that God will forgive me, gently lift me up and turn me back around.  What a picture word that is…u-turn.  I have to allow it.  I have to be willing to turn back around.  I am the “U” in u-turn.  I can either keep struggling, or surrender and let Him do what He needs to do in me.

So today, I send out my message to you to encourage you to let God allow u-turns in your life.  Maybe you have never even considered that God WOULD
IMG_2838allow a u-turn.  You may be carrying around a huge amount of guilt from your past.  Don’t be a martyr and carry that heavy load around.  Unload it at the cross.  Surrender it.  We just experienced Easter and that is what Easter is all about.  He doesn’t want you to have to live under the burden.  Let Him pick you up, clean you off, set you down in the opposite direction, and walk the rest of the way with you.  It is what He desires.  You have the decision to make.  I would love to walk up to the window of my life and look in to see what He has in store for me.  But I can’t.  However, He sees the end from the beginning and He will eventually help me see clearly through the window with out cracks, or brokenness.

I turned around once again today.  I did allow Him to work in my life.  He immediately encouraged me through His words in the Psalm.  Do you know what?  Even though I had some good plans and reasons for the change we felt God was leading us in, maybe, just maybe, God can make all those changes right here where we are.  I will wait on Him, and I am asking Him to help me see with more of His perspective and vision.  It’s like walking out from the darkness and into the light.  Don’t wait.  Talk to Him about it.

Walking the journey with you..

Ship Wrecked

IMG_5381Have you ever felt like you and your life are ship wrecked?  Or you may feel like you are full tilt or lilting to one side?  Maybe the winds of life have pushed you where you don’t want to go.  Maybe the rains came so hard that you are lilting to one side and feeling totally off-balance.  You may be taking on water and afraid of sinking and feel like no on cares!  Sometimes you can bail and bail and bail, and it still seems like the storm is hitting your boat/life harder and faster than you can handle.  It seems impossible to right your boat again.  I know.  I have been there.

Sometimes these times are of our own doing; decisions we made, not moving where God told us to move, not ending something that needed to be ended, a relationship God told us to stay away from or at least keep at a distance.  It could be a number of things.  However, it can also be life hitting us, and we are being tested, and we need to build our trust and faith.  How are we going to react to our situation?  Do we trust God to get us through it no matter how it looks?  Remember the story of the Jesus and His followers in the boat and the storm came up?  Jesus was down in the boat sleeping!  Everybody else was freaking out!  He came and spoke to the sea and it immediately became calm.  Where was the faith of the followers?  Seriously?  Jesus was in their boat!!  But their faith in Him and their trust in Him left with the first wave!

What about you?  Does that same thing happen to you in your times of feeling blindsided?IMG_5382  Here’s a little peek in my window of life:  Have you ever thought about the fact that those hard times are not to push at your patience or tolerance level, but to BUILD strong character and endurance in you?  When you can turn to Him first instead of getting angry or fearful, He will help you handle it.  He will give you hope instead of being disappointed or losing your trust in Him.  I found it helpful to just tell God what I’m feeling because He knows it anyway.  So I go there to Him first.  When you do, you will grow in relationship with Him, and that in turn, will cause you to grow in your love of God and better see His hand in your circumstances.  Get that Bible out and search for answers, guidance and comfort.  He wants to speak to you.  It will direct you to a whole lot better self-talk in those times.  If we don’t go “there” we open the door for the devil to discourage us.  I would rather be shipwrecked with Jesus, then to go it alone.  So, climb aboard and let’s sail off with some confidence that Jesus is in our boat!

Walking (and not on water) the journey with you…