When I think of a bride walking down the aisle to wed the love of her life or the groom standing there waiting for his love to appear adorned in beauty, there is such anticipation in their hearts. No matter what has transpired in their lives leading up to this significant moment, it is now behind them. It is a new day, a start to a new life. The expectation is a life of love, devotion, intimacy, faithfulness and fruitfulness. Sure, there may be ruff days, days you may feel like giving up, but you won’t. You are both committed to walking this journey out together letting nothing come between you. Did you know that God wants to make us His bride? Have you stopped to meditate on this truth? Just imagine a perfect wedding day and it is Jesus at the altar. He is waiting for you to walk down that aisle and receive Him as your savior. Just remember, that He has the same expectation as the bride and groom mentioned earlier. This is the start of a new day. No matter what is in your past, once you repent and accept Him as your savior, you are now His. You begin your life of faithfulness, intimacy, devotion and fruitfulness with Him. Make that step or if you have already walked that aisle, re-new your vows today. Walk out this journey of love with the One who is fully committed to you and wants to give you abundant life as you fully commit and remain faithful to Him.
He is faithful, true and unchanging.
Fear- What a strong emotion. At times fear can appear to be a protector. It protects us from breaking the law, doing harmful things and taking unnecessary risk. If we take a deeper look at these fears however, we may find that they are all actually based in a fear of man. The fear of manmade consequences to our action, fear of man’s retaliation, or disappointing, hurting or failing someone. On the flip side fear can be the very thing that keeps us from doing the thing that we should do or want to do. If we look deeper into these fears we may find as well, that they are steeped in a fear of man. Fear of failing, disappointing, angering or hurting someone as well as a fear of doing any of these things to ourselves. Many times the main fear is that we will look or appear stupid. Fear can appear to help us at times but it can also be a strong inhibitor in our lives. So, in light of these facts, what do we do with fear? How about we exchange our fear for trusting and following God. If we focus on following His precepts and doing as He leads and directs us we no longer have a need for fear. He now becomes our protector and deliverer. We can trust that He will only lead us to do things that are in our best interest and for that matter, things that line up with our laws along with the laws of nature that He created. He has placed so many gifts, callings, and abilities in each one of us that I would hate for any of us to miss out on due to fear. Next time you feel a fear rise up in you, I would encourage you to stop and get God’s perspective on the situation. As we learn to walk out this journey with Him, I trust we will find that there truly is no need for fear.
Let us come out of agreement with fear and place our hope and trust in a God who will never leave us of forsake us. For He is perfect love and perfect love cast out fear. 1 John 4:18
“For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you, ”So we may boldly say:
“The Lord is my helper;
I will not fear.
What can man do to me?”
Hebrew 13: 5-6
How do we define the person we want to be? We accumulate ideas, thoughts, and perceptions as we journey through the ups and downs of this life that help or hinder us from becoming that person. It can be perplexing at times to find that the person we desire to be is often created by the events, if given the option, we would choose to avoid.
I have an ideal that I wish to live in; a vision of which I would like my life to mirror; heroes of whom I would like to be numbered with; and yet, it all just seems to come down to choices. One right choice built upon another. The continued process of putting one foot in front of the other to accomplish one goal at a time. Many times it is just a single choice of choosing to get up after one of many falls or the choice to stand when one feels like falling.
If we could each determine to stand as Jesus did while He was here on earth, we could create a world that our children could also have the choice to stand, live in vision and enjoy the perplexities of a life fully lived.
As we get up each day choosing to live a life that is pleasing to our Creator we become the person He created us to be and thus enjoy a life fully lived.
Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
Well, we broke the rules Thursday night and let a guy speak at our all women’s group. He did a wonderful job encouraging us to stay at the feet of Jesus to receive all that He has for us. Our heavenly Father wants to walk out our life experiences with us. Unfortunately, as our special guest shared from his own personal experiences, we can get a word or direction from God and then take off running on our own, trying to make it happen. This will always put us on the longer, more difficult route to our desired goal. if we reach it at all. I think that many people get burned out, side tracked or lost in their journey due to running with, perhaps the will of God, but not with the plan of God. I have found in my own life, when I am patient and wait on the Lord for not only what to do, but how and when to do it, I find much joy and peace in the journey. The bible says that Jesus, although He was on a very important seemingly difficult task, had more joy than them all. I believe that when we are doing God’s will, God’s way, no matter how difficult or important the task is, it is supposed to be fun and joyful. Let’s determine to have joy on our journey with God while discovering all of the exciting things He has for us to learn, share and accomplish with Him guiding our every step. This will definitely lead to a rewarding and joyful journey.
One of my daily prayers is “Lord teach me how to live the life you created me for”. I know He has put things within me I have not yet discovered. I know I’m not fully walking in the power I feel welling up within me. I know there are deeper levels of intimacy with Him I have not yet tapped into. I am so hungry for more. I feel like a little girl in the school yard looking out at this great big world saying, “Lord how do I master that?” He said that He would give us the keys of the kingdom of heaven. I want every last key and I want to know how and when to use them. I’ve had many glimpses; moments; encounters; that have introduced me to this greater reality but I’m on a quest to not only experience it but to live in that greater reality. I’m determined to enjoy every step of this journey or quest, learning every lesson that presents itself along the way, knowing that in these very acts I am encountering greatness.
The do what feels good in the moment, wild, uncontrolled life, of ME & I that our current world system promotes can be very enticing when we allow our focus to be based upon the “present” instead of based upon “eternity”. When we look to fix things or people; feel good; or be entertained, right now, we tend to cut corners, neglect others, or just make poor choices all together. But, when we step back and look at our situation or our life from the perspective of spending eternity with our Heavenly Father, suddenly the enticements of this world system grow dim. This week at my women’s group we talked about the things that can entice us away from living a life fully surrendered to our Lord. We all agreed it is easy to lose focus when we get our eyes off Jesus and begin focusing on personal desires, concerns, or even disappointments which can cause us to turn to the world for a quick fix. At times it can seem easier to turn to comfort food, busyness (shopping or running around town), or checking out mentally with a glass of wine and a “chic-flic”. However, we have all learned that in the end these choices often, make us feel worse, not better. So, gather some friends together as I do on Thursday nights with the focus of keeping each other accountable to turning to Jesus instead of to this world system. Be honest about what entices you to turn to the quick fixes or what can get you off the course you desire to follow. We need each other, God never intended us to walk this journey alone. Life can be all the more sweeter when shared with a few sassy friends of like mind and heart. Remember, Jesus offers us the best life!