Wednesday, October 24, 2018
What I really don't like about being sick is that I am missing out on life. I have laid in the bed for 3 days and feel so useless. I don't feel up to doing any of my favorite things: blogging, playing the piano, ministering in various ways, and my keeping my sweet grandson. I didn't get to go to church or meet some family for lunch. I just missed out on life this week! Right???
Wrong! God is in control even when trials come. People usually accuse me of being someone that overthinks or thinks too deeply. So, you can imagine that being home all week has provided plenty of time to think and pray. Even in this sickness, God is teaching and growing me. I have had many conversations with Him this week! I want to share with you some thoughts from this forced sabbatical:
1. Being at home sick is not a waste of time!
Now, I am not saying that I want to get sick again. However, this week I've gotten the most sleep I've had in about 2 years; I kid you not. I had forgotten how it feels to be truly rested. Obviously my tired body needed to catch up.
2. Being at home sick forced me to refocus on the simple yet important things.
I did ALOT of praying. I did alot of resting. I did alot of praying and resting. Hmm...maybe I should rest and pray more....like in a normal week.
3. I am reminded about my true identity and value.
My true identity is found in Christ and His love for me. It is not in how busy I am nor how many blogs I can write. It is not in how many people I can pray for or encourage. It is not in what the scale says. My identity and value is simply found in Jesus; He loves me unconditionally.
4. I want to be more mindful of people that are sick and terminally or critically ill.
At times, I felt lonely, left-out, and dispensable this week. The silence was sometimes painful. I would look at Facebook and feel like life was passing me by. Can you imagine how someone might feel being bedridden or home sick week after week? A bowl of soup, a card, or a call can make a world of difference. Chad's mom brought me her famous Hunter Stew this week and I felt like it was Christmas. Sometimes we are just too busy to notice others that are struggling.
5. I can be very busy but that alone doesn't mean that I'm ministering as God would want.
If I'm running around like a chicken with it's head cut off, I am not taking time to breathe and be thankful. I am not taking the time to write that thank you note or to call that sick person. I am not taking the time to commune with God and let His words sink into my heart. I'm too busy to take time with that unexpected visitor knocking on my door. If I'm too busy to rest in the Lord, I am too busy. I had a dear friend once tell me, "If you can not fit everything in your schedule, there is a big chance you are doing some things God hasn't led you to do". God provides all the time we need to do HIS will.
Even though I am very thankful to be feeling better, I am also very thankful for the chance to just be still and remember He is God!
Be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the heathen; I will be exalted in the earth.
Then Jesus said, "Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and i will give you rest. Matthew 11:28
My sheep listen to my voice; I know them and they follow me.
Saturday, October 20, 2018
And there’s not a king with more splendor than them.
Consider the sparrows, they don’t plant nor sow,
But they’re fed by the Master who watches them grow.
We have a Heavenly Father above
With eyes so full of mercy
And a heart full of love.
He really cares when
Your head is bowed low.
Consider the lilies and then you will know.
Thursday, October 18, 2018
Sitting here this morning with my cup of coffee....My mind is swirling with all the burdens on my heart; tragedies in my town, brokenness in my friend's hearts...pain and loss in this world.
Sometimes it's hard to feel encouraged. Sometimes I want to hide in the house away from the sadness in the world.
The psalmist in Psalms 43 says: Why so downcast oh my soul, put your hope in God. Being downcast means we are human...putting our hope in God is a game-changer. When I remember HIS heart of love, although i dont understand all the pain in this life, I can trust Him.
Yes, we can be encouraged today...we can have hope because of Christ. He loves us and is waiting for us to cry out to Him.
Monday, October 15, 2018
Do you ever have one of those mornings that you can't decide what to wear? You tried on that favorite pair of pants that suddenly are too tight. Or perhaps, you grabbed a favorite shirt only to notice there was a stain right on the front! Or maybe you pull out an outfit and wonder if it is out of style. However, in the Bible we are instructed to wear something that never goes out of style! Colossians. 3:12 says: Since God chose you to be the holy (set apart) people He loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience never go out of style. In addition to that, the Bible tells us what we should wear to bring the whole ensemble together; love. Colossians 3:14 says: Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony.
So, this morning when you are trying to put together that "perfect outfit", don't forget what God wants us to wear! In fact, when we "wear" love, mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience, we will be beautiful no matter what we choose out of our closet!