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Right Where I am….

Your life is a journey you must travel with a deep consciousness of God. It cost God plenty to get you out of that dead-end, empty-headed life you grew up in. He paid with Christ’s sacred blood, you know. He died like an unblemished, sacrificial lamb. And this was no afterthought. Even though it has only lately—at the end of the ages—become public knowledge, God always knew he was going to do this for you. It’s because of this sacrificed Messiah, whom God then raised from the dead and glorified, that you trust God, that you know you have a future in God. 1 Peter 1:18-19 MSG

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Ever feel like it’s just not worth it to move any further?  You just have this stupid desire to be content with what you have already accomplished and call it good? I am kinda in that boat right now.  I just want to either be successful in what comes next or just stay right here.  I have worked hard to build this blog.  I have written two complete books and just waiting for publication funding to roll right in.  I am working on the third book while I wait….but I am just not sure why I am stuck in this mode of wanting to just not move.

I recently attended a church service and God showed me how many of us sacrifice things.  We extend our arms out in front of us as if we are setting something on a shelf with the intent of gaining easy access to it when we need it. This is how I have been about my writing lately.  I surrender the book publishing over and over and over and over it seems like, yet nothing moves.  Then I pause to reflect on what a pastor once mentioned in a sermon.  When you are stuck you need to go back the last word you got a word from God and start from there.

 Hmmmm…write the third book.  That was the word.  Am I doing that now? Nope!  Keep putting it on the back burner, KNOWING, the other two have gone nowhere so why bother….sigh! Not the idea God has in mind for my future I am sure.  The rest of the vision I saw was that God was asking us to place things we intend to give to Him on the highest shelf possible.  Instead of the offering being right in front of us we need to raise both of our arms in COMPLETE surrender so that we will be less tempted to try to get in back into our own hands.

So what now?  I have two options:  Quit or Write the third book.  It’s always up to us what we want to do because of our free will given to us by God, yet we can never reach our destiny if we don’t listen for  God’s still small voice to guide us along the way.  It is completely up to us if we want to do what He asks of us but I can tell you without the shadow of a doubt that you will stay right where you are if you do not complete the assignments.

So do you feel stuck?  Feeling like it’s not even worth pursuing your dream?  Well I am writing this blog as a pep talk to both of us then…pick up where you left off.  Put your feet in motion to the rhythm of faith and keep pressing forward into the things God has planned for you.  I wonder how many of God’s people give up right before the biggest breakthrough of their lives? Let us not be counted among that number.

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Got Hangers?

1 Peter 5:7

        Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.

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You are in a bad mood.  Your dog just ate your favorite shoes.  Your boss is demanding.  Your best friend is having a crisis.  Your last unemployment check came today.  You failed a major test.  You bounced a check.  Your mom is being tested for cancer.  A million and one things can be hitting you all at one time and as you begin to wrap your mind around all of the outcomes which could occur you go into freak out mode. You begin to doubt your ability to cope with anything.  You start to feel sorry for yourself and think thoughts that are not anywhere near the truth.  Ever have days like this when you feel nothing you do for anybody is good enough to meet any of their standards?

 

Today, I went to church for a prayer meeting and I gave God all of the things that were bothering from my day and the recent past.  I wrote Him a letter and released it all to Him and then I sat in silence as I listened for His answer.  At first I was frustrated, it seemed as if I had been sitting there for a long time with no reply.  So those not so good thoughts start flooding in.  Gee, I’m not even good enough for God.  This isn’t even worth it.  He is too busy tonight to talk to me.  All those negative non-truths just kept invading until finally when I had had enough of the voices, He began to speak to me.

 

As I wrote out what He spoke I felt this peace invade.  I felt my self-worth returning and I could clearly see that God was not too busy for me.  He answered every question I had asked and more.  It was like He pushed my reset button.  As I was leaving the church, He said take a picture of the hangers.  What? That seemed so silly to me and I asked Him why.  He simply reminded me of the verse about cast your cares upon me and He was using the hangers as an illustration to get His point across.  For you see, if we would just put our frustrations and failures on “hangers” and allow God to take them, we could be free to do what He asks of us.

 

So tonight, I hang up all of my worries, concerns, disappointments and regrets on spiritual hangers and I allow God to take care of them.  He has the plans for me that I cannot see.  He knows I am exactly where He needs me to be in this moment of time and I can rest and remain calm knowing He will take care of all things concerning me.  One other thing He mentioned to me was that He just wanted me to dance with Him and let Him lead.  Of course He knows it’s hard for me when I dance not to want to lead and it was His way of saying….just let me guide your steps.