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Smashing the Remote Control

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How many times in our lives have when been faced with things that we just did not plan on happening?  Sometimes it’s a car accident.  Maybe the loss of a job.  A loved one passes on.  A sickness comes out of nowhere. Something happens that just stops life as we know it.  Our day to day activities are either altered or come to a complete halt all together and it is out of our control.  Often we have no say in the situation and this rocks our boat to the point of capsizing.  When we are faced with the moment of understanding that we have no control we kinda freak out.

We have been holding on to the remote so tightly that our hands are tired and white knuckled.  We have shaken and moved this remote in every direction possible and it seems to have stopped working altogether.  When the frustration of the situation sets in we are ready to throw the remote as far as we can away from us begging God to take it.  This is the moment when the light bulb pops on suddenly and you have come to the realization you were never in control in the first place.  Never. Not from the time of your very conception.  When we come to our senses and see that we were created for His purposes and we did not birth ourselves we can finally rest.

This is where I reside right now.  I have come to a complete stop.  I have refused to look past today.  How long did it take me to get here?  A very long time.  Now, I am not one to  plan out every detail of my life ahead of time, however I do like to figure things out and sometimes that can be very overwhelming and tiring.  Let me show you what I am talking about.

Back in April I injured my back at work.  I tried to fix it by ignoring it and the pain just worsened.  Finally went to the doctor and that started a downward slide of medications and physical therapy only to arrive at the point where I needed surgery.  In November the surgery took place and I began the slow process of healing.  I was told I would be off work for 4 to 6 weeks and now its almost February and here I am still not back to work.  Why?  Because I am not the one in control.  It’s not easy for me to take time to rest and in these past several weeks I have spent a great deal of time resting and seeking God.  Every time I get myself prepared to go back to work, something else happens to delay it, not my choice, God’s.

So let’s throw a monkey wrench into this drama just for a bit of fun.  The plan 5 weeks ago was that I would return to work on February 8th after my 6 weeks of physical therapy but after a recent visit to my OBGYN I discovered I was in need of another surgery to remove come polyps on my cervix so I have to have a D & C.  Guess what day it’s scheduled for? The very day I was planning on returning to work..What???  God what are you doing?  I now have to call my boss and tell her that I will not be back as planned until the 9th. (provided I even could)  So for the last two weeks I have been dreading going back to work the day after a second surgery.

At church on Sunday night I shared my heart with the people who have been on this journey of recovery with me.  We have watched God move time and time again.  I had finally submitted that this was out of my hands.  As I had spent a solid week trying to figure out how I was going to feel and playing out the what-ifs and getting all worked up I prayed.  I surrendered.  I let it go.  I finally chose to live one day at a time without fear.  I began to believe that God would not leave me hanging or stranded without a plan.  A close friend confided in me that when she first heard I was having surgery she saw it like I was never going to give myself a rest and so God was going to put everything into motion for me, hence the surgery and the multiple extensions of my healing.

What happens when you give it up?  He moves.  He removes doubt.  He moves mountains.  He takes care of everything along the way.  He squashes fears.  He shows up and shows off.  Yesterday as I was preparing for our team meeting making a dish to pass I received a phone call from my doctors office and they were canceling my appointment for Wednesday and could not reschedule until February 15.  My first reaction was: WHAT? What are you doing God?  Now I have to call my employer and once again explain that I will not be returning until a later day.

Then, as if being covered in a blanket of peace, I hear Him saying, “Be Still and Know that I am God.  I am taking care of all things.  All of this is out of your control.”  And with that being said all of my anxiety left.  I no longer have to fear going back to work the day after surgery, God took care of it.  I don’t need to worry about my job, I am only following the doctors and I have no control over that.  God took all of the decision making out of my weary hands.  All I have to do is what is right in front of me.  I don’t need to figure out how my boss will react.  I don’t have to be consumed with figuring all of this out, I just need to be consumed with Him.

Dear Lord:

Thank You for being in control.  Thank You for filling me with peace.  I stand here surrendered to whatever Your  plan is knowing You will always make a way. Help me to stay here on Your promises.  Help me to accept that I am not in control.  I choose now to render whatever control I think I still have powerless.  Thank You for figuring out this life for me so that I can just rest in Your Presence.  In Jesus Name.  Amen.

 

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Choices are for Choosy People (Part 1)

2 Corinthians 5:19

The Message (MSG)

16-20 Because of this decision we don’t evaluate people by what they have or how they look. We looked at the Messiah that way once and got it all wrong, as you know. We certainly don’t look at him that way anymore. Now we look inside, and what we see is that anyone united with the Messiah gets a fresh start, is created new. The old life is gone; a new life burgeons! Look at it! All this comes from the God who settled the relationship between us and him, and then called us to settle our relationships with each other. God put the world square with himself through the Messiah, giving the world a fresh start by offering forgiveness of sins. God has given us the task of telling everyone what he is doing. We’re Christ’s representatives. God uses us to persuade men and women to drop their differences and enter into God’s work of making things right between them. We’re speaking for Christ himself now: Become friends with God; he’s already a friend with you.

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In life we get to make a lot of choices and every day.  We can choose our car color and the type.  We can choose to change our hair color and style.  We can choose what we want to eat for lunch, dinner and breakfast plus snacks in between.  We  get to choose between going for a walk or taking a nap.  We can decide if we want a cat or a dog or no pets at all.  We can choose between kids or no kids. We can pick which season we love best.  We can choose to live almost anywhere we want.  Choice after choice after choice after choice.

(Just as a side note for those with analytically thinking processes…I know there are people all over the world who have limited choices they can make, but that’s a whole other blog.  Bear with me, that is not where I am going with this.)

So what does it mean to have all of these choices to make?  There are consequences to every choice we make.  Some seem silly like choosing a red car instead of a black will make some of your friends happy and others will put their two cents in about it.  Choices often characterize who we are as a person, such as clothes or hairstyles.  Some choices may make you happy or regretful.  Choices can change your mood or cause you to change something about yourself.

What about choosing Jesus?  Now there is a choice I have never come to regret even when at times the changes He was making in my life seemed crazy.  Now this is where I am going…choices are for choosy people.  If, let’s say, we were a person who was just happy with the lot they were given in life, they may choose to be content not moving ahead or changing.  This person may choose to stay in poverty even when the opportunity to move ahead is knocking at the door.  By making this choice to be stagnate, they may miss out on what God has for them, however, that is their choice and we are not to judge.  Choices are often made for comfort and that is perfectly fine.  Even if we desire better for someone they may be perfectly happy right where they are.

 

Now, when we choose Jesus, our lives can take a drastic change in the opposite direction that we were going.  In 1976 I accepted Jesus as my Savior but as I grew older I thought I had it all figured out.  I did not seek God for answers to my choices, I just chose what I wanted.   In 1992 I made a choice to marry a man who was to be the father of my children.  At the time I thought I had it all figured out and even though I knew the extent of his drinking problem, I was sure I could fix him.  Years later as I began to recognize my need for God to help make my choices, I made a complete turn around and started making choices after consulting with God.

 

So it’s all connecting the right dots with God as the pencil.  He already has our lives mapped out like it says in Jeremiah 29:11 and all we have to do is look to Him for the net dot.  Jesus, do I marry this man or woman?  God, do I take this new job or stay where I am at?  Lord, do I move to Texas or stay where I am?  All of the important choices in life that will change who you are or your destiny need to be prayed about.  So often we get into trouble when we just make a quick choice and are not choosy about who we consult with.

 

In the next blog we will take a look at good choice, bad choice.  What happens when you feel like you have make a good choice but it ends badly……

Love That is Meant to Be

Job 40: 10-14

10 All right, put on your glory and splendor,
your honor and majesty.
11 Give vent to your anger.
Let it overflow against the proud.
12 Humiliate the proud with a glance;
walk on the wicked where they stand.
13 Bury them in the dust.
Imprison them in the world of the dead.
14 Then even I would praise you,
for your own strength would save you.

(Before or after reading this blog, seek the Bible for the whole truth God set before me today….Read Job Chapters 38 through 41 and Proverbs 31: 10-31)

Today God chose to reveal to me the most awesome of scriptures.  Man always talks about desiring a Proverbs 31 woman for their lives, but I have never heard anything for a woman except that she needs a Man of God.  A man who seeks God before  he seeks her. A man straight from heaven who will treat her like a  princess.  One who tell her she is beautiful every morning and respect her as though she is a daughter of the King. Well, today while on a retreat with God, He showed me exactly what His desire for woman is.  Job, a man after God’s own heart.  A man who chose not to deny the reality of God in his life.

As I sat in the woods gazing into the eyes of Jesus, He showed me where to begin reading in the book of Job and did my eyes stay glued to every word on the page.  The more I read the more mesmerized I became by what God was revealing to me.  Right before my eyes was exactly how God wanted women to seek out a man for their lives.  First He had me read Job 38 through Job 40:9 where He asks all sorts of questions which boiled down to this very point:

 What can you do apart from Me?  I have set all things in motion and you had not a part in it so why do you think you play a role in dictating your very own life?  Before you were formed in your mothers womb (Jeremiah 1:5) I had your life already planned out.

As He unfolded to me this revelation I was set up for the next part He wanted me to read, the description of what a real man of God actually was: Job.  If you read through the rest of the scripture I posted above, you will see a detailed outline of what a real man is suppose to be if they CHOOSE to take upon what God is offering them.   All right, put on your glory and splendor, your honor and majesty.  This is a direct quote for the book of Job, instructing man to take on the splendor of God and He will protect and provide for them.

If a man would just surrender and take on the splendor of God, he will flourish and become the Man of God everyone woman desires.

In this same sense, a woman should choose to become like the woman described in Proverbs 31 so that she can begin to let God have favor in her life as well.  It is so simple, it seems crazy!  God has this already figured out and all we have to do is follow the Bible and believe it to be true.  I was so filled with joy after God revealed this truth to me.  I now understand why God desires us to be in the Word daily.  There is so much to learn and  so many new things God wants to show us.  God rewards those who diligently seek Him, today was proof of that very thing.