Life Moves On

As life moves on for me – at a rate of 1000 mph – I feel the need to stop by here and say a few things:

1. God’s Word is never-failing, infallible and continuously supporting to all of us who believe.

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Can You Forgive?

Can you forgive?

I had the pleasure of listening to a prominent speaker recently discuss forgiveness as she shared examples from her own life. As she spoke, thoughts of past and present situations that seemed unfair to me started parading across my mind. Things I had forgotten about knocked on the door of my heart and caused me to reflect.

I had been the type to look at others over the top rims of my glasses – until my life situations changed and now I am the one that others are looking at in very strange ways. Having to forgive others who caused grief and pain and then realizing that I was also a source and grief and pain to others is not easy to handle from either perspective. I tend to store up my feelings and eventually hide them – which I know is not very good. As I practice sharing my heart with others via writing, I find it is now easier to express my deepest thoughts and reflections even while speaking. Vocalizing (or reading) what you have always thought is definitely a healing balm.

Prayer:

Jesus, I surrender my pain, my disappointments, any misunderstandings and my resentment of situations from my past (and my present) into your hands. You knew me before I was formed in my mother’s womb. You have purged my heart with your precious blood before; wash it clean once more. As I open my life before you and others, may souls be refreshed and may those who were once bound in spirit be loosed and set free to go forth and live out their purpose that You have preordained from the beginning of time.

Forgive me of the hurts I have caused. Allow me to let go of those who hurt me, intentionally or not. Help me to have the heart to say like Jesus did: “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” (Luke 23:34, NIV)

 

The Holding Pattern

I am in a “holding pattern”. You may have heard that term used when planes are forced to circle an airport if they cannot yet land.

But my holding pattern is a little different. Mine isn’t really restrictive as it is for airplanes. Mine is a protective holding pattern.

Because God loves all of us (which is why He sacrificed His only Son to redeem us), He is not willing that we perish but that we live fulfilled, sanctified and fruitful lives, then live eternally with Him in heaven.

So, back to my holding pattern: Because God loves me, He is helping me, and He is directing and guiding me so I do not make any more harmful mistakes. He leads me to His Word when I feel doubtful or when I am feeling drained. Even when I feel on top of the world, the Word still pulls, still calls me…..

As I wait for His timing on several areas of my life, I’m learning to stop asking the famous question “Why not now?” First, I usually do not get an answer anyway. Next, it tests my faith in Him. Do I believe Him, or not? Do I fully control my situation? Not by a stretch of the imagination. Does He? Yes, if I allow Him.

So, my holding pattern is summarized thus:

But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” (Isaiah 40:31, KJV)

I will wait.

 

Your Motivation – Your Purpose

Have you ever been asked questions (implied and direct) on the reasons for what you do?

“Who are you, anyway?”

“Are you just like everyone else, seeking popularity?”

“Are you just gifted or is there more behind the gifts?”

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‘Til Death Do Us Part

In 2010 our church focused on Covenant. With sermons surrounding Ruth and Naomi, David and Jonathan and other such covenants, I began to reflect a bit on what it means to be in covenant.

Here is the definition I am referring to: A covenant is defined as a formal binding agreement between two or more entities.
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Erecting Boundaries as a Christian Single Woman

Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life. (Proverbs 4:23, NIV)

I recently experienced some situations that allowed me to see clearly that my heart was unguarded. The Holy Spirit began to enlighten me of the broken fence in my life – one that invited certain types of people to walk across the lawn of my heart, leaving their unwanted tracks behind.

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