I had gone thru many of the steps of forgiveness. And just still couldn’t let go. Just still couldn’t find closure to the matter.
I had always heard you must forgive or you won’t be forgiven. But it just didn’t resonate with me. It was just all too vague or something. It didn’t tug at my heart strings.
I remember the day, it was the Sunday before my 30th birthday. I took some quiet time after church. I heard God saying…
- “Ok, Trudie, did this person do you wrong?” Yes, for sure, is the answer.
- “Did this person hurt you?” Yes.
- “Did this person ruin your life?” Yep!
- “Does this person OWE you?” Yes.
Yes, yes, and yes. This person certainly owed me. I had given up so much of my life for this person’s control and agenda. Things that should not have been asked of a young girl.
Yes, the resounding answer to all those questions was yes.
I pictured myself standing before my God as the judge. The person that had hurt me was on trial and was found guilty. The punishment was, well, anything really. I think I pictured money. Say $100,000. This person owed it to me. God as the judge was admitting that, yes, the person was guilty. And He was ready to hand out the sentence.
But then Jesus walked in.
He said, “I will take the place. I will pay it all. I too, know that this was the guilty person. But I want to pay her punishment.” He handed me the money to pay the debt that was owed.
The choice was now mine. I needed to decide if I would accept the gift. Jesus was freely handing me everything the person owed me.
If I took the money, the person would be able to walk out of the courtroom free. I could not hold a grudge. I could not call another trial. If I accepted His payment, I had to let go of the right to get even.
Finally, I realized this was the way it was. Real life. Not a made-up courtroom scenario.
Jesus had paid it all on the cross. Years ago. For the sins against me. He had paid that person’s debt. He DIED on the cross so that that person would be free from the bondage they owed me.
He only asks me to accept his free gift of repayment.
When Satan comes back and he wants me to hold on to that debt. Daily, when he brings memories back and words that were spoken. Daily, when he wants me to pick that hurt back up. I have to go back to the court room. Jesus is still standing there with a receipt of payment. Signed and dated. March 1st, 2013.
Sometimes a new hurt comes; I find myself back in the courtroom. I know as soon as a sentence is made, Jesus will be walking in ready to pay the debt. He is always ready to pay all that this person owes.
He is able.
You know, I’ve missed out on a lot because of this debt owed to me. Yet, as time goes on, I’m realizing that not only is Jesus willing to pay the debt, but He also wants to fill the holes that were left. He wants to restore me completely. He wants to make good the wrong done to me. He wants to change this story of hurt into a story of complete joy.
He is not just into paying the debt, but into restoring me completely. Refining me into pure gold, tried by fire through this.
He is Able. But I have to accept it.
I have to focus on the good that this situation has brought in my life. I have to focus on the things, people, and circumstances that this very situation has brought. I need to look at the place where I would have been, and the place where I am now. And in that, I find that Jesus was able. Jesus is still able to provide payment for what this person owes me. In a FAR greater way than any person ever could. More than any punishment could have repaid, the debt is restored.
Jesus is able. Every day I have a question to answer. . . Will I let Him?
You have the same option this very day… Who are you standing on the other side of the wittness stand from? Who do you need to forgive? Jesus is walking into the courtroom. Will you let Him pay what is owed to you? Will you accept His free gift? He can restore your debt! Will you let Him?
If you’ve read much of my writing this year, you know it’s been one of “those” years. There is a lot that has happened — a lot to lift to the Father in prayer. Good and bad.
One of the things that this year has contained is medical bills. Various times for various reasons. Our health insurance is a sharing ministry. It is very, very excellent. We love it. We send our bills in and 2-3 months later we get reimbursed. People send us checks. Along with the check they sometimes send a note.
Most of the time these believers say they are praying for us. Praying for complete healing or for God peace during times of illness. Sometimes they tell us stories of their own experiences with a similar illness or injury.
This time, months after the doctor and hospital visits. Weeks after the symptoms were over. We began getting the checks. And with it prayers of people who loved God.
It was months laters, so we had healed from the injuries weeks prior. We had gotten over our illnesses. But our hearts were burdened. Our wallets very thin. And our stress was quite high.
Our van was on its last leg, but we had fixed it anyway because we didn’t have money to replace it. That van was then totaled. We were in an accident involving a semi truck. The vehicle that caused the accident ran. Meaning no one else’s insurance was going to be paying this bill.
Things were looking pretty dim. Yet God knew all that and He had a plan. When we got home with our van there were notes waiting for us. People writing that they were praying for us. People sending love and financial help.
Every couple days there were more letters. More checks. More prayers sent our way.
Some said they were praying for our healing. Some said they were praying for us to have peace. But some said “Praying for FULL financial provision.”
These people didn’t know us. These people had NO idea. At all. They didn’t know we were down to our last dollars in our emergency fund. They had no idea that we needed a van. They had no idea. Yet, just at the right time, right when we needed it, people were praying.
God used that rough time of ER visits, doctor appointments, treatments, and more ER visits, for a way bigger purpose. God knew we were going to be needing those prayers months later. He knew we would need the notes of encouragement to fill our mailbox right that week.
These precious people prayed for us. They thought it was for our health. But oh, oh it was more than all that.
Friends, sometimes things look bleak. Sometimes we don’t know how to even form a prayer for ourself.
In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. Romans 8:26 NIV
It’s in those times when the prayers of others can help to carry us through.
In our case, this time, people were praying and they didn’t know the whole story. Sometimes we need to share the whole story with someone. We need to open up with our struggle, our need for prayer. We need to let others carry us to the Lord in prayer.
That is not natural for me. I don’t like to share my struggles. I don’t like to be a pain or annoying to anyone. I’m not the first to ask others for prayers. Yet, I’m learning I need to ask. I need to be open and share my need for prayers.
A couple weeks ago, Satan was really attacking me. Attacking me with lies, doubts and fears. I opened up to these verses.
Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere. And pray for me, too. Ask God to give me the right words so I can boldly explain God’s mysterious plan that the Good News is for Jews and Gentiles alike. I am in chains now, still preaching this message as God’s ambassador. So pray that I will keep on speaking boldly for him, as I should. Ephesians 6:18-20
Against my normal tendency, I texted a couple people and asked them to pray for me. With the power of their prayers, I was able to take the next step on a big project.
There is power in prayer, my friends.
Maybe you are the one that needs prayers today… I would love to utter a prayer on your behalf. Leave me a comment here, or email me.
I was very excited when I saw this month’s topic: God’s Provision. My husband and I have been on a journey of learning about God’s provision in a whole new way. This year has been one of ‘those’ years. One in which we have sure questioned God’s Provision. One in which we have wondered what God was doing. We have wondered why He was not providing like we thought He would.
So as I looked ahead to writing this article, I was excited to share with you the complete story. I thought it surely would all be solved by the end of this month. But, friends, we are still in the middle of the story. We still haven’t seen the ending to these situations we’ve found ourself in. We still have not seen God’s provision come yet.
. . . . Or have we?
Throughout this whole seven-month saga in our life, outwardly, it may seem like God is not providing for us. But, oh WOW! There are many things that our God has provided! Things that go beyond human eye sight. Things that go way deeper than the physical needs we have. Things beyond the very large decisions that weigh on our minds.
In His goodness, He has provided:
Preparation. Though some things can never be prepared for, we have felt prepared. God’s Spirit quietly prepared us to unclasp our hands to the things that rot and decay. God’s great provision!
Teaching. Great lessons, that can only be taught thru life’s hard times. We are being gently taught by God’s Word. God’s great provision!
Wisdom. We are wiser than we were a year ago. Certainly. Not that making any decision is any easier than it would have been a year ago. It might even be harder. Yet all the things God has taught us this year have prepared us to make the big decisions we are facing now. God’s great provision!
Peace. Throughout this whole year, though circumstances are less than ideal, we have felt peace. Peace in the midst of the storm. God’s great provision!
So, friend, if you also find yourself in need of God’s great provision, look around. He shows up everywhere. He may not look like what you think provision looks like. It may not be a physical provision. Yet, His Word, His grace, His peace, His preparation, His teaching. The lessons learned. Are all a part of our God’s great provision.
Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. James 1:2-4 NLT
He sees the big picture. He sees the emotional and mental provision that we need. More so than all of that, He sees the spiritual provision we need. He knows what we need to go thru in order to come out refined as gold tried in the fire. As clay, molded and shaped, ready for what the Master has for us to do.
Yet you, Lord, are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand. Isaiah 64:8 NIV
We are not thru it yet. I don’t know how much longer we have before we can tell the whole story. For now, the story we can tell is that God provides. More than we think. And while he is providing, He is shaping us into the couple, the family, the person, He wants us to be. And because of that, we can praise God for His amazing provision.
During my morning quiet time recently, I read this in my devotional:
“The way to walk thru demanding days is to grip my hand tightly and stay in close communication with me. Let your thoughts and spoken words be richly flavored with trust and thankfulness. Regardless of the day’s problems, and I will keep you in perfect peace as you stay close to me.” Jesus Calling, by Sarah Young, June 4th.
That really hit me. God can keep us in perfect peace as we stay close to Him.
How do we stay close to our Heavenly Father?
This key to staying close to Him is found through a relationship with our God.
Thinking about our relationship with God reminds me of my girls and their relationship with my husband. I’ve overheard my girls say, “Daddy wouldn’t like that,” or, “Let’s get this cleaned up before daddy gets home,” or “Daddy is going to be excited.”
Knowing how their daddy thinks sure helps to make the house more peaceful. When they know what he thinks about something, and then go and do it. Wow! How peaceful it is!
We had a situation like this just last night. The girls had played with their cousins for hours and hours. Then it was supper time and the house was still a disaster. After supper daddy said everyone could either help clean up or sit on a chair and watch the others clean up. They knew he meant business. They heard him. They knew what he expected. They went and did it. Then they peacefully enjoyed a treat together, once the house was in order.
How about with our Heavenly Father? Do we search His mind? Do we know what He is saying to us? Do we hear the words He’s speaking to us? Do we listen? Do we know what He expects of us?
Going a step further, as a dad provides for his young children, do we have that same faith that our father will provide for us? Our girls have seen my hubby go to work to provide for us over and over and over. They don’t ever let on that they worry about having enough or ever worry that he will stop providIng. We shouldn’t either. We should remember the past times our Father has provided for us and trust that He won’t stop.
Yet how does this look in real life? How do we know the mind of God? How do we know that He will continue to provide for us? How do we learn more about what our Father thinks? And what He expects of us?
The key is relationship. We must have a relationship with him.
I could fill a book with how important relationship is. (Actually, I have filled a book…you can grab a free copy on my website!) Yet, I could go on and on about this relationship topic. Because, I was doing this whole relationship thing wrong. Friends, I had a religion. Not a relationship. I had it all wrong. It wasn’t until hard, hard things came into my life. I finally ran to God in desperation. Then I found what having a relationship meant.
I hope you don’t to have to experience hard things before finding a relationship with Jesus. I pray you can find that connection with Him. I hope that you can hear and see Him. I hope that you can know Him and have a relationship with your Heavenly Father. We only get to this place of relationship with hard work.
My young girls recently said, “God never talks to me”. Their comment made me realize this is something we learn. This is a skill we need to practice. Then, in turn, it is something we need to teach our children.
Have you seen a blade of grass? Or seen a sunset? Like, really, looked at it? Then, you have seen God.
Have you read the Bible… like, really, read the Bible? Then, you have heard the voice of God.
We need to stop and see God. We need to stop and listen to God. We need to focus on nurturing our relationship with God. Then we can have that perfect peace our hearts long for.
The topic of practicing humility has been on my heart for a year. Maybe more. What does it look like to be humble?
I used to think it meant to be a farmer. Really, I did. No joke.
I know that is very wrong. A farmer can be a very proud person. Just as any of us non- farmers can be humble.
Let me tell you what I thought farmers, a.k.a. humble people, were. I believed being humble meant staying quiet. Humble meant just blending in. I thought humble was doing what everyone else had always done. Humble meant stuffing any feelings of wanting to stick out. Humble meant doing things the way we had always done them (whether you knew why or not.)
My struggle with this is real.
I am one that likes to stay in the corners and not say much. A year ago God called me to do some drastic things. Me, the little stay-in-the-corner gal. The gal scared stiff of conflict and of going against the grain. Me, scared of rejection and terrified of sticking my neck out in vulnerable places. That was me. Then He called me to do scary things. Things different from anything anyone else around me was doing. It brought up conflict. There were (and still are) people that don’t like what I do. Through it all, He showed me I needed to keep on. He showed me this was my purpose. This is what I was born for.
But, I looked back at what humble meant in my mind; I wasn’t matching it by any stretch of the imagination.
I was in turmoil. I wasn’t being anything I thought humble was. Yet! I knew I was doing what God had called me to do. So I went on a search.
Jesus is, of course, the best place to go to study the character, of, well, the character of anything… Including humility. So that’s where I started…
Did Jesus avoid conflict?
Did Jesus try to blend in with the people of the day? the religious leaders of the day?
Did He always do things the way they always had?
No, no, and defiantly no.
He challenged the leaders. He didn’t run from conflict. He didn’t blend in with the people of the day. I don’t remember him EVER doing a sacrifice. Ever. And that is how people always had done religion.
But was He humble? YES!
So what does it mean to be humble? Jesus wasn’t looking like what I thought humble would look like. Especially the farmer part. Lol. I went on more of a search. How could He do all these things and still remain humble? What does being humble REALLY look like?
As I thought some more, I realized Jesus knew:
He knew Who He was.
He knew What His purpose was
He knew Why He was here.
He knew to Whom He belonged.
And even though He had power, even though He was God, in the form of Man… He knew that His power was from God.
So I think. If I could keep my focus on the answers to those very statements, I could truly have humility.
If I know who I am.
If I know what my purpose is.
If I know why I am here.
If I know to Whom I belong.
And when I am given power or strength to do any good thing… If I truly understand where my strength comes from.
If I could truly wrap myself around those answers.
It may start with that last one. If I could realize where my strength comes from. If I would realize how Holy God is. I think I would be able to finally get it right.
So that, my friends, has been something I’ve been pondering.
How holy God is
For me, I need to practice intentionally stopping. Stop and look for God’s holiness.
Have I been outside lately? Have I seen God’s handiwork EVERYWHERE. The animals, the plants, the flowers, every leaf, each bird. He is HOLY! He is more amazing then I can ever comprehend.
Have I looked at a child lately? How their bodies heal from the scrapes and bruises they get. How they are able to digest food. Without anything we do for them. How they grow taller without any preparation or thought on our part. He is HOLY! More amazing than I can ever comprehend.
What about our bodies? How they all work together, heart beating, our liver making just the right amounts of bile, our lungs breathing. Do we even comprehend it all? YET, it is right in front of us. Right inside us. Often, we don’t even realize how our bodies are working for us until it stops doing what it is supposed to. (Until it needs some additional help in order to heal.) Do I realize how amazing God really is?
A challenge for you (and me) is to stop and be still. To be intentional about taking time to look for the ways we can see God’s huge greatness. Remember that He is Holy! When we realize how Holy He is, when we practice humility, then we can answer the other questions…
Who am I? Why am I here? What is my purpose? To whom do I belong? Where does my strength come from?
What about you, my friend; do you know the answers to those questions? I’d love to hear your answers!
Do you ever find yourself doubting? Do you ever find yourself asking if God is with you? Do you ever just want proof? Just want to be told again that yes, Jesus is the Christ and He is with you?
So did people in the Bible. Have you read Matthew 11? This account is such a comfort for me. Not only does it affirm that others have doubts, but it gives me something to do when when I find myself with doubts.
Let’s read it.
After Jesus had finished instructing his twelve disciples, he went on from there to teach and preach in the towns of Galilee. When John, who was in prison, heard about the deeds of the Messiah, he sent his disciples to ask him, “Are you the one who is to come, or should we expect someone else?” Jesus replied, “Go back and report to John what you hear and see: The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is proclaimed to the poor. Blessed is anyone who does not stumble on account of me.” Matthew 11:1-6
So from prison John sent His disciples to talk to Jesus. He wanted to know, was Jesus really the ONE! He need proof one more time! He wanted to hear it one more time!
I wonder how long John wrestled with this question in his mind before he sent to Jesus? I wonder how long he ran the doubt thru his mind? Good thing for him that he didn’t wait any longer. Soon after this incident, the Bible tells us John was beheaded.
I’m glad he asked his question before it was too late.
Why do you think John was doubting?
I wonder if John heard news from the outside world, as he sat there in prison? I wonder if He heard that Jesus ate with sinners. I wonder if He heard that Jesus didn’t fast. Later in the same chapter, we read the differences between Jesus and John.
For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, ‘He has a demon.’ 19 The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Here is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners.’ But wisdom is proved right by her deeds.” Matthew 11:18 & 19
I wonder if John heard about those things? I wonder if that made him doubt more. I wonder if John thought the Savior of the world would look different than what He did. I wonder if John questioned Jesus in his mind; thinking ‘Why does God let His Jesus do those things, and look at me… I had to eat locus and wild honey. I stayed in the desert. Jesus he gets invited to all kinds of other people’s houses, I just stayed in the desert. And he eats! Why, He even picked corn on Sunday and ate it!’
Why do you think John needed proof?
Do you think John thought it was unfair? Do you think the differences between him and Jesus added to his doubt? Do you think John questioned him because He was SO different than himself?
Do you think John thought it was unfair? He was stuck in prison. What about Jesus? Jesus was out walking about free. John was stuck in prison just because he told the truth. How fair is that? Do you think John wondered if Jesus was preaching the truth?
John went in search of the Truth
At any rate. He wondered. He doubted. He sent his disciples to ask Jesus if he was really the one.
What did Jesus answer to John’s question of doubt? He said, (and I’m paraphrasing) “Go back and tell John what you see. The blind are seeing, the lame walk, the lepers are healed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised alive, and the good news is told to the poor.”
John must have needed a reminder. Needed to remember the many things Jesus was doing around him. He must have needed a faith boost.
Yet Jesus didn’t stop with just showing John the Truth.
Then Jesus added, “Blessed is anyone who does not stumble on account of me.”
Why did Jesus add that?
In other words Jesus was saying “John, you will be blessed if you do not stumble on this Truth. John, you will be blessed if you are not suspicious of me. You will be blessed if you do not lose faith in me.”
John also needed a reminder of the blessing that would come if he kept believing.
What about us?
What about us, my friends? Do you ever need reminded of what great things God is doing around you?
Do you ever need reminded that we will be blessed. We will be in heaven if we will just believe that Christ is the one!
At times I look at the circumstances around me and just plain old DOUBT! I wonder if God is going to take care of us. I worry about the future. I worry about what path to go down. I wonder if God sees the people around me still in their blindness or their deafness. I still see people sick. Spiritually or physically.
I have to admit some times I doubt God’s power. I may even question if what I believe is really enough.
Faith. I need to go to Jesus for a Faith boost.
I need to stop worrying. Go to Jesus. Just as John did. I need to ask Jesus to remind me again. To open my eyes to the many miracles He is performing around me.
I need that same reminder John got. I need reminded to not be offended by Jesus. To not doubt Jesus. I need reminded to keep believing and be blessed.
Friend, do you need a Faith boost?
I encourage you, go look back at the past year, or years. How has God provided for you? In the little things, and in the big things? Start a “God is Able” notebook. Write those times where you SAW God provide. Write down the things you worry about today. Put it in there. In a couple weeks, maybe even a month look back at your notebook. How did God provide? I guarantee remembering and looking back will be definite faith boost!
Do you ever look at the mountain in front of you and say… “It’s too much, Lord! I can’t do this! This is just too hard!”
What do we do with these mountains that are too big for us to climb? How do we find strength to take that first step? Are we able to find joy in the mountain?
I believe God gives us too much for a reason.
Someone at church recently put it in such simple words, I just have to share what he said. He said, “Yes, God gives us things that are too hard for us. But nothing is too hard for HIM!”
Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness. Isaiah 41:10
And that is the key, my friends.
God gives us too much for us to handle on our own strength… so that HE can come and do what we don’t have strength to do.
He wants the credit for our miracles. He wants us to lean on Him; he wants to be our hero! He wants us to realize that we have a great need for him. He wants us to realize that HE IS OUR STRENGTH! It is not anything we do on our own. It is HIM!
He wants us to look back and realize that it was He that carried us.
I had this very experience last year. God gave me too much for me to handle. He called me to do some pretty crazy things, all in about a six-month time span. Most of them came with just a few days notice. A website in three days, a book in ten days, a women’s conference in eight days. . .
I had nothing to do but to lean on Him. I had nothing to do but to let Him carry me.
And now… I look back, knowing it was impossible to do on my own. Impossible for any homeschool mom anywhere to accomplish in such a short time.
I look back knowing that it was HIM; it was all done with His strength. It was nothing of my own.
Friend, God gives us too much for us to bear so that He can remind us that our strength is found in Him!
My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing. If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. James 1:2-7
He’s got this!
As we look to future mountains we have to climb, we can have joy knowing He has been faithful in the past.
As we take that first step, we can have joy knowing He will surely carry us when the climb gets to be too much.
And as we come back down the other side of a big trial test or mountains… We can look back and remember ….
He is able, for He is our strength!
Joy is knowing that Jesus is your strength.
Years and years ago, I was a night shift nurse… And one night during my walk into the nursing home where I worked, I distinctly remember praying a prayer. It went something like this, “Lord, show me what it means to be like you.”
I don’t remember if I thought of that prayer again until I walked back out after my long shift; but I do remember the extremely huge lesson I was taught that night.
That night I worked with a dear sweet nurse, who was much older than me. Being a nurse was hard on these older nurses, the new charting methods, the computers, new policies; all of that made it hard for them to adapt. On this night, that sweet old nurse accidentally popped a narcotic from a pill sheet that was laying on the med cart and handed out her first pill of the night. A few minutes later as we put the new shipment of narcs away, we realized one was missing. Together, we realized that she had given it to the wrong patient. The wrong med, the wrong person, and a narcotic on top of it all.
She didn’t even think long about it and said, “Oh, she will be ok!” She went on with her life.
I, however, knew that wasn’t what was supposed to happen… No matter what the med given in error was, we still needed to write up the report. There was a certain procedure that needed followed. The doctor needed called, charting needed done, and vital signs taken.
I had a choice. And that night, I choose the right one. I took the problem as my own. I wrote up the report, called the doctor, took the vitals, and charted the incident. Doing all this caused it to look as though I had given the wrong med. It looked as though I had made the error.
I took the blame for her.
As I walked to my car that morning headed for home, I realized that God had answered my prayer. He showed me what it meant to be like Him. He showed me what it felt like to take the blame for someone else’s wrong on my own shoulders. He showed me a true-life example of what he had done on the cross for our sins. That was true love… And that was our Jesus.
This month, 1 John is in my focus- In chapter 4, we read about this very love! Verse 7: “Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his ONLY begotten SON into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.”
Dear friends, since God loved us, we ought to love one another.
We have His great example of love- He lay down his VERY life for us! To take the blame for our sins! So that we might be free.
Little me, I laid down myself for one little night, I took the blame for one little thing. The nurse passed away a few years back, the patient is long passed away… Yet what Jesus did lasts forever.
He laid down himself so that forever we might be free!
May we love others as He loves others, before they love us. Even those times that they don’t notice or acknowledge or care about what we just did for them. Those times where we love and don’t get love back. Those times we take the blame for something we didn’t do. Those times we apologize first. Those times we love and don’t get love back.
Every day. Every time. Like Jesus, our great example.
We hope this devotional series is blessing you in your motherhood and your walk with the Father. Please enjoy this printable coloring page, take a few minutes to slow down…breathe…rememberHe laid down himself so that forever we might be free!
My husband and I are planning to go on a trip in February. For months we have been looking at the end result, the date when the trip starts; yet we can’t get to that place without a process. For this trip the process includes booking flights, planning a hotel stay, lining up a babysitter, and planning events for each day. Now the first time we planned a trip like this, I have to admit, I was living for the end result. I may have went thru the process but didn’t enjoy or see the purpose in it. This time, however, I see the point in the process. I see a glory in the process. Looking forward to and enjoying planning something together has been great. Not just going through it to get it done, but to be spending time together, enjoying and learning more about each other through the process. I’m learning to praise in the process.
Kind of like smelling the roses as we walk up the mountainside path. Yes, the sunset view at the top is the end result. . . yet there are things to enjoy and things to learn along the way.
I’ve been thinking recently about how much our walk with God needs to be the same way… Yes we might have things in mind that we view as the end or the point of our existence here… Yet what about the process. . .What process do we go through to get to the end?
God has been teaching me that praising Him during the process is just as important as praising Him for the view at the end.
I’m good at praising God for the big things… The miracles of healing, the marriages saved, the prodigal returning to Christ… Often, I even remember to praise God for the little things… the Sunday school lesson that went well, getting to church on time, and the whole house being clean at the same time… you know, those little things. ((Ok, let’s be honest having the whole house clean might be a BIG thing for us busy moms! lol 😉 ))
I have to ask myself, what am I praising Him for? The end. My answer would have to be the end result.
Do I praise Him during the process? Do I praise Him for the things I enjoy, and for the learning I’m doing on on the way?
I have to admit. I tend to be a “look at the future and get to the goal as quick as possible” type of gal. I get to the goal, and I praise Him. Yet with each “end”, there is a process I go flying through.
God is interested in that process; maybe even more than the outcome. It’s a path of enjoyment and a path of learning. And I’ve been rushing right through it!
God’s been laying on my heart that the little flowers He puts along mountain path, the little lessons He puts along the way, are as important as the view at the top.
When things get tough and all we want is the end result – the healing, the fixed situation, the clean house… We need to remember He is taking us through a process of growing closer to Him.
Success isn’t the end result, success is learning to lean on God more fully. And that, my friends, is reason to Praise God!
And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope: And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us. Romans 5:3-5
Let’s glory our God in the process we are walking through right now – because it’s through this that we are growing to be more like Jesus.