The month of July I had taken off to spend time with family and to just listen to Holy Spirit speak to my heart. Everyday I wrote down what the Lord was speaking to my heart into the back of my journal. It seems He truly started the first day of July.
I feel like the Holy Spirit was patiently waiting for me to press pause on life so that I could hear Him better.
The thing is, life has been complicated lately. It has been changing so much and so quickly. I thought I could stand my ground without getting shaky in the knees, I was confident (for the most part) in my choices and the direction my life had been going.
Have you ever just done things because that’s how you’ve always done things?
Have you ever acted in obedience to God and had it turn out really well for you? Then maybe In that positive “feedback” you got from being obedient to God you made sure you stayed in that place so you wouldn’t lose His favor?
I think we all do that, we do something out of obedience to God, and when the outcome was good we think we can’t move from that spot or position.
I know that God never changes, and I also know that God does not live in a box.
I know that even though God will never change His heart or mind about certain heart issues, He is looking to move our lives forward, and ahead.
Even though we have our boundaries in this life, we can use those boundaries in order to grow and move forward. So often we live in our own little bubble that we think that’s just where we should be.
But today God was telling me to do things differently. He didn’t give me permission to indulge in every little fleshly desire of mine, nor did He give me permission to pursue more, or to fill a void in my heart.God did give me permission to grow and even to let go of the past and some things I was currently doing in the present.
If the world, and our circumstances are changing around us, then why aren’t we assessing every area of our lives. God allows us to redirect our steps when our circumstances are changing.
It reminds me of when our children grow older. For me, I have a daughter who is almost an adult, and then I have two younger children who are now preteens. That is a lot of changing in a short amount of time. For the majority of their lives I have desired a life filled with routine and stability, but they sure are making that difficult for me!
I look at this moment of change in seasons as an opportunity for me to change, too. If I continue to do what I did when they were little ones still needing to be potty trained, or spoon fed, then I am never going to get anywhere with them. I would be stuck in a rut and never moving forward, and my relationship with them wouldn’t grow either.
We can be like that sometimes. Getting stuck in a system simply because it works. But maybe if that system is changing then that is your opportunity to get out of that rut you are in!
Several years back my husband’s job was going through that change. The fire department he was working for was merging with two other departments. My husband basically had a choice as to which department he wanted to go to. He chose the fire department most people did NOT want to go to. We both look back on that decision and we do not regret it one bit.
Sometimes those changes come so that we can change, or find our way out of something that isn’t the best for us, or even where God wants us to be. Those seasons of changes are designed to equip us for what God would have us do for Him on a daily basis.
So when we see a time of change coming we can use it as an opportunity to do something different. Then we can just focus on the growth that is happening rather than what we might be losing.
We hold onto so much without ever asking if it’s truly God’s will for our life, or if it is God’s best for us.
This makes my heart heavy because God never told to us to cling to our lives, instead He told us that when we lose our lives that is when we will find our lives.
So in this season God is telling me to do something different. It is surely a season of change in my life.
Even though I feel tempted to go backwards, my eyes are fixed on Jesus and I am focused on all that I’ve gained rather than all that I’ve had to let go of.
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No matter what Christmas was for us in the past, it seems like every year it has the opportunity, and the possibility, to be something completely different and brand new. That’s what Jesus brought with Him as He was born into this world; He brought with Him a clean slate, a fresh start, and something brand new to our lives and to our faith.
Today I invite you to come and take this imperfect advent journey with me to discover the beauty of the good and perfect gifts God has given us through His Son Jesus. Let us journey together to discover what those gifts are, how we can receive those gifts, and most importantly the importance of being a good steward of those gifts.