"Sit quietly in my presence while I bless you. Make your mind like a still pool of water, ready to receive whatever thoughts I drop into it. Rest in My sufficiency, as you consider the challenges this day presents. Do not wear yourself out by worrying about whether you can cope with the pressures. Keep looking to Me and communicating with Me, as we walk through this day together." -Sarah Young's "Jesus Calling"
I don't know about you, but its really hard for me to "sit quietly" in God's presence. My brain is trained to think that in order to follow God's will, I need to be constantly moving, seeking and taking steps. I just laugh (and cry) with God sometimes because He loves showing me who's boss! And, its not me!
God has been teaching me a lot these past few months. He's slowly revealing things to me in His time. I just finished She Reads Truth's 13 day study on "Justice." You guys, it was amazing. I learned so much and was extremely humbled by what God revealed to me. Its so easy for me to get so caught up in what I want and what I think is best for my life, especially when the things I strive for are good. But I think sometimes God asks things of us that we'd never choose on our own. Discerning what those things are is really tough, and then being obedient to God once He reveals them, is even tougher. Because sometimes saying "yes" to God means saying "no" to myself. And that's just not always that much fun, am I right?!
God is working in all of us though. He's working in my life. He's working in your life. And He's even working in the lives of those we so easily dismiss. God doesn't forget anyone. As I wait with God, He is opening my eyes to things I've never seen before, and along with that, He is opening my heart to places and things that have always scared me. Doing things on our own is pretty scary, but we aren't alone. My prayer today and in this season of my life is that I will be brave. I pray I can face the things that scare me with a new perspective, a new hope, and a trusting attitude.
As one of my favorite song's says, "I have decided to follow Jesus. No turning back, no turning back." I stumble every single day. That will never change, but the good news is that Jesus doesn't change either. His grace is new every day. He is the same every day, and that's where I put my faith and my trust... not in myself, but in His promises.
Yet the Lord longs to be gracious to you; therefore He will rise up to show you compassion. For the Lord is a God of justice; Blessed are all those who wait for Him. -Isaiah 30:18
I hope you find these words from the study as encouraging as I did...
"When we understand God’s insane mercy and grace, we will be compelled to live them out in our own lives, meeting the needs of others in love. The Holy Spirit will grow fruits in us that enable us to act justly. But when we forget the generosity of God and the freeness of salvation, we will begin serving ourselves instead of others.
Let’s not be women who forget. Let’s not take for granted God’s grace and mercy in our lives. Let’s remember that we were pardoned and accepted into the family of God. That goodness and sweetness is restoration, friends, and we should seek that restoration for others." -SheReadsTruth
Have a wonderful week. Thanks for reading!