I remind myself. Put the past in the past. Learn from it. Put expectations there too. They don’t help a thing. Put love right out in front of you like a hood ornament (the kind they put on old Fords) ready to meet things first, with a bit of shine.
You know; if I told you the past year was a doozy for me full of hard lessons; you’d be able to find someone with more difficulty and more trouble. The world is full of examples. So, let’s just say that last year gave me enormous opportunity for growth. For this; I am grateful. For if nothing changes; nothing changes. Jesus has decided to rein me back in for some more work under the hood. He might check that all the gears are working and the steering too.
With daily intent to seek the understanding of His will and all that I need to fulfill it; there is peace in me.
My life slows.
I hear more with greater understanding.
I react less.
My defects appear to me.
I turn these over to Jesus.
He is the Great Encourager!
Gratitude appreciates from day to day.
The only sanity in this world is to live here as God intends. If we live in this world in our own way; we alone cannot fathom it’s purpose or endure its difficulty. But if we live in this world knowing that each thing and every person has a part in Divine order and Heavenly purpose; we can live well. We can heal from the things in the past that got us stuck. We can step into the future with greater joy, thanks and mobility.
One of many things that we can see in the Bible related to Jesus is: he steps forward into every situation with whatever ability God gives him at each moment. He doesn’t read about what to do or ask another what to do- he takes the action of meeting his day- face to face on God’s terms. Jesus shows us he never forgets to thank God, his father.
We learn by doing; at least I do. The better I get at understanding my place in the order of Diving things; the better I become at it. Each of us, yes- I’m looking at you. Each of us is designed according to the will of God for the purpose of His design alone. Through our being, fashioned for His purpose; we bring variation, individual interest, personal abilities, extraordinary uniqueness and personal joy to His amazing plan.
So don’t go out of your way listening to what others say you should do or what you shouldn’t do. Go straight to Jesus. Ask him if it’s time for you to have a tune-up. Pull up and let yourself be inspected and repaired! God made you a beautiful child for his pleasure and joy. Never forget that he alone loves you more than any one else ever can or ever will. His love is perfect. His plan is Divine.
Blessing this New Year!
Thanks Jesus for keeping all the parts in order and the motor ticking…
My dear friend’s words come to mind, “Let it begin with me.”
She is wise beyond her years- literally. Betty passed this year. She left me a wealth of wisdom to sort through. And she is not the only one who left me a neat pile of clear thinking; which I sort through. Every piece of wisdom is folded carefully. Each waits to become part of a treasured quilt, a thing of joy.
My hands are busy.
In the doings of my undoings- I let God choose when and how the pieces will come together. After all; who better than God to create something new?
Let it begin with me.
Please God, let your work begin with me.
Please, prepare me to be a fashion of your complete will. Please, go ahead…
But haven’t you always gone ahead of us promising you would be there for us when we arrived?
Who would have guessed that from this surrendering to you, God; I would be set free?
Surely not myself.
I see the harm I have done to others and to myself by trying to be everything for them. What a good opinion of myself I built up to serve my poor self esteem. This was done without my intent to fail their need to their own responsibilities and to their own growth. But it was a control that stunted them. It also stunted me. I must have thought I knew more than you; of course without thinking my actions might interfere with your will. Sorry…
I reached the end of me.
There you are, in wait.
My thanks and praise Dear Lord for your ever considerate love.
Please keep it coming.
My trust is in you.