Sunday, May 1, 2016

Who and How: Shift

How are you doing with trust? What have you discovered about self? Have you recognized places where you were hurt by trusting someone and you turned that hurt toward God? You blamed God for what that person did to you? What have you realized about the word 'trust'? How do you trust? Stay with it.

We are still on that Proverbs 3:5 passage, "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding . . ." You see, our understanding of a issue, no matter how learned, how smart we think we are, is nothing compared to the all encompassing knowledge of God. So, we can - no we should always check with God - in all matters. There is so much available to us, but not everything is beneficial to us. Going back to trust- can you see how much easier it is to check with Holy Spirit on any issue? Yeah, I know- the problem is either you don't believe you will get an answer, or you are in too much of a hurry and can't wait for Holy Spirit to guide. That is the role of Holy Spirit- to guide us into all truth. That takes quite a bit off our minds and hearts and allows us to move assuredly toward or away from whatever it is.

We cannot hold solely to what we understand, what we know about an issue. There are so facets to the complexity of the diamond called life, oh but God. When we turn toward God to gain understanding, to get clarity, we can make informed decisions, and we have peace.  How do we shift? Shift your focus from what you know and present it all to God. Then wait. Shift your focus from your storm and present it to God. Then wait. Shift your focus, and watch. Oh wait- isn't that what I say? Watch what God is doing in your life. enough for now.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Who and How: Take the One Step

A few years ago Donnie McClurkin recorded a song that is so apropos-"Do you trust me"? Listen to it on YouTube if you have not heard it. But long before that, it was recorded in the Word, "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight" (Prov. 3:5 NIV). Trust - now we can get confused, upset, worried, angered about that word. Trust. We have trusted, been hurt; don't trust, got hurt; will never trust again, don't want to hurt anymore. Did you find yourself?

The problem is that we miss the most important key- it is who we trust and how. If we believe the Word, and we have been hurt by others, it may be that we miss who we are to trust and how.  "Trust in the Lord with all your heart." Let's start. What does trust look like? Go ahead, don't define it. I know you will think about your past hurts, but I offer to push that out the way and press into what trust looks like and what you need in order to trust. . . . .Then turn away from your past pain and turn toward trusting in God. Yeah, this may be new for you. But for now, take one step - my parents use to tell my sister and me, "If you take one step, God will take two." Take the one step. Spend this day releasing the pain of hurt from others and taking the first step toward trusting in God. enough for now

Friday, April 22, 2016

Rest Prince

I didn't want to write yesterday about this. And just a little today.

Why do we hurt? Why do we allow ourselves to be hurt? Why can't we celebrate the gifts? Yes you have a gift- use it. For us, presently our hurt erupts in celebration for our musical icon, the purple gifted one- Prince. It is not about the "what happened"? but about the genius that is gone. And yes, Prince used his gifts. This is what it's like when doves cry- purple rain. Diamonds and pearls. Yeah, my three favorite. Rest now Prince.

We have more to do. Celebrate. Celebrate your life by using the gifts God gave you. Celebrate your life by loving on others. Celebrate your life. enough for now.


Thursday, April 21, 2016

Go for It

"Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced." James Baldwin. Many times the fears, the lies that keep us bound are so overwhelming that we believe there is no way out. There is always a way out, but we must try. We must move past the fear that keeps us frozen in position. The fact that we move, that we try gives us a different perspective, and just may be what we need. 

My father taught me how to ride a bicycle. He ran beside me steadying the back wheel, and assuring me that I was doing good. . . and I rode. Until I realized that his voice was fainter and fainter. I turned to look and he was not there. I looked back and saw him standing there with his hands on his hips nodding his approval. I should have gone on, but panicked, turned the wheel to go back but ran into a bush. Daddy was right there getting me up and encouraging me to go again. And I did. 

Go again. Get up, step out, move out from where you are. Yes, you will get resistance sometimes, nothing is ever easy. Go recognizing that you are encouraged and if you fall . . . you can get back up. Go for it! enough for now.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Psalms

Commercial break. My new book is here! Notes from a Desert Place, Kingdom Living Publishers.  You can order from me or the Publisher. It is a book of inspiration to encourage you along the way. 

That's done. Another one of encouragement - take time to read the Psalms. Start at the first one and read out loud. You will find yourself in hymns of praise, of thanksgiving; you will lament with the psalmist and learn how to release. Read as any as you want us read at least one a day.  Blessings as you start. enough for now.

Friday, April 15, 2016

It is Okay

It is okay to grieve a loss. It is healthy. Of course- your loss may not look like my loss. I think we should recognize that and allow that proper grieving. Relationships are all different and we connect in different ways. Is there a loss that you have not grieved? And it has been weighing heavy on your heart? How do you feel about that loss? Take time to tell God how you feel. Take time to grieve it. enough for now.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Loss

What do you do when you lose someone? Your hurt, your pain is real. A friend that once read my blog is now gone. A relative that once had a good life with her position no longer has the position. Another friend who once lived as he wanted can no live that way due to health. All of these are losses.

You must grieve the loss. Any loss deserves a healthy period of grief. No one can tell you what that is. Whether you are grieving a loss of relationship, loss of job, loss of your dreams, loss of who you thought you were, loss of a life. Loss. Take time to grieve. Grief has stages just as healing has stages. You move from Loss-hurt > shock > numbness > denial > emotional outbursts > anger > fear > searching > disorganization > panic > loneliness > guilt - Now you may not experience all of this but some of it.

As you begin to adjust to you may feel isolation >  depression > trouble reentering > new relationships > new strengths > new patterns > hope > affirmation > helping others > loss adjustment. It is a process, allow Holy Spirit to walk with you. Allow others to walk with you. Take time to give your hurt your pain to God. enough for now.