There we were sitting at Dunkin Donuts and a 4-year-old boy sits fidgeting in the small booth next to us. He is waiting for his ice cream cone. We carry on with our conversation minding our business when suddenly I notice from the corner of my eye, a little head full of angelic, blonde hair bobbing up and down, he is now licking his arm! Sadly, his cone had fallen and hit his arm, he knew he couldn’t eat the cone that was on the floor so he proceeded to lick what was left, off his little arm. His parents got him another cone and as they began to settle into their seat to enjoy their iced coffee, the fidgety carefree, little boy knocks over his mother’s iced coffee. It was a mess! Some splashed on me and it was all over the floor and booth. It would have been laughable but the air got thick with the awkwardness of the situation. My heart broke for the parents as they struggled to clean as much as they could and move their son into a place where he wouldn’t cause any more trouble. He ended up in a corner of the store, waiting with his eyes wide open, probably wondering, “What just happened?”
As I meditated on this situation I remembered that parenting in general is messy and sometimes awkward. But growing up is messy too. Our spiritual walk can be very much like this scenario. One minute we are being obedient to our parents, sitting still waiting for our treat, then we get excited in the process as we receive and drop, misplace, mishandle the blessings. We get messy. We lose our cool. We get desperate and like this little boy who resorted to licking his arm, we try to find whatever we can to satisfy our need, hunger or desire. We look silly some times. We become out of control. God gives us second chances and starts over with us, we begin our course again only to get fidgety and knock things over in our lives. For some of us the process is long and repetitive until we find ourselves in a corner wondering, “what just happened?”.
Those corners that we come to are places of reflection, places where we recalculate and think about what just happened. It’s the secret place of our heart reserved for God. It’s a place of correction and repentance. Have you been there lately? We’ve all seen it, some kids just don’t stay there very long. They want out, right away! The parent has to pin them down to that “Time-Out”. But we know that those times are necessary.
That sweet mom looked so stressed out. I went to her after a few minutes and asked her if I could give her a hug. She melted into my arms and began to cry as I prayed for her. Parenting is not easy. As a matter of fact, sometimes it can be a down-right nightmare. It may seem like you will never get past this stage, but it will pass, and as I told the mother of this 4-year-old, 10 years from now you are going to look back at all this and laugh!
beloved, you are growing up. Whether you are the child or the parent, we are all in a continuous demand to grow. The process is hard. The process is messy. But if you stay the course, have ears to hear instruction and allow the Lord to redeem you in the secret place, I promise you, one day, you will look back at all of this with a full heart and laugh!
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This was Posted on May of 2012. I thought it was worthy of being reposted, enjoy:
Pastor Nate continues to teach on Transition and change, it is an exciting time in our lives as we move forward in Christ to advance His Kingdom.
In life we will face those "Decision Making" moments: Should I go to school?, should I get married?, Should I move out of town?, should I cut ties with some people?, etc. Those "moments" can be trying to our Faith. At those times we may face confusion or doubt and we may even grow increasing weary of "THINKING".
Well, the Bible has a lot to say about decision making and I want to share that with you on this post.
The Bible tells us that wisdom, which is what we need to make decisions, comes from God. In those moments of making decisions we should seek God's wisdom and understanding. today Pastor Jesse Duplantis tweeted: "If you want to be successful in life, you need to know everything in the Bible." studying the Word of God will open up your eyes to His heart for you. You will know what to do when you draw close to Him. Here are some scriptures to help you get started: -Brisyo
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.
So that you incline your ear to wisdom, and apply your heart to understanding; yes, if you cry out for discernment, and lift up your voice for understanding, if you seek her as silver, and search for her as for hidden treasures; then you will understand the fear of the Lord, and find the knowledge of God.
For the Lord gives wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding…
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.Proverbs 22:3
A prudent man foresees evil and hides himself, but the simple pass on and are punished.
He who answers a matter before he hears it, it is folly and shame to him.
"Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment."Proverbs 11:14
Where there is no counsel, the people fall; but in the multitude of counselors there is safety.
GO WITH THE FLOW
Ephesians 2:10 “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”
I don’t live by the expression “Go with the flow” because it offers no definition to my activities. Instead, I live the Ephesians 2:10 that clearly states that God has my activities in Christ all planned out for me. All I have to do is find out what they are and then physically do them. Be assured that these things are very practical and beneficial for yourself and for others.
I am a strong advocate of Christians knowing their God-ordained purposes and then doing them by faith. We don’t have to flounder in life. We are not lost—so why are we wandering around?
There is a scripture that I say to myself often, “God will fulfill His purposes for me.” Yes—as long as we are actively engaged in those purposes. That is the flow that we need to go with! Amen!
Today I have been reflecting on pain. Yes, I know what you’re thinking, “Pain? Who wants to think about pain?” Pain is not the best thing to think about but if you really think about it, all of us will experience it at one time or another in our lives; probably more often then we want too.
Sometimes we will go through painful experiences that cause a lifetime of painful reflection while other times we will experience pain that causes us to change and, in the long run, actually be thankful for the experience.
At this moment that I’m writing this I am experiencing emotional pain. But I reflected and thought to myself, “This is nothing compared to the pain others have experienced.” I have not had any major losses in my life; I’ve not lost a child or a parent nor my husband to death. I have not been hurt permanently nor left abandoned. Although, I know that some day I will experience that type of pain, I am reminded of Philippians 4:11-12 that says, “Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need.”
Isaiah 26:3 says, “You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.” This is perfect peace: When we put our mind to purposely think about the Lord and His goodness immediately we reflect on our pain and think, “Wow, Really, my life is not that bad; things can be far worse. “
Apostle Paul said in 2 Corinthians 12:10, “For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”
When we are persecuted or go through hardships we can put our heart at rest knowing that God is on our side. We become strong knowing that we have a God who promises perfect peace when in our weakness we turn to Him. When we turn to Him we become strong and can weather the storm that is causing pain in our lives. God gives us wisdom, tranquility and helps us to be content with what we have and trust that God knows what we need and will help us in His time. (Philippians 4:19) And my God will supply every need of yours according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.
Vashti, my 13 year old daughter, showed me this picture she had drawn in her free time at school, she titled it" Let Go!". As I looked at it a sense of peace and relaxation came upon me and I had to upload it to my phone. I knew there was more to this picture than meets the eye. The simplicity of it speaks to me. It's a simple dandelion that has reached maturity. the dandelion produces bright yellow flowers, and the plant continues to flower through its lifetime. The flowers eventually develop into heads composed of tiny seeds attached to pappus, fuzzy structures shaped like parachutes. When the seeds mature, wind currents blow the head of the dandelion apart and the pappus carry the seeds for miles through the air. Once the seeds land on damp, warm soil, they germinate and the life cycle begins again.
The dadelion becomes fragile after it's beautiful yellow flower turns into seeds. The Dandelion is surely reminded at this point that it is a weed and not actually a flower. Very much like us in the garden of life. There are times that in life we go through moments of insecurities, we are reminded of our not-so-lovely past or our attention goes to our not-so-pleasant present. We turn very much into a fragile little flower.
Have you been feeling fragile lately? Now, I don't know about you but I happen to like the Dandelion the most when it is all white and fuzzy like the picture Vashti drew. This is when you see little children and adults alike picking them up and blowing them into the air. Little do they know that the Dandelion is in a dying process; it is spreading its seeds to help produce more of it's kind. "Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us." Hebrew 12:1
I would imagine that it is not a pleasant process for the little flower but we see beauty. The process that we go through sometimes is not pleasant for us, but others see beauty. God sees beauty.
Just as it is important for the little dandelion to Let Go of it's seeds, It's important for Believers to embrace the times of development in our lives and trust that we are equiped enought to simply, "Let Go". “Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. -Is. 43:18-19
As the winds of daily situations and issues arise and sweep you away, know that the seeds in you will be sent off into areas that will cause growth. There is purpose for our storm. There is purpose for the Cycles that we go through. God wants us to simply Let Go, as He picks us up and shares us with the world around us. Your story needs to be told, your life shared. Let God breath on you.
We are headed out to the high seas of My Spirit says the Father.
You will know the billows of waves of My fullness of Love breaking over you.
I will take you down into My deep; and those on the shore will wonder what happened to you.
And you would know… we have become one in spirit.
So take a good long and last look over your shoulder says the Father. The shoreline you will see no more.
I've heard your cry. You have cried out to Me that you might know my Kingdom and its limits which I will show unto you in this season
Relinquish those petty things and petty relationships and useless time wasting soul- destroying distractions.
The TIME has COME.
I have seen your stepping…and I was the one who order them.
Here is where the difference is made says the Father between those who have known the calling and those who have accepted My choosing.
You are headed out to the high seas of FAITH.
Not all initiative, the willingness to take the first step, is inspired by God. Someone may say to you, “Get up and get going! Take your reluctance by the throat and throw it overboard—just do what needs to be done!” That is what we mean by ordinary human initiative. But when the Spirit of God comes to us and says, in effect, “Get up and get going,” suddenly we find that the initiative is inspired.
We all have many dreams and aspirations when we are young, but sooner or later we realize we have no power to accomplish them. We cannot do the things we long to do, so our tendency is to think of our dreams and aspirations as dead. But God comes and says to us, “Arise from the dead . . . .” When God sends His inspiration, it comes to us with such miraculous power that we are able to “arise from the dead” and do the impossible. The remarkable thing about spiritual initiative is that the life and power comes after we “get up and get going.” God does not give us overcoming life—He gives us life as we overcome. When the inspiration of God comes, and He says, “Arise from the dead . . . ,” we have to get ourselves up; God will not lift us up. Our Lord said to the man with the withered hand, “Stretch out your hand” (Matthew 12:13). As soon as the man did so, his hand was healed. But he had to take the initiative. If we will take the initiative to overcome, we will find that we have the inspiration of God, because He immediately gives us the power of life. -Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest