Thursday, April 24, 2014

Moving Forward

Genesis 11:31
Terah took his son Abram, his grandson Lot, Sarai, the wife of Abram, and together they set out from Ur of the Chaldeans to go to Canaan.  But when they came to Haran, they settled there.

It took weeks to prepare our house to sell.  There were projects to be done, clutter to be disposed of.  Dealing with every little thing was important to have it market ready.   Once it was listed, a steady stream of people ensued.  After two and a half weeks, the new buyer came forward.   

Letting go was difficult.   Did it have to happen so quickly?   We had been there almost 14 years.   It had our handprint all over it.  There were so many memories there.   We had grown to love our neighbors, but we knew God was prompting us to sell it. 

Releasing our possessions is difficult sometimes.  We become attached to them.  If we are not careful, our attachments can keep us from moving forward to the things God has for us.

I was reading in Genesis 11 the other night about Terah, Abraham’s father.  It seems he was on his way to Canaan with Abram (Abraham), Sarai (Sarah), and Lot, Abram’s nephew, when they got to Haran and settled there.  It doesn’t say that God told Terah to go to Canaan, but I find it fascinating that is where he was headed.

In the next chapter we are told that the Lord told Abram, “Leave your country, your people and your father’s household and go to the land I will show you.”  In verse 5 it says they set out for the land of Canaan and they arrived there.  So obviously God shed more light as they moved forward. 

I wonder how often we settle because we are comfortable and content when God wants to give us so much more. 

This story challenges me to not hold on too tightly to anything but release everything to God so I can be rightfully positioned.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Decluttering the Rooms of My Heart

Hebrews 12:1
…Let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us,

I mentioned in my last post that we recently moved.   Jerry and I decided it was time to sell our house after almost 14 years.

When we moved in, we had four kids with us – three of our own and Erik’s best friend who was attending college close by.  As they grew up and moved out, I just took over their rooms and filled their closets.   It was easy to do.  Out of sight and out of mind.  

In retrospect, I should have been purging all along.   It’s amazing the things I found that should have been disposed of years ago.  

Applying that thought spiritually, I wonder if I am letting in my heart things that should not be there either.  I realize the havoc unforgiveness and bitterness can cause to my body.    

I have resolved to ask God daily to reveal things I need to let go of.     The way I clear my mind is by journaling and releasing things to God.  Until I let go of the negative self-talk, I can’t hear God’s voice.  It’s hidden underneath the chatter. 

I would encourage you today if you are hearing voices in your head that do not line up with the Word of God, take some time to examine those thoughts – and let them go.  If you don’t have time to journal, just verbalize to God what you are giving him and picture yourself handing it to him.

You will be amazed at how much more clearly you are able to hear God’s voice.  

Friday, April 11, 2014

Come Away My Beloved

James 4:8
Come near to God and he will come near to you.

It’s been quite a while since I have posted anything on my blog.  Many things have distracted me, one being a move.  I will tell you more about that in later posts. 

During the moving season, I only did what was necessary and the length of time it took for the entire process surprised me.    It left me exhausted mentally, physically and spiritually.

It’s amazing how our circumstances can just zap us completely.  I read some things during that time about finding our place in the Body of Christ.  I told God honestly, I didn’t want another thing to do.  Deep down I knew He had assignments for me, but I certainly didn’t want to hear it.

After I was able to rest and become more refreshed, God started stirring me.   Jerry and I decided it was time for me to pull away from routine for a while.   

I have been at a friend’s cabin alone for four days now in Strawberry.  It has proven to be one of the best things I have ever done.  If you have never taken a spiritual get away by yourself, I highly recommend it. 

You may not have the luxury of spending as much time as I have, but I would encourage you to go as long as you can somewhere - even if it’s just to a park across town for a few hours. 

Jesus had people pulling on him all the time, but He always found time to slip away with the Father.   He missed sleep at times, but Jesus knew it was necessary.   

God told us if we would draw near to Him, He would draw near to us.  Make a little effort, and God will meet you with whatever time you are able to carve out.  You will be glad you did.