I spoke a couple days ago about the shoes we are given for our journey. And, while I definitely pointed out that we share our journey with others, whether we want to or not, I also want to share my thoughts on personal sabotage. As I have been reflecting, and I do a lot of that, realization is that sometimes we are our own worst enemy. I never thought about personal sabotage before. Sabotage always reminded me of the spy movies where one covert agent was trying to make sure the other agent’s plans were unsuccessful. Well, unfortunately and yet fortunately, I realize that I have been responsible for sabotage actions in my own life.
Let me explain. The last two years have been difficult, challenging, transient, tearful and yet rewarding at the same time. As I acquire the wisdom and knowledge God is giving me about myself, I am developing that understanding for others. Remember from the previous post, I was speaking about empathy. When we can and do receive the revelation and understanding about ourselves, empathy begins to develop. Revelation and understanding do not always bring a smiley face. Sometimes the pain of understanding ourselves and what we are truly responsible for in our own lives is more painful than a needle shot. And, if we truly accept what God is showing us about ourselves, the pain does last quite a bit longer than that needle shot. Oh, but after the pain, the knowledge, acceptance and vision for change is more awesome than we can imagine.
This week has been a balancing act. Completing homework assignments; working part time in retail; making sure that I pick up my younger daughter from school and take her to school; certainly make sure I have babysitting arrangements for the time I have her when I’m at work; accepting a new writing assignment; taking my 18 year-old to work; or, picking up her friend to babysit; getting my 14 year-old to the gym; and, get to sleep in between is a balancing act. Oh, I forgot about dinner, laundry, cleaning…The challenge is interesting, can be taxing, but certainly leaves no room for boredom. My point is that I still want to show gratitude for this life God has blessed me with. God’s blessing of mercy and grace is surely a reason to be grateful. Even when I cannot come up with the answers to the balancing act, God’s mercy seems to emerge larger than life and I find myself thanking Him because He saw my need and worked out the situation. I know that He is opening up doors that no one can close and closing doors no one can re-open. And, I thank God that He is the only one that can do that. God’s true justice and mercy is the source of this life for me. My challenges, trials, successes, and, what might even look like failures are all to His glory. This post is to glorify my Father in Heaven, proclaim Jesus as Lord and be eternally grateful for who He is and what He has done for me. I thank God for this day. “This is the day the Lord has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it.” (Psalm 118:24 NKJV)
I want to speak about being God’s masterpiece today. In our sermon from last night’s church service, I was blessed by the reminder that we are the masterpiece of God. Each of us have the opportunity to allow God to mold us in such a way that we would be a work that would testify to His glory.
The Scripture used was Jeremiah 18 where God speaks to him about the potter and the clay. The potter must possess the clay or have it in his hands in order to mold the shape and transform it into a work of art. We must surrender to God in order for Him to transform us. We have this awesome opportunity to become God’s precious work that will be completed upon Jesus’s return. Or, we can refuse to surrender and become an unfinished work. I pray for the body of believers and any new believers the following Scripture: Philippians 1:6 – “And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue His work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.” (NLT)
Read Jeremiah 18 for further insight on the potter and the clay.
My son has been put on a new medicine that has made a tremendous difference. Since the last post, he has come some distance from the emotional place he was at. He still deals with depression; however, daily conversations with him help to let him know I’m here for him. I remind him that he’s not alone and even when our emotions sometimes take control, we can come back to a place of sharing. One area that I’m challenged in is listening. We can hear someone speak to us but are we listening to what they are really saying? I have to admit that I fall short sometimes. There are times when I am quick to respond even though I do understand what he’s saying because I may not agree with it or be okay with it. I have to steady myself and listen until he’s finished saying what he needs to say. Sometimes I don’t think it’s about whether I agree or not but more about being able to unburden your heart to someone who cares. That’s not just for him, but all the members of my family. I think our “emotions” validate us in such a serious way. I “feel” says I’m alive, whether I’m happy, sad, in pain or joyous. God gave us emotions as tools to balance our lives. “Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath:” (Ephesians 4:26) (The Thompson Chain-Reference Bible, 1982, King James Version). The point is that our emotions are not supposed to control us. They may validate us but only in the scope that they help define us when we respond to external and internal stimuli. Our emotions show us what needs to change in our inner selves. The reason emotions are so important is that the compassion we are supposed to have for our fellow-man would not be possible if we didn’t have emotions. We just need to have a healthy handle on them.
5) “For He established a testimony in Jacob, And appointed a law in Israel, Which He commanded our fathers, That they should make them known to their children. 6) That the generation to come might know them, The children who would be born, That they may arise and declare them to their children, 7) That they may set their hope in God, And not forget the works of God, But keep His commandments; 8) And may not be like their fathers, A stubborn and rebellious generation, A generation that did not set its heart aright, And whose spirit was not faithful to God.”
As a parent, I try to do the best that I can for my children, and sometimes it just doesn’t seem to be good enough. When I stop long enough to realize that I really don’t have enough in me to do all and give all that they need, I humbly repent. This culture makes it so difficult for us to show our children who God is. The Scripture above says that we should arise and make known to our children the Word of God, that they may have hope in God, not forget his works but set their spirit faithful to God. As I read, it seems to me that we have a choice to set our hope in God. God is faithful and He does answer prayer. I praise God, I thank God, and do speak the wonderful works of God to my children. Sometimes I pray that they hear and listen to what they hear by choosing to do what the Word says. Parents are not perfect but I do sometimes think they get a bad rap when they choose to serve the Lord and deny to their children some of the destructive things the world has to offer. I look back at a simpler time and it seems that the heart of our parents may have been the same, just a different dressing. Less toys and distractions. However prayer still works and the Word is the same yesterday, today and forever. There is hope in God!
Welcome to Glorious Impact. This blog is for sharing the Word of God to encourage, inspire and strengthen Believers as well as those looking for answers. I look forward to sharing my heart and the truth of God’s Word with others. Ephesians 5:19 “speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord, giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, submitting to one another in the fear of God.” (NKJV, Holman Bible Publishing, Nashville, TN)