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Have you ever felt like everyone had ‘more’ or ‘better’ than you? My husband and I have, and were recently about to go down a path that we thought would be beneficial to our family. We felt it was a financial move we needed to make so our family would be better off. I even made the comment to someone, “We need to look out for our family, because no one else will”.
I have to say, I am extremely thankful for Jesus and what He did for me, and you, on the cross. His death on the cross, gave me, and you, direct access to God and the help of the Holy Spirit while hear on earth. When I say direct access, I mean through prayer. We can take all of our questions, concerns or comments, no matter how small or large, to God. We can ask Him for guidance or help with anything! Believing He will answer us. Isn’t that awesome?
Prayer is exactly what my husband and I did as we were mentally preparing for the move we thought we needed to make. I can honestly say, my prayer, which was for clear direction this was His will, not our own, was answered, but not in the way I expected. I was expecting a simple sign, any sign that would show us whether or not He wished for us to stay or go. Instead, I felt conviction. A very uncomfortable conviction.
As I’ve mentioned before, I’ve been studying the life of Moses in the BSF (Bible Study Fellowship) group I’m in. We continually read how the Israelites grumbled and complained over and over again to God. They were thirsty, they were hungry, they didn’t want to do things God’s way, they wanted different food, they didn’t like who God appointed as their leaders, and a few others I’m not mentioning.
As I prayed and worked on this study, God showed me how we’re acting in a way similar to the Israelites. Us thinking we needed to move ourselves to a different place so we could give our family more, was telling God we were not happy with what He had given us. God brought to mind when the Israelites complained the manna was no longer desirable and they wanted quail. God gave them the quail, but so much that they became sick from it. What they thought they needed, they didn’t, and God knew it. What God was giving them was sufficient. What they thought they needed only made them sick. (Numbers 11)
In this weeks BSF study (Numbers 20) Moses and Aaron lose the blessing of leading God’s people into the promised land filled with milk and honey. Moses and Aaron failed to trust God and honor him as holy. When I read this verse, Number 20:12, I became very sad for Moses and Aaron. They had done so much and had dealt with a lot. Then I thought, how could they be so stupid? Why couldn’t they keep it together just a little longer? They were so close!
As I was beginning to get angry with Moses and Aaron, I realized I was acting just as bad as they were, and probably much worse. We were complaining about where God had placed us, as if we could possibly know better. I suddenly felt ashamed and embarrassed of even thinking we knew better than God, what was best for our family or that we could go out and get it on our own. God loves our family and us more than we could imagine or comprehend. God has exactly what we need. We couldn’t possibly get anything better than what He has for us. The last thing we want is to lose a blessing God has planned for our family.
When my husband and I began talking about the blessings we have received from God, I became overwhelmed, seeing God as omniscient and powerful. I realized God has provided my husband and I with a unique life so we’re able to serve Him. We went through a few trials to get here, but I can see how it’s all to be used for God’s glory. We must simply trust and serve as He leads. I find it hard, at times, to be content when the world around me tells me I need more or better. The Lord has blessed my family and I with much. Will you please pray for my husband and I? Please pray that we would remember to be thankful for all we have and act accordingly. Also, that we would look to God for all our needs and desires trusting He will provide.
To answer the question in the title of this post ‘Is the grass greener?’, I strongly believe ‘no’ is the correct conclusion. No matter where you are or what you have, you will experience trials in your life. Some small, with little effort needed to get through. Others can be, and probably will be, life changers that will take everything you’ve got, emotionally, mentally and sometimes even physically. Trust God has you exactly where He needs you and let Him use you right where you are for His glory. Let Him bless you so you can be a blessing to those around you.
My prayer for us today ~ Father God, thank you for all you give us, even though we are not deserving. I pray we would act in a way that shows others we trust You and see You as holy, Amen.
Have you ever felt so in awe of God and eager to see His mighty power that you lost your senses for a brief moment? Well, I have. At the end of last years BSF class, I was so joyous and blown away at all the amazing things God had done for me, in me and through me, that I told God I was ready for ANYTHING He had for me and to BRING IT. Yes, I told God to bring it! I told Him I was ready for whatever He had in store for me and I couldn’t wait to see how He would continue to work for me, in me and through me.
God was definitely listening and has been/is answering my prayer. As I have mentioned in an earlier post, this school year has been crazy. Each and every day is packed with many things to do. Not one day is the same as the next. I think that’s what mainly threw me off in the beginning. In the past, I’ve always found myself with a full schedule, but there was usually consistency within it. I enjoy consistency because it makes me happy. It makes me feel like I have a clue as to what’s going on, even when, in reality, I usually don’t. Now each day of the week is different. My Monday’s, Tuesday’s and so on, were always the same. This year this isn’t the case.
The funny thing is, what I do each week is pretty much the same as what I use to do last year. The biggest change is the timing in which I do things. For example, I always had specific days and times set aside to work on my BSF lesson. Those days and times are now filled with other things, so I needed to find different days and times to work on my lesson. The one new thing that joined my daily schedule caused me to have to rearrange my entire schedule. This left me feeling completely discombobulated for weeks.
(Side note: Isn’t discombobulated a fun word? It’s one of my favorite words. I love saying it and will use it every chance I get. I even used it in my book, In His Way)
I always felt like I was forgetting something or someone. You see, another thing that changed is, our carpool situation. We added another family to the mix. Yes, this means we each had to drive back and forth less, which is a wonderful thing, but this also meant I had to learn a new schedule. I realized I had become set in my ways and getting use to something new, even though it was better, wasn’t as easy as I thought.
Recently I prayed and asked God if I needed to let something go. I thought maybe I had taken on too much. The last thing I want is to be in His way doing something that was meant for someone else. Through the BSF lesson this week I felt as if God were speaking to me, saying trust that I will enable you to accomplish all I have called you to do. In Exodus, Moses also had to trust that God would enable him to do what he was called to accomplish, lead the Israelites out of Egypt.
It felt as if God were saying “You asked me to bring it, so I brought it. Now trust I will get you through it”. I’ve been trying my best to relying on God each day for His enabling so I can accomplish the tasks I have before me and I am continuously blown away by His goodness. Sometimes I feel as if time is standing still. It’s pretty awesome!
As I have settled into my schedule, God has brought some amazing things my way. Recently, I had a wonderful opportunity to be interviewed by a dear sweet friend, Martha Smalley, who has a Blogtalkradio show, Plank Eyed Saint. We talked through the book and reflected on what I was experiencing during the book as well as how it’s changed me. Please check it out!
My prayer for us today ~ Father God, thank you for patiently waiting as we struggle with relying on you throughout each day. I pray we not hesitate, but act immediately, as you call us into action, Amen.
Over the weekend Robert and I were able to see Joyce Meyer in Sacramento during one of her free conference sessions. I’ve seen her TV show and subscribe to her magazine Enjoying Everyday Life, but had not seen her in person yet. The message was how to fight like a Christian. Joyce spoke about having past hurts buried deep down that we usually forget about but they keep bubbling to the surface with our reactions to things. She said we should pray and ask God to reveal these issues to us and help us work through them. I thought it was a great message and was thankful to attend this conference with Robert. However, I didn’t think the message was for me. I didn’t feel like I left the conference with any new information. God had something else planned for me and boy did it hurt!
When we arrived at the conference we had time to look over the resource table at all the books, CD’s and DVD’s she had available to buy. Wow! There was a lot to choose from. I think most of her conferences are put on CD and/or DVD for those who couldn’t attend. I found myself overwhelmed with all of the choices and tempted to say “I’ll take one of each”. Seriously, how do you choose when there are so many wonderful resources to pick from? After looking over all of them and not picking up one, because I was afraid I would find one I liked better, I decided to go back through and pick up the one (two, three or maybe four) that stuck in my head.
These are the items I ended up with:
- Speaking The Truth: Putting God’s Word to Work in Your Everyday Life. It’s a teaching CD and 28 topic cards. Each topic card, (ex: temptation, fear, faith or humility) describes what the topic is and how God would like us to be. It also lists about 9 different scripture passages to go with the topic.
- 8 Ways to Live Conflict free. I’m all about avoiding conflict so I thought this would be perfect for me.
- Embracing a Life of Leadership: Having the Heart of a Leader. I continually find myself in leadership roles having no idea how I got there so I thought this CD set could help me embrace it instead of always wondering what I’m doing.
- The Power of Words: What You Say Can Make All the Difference. I thought this would help me speak God’s Word more confidently.
I’ve been listening to The Power of Words CD’s in my car all week. On disc #2 Joyce is talking about Moses leading the Israelites out of Egypt. The beginning of her talk is about the type of words that should NOT come out of our mouths, the first being complaining. She mentions all the constant complaining the Israelites due regardless of the many miracles God performs on their behalf. Joyce also says “look for the treasure in your trial”.
But the people were thirsty for water there, and they grumbled against Moses. They said “Why did you bring us up out of Egypt to make us and our children and livestock die of thirst?” Exodus 17:3
I was recently asked to help out with something and obediently said yes. Then complained, a lot, because it’s not what I had planned. There were other things I wanted to do. At the time I didn’t think my complaining was actually complaining. I thought I was just voicing an opinion. After listening to Joyce and her message I realized I was definitely complaining.
When I was first asked to help and said ‘yes’, I knew I had a bad attitude. I had asked God to help me shake the attitude and be grateful I was being asked to help. He did. Isn’t it amazing how God already had given me the resources I needed right when I needed it. He knew I was going to react the way I did and made sure I had the resources needed to help me get past it. God is so good! Recently He has reminded me, over and over again, that he is truly in yesterday, today and tomorrow. Amazing!!!
Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light. Matthew 11:29-30
The moment when I realized I was the complainer Joyce was talking about and my words were dishonoring God I fell on my face and cried out to Him. I thanked God for gently showing me my sinful ways and asked Him to forgive me. I thanked God for the abilities He gave me so I could help. I told God I trusted His plan and timing and believed He would provide a time for me to accomplish the other things I felt I needed to do. I asked God to reveal to me anything on my to-do list that wasn’t His will.
My prayer for us today ~ Father God, thank you for being kind and gentle with us. Lord, I pray our eyes and heart are open to your teachings, Amen.