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In the process…

As I moved from the front of this chair to the back, I was struck by the difference between the two sides.

I put down my paintbrush and picked-up my phone.

The picture was to help me remember that when I was on the side with paint, it looked like the chair was close to being completed.

The truth was only seen when I changed perspective.

The same is true for my spiritual progress.

As the “accuser of the brethren” the enemy is excellent at hitting me with thoughts of discouragement, because I still have so much to learn.

Of course, when I’m vulnerable to sliding into pride, the thoughts are the exact opposite, tempting me to comparison between myself and others whose hearts I can not see nor do I know their journey with the Lord.

Both “sides” can be used against me to ensnare me in sin, through appealing to my flesh.

But God…

He sees it all.

He knows my journey.

He is working through my circumstances.

I’m in process, and the One remaking me is a Master Craftsman.

Psalm 19:7 KJV — The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple.

2 Timothy 3:16 KJV — All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

Romans 12:2 NKJV — And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for this reminder. Thank You that You see every part of me and You are daily teaching me, guiding me, renewing me. Thank You for walking with me through this journey and showing me so much. Lord, thank You for Your faithfulness. Thank You for Your answers to prayer. Thank You for Your righteousness and goodness. Thank You that I need never be afraid of the enemy and the lies, because Your Word is truth and I can find forgiveness, healing, and salvation. Thank You, Jesus for all Your wonderous blessings! I love You. Amen.

Exaggerated

This wasn’t what I was expecting.

(Jan and John have been cooking amazing meals three times a day!)

Of course I really didn’t know what to expect.

Yet this past week of living with friends has been so full.

The sweet people all around me have been more than kind, they’ve been incredible!

(The people where I’m staying, at work, my family, my friends… it’s been incredible.)

And I’m really overwhelmed by all of it.

Yet with all the things which have happened I realized four days ago my perspective is off.

I’ve been so thankful for everything and everyone, but each day I seem to miss my family with an increased longing.

I hadn’t realized what was happening in my heart till my words betrayed me.

I exaggerated.

I’d been sharing with a co-worker the adventure of our current living status.

“It’s been 3 weeks since I’ve lived at home. I miss my family. ”

They were so kind and offered their sympathy.

Yet, their words weren’t what came to mind later.

It was mine that stung my memory.

I was wrong.

When I’d said 3 weeks.

I hadn’t meant to tell it wrong.

Some how my brain had taken the two weeks it has been and stretched them to three.

Isn’t it funny how our emotions can warp our perspective?

I’ve not had the opportunity to correct my words with my co-worker, but I have had time to repent of my perspective.

After all the dear kind things people have done for me these two weeks in my heart I’d simply been looking at what was lacking.

I hadn’t even realized it.

Scripture is so true!

“Now godliness with contentment is great gain.” 1 Timothy 6:6

I failed to be content with my circumstances.

After all the Lord has abundantly provided for all my needs.

He has ordered all my steps.

Why focus on what is lacking?

Frankly, it’s easy.

It’s easier to feel sorrowful over the things which are missing than joyful over the ones we have.

So as I walk into another week, I’m asking the Lord to help me focus on the things He’s prepared while being content to wait for the ones He is preparing.

Tea time with the Lord

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Recently,
I was enjoying a cup of tea,
while reading my Bible
and came across a scripture which puzzled me.

So I stopped to reflect.

“When the morning dawned, the angels urged Lot to hurry…And while he lingered, the men took hold of his hand,  his wife’s hand, and the hands of his two daughters,  the Lord being merciful to him, and they brought him out and set him outside the city. So when it came to pass,  when they had brought them outside,  that he said,  ‘Escape for your life! Do not look behind you nor stay anywhere in the plain. Escape to the mountains lest you be destroyed.’ ”
Gen. 19:15a, 16-17

The story goes on to tell how Lot stood there an argued with the angel to spare the city of Zoar because he  was afraid to go to the mountains. He even said, “I cannot escape to the mountains, lest some evil overtake me and I die.”

The angel agrees and Lot and his family make it to Zoar. When they do judgment comes in the form of brimstone and fire to every other city in the area but not Zoar as the angel promised.

For some reason, Lot’s wife looked back and turned into a pillar of salt. Yet the story continues. Lot becomes even more afraid and flees to the mountains, the very place he refused to go in the first place.

I understand being afraid.

What puzzled me was his inconsistent choices.

First, he refused to obey despite the fact these very angels had saved him previously from an angry mob by striking them with blindness.

Then he sees the consequences of his wife’s disobedience to their direct warning to not look back.

Yet he flees for his life from the refuge of his own choosing.

It is obvious he was running, scared blind.

What was blinding him?

The Lord answered,
“His perspective was off. He couldn’t see that which had been done just to preserve his life, he kept making choices based on emotion.”

–Sigh–

I did the exact thing this week.

One problem after another I simply ran to “fix” but all my effort was in vain for I would get to the problem and find God had already answered.

My running had caused nothing but stress and frustration.

My perspective was off.

Praise the Lord,
I finally noticed as I was relating the troubles to one of our teachers.

“I have been running around like crazy, when I should have been saying,  ‘Wow, this is a problem, I wonder what God is going to do through it?'”

Since my cup of tea with the Lord,
I have been praying
for perspective.

I don’t want to choose out of emotion,
I want to follow God’s direction.