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Monday, May 20, 2013

Reaching for a Dream (and changing my heart!)

     I have been absent from my blog for many weeks now but my mind and heart have always been here.  I've been in a constant state of asking God to help me prepare a new post directed solely at wives and women who think they may one day marry.  It will be a counter-part to the post Do You Have A Tarnished Crown? which was directly solely at husbands and received so well.  The post has been burning in my heart but I feel it is so vitally important so I refuse to rush it.

     In the meantime I've been reaching for a dream.  Growing up I always wanted to go to Bible College but I "supposedly" wasn't college material.  My parents also were not exactly going to send me.  So I hid that little dream back in the recesses of my heart and went on with life.  Well, 8 weeks ago I started.  I'm currently working towards an AA in Religion and carrying a 4.0 GPA. (sweet! and not easy!)  I don't know how far I want to go with this degree or maybe I should say, I don't know how far beyond an AA I will go at this time.  All I do know is that these last 8 weeks have been amazing.  I've had an opportunity to study the word of God in a way I've always wanted to and the word of God has come so much more alive in me.

     One of the little tidbits that has stuck in my heart for the last few weeks is a reflection back onto God's people (the Israelite's) and their constant failure to hold onto God.  When God brought them out of Egypt it is reflective of God's gift of salvation to us.  The giving of The Law is reflective of God's daily revealing to us of needed changes in our life.  The hardships they dealt with while in the wilderness are indicative of our struggles and the consequences of our disobedience to God.  The trip by the 12 spies into the promised land reveals our fight between faith and doubt.  


Can I really do what God has called me to do?  
Will God really take care of me?

  
There are always going to be more voices 
telling you the answer is:

 NO!  


You are not called to do that!  
God isn't with you!
  
You're not anointed!  
What would make you think you were?
  
The issues and problems are bigger than you and NOBODY can do anything about them.  


     The Israelite's continually fell into failure because they would not totally let go of the "gods" they worshiped before God brought them out of Egypt.  Is there anything in your life that you won't let go of?  Are there stragglers, left overs from before God saved you that you just can't seem to let go of?  In the New Testament Paul tells us that what we read in the Old Testament is there for us as an example.  It's not an example to follow.  It's an example to learn from and not fall into the same traps.  Christ walked in flesh and took his last breath, dying and being resurrected so that we could live a life of abundance in him.  He gave us the power to walk with Him in newness of life.  He gave us a way of escape from EVERY temptation.  We chose not to take his way of escape and then want to say it was IMPOSSIBLE not to fall.  


Truth is we don't trust God like we say we do. 


God, forgive us.  Forgive us for making excuses and not taking responsibility for what we've chosen to do and be.

Forgive us for acting like you are just as frail as we are.  Forgive us for not taking the time to get to know you, to truly know you.

Lord, forgive us for not really trusting you.  Teach us to really come to you as little children in absolute faith that Daddy God will do just what he says He will do.

Teach us to trust your love and emulate it.  Change our hearts Lord.  In Jesus name, AMEN.

2 awesome comments:

  1. Praise God!!! He has recently fulfilled some (not all) of my dreams and long awaited desires and I am in awe of how He did it, when He did it and who He has used to bring it to pass. Your message was inspiring and reminds me that I need to truly trust Him as He has never failed me. ~

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  2. God truly is amazing! This is your time to be reminded that he hasn't forgotten you!

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