Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Holidays! However you choose to celebrate, I wish you peace and rest in this Holiday Season. I know it is a busy time for all of us. With the shopping, the presents, the tree, the family gatherings – it can become a bit overwhelming. Especially if you are walking through a storm at the moment.
Let’s stop, take a breath, and rest in the arms of our Savior this season. It only takes a moment to refocus our minds on things from above and find the rest we so desperately need. Jesus came to be with us here on planet Earth. After He died He released the Holy Spirit to live in us. Christ in us – the hope of glory. Emmanuel – God is with us!
So all this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying: “Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which is translated, “God with us.” – Matthew 1:22-23
The more hectic my day gets, the more I need to rest in God’s arms. I read His word. I meditate on it. I stop and listen and pray. I choose to trust God. He has this. He said He would make all things work together for good. God promised never to leave or forsake us. God is with us! Rejoice!
“Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’” – Isaiah 41:10
I pray that you may enjoy each day of this Holiday season and rest in God’s love and mercy and grace. May you be filled with His Holy Spirit and overflow with joy this Holiday Season, in Jesus Name!
I have known 5 people who passed from this life and into the next over the past few months. It’s humbling. We always think we have more time here on planet Earth. I am learning how to let go of the negative people in my life and not to sweat the small stuff. It hasn’t been easy. It’s not a natural thing either, that’s for sure.
I had a disagreement with my boss this past week. I feel what she did was wrong. She doesn’t think so. I haven’t pursued it. I bit my tongue and didn’t say anything. But it affected me. I woke up at 4 AM four times is past week after having dreams I was fighting with her. It’s exhausting. At this point, it really doesn’t matter who was right and who wasn’t. It’s not a contest. I guess there will always be times that workers and management do not see eye to eye.
Then I had to ask myself:
“How important is it Diana?”
“Will it really matter a year from now?” No.
“Does her option of me define me?” No.
“Does she want to help me succeed?” No.
“Do I have to let her opinion affect me?” No.
I read this great story on a blog that helped me put it in perspective. It was a Buddha story, so don’t get all freaked out ok?
Buddha was well known for his ability to respond to evil with good. There was a man who knew about his reputation and he traveled miles and miles and miles to test Buddha. When he arrived and stood before Buddha, he verbally abused him constantly; he insulted him; he challenged him; he did everything he could to offend Buddha.
Buddha was unmoved, he simply turned to the man and said, “May I ask you a question?”
The man responded with, “Well, what?”
Buddha said, “If someone offers you a gift and you decline to accept it, to whom then does it belong?”
The man said, “Then it belongs to the person who offered it.”
Buddha smiled, “That is correct. So if I decline to accept your abuse, does it not then still belong to you?”
I don’t have to attend every argument I am invited to.
I don’t have to let the negativity of others in.
I can agree to disagree.
It’s a job, not who I am.
I don’t have to prove myself to everyone. I can just be me.
I can accept that not everyone will agree with me or even like me, that’s ok. We are each entitled to our own thoughts and opinions. Life would be boring if we were all the same.
God knows and God sees. He knows the truth. I can be free from the opinion of others. I can choose to trust Him to deal with the ‘sandpaper people in my life.
We all reap what we sow. I’m gonna plant my own seeds and take care of my own garden. I want good fruit, fruit that will last. I’ll plant kindness and peace, and hope.
God will repay her for her false accusations. I don’t have to.
I’ll pray for her. God says to pray for those who persecute you. Do I want to? No. But I know the only way I will be free of this is if I let go of it and let God take care of it. I trust God. He is faithful. He is true.
I’m going to refocus on the things I am grateful for, not the things I am not. If you have ever used a magnifying glass you know it magnifies what you look at. I am going to magnify the good things, not the bad.
Have you ever been interrupted? Working on something you love and then bang – something comes up and you have to pause a moment. Life happens.
I wonder how God feels when we try to finish what He started in us?
Recently I am learning to stop, pray, and trust God.
I’ll admit it, sometimes I try to finish what God started in me.
He is the Author and Finisher of my faith.
He loves us – faults and all.
Everything that is not done yet is finished in Jesus.
He is our beginning and our ending.
The Alpha and the Omega.
It is finished – Hallelujah!!
“being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 1:6 NIV
“Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” – Hebrews 12:1-2 NKJV
I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.” Revelation 1:8 KJV
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Because faith is what happens when the rant is over; it shows up when the rage is openly drained; it’s the supernatural answer that comes when the sadness flows freely. In the fatigue of our grieving, God answers, “I’m here. I’m still here. I’ve always been here, and I’ll never leave you.”
After the rant
Jonah got out of the whale and went to Nineveh
Jacob quit fighting God and got a new name
Job had his life restored.
Paul got his sight back and went to preach and write most of the New Testament
Peter got off the boat and preached the sermon of sermons in Acts
You know, sometimes I rant out loud and argue with God. I have been doing that for the last few days. And other times I sit in silence and rant on the inside. There are days I feel like I am screaming on the inside. I used to bury all those feelings and be afraid to express anything. Not a healthy way to live that’s for sure. It made me sick for many years, all that bottling things up. That has changed, thank you Lord. I’m ok having feelings today. And I can talk to God about how I feel without feeling like I am condemned. I rant, I argue, I cry. And then we talk.
I have to admit, sometimes I just do not know why God does what he does, and why He allows things that I don’t understand. I don’t have all the answers. I don’t even know all the questions. Why do I try and figure God out? Like He is a normal person or something. Sometimes I am so familiar, or so I think, with God that I put Him in a box and expect him to do what I think. Guess I have control issues. I know I have trust issues. Just being honest.
But you know what – I’m not God. I don’t have everything figured out. Sometimes I really don’t know what to do. Sometimes I think I just need to let go and let Him be God. Not like I have any say in it, I mean really – he is God all by Himself. I can’t believe I have been so selfish. Forgive me Lord. Today, I’ll stop trying to tell you what to do and how to do it. Today, I choose to trust You.
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” (Isaiah 55:8-9 NIV
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God will give you what you need, when you need it. I have a funny story to share with you. My husband Bob and I have our own IT Business, InnovativeTeks. For the last two years, since my leg broke, he has been the one driving all around doing all these jobs for different businesses while I have been in PT and recovery mode. What a man of God. He trusts God to provide work each and every day and is flexible enough to not lose it when things change.
So, yesterday was Monday – yeah a real Monday. He had 3 jobs over towards Milwaukee – which is over an hour from our little country home. We have a Toyota Camry for our work car, and he has a fold up ladder and his tools in the trunk – usually. But remember, this was Monday. The day before, because we play together at church, he had taken out his tools and the ladder and put them in our shed to fit the guitar and music bag, and of course the kids. (No we didn’t put them in the trunk!)
Anyway, he gets to Milwaukee and sends me this picture: His text says, “Oh boy, weeeee…”. This is a $15,000 Server that has been down with 16 Hard Drives inside. My response, “May God give you favor!”. Then he goes to the trunk – no tools. Great. God speaks to his heart, “Everything you need is already here.”
So Bob digs in the trunk and finds a screwdriver and a pen. And goes into this big business, who shall remain unnamed, with a screwdriver and a pen. After talking to the Manager he finds out the device has been down for over a month. It was new and it has never worked. They have had multiple people there who make well over $100,000/year trying to fix it. So Bob prays, “Lord, show me.” The system did not see all the hard drives – even though they were already there.
Long story short, God gave him wisdom. It was a script error. There was nothing wrong with the motherboard or the computer. It had everything it needed, but the script did not “see” all the hard drives. Bob did what he does with God’s wisdom, and changed the script. And he fixed it – with a screwdriver and a pen!
It makes me wonder – We already have the Holy Spirit – the power of God inside of us.
How many of us have hidden hard drives?
The script for our lives has been rewritten with the Blood of Jesus.
Everything we already need is in us.
Let’s stop running the old script – we are restored – by the Blood of Jesus – all it took was a screwdriver and a pen!
For many of us, winter is blooming into spring, or fall hardening into winter. Which season do you most look forward to?
I would have to say my favorite season is Spring. I love new life! I love seeing the seeds grow into plants, blossom and grow – kind of like us. When we are planted with the Word of God, it does things “underground” for a while, and then one day, it breaks through the Earth and starts to grow. I see my walk like that. I don’t always know what is growing underneath the surface, but I trust God to work it out for my good.
I wrote this song after I broke my leg last year; my season changed in a day! It was the day after my birthday and my husband and I were doing a cabling job at a large Resort. I was on the ladder when it twisted and broke. My head hit the wall, and I was knocked out for a moment. That was God’s way of protecting me, I didn’t feel or hear anything when I hit the ground with my leg still caught in between the steps of the ladder. I came to and things didn’t look so good. Let’s just say my left foot was sideways.
Long story short, I am now part Bionic Woman, I have a rod that was put into my lower left leg. I happened to break both of the bones there, yipee! I was in a wheelchair for about a month or two, then crutches, then a cane, lots of Dr. visits, exercises, etc. It was a time that I slowed down, I had to, I didn’t have a choice. Everything changed, in a moment. Not only physically, but mentally too for me. I learned during my season of rest, that I was ‘doing’ a lot of things, but I was not peaceful. In this season I learned to just ‘be’. I learned how to live in my own skin, again. To accept the good, the bad, and the ugly. To treasure the moment instead of always trying to figure out “Why?”. And I learned to cherish those around me.
Today, I can walk, sometimes I limp a little, and I can really feel it when it’s cold out. But I can walk, thank you Jesus. I learned to lean on others during this time, that was hard for me. I always liked to do things for myself. I had to LET people help me, especially my husband. He was such a trooper, that man deserves a medal! I learned how to sit down for a while, and learn to receive. If I couldn’t accept help from someone other than myself, how could I accept anything from God? I learned how to trust again during this season.
So, if you still feel like it is Winter, if your season suddenly changed overnight, just hold on:
things will change – God promised.
I had to learn to trust God, again.
Good came out of it, what the Devil meant for evil, God used for good.