It is well with my soul...
Do you do the same as me? Since beginning to blog, I notice so many more things in my day that I start turning into a post in my mind-running through it, analyzing it, chuckling with myself about something (at least I'm not having a full blown out conversation with myself! )
Well, with this said, I have so many posts running through my mind, I can't seem to narrow them down, thus making it into a bigger deal than it is (after all, it really is just rambling sometimes) and voila-what do I write? NADA! This is that ridiculous perfectionist attitude coming out-all or nothing, and sadly most of the time it ends up being nothing. Yes, the Lord is working on this area of my life (among the many other areas!)
Alright, so what am I writing about today...seasons I suppose and trust. Trust in the faith I have. Trust in my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Trust that I can hear His voice. Trust that if I mess up, He will forgive me and use it for His glory. Trust that I can do it. Trust that He really does care about my worries, short comings, flaws and insecurities. Trust that it will work out, even if it doesn't work out the way I have planned. Just trust.
Many are the plans in a man's heart, but it is the LORD's purpose that prevails.
And there is nothing in particular that brings these thoughts, just seasons. Times when I feel He is stirring and cleansing, healing, bringing things to the surface to cleanse away, to show His goodness in comparison to what was not good in the "former life." When I was dead in sin, a life I lived without hope, searching for fulfillment and peace not knowing it was Him I needed. But He came, with His grace, His love, His mercy and rescued me- a lost soul, sinful, broken, angry, scared and foolish me. He laid His life down on a cross, shattered and torn skin, blood shed for someone like me. Someone who didn't know, who spoke foolishness, someone who searched in all the other places and mocked the Truth...because I didn't know. He still came for me, because He loved and loves me. He still embraced the foolish girl who didn't know the love of a Father so great, so mighty, abounding in an endless grace and passion for His creation. And with mercy, He embraced this broken spirit and brought me into His family, back to where I should have always been, but had to choose. Humbly, I sit and write these words, humbled by a love that surpasses all human emotion and nature, a love that is free from the depths of sin, a love that can only be from our Savior, a true and holy love. I can't even wrap my mind around these thoughts, but He has given me a glimpse into His goodness, that I may know Him...that you may know Him. Our heavenly Father is precious, worthy of our praise. For He loves us, not because we loved Him, but because He loved us first.
This is what the LORD says: "Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest
for your souls.
It is well with my soul...
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.
Is He good! He is good always, always, always! Find rest in your souls with Him, spend the time with Him in His word, learning, knowing your precious Creator, Father, Friend, Comforter, Savior. Find who you are in Him, you are precious to Him.
For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb.
Psalm 19:9-11 (New International Version)
9 The fear of the LORD is pure,
The ordinances of the LORD are sure
and altogether righteous.
10 They are more precious than gold,
than much pure gold;
they are sweeter than honey,
than honey from the comb.
11 By them is your servant warned;
in keeping them there is great reward.
Bless you sweet friends, praying for and with you, know you are loved by our most Awesome and loving God. Jesus came and died on the cross, His blood shed for your sins and He was resurrected 3 days later, defeating death, that you might be reconciled back to your heavenly Father, and with your faith and repentance, you receive the gift of eternal salvation offered wholly and completely through the grace of the Lord. This is a priceless gift, have you accepted it, for He stands, knocking at your door. Will you let Him in and begin to live? Truly live-a life filled with hope, freedom and healing and the promise of eternity with Him, with the unconditional love of a perfect heavenly Father. He is good always, rest in Him...
a gentle reminder...