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Memories…

How faithful my God is. I’m looking at the memories Facebook sends me and am amazed at what God has brought me from. Remembering the moments and the feelings surrounding the timeline of some of those picture memories is sometimes difficult. But, the memory also tells me God led me out of a bad situation that came from my own rebellion and choices against His wisdom (and what resulted from those poor decisions against His warnings).

Thinking of the fear, worry, anger, and injustice I felt, and the way I felt like I was crazy half the time, and knowing where He’s brought me is incredible. I haven’t “arrived” for sure, but I can’t see myself ever allowing myself to get back into that situation again.

I can finally look back at those memories without rage and without shaking my fist at God for not rescuing me sooner and for allowing me to go through it. Sometimes our rescuing depends on our willingness to look at the aspects of our circumstances that we are responsible for and requires an honest look at what’s really important. Sometimes we have to come to a place where we realize it’s now or never. Literally.

If you’re searching for wisdom or are in a situation you don’t know how to get out of, pray. God is wisdom. The fear of God is the beginning of wisdom. And He is faithful to give it when asked.

James says, “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask it of the Lord who gives generously and without reproach.” (1v5)

This morning I had a situation (not a big deal) where I needed wisdom for how to handle it. It was such a small thing, but I asked God and He gave the answer right away by having me look at it from a different perspective.

Will it always happen that quickly? Probably not. Remember, “It is the glory of God to conceal a matter, and the honor of kings to search it out.” (Proverbs 25:2)

Sometimes there’s more sacrifice on our part that needs to happen before we can even begin to see the wisdom God is revealing. Sometimes we have to realize sin, see our error, or come to a place of total surrender and brokenness before the blinders can come off.

It took me more than 5 years to finally get out of the situation I was in. I knew I needed help, and there was no way unless God made a way. And how faithful that when I finally got to that moment of now or never He created a way where there was no way. God is a miracle worker in more ways than we give Him credit for. Though I got out of the situation, it still took me almost the same amount of time to realize my part in getting myself in the situation, and my part in continuing the trauma. He has truly done a work to deal with my heart.

I’m not a victim any longer.

I’m free because the Son set me free indeed. And because God dealt with me as His daughter and disciplined me and taught me and showed me my heart as I surrendered more and more to Him in obedience. Again, I’m not “there” yet, and I won’t be until the day I get to stand before Him in full victory and restoration if I continue in Him, but I am free and on my way to wholeness in Him.

And you can have this freedom, too. Trust Him. Ask Him for wisdom. Pray for the fear of the Lord to overtake you so you can move forward. It’s the only way to find true peace and have hope for a real and vibrant, abundant future. If this is all I get for the rest of my life – if where I’m at now is where I’m at (physically, geographically, relationally, emotionally, and mentally) until I get to Him in heaven, I am more than content, more than happy, more than blessed. He has done it all. I want you to have THIS joy, too.

Accept His free gift of salvation today. Give Him a chance to change your life. You won’t be disappointed. He died on the cross for you. For your sins to be forgiven and for your debt to be paid. And He rose again to give you a hope for a future and for eternity.

If you’re like me and have already found this love, this joy, this peace, share it with someone. And take time today to WORSHIP the King who brought you out of slavery, out of darkness and into His glorious light.

Love you guys.

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