Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In everything give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. Quench not the Spirit.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-19 (KJ21)
With everything that's been going on, it's not surprising that I forgot, but reading something my favorite muse posted a couple days back helped jog my memory…HAPPY 2nd BIRTHDAY, BLOG BABY! Two years ago I felt a calling to write, and two years later I've shared things God has laid things on my heart (and in my head) and. My buddy said,
Everyday...sometimes every minute, you're one step closer to recognizing the YOU that GOD has already seen in YOU.
In all things give thanks.
Quench not the Spirit.
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I didn't have any notion I had this in me, but of course, God did. I didn't know what would happen when I began writing, except that it felt right, and felt easy. I didn't know how much I'd be challenged to grow in The Word, to go deeper, to comprehend surrender and release in ways I would never otherwise have experienced. I didn't know that I had this much depth for Faith, and that the more I sought Him, the more I'd find (except that I should have…)
Paul's first epistle to the Thessalonians is the kind of advice or encouragement I'd have wanted someone to give me when I began writing. It even honors the KISS principle (Keep It Simple, Sugah) in that it gets straight to the point. Rejoice (all the time, because there's always a blessing in there…) Pray (all the time, because there is always a blessing for which we should be deeply grateful). In everything give thanks (see the previous sentence). Quench not the Spirit (because who wouldn't want a deeper immersion in the Holy Spirit?)
Thank You Lord, for the gift of fellowship with You. I look forward to my morning prayer walks with the dog because I know I find You there. I anticipate runs because the stronger I get, the more time I indulge in one-on-one time with You Thank You Lord for the place You've given me to hide within You. I thought I knew You, but I've grown closer. I've pressed in until there is no space between You and I, and Lord, I love it there. I remember the moment I evolved, from just acknowledging your goodness to declaring that You were in control.
It's been two years of growth, two years of learning, two years to acknowledge that for all I know, for all I think I know, there is so much out there to be mastered. That said, every day, sometimes every minute, I am one step close to seeing what My Father in Heaven has already seen in me…Lord, I trust You; You are in control, and I'm gratefully enjoying the view. You have indulged me this sacred space with You, and I have come to appreciate that I am repeatedly broken…
We don't break once. We offer ourselves continually, as living sacrifices. So, coming to the realization that I had to be broken again to go deeper, to learn something new both about myself and about the Will of God means only that I am on my way. I am not done. I'm growing again. I'm broken again. Brokenness is the point at which I meet God. AGAIN. God broke something new in me, and I'm thankful. Because though I am broken again, He did not build us to break beyond His restoring Grace. And He never meant for us to go it alone. So, when you think He's given you enough strength to get through your next trial, think again. You've never gone it alone, and you never will.
Next stop? The book (if it is Your Will, Lord). Next challenge? To stay more open. Next year? Commit to coming ever closer not to the vision I have for myself, but THE VISION HE HAS FOR ME. Why? Because this is Your space, Lord, I simply come to dwell.
Happy 2nd Birthday, Blog Baby, and thank you.
On Sundays, I fellowship with the crew at Spiritual Sundays and with Deirdra at the Sunday Community