I wanted to give a bit of an update first. In the past month of stepping out and making real plans of our big move to Colorado, it has been full…full of excitement, joy, tears, struggles, and rising strength in the One who has called us.
So a couple of weeks ago we heard from Rick’s work that they were cutting costs & jobs. We didn’t know about his job and if and when he could keep it as we make this move. The bad news was he was being let go. The good news was it wasn’t going to be until the end of the year with a severance and we could move to Colorado anytime. We prayed for favor and that’s what it was because we heard about other employees who had also been cut but had to leave that day. Yay God!
With all the plans (garage sale, house for sale, packing) starting, I found myself anxious and short fused. I seem to not get these clues until too late so instead of taking these can to Daddy God, I noticed becoming more tense and saw more fighting happening with the kids and with the big kids aka the adults (not sure if that was my fault…😉probably was). I knew from the Word (Ephesians 6) that these were attacks, especially when I was becoming overwhelmed, depressed and claiming I was not moving to Colorado! (I can be a bit dramatic, not that I’m proud of that😏). Wish I could tell ya I became full of the Spirit & stood against that strife but I just struggled a bit with it. Then one night, I woke up and had some good time receiving from Father God. Here’s my late night journaling…
“For the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel has said this, in returning (to Me) and rest, you shall be saved, in quietness and confident trust is your strength,…” Isaiah 30:14.
Isn’t He a good Daddy God. In this chapter of Isaiah, God is warning them against relying on themselves and not Him, so this is a good example of what not to do since they didn’t listen. But to just give ya more of a taste of what a loving, gracious God we have, here’s the next part of the chapter:
“Therefore the Lord waits expectantly and longs to be gracious to you, And therefore He waits on high to have compassion on you. For the Lord is a God of justice; Blessed happy, fortunate are all those who long for Him since He will never fail them.” Isaiah 30:18
So good news, you make a mistake or even a big one like the Israelites, He can’t wait to be gracious to you. Just turn & look to Him (my definition of repent-change your mind & believe what He says to be true). God really wants to be your everything, to be who you look to, rely on, lean on, depend on. Hebrews 4:3, Psalm 37:3-5, John 14:1; 😋okay I’ll write out these verses:
Hebrews 4:3 For we who have believed (adhered to and trusted in and relied on God) do enter that rest, [a]in accordance with His declaration that those [who did not believe] should not enter when He said, As I swore in My wrath, They shall not enter My rest; and this He said although [His] works had been completed and prepared [and waiting for all who would believe] from the foundation of the world.
Psalm 37:3-5 Trust (lean on, rely on, and be confident) in the Lord and do good; so shall you dwell in the land and feed surely on His faithfulness, and truly you shall be fed. Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He will give you the desires and secret petitions of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord [roll and repose each care of your load on Him]; trust (lean on, rely on, and be confident) also in Him and He will bring it to pass.
John 14:1 Do not let your hearts be troubled (distressed, agitated). You believe in and adhere to and trust in and rely on God; believe in and adhere to and trust in and rely also on Me.
I’ll end with a link to a beautiful song that relates.
Be encouraged, be blessed, there’s a great God who loves you and wants to spend time with you & carry any care you’re hanging on to.