Thank you for joining me in my series 31 Days of Finding God. Each day I am going to use a prompt from Kate and incorporate that into how I am finding God in my everyday!
Today’s prompt is Enjoy!
I haven’t taken for granted a single second this weekend and I have enjoyed every moment.
From the divine appointments with women who are chasing their God-sized dreams to hearing Annie Downs talk about pouring into our youth, I have scribbled notes feverishly so that I don’t miss a thing and prayed bold prayers with strangers.
Each moment is one that I want to capture like a picture in my mind. Each laughter-filled conversation and God-inspired message is something that I don’t want to forget.
These moments are gifts.
I have been blessed with a tribe of women that pour into my life. Spending time with some of them for a few days is truly life-giving.
But it is easy to love well and celebrate when laughter surrounds you, isn’t it?
What about those times when life hurts deep and the pain you feel is crushing you?
The keynote for tonight, Tim Willard, talked about discovering the hope of Glory.
One of the most profound things he shared was this….“No matter how you are being ripped apart you have the most dynamic story to tell – the Gospel.”
I was sharing with Delonna before dinner that when my husband and I went through that period of unemployment, I was lost. Like, deep dark depressive, kind of lost. I couldn’t believe that God “allowed” another black cloud in our family.
I was certain that He was punishing us for making the choice to move to Minnesota, even though the decision was made with much prayer over a long time. Somehow I must have heard Him wrong and now we had to live with the consequences.
Tim asked us that “when we are at that place where we are ripped to shreds, what do we rely on?”
Ashamed, I come to you and admit that I wasn’t able to see the potential for blessings. I was bitter and angry and lost. I talked about this faith of mine but when the rubber hit the road, I stopped dead in my tracks.
I didn’t find ways to delight in my Savior. I didn’t enjoy what I was going through.
But you know what?
My perspective was so skewed.
My perspective wasn’t a Heavenly one…it was based on my circumstances. Today has been filled with joy and it is easy to enjoy the gifts I see around me.
Tomorrow isn’t promised though, to any of us. There WILL be troubles – we are promised that. Can I come to that place where I can celebrate with my God even when everything around me is falling apart?
It is my prayer that this will be the language of my life.
Tim said we face daily struggles that DEMAND we turn to God. May my posture be one of trust. (<==== Click to Tweet) Of a constant turning towards Him in everything. I believe that if I can do that, and not just talk about it…but truly live it every day, I will be able to fully enjoy every moment that life has to bring.
“Further up and Further In Lord….”
In Him, Kristin