Turns out… we all have grown!!
It is Easter time. Easter, as a Christian, is often about sharing the incredible life and victory gained through Jesus death and that invitation to those who do not know Jesus personally.
But this blog post is not about that.
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I am still here resting in God.
Even though I can hear the doubt at times… “Shouldn’t you already …?” “Should you not have been able to… by now?” … Shoulds, if only I woulds and the oughts of doubt are plaguing me these days!! Waiting is hard, y’all! It is hard!!!
Tension between the “now theology” and the “is to come reality” is a good tension to be in. Because that is where we come in. We, the church, are the connecting part between heaven and earth. This tension creates within us a pressure that needs to be released.
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There is a quote by Eugene Cho that says: “Everyone loves the idea of reconciliation… UNTIL it involves truth telling, confessing, repenting, dismantling, forgiving and peacemaking.”
To make way is to reciprocate love received from God!
Today I am so glad that I get to share with you a few thoughts on Making Way. It is Sam here – Carina’s husband. I hope you enjoy.
Let me start by running through a story.
Today we will talk about the strategicpart of “making way”. And I am very excited about this, because I like plans. I like for something to have a beginning and an end, I like movement and for things to be as smooth as can be.
I believe with all of my heart that God is the way, is making way and will make way, even where there seems to be no way. And I have doubted this at times as I was learning more about the reality of this in my life. But as each year passes and I look back I see God making way for me, my family and others where there seemed to be NO way, not financially, not medically, not relationally nor any other way.
You are made to thrive.
That is what I receive for myself this year as a direct truth into my heart and I hope you hear it too.
We are made to thrive!
In the busyness of life, many of us have to let go of the promises of God.
We still believe them but we have stopped actively persuing them. – Graham Cooke
As I read this statement the other day I felt relief. Relief because the one or the other promise had to be benched while the busyness of my life competed with centre stage.
A situation at home with one of my sons caused me to have to think about the example I set for them. He was experiencing the consequences of speaking up and not being received well! The apple does not fall far from the tree! And I was hurting for Him, because I could see why he had done it, what he could have done better and the painful situation he was now faced with! Really I wanted to storm in and sort it out for him. But apparently, that is not good parenting! So I prayed and pondered as I listened to Him
When is it right to speak up and when is it ok to be silent about an injustice?
Not one of us is made to go at it alone! Life is to be lived in relationships. And yet, there are times when God is asking us to dare to say or do something personally, that he might not ask anyone else to do. It can feel like you have to walk away from everything that you have known, in pursuit of conviction and obedience, and you have to do it alone. It is your journey alone. Not somebody else’s.
Before something new can start, something old needs to finish. Duh! Makes sense right?
Only thing is it isn’t all as seemingly smooth as we think. In between the new and the old there might be a waiting period.
Waiting, though annoying at times, has an important purpose I think.
I read this blog the other day from David Martin, author of over 40 books, on his Blog page Indie Author, and I loved the following quote: … And all the time, the most potent, …
I used to believe that the level of true spirituality and Christian maturity was measured by how well you can control yourself. How perfect you can be! Oh gosh, those days when I had an answer for everything and everyone! That notion is long gone – thankfully! Yuk!
I now know that true spirituality has something to do with vulnerability and taking the quick turns to God and sometimes others to unburden and humble oneself.
It is a courageous thing for the broken heart to open up!
Somehow praying in tongues opens up revelation, insight, vision. It is like we can connect with heaven to receive all that we need to experience and know out of an encounter with God.
I know Christians are divided on this practise and people outside the church must think it is absolutely crazy. And I understand why to an extent.
To me though it remains one of the most amazing gifts I have received since Jesus showed up.
Jesus is the foundation upon which the ecclesia (= the chosen or elected ones) shall be built… not us!!
Life sometimes makes no sense. Christian or atheist alike! Over the years I have learned not to panic so much about it! Not soooo much! *wink*
And yet the reality is that Jesus is gone and sometimes I need Jesus here. Now.Not one day!
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