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Not knowing where we're headed is driving me crazy, it's a short drive but crazy bound none the less. In keeping with the "Be Still and know that I am God" lifestyle I spend a lot of time thinking, praying and meditating. I also listen to a lot of music. Two things have popped out to me in the last week or so that have been on my mind as I pray and meditate.
First, last week I came across the verses Luke 11:9-13 "And so I tell you, keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened. You fathers, if your children ask for a fish do you give them a snake instead? Or, if they ask for an egg, do you give them a scorpion? Of course not! So, if you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him."
|My Belief: take something meaningful and reinforce it with art, this is my attempt.|
I remember having the thought while reading this that God was saying to me, dont stop coming to me for this need or want of yours. Keep asking. I sometimes feel like God has to grow weary of me saying, "God please. . . " That's usually all the words I can seem to find, God knows my heart, and He knows how often I have begged and pleaded over and over again for the same thing. I just assume He must be thinking, enough already. But after reading these verses I felt a reassurance. God wants to know our desires. Just like a parent wants to know the desires of their child's heart, God wants to hear my hearts desires as well.
Another thing that overcame me with this verse it the idea of not giving up. I said to many people after my miscarriage, this road would be easier if I could find away to give up this need, this want. I thought if I could just get over it and stop chasing it, my heart would stop breaking too. I cannot believe God would give me such a strong desire only to deny me of it forever. But I was still in the mind frame of figuring out how to not want to be a mommy anymore when I read this. God spoke right to my heart at that moment and said Mandy, don't give up! Keep seeking, Keep knocking! I am your father and I will give you the desires you have. I love you like a father! **Deep sigh, comfort**
yeah, that is good to know.
So, I guess the trick is to not fall prey to the deceiver when he tells you, 'God is being unfair. He doesn't care about you. He doesn't love you. You're a screw up and God will not bless your life with a child because of that.' Stupid, dang, dishonest, slimy, son of a gun, good for nothing devil! I HATE him. He is so slimy you don't even know you have fallen prey to him. You have thoughts and then you start to believe those thoughts and then if your lucky, you realize those are lies, whispered to you in a dark moment, a seed planted deep in your mind that starts to grow. Stupid, stupid, stupid devil!
I must remember, 'keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you.' These words are the weed killer to the awful stuff the devil in planting in my mind!
This brings me to my second revelation of the week. As I have said before, I am a music lover. I find it soothes the soul in troubled times, brings joy to your heart in the happy times but it is also very thought provoking. I love lyrics. Being a music lover and finding the best kind of worship is with fellow believes bellowing out songs of praise, Church Choir is a really good fit for me. I have not been too sing-y inclined the last few months but choir started up again at church and last week was the first practice I went to. We sang a song in church this week that is packed full of affirming, glorifying, uplifting lyrics that totally touch my heart. I could hardly sing it in practice and when it came time to sing it on Sunday, well I cried in both services I sang in all through the song, smack dab in the middle of the front row. Embarrassing yes, but when you are worshiping God it doesn't matter, right? The spirit was moving, and I was overtaken but the hope filled, strength giving song. Listen to it and you'll see what I mean.
Honestly, I could write a few blogs covering the lyrics of this song, and all the things it makes me thankful for, hopeful for and secure in, but I will do my best to keep it short here. The part that means the most to me, because it reminds me of all this is: "Oh my God, He will not delay, My refuge and strength always. I will not fear, his promise is true, My God will come through always, ALWAY." While I may think He is being quiet and even absent at times the truth and promise is that He is my refuge and strength, and He will ALWAYS ALWAYS come through. So, in times such as these I remind myself "I life my eyes up, my help comes from the Lord." ALWAYS!!!!.
Like a child, dependent on my father to provide my needs, I rest (most of the time anyway) in knowing My God will come through.
Thanks again to the ladies of Iron Women of The World for letting me join in their blog hop today!
oh and a silly side note, I really need to start learning how to type the apostrophe into the word DON'T. It highlights it with spell check and then when I try to auto correct it, it always suggests the word - donut! I get a strong craving for donuts every time I post a blog. I have to go now and type DON'T 100 times on the screen to teach myself a lesson. . . .Or, maybe find a donut and some coffee instead. . .yeah, that sounds more like me!
Happy Day to you all!