Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Just when you have had it.....

I "ran across" this devo today from Proverbs 31 director Lisa Tuerkhurst. It is JUST what I needed to hear today. Sometimes it is REALLY HARD to do the right thing and we don't WANT to do it.....but we put our trust in the Lord for HE is right and He will give me (us) strength. I believe that because I have experienced it......daily

"Sow for yourselves righteousness, reap the fruit of unfailing love, and break up your unplowed ground; for it is time to seek the Lord…” Hosea 10:12.

Sow for yourselves righteousness…In other words, sow into your life righteousness- right choices that honor God. Make these choices. Choose to honor Him in the midst of it all. Even when you are dishonored, honor Him still.

Reap the fruit of unfailing love…There will be fruit in the midst of every choice that honors God. It will be the fruit of God’s unfailing love. Remember, Romans 8 teaches us that nothing shall separate us from the love of God. Yet, that is Satan’s great tactic to get you entangled in little things that make you forget God’s unfailing love. Or worse yet, doubt His unfailing love.

Resist the distracting entanglement by honoring God with this choice you are faced with right now.

Break up your unplowed ground…Don’t resist the blessing of brokenness that tills the ground of your heart. Breaking up the unplowed ground of your heart will make it ready for new life- new growth- new maturity in you.

For it is time to seek the Lord…Seek God like never before. And part of seeking Him is allowing for grace space in your life. Grant God’s grace some space in your mind, your heart, your life. When circumstances of life leave you dry, see this emptiness as an opportunity. Instead of reacting out of emptiness, choose to see that this emptiness is the perfect spot for a space of grace in your life.

As you give grace to those who don’t deserve it, the mercy jars of heaven will lavish it back on you.

“… for it is time to seek the Lord, until he comes and showers righteousness on you,” Hosea 10:12.

The showers…We grow. We are able to make more right choices that honor Him. We start to look at life and people, and annoying circumstances differently. And we even dare to whisper thank you when the need for grace spaces comes again and again.

What grace space have you found lately?

Thursday, February 3, 2011


That is the best way I can describe the way I have felt the last hmmm.....say 5 months. The first two months here in NC were just a sobbing blur. I was sad and then I got mad and then I decided to deal......and deal I have. WITH. A LOT. OF. JUNK!! The heart kinda junk. The deep soul searching kinda junk.
I have been pruned, wrung out, and am now breathing deeply again and thanking God for taking me to it, through it, and allowing me to emerge on the other side changed. PTL!
Thank you especially to the ones who have prayed me through it.
I have been trying to think of the correct words to tell my bloggy friends about what has been going on in my heart and head. Raw is the best word I could come up with.
My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever! Psalm 73:26 Amen!!