TRUTH: Dispelling the Lie

After my second miscarriage, I told my husband I couldn’t ever go through another.  That I would rather never be pregnant than have to go through the heartbreak again. So when I got pregnant in March of 2016, knowing I’d had two miscarriages already, I didn’t let myself get excited.  I didn’t want to start planning anything; I just wanted to go to my ultrasound appointment and see the baby and some sign of life and proper progress.  

 

We made the two hour trip to St. Louis to see an associate of my specialist there.  I’ll spare you the details, but she said something that despite my lack of planning, I hadn’t counted on: that it likely wasn’t a viable pregnancy.  I didn’t dream that would happen to us again.  One miscarriage was fairly common but I felt like two was like lightning striking.  A third seemed like lightning striking the same place twice.  In actuality, 15% of women will experience a miscarriage.  Only 2% will have two miscarriages back-to-back.  Only 1% of women will have 3 or more miscarriages, and at the point where two are diagnosed by a doctor, it is called Recurrent Pregnancy Loss (RPL).  I’m sure a lot of women know a lot more about RPL than I do, and some would argue that a doctor must diagnose three, but I can only tell you what my doctor told me.  

 

At this point we’d been trying to get pregnant for almost 4 years.  Yes, we have been supremely blessed with a beautiful, sweet, intelligent six year old, but all three of us wanted to see our little family grow.  She’s been praying for a baby since she was two years old.  It can be the sweetest and the most heart-wrenching prayer you can hear a two year old pray.  Especially when you’ve miscarried.  At one point we asked her to stop.  We couldn’t take hearing our sweet little girl praying for a baby we weren’t sure God was ever going to give us.  (Just being real with you.)

 

So when the doctor told me that I would likely miscarry (for the third time), I was devastated.  It was horrible.  Even writing this now, I don’t like thinking about the few minutes after she gave us the bad news.  (I’ve started and stopped typing this much of my story about four times in two hours.)  Anyway, I’m pretty sure I moped for a few days.  To be honest, I just couldn’t believe that the Lord would let me go through this again.  

 

I realized then that I could let it harden my heart by listening to the fear, doubt, and confusion from the enemy (Satan), or I could combat the lie with the truth.  Nothing dispels a LIE from the enemy like the TRUTH of God’s Word.  

 

In John 8:44, Jesus is speaking to the Pharisees (the religious leaders of the day), telling them that He was from God and was sent to make disciples of them and set them free, and He said to them,

“Why do you not understand My speech?  Because you are not able to listen to My word.

You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do.  He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him.  When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it.” – John 8:43-44 (NKJV)

 

So, just so we’re on the same page, Jesus said the enemy was a liar, the father of lies, and when he lies, he does it from his own resources.

Satan lies.  It’s what he does.  He is the enemy of our souls.  His whole existence and work is built on the idea that “misery loves company.”  His goal is to keep us from living our best life for Jesus, and one of the ways he does that is to sideline us through difficult circumstances.  He gives us a “reason” to not trust God and follow after Him.  All it takes is a dominant thought that we don’t cast down, and we start listening to the lie and believing it if we aren’t vigilant in reading God’s Word.  It’s a lie the enemy plants in our thoughts, and it starts to grow like a weed in the soil of our mind, and if we’re not careful, it will start to dominate our thought life.  The lie will start to ingrain itself gradually into our thought patterns and we’ll feed and water it by thinking on it, talking about it, and even acting on it.  It will start to infiltrate into other areas of our heart, and will choke out our joy, peace, and hope for the future.  I don’t know what the lies are that perhaps you’ve listened to – but I can tell you, I’ve listened to a lot over the years, and it brought me nothing but pain that only Jesus could heal.  

 

So here’s how the Bible says we fight the lie:

“For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh,

For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds,

Casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ,”

– 2 Corinthians 10:3-5 (NKJV)

 

If you’re a big Bible reader, and you know what words like “stronghold”, “flesh”, and “casting down” mean in the New King James Version, go you!  Sometimes though, when I have a lot of “biblical jargon” in a passage, I go to the NET Version in my Blue Letter Bible app.  It says this:

“For though we live as human beings, we do not wage war according to human standards,

For the weapons of our warfare are not human weapons, but are made powerful by God for tearing down strongholds.  We tear down arguments

And every arrogant obstacle that is raised up against the knowledge of God, and we take every thought captive to make it obey Christ.” – 2 Corinthians 10:3-5 (NET)

 

That’s a little clearer, but stronghold is used in both versions.  According to my BLB app, the word used for “stronghold” is “ochyroma”, which means:

  1. “a castle, stronghold, fortress, fastness” 
  2. “anything on which one relies”
    1. “of the arguments and reasonings by which a disputant endeavours to fortify his opinion and defend it against his opponent”

 

Have you ever heard anyone arguing something they just know is right, but you’re certain they’re wrong?  In fact, the more they argue, the more erroneous facts they generally have tied together?  They become so entrenched in the lie that they can’t see the truth.  Maybe you know someone that used to be close to God, but has drifted away and has become the polar opposite of who they used to be.  Maybe that person is you.  I know it was me once.  It all started with a lie that grew and became a stronghold that I held onto instead of clinging to Jesus.  I started to believe the lie when I stopped reading God’s Word and using it against the lies the enemy would plant in my head.  I nursed past hurts and current fears, and slowly but surely, the lie grew into a weed that choked the life of Jesus out of me.  All because I got out of practice of reading God’s Word and letting it illuminate the dark places in my mind and heart.

 

As Jesus spoke to the Jews in the synagogue that day, the Bible says that many believed in Him.

“Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed.  And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”

 – John 8:31-32 (NKJV)

 

Back to fighting the lie.  

We are human, but when it comes to the battlefield of the mind,* we have to realize that the lie from the enemy does not originate with us.  If he’s the father of lies, then he created it, right?  So when we go to fight the lie, we have to cast down (take with the use of force, pull down, demolish, destroy) the argument of the enemy by using the only weapon in our spiritual arsenal: the Sword of the Spirit, God’s Word.  

So if we ever have a thought contrary to God’s word, we have to throw down and say, “No, that is not what God says about me and about my life.  That is the opposite of what He calls true.  That’s a lie from the enemy and I’m not going to dwell on it.”  

 

We capture the thought – we realize we’re thinking it in the first place – and sometimes we’re not sure it’s a lie from the enemy, we just know we feel crappy when we think it – then we take it to Jesus.  Ask the Lord if it’s true or not and pray for wisdom to know the difference.  Someone gave me a great piece of advice once.  They said there’s LIFE in the TRUTH, and there’s DEATH in the LIE.  If it brings peace, joy, happiness, or even conviction that leads you to repentance, then it’s truth and it brings LIFE – life on earth and eternal life with Jesus.  If it brings doubt, condemnation, confusion, or fear, then it’s a LIE which leads to DEATH.  Have you dealt with the death of a dream or the death of your hope, or fear of the future?  The thoughts pertaining to them are all lies from the enemy.  

I would encourage you to THINK ABOUT WHAT YOU’RE THINKING ABOUT!  In fact, I think Joyce Meyer says that all the time – so I’d call it pretty good advice. 😉

 

It’s not always easy to confront your thoughts – they seem to come so naturally.  I would encourage you to get in God’s Word and see what He thinks about your situation.  When we have thoughts that are contrary to what He says about us, we only know that through the Holy Spirit, which brings back to us what we’ve read or heard from the Bible.  It’s important to read it every day.  Frequently, we even have to re-train our brain to stop the lie and remind ourselves of God’s TRUTH for us.  

 

I’ll leave you something to think about…

 

Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!

Let your gentleness be known to all men.  The Lord is at hand.

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything

by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving,

let your requests be made known to God;

And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding,

will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Finally, brethren, whatever things are true,

whatever things are noble,

whatever things are just,

whatever things are pure,

whatever things are lovely,

whatever things are of good report,

if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy –

meditate on these things.

The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me,

these do, and the God of peace will be with you.

– Philippians 4:4-9 (NKJV)

 

*  “Battlefield of the Mind” is a book written by Joyce Meyer.  It can be found on Amazon.  I can’t say I’ve read the whole thing, but I know God has used Joyce’s teaching and preaching in the past to open up my eyes to a few areas of my life.  Disclaimer:  The only affiliation I have with Joyce Meyer is that we’re both Jesus followers.  I receive no compensation for the plug of her book. 🙂

 

Want to read my first post?  It’s called Why “Waiting on a Whisper?”

 

Feel Burdened Under Self-imposed Yokes?  Read my series: Breaking Busy

 

Breaking Busy: Part Three

(B)urdened (U)nder (S)elf-imposed (Y)okes

Part Three

Finding REST
I have a terrible time trying to rest. I know as a mom and wife, I have frequently filled my life up with so many tasks that I neglect to rest and take care of myself. There is always SO MUCH TO DO!  I’ve realized, though, that I frequently push myself too hard to meet my self-imposed deadlines – and my family and I suffer as a result. 

In the past year or so, I’ve began to learn my limits. Prior to that, my mindset about a full day of work and responsibilities was, “If I can see every task I have to do today, I can start checking them off and I won’t have to carry anything over to tomorrow. As long as I set my mind to accomplishing the list, I don’t need to rest, I’ll just plow through to get it done.”

This left me feeling tired and frustrated when – inevitably – I rarely accomplished everything on my list. Sometimes unexpected events would occur and would completely derail my plans – and my attitude. I think that’s for a couple of reasons:

1. God was teaching me that I needed to ask Him to prioritize my day then let Him determine what was worthy of my time and attention.

2. He wanted me to find BALANCE in life.

3. He knows that we mere mortals have limits, and when we push ourselves too far, too fast, and for too long, we can make ourselves sick. (I’m not super-woman, even though I imagine I play one on TV.)
**The following is a bit personal. If you’re a man, or talking about reproductive matters makes you squeamish, I suggest NOT reading the following paragraph. Otherwise, read on!**
If you’ve read my first post, you know I’ve had three miscarriages in a year and a half.  After my second miscarriage, I had a few normal cycles, and then around the middle of September I started a period a week earlier than I should have.  I bled for 9 consecutive weeks. We’re not talking spotting here, ladies. It was atrocious. I FINALLY stopped around Thanksgiving. It was so bad that I had to leave work twice during my first hour class and go to the doctor. The second time I had to leave work, I let my doctor admit me for observation. Prior to that, I’d been given two kinds of medicine that were supposed to stop it, but each Monday I bled heavily and it would be horrible until Thursday, normal on Friday and Saturday, and light on Sunday. Then the next Monday would come and it would start all over again. No joke. The second week it happened, I thought I was miscarrying again because we had had a month to try for another baby after the second miscarriage. If you’ve had a miscarriage, you know that you can bleed for more than a week before you pass the “products of conception.” So when all of a sudden, it seemed like I was hemorrhaging, it was absolutely horrible. I panicked. Thankfully, I wasn’t pregnant, I was just bleeding – a lot. One of the lowest moments during those nine weeks was when my doctor called me on the phone on Veteran’s day after I left a message that I was STILL bleeding (November 11th), and she said, “I probably shouldn’t tell you this, but I don’t know what’s wrong with you.” That took about a day to fully sink in before I called and asked for a referral to another physician. More on that at a later date, if the Lord allows.

 

** Feel free to read again… **
So throughout mid-September until Thanksgiving, I was teaching (or trying to) during the day, cooking meals on Wednesday nights for 60-75 children and adult workers, shopping for those meals on Monday or Tuesday, running errands on Saturdays, paying bills, doing laundry, and running my household. All the while I was overseeing the remodeling of two homes to put them up for sale. To say I was stressed and tired was a massive understatement. Each morning, I would wake up, drink my coffee in my chair. There I would pray and read my Word, all the while pleading with the Lord to help me order my day so that I could be as effective as possible, and not be completely shattered by the end of the day – physically and emotionally.
Listen, being the modern day “woman with the issue of blood” was exhausting – and unfortunately, it was an emotional roller coaster. At one point, around week 7 with no relief, I told my husband that if something didn’t change, I was going to request a hysterectomy – despite our great desire to have more children of our own. I was thirty years old at the time. Every day was a reminder that we were nowhere nearer getting pregnant, and that something, somewhere was very wrong with me.
As October turned into November, I was increasingly more and more exhausted. Weary was another great way to describe it. I felt like maybe I should take a leave of absence. However, every time I thought that, I would have the counter-thought, “Oh, you’re just having the attitude of ‘poor, pitiful me’ ” – something I have a hard time tolerating in anyone. Yet I kept getting more and more tired. I finally articulated it as, “You know when you’re just ‘done’ for the night? (For me it was around 8:00 at night – normally.) You’re too tired to care about doing anything else? That’s how I feel from the minute I wake up in the morning until I go to bed.” I wasn’t super happy, but I wasn’t depressed, either. I was just exhausted all the time.
Any teacher can tell you that a class that has something to do is a better behaved class. It’s part of the reason why substitutes can have a difficult time with the students – the subs may not have enough work to keep them occupied. I knew I was in trouble when I didn’t have the energy or desire to get up and teach my least well-behaved class. It took all I could do to get out of my chair and teach them their math lesson. I was dragging and no amount of Dr. Pepper could pick me up again. I kept hearing the words of my teaching mentor saying, “When you’ve got something personal going on in your life that is so distracting that you can’t perform your duties, you need to take a leave of absence.” It was something she’d said years before – and not even to me – but every time I prayed for wisdom on what to do and how to streamline my day to preserve my energy, I heard her voice on playback in my head.
Well, I did end up getting a referral for a specialist and a letter to take a leave of absence from my primary doctor. Besides maternity leave with my daughter, I’d never taken a leave – didn’t even know if I’d be allowed to take one without being pregnant. For all I knew, I could potentially lose my job earlier than intended. (I was already planning on quitting my job at the end of the school year, but I couldn’t financially afford to be let go prior to that.) That’s just part of where my mind was at anyway. Yet over and over, as I would call out to God in the morning and at other times, I would feel a nudge to take some time off work.

Sometimes when you ask the Lord to help you streamline your life, He tells you to REST.  Be willing to. God knows your limits much better than you do.

So I took a month off work (all of December 2015) and it wasn’t the end of the world – or the premature end of my career, either. God blessed me with a wonderful substitute that kept things running smoothly in my absence, and even if they didn’t, he didn’t bother me with it. It’s amazing how God will send people into your life to help you in the worst of times. You just have to be humble and willing enough to let them help you. 

 

The very day I got the letter from my doctor to take a leave of absence, the bleeding stopped. Honestly. It was part of the reason why I knew I had heard from the Lord correctly. After 63 days of bleeding, it was finally over. I was finished too. I came down with the flu and then a cold for three solid weeks. My mom took me Christmas shopping one day in mid-December, weeks after I had begun my leave. We were in the mall for about an hour, and when she asked where I wanted to go next as we walked out to the car, I told her I wanted to go home. I was so tired, so out of breath, I couldn’t keep shopping. Normally I tire her out! I was huffing and puffing walking to and from the car. Anemia will do that to you.  It keeps oxygen from getting dispersed properly throughout your body via your blood. Despite labs being taken every two weeks or so through the 9 week process, no one ever told me exactly how bad I was. In fact, the doctor who told me she didn’t know what was wrong with me, in the same conversation, said to “take two iron pills a day” until I saw her in February. That was on November 11th! She also recommended taking two birth control pills every day for a week “until it stops.” At one point, I had taken 4 and and 3 pills a day to try to get it to stop. Talk about messing with your hormones! I was a mess.

 

At the beginning of my leave of absence, I came down with the flu, immediately followed by a three week cold. Even then, I didn’t realize how “sick” I was. I mean, just looking at me, I looked tired. Many of my students were alarmed and reached out to me when I took my leave because they hadn’t realized I had a problem. When I finally met with my specialist in St. Louis in January (feeling much better at that point), she told me that my doctors at home should have been weighing the benefits and risks of giving me a blood transfusion because I was so low on blood. When I heard that, I knew that was likely why I had gotten the flu and had a three week cold and no amount of medicine could make me get over it. I didn’t have enough blood pumping through me to make my body work properly! I’ve never been super fit, but I was huffing and puffing and sweating just walking from the car into the school building each day. It’s not exactly a trek! It explained why I was so exhausted, and no amount of rest seemed to make me better. I was so busy most of the time that I wasn’t getting adequate rest anyway.

I said all that to say this:
I didn’t know how sick I was until I was better. God knew how sick I was the whole time. That’s why He told me to take a leave and rest. Nothing but rest could help me get over all my health problems.
No doubt Jesus said, “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” because He knew that in our own pursuits (and maybe even in our ignorance), we run ourselves ragged.
The Blue Letter Bible app I use says that “rest” from Matthew 11:28 comes from the Greek word anapauo, which means:
1. “To cause or permit one to cease from any movement or labour in order to recover and collect his strength”

2. “To give rest, refresh, to give one’s self rest, take rest”

3. “To keep quiet, of calm and patient expectation”
It amazes me that, as moms, we feel like we are constantly running around, always doing something productive, and forever busy. Yet Jesus wants us to get away and REST to recover, collect our strength, and refresh ourselves. Ever notice how when you have more tasks to complete than time to do them, you get louder and are more stressed and less patient? Maybe you don’t think so. What happens if you’re running late and your children (or spouse) are lagging behind, fumbling to get ready? What do you do? I have a tendency to shout, HURRY UP, WE’RE GONNA BE LATE!!! and WHY AREN’T YOU READY YET?!?  In fact, one of the most gentle, loving moms I’ve ever met admitted to yelling at her kids to HURRY UP AND GET IN THE CAR before they went to church! We’ve all done it – and if you haven’t, you’re either lying or you’ve wanted to shout. 🙂  However, if we’re resting in Him, we go to Him to seek His wisdom for our day. When we spend some time in prayer and in the Word, we are able to keep quiet, calm, and patient, as the third definition of anapauo states.
Ok, I’m about to geek out on Greek here, so bear with me, please. *grin* Sometimes going back to the original Greek and Hebrew words the Bible was written in gives a deeper understanding of the message behind a verse or passage. I use the Blue Letter Bible app to do this, but I’ve also used a Strong’s Concordance too – it’s just a couple inches thick and not as portable as the app on my phone.
The coolest thing happened as I was doing a word study on Matthew 11:28-30, the whole foundation for “Breaking Busy.” I looked up the word “yoke” and I realized that the Greek word there, zygos” means not only a yoke which signifies slavery or bondage, but it also means “a balance, [a] pair of scales.” (via BLB app)

 

So when Jesus is saying, “Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me,” I think He’s saying, Learn how to get your balance from Me. He will give you wisdom to find the balance you need in life. He wants us to find rest for our souls!  He wants us to be free from the nagging thoughts and the tremendous burdens we put on ourselves to be the “Best __(whatever)__ Ever.” They’re self-imposed yokes, and learning to say “No” to some things will provide us with balance to live a life that includes rest.
He said His yoke is “easy.” The Greek word there is chrestos”, which means “fit for use, useful, virtuous, good”. It also means “manageable, mild, and pleasant” and not too harsh, not to sharp, not bitter.  In other words, all the things I am if I’m not staying in tune with Jesus.  His burden is pleasant, and as His people, we should not be perpetually stressed and under self-imposed burdens. His yoke is easy and His burden is light. Neither are oppressive.
There are so many other things I could say about breaking the busy in your life and saying “No” to self-imposed burdens. That saying “Yes” to the Holy Spirit’s guidance about how to plan your days will leave you feeling much more balanced and satisfied – but I’ll leave you with the best advice ever,

“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”

Matthew 11:28-30 (NKJV)

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Breaking Busy: Part Two

Breaking BUSY

(B)urdened (U)nder (S)elf-imposed (Y)okes

How to Have God Streamline Your Life

In Breaking Busy (Part One), I talked about how the Lord had been teaching me about “Breaking Busy” and I began sharing with you how I deal with streamlining my life according to His guidance.

The verse I used was:

“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 

For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” – Matthew 11:28-30 (NKJV)

 

Recap:

Tip #1:  Start your day in God’s Word and in Prayer

I wrote about how God wants us to spend time with Him FIRST each day.

 

Tip #2: During your prayer time, ask God how He would like you to plan your day.

He can and will help streamline your life.

 

Read on for Tips 3 & 4!

 

Tip #3.   Ask the Lord to help you to FOCUS ON WHAT HE THINKS IS IMPORTANT.  (This is a mental step.)

When I came back to the Lord as an adult, I had to question all kinds of aspects of my life.  I looked at how I treated and talked to my family, what I was teaching my daughter through my actions, and how I related to my students at school.  I looked at how I spent my money, utilized my talents, and what I did with my time.  Let me tell you, there was some re-arranging done in this heart of mine – and it wasn’t always enjoyable to face my previously poor judgement and flawed mentalities!

 

Sometimes it’s a hard thing to let Jesus take your heart and make it more like His.  Perhaps that’s why He says in Matthew 11:29, “take My yoke upon you and learn from Me,” because we have so much learning to do!  Two years later, and I’m still looking into the mirror that is God’s Word, not always liking what I see in myself.

 

With the Lord’s help though, I’m making progress transitioning from a “reader of the word” to a “doer of the word.”  I’m also learning that He wants to help me focus on what He regards as important in my life.  He wants to help me learn how to say “NO” to the busyness of life – and sometimes the perceived busyness – and zoom in on what is truly valuable.

 

You know how when a tragedy occurs, be it someone you know or someone across the world from you, and you find yourself grateful for friends, family, and your health?  Those are the deeper things of life, the things that really affect us.  Whenever I see a commercial for St. Jude’s on TV, those really affect me.  Part of me feels terrible for those babies experiencing such a terrible illness, and part of me is so very grateful that my own daughter is healthy.   It’s the things that grip your heart to the point where you almost can’t breathe when you think of them happening  that make you extremely grateful when you just give yourself a minute to focus on them.  Those are the things that we need to focus on each day: love of family, relationships with friends, and our own health.  The things we would truly miss if they were instantly gone – the things that are often taken for granted – the things in life that are irreplaceable. 

 

I think the common thread in all of those ideas is TIME.  I know God has been talking to me lately about how I spend my time I’ve wasted so much time – not living for the Lord and not spending time praying and reading His Word.  I’ve wasted time doing a lot of things over the years: reading garbage, watching TV, surfing the internet, shopping online for things I won’t buy, you name it.  The list of things I have wasted time on – well, it’s too long to list.  I’ve even put serving my family above spending TIME with my family.

 

Yes, we need to have “down time,” we need to relax, we even need time alone – with God and ourselves.  Yet we can’t forget to focus on the people God entrusted us with.  Take time to enjoy your family.  Plan an outing.  Make a memory.  You won’t regret it.  In fact, I heard Jim Bob Duggar say on “19 Kids and Counting” something along the lines of,

“You’ll never look back one day and think, ‘Man, I wish I wouldn’t have spent so much time with my kids!’ ”

God wants us to PRIORITIZE OUR DAYS according to our VALUES, not our DESIRES.  Take some time to think about your values and your desires.  It’s important, my friend!

 

When you stop for a moment to focus on what you really VALUE, on what you spend your time on, undoubtedly, if you’re honest, money will come up to some degree.  I’m not suggesting you’re greedy – it just takes money to pay a house payment or rent, to eat, and to have clothing to wear.  If you’re earning money, somewhere along the line, you worked for it.  Earning money all comes back to time.  I’d say it’s a necessary evil – work – but God gave Adam jobs in the Garden of Eden before He ever gave him Eve!

( See Genesis 2:15, 19 if you’re curious as to what those jobs were. 😀 )

 

So you see, we spend time to earn money, and how we spend our money matters to God, too.  I heard Perry Noble, a preacher from South Carolina, say, “I can tell what you value by a look at your checkbook.”  Take a moment to think about that.

 

I don’t write a lot of checks because I use a debit card, but here’s what my bank statement says about my husband and me:

It would tell you that we have debt, but we also have various streams of income.  It would say I own my own home (seen as a mortgage payment), and that I enjoy the luxury of running water and electricity.  You could see that church I go to and that I believe in tithing 10 percent.   You’d see that I like to go out to eat too much and I love to buy clothes, but I have a LOT of bills.  It would also tell you that I like my cell phone and my internet service.   It would tell you that I don’t watch cable TV but I do have a Netflix account.  It would tell you I like cheap groceries and that my husband and I drive a lot (lots of gas stations on there).    It would tell you that when I travel, I like to eat Chik-Fil-A and that I recently returned home from the Orlando area (from visiting my brother and sis-in-law).  It would even tell you where my husband works because of direct deposit from his employer.  It would say where he spent a majority of his time, for sure!

 

Isn’t it amazing what our bank statements say about us?  What does yours say about you?

 

Where do you spend your time and money, and do those things line up properly with what God values?  Do they line up with His purpose for your life?  Undoubtedly, it’s not going to be identical to mine – or anyone else’s.  If God has a purpose for your life, could that tie in with how you spend your time and your money?  If any of what I’ve said rings true with you, please question how you spend your time or your money and ask the Lord if it’s how He would have you to spend it.

 

Tip #4: Ask the Lord to help you live intentionally – to ALIGN YOUR LIFE AND YOUR SCHEDULE TO HIS VALUES.  This is a physical step.

It is great to FOCUS on what really matters in life, but if we don’t PURSUE those things or actually DO ANYTHING about what we’ve discovered, then all that time was spent for nothing.

 

“For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror;

For he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was.

But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does.”

– James 1:23-25 (NKJV)

 

Ask yourself this question, “Does my SCHEDULE line up with my VALUES?”  If you put a lot of value on your loved ones, do you spend a lot of time with them?  If you put a lot of value on rest – we all know it’s good for us – do you spend some of your time resting?  If you put a lot of value on your health, do you fuel your body properly and get some kind of exercise?   I know I’ve said I value those thingsbut my schedule hasn’t always reflected that – much like my bank statement reflects how I spend my time and money.  So, does your schedule line up with your values?

 

So often, we get caught up in the rush of life, and we don’t stop to question the motives behind our actions.  Last year at my church, my pastor came up with a church motto, “Live, Love, Share.”  The “Live” portion referred to “Living Life Intentionally.”    He encouraged us to question how we spend our time and attention, our money, and our talents.  To be intentional about everything – even down to what we eat and drink!

 

So as I made my New Year’s Goals (I don’t do “Resolutions” because I’m not resolute about the things I need to change – which is why I haven’t changed them yet…)  for this year, I knew I needed to stop drinking Dr. Pepper.  I actually typed in my Wunderlist app: “Kick the Doctor Out” in reference to it.  Maybe I was too embarrassed to admit I was a Dr. Pepper addict, I’m not sure.  I do know I had one wherever I went, and if I didn’t have one, I stopped somewhere to buy one.  We all know soda isn’t good for us, and yet we drink it anyway.  Let me rephrase!  I knew soda wasn’t good for me, and yet I drank it anyway.  I knew I needed to exercise, but I sat in my chair every evening after dinner anyway.  I knew for years that I needed to get back to God but I ignored the call from Him anyway.  Why is it that I ignored what I knew was correct?  Even worse, it was for my own good!  Now, maybe you’ve never drank a soda and you work out for hours each day.  Good for you!

 

I’m willing to bet that if you’re reading this, though, there’s something that you need to stop ignoring if you’re going to allow God to start Breaking the Busy in your life.  It might be to align your life and schedule to what God values and what He wants for you. 

 

“Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 

For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”

– Matthew 11:29-30 (NKJV)

 

I’ve always been a bit of a reader/researcher.  So when I looked up in my Blue Letter Bible app what it meant to be “gentle and lowly in heart,” I realized that gentle meant meek – a word with a lot of confusion around it. Being meek just means being submissive to the Lord and having a mild temperament.  Those two things are not bad – even though we think of meek as timid.  Lowly in heart means humble in heart, free from pride.  Also, not a bad character quality!

 

Want to know what my takeaway is from that description?  Jesus isn’t the person who acts smarter than I am to insult my intelligence.  He knows I need to learn from Him and He is humble in teaching me.   His WORDS MADE THE WORLD – He knows everything – but He doesn’t brag about it to push us away.  He understands our daily struggles and He loves us anyway.

 

“For we do not have a High Priest [Jesus] who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin.

Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” – Hebrews 4:14-15 (NKJV)

 

Everybody needs help sometimes.  Everybody needs Jesus ALL THE TIME.  A full life is a great thing, but is what you’re doing leading you and your loved ones closer to the life you’ve envisioned for yourself?  What about the life that God has envisioned for you?

“But as it is written: “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.”

– 1 Corinthians 2:9 (NKJV)

 

Pray that He will help you to FOCUS on what’s most important to Him – the people and responsibilities He has given to you, the vision He has given you – and then pray to have the fortitude required to PURSUE the changes He wants to make in you.   He wants to help you!  He wants to give you the wisdom and the determination to get out of debt.  He wants to help you find balance in your life and your busy schedule.  If you’re not living the healthiest of lives, He wants to help you with that too!  His guidance may just make your life easier by weeding out the unnecessary – the little things that add up to a lot.  It might be that listening to His direction today may propel you toward your destiny!

 

Whatever it is, the Holy Spirit is whisperingand it’s for your benefit.   Please pray and see what He would have you change in your focus and in your life as you wait on a whisper from Him.  Remember, He wants to break the busy in your life because He cares about the little things because the little things eventually add up to greater things.

 

 

<<< Breaking Busy: Part One                                        Breaking Busy: Part Three (REST) >>>

Want to read my very first post?  It’s called Why “Waiting on a Whisper”?

Breaking Busy

(B)urdened (U)nder (S)elf-imposed (Y)okes

How to Have God Streamline Your Life

Part One

A friend texted me the other day and ask me what it meant to “have a yoke”.  I explained that it was a thick wooden implement used to tie oxen together to make them plow.  Then I found this image on Wikipedia with a quick search:

Yoke of Oxen

By Cgoodwin – Own work, GFDL, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=3894456

I don’t know about you, but this image REALLY makes me not want to be an ox!

 

This was the passage my friend had come across.  These are the words of Jesus.

Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” – Matthew 11:28-30 (NKJV)

 

Isn’t it wonderful that we aren’t downtrodden under the Lord’s yoke?  The Lord still has work for us to do – “take My yoke upon you” – but it’s not wearisome and our noses aren’t in the dirt like oxen as we work for Him.

We all have duties.  We have jobs, or school, or a house to clean and laundry to do.  Some of us have husbands and children and a whole host of things to keep us busy.  These are all great things!   They’re the things which God has entrusted us.  Some days we enjoy them a lot, others not so much, but they are necessary.  There are times in everyone’s lives though, that become busy, stressful, and frustrating.  Days that we have so much to do that it becomes overwhelming.   Days where we feel like we’re going to snap from all the pressure – and then we do.  Well, I do anyway.

 

I’d like to give you a few tips on what the Lord has been teaching me about “Breaking Busy” and how to deal with it.  Some of this is basic – If you already do all I’m going to recommend in this post and the following ones, please pray for me that I will continuously be conscious of how the Lord wants to plan and arrange my day.  If there is something in this post or a subsequent post that you feel like the Lord has been nudging you to do, I encourage you to take some time and wait on a whisper from Him.

 

 1. Start your day in God’s Word and in Prayer.

Jesus’s first instruction in the verses in Matthew is to “Come to me.”

Make it your #1 priority every day.  The ONLY thing I do before sitting down to read in the morning is take my medicine and pour myself a (large) mug of coffee.   While I was teaching, I would wake up with enough time to meet with God before I had to get myself and my daughter ready for school.  It wasn’t always easy, but it was ALWAYS WORTH IT.  Please, if you feel like the Lord is whispering that He wants to meet with you in the morning, but you just don’t think you have the willpower to do it, pray and ask Him to help you get up.  When He does wake you, go ahead and start shuffling toward your coffee pot.  You’ll be glad you did.

I am convinced that the Lord wants to spend time with His children to help them plan their day.  I read somewhere that you should see your time with God as an appointmentWe try not to miss appointments or be late for them.  If you schedule it early into your day, more often than not, it will become part of your routine – and start a gradual process that takes your heart and makes it more like Jesus’s.  If you aren’t making a daily appointment with Him, I would encourage you to do so.  You will be amazed at how much more smoothly your day can run with His guidance!

 

2. During your prayer time, ask God how He would like you to plan your day.

Jesus also said, “Take My yoke upon you, and learn from Me”.  That must mean we have something to learn – about life and about our work.

Over the past year or so, I cannot tell you how many times the Lord has helped me plan my day.  Are there still days where I forget to ask for His help?  I’m sure there are!  I’ve learned though, that when He helps me arrange my schedule, my to-do list frequently becomes smaller.  As a result, my day is less stressful and affords more time to rest and enjoy my family.  You see, He is outside of time.  If all my days were written in His book before one of them occurred, then I think He has the higher perspective on my life.

“Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed.  And in Your book they were all written, the days fashioned for me, when as yet there were none of them.”

– Psalm 139:16 (NKJV)


“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord.

For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than yours.” – Isaiah 55:8-9 (NKJV)

 

He can guide my decisions.  He can help me have a smoother day by submitting each day to Him before I go anywhere or do anything.  My pastor once taught that we need to “yield to the Lord.”  Yielding to His will doesn’t mean that “I don’t move a muscle until I have explicit directions from You, Lord.”  Instead, it’s like a 4-way stop where three cars arrive all at the same time.  We must yield to the one on the right.  It means that before I go anywhere, before I do things, I try to ask, “Lord, what do You think about this?” or “Is this OK?”  Frequently I feel I have the “go-ahead” in whatever it is.  Other times,  I sense that He is saying “Not right now.”  This may sound legalistic, but I assure you, there is liberty in not having to do everything and go everywhere, and continuously living in a burned-out state!

Last winter I was teaching my daughter the basics of the game Rush Hour.  It’s a fantastic logic-building puzzle game.  The object of the game is to get the Little Red Car out of the right side of the game board.  The ONE RULE is that you cannot lift any blocking cars or trucks off the grid as you play.  Only the Little Red Car can leave the board.  Here’s one scenario of Rush Hour:

Traffic Jam - Breaking Busy.JPG

 

Take a second and try to figure it out.  I’ll wait…

 

Initially, it doesn’t appear to be too challenging, right?  All you have to do is move the Large Yellow Truck.  Easy peasy.  Well, then you notice that you can’t move it until you move the Purple Car, then the Green Car, and so on.  In other words, to move the Little Red Car out of the grid, you actually have to move EVERY car and truck somewhere else first!  

 

Now, it may be because I drive a Little Red Prius and I constantly feel like my life has so many twists and turns, but when I was playing Rush Hour with Hannah, I felt like the Lord read Isaiah 55:8-9 to me.

I sensed that while I’ve been praying about seemingly impossible scenarios (getting pregnant after miscarriage, how we could afford for me to be a SAHM, how we are going to get out of debt, etc.), I tend to look at only the Large Yellow Truck.

I think, “Oh, it’s so EASY, Lord, just do this…” 

Meanwhile, He sees all *37* maneuvers that must be made AROUND the Little Red Car for it to get out of the jam it’s in.

Here’s the Answer Key to Card 32 with all 37 maneuvers listed:

Traffic Jam Back of Card - Breaking Busy.JPG

You see, since He’s got the card with the 37 maneuvers – the book where all of my days are written in them – so I know He’s MORE THAN CAPABLE of helping me with my next maneuver. 

I would encourage you to schedule some time with Him each day.  Make a coffee date with the Lord and see how much your ordinary day will improve!  If you’re overwhelmed by a massive to-do list, ask Him for wisdom to decide what must be done, and what priorities can be given up or modified for you to live your best life for Him. 

“If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.” – James 1:5 (NKJV)

 

If this were an Amplified version of the Bible for women, I wonder if it would be allowed to say,

{{If any of you stressed-out women need wisdom, let her ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach (He won’t reprimand her for asking for help), and it will be given to her.}}

 

Anyway, back to the verse that prompted today’s post:

“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” – Matthew 11:28-30 (NKJV)

 

Thank you, Lord for an easy yoke and a light burden!

 

 

Coming Next:

Breaking Busy: Part Two

(B)urdened (U)nder a (S)elf-imposed (Y)oke

Living Intentionally and Focusing on What is MOST Important

 

Why “Waiting on a Whisper”?

There are times in our lives where we feel as though God is trying SO HARD to get our attention.  We read His Word and glean some life-altering truth from the scripture.  Then we hear someone speak the same message over the same passage as we sit in church.  “Confirmation!” we say excitedly.  We send up a desperate plea for help and it arrives immediately.  We sense the Holy Spirit in the room with us the second we enter into praise and worship.

And then there are times when we have NONE OF THAT.

 

Times where we can’t remember a Scripture to save our lives.  We find ourselves trying to talk to God – but it doesn’t seem He’s talking back.  When we pray out of the midst of a difficult, soul-crushing situation and He doesn’t seem to be listening.  Loved ones pass away, we suffer through the grief of miscarriage, our finances are non-existent, and our marriages are on the rocks.  We think surely He can’t be listening – because the assault on our minds and our lives and our families continues.  There are times when we try to worship Him, but the whole time we’re really just wondering where He is in all the mess we’re walking through.  How such a loving God could possibly care about us when He seems so absent?  It’s not the question an atheist asks – it’s the questions we sometimes ask ourselves as children of The Most High God!

 

In the past year and a half, I have gone through what has been the hardest season of my life with God.   I have experienced three miscarriages, the death of my father, my stepdad, and numerous health issues within my own body.  I have questioned God’s purpose for my life, the future of my family, and my career choice.  I have had days where I had less than $7 in my checking account and no money for groceries.  Yet in all this, I desperately tried to pray for wisdom, to see God’s plan and purpose in all the turmoil – just a glimpse, and even for a moment – so that I could muster up enough strength to come out on the other side of all of my problems.

 

If you’ve been in my shoes, or you are there now, I’d like to tell you I’m on the other side of all of the problems in my life.  The truth is, I’m not.  Yet.  Through the grace of God, through it all, I’ve learned how to deal with disappointments and frustration without letting it harden my heart.

 

It was out of this frustration in my own life that the title of this blog was created – or given, depending on how you see things.

One day just a couple of months ago I was loading groceries into my car, frustrated with His seeming silence.  I was praying silently, but I might as well have been shouting at Him,

“God, I pray and ask for wisdom, I ask for help and clarity, and you used to speak to me everywhere, and through anything, but You don’t do that anymore.  It seems like lately, all You do is whisper.  It’s like I’m always waiting on a whisper!” 

 

I wish the clouds had parted into golden rays of sunshine, the Lord would have audibly spoken to me through a dove, and answered all the questions that provoked my tirade, but I don’t remember that.  Instead, the phrase I had just prayed became a pinball inside my mind.  “Oh, what a great name for a blog!”  (What a seemingly random thought, right? Wondering if I’m easily sidetracked?  Yes, I can be.)

 

The more I thought about “Waiting on a Whisper”, the more I felt called to start a blog.  Having recently retired from teaching at the age of 31, I have quite a bit more time on my hands than I am used to having.  During this time, and even before I had quit, I’d been asking the Lord what my next step was.  I’d been asking for wisdom to know how I should spend my time; what to do in this next season of my life.  I will be homeschooling my daughter this coming school year, so initially I thought that I might just start a homeschool blog with all kinds of fun ideas that I’ve had to make Hannah’s first grade year a great one.  However, the more I considered who I thought would be my audience, my content, and the vision for the blog, and prayed over these things, I kept coming back to the name “Waiting on a Whisper”.  I really struggled with this. I felt “Homeschool” should be somewhere in the title, but it just didn’t fit, so why did I feel God gave me the idea for a blog with the name “Waiting on a Whisper”?

 

Well, as He leads I try to follow, and I realized that He didn’t plan on me encouraging homeschool moms (a lot of sites already do that), so much as mothers – and future mothers – from all walks of life.  He wants to encourage women in general.  I sense Him saying that He wants to deliver women from the strongholds in their lives.  He wants to deliver us from fear, anger, and resentment.  He wants to break out of what religion tells us (those things that are human-imposed) into a relationship with Him through Jesus.  He wants, desires, plans, and makes arrangements to prepare us for healing our broken hearts.  He wants to unload us from our baggage and put it on a cargo plane set to crash in the middle of the “sea of forgetfulness”.

“He will again have compassion on us, and will subdue our iniquities.  You will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea.” – Micah 7:19 (NKJV)

 

He wants us to let go of perfectionism and all of the demands that are socially and self-imposed.  In order to do that, He wants us to WAIT on HIS WHISPER.  He wants us to listen for Him.  He wants us to know that He cares about the LITTLE THINGS in our lives.  He cares about how we plan our day, how we schedule our time.  He cares to help us with the small things that frustrate us or contribute to us losing our peace and joy.  He wants to give us guidance for what goals we set for our future.  It’s the little, everyday things that add up to a life of purpose – a life well-lived.

Israelmore Ayivor said, in The Great Handbook of Quotes, “God hides great things in little things. In every young girl, God hides a great woman; in every young boy, He hides a great man; in a small seed, He hides a big forest! A little is never inadequate if God’s hands are its creator! Don’t despise little things!

 

Perhaps those things that we initially brush off as unimportant, He values.  His Word says that He wants us to be faithful in the little that we are given so that He can trust us with more.  He also wants to change our hearts to find important what He finds important.

“He who is faithful in a very little thing is faithful also in much; and he who is unrighteous in a very little thing is unrighteous also in much.”   – Luke 16:10 (NASB)

 

We want to be faithful.  We want to be righteous.  We want to move past the things that we struggle with each day; the things that are whispered in our ears that we’re the only ones who struggle with them.  When we take a step back from our lives for a moment, we do generally realize WE ARE NOT ALONE in the struggles we face, but oftentimes the feeling of separation is overwhelming nonetheless.   The purpose of this blog is to combat the lie that tells us we are all alone and that we have no hope.  The Lord wants to deliver us from these struggles.  He wants to instill hope in the hopeless, give us peace for fear, heal our broken hearts, and break off the sin in our lives and the expectation of perfection we place on ourselves.

“Is this not the fast I have chosen: to loose the bonds of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, to let the oppressed go free, and that you break every yoke?” – Isaiah 58:6 (NKJV)

 

So often, we put a yoke on ourselves that the Lord never intended us to deal with.  They are self-imposed yokes.  Can you imagine a couple of oxen putting a yoke on themselves and forcing themselves to work?  Yet we do yoke ourselves to certain expectations that we end up needing His help to be set free.

 

When I was a mom that was working outside the home, I always felt like everyone else I knew had it more together than me.  They were more organized, they had a higher percentage of clean laundry than I did, and they didn’t need a 2 hour heads-up when company was coming over.  They somehow had their lives more streamlined than I did.  They had it together.  I didn’t.  Despite my best efforts, I found myself unable to keep up.  It seemed that if work was going well, things at home were falling apart.  If I had my work at home flowing nicely (laundry caught up, floors swept, and dinner in the crockpot), then it always seemed like my job was suffering and I had hours of Algebra homework to grade.   On weekends, I grocery shopped, ran errands, tried to catch up on the continually growing pile of laundry and tidied my messy house.  I felt ran ragged all the time.  Surely other moms had it figured out and all together – there were pins all over Pinterest showing their success!   So week after week, month after month, I was reminded that I didn’t have it all together, I never could check every task off my list, and other moms weren’t completely wiped out after a day of teaching.  I never felt like I had any “down time” or energy to spend with my little girl.  I was a perfectionist who never attained perfection.  I was perpetually stressed and constantly snapping at my very patient husband and my sweet little girl.  The enemy would try to tell me that I didn’t deserve a larger family; that I couldn’t handle one, and that must be the reason why my family was not growing.

 

There were times when it came to dealing with the sorrow and grief of miscarriage, I felt like maybe I deserved it.  I felt like I continually missed the mark as a mother and as a wife, but despite that I wanted a baby so badly.  We wanted to grow our family.  To make my situation even more bleak, I felt had no one in my circle of friends that had faced what I was facing.  Everyone I taught with at school was older than me and had already had all the children they wanted.  Women at my church who had experienced miscarriage didn’t really talk about it.  I always found out second-hand.  No wonder – miscarriage is absolutely tragic and can be life-shattering.  Who on earth would want to conjure those dreadful memories back up and talk about them?  I’ll take it a step further – maybe they thought that sharing their experience wouldn’t make me feel any better.  After all, we are meant to encourage each other, and talking about such unsettling experiences doesn’t benefit the hearer, does it?  Oh, I know my friends at church love me – no doubt about it – but they just weren’t able to share their experiences with me.  I was experiencing despair at a level I had never experienced, and I needed to be reminded that there was HOPE in front of me.  The people who did reach out and encourage me were sympathetic, but I didn’t feel like they’d been where I was.  So instead, I always felt like I was on my own island of grief.  There were many times I felt like my husband didn’t even understand the full effects of each miscarriage on my body and my heart.

 

The enemy would try to tell me that I was “the only one” I knew who God had let endure these things.  That’s where he was wrong.

“For His anger is but for a moment, His favor is for life; Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.” – Psalm 30:5 (NKJV)

 

Let me tell you where the secret of my fortitude comes from.   It comes from a resilient hope, that in every situation, God sees it and has already put events in motion to bring me to the other side of my struggle.   That somehow, He will redeem each situation to work for my good and His glory.

“But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you.”  – 1 Peter 5:10 (NKJV)

“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” – Romans 8:28 (NKJV)

 

That hope is the hope that propels me out of bed in the morning to drink my coffee and read His Word.  It is that hope that pushes me to pursue His purpose for my life each day.  Life is hard enough with Jesus at the helm; I wouldn’t want to navigate through the “perfect storm” of this season of my life without Jesus in my boat.  When I seek God’s will through prayer and His Word, the Holy Spirit comes in to assure me that no matter what battle from hell finds its way to me, that I can withstand the attack of the enemy.

“Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.” – Ephesians 6:13 (NKJV)

 

God’s Word is powerful, my friend!   Reading my Bible has encouraged me, given me hope, and built my faith on the cornerstone that is Jesus.  It has helped me discern the plots of the enemy to take me down.  It has kept my feet from sliding out from underneath me when the current tried to suck me out into deep waters that would have crashed over my head.

“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow you.  When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, nor shall the flame scorch you.” – Isaiah 43:1 (NJKV)

 

Reading my Bible convicts me of sin and wrong mindsets.  It cuts away all the baggage that invades my heart and emotions.  God’s Word helps me to reset my perspective of my life and adjust it using the lens of grace.  It provokes me to question my motives and expectations to make sure they line up against God’s TRUTH.

“For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” – Hebrews 4:12 (NKJV)

 

It is helping me to let go of perfectionism, pride, and control and to walk humbly with Jesus and the people around me.

“He has shown you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?” – Micah 6:8 (NKJV)

 

His Word has broken my heart and built it back again, according to His plan.

“Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the Lord!

Blessed are those who keep His testimonies, who seek Him with the whole heart!

They also do no iniquity; they walk in His ways.

You have commanded us to keep Your precepts diligently.

Oh, that my ways were directed to keep Your statutes!

Then I would not be ashamed, when I look into all Your commandments.

I will praise You with uprightness of heart, when I learn Your righteous judgments.

I will keep your statutes; Oh, do not forsake me utterly!

How can a young man cleanse his way?  By taking heed according to Your word.

With my whole heart I have sought You; Oh, let me not wonder from Your commandments!

Your word I have hidden in my heart, that I may not sin against You.

– Psalm 119:1-11 (NKJV)

 

If you pray for wisdom each day and read the Word, He will be sure to meet you and the Holy Spirit will start to guide your every decision.  He will invade every area of your life that you invite Him into.  When we learn to wait on His whisper, He can entrust us with His plans for our lives.  When we learn to wait, He is given the time he needs to come heal our hearts and set us free from the sin that ensnares us and the deception of the enemy.

“Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,” – Hebrews 12:1 (NKJV)

 

The more you read His Word, the more the Holy Spirit can renew your mind.  The more your mind is renewed, the closer you get to God, and the more your heart will be conformed to His.  That’s what we want – the mind of Christ and the heart of God!

Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.

Do not cast me away from Your presence, and do not take Your Holy Spirit from me.

Restore to me the joy of Your salvation, and uphold me by Your generous Spirit.

Then I will teach transgressors Your ways, and sinners shall be converted to you.”

– Psalm 51:10-13 (NKJV)

 

 

He wants us to live a life full of purpose.  He wants us to fulfill our potential.  Maybe you feel like your potential has died right along with your hope.  I promise you, everything that the Lord has planned for you will come to pass if you stay focused on Him, focus your attention on His Word and His whisper.  He wants to bless us beyond what we can imagine.

“I pray that out of His glorious riches He may strengthen you with power through His Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith.  And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge –that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.” – Ephesians 3:16-21 (NIV)

 

He wants us to keep hoping for more.  For me, I believe He does want to grow my family by blessing us with more children.  I believe He does want us to find joy in every struggle.  He does want us to hold onto a steadfast hope that something better is ahead of us.  I believe it brings Him joy when His children learn to be patient in their situation and to trust Him for every outcome.  It brings Him joy when we build our faith.   The testing of our faith produces patience.

“My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials,

Knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.

But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.

If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.” – James 1:2-5 (NKJV)

 

 

So, my friend, I would like to encourage you to start or keep reading His Word.  Pray that the Holy Spirit will give you wisdom and that He will renew your mind and heal your heart when you travel through seasons of heartbreak.   Ask Him to help you to wait on a whisper from Him.  I know for me, waiting is not easy.  That’s why it produces patience.

 

In all things, pray.  Learn to wait on a whisper from your Heavenly Father.

“Your eyes shall hear a word behind you, saying, “This is the way, walk in it,” whenever you turn to the right hand or whenever you turn to the left.” – Isaiah 30:21 (NKJV)

 

He loves you and wants to help you walk in freedom, living a full life built on faith, with a hope and a peace for whatever tomorrow brings.  He cares about the little things in life.  Give Him the big things and the little things, and see where He takes you when you Wait on a Whisper from Him.

 

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This work, “Isaiah 30:21 Pathway” is a derivative of “Lines.” by Jonathan Combe.  Licensed under CC by 2.0.  “Isaiah 30:21 Pathway” is licensed under CC by 2.0 by Waiting on a Whisper.