This, That, These, & Those|Being Fully Transparent

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Many of you have been wondering where I’ve been and what I’ve been up to over the last few months. I assure you that I have been entirely present, albeit quietly so. In truth, I have being doing life. I have been living and breathing and moving and pretty much resting in Psalm 46:10. That looks different day by day. It has been the best thing for me, however.

THIS…

Where I currently stand is in the heart of family/community life. I am a wife, a mom, a teacher, a tutor, a daughter, a sister, a friend, a career woman, an encourager, a student, and so on. I am so many things to so many people. (I’m certain you can relate to what I’m saying.) In all of that – those roles – thankfully, there is grace and love. And yet, in that or rather in this, I confess, that I have lost a bit of my intimacy with the LORD.

THAT…

The intimacy, the connection, the relationship that I have with the LORD God, that is vital. It is critical to my existence. I cannot breathe without Him. I cannot function properly without Him. I don’t even want to try. Every part of my being, every role that I am called to live in, is utterly and completely dependent on the Most High. When I was led to tabernacle in Psalm 46:10, I didn’t realize that it would bring me to days like this.

THESE…

These days that I have been given, they are remarkable. They are beautiful and unique opportunities that continue to draw me closer to the heart of God. They allow me to know God and to make Him known in diverse and colorful new ways. They allow me to be reflective and fully transparent. They are challenging. They are uncomfortable. They are unpredictable. They are humorous. They are heartbreaking. They are real.

THOSE…

All of those things – the challenges of each day, the uncomfortable situations, the unpredictable moments, the humorous adventures, the heartbreaking lessons, and the realness of the real – they have revealed a hidden depth, as it relates to my Psalm 46:10 life in the LORD. It has been breath-taking…literally. It all keeps me both humbled and prostrated. That is where I need to be.

Being Fully Transparent…

God is bringing me back to Him. He is revealing that which needs to be seen in me.  He is showing Himself to me in the ways that I need. I shall continue my tabernacle with Him, quietly so, until such time that I am led to return here on a more consistent basis.

Encouragement

Before I quiet myself again, I would like to encourage you. I lovingly urge you to draw nearer to God. Be still and see Him. Fully. Clearly. Experience Him anew. Taste and see that the LORD is good. Surrender every part of your life to Him and witness His majesty. Know that I will be praying for you.

May God bless you all in this, that, these, and those days.

See No Evil, Hear No Evil…KNOW

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A.M. Thoughts: Can any of us un-see or un-hear what we have been exposed to in life? Sadly, the answer is no. Trust me, I know. Let me tell you about something that recently happened.

The other night, I invited my child to watch a cheesy 80s movie with me. It was a movie that I had loved and remembered so well…or so I thought. Everything was going just great until (insert horror music here) a profane word was uttered. (Yes!) I was so stunned that I sat speechless for a couple of seconds, hoping that my child didn’t hear what was said. Before I could turn the movie off, three more words dropped and a lewd innuendo was made. (Ugh!!!) I was beside myself. The damage was now done, and my child had been exposed to evil on my watch. (Of course, I did damage control promptly, and as a result, we had a well-needed and very thorough conversation on the tricks of Satan.)

There were numerous takeaways for me with this experience, but one of the biggest lessons I learned was SEE NO EVIL, HEAR NO EVIL…KNOW. In this phrase, I have found a guide on how to parent and how to live a godly life in a morally compromised world. It all boils down to this – we must be vigilant, alert, aware, and mindful of what is around us and what we choose to expose ourselves to, at all times. From music to movies to books to conversations to places we frequent to activities we elect to engage in, we must see it and hear it through the filter of the LORD. We must be willing to ask the simple yet hard questions…

Is it wholesome?

Is it pure?

Is it good?

Is it beneficial?

Is it helpful for knowledge and growth?

Is it something that will add to my spiritual development or take away from it?

When all is said and done, know this – Satan will come at you, he will come at me, and he will come at everyone we care about with anything that can be imagined…even a cheesy 80s movie. Don’t close your eyes, stuff your ears, or stick your head in the sand, and don’t allow that to be the case with your kids either. Know that God will help you.

Challenge: Complete a study on the word evil. Write down what you learn. (Feel free to come back and share it here on this post.)

Scripture Reflection: Philippians 4:8

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