I can’t even tell you how important it is to know God’s word. It truly is a lamp unto our feet and a light unto our path. Learning and knowing His voice also makes all the difference in knowing that we’re walking the right path.
Things are going well. I know God’s in control and He’s really changed me over the last few years. But, I felt like I was at a stand still, not knowing what’s next, life changes as my kid’s are getting older etc.
But, something as silly as putting a shirt on backwards gave me fresh hope and a new perspective. When the shirt was uncomfortable, I said to myself, “oh, that’s the back not the front .” Immediately this scripture came to mind, “The Lord will make you the head and not the tail; you will move upward and not downward, if you hear and carefully follow the commandments of the Lord your God, which I am giving to you today.” (Duet. 28:13, Berean Study Bible). It was His voice telling me to keep following Him and He’ll continue moving me in the right direction- forward and upward.
Life is such a journey of uncomfortable situations sometimes and such a process. I visualize it like a GPS. Go 3 miles, turn right at this exit. We’ll hit pot holes, road construction, closed roads, stand still traffic and detours, but there’s no better feeling than arriving at your destination.
Going through a painful divorce and healing from of an unhealthy relationship has been a long road. I hit a lot of the above. Over time, I was cruising right along and dealing with things as they came. But, this time last year, I hit a bump having to relive some of the most hurtful times.
I recognized it as having to go through it all again to deal with the unhealed wounds to arrive at complete healing. Wounds I didn’t even know existed.
Growing up at church, we sang a song called “Lean on Me.” The lyrics, I’ll feel His arms around me and I’ll hear Him gently say “Lean on me when you have no strength to stand, when you feel you’re going under, hold tighter to my hand. Lean on me…….you’ll find I’m all you need.”
Not only am I so thankful that we can lean on Him through our struggles, but you’ll always hear me say how thankful I am for the people that God puts in our paths. Believe me, I didn’t want to revisit those hurtful times. I was good, I’d went far enough and I wanted to stop right where I was. I wouldn’t have kept going had it not been for the faithful friends that pushed me to keep going to arrive at all that God has for me.
Pushing through in that final stretch, the wounds were completely healed. The brick on my chest and the weight on my shoulders is gone. The cloud that hung over me from my past is gone and I realized it doesn’t define my future!
My word for this year is surrender. I’ve really learned to take my hands off and trust God!! That’s what faith is right?!? 😊When I find myself beginning to worry, I remind myself- Nope! I’m trusting God. I know the scriptures I’ve prayed that won’t return void. I’ll hold my hands open as I pray and say, “it’s in your hands, not mine!!”
My hope is that God would be glorified through our life and we can use for good the things that we’ve walked through to be a help and encouragement to others.
I hope to give hope to someone that’s been through what I have or that can be encouraged to keep going, if you’re on a bumpy road. God is right there with us through it all- the bumpy roads and when we’re cruising!! He will lead us to our destinations.
For my kids- I’ve heard from several parents of the friends of one of my kiddos how they’ve used for good the things they’ve experienced to be an encouragement to their friends. It makes me a proud momma for sure, but most of all, I’m thankful that God hears our prayers! I really appreciate those parents reaching out to me. They have no idea what’s in my prayer time every single day. It just gives me confirmation and reassurance that God’s been there through it all!
I’ve noticed another kiddo maturing and taking an interest in learning things that’ll make life better. I’m thankful for the circle of people God has in their path that’ve been there to teach things that I can’t. Why do they always listen to other people better than us?!? 😜 Regardless, I’m grateful!!
We’re all a work in progress and He’s still working on me. But, He’s been so good and so faithful and I have faith in where He’s leading me!!
Thank you for letting me share!!!