Reminiscing On My Growth (Part 3)

Looking through the third page of the blog,  (as I move backwards, here), I started to see a theme that I was writing about.  Part of it was my brokenness and loneliness that I felt at the time as a part of a body of believers; which turned into sweet surrender that God used to remind me of His unfailing Love and that He is Always with me.   This is in no specific order, but I wanted to point out some of what I need to remember as I continue to grow.   As I’ve blogged, one thing that I have found to be true about me, in my own heart and those of my dear commenter’s, is that I am a very transparent personI’ve come to realize that having this ability is truly a gift God has given me to be able to share my very real life with others.  I’ve always said, I don’t see the need in being fake, because God is just going to make me deal with myself sooner or later.  I understand that being transparentis very, very, hard for probably most people;  because it forces us to surrender and take a very deep look at who we are.  I’ve been blessed to have God use me in this capacity, and it is a constant reminder that He is not done with me yet, and that He can work through Anything and Anybody, in Anyway He chooses.    As I’ve looked back on this blog, I am reminded:

That worship is more than worship music, more than our prayers, more than our deeds, but it is a total way of life.  We worship God when we surrender all to Him, and allow Him to mature us, and prepare us for His purposes. 

As I’ve looked back, I am reminded of God’s beauty; which is soooo vast!  There is beauty in who He is as a triue God;  exsting in perfection, in need of nothing, aware of everything, every detail of existence that our minds can’t  even comprehend.   His beauty in the everyday parts of life; in nature, the weather, and most importantly, us humans who are His most prized possession.  It is this beauty that we individuals hold, which he calls us to look for in eachother; not only in His Body, but in the broken, the lost, and the forgotten. 

Along these lines, I am reminded of the importance of fellowship.  No man is an island, and we are created in God’s image, which is communial.  I’ve had my own issues of trying to find  my place, but the more I learn, trust, and desire Him; the more I hear His voice and obey.  He has showed me when to close doors, and showed others to walk through.  He has reminded me that He is a jelouse God for His bride, and that it is in the most intimate moments with Him that I fallen deeper and deeper in love with Him, where He makes me feel beautiful and completly whole in Him.

I’m reminded that our doubts and fears are lies from the devil, and that we need to see them as such, and ask Jesus to remove them at that moment. 

I am reminded that God uses me in ways that I may not even recognize, or that I may blow off as trivial or insignificant.  I am becomming more and more aware that God is using me “behind the scenes” for His puposes And for my growth, And for my protection.  God’s wisdom supasses carnel understanding and I am sooo thankful for His provisions.  

Lastly here, I am going re-post some quotes from a  John Eldredge podcast that helps me remember that God Always has our best interests in mind.  May you too, be reminded all that He is to us.  Robin

God has to develope firmness of purpose in us.

We have to endure in hope or it wouldn’t be hope.

It’s a process that God takes us through as he developes us for our callings and desires.

Crisis developes character so God can empower us to do what He would have us to do

God wants to give us the desires of our hearts.

We need to persevere with desire

James 1:2 “Consider it pure joy whenever you face trials becasue you know that the testing of your faith developes perserverance .  Perserverance must finish it’s work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking in anything”. NIV

God says in hard times “Be still and know that I am God” Know that I am for you.  I will fullfill the desires of your heart, but I have to develope you.

God first awakens our desires, then, deepends them, then fullfills them.

More freedom, more fighting, more victory, more streangth.

Oswald Chanbers once said ” God gives us a vision and then He takes us down into the valley and batters us into the shape of the vision; and it’s there where most of us faint and give way.  But God says don’t faint and don’t give way b/c I have to take you through this to be able to give you the desires of your heart”.

God wants to get the self out of the way to bring the real me into life.

God wants to make us a wine to pour out to the world. You can’t drink grapes.  You have to squeeze the grapes to produce the wine.

Very rarely God reveals His whole plan for our lives.  He loves surprises.

Your desires matter deeply to Him.

We need to trust and follow and fight for our hearts as a treasure.

Prayer:  Jesus, come and speak to us now. We invite you and give you permisson.  Jesus what should we do? Why do we have these desires? We know you have something for us.  What would you have us do?   What changes do we make?  What risks do we take?   What would it look like Jesus to trust you deeply and to act like our hearts matter to you?

 

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3 thoughts on “Reminiscing On My Growth (Part 3)

  1. GOOD stuff from John Eldridge. I like that verse in James because I was actually reading one just like it in Rom 5 this morning. We also rejoice in our sufferings, b/c we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us…

  2. yr post above, almost a year ago!, came up as a related post on my blog, blueprintforliving.
    Its Day 10:The Heart of Worship, discussing complete surrender to Him. Ck out our blog if u like, and comment.
    Happy New Year,
    Grace

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