Change doesn’t come easy. It requires us to do things differently, and think differently. It messes up our routine. It takes a little while to get used to before it becomes our “new normal.” Interesting enough, change is always happening. The Earth shifts. The wind blows. The seasons change. Its continual. Yet we act like change is sudden. There are often signs of a shift, but we ignore them. Get ready. Transition is God's way of helping us get ready for the shift that is coming.
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Fear plays a big part in our expectation. Past experience also plays a part in our expectation. If we have been disappointed, then we typically expect disappointment. If we have experienced failure, then we expect failure. If we have been hurt, then we expect pain. We have experienced the worst and now that is our expectation. God wants us to think beyond our past, beyond our hurt, beyond our failure, and beyond our disappointment. God wants us to cast our nets into the deep. He wants us to walk on water. He wants us to experience the miraculous. God’s ability and resources are limitless. God wants us to think BIG. God wants us to think beyond our reality, beyond our limits, beyond expectation.
Luke 12:7 KJV But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.
Sometimes, I feel like my mind doesn't rest. Late at night I run through lists in my head. Mostly, its my “to do” list or my grocery list or my “don’t forget" list. There are never ending lists. My mind is full. The day always seems to get away from me. The more I cross things off. The more things I add. Its cyclic. Its unending. However, God's mind is full of his plans and purpose for you. He knows the the plans he has for you; Plans to prosper you and bring you to an expected end. So, remember that when your mind is full….God is mindful!
1 Peter 4:8-And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins.
This was yesterday's daily scripture. I started to think about divorce rates and came to the conclusion that we have been conditioned to quit. We don’t forgive. We don't give second chances. We quit. We get mad. We feel wronged, and we quit. Our love is circumstantial instead of unconditional. Our love is conditional. Our marriages are not based on devotion, but mutual convenience. We don't let love cover. We don’t love. We “like” strongly. Maybe we need to revisit the book of Peter to get a better understanding of the power of love. Real love covers.
I’m literally waiting with bated breath for the arrival of our daughter. This pregnancy has taught me that we are not in control. We have a sense of control, but not really. We can’t make ourselves breathe. We can’t make our heart pump. We can’t cause the sun to shine or the Earth to move. We can’t stop all nuisances in our life even if we wanted. Life is unpredictable. We can pray and try to move God. We can stomp our feet and have a tantrum. We can give up or we can choose to move forward. Still, we can’t control all the moving pieces of our lives. Woosah. Take a deep breath. Accept that life is unpredictable and that’s ok.
Grace is a often used as a theological term that refers to a divine influence that helps to inspire virtuous impulses and impart strength to endure trials and temptation. Grace is love and mercy given to us by God. It is not earned. It is given. Grace is unmerited. Grace is unconditional. Grace is inexhaustible. Grace is a gift that can be shared because it was extended to us freely. God’s grace is a gift we open daily.