This year is almost over! However, this time of year is going to be tough for a number of people. I was excited to share this episode, but although my testimony will surely pale in comparison to many of you, God’s Word will ALWAYS Stand True… I pray that something is said that will let you know that there is “Hope for Today… and Tomorrow!”
Although, I have new blog for my more inspirational posts, I thought that it would be a good idea to share this one with you. If you’d prefer to listen to this blog post, please click the link to our podcast… I pray that you enjoy!
It was 6:30 am on last Wednesday morning and I’m wondering what to share with you this week… but I’m on the verge of tears, because I’m in my feeling AGAIN! I’ve been in a real “interesting” place for the last few weeks, but I don’t want to get to far ahead of myself. So I decided to get up and get a cup of coffee. As I was standing in the kitchen, I heard the scripture, “The race is not given to the swift... ” So I went to my Bible app and found Ecclesiastes 9:11, which says this in the New Living Translation:
I have observed something else under the sun. The fastest runner doesn’t always win the race, and the strongest warrior doesn’t always win the battle. The wise sometimes go hungry, and the skillful are not necessarily wealthy. And those who are educated don’t always lead successful lives. It is all decided by chance, by being in the right place at the right time.
Then the Holy Spirit said, “When you are being prepared for what you need, not necessarily for what you want, the battle between your faith and your feelings will begin!” and I started to chuckle, because the Holy Spirit is always listening!?
So let’s talk a little about where I’ve been for the last few weeks. I’m self-employed and business has been rather slow recently. It’s not unusual for my business to fluctuate, but it’s during these times that I tend to get a little restless (can any of you relate?). Unfortunately, when I get restless, I have a lot of time to get in my feelings. I go into that “what if” headspace and although I’m always bombarded by the Word of God… in time, my feelings will take me back into the hole of uncertainty and doubt. Why does the Lord have to constantly remind of His Faithfulness? Every time I’ve been in this place, He’s brought me out. We have been blessed beyond measure during this season. So why am I still fighting my feelings… so that I can strengthen my faith. OMG! I actually heard that as I was writing it.
King David said it this way…
Why am I discouraged?Psalms 42:5
Why is my heart so sad?
I will put my hope in God!
I will praise him again—
my Savior and 6 my God!
You may want to take a moment to read all of Psalms 42 and 43. David uses this verse in both, but in somewhat different perspectives. But just know that… with each battle we face, our faith gets stronger and stronger!
So I guess I’ m just going to have to stop crying and keep working…
And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.Philippians 2:13
Knowing that God has Blessed us WAY beyond measure, I’ve cried a lot this past week, although my immediate family is safe & healthy. God has had to keep reminding me that He had the solution before there was a problem(s). So I’m TRUSTING Him with my whole heart and leaning not on my understanding (reasoning), Acknowledging Him in ALL my ways and He’s directing my paths (my decisions) and Ordering my Steps! I know that although it may not be easy right now, I’m listening to the Holy Spirit and will continue to seek Him for Grace, Comfort and Direction to walk as God would have us to walk! I believe that God is miraculously parting the waters and we will walk across on dry land….
Have a Blessed Weekend!
Last year, Order Your Steps hosted an absolutely AWESOME workshop entitled “DeClutter Your Mind” and as I was going through our videos, this particular message “Silencing the Noise” by Jewelle Daquin is so appropriate to help us to cope with our challenges of today.
(Please note: We are not videographers, so you may have to turn up the volume. )
I pray that all are safe and healthy!
Disclaimer: Before you judge me for being reckless and irresponsible please read the whole story. 😀
My story begins about a month ago. The crisis of the Coronavirus was in the news and like many people, my fear that I had contracted the disease was very real. I contacted my doctor via text and shared my symptoms. Since there was no fever or cough, she put me a ease but said that I should stay home because I’m over 60. In the meantime, my grown daughters were saying “Mom, Stay Home!”. I didn’t know tat the time that they were plotting to put me on House Arrest (remember that movie) and lock me in the basement until I came to my senses!
So when did I find out about the conspiracy… Wait, I’m getting to that. A week later, I contacted my doctor again and scheduled an appointment, in hopes of being able to continue to work. As a professional organizer, my sessions are one on one and very seldom are other people in the house. Interestingly, the Lord kept opening doors and more clients were coming in. In my heart of hearts, I knew that the Lord would protect me and close the doors when necessary. Ultimately, my doctor gave me the ok to continue working, with specific precautionary measures to be in place, which I followed. However, this wasn’t good enough for my daughters.
Understanding that my daughters love me and were very concerned about me, I decided to take off the week of March 30 for vacation, to appease them, I thought?! But guess what happened, on that very same day, the Governor of Maryland announced the Stay at Home Order for the state. Coincidence? I think not! My daughters conspired with the governor and yes, I’ve been home every since. It has definitely been an adjustment and I still have moments of uncertainty, especially with regards to our financial situation, but the Lord has always taken care of us.
In all seriousness, we must maintain our spiritual health -and- our physical health. We will continue to pray for this world and all those families that are affected by this disease. A Special Prayer for our health care professionals, first responders, law enforcement, etc. We must follow the instructions and directions of the Center on Disease Control (CDC) and our state officials in order to safeguard our physical health and that of our families.
From a spiritual perspective, I’m reminded that when it seemed impossible, the children of Israel crossed a great body of water, first the Red Sea and then the Jordan River, ON DRY LAND! Our situation looks bleak right now, with seemingly no end in sight, but I believe that the Lord is going to part the waters and we are going to emerge on the other side of this, even better that we were when we began this extremely difficult journey in the wilderness.
And there they stood; those priests carrying the Chest of the Covenant stood firmly planted on dry ground in the middle of the Jordan while all Israel crossed on dry ground. Finally the whole nation was across the Jordan, and not one wet foot. Joshua 3:17 MSG
Stay Tuned for my next post when I talk about growing “older” with grown daughters and how our responsibilities change.
In the beginning, I wondered why God named my ministry “Order Your Steps”… but, now EVERY time I hear it spoken or see it written, He reminds me of the path that I’m on and the message that He’s ordained that share with others.