Saturday, April 27, 2013

control much?



we have a couple of people in our lives who are prophetic.  that means, the Lord tells them things regarding the present or future {never to be confused with psychic or anything of that nature.}  sometimes about us.  weird? a little. but, it's getting more normal.  at times it takes not only the Lord whispering in our ear but also a person right in front of us speaking audible words to get the message across.  maybe i should have titled this post "stubborn much?"

one of the prophetic friends gave me a daily devotion for Christmas.  i tried to get into it but it just didn't work for me.  we saw her again not long ago and she placed a new devotional on the table between our plates of spaghetti.  was i surprised?  a little. 

and...it has been a blessing.  it's called "Jesus Calling ~ Enjoying Peace in His presence" by Sarah Young. one of the devotions from a couple days ago really stuck out to me:

April 24

"I am always with you, so you have no reason to be afraid.  Your fear often manifests itself in excessive planning.  Your mind is so accustomed to this pattern of thinking that you are only now becoming aware of how pervasive it is and how much it hinders your intimacy with Me.  Repent of this tendency and resist it, whenever you realize you are wandering down this well-worn path.  Return to My presence, which always awaits you in the present moment.  I accept you back with no condemnation."
~Psalm 46:10; Romans 8:1

uh...hello!

it's odd really...i don't get afraid about moving across the country or adopting a kiddo. those things are SO BIG that i know only He could get it done so i don't even bother with planning much.

but...with the every day living...i tend to get in a tizzy.  for instance, we were heading to some friends house for a gathering.  i normally stress out about such an event.  i could analyze why but i won't.  i realized that i was enjoying making the dish we were taking, i wanted to be a blessing to our friends...not impress them.  i was so excited about it i think i said to mountain man, "wow, this feels great, freeing really...to make something for your friends because you love them, not to make them like you or to impress."  i think all he wanted was a sample of the grub while i was enjoying my new laid back self...a continuous work of progress i might add.

anyway...it is easy.  too easy to stress out about planning homeschooling or church lesson plans.  i can get wrapped up in a trap of stress {not realizing it stems from fear of not being good enough, smart enough or whatever enough} which totally takes the fun {and trusting} out of it quicker than trooper can shake a stick.

my point?  ahem...well, i'm not sure.

that i {and you} should work on relying on Him more.  not just for big things but for little things too {i'm not suggesting homeschooling or sunday school is a little task}.  i will continue to work on not planning every little detail of my life and my kids'...in fact, i find when i don't plan...it's super fun to watch and see what the Lord does!

so today...we went to the ranch and hung out.  i didn't plan a thing.  we packed some food, took the pellet guns and went for a nature walk.  and it was great.  no fuss, no stress, no fear...

now...i wonder if i should tell our friend that i love my new devotional or does she already know? =)

4 comments:

  1. Knowing that the Lord has an answer and a 'best plan' for every situation makes challenges exciting in life not dreadful. It is wonderful to have friends who care about us enough to encourage us in the things of the Lord.

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  2. Ahh!! I needed to read this. If I plan a day to not plan anything, does that still count at planning? hee hee

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  3. I love this devotional and the kids one is amazing as well. Someone like that who speaks truth into your life as in 'prophetic' is a blessing. Sound like you are in a good place to be in. (smile)

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  4. She probably already knows but I would send her your blog post. HUGS my friend you are doing great. B

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