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Summer is in full swing, and that means I'm carting kids off to opposite sides of town for their activities. One such trip was an early morning drop-off for my youngest, and this particular morning my oldest decided to tag along.
We hadn't been on the road for very long, and I had a knowing, you know, the knowing that someone is going to ask you to go to Starbucks.
It was at this knowing that I had already made my decision. Before the question was even asked, I predetermined if I would say yes or no.
I smiled to myself, nearly giggling at my desire to treat them before they even asked.
We ascended the exit ramp, and the green mermaid beckoned.
Not a peep. Nothing from the front seat and nothing from the back.
I was shocked. They didn't ask.
I began to wonder if I got the knowing wrong.
When do they NOT want Starbucks? Are they asleep? Why didn't they ask?
These questions rolled around in my head, and I heard God's inquiry, "why don't you ask me for...
I took a sabbatical. What I didn't know as I entered this rest was that the discouragement I had been going through would continue to crash on me.
Discouragement makes you lose hope, and you get spiritually tired. It can cause you to lose faith and begin to doubt God. Discouragement is a powerful attack from the enemy because it can cause someone to quit what God has called them to do.
This is exactly what I was feeling, daily I would offer to quit, I'd put this calling, this ministry, on the altar and ask God to take it back and he'd tell me "NO."
And in the throes of it, I'd get up and serve my clients and my family with every ounce of what I had in my tank. Then I'd crash. EMPTY.
God cares about our discouragement. He wants us to hang in there and keep going. He wants us to choose to trust Him and have faith; you know that Hebrews 11:1 stuff, the substance of things hoped for that is not based on what we see.
He wants us to stand firm and hold tight to His promises,...
Yesterday, we pulled the first Spring weeds: dandelions, purslane, and thistle. We raked out dead leaves and cut back the grasses, sage, and junipers. Dead and brittle branches were cut off trees.
Early spring can still look barren. And pruning before you see growth seems senseless. At least that’s true for me.
It isn’t fun to partner with God this season, seeing so much more of me cut back and cut off. Tending to a garden of dead things.
“Seriously, God. We’ve done so much work, in this area and that; it would be nice to see some fruit.”
Lovingly He speaks, "I am the Gardener. I cut off every branch in you that bears no fruit, and every branch that does bear fruit I prune so that it will be even more fruitful" (John 15:1-2).
He’s teaching me through this garden labor; just like my landscaping needed spring cleaning, so does my heart. He’s showing me the clutter from my winter season. And dealing with anything...
A robin landed on my fence this morning, it is a beautiful sign of Spring, one I needed. This winter has been fierce with cold temperatures and record-breaking snowfalls.
I'm over it.
Ever been in one of those seasons and you're over it? You can't wait for it to end and the new one to begin?
It's hard not to grumble and complain when our heart is tired of the current season and we eagerly anticipate the next one. Isn't it.
Just this morning, I stood in the shower and had a very raw conversation with the Lord.
I reminded him (as if he needs reminding), that the last few years have been hard, there have been things I've been contending for and, frankly, I'm tired of plowing and planting and not seeing a harvest. Of watching the seeds just die in the ground. I'm tired of the wilderness and its barrenness.
I'm over it.
Yet I declare. I will see the promises of the Lord!
And then I remind him what those promises are; as if he didn't know.
Then, of course, God speaks to my heart right...
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