Discovering what love is one day at a time
I woke up this morning. Got out of bed, hugged my children, and drove them to school. Yes, with my PJ pants on and my chicken hair sticking out of the top of my head, but I brushed my teeth. It was a must. Upon returning, did the 15 minute supersonic put a load of laundry in, empty the dishwasher, clean up the kids mess from their breakfast …while making and the dash you do around your house before you pour a cup of coffee.
There is a tendency of our flesh voice to scream out…uuugh…same ol same ol day after day…but the truth is, it isn’t the same. Today is a new day. Brand new. There has been no other day that is just like today. His mercies are new every morning. The fact that I woke up, means that I am still breathing…Miracle…I got out of bed…yep I have legs…and they work, I have ability and provision to drive my children to school. And I have children that I GET to clean up after. Yes, I said GET to. It is a privilege to serve my family. There is so much that I can have a grateful heart in response to, or so much that I can complain about, and not see the beauty of what lies in front of me, and react to it. Just because my flesh screams out doesn’t mean I have to listen to it, or agree with it. It’s the old man…he’s dead. I do not listen to ZOMBIES…
This is the day the Lord has made, I will rejoice and be glad in it. I will, I will choose life, I will choose blessing. I will choose freedom.
I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.
It is so important to think about the way that you think. If you look through a dirty window, you may see colors a little greyer, or the day less sunny. Think about how you look at the world around you…think about how you view yourself, your job, your responsibilities. Listen to your inner dialogue. What are you thinking over yourself, speaking over yourself? Does that go even further…do you then speak that over your family… Spend one day, and jot down some of the thoughts that you have over the course of the day…positive and negative. What are they in reference to? Do your thoughts build you up, or tear you down? If you are building yourself up in the knowledge of the Lord and who you are in Him chances are that is what you are doing with others…because out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks…what if you are tearing yourself down…chances are you are doing that to others. That kind of stuff likes to hide, and has been given permission to remain under excuses and false pretenses.
Is it time to change that inner dialogue? IT IS, if what you are repeating over and over in your head, and in your heart does not align itself to what God says about you. Christ died for each one of us. And He rose again. We can have new life by believing Him. The simplicity of choosing to submit my life unto Him fully then gives me complete access to Father God, new life (brand new) the old has passed away, and I am in Christ. In Him, I am pure, righteous and holy. We are not to just remain in our old ways, we are to draw near to Him, and allow Him to change our ways of thinking feeling and deciding. He won’t force us, we have to choose. What happens when we choose to not listen and obey…we suffer loss…Why? Because we give our authority that we have in Christ to the principalities and powers of darkness. We permit darkness to penetrate into the light. We give permission to things that are outside of the kingdom, and allow access.
There is also a dialogue that is going on around us…and we have to be diligent to only receive that which truly aligns itself with God’s word. It’s a choice thing. We can choose to listen to the ordinary commonplace thoughts that are broadcast over our city, over our families, and over ourselves. Or we can listen to and agree with the awesome liberty and life giving thoughts of the Lord. He is always communicating with us. We actually have to purpose to listen, and then follow through by walking out our agreement with Him. His thoughts toward us are more numerous than the grains of sand…they are thoughts of love; plans for our future…Do you want to know what He is thinking?
I have been married to my wonderful husband for 22 years. We have two young men ages 19 and 13.. This blog is somewhat of a journal and attempt for me to keep a purposeful perspective on life as a whole.