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Broken Places

 

About 3 days after my husband finished radiation therapy, we pulled down the back part of our house. We had plans for something bigger, newer, better. But as the furniture was removed and the walls, floors and roof were pulled off, all we had was a mess! Not much of what had previously been there remained, and I remember feeling like the back of our house mirrored how me…tired, run-down, a shell, broken… empty.  My faith felt tattered, I had nothing to give to anyone, and I felt like God had disappeared.  The journey of the previous 4 months had left me in a mess!

I took hope in the fact that just as we were rebuilding something bigger, better, newer in our house…that God was going to do a work in my life that would see me come out the other side with greater strength, beauty and capacity.

For a long time I asked God to answer many questions about that season, trying to understand the why’s and what for’s of all that went on in order to ‘make sense’ of it. I’ve come to the conclusion that I may not get all the answers and I’m looking at my Valley with new eyes.

I love the story of Joseph. Here was a guy with a huge call on his life, he would become second in charge in Egypt, and save thousands because of his obedience to God in storing up grain for a season of famine. But before he got to that point, he was thrown into a pit, sold as a slave, and sentenced to jail. Not quite the systematic rise to power you would hope for! 😉

I love his words to his brothers when he finally met up with them again…”Am I in the place of God? You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.” (Genesis 50: 19-20).

It would have been easy for Joseph to feel like God had left him, forgotten about him but Joseph was a man who could look back on the challenges life had thrown at him, and know God could work it all out for good.

Romans 8:28 says ‘And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.’

So with that verse on my heart, I have been on a quest…instead of looking at my valley and mourning that season, I am looking for the good that God has brought out of that place. I wondered if I could write 10 things God taught me from my valley and I tell you, it was easy!!! As hard as that season was, God has brought good out of it. He has revealed Himself to me in greater ways, He has strengthened my faith, He has healed deep hurts, and I have come through the other side with greater depth and understanding. What the enemy intended to harm, God has turned around for good. 

Perhaps you are in a valley right now… I’m so sorry, my heart breaks at your pain. But can I tell you that God will not leave you here. He is the God of restoration, freedom, and He will make all things new! Perhaps you too have seasons that you don’t understand. God can bring healing. As we choose to look at these places with fresh eyes we can be confident that God can take the broken places of our lives and breathe life, strength and beauty into us. And so there is hope…hope that our God can carry us through the tough seasons, hope that our God can restore, heal, and make all things new, hope that what the enemy intended to harm us, God can turn around for good, and hope that through our valleys we can grow and become bigger on the inside. 

My God is mighty to save, He is powerful to heal and I am trusting Him for even more!!!! 

Blessings!

Tammy x

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God I look to You!

One of my favorite songs is by Jenn Johnson & Bethel music:

‘God I look to You

I won’t be overwhelmed

Give me vision to see things like You do,

God I look to You

You’re where my help comes from

Give me wisdom 

You know just what to do’

And the chorus beautifully declares God as our strength, our shield, our rock, and that He reigns!!!!

 

I find myself singing this song a lot when I’m feeling overwhelmed. It is a reminder to me to lift my eyes from the situation and circumstances that I’m facing and place them on God.

2 Corinthians 4:18 tells us to ‘fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary and what is unseen is eternal.’

2 Corinthians 5:7 echoes this: ‘we live by faith, not sight.’

What we look at can block our vision from the eternal. It can keep us fixated on the here and now. It can keep us walking in discouragement and fear. It can steal our joy, our hope, our faith. It can keep us from seeing God and it can stop us from seeing what God is up to.

In Matthew 14, Peter courageously asks Jesus to call him forth out of the boat to walk on water. He does actually walk on water but the moment he takes his eyes off Jesus and looks at the wind, he is afraid and begins to sink. His focus shifts from Jesus to the present circumstance. 

I love the words from the above song ‘give me vision to see things like You do’. I often think vision is a fancy word for faith. It’s a preferred future, a trusting in God to bring forth His heart for us, to take the temporary and breathe life, healing, hope, joy, and freedom over it.

Wouldn’t it be great to see things from God’s perspective? To have eyes to see the big picture! I love that the things of this world are temporary and that we are walking toward an eternal freedom and glory! God sees the big picture and He asks us to lift our eyes to Him and walk by faith (not sight)! 

Perhaps you are going through a difficult season at the moment. Perhaps you need spiritual eyes to believe God for your finances, your health, your marriage, your child’s salvation. In the temporary, it can look daunting and we can wonder how on earth we are going to see any kind of breakthrough, but it’s in those moments we need to remember that God is BIGGER and lift our eyes and voices to declare His sovereignty over our lives!

Perhaps you are in a valley so dark that you can’t even see God… I’ve been there… and can I encourage you that God is there!!!!!!!!!!!! HE WILL NOT LET YOU GO! He’s got you. Hang on for dear life and keep walking because the valley will come to an end and there will be joy again. He will prepare a banquet for you and the enemy will have to watch on as you feast on God’s goodness. (Psalm 23:5).

In the story where Peter begins to sink, he cries out to Jesus and the passage says that Jesus ‘immediately’ reached out His hand and caught him. The Message says ‘Jesus didn’t hesitate’. I love that! In that moment when we feel ourselves sinking, we can call out to Jesus and He will not hesitate in reaching for us!

Some of the most defining moments in my faith have been when I have declared God’s sovereignty over whatever situation has been overwhelming me. As I put worship on and begin to sing that God reigns, something shifts in me…and in the spiritual. The thing that was consuming me gets put into perspective as I lift my eyes to Almighty God and place it in His hands. Can I encourage you to make some time this week to declare God’s sovereignty over whatever situation is going on for you. If you can get a hold of Jenn Johnson’s song sing ‘Our God reigns’ over your life.

Let’s ask God to give us spiritual eyes to see His vision for our lives. Let’s not get stuck in the temporary. Let’s fix our eyes on Christ, the author and perfecter of our faith!!! 

Blessings!

Tammy

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Deeper

At the start of each year I ask God for a word for the year ahead. This year God whispered ‘deeper’ into my heart.
It’s a call to go deeper…deeper into His love. It’s a divine invitation, an invitation I can accept or reject. An invitation I can make room for or an invitation that can be crowded out by the busyness of my life. It’s an invitation to experience more of the sweetness of His love. An invitation to forget the striving and just be. An invitation to leave the rush and just rest, an invitation to soak in His goodness and beauty, an invitation to let His love wash over the hurt and discontent of my own life. An invitation for greater healing, greater freedom, but most importantly, greater intimacy.
I love that God woos us, that He invites us into a divine romance with Him, that He has loved us with an everlasting love and draws us with His unfailing kindness (Jeremiah 31:3)
Sometimes I forget how beautiful God is. Sometimes I forget the sweetness of His presence, the intensity of His love. I’m preoccupied with life and I forget the invitation to come deeper, to draw away from the busyness and bask in the joy of loving and being loved.
It’s one thing to read that God loves us, but to truly know this love we must believe it is ours. Will we receive that love? Hannah W. Smith in her book ‘The Christian’s Secret of a Happy Life’ says that “love may be lavished upon us by another without measure, but until we believe that we are loved, it never really becomes ours”. (Read that again!) 🙂 We must believe that God’s love has been freely given to us if we’re going to truly receive it!
I’ve been through a season of Winter where I questioned God’s nearness and love, where I craved the intimacy and presence of His Spirit, where God felt distant and His voice seemed silent. But my God never left me. He has spoken into those deep places of pain and revealed His presence and love. And on the other side is an invitation to step into Spring, to go deeper. A wooing back to that first love…moments where we linger in the sweetness of loving Him and being in His love. Those moments change us. They wash over pain, uproot bitterness and fill us with joy. They fill us with our true identity, our true self. They go beyond us to reach others with that same love we have received. They break the lies of the past, they speak truth into today and vision into the future.
And we can look back on our winter and know that God has carried us out into Spring to flourish. “Who is this coming up from the wilderness, leaning on her beloved?” (Song of Songs 8:5)
He invites us all. He invites you! He calls you to deeper, to leave behind the pain of yesterday and step into a fresh understanding of His love. Come! Come deeper. God is waiting for you, waiting to pour out more of Himself, more of His freedom, more joy. Believe it is yours and come receive it. Leave the busyness and step into the sweetness. Let Him whisper over your tired heart your true name, “Beloved”.
Blessings!
Tammy
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Beyond

There are moments I want to wrap myself up in a little cocoon and wait for the storm to pass, moments when being real and authentic is hard and I want to pull back, moments when God’s call on my life seems way bigger than my own capacity… And I want to shrink back…
But I can’t! That’s not who I am, that’s not who God created me to be, that’s not who I’m called to be.
This year, our church has been on a journey of ‘beyond’. There is something for all of us personally to go beyond. For me… it’s beyond fear, beyond not being enough, beyond shame, beyond the walls of self-protection. (It’s been a BIG year!!!) It’s been about staying the course, standing firm, fighting for what’s important. It’s about being known, real and authentic rather than giving in to the masks and walls that bring disconnection. It’s about making His priorities my priorities, pressing into God and believing for breakthrough.
I have been challenged by my need for comfort. As much as I crave it, it unsettles me that this is something that drives me. Surely if I’m going to follow Jesus, it will require me to leave behind comfortable and step out in faith. My heart’s desire is to follow God where He leads, to allow Him to shape me, mould me, challenge me, lead me. I don’t want to stay the same and that requires allowing God access to all areas, that requires following God beyond comfortable. That requires leaving behind some stuff and being ok with that. It requires faith, it takes courage, and it’s all about learning to trust.
The Israelites were called beyond…beyond the oppression and slavery that Egypt had kept them in…to a promised land.
In Numbers 13, Moses sent out 12 men to spy out the Promised Land. When those men returned and reported back to Moses, 10 men were in fear of the people living there and reported against going. Caleb and Joshua were the only ones who believed that God would give them this Promised Land (Numbers 14:6-9). And they were the only 2 Israelites living at that time who eventually saw the promised land. Verse 24 says “But because my servant Caleb has a different spirit and follows me wholeheartedly, I will bring him into the land he went to…”
I want that!!! I want to carry a different spirit, a spirit of courage and not fear. I want to follow God wholeheartedly. I want to step out of comfort and into faith. I want to trust what God has me and that when he calls me out beyond the comfortable, I go.
It’s easy to let fear stop us from stepping out of our comfort zone. But there’s a pay off if we do that. We risk the chance of missing our promised land, of missing what God has for us. (Can I just say here that I am glad that God is gracious and often gives us more opportunities), BUT… if I live my life in self-protection mode, continually too afraid to step out beyond for fear of getting hurt or just because it’s hard, I’ve missed it. I’ve missed the whole journey of learning to follow Jesus, of trusting Him to take me beyond myself  and grow me up in Him. We can self-protect ourselves right out of the will of God…we can self-protect ourselves right out of our promised land… and I don’t believe any of us want that.
Hebrews 10:39 says ‘but we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who believe and are saved.’
We are called to go beyond. Beyond the fear and self-protection, beyond easy and comfortable because there is so much more for us…more freedom, more joy, more of God to discover.
God calls us beyond…but we don’t go alone! He promises to go with us, to fight our battles, to slay the giants that are before us…but we have to be willing to go, to say yes, to take that step beyond what we know to be safe, easy, comfortable, and to take hold of what God has promised us. Trusting Him is our greatest lesson.
What has God called you beyond?
Blessings!
Tammy
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When you feel like you’re failing…

It’s been one of those weeks…those out of control, crazy weeks where I’m running like a crazy woman to juggle all the balls I’ve got going on, dropping several in the process while someone hurls an extra big one at my face. And to top it off, I’m flat and emotional. In a sentence…I’m so over myself!!!!
I feel like a failure! I feel like someone’s written a big fat F on my report card and plastered it to my chest.
There’s been a lot of crying out to God and it took me a few days to get there but I’ve finally asked myself the question… who’s actually handing me the ‘F’ for failure?
Is it me? Possibly…I certainly hold high expectations of myself. I desire to do everything well, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but when life gets a bit crazy, I’m not kind to myself. I don’t give myself the grace and compassion I would so generously extend to anyone else in my position.
Is it those around me? Sometimes… it’s easy to feel like others are judgmental and becoming frustrated when we don’t meet their expectations.
Is it the devil? Probably… He is the accuser (Rev 12:10). His purpose is to steal and destroy.(John 10:10)
Is it God? Definitely not!!! He’s not impressed with my striving, with how much I can achieve, or how many balls I can successfully juggle. He’s much more concerned with my heart, my intimacy with Him, and my heart for others. He’s concerned with who I’m becoming! (1 Sam 16:7b, Luke 10:27).
My favourite story in the bible is Mary and Martha, 2 sisters who had Jesus in their home. One spent her time preparing a feast, while the other sat at Jesus’ feet and listened to all He had to say. And I’m reminded that of all the things I invest my time and energy in, the one thing that will transform me, will speak life into me, will change the feelings of fail into love and truth, is my intimacy with God. Romans 8:16 says ‘God’s Spirit touches our spirits and confirms who we really are.’ His voice needs to be the loudest. It needs to drown out the critical voice of myself, the accusing voice of the enemy and the judgemental voice of others.
In the midst of my emotions, I got myself to church and oh how worship is good for the soul! As I lifted my voice in worship, my eyes lifted from my own inadequacies to my Heavenly Father who is bigger than everything I carry. I was reminded of His extravagant love for me and of who I am in Him. I am not perfect, but I’m perfectly loved. I’m His…fearfully and wonderfully made, loved, treasured, beloved. (Psalm 139:14, Ephesians 3:18-19, Song of Songs 7:10).
So, if you’re feeling like you’re failing, remember that God is our number 1 audience, that He’s not concerned with the striving but with a heart that is passionate about intimacy with Him, a heart that is passionate about loving and following Him. Our doing comes out of our being…out of being with Him, being loved, being transformed, being His. We are loved and accepted and Jesus has already paid the price for all of our failures.
So let’s connect with the voice of truth in our lives. Let’s allow His voice to be loudest by tuning into Him, and let’s allow the power of worshipping Him, to lift our eyes above our craziness to a powerful God who can carry us and all our stuff.
Blessings!
Tammy x
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Letting God love you

‘I pray that from His glorious, unlimited resources He will give you mighty inner strength through His Holy Spirit. And I pray that Christ will be more and more at home in your hearts as you trust in Him. May your roots go down deep into the soil of God’s marvellous love. And may you have the power to understand how wide, how long, how high, and how deep His love really is. May you experience the love of Christ, though it is so great you will never fully understand it. Then you will be filled with the fullness of life and power that comes from God.’ (Ephesians 3:16-19)
Over the last month I’ve been asking myself this question…How different would my life be if I truly understood the extravagant love that God has for me? Would I stop striving, stop wrestling with my insecurities, stop worrying what people thought of me, stop letting fear control me. Would KNOWING- at the very depth of my being- that I was loved beyond measure by God, the Creator of the universe, change how I walked through life? I’m pretty convinced it would!
Over the last month I have felt God wooing me back to that place of first love. Of calling me to just come and sit at His feet and allow His beautiful, tender love to wash over the wounds, the insecurities, the ruins, the imperfections and KNOW that I am loved. There is so much in my life that I want healed, thought patterns I want chopped out at their ugly roots, ruins that I want life breathed into, and I can’t do any of it without Jesus, without His extravagant, gentle, gracious love for me. And so He woos me…COME.
Are you weary…COME…for He is gentle and humble in heart and you will find rest for your soul. (Matt 11:28-30)
Are you dry…COME…rivers of living water will flow from within you. (John 7:37)
Are you fearful…COME…with His love He will calm all your fears (Zephaniah 3:17)
Are you stressed…COME…the peace of God will guard your heart and mind (Philippians 4:6-7)
Are you feeling lonely…COME…He will never leave you or forsake you. (Hebrews 13:5)
Are you feeling vulnerable…COME…He is a shield around you, your glory, the One who lifts your head high. (Psalm 3:3)
What would it look like to come into His presence, no agenda, just there to love and be loved? To just sit in the sunshine of His love and let that love minister to your heart? To allow that love to wash over every barren, broken part of your being and breathe life? To be filled to the measure with the fullness of His love?
Jesus woos us to come…. He is everything we need!
So let’s make a date with the One who loves us beyond measure. Grab your coffee/ tea/ hot chocolate, go out in creation or snuggle under your blankie, put some worship music on and let God love you. No agenda, just being…being loved, being present, being in His presence!
And as we gaze on His glory, we are being transformed! His love is changing us from the inside out. His Spirit is healing, transforming, renewing and becoming bigger within us!!!! Praise God!
‘My response is to get down on my knees before the Father, this magnificent Father who parcels out all heaven and earth. I ask Him to strengthen you by His Spirit- not a brute strength but a glorious inner strength- that Christ will live in you as you open the door and invite Him in. And I ask Him that with both feet planted firmly on love, you’ll be able to take in with all followers of Jesus the extravagant dimensions of Christ’s love. Reach out and experience the breadth! Test it’s length! Plumb the depths! Rise to the heights! Live full lives, full in the fullness of God.’ (Ephesians 3:18-19 The Message).
Blessings!
Tammy x
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Letting go of lack

There are so many moments when I live in the lack, when I’m focused on my lack of resources, lack of time, lack of spirituality, lack of capacity….lack, lack, lack!
It is fuelled by the world’s constant nagging that I need more, that if I only had the right car, shampoo, pay check… my life would be complete and I would attain supreme happiness and confidence. But at the very core of lack is a belief that I am lacking: that I’m not good enough, strong enough, capable enough, spiritual enough.
2 years ago I was drowning in a sea of lack! I was already drained from the season I had walked through. The endless demands of life and trying to juggle 5 kids and a super busy hubby left me feeling totally inadequate. I was overwhelmed daily, hourly by a sense of lack. I felt inadequate to parent 5 children well and meet all their needs. The 5 o’clock ritual of homework, dinner, baths, cleaning-up, tantrums, bed, was leaving me exhausted and frazzled.I begged my husband to be home early to help me get through but this wasn’t always possible with his schedule. And I just ended up feeling frustrated and alone.
I thank God that He didn’t leave me in that place of despair, that as I ran to Him with my lack and inadequacy, He met me.
I have read Psalm 23 a million times… ‘The Lord is my Shepherd, I lack nothing’, but in that place of heartache, this verse became an anchor. What if I were to actually believe this??? In those moments when I felt overwhelmed and barely coping, I started reciting that verse. “The Lord is my Shepherd, I lack nothing!”
In the coming weeks it brought courage to my weary heart, it brought truth to my weary spirit, but most importantly, it lifted my eyes from the ‘lack’ of who I believed I was, to the limitless resource, wisdom and beauty of my Shepherd.
Slowly but surely, my sense of lack, of inadequacy, of not being enough was being replaced by faith in the One who had me. The One who knows the path ahead, the One who gives me rest, the One who restores my soul.
The demands of life didn’t change. Life was and is still crazy, messy, and busy…but I changed. My Shepherd met me! and I placed my trust in Him to lead me, protect me, guide me.
I have found there are 2 powerful antidotes to lack:
  • the Shepherd Himself who refreshes my heart and speaks words of truth into my places of inadequacy, who tells me I am enough because He created me and I am His.
  •  a thankful heart that lifts it’s focus from the lack to gratitude. Sometimes we just need to change what we’re looking at. Shifting our focus from the lack to the many blessings we have brings joy and contentment.
All of us have faced moments, maybe seasons where life was overwhelming and we didn’t know how to navigate the road ahead. We can be fearful of whether we’ve got what it takes, frightened by our own sense of lack but the Shepherd tells us we are enough because we are His. He leads us when we are unsure of the path ahead, He restores our weary souls, He protects our vulnerable hearts… but we must choose to TRUST.
Can I encourage you… if  you feel overwhelmed by the lack, set down your anchor in Him…The Lord is your Shepherd and with Him you lack nothing!!!!
Blessings!
Tammy x
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When God ran

I shed a few tears this Christmas. I felt guilty that I wasn’t more excited about Jesus’ birth, but as the morning unfolded, and I set the Christmas table, there was sadness that people who would usually be with us to celebrate, were absent. It was my first Christmas since my step-father had passed away, beautiful friends who were like family to us had moved too far away to do our usual get together, and a fractured relationship, left my heart feeling sad and grieved.
I prayed a lot that morning that God would give me His joy, that I could shift my focus from the pain I felt to the amazing gift of Jesus. And in that place of heartache, God met me. He reminded me that relationships matter, that in fact, at the very core of Christmas was a desire to restore relationships, God’s desire to restore relationship with us. He would pay the ultimate price in giving His Son Jesus to restore us to Himself, to bring us into a beautiful intimate relationship.
I love the story of the prodigal son (Luke 15: 11-32). The son in the story  has set off to live his own life and in doing so, squanders the entire inheritance his father has given him. When he finally comes to the end of himself, he decides to return home to ask if he can be a servant in his father’s home. But the Father in the story, waits patiently for his son to return and when he does finally return, the father embraces him back and throws a huge party to celebrate his son’s return. He doesn’t accept him as a servant but restores him as a son. God is the father in that story, who stands waiting and watching for his child to return to Him and we are His children who often chose to go our own way.
Verse 20 says ‘But while he (the son) was still a long way off, His father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; He ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.’ That’s who my God is! That’s the father heart of God! He has such passion for relationship to be restored that He would RUN to meet us! God’s heart is one of compassion for those who are lost and out of relationship. He runs to us, throws His arms around us and restores us to sonship.
I had such a special Christmas! In spite of the people missing at my table, I was reminded that relationships matter to God. Because just like me, God doesn’t want anyone missing at the table. He understands the ache in our hearts for those missing. He gets it! And in that moment of reminding me that Christmas is all about relationship, the heaviness of my heart lifted and there was such thankfulness and beauty in knowing God’s empathy and heart for me. Those places of hurt and pain, where our heart is overwhelmed, are the places God longs to meet us and pour out His love over us.
I am in awe of God’s extravagant love, His desire for an intimate relationship with us, His willingness to give everything to restore us to Himself. His love is exquisite, beyond comprehension and generous beyond belief. His heart is for you and for those who are yet to know Him. Let’s continue to open our hearts to His love, to allow Him to wash over those places of pain and heartache that we can love others as He first loved us.
You are loved beyond measure! And God is running to meet you.
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Positioning ourselves well

Do you ever feel overwhelmed by life…caught up in the craziness of what’s going on around you? Unable to think clearly, frazzled, anxious? Perhaps, like me, the break-neck speed of Christmas craziness, and the endless purchasing of back to school supplies has been enough to sidetrack you! 🙂 Life can often leave us feeling frazzled and spiritually depleted.

At our women’s retreat God challenged me about not getting caught up in the busyness of life. As I sat down at the boatshed I watched the current moving at a fast pace. I felt God speak into my soul about my need to be anchored in Him and not be caught up in the swift moving current of life.  I don’t often get prophetic pictures for people but as I prayed for a lovely friend, I saw a cyclonic whirlwind swirling around her like a huge dust-storm. She couldn’t see, it was chaos around her, but there she was at the centre of it all, on her knees before her Heavenly Father. A picture of total dependence on God, of positioning herself at the feet of the only one who could help her get through the chaos.

Over the last 3 years there have been many moments when I have felt totally out of control, totally overwhelmed and not sure how to get through the chaos and turmoil that has surrounded me. Even now, we have things going on that we have no control over and that picture of setting down anchor and positioning myself before God has bought courage, strength and determination. In the early days of my husband’s diagnosis of cancer I remember thinking about how I was positioned to get through it. I knew this was not the time to give up going to church, even on those days I was in the depth of emotion. In the words of a dear friend, if we can’t cry at church, where can we cry? 🙂 I knew I needed the encouragement and support of my faith family and I knew I needed God more than I had ever needed Him!!!

This year God has reinforced that picture of being anchored in Him with a scripture from Jeremiah 17:7-8 “But blessed are those who trust in the Lord, whose confidence is in Him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the steam. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.”

Ephesians 3:17 encourages us to be “rooted and established in love” Why? So that we may “grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpassess knowledge- that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” (v.18-19). Bigger on the Inside! 

So, how do we put this into practice? The start of a new year is always a great time to evaluate where we are and where we want to be. Let’s not just have a desire, let’s put some things into place to make that desire a reality. I have found Rick Warren’s framework of ‘divert daily, withdraw weekly and abandon annually’ really helpful in my personal desire to be anchored in God. I have subscribed to a daily email from ‘Proverbs 31 Ministries’ to help me divert daily to God. I looked at my weekly routine and picked a day where I can spend 2 hours withdrawing with God and I have a retreat and a spiritual conference scheduled this year to help me abandon the craziness of life and give God a solid block of time for growth.

But I want to leave you with one last question…where do you find yourself positioned for 2015. Do you find yourself carried along by the craziness of life, or like my friend, do you find yourself on your knees before your Heavenly Father. Are you positioning yourself well? are you anchored, planted, are your roots down deep into Christ’s love? My prayer is that this is truth for you and that we will find ourselves positioned well to meet all that life throws at us. Blessings!!!

Tammy

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