Still Dreaming - Love Encourages
Day 27 Round 2
Wow has it really been 27 days since I contemplated doing a second round.
Time isn't as agonizingly slow, life is speeding up and the days are seeming shorter.
I don't have to fight just to make it through the day.
I know I haven't been with my wife as Long as a guy in most of the CR and Church activities I do each week. But he seems still hung up on his wife, like his pain is deeper.
I think that with The Love Dares combined with the CR, I am able to give more to God, accept the things I cannot change and leave them to him.
Don't get me wrong, I still have personal emotional roller coaster going on, but it isn't all consuming as it has been.
Today's Dare is about removing expectations and giving encouragement.
I feel I got nothing for this dare today.
My wife let me know she was having dinner with a friend that got Married last December. I just prayed that she would maybe talk to my wife and maybe be positive about reconciliation.
Maybe something encouraging in my prayer there. Or maybe just hoping she has a good time.
Isaiah 12:2 (NRSVA)
2 Surely God is my salvation;
I will trust, and will not be afraid,for the Lord God is my strength and my might; he has become my salvation.
Trust and Obey
One of my favorite songs is "Trust and Obey" because it sums up God's purpose for our lives. When we practice these two commands, a beautiful cycle begins. Trusting the Lord makes obedience easier, and obedience produces ever-increasing trust. Can you recall facing a challenge that was difficult or perplexing? If so, you know how important these two commands are.
When the Lord calls you to a task that seems unreasonable, you have two options. You can obey Him even though you don't understand what will happen, or you can become fearful and attempt to find a way out. Joshua chose the first option. Because he trusted the Lord, he disregarded all his military experience and adopted God's bizarre battle plan. Over the years, he had learned that the Lord is trustworthy.
The way we respond to God's challenging assignments reveals our level of commitment. We may feel as if we're right in step with Him--until He proposes a change of direction. That's when our resistance kicks in, and with it, the realization we aren't as close to Him as we thought. At that point, our decision determines whether the Lord will be able to use us as He desires. Because Joshua never lost his commitment, he continued to serve the Lord for the remainder of his life.
At times obedience is a struggle, as your mind runs through all the reasons God's path is illogical. Fear dominates and your will battles to comply when everything within is screaming to run the other way. But obedience is always the best choice, because the Lord is trustworthy and wise.
For those that pain is deeper, that usually indicates their walk their going to Christ is strictly for selfish purpose. I mean we all start out for selfish purpose, however, if we are the chosen we will be blessed with the wisdom to grow. To be chosen we must ask, but we must also truly be willing. God will bless all those who seek wisdom for His glory.
This is timely. thanks!
I encountered a reading today about spiritual confusion. If we get confused, we tend to reason it out with logic but then we realize that it gets more confusing. The key there is to OBEY. When we obey, things get simple.
I caught myself thinking about "what might happen". Like, what if we will never get back together? What if i have to face the upcoming years alone? What if i will be instructed by God to lave this place (would it mean that i will be far from him and reconcilation will be less likely)?
But really, how many times did i screw up just because i refuse to obey. :(
This helped a lot. Thanks.. :)