I’m not you. You are not me. We are different on purpose. The way we live, move and have our being will look different. We are not made from a cookie cutter. How we hear and how we see and how we approach life and we live it will be different. The process of relationship with Him, self and one another. I’m pondering our differences as a human race as I think about how He lives among us too. Setting my mind on things that are above and not on things that are on earth is a process for me personally. Learning to listen. Inclining my ear to hear His thoughts and ideas about Himself, others, myself and life. It’s been a lifelong process of relationship – leaning His way and then stopping to find Him leaning my way. I’m thankful for every moment He has granted me the honor of living, loving, being loved. It’s a journey into Him and into His continual mercy, forgiveness & grace. The journey includes the mistakes not just the successes. I love the way Paul talked about counting it all as loss just to know Him. He knew the journey. We are in union with the One Who does not condemn our wrong turns. Instead He draws us further into His definition of Love. He also doesn’t put so much emphasis on our right turns either because it’s not about the right or wrong when it is about relationship. Righteous is different many times than right. Deep inside my bones, it seems our emphasis is misguided. Love is the focus but what does that look like? I read a lot about Love. Yet, how we experience Love is a different matter. Experiencing the embrace He offers takes courage because His Love is unconditional and has no secret strings attached; it has no hidden agenda. HE already knows. Everything. Nothing is hidden from Him. Listening to Him. Listening to one another. Listening to what is said as well as what is not said. I remember listening to what my sister Mary Ann did not say. It held weight. It held depth. Loving to love. Being Loved. It’s an exchanged life. Just being. Loving. Being loved. Letting Him steer you personally as His hands, His feet and His heart in service in our private world as well as on the earth. Every person offers something different from Him and through Him while representing Him. I’m soooo thankful to Him for how He thinks outside the box to live as Love through us in our time here on the earth. What an interesting life. Sometimes I’m standing at a crossing wondering how to proceed. It’s a journey with Him. Sometimes I’m standing with a friend at their crossing while they wonder how to proceed. It’s not just you and not just me. It’s also with one another. It’s a journey into Him. It’s also a journey into one another. Being Loved by Him and Loving one another. I’m in awe of His miraculous kindness. To let us learn how to be while He leads us into becoming. Be patient with yourself. Be patient with Him. Be patient with others. Loving as well as being Loved is a process. Learning how to love and learning how to be loved is a process. It takes time. That’s ok. Working through the process IS part of the journey. The revelation of His complete unconditional love for us IS part of the journey. The revelation of His complete unconditional Love for one another through us is also part of the journey. It’s living in Him, with Him, through Him and as Him…what a journey. Love-d
Motivated Monday – I’m making some changes in my health. Thinking more carefully about what I’m eating. What about you? Love-d
Fearless Friday – Seriously. Really. Well, I’ve heard this phrase from anywhere when someone hears that someone gave their kid some strong medicine. Was thinking about how…I NEVER turns into whatEVER I need to do….
if that medicine will help your child or adult walk? Talk? Live longer?? Give them back clarity of mind?
If that medicine will help YOU get out of that wheelchair…go to the bathroom on your own..
It is AMAZING what we WILL do…….in order to give dignity back…and to give life back.
Just want to encourage you to remember that sometimes….it is FEARLESS to take medicine..and the strongest step of faith you can take…….don’t condemn just because they chose a different road than you chose….who knows what you and they might meet in the middle sometime on the same brave road??
When you don’t know what to do – do not move into confusion. Your pathway will be made clear. So get back on the road and trust that in time it will make sense. Too much time is lost in senseless regret and mourning over the past. Just step out and find out. Confidently give it another go. You won’t know if you don’t go. Just move forwards instead of backwards and you will accomplish much on this side of your lifetime.
Love through Devastation
God’s love for us is greater than our circumstances, greater than our trials. His faithfulness is never ending and empowers us to endure the best, as well as the worst, of times. Yes, our God can, and many times does, deliver us from pain and sorrow and circumstances out of our control. On the other hand, there are times when our Lord lets us endure and be strengthened for and through adversity and what seems to be devastation.
Rom 8:38-39 For I am persuaded beyond doubt (am sure) that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities, nor things impending and threatening nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Some years ago, one of our closest sister-friends was diagnosed with a disease called Multiple Sclerosis (M.S). Our sister friend lives with our other sister because the doctors said she could no longer work or drive. All of a sudden, her life was turned upside down. It devastated her to “not be able to do her job.” She took such pride in her work and was very good and respected in the work place. In a way, she got much of her self-worth from her job. After all, she spent at least 8 hours per day in the corporate setting and was paid “to do a good job.” Now, to be released from those responsibilities and told she was “incapable,” was like throwing ice water in her face. Though her mind was slowing, her heart was, and is, still in tact. As a family, we sadly watched the changes that took place in our now oldest sister. Her thinking and reasoning changed, her short-term memory is minimal, her confidence diminished, her attention span dissipated, and her physical and emotional balance went off-kilter.
She has been faced through the years with getting bitter or remaining thankful. She has times of pain, anger, frustration and bitterness but when you have a real conversation with her, you find in the depth of her heart a place of gratitude.
What about you? What about me? When devastation comes, how do we respond? Do we love? Do we hate? Do we turn back from Him?
Father, help us to remain thankful through every situation and trust You to show Your goodness in the land where we are living in Jesus name.
to be continued…
Pray with me – Help me God to remain steadfast in You when all hell breaks through in my life. Help me to love you and love others through devastation and help me to keep my heart right in Jesus name.
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