Sunday, July 8, 2012

Life Lessons

Have you ever done something and afterwards wished that you could roll the clock back to a minute before it all went down? Because, you're sure that if you had that moment over again you would make a better choice. You know...I had one of those days this past week. I'm not going to go into any of the specifics but I will tell you that I said some things that probably I shouldn't have...

It all started with me making a phone call to say...Hi, happy 4th of July...and to just have conversation. It all ended about an hour later after after many things that shouldn't have been said...were. Because of this I have learned a few things...

The first, and most important thing, was this. When you get turned upside down and don't know what to do...God is still there. We do have to turn to Him though.

Matthew 11:28-29

28 
Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.
29 Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

The second thing I learned was this. No matter how much someone needs help, if they don't want it, you can't help them. You can pray for their situation...you can listen to them when they call...you can tell them options that will help them, in a calm voice. But, until they say...I want and accept your help...don't do anything. If you're on the phone, tell them you have to hang up. If it's in person, just excuse yourself and leave. As another bloggie friend of mine said on her blog this week...Shut Up! God spoke to me big time in what she had to say also.

This is how God put it to me when I decided to listen...

I was watching a movie last night and the camera panned out over a river. It was early morning and was showing a place in the river that was calm and quiet. I thought to myself...The water is so still. Immediately this verse popped in my head...

Psalm 46:10a

“Be still, and know that I am God!

I knew He was talking to me...in that moment...through a movie. Since the incident happened it has been hard because it's family and family can be very unforgiving at times. But today, at church, I finally realized that...it will all be okay. Probably not as soon as I would like it to be...but someday. I just need to "be still" and let God fix it.

The third thing I learned was this. No matter how bad you mess things up...how many mistakes you make...God will always be there. He will always forgive you. God is always here...right here...in the midst of all that you are going through. When you think that you are all alone and life just really isn't what you hoped it would be...He won't ever let you go.

There is another scripture I would like to share.

Lamentations 3:22-23

22 The faithful love of the Lord never ends!
    His mercies never cease.
23 Great is his faithfulness;
    his mercies begin afresh each morning.

These two verses are two of my favorites. I have used this in other posts but I'm going to say it again because I need to remember it...Every morning when we get up we get a new 24!

So even though today you might really blow it and you think nothing will ever be okay again...get back up, dust yourself off, ask the Lord to forgive you and try again. Tomorrow is a brand new day!

God will take care of everything, and everyone, if you ask Him too...in His time.


4 comments:

Wanda said...

God is so faithful and kind to us. He can teach us the lessons we need in the ordinary doings of our lives. May you always be open to hearing the Father's voice. Have a great week!

bluecottonmemory said...

Looking at the word "Still" is like looking at a multi-dimensional jewel - My husband keeps telling me that a certain situation that I struggle with to "'be still'" and let God fix it. Being still is a hard "move" to learn! I'm going to be quoting your dimension of still all week long!

I really needed to add this version to mine! LOL

Child of God said...

Hi Chelle,
I have one of those types of family members too, my sister. There is just no talking to her about God or for me to give her any kind of advice, she won't have it. God has pressed on my heart Job. What Job needed in his friends was someone he could talk and complain to. So, to keep the peace in the family, I hold my tongue and just listen to her rant and rave and I pray.

I love how God talked to you through the movie. Awesome!

Blessings hon,
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Denise said...

Even when we speak words that aren't as loving and kind as we wish (I certainly wish I had the "gift of gab" more often; I know what it's like to get back up and dust myself off-ha!), it's a comfort to know that He wants us to know and fully experience His forgiveness and grace. That’s when we can fully rejoice in our secure relationship with Him, and experience a breakthrough even after many failures.

Merry Monday, and blessings for a brand new week!
Denise