I’ve been a mess with my priorities lately. I start taking college courses in a few weeks. I had some important tests to take this week so I decided to step back and unplug- it’s helped me to refocus in my mess.
“Dear children, keep away from anything that might take God’s place in your hearts.” 1 John 5:21 NLT
In the King James Version, it says, keep yourselves from idols. If I am being honest, there are ‘idols’ placed in my heart that needed removed asap. Well, not completely removed, but to refocus my time being spent on these idols. It was affecting precious time with Jesus, my children, communication with my husband, studying for my future career, and sleepless nights. Idols that have sucked up my time and attention away from those who matter the most in my life. They were idols that came before God and family! (hard to admit that, but it’s the truth) I’ve made some changes this week and it’s been great. I’ve been praying my little heart out and leaning toward God to guide me because it’s definitely a mess! I love that MESS is part of the word MESSAGE because we always have a message to share and it usually comes during or after our mess. I wouldn’t be able to share this message with you if God didn’t take me through some mess. I used to think I had to go through my mess alone. Out of fear of judgement from others. But wow I realize everyone goes through the same mess as me and it’s okay to admit it. It’s not about our mess per-say, it’s about Jesus being there to walk through it with us. It’s about walking with others through their mess and telling them it’s okay..I am a mess too! The beauty of our mess…is being able to fix our eyes on the one who is overflowing with grace…who will help and not judge.
Joining other brave writers for Five Minute Friday hosted by
Lisa-Jo baker. Join us here, if interested! 🙂
P.S. Karen Welch (We are that family) has written a book called, Rhinestone Jesus. I can’t wait to get my hands on this.
Here is a snippet:
Rhinestone Jesus: Saying Yes to God When Sparkly, Safe Faith Is No Longer Enough, is proof that we actually can say yes long before we think we’re ready. We just need to be willing. – See more at: http://lisajobaker.com/2014/05/five-minute-friday-mess/#sthash.wojPIWcn.dpuf
I saw Kristen Welch speak at the INRL conference and her story captured my heart. I love how she encouraged Moms in their ordinary lives. We can say yes in our mess. “The reason God uses ordinary people is because he receives the glory.” Karen Welch.. Amen.