Thursday, March 17, 2011

Goodbye Wilted!

My husband and I went out with some friends last night to sing Karaoke.  It was pretty fun, and I enjoyed the company of our friends.  My husband sang a trio with the guys, and I sang a trio and duet. It was a good time had by all!
I was marveling at the work God can do and has done in my life on the way home.  He has opened my heart so much to healthy adventures and given me such a security IN Him.  Even though I didn't know the songs we sang very well, it didn't matter that much to me.  It didn't matter to me that I was singing in front of a crowd, or that people might be looking my way.  The peace of knowing that Jesus is full within me, and it's all about Him, moves me towards living life in a completely different way.
My husband and I talked about it and he commented on how as short as a year ago, I wouldn't have done that.   A few years ago, I wouldn't have even gone.  Being with people was not on my list of fun! But, God changes hearts and He moves us into relationship and tenderness and love.  He has planted the power of His Spirit within me and I continue to move forward IN Him. He tells me what I am going to do, and then onward  I move for Him.
This morning in my prayers, I was again praying about speaking and Him using me in the way He desires.  I need Him to reveal His truth to me on a daily basis, to lead me on this path that is lit by His light.  As I prayed, Titus 2 came to mind.  My first thought was "is there even a Titus 2?" I haven't read in Titus for a long time, so I was pretty excited to see what was there.
The first line danced on the page of my Bible with these inspired words; "Your job is to speak out on the things that make for solid doctrine." Well, that's pretty clear!
It's a very encouraging chapter that continues to instruct me in the way I need to go.  God has been faithful in that way, moving me through fires and joys in the direction He desires me to go.  It's been fascinating to me, because this is HIS doing, not mine.
As I walk this journey of life and live miracles that he does in my life, I want to tell others about them.  See that He has brought me from a wilted, scared existence, one that is scarred with pain, despair, and hopelessness, I know that I am deeply blessed.
The chapter ends with this: "Tell them all this. Build up their courage, and discipline them if they get of line. You're in charge. Don't let anyone put you down."  (Message) As His power flows through out my being, He enables me to walk the path before others and be an example of Him.  To be real, transparent, alive, fully vulnerable to Him. This is the path that builds life IN Him, leaving behind the shame, guilt, self-consciousness, despair, pain.  The wilted life drinks in His living water and becomes the empowered life!
Say That Again, Dear God! I need reminders all the time as I find myself in the middle of a battle between self and Your Spirit.  Give to me Your safe guards and continue to Say That Again!

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