Thursday, October 18, 2012

The Chisel

So, a couple years ago I went to a conference on speaking, and at this conference I heard Lysa Turkeurst speak about being chiseled by God. Since then, she has written a book titled Unglued, and in the next couple of days I plan to read this book.
Chiseled by God? I feel that God has been doing that to me, He is showing me His truth and His glory, and bringing me on a journey that will further His Kingdom.  I like this quote in her book:

"Is it true?  Will I see grace and feel grace and call it grace when I come unglued? Even when, Like Peter, I deny Christ with my actions? When, like Paul, I have a past that's anything but godly?  Will I embrace the grace by which I've been saved through faith--choose to see myself as God's workmanship--and do the good work I've been called to?"

I have noticed about myself that I still hold back about what is going on in my life. I just have a very small amount of people that I feel safe enough to really be open. A handful of friends with which I can be unglued and believe that because of grace, we will still be friends. It reminds me of something else that was read to me:

"When you need comfort I love to enfold you in My arms. I enable you not only to feel comforted, but also to be a channel through whom I comfort others. Thus you are doubly blessed, because a living channel absorbs some of whatever flows through it." Sarah Young

I hadn't realized it before, but one of the ways God chisels me, is through comfort.  When He brings others into my life that offer blessings of comfort, it works on my heart in ways that I have not allowed before. It penetrates in such a way that I begin to feel safe, and I want to be a channel of comfort to others as well. The blessings multiply, and His Kingdom grows! His grace covers me.
When I came back from the conference, I had a key chain that was given out. It said "Be Chiseled"  I did not realize at that point the many ways God would chisel me. But, I can see that His ways are unique, and because of them, I am blessed.  So, on my unglued days, when my actions are not so great, I'm going to pray to remember the workmanship of God, me and others. I will pray to allow His comfort to soak through me, and believe that He will work a good work.
Say That Again, Jesus, You chisel me in unexpected ways. 

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