Well, I guess it's a bit funny that the day I decide it's the day to resume the blog is April 1st. I promise, I did not orchestrate this, maybe the Lord did. I'm sure the Lord enjoys the joy in this.
I'm sure you noticed the looooong hiatus taken from this blog. It was a complete walking away for a season. I felt like the Lord was asking me to refocus my time and my energy. First and foremost comes my children and my husband. We have had the unique opportunity to move to Wisconsin this past fall and enjoy a much needed focus on our family.
It may have been the coldest winter in over 30 years here...people kept apologizing...but the growth and warmth that has been felt as a family is wonderful. I would suspect God knew what he was up to :)
I fear many times we miss out on some amazing times that God has for us or those around us because things don't appear as anticipated. Wisconsin wasn't a place that many would have expected. We had questions and many from others. It may not appear to be a "good" idea, by our standards. Or maybe it doesn't fit a five year plan that's been well thought out. It may come across as more of a detour than a direct route.
But the real question is,
Do we really trust God?
Do we really trust His direction?
Do we really trust His ability to do the work in us that is needed to form Himself in us?
What is our real desire?
Isn't it to be more like Christ?
Is it to be more well-liked or well-known?
Are we afraid to confront these questions that face us?
Have we been avoiding the very working of the Holy Spirit in our lives?
I propose that you and I, stop, and allow some of these confronting questions to be answered. To ask the Lord, the Holy Spirit, to do His very working in us to be more like Christ.
I encourage you to do as it says in:
Romans 12:2 - be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable of perfect.
James 1:2-4 - My brethren, Counting it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.
Words of encouragement come bounding off the pages of the Bible, like life giving oxygen, but to our spirit. What could be more amazing than that!! He desires us to be COMPLETE, lacking NOTHING!! The goodness of God is immense!!
Be encourage, don't resist the working of the Spirit of God. Humble yourselves, He gives grace!