Here we are nearing the end of another year and my heart is questioning, wondering how the new year will shape up, what goals should I set, have I been a blessing to others in this past year?
This year, 2016 has been rich with the blessing of change, of blessed new friendships and allowing the Lord to “lead the blind in a way they do not know” is nearly over and one theme runs throughout. That theme is the Lord’s never failing faithfulness to us.
My ‘God time’ or private quiet times have changed in that I am no longer alone all day every day and that is nothing short of a blessing as my husband and I embark on this new journey of retirement. We are walking together, being active and I am living out my faith instead of being secluded with Him.
Blessed have I been in the several years where I was able to sit with Him, learn to wait upon Him and know His voice and recognise the nudging of the Holy Spirit. The course of the river changes and it became time to rise up and walk and stand in the faith and love He has given me.
So I have been walking and standing this year as opposed to sitting and waiting and writing. And its been good even though I have sorely missed the writing while more keenly sensing that directional shift the Lord has been creating. I am exactly where I am meant to be and just because I am doing something different does not mean I have missed it!
Pressing on and pressing in to Jesus has not been difficult this year; the pressing has just been shaped a little differently. His faithfulness has always been a beacon of light that has encouraged us and inspired us to keep on mining gold nuggets from the Word. We have learned a greater confidence in the Lord as our hearts have chosen to steadfastly trust Him.
One of the biggest lessons learned this past year has been to not look at what I can see in the natural, to not make judgements based on what my natural eyes see. We are a blessed people when we walk in the way of the Lord.
His heart’s greatest longing is that we would keep His law of love and learn to love one another the way He has loved us.
He wants us to experience the height, depth, breadth and length of His love and we cannot do that if we are making judgements about one another based on what we see. We can use our hands and arms to reach out to others in love instead of keeping them at arm’s length.
When we reach out we are then exercising the length of His love and in the welcome and embrace we show a portion of the breadth of the love of God.
Yes, God has been faithful, His faithfulness has known no bounds and He has used every situation He can to bring my heart into alignment with His so He can transform me into His very own image.
We, who are righteous with faces unveiled and seeing eyes will continue to behold the Word of God as a mirror. The mirror of God’s word will reflect back to us the 3D image of ourselves. He will reveal the truth to us about our spirit, soul and body, synchronizing us and bringing us into alignment with Him. As He reveals Himself in us and to us, we will grow in ever increasing beauty as we reflect His pure and beautiful image.
Knowing He is faithful, may we run to Him so we are able to run the course of our race with Him. May we clearly hear His voice on the wind and soar with Him to places not yet imagined but oh so necessary for the building up of the saints of God and those to come.
Will you position yourselves and allow Him to prepare you for readiness as a participator in the works of the Kingdom of Heaven?
Will you position yourself next to Him and grasp the greatness of His love for you and His never failing faithfulness and close out this year feeling the comfort of the cushion of His love?
Faith works by love.
I am grateful to you for sharing this as my quiet times have changed this year too and i have been a harsh self-critic.
Your words caused me to stop and realise that change may not be bad after all.
I will reassess in His Presence.
God bless you dear Jeannie.
I miss your writing too but love that God has brought you into a wonderful new season with Bruce and with Him.