What a pathetic excuse for a blogger I am these days! I think it's been an entire month since I last blogged. Anyway, it's been a crazy last month or so. Last weekend we played at 4 events over the course of a day and half. Needless to say we were all pretty exhausted but thankful for the opportunity! God has been doing some incredible things in our ministry that we are really excited about. But don't worry, I'm not posting an entire blog about it, just wanted to throw that out there.
I have been encountering some pretty incredible mental attacks recently and just wanted to encourage anyone else out there that might be going through some things right now that you don't understand. First of all, Hebrews 11:1 says faith comes by hearing, and hearing the word of God. For many people, that is probably the source of their frustrations. Their lack of hearing God's voice is giving way to feelings of confusion and doubt. We were made to be in constant fellowship with the Father. We crave it, long for and will practically do anything to fill that void. How can you hear God's word? Of course you can read it for yourself, which most people obviously know. However, we cannot be detached from the Body of Christ and think that we are ok and don't need that fellowship. Jesus uses His body, the church, to minister to itself. Just think about it: If one part of your body is hurting, another part of your body will come to the aid of it. Every part of the body has a function that benefits the rest of the body. Don't rob yourself of the blessings that could be yours by choosing not to get involved in a body of believers. You aren't just robbing yourself but you are robbing others of blessings.
Secondly, Lean on Jesus, don't try to be self-sufficient! I love the scripture I read this morning " Who is this coming up from the wilderness leaning on her beloved?" Song of Solomon 8:5. The Lord reminded me that I can do nothing apart from Him (John 15) but I want to so desperately sometimes. You know to feel that I can do something on my own would be such an accomplishment right? That's the wold's logic....be strong be independent. That philosophy is highly overrated and incredibly exhausting! Who can keep up with that? Even Superman would fall behind at some time or another! I am tired of trying to be self-sufficient........leaning on Jesus for everything is so much easier. He carries the burden. He provides the solutions. He fixes everything that I can't. He gives the strength and the resolve. He gives.......we receive. It's almost too good to be true!
Finally, enjoy where you are right now! A dear friend of mine who as gone on to be with the Lord used to always say,"Things are always subject to change." I would pour my heart out to her about how awful my life was at the moment and she would always remind me that at any moment things could change. However, change doesn't always bring happiness, I later found out. Happiness is determined by our perspective. Honestly, we would be happy no matter what was going on if we trusted the Lord. Faith leads to trusting, trusting leads to complete and total joy because we don't have the responsibility of having all of the answers or fixing the situation. We just let our daddy do it!
Seriously, if we knew how much we are loved by God, all of this wouldn't matter. Nothing can EVER separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus!!