Good Morning y’all! My prayers for each of us as I write this is that we each were able to take some time to prepare for the storm that we are under.
Here in North Carolina, we are under a hurricane watch. Or maybe it’s a Tropical storm watch..Category 3,4 or 5. You know how it is when a storm is on the horizon. And you need to be ready. Funny thing for me is, I function really well in crisis mode. I feel a buzz when I am buzzing about trying to give order to chaos and I am wired to perform well at this anxious place.
Often, in this writing process, I feel so many thoughts are swirling around and even trapped within my brain. I am learning that my writing, is a process and learning to pray my way through it much more. I want to decrease and allow the Holy Spirit of God to increase. I know that there is a perfect story laced with all the details to demonstrate the topic of conversation.
God has me on that journey right now!
I have had some mixed up and dare I even say some messed up thoughts about how His word is intended to work in my life. To guard my heart, renew my mind and restore my spirit.
I promise that by Friday, I will bring these thoughts back full circle and let you know the connection between them and my life verses and how God has wired and is rewiring me.
2 Corinthians 1:3-4 reads
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.”
For the longest time in my life, as much as I loved these verses, because they spoke about God and His comfort for me, I didn’t quite get them. I didn’t quite feel the comfort level from God I wanted to feel. How in His name would I ever get beyond myself and my pain enough to be a comforter to others. Not codependent to others, but a genuine comfort. I am not sure I understand the difference entirely even now!
I want to speak Christian-eese to you and have you believe that there is authenticity behind my words. I get it, I understand I have been there…. But all the while I have completely removed my feelings from the comfort I approach you with. I have chose to safeguard my emotions behind a fortress I have built in my mind to guard and protect me from pain and suffering.
Isn’t it ironic? If I believe it, why on earth do I disconnect my emotions from my experience? Is God not who He says He is? Can He not get me through the emotional struggle and comfort me, just like this scripture band aid I have worn for years says?
When my marriage failed and there was infidelity…when my son was ripped from our lives way to soon….when I watched my parents bury my younger sister and heard my mother sob night after night….when I was caught up in a relationship that was toxic and taking me out….
Each time I reapplied this scripture band aide and many others…never really releasing the power in the verse that was available if I really understood it.
Lets rip the band aides off friends!!! Let’s understand the life giving power of scriptures to our hearts minds and souls…Are you with me? Will you come back on Friday and journey a little deeper in this with me so that we can find a real and tangible way to let God’s Word change us?