However, since HE loves me too much to let me go on for too long, and get completely carried away in how I feel, HE has once again capture my heart and my attention, in bringing my bad attitude to light, by SHINING HIS light upon me, and showing me where I have fallen short when it comes to just how much I have strayed from I refuse.
HIS Daily Teachings today is letting me know that it is NEVER going to be a part of my journey where I slip away from HIM, and lose my FAITH in HIM all together. HE is reminding me once again that I haven't come this far to stop now. HE is filling me with the strength and courage that I am needing to continue on this journey called life with HIM, teaching, leading, and guiding me.
Today HIS word is truly a lamp unto my feet, and HE is truly guiding my every step. HIS filling me with HIS truth started in my first devotional today. HE reminded me that HE is the only ONE WHO will give me rest. HE is wanting me to know that in HIS loving arms is the only place where I can dwell safely. HE is reminding me that though I may "think" that things of this world may seem to offer comfort, peace, and safety..... HE is reminding me that the enemy would like NOTHING more than to see me tripped up in my thinking, and that is WHY HE has captured my heart and attention once again that HE is ALL I WILL EVER NEED!!!
HE promises to always provide a safe place for me to fall and to rest so that I will be able to be restored, and receive HIS strength, HIS comfort, HIS peace, all of which will pour HIS true healing into my weary, aching, and broken heart and soul. HE is reminding me that HE began to teach me all about trusting in HIM, and resting in HIM five years ago. It was until this morning that I was able to fully grasp just what HE means by saying that to me. HE is letting me know once again that HE is truly in the details of every single part of my journey.
"Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” Matthew 11:28-30 The Message
HE is letting me know that HE knows how tired I am, how worn out I am. HE is telling me that HE knows just how incredibly burned out I am on constantly being in a test, trial, or storm in my life. HE is telling me that HE designed me to be HIS warrior, and is letting me know that while HE designed me to be that way, HE also made sure that I would know and understand that in ALL of these tests, trials, and storms, HE is there. HE is wanting me to always remember that NOT only is HE always there, but HE cares deeply for me, so much that HE made sure that I would know that no matter how hard my life gets, I am NEVER alone.
HE is teaching me that I whenever I feel as if though I am alone, I, Heather, HIS faithful follower, must rebuke that thought, as HE has taken so much time in my walks with HIM to ensure me that NO matter how much the enemy would like nothing more than for me to "think" and "feel" as if though I am alone, HE is telling me that NEVER do I EVER have to worry about that, as HE will NEVER leave me, nor will HE EVER forsake me.
"Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31:6
HE is reminding me once again that the spirit of fear, anxiety, discontent, worry, stress, ALL of those things are NOT from HIM. HE is telling me that this is WHY HE has been teaching, leading, and guiding me on this journey towards wholeness with HIM to be able to say that while under attack that I REFUSE to stop now, so that I won't shrink back when things get hard, the fire burns hotter, and my heart shatters into a million pieces. HE is reminding me once again that HE created me, and is the ONLY ONE WHO can put my heart back together.
"Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God." Philippians 4:6
"But we do not belong to those who shrink back and are destroyed, but to those who have faith and are saved." Hebrews 10:39
HE is letting me know that this time, because I know that HE is indeed building me strong, I know that HE is strengthening my heart to love deeper, trust stronger, and live more intentionally, all because HE has taught me the utmost importance of I, Heather, refuse to give into the battle's that have already been won for me.
HE is reminding me of WHY HE has NEVER allowed me to forget why it is the utmost importance that I run this race of life, through my FAITH in HIM in saying, "I REFUSE to let ANYTHING, or ANYONE STOP ME from LIVING the LIFE HE has CHOSEN, and so BEAUTIFULLY WRITTEN for my LIFE. HE is telling me that this is WHY HE has taken so much time in teaching me HIS word about perseverance, so that when I found myself in the deepest, darkest waters I have ever known, I would be able to lean in, and press into HIS word, and cling to HIS promises that HE will always be there for me, and that with HIM I can and will persevere through this massive loss I am currently live with. HE is telling me that if ever I feel myself slipping, I must REFUSE to let go of HIS hand.
As you know, we count as blessed those who have persevered. You have heard of Job’s perseverance and have seen what the Lord finally brought about.The Lord is full of compassion and mercy." James 5:11
HE is speaking straight to my heart this morning, in reminding me that the only way through this tremendous sorrow, sadness, and pain in to TRUST in HIM, and REST in HIM. HE is telling me that I must choose to say that even when it hurts, I, Heather, REFUSE to give up on HIM, as HE has NEVER given up on me. HE is telling me that I am able to do this when I seek HIM, HIS truth, HIS word, and TRUST HIM, that in HIS timing, and provision, HE will restore me, and NOT only that but HE will give me double for all the trouble that I have had to endure.
"Return to your fortress, you prisoners of hope;
Instead of your shameand instead of disgraceAnd so you will inherit a double portion in your land,
since God had planned something better for us so that only together with us would they be made perfect." Hebrews 11:40
"Not one of these people, even though their lives of faith were exemplary, got their hands on what was promised. God had a better plan for us: that their faith and our faith would come together to make one completed whole, their lives of faith not complete apart from ours." Hebrews 11:39-40 The Message Bible
"Rend your heartReturn to the your God, low to anger and abounding in love,
But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well." Matthew 6:33
"My son, do not forget my teaching,for they will prolong your life many yearsLet love and faithfulness never leave you;hen you will win favor and a good nameTrust in the with all your heartin all your ways submit to him,