This weekend I had the pleasure of attending one of my niece’s soccer games =). When I showed up I noticed she was still sitting down even though her team was on the field. She lifted her foot and showed me her shoe. It was totally a croc, definitely not a cleat. Can't hit the field like that.
It got me thinking about how often we show up on game day unprepared to step on the field. When I say game day I’m talking about life: work, school, church ministry, home, volunteering, and everything else we do on a daily.
I am convinced in most things we do we are showing up to our games with our crocs on and forgetting our cleats in the car.
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Earlier this week I woke up with the words “premature movement” in my spirit. I automatically thought about a journal entry I wrote back in December of 2011 and figured it was time to share it with all of you. For four days I have gone back and forth about how to present the information and if it is something that I am supposed to be sharing with you at all. Maybe this is just a word that I need to go over for myself.
You see I am in an odd season of my life. This holding place where I am uncertain of what I should do in several areas of my life, stay put or make moves. There are plenty of people who are certain of what I should do however all of their ideas are different. Of course this leads to a greater state of confusion and we all know that God is not the author of confusion (1Corinthians 14:33). One of my biggest mistakes was not slowing down long enough to let God tell me about these things first! That way their input would have been confirmations instead of suggestions.
As I sit in the middle of all this water looking for the land I belong on in every aspect of my life I can’t help but to think about how I have dropped the ball. How you wonder? Well I may pray and read my bible but in recent weeks it has become more of a chore than a heart felt desire. Of course there are reasons for this but I’ll just list spiritual warfare at the very top and leave it at that. Because I have not placed myself in proper position to hear from God in the manner necessary for where I am in my life I have placed myself in proper position to be thoroughly confused and lost. I can’t blame God and I refuse to blame the devil. I must take the fault for this. Am I ashamed? Nope, not at all. Just grateful to realize that I’m not headed in the right direction before I fell into something I’m not able to pull myself out of. Instead of being discouraged I’ll be more proactive as I wait on the Lord to strengthen my heart and mind and provide me with direction. Psalm 27:14
I don’t know if “premature movement” means that I have already done something too soon or if I am about to make a move that will be done too soon. I do know how I can get the answer to this question and that just involves pressing past physical and mental exhaustion and consecrating my heart, mind, and body. In other words getting Melanie back into a whole person who is ready to receive the directions of the Lord. 1 Thessalonians 5:23 (NLT) encourages this! Now may the God of peace make you holy in every way, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless until our Lord Jesus Christ comes again. In order to consecrate, or make myself holy, I must separate myself from those things that are keeping me away from the type of thoughts encouraged in Philippians 4:8 to meditate on things that are true, noble, just, pure, lovely, and of good report.
There comes a time we have no choice but to put ourselves in position to hear from God. In these cases removal of all distractions are necessary. And this is what I need to do for myself this week. For those who only follow Truth Thru Truth via facebook I will not be posting daily devotions on social networks this week. Mainly because once I go into one notification I'm off into all kinds of stuff lol and I need to focus. HOWEVER I want to give you another option. There will continue to be devotions posted on the website daily as always because I have made a commitment to do so. If you would still like a daily update for this coming week’s daily devotions you can fill in your information below. You will only get the reminders THIS week! So don’t worry about Truth thru Truth email overload!
This is actually the first thing I have written that I feel comfortable sharing so for now I think that I will leave “premature movement” for another post. Maybe next week could be next year.
I will say this, if you are uncertain about an upcoming move in your life the best thing you can do is shut down everything that pulls you away from the source who knows all. (I’m talking about God yall) Be patient, get in line with his will, and once he speaks, be obedient.
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