I have two emotions going through my head tonight as I’m staring at the sunset. I’m linking up with Amanda to do a bit of ‘thinking out loud’ today.
Ok, I wasn’t exactly staring it, but I was just being still, shutting up for a while, and just thinking. I was comforted that God is God and that God is absolutely sovereign.
These emotions have been strong. I’m actually REALLY thankful for them, because they’ve been teaching me things that I’ve needed to learn for the past um.. 6 months.
I’m thankful that we were created with emotions. Those are a vital part of what makes us human. They aren’t the only part of us, and if we live on our emotions, well that’s a disaster, as I learned after years of struggling with an eating disorder.
My emotions don’t drive me now, but when I’m being reminded of powerful truth, it really does change my emotions. Instead of emotions driving my thinking I’ve learned to gird up the loins of my mind first, before I know whether my emotions are real, true emotions from God and not from the devil’s lies.
What are those emotions? I guess the best way I could describe them is:
Amazed at God’s everlasting love, mercy, and grace in Jesus Christ.
Ashamed of my own worry and anxiety.
I’m ashamed because I haven’t been trusting God’s promises and resting on them like I should.
I’m amazed because God’s mercy constantly brings me back to the cross. The hymn that has been really comforting this week is:
“Near the cross a trembling soul, love and mercy found me..’
And I’m thankful for the assurance and comfort of God’s Word.
Today, we were listening to Isaiah 40 and I’m just going to share these verses that provided so much assurance and comfort. They reminded me that the same God who created the world by speaking is the same God who saves, heals, restores, and refreshes.
I have no reason; absolutely no reason to worry, fret, be angry, bitter, impatient, unkind, or ____, because God’s plan is absolutely perfect, and even the devils tremble at His presence.
Isaiah 40: 10:17, ‘ Behold, the Lord God will come with strong hand, and his arm shall rule for him: behold, his reward is with him, and his work before him. He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall gather the lambs with his arm, and carry them in his bosom, and shall gently lead those that are with young.
Who hath measured the waters in the hollow of his hand, and meted out heaven with the span, and comprehended the dust of the earth in a measure, and weighed the mountains in scales, and the hills in a balance? Who hath directed the Spirit of the Lord, or being his counsellor hath taught him?
With whom took he counsel, and who instructed him, and taught him in the path of judgment, and taught him knowledge, and shewed to him the way of understanding?
Behold, the nations are as a drop of a bucket, and are counted as the small dust of the balance: behold, he taketh up the isles as a very little thing. And Lebanon is not sufficient to burn, nor the beasts thereof sufficient for a burnt offering. All nations before him are as nothing; and they are counted to him less than nothing, and vanity.’
Because of that I’m just going to stop, stop thinking about how I ‘can fix’ everything and pray more, because God can and will restore everything for His glory.
It may not happen now or tomorrow or in 10 years, that’s why I’m learning to wait, wait on the Lord
I’ve been encouraged and strengthened by several other Scripture passages over the past few days, and I’m just going to sprinkle them throughout and pray and hope that they might be an encouragement to you too.
Sorry (not sorry), simple things really excite me. Thank you Kerfluffle, and I can’t wait to share a ‘Peanut Butter Marshmallow Sandwich,’ with you cause it’s all about the balance. The emotions over this little jar = THANKFUL!
My first ‘Buddha’ bowl. Does anyone know why they’re called Buddha bowls? I’m not in line with the Buddhist points of view, but I have to admit that these bowls are AMAZING. The emotions about this bowl = TASTY!
Giselle knocked it out of the park with this ‘Chickpea Taco Buddha Bowl.’
All the granola and yogurt in a bowl… Some of Nicole’s Blissful Eats Blueberry Granola + Justin’s Almond Butter + Honey Greek Yogurt went into this cantaloupe. You should have seen me digging away at it. It was quite messy.
Psalm 84:11, ‘For the Lord God is a sun and shield: the Lord will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.’
This post: I’m not wanting to boast about it, but I was thankful that the Lord gave me the words to write, because this wasn’t an easy post to write. It’s hard to confess your sin, but it’s freeing to be forgiven and learn from your failings and shortcomings. The emotions over this post = thankful and humbled.
Romans 8:31-32, ‘What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us? He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?’
Running and being still and silent… Lately, I’ve been spending so much more time being quiet. I know that’s hard to believe, because I talk so much on the blog, but I’ve been wanting to listen more and learn more about other people rather than myself.
Over the years I’ve injured too many people with my tongue, and I really want to share each word like an apple of gold, rather than a dart that could possibly hurt another person. Even when I have to say the hard things, I pray the Lord would fill me with His love, so no one would be needlessly hurt by my words.
However, that doesn’t mean I’m never going to not say anything unkind, but those are another opportunity to repent and mend relationships, which is never a bad thing right?
James 3:8-10, 17 ‘But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God. Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be….
But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.’
All the eating… I didn’t realize for so many years how much of a gift it is to have an appetite, to be able to be hungry, and eat and savor food with your family. The freedom of being hungry and being able to feed your metabolism so I can live for God’s glory is just A-M-A-Z-I-N-G. Yes, there are still down days, but those little moments don’t matter in the light of the amazing things God does for His glory.
Being hungry is something I never want to take for granted again; it’s a gift from God. It truly is.
Psalm 27:1, ‘The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?’
The seasons. I think this is the very first year I’ve actually really appreciated the seasons. It’s kind of like the body of Christ. They all work together to make one AMAZING year just like the body of Christ works together to form a wonderful evidence of God’s glory and purpose. They’re not always perfect, but there is a sweet savor of watching what Christ does to change broken sinners into new people.
And with the seasons, there is the wonder of each season producing different sorts of beauty, different sorts of activities.
Christmas songs… (Ok, you can sing those all year!)
Cool days and lots of sunshine.
Snowboarding in the spring.. (Colorado!)
Glorious sunshine to just soak in.
SO MUCH Ice cream and late summer nights.
Time with friends (more time with friends)
Ok, not really, but I do love pumpkin, and fall is one of my favorite seasons!
And if you’ve never hugged a boxer dog. You should. They are the cutest ever.
What are your favorite seasons? Do you love different things about each one?
Do you ever have two seemingly conflicting emotions that are in your head (yet they also seem to compliment each other.)?
What are you amazed at today?
Have you tried Kerfluffle nut butter?
Do you ever struggle with just being still and waiting?