August 23, 2007

Encouragement.....


Its been nearly a week since I last posted. I have attempted to post more often, but the writing just wouldn't come.

It has been a busy week as our youngest son Stephen started back to college this past Tuesday and our daughter Amie starts next week. They both have been busy with cleaning out their rooms and getting organized for the school year! I have been here puttering along at home, taking care of things and putting out fires as needed!

I feel as I'm entering into a season of transition. I am seeking the Lord more than ever, as I being thrust into the purpose and destiny He has for me. I come before Him to find wisdom, clarity, peace and direction, and as always He freely gives it. With the home attended to and things being done, this has freed me up to seek His Presence more. I pour over scriptures that I have read many times before, but now, instead of having the head knowledge and understanding with my mind.....the heart knowledge has come and understanding by His Holy Spirit. Sometimes as I sit as wait upon Him, His Presence fills the room and I weep, for In His presence in fullness of joy and much comfort....for one moment with the Lord will indeed change your life!

The laundry is being done, the dishwasher is humming along,and the beautiful worship music fills the air with such a serene melody, I have peace, such peace that only comes from Him. As I go about my day, The Lord is with me, every step of the way...making a way for me when there doesn't seem to be one. Being at home at this season of my life is such a blessing, I embrace it! Some may think it mundane to stick to a schedule or routine, but our lives must have order in them or it is utter chaos! He has taught me to be a good steward of everything He has giving me, including my time. Trying to achieve some kind of balance in my own strength only lead to frustration and guilt for not hitting the mark. In seeking the Lord, He brings balance and order to my life. Helps me plan my days, reminds me to pay this or that. He is certainly with me in the "Big" happenings in life, but He is always there in the 'little things" working on the details, working it out on my behalf.....oh how I take great comfort in that.

I have tried to live my life many times in my own strength, but eventually, having to give that part over to Him, and still learning that lesson. I am still in process...thank the Lord....He is still doing a good work in me.

To show my transparency as a Christian woman, the realness of my life.... that in spite of transitions, shiftings, siftings, changes, obstacles and difficulties...that God is with us in every circumstance! He gives us the strength to go through the valleys in life...but we must go through them, not take up a place of habitation in the valley. The joy of the Lord is our strength...His strength becomes our Joy to enable us to go through those difficult times! I write this to not only encourage myself, but to you as well....I send to you my prayers for peace in the midst of any storm you may be facing, the joy of the Lord which is your strength and clarity, direction and balance that only He can bring. Blessings to you today.......

10 comments:

melissa said...

I think of you as such a sweetheart and you go to such trouble for your family. That just makes me smile and feel secure, just knowing that.

Love to you.

Terri and Bob said...

Thank you for the many blessings you shared today. God bless you, too!

Kelli said...

I will keep you in my prayers as you go through these transitions, Mindy.
Hugs,
Kelli

Anonymous said...

thank you for your post today. I am in the midst of a storm here and it seems at times that God is not listening but yet I know he is and is walking right along with me. Your words put so much into perspective for me. Thank you for those special words.

God Bless you as you weather any storms that come your way.

Farmgirl Cyn said...

Thanks Mindy. We all need to be gently reminded to put our priorities in order. God, husband, children, home, church, etc. It's a GOOD thing!

Amy said...

oh Mindy! This post just blows me away! I love reading the real-ness of other Christians, it inspires me and to know that God is with you throughout the day everywhere you go is awesome!

Kelley said...

Mindy, what a beautiful post!
You are in my thoughts and prayers...
Have a blessed week!

cityfarmer said...

I do believe we are rowing the same boat...you put everything so sweetly down on paper...your love for our Lord melts me...
We shall weather the transitions together. He will be our peace and joy and in Him we find life's fullness

Mrs. Darling said...

Just checking in with you. Hope all is well.

Maggie Ann said...

Your post is a blessing to read..and to comtemplate the truths you bring out, is wise...smile.