‘Therefore thus says the Lord God: “Behold, I lay in Zion a stone for a foundation, a tried stone, a precious cornerstone, a sure foundation; Whoever believes will not act hastily.”‘ Isaiah 28:16
It can be a struggle for me at times, often actuallly, to change different aspects of who I am. One of my biggest ‘sin’ issues is my temper-and therefore language-when I drive. Most days arent too bad, but others…oh boy! Yesterday was one of those days.😩 It seemed every other driver was either cutting people off-me included-or driving under the speed limit-in the left lane! By the time I got home I was one cranky Irish woman!
Then add to it that when I did finally get home I find out my honey ate the left overs from the night before-which I was planning on having for dinner (he didn’t know). Ugh! Yep, I was a cranky-self-centered mess last night. So my cranky-self-centered self decided she wasn’t cooking! Yep, wasn’t happening. So I had my left over wrap from my Mommy’s day lunch and ordered them (husband and son) a hero and a calzone.
I’d love to sit here and pretend that I’m always a ‘happy go lucky’ person. I get close most days but it can be a real struggle on others. And although I’m honestly embarrassed about admitting my behavior from yesterday I think it would be even worse to pretend to be someone I’m not. I’m human and I struggle. I am consistently struggling to change. My language especially. It’s mostly an issue when I drive (I have an hour commute) but it is inappropriate nonetheless.
I struggle…because I am trying to make those changes on my own. I know that real change isn’t going to happen unless I ask God to help me. He promises that He will ‘never leave us or forsake us.’ (Deuteronomy 31:6) And He is changing me…Although I find that I’m not noticing the changes myself so much but others are. My son says that he is not afraid of me anymore…I’m now the ‘Christian lady’ and therefore no longer scary. 😂 A few of the ladies that I do a Bible study with say they see changes in me too. That my walk with God has become stronger. I’ll be honest, it’s an effort for me to see it.
Maybe it’s God’s way of keeping me humble or something because I feel so completely inadequate and totally inept at doing any of the things He has me doing..this blog, the Bible study or sharing His Word. But I do know that He has given me such a passion for it. I continually want to be in His Word, to learn more about the history and evidence of the Bible and of Jesus. He’s also recently given me a new desire…to write a book. I won’t get into the actual subject of it right now-I would appreciate your prayers on it though-for His guidance and confirmation on it.
I think one of the best things we can do as Christians is to show those around us that, although we are Christians we are not perfect, we don’t think we’re perfect and that we turn to God when we need help. That ‘God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.’ (Psalm 46:1) I believe that us allowing people to see our struggles and us leaning on God and calling on the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus during our difficult times, will help plant the seeds of how truly awesome God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit are. To be able to show that, even on our darkest of days, Jesus is the light at the end of our dark tunnels.
Jesus IS that tried and very precious (costly) cornerstone. He is our foundation in times of trials and our biggest, strongest and most faithful supporter. Come to Him. He’s waiting for you-with His arms open wide.
I pray you have a beautiful day, filled with God’s blessings.
With lots of love and in Jesus’ precious name.
“In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 5:16