It is a struggle to retain some healthy boundaries and a sense of identity in this rat race. Keeping who I am with God is vital, because when I start to let my kids, husband, role, passions or job define me I am in trouble. One-on-one my kids can be amazing or moody tyrants and together, mostly they are a cute and noisy circus. My husband is sweet and seemingly perfect one moment and the next I think about hopping on a plane and traveling the world solo. Being a wife can be absolutely maddening, but thank God for those sweet happily ever after moments that keep you hoping to grow old together. Motherhood is fulfilling sometimes and draining others. My passions can seem fulfilling but can place my priorities in jeopardy. One day work is fulfilling and the next I want to quit. My identity needs to be firmly in Christ so I quit returning to life in my own power. When will I learn that I need Him every hour - every moment to get the fullness that I am craving and the sustenance I need?!
Nothing and no one is important enough to allow crowding Him out!
Why I am still amazed that on those days when I take my time to invite Him to lead, that things go not perfectly, but way more smoothly? I get, for those type A peeps like me, way more accomplished! My eyes are opened to those special God appointments with my kids, the neighbor or my spouse. How great to feel that high of being a part of God's work! Let's make that happen more! I get peace even in the busyness and confidence in the turbulence. I know it is because I was fortified against the devil and remembering to be in tune with the Spirit that I can do all things through Him. It is not more important to be right, fair, or honest than it is to love. And to love right, you need Him! Simple morning devotions are good by keeping me connected, but now I know there are ways to turn up the juice! So here are a few of my go to Jesus Strategies:
I need pandora blasting worship... like everyday!
I need daily devotions using You version... maybe more than one and with the word being heard!
I need to reach out and pray for my people... keeps me from being too inwardly focused.
I need to ask for honest insight to how I can grow... as iron sharpens iron
I need to speak aloud to my Jesus...yes, He is mine but I will share Him with you
I need childhood praise songs sung in the shower... nothing stirs my heart more - k.i.s.s.
I need to be humble, kneel and shut up so God can stir my heart... posture makes a difference
I need to slow down and trust more... He fights for me so I can just love!
Anyone one of these are great but when I regularly do them all I can understand why Peter got out of that boat. Want to feel the power? Share with me some ways you connect in with the source of all power!
All that other stuff has a season but it will fade and then what will I be left with?
...back to the beginning...
Let it be just be me and Jesus!