Good morning from Texas y’all.
I have a little time to blog this morning and wanted to journal some reminders from my devotional time recently.
The first question on the Week 6 outline was how do I respond when encountered with a worst case scenario? Do I shut down? Put up my dukes and fight? What is my usual Flight or Fight response. Girl, I already know…. FIGHT. And sometimes I’m jealous of you flight people though I know my flight friends are bit jealous and wish they had an extra dose of fight in them. LOL.
I love her reminder that we must understand ourselves enough to know our automatic responses and give ourselves space for GRACE when we respond incorrectly. We limit the impact of our actions through acknowledgement and accountability. Y’all, that is the Ferris wheel of my life. Slow and steady wins the race. Discipline. Positivity. Encouragement. Followed by a hiccup, reaction, disappointment. Then Prayer. Realignment. Repeat. I guess maybe that applies to all of us. What I’m not so good with is giving myself grace. I am very very hard on myself and do a wonderful job of beating myself up so that others don’t really have to. Anyone know that feeling?
Week 7 had the reminder that some of us (I know I do) measure our potential and outcomes. However, we must never forget that God is able to do IMMEASURABLY MORE THAN WE CAN ASK OR IMAGINE. The challenge: ask God for the immeasurably more version of my future.
I love love love this reminder.
Somewhere along the beaten path of regular life, I stopped expecting the immeasurably more. Heck, I stopped asking for the immeasurably more. Somewhere at some point I became like the flea stuck in the jar with the lid on it who eventually stopped trying to jump out of the jar because every time it jumped it hit it’s head on the lid. Once the lid was removed the flea stayed in the jar anyway because it had been trained not to jump. Not to break free.
She encourages us to embrace emptiness as the environment for increase similar to the miracle of the oil filling the widow’s empty jars (2 Kings 4:1-7).
The empty or broken places of our lives are containers for the immeasurable miracle God wants to do in and through us. Each loss, broken relationship, unfulfilled dream, empty promise etc. are opportunities for God to pour out the immeasurable upon us.
For me right now that is called PEACE.
And I will definitely start asking for the immeasurably more life. I can’t wait to see it 🙂
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