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Spinning, Laughing, But Holding On

Posted by Lorraine Serra on August 27, 2011 at 9:05 AM

Well, friends.  I must apologize.   I am so very overdue with a post on this study/blog that I am ashamed of myself.  Not because you won’t stop by anymore.  No. Not because God will be disappointed in me. No.

I am ashamed because I haven’t done a very good job of walking the walk that I’ve been talking about! I hope you will forgive me!

A Kingdom Citizen, as defined in my particular study, is one who imitates Jesus Christ by living in His Light, Love and Power, standing on the truth of His Word, that God has not given us a spirit of fear or timidity, but a spirit of love, power and self-discipline. Amen!   2 Tim 1:7

However, the last two weeks have been anything but disciplined, and I gotta admit my love quotient has been giving way to some awkward emotions including radical desires to kick somebody’s butt!

Let me explain.  Asyou know, it is the end of summer. Hence, the total number of “last hoorahs” around here with our 2 teenage high school sons, and our almost 21 year old son, has come close to 143!  Not really, but it feels that way.

Driving the boys here and there, working in my private music teaching schedule, welcoming unexpected hordes of college buddies, 8 to 10 at a time at 10pm, ( I love them all, of course) and keeping up with the ever changing crosscountry training schedule for my youngest son, has me spinning.  Add to that my monthly ministry trips which required travelling 3 or 4 days at a time, coming home to pick up the pieces….again.    YIKES!  Where did the peace go!!?!  And September ain’t even here yet!

OK.  I can laugh out loud (I just did) as I write this, but it has left me very tired, impatient, and scattered.

My Bible study times have been few and interrupted.  So, as I thank the Lord for a quiet morning in the park, hiking, praying, singing, centering, I want to share with you that God is indeed so gracious to always bathe us in His peace, forgiveness and understanding once again, even every morning, afternoon and evening, as soon as we take time to draw near to Him.

As I hiked through the woods, and came upon a beautiful little waterfall, I sat down on a fallen tree to drink in the sound of peace….babbling brook, gentle water falling, rustling leaves swaying in the breeze and an occasional symphony of locusts rattling a cry celebrating life on a cool morning.

I noticed a tall, slender tree shooting straight up out of the side of the creek bank, looming at such an angle it seemed it might go down any minute in a strong wind.  Yet, observing the twisted tangle of many root systems all joining together along the side of the creek, there was security, stability, and beauty.  

It brought to mind the wonderful very first Psalm that says those who trust in the Lord are like a tree planted by a river.  No matter the harsh realities all around, even in the heat of the day, we shall draw deeply from the wells of His great kindness, and flourish and prosper in everything.

The poetry of scripture speaks deep truths clothed in lovely words.  I praise God for today’s  sudden moment of beauty and grace which helped me to step back, recharge, and rejoice that I am redeemed.

Though I am sometimes weak, He is always strong, sometimes scattered, He is in control, sometimes hurried, He is patiently waiting for me.

That strange bundle of twisted roots joining several trees also reminded me of the importance of the body of Christ in my life.   My prayer partners are holding me up, lending support when I feel like I might I go down as a strong wind of circumstance surprises me.   We are Christ to one another, encouraging, comforting, and strengthening one another in our faith.  What a picture! Thank you, Lord!

The memory of today will last for a while.  I will reach in to grab it for a moment of solitude with my Lord when next I am feeling overwhelmed.  I must stand still and let Christ’s love, power and discipline refresh my soul.  I do believe and I have received, and will receive once again, the refreshment Jesus offers so that I will not wither or lose heart.  I am praying for you!  Thanks for praying for me.

Lord, today You usher in a new day, fresh and untouched.  God, renew me, too, I pray.  Forgive the errors I made yesterday,and strengthen me to walk closer with You in Your ways.  Take my hand, for I can’t make it on my own.  I don’t even want to try.

Today I will hold fast to You and walk in Your Spirit!

Amen.

 

Categories: Always In His Hands, Reigning in Christ: Kingdom Living

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Reply Lorraine Serra
5:14 PM on September 10, 2011 
Sweet Linda!
What a precious ministry you share with your pastor's dad. Thanks for sharing your wisdom and the Keller quote. Praise God for that great love and hope! I am praying for you and James! You are on His radar! Luv ya, too.
Reply Linda
2:40 PM on August 29, 2011 
Lorraine, thanks for sharing your real life struggles! It shows that He gives us grace and rest when we need it...at the end of ourselves. I have the privilage of visiting a retired pastor at a nursing home once a week. He is the father of our pastor. I write his letters and cards for him. As I sit and share with this godly man with physical disabilities, I realize that our struggle with our flesh never goes away. As long as we're on this earth, we will struggle with remnants of sin. But the soothing balm of the Gospel does it's work as we remember it. At a particularly frustrating time for him, I shared with him a quote from Tim Keller: "we are more sinful and flawed than we ever dared believe....but more loved and welcomed than we ever dared hope!" The expression on his face said it all. We need to remember, remember, remember the Gospel. Praise God. P.S. Keep praying for me and James as we seek God's wisdom for his work situation. Love ya, Linda