Can You Let God Know?

Do you ever hold back from God?  Like you’re praying one set of words while in the back of your mind thinking another?  Or maybe you don’t pray because you don’t want to have to talk to God about it?  Sometimes being afraid to tell God because you know in your gut if you tell him about it he’s going to do something about it, and that’s totally not what you want?

Recently I was writing an email on my phone.  No clue what it was about but my brain was telling my fingers to type “can you let the client know” however my fingers actually typed “can you let the God know.”  Its funny how a few small words make you stop and think.  Can I, Lindsay, let God know?  Can I honestly stop right here right now and tell God about it?  If we’re going to be honest, maybe the answer is no, sometimes I don’t feel like I can.  I’d love to say “yes, I always turn everything over to God right away” but that’s not the honest truth.  I want to be in control.  I want to know how I feel about it before I let someone else take the situation away from me.  I want to appear to be good and righteous, not broken and sinful.

Those few small words, that small little one word typo, changed my day; changed my week.  That one small action allowed God to break through in my heart and reveal an area that I needed to grow in.  An area that I needed to turn over to Him, to surrender to Him.

Today I want to challenge you, can you let God know?  Do you let him in to those scary, lonely places in your heart?  Look for Him in the small ways and in the small moments today.  Let God in, let Him take the lead.  The love and mercy that you receive will change not only you but those around you.

John 11:13-15 – Surrender your heart to God, turn to him in prayer, and give up your sins – even those you do in secret.  Then you won’t be ashamed; you will be confident and fearless.

James 4:10 – Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.

Psalms 51:1 – Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love; according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions.

Galatians 2:20 – I have been crucified with Christ.  It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me.  And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

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Quiet at 2am

2 a.m. is usually the quietest time in my day.  The kids are mostly asleep, and Livi has already been put back to bed after her first midnight sleepwalking.  Hubby and Addy are fast asleep.  All the TVs, cell phones, Amazon Echo’s, Ipads and computers are turned off.  Chores are done for the day, or at least as done as they are going to get.  There is silence.  Pure silence.  The first thing I do is take a deep breath and enjoy that moment of silence.

That moment is Selah.  To pause.  Right before going to bed is a great pausing point.  You’ve wrapped up the chaos from the day, made a plan for the days to come, your alarm is set and you are ready for the next day.  Before you turn off the lamp and put your head on your pillow, pick up your Bible and read.  As you pick it up, pray that God would give you wisdom to understand, and the foresight to see, how he would have you apply His Word in your life so that He may be glorified.

In the silent moments, you’re able to hear God speak to you more clearly than in the rushed, hurried, loud moments.  Even in your exhaustion from the day you will absorb more than you can imagine possible.  Your mind will meditate on God’s word all night long and into the next morning.

Start your day off right and end your day better.  Stay in the word, even if it’s in the quiet of 2 a.m. after a long hard day.  Pray expectantly.  Expect God to transform your mind with His word.  Expect God to transform your heart in the expression of His love to others.  Expect joy always in all ways.

Matthew 4:4 – Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.'”

Psalm 33:4 – For the word of the Lord is right and true; he is faithful in all he does.

Psalm 5:3 – In the morning, O Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation.

1 John 5:14 – This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.

Mark 9:24 – I do believe; help me overcome my disbelief!

James 5:16 – The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.

Just Drive

It seems that everyone goes out to eat on Father’s Day, Mother’s Day and Easter, and they all arrive at the same restaurant at the same time.  This year was no exception.  Reed wanted to celebrate his special day, Father’s Day, at Pappadeaux and upon arriving we realized he wasn’t alone in that desire.  The parking lot was packed.  We needed a game plan quick because it wasn’t looking good for him to be able to eat his lobster bisque!  We decided he should go in and get us on the list while I worked on finding a parking spot.

I drove around and around.  Every spot was taken.  The overflow parking was taken.  The parking in the back of the restaurant was full.  Cars were “parked” on aisles and at the end of aisles just waiting on people to walk out to their car so they could pounce on them and take their spot.  They were literally stalking people!

There was no way we were going to get a spot anytime soon.  The “stalkers” were getting all the spots, and new stalkers took up the former stalkers stalking post!  I’m not cut throat enough for this parking experience so I decide to drive.  Didn’t really have a plan but figured if I kept driving maybe something would open up and work out.  I relinquished control, let go of strategy, and just drove.

As I rounded the corner of the restaurant I saw it.  THE it!  Front row parking spot, all just for me.  And not just any front row parking spot, but one that didn’t recently have someone pull out of it and one that wasn’t “stalked” by the stalker cars.  It was a clean, truly empty, random, blessing from God, spot.

Let go of your plan today.  The one you’re hanging onto even though you can feel God tugging at your heart, let it go!  Let go of the car stalking my friend.  God has a much bigger plan for you and he wants to bless you with his abundance of grace, mercy, love and joy.  When you let go of “me” and “my” and instead follow “Him” and His” your life becomes free in a way you can only imagine.

In ministry you can sit and wait and stalk for the next opportunity to have a ministry or can just drive and see where God leads.  Pray, fast, pray without ceasing and listen to the word of God.  Let Him guide you.

 

Jeremiah 29:11 – For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope

Matthew 6:24 – No man can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other; or else he will hold the one and despise the other