Yield The Right-Of-Way

Okay, so super pet peeve ya’ll: yielding!  Do people not understand the meaning of a yield sign any more?  When you exit the freeway to turn into our neighborhood you have to immediately move into the far right hand lane in order to make the turn.  Which is totally doable if people yielded to the off ramp like they are supposed to.  But they don’t.  Which creates slow downs, backups on the freeway and wrecks.

And it’s not only the freeway off ramp, oh no, it’s at the roundabout too.  The roundabout has two lanes, an inner lane and an outer lane.  The outer lane oncoming traffic has to yield to the out-coming inner traffic.  But when the outer lane doesn’t yield the right-of-way it creates traffic mayhem.

And while I point the finger at so many fellow drivers for failing to yield, I realize there are four fingers pointing back at myself for failing to yield to God.  I want what I want when I want it in the way I want it.  The desire to yield myself to God’s will isn’t my first inclination.

God’s will for our lives is perfect, our way is full of wrecks.  We are called to daily take up our cross and follow Him (Luke 9:23).  That means yielding what I want for what God calls me for.  Today I pray that I, and you, will be steadfast in our love for Christ and yield our desires for the purpose of His glorification.

Luke 9:23 – Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.”

Hebrews 13:20-21- Now may the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be the glory for ever and ever.  Amen.

Proverbs 3:5-6 – Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.

Micah 6:8 – He has shown you, O mortal, what is good.  And what does the Lord require of you?  To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.

No Perfection Here

My life is messy, like stupid messy.  It’s highly likely that I bring all the drama on myself; however, I presently choose to live in denial on that subject.  You definitely won’t find the key to stress-free living on this blog!  Hopefully, to God be the Glory, you will find hope, joy, love, grace and mercy-filled living, though!

My heart has recently been greatly burdened by a personal ongoing trial.  It’s the kind where the situation’s tentacles reach into every orifice of every facet of your life.  I felt  so lost and overwhelmed (and still struggle with those emotions!).  My quiet time consisted of a lot of tears, a little snot and an empty heart.  I cried out “God, I don’t know what I’m doing!”  I was lost and seeking resolution to my hurt and relief for my pain.

When you have those situations where you don’t know what to do, pray to God.  Surrender control of the situation to Him.  He has all the answers and, not just the answers, but the perfect answers.  When you are lost and don’t know which way is up, pray to God that He show you the way.  Looking for God’s direction?  Stop, pray, seek and ye shall find.

It’s painful when sometimes the answer is “wait” while we are amidst our suffering.  There’s no clear “solution” to my situation at the moment.  There’s no do or don’t do, stay or go, lift or drop.  That means the solution is to wait and pray.  My calling at this moment is to love God and that includes loving Him through my suffering.

I pray that God would bless others through the trials in each of our lives.  Live your life as a witness to God’s grace, love, mercy, joy and hope.  May God be glorified through our sufferings and pain.  Lord give us the strength and wisdom to surrender all to you even when it hurts.  Bless, encourage and uplift us as we weep at your feet.

Matthew 7:7-8 – “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.  For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened.”

James 1:12 – Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.  Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God,” for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempts no one.”

Philippians 4:7-9 – And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.  Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.  What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me – practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.

Psalm 31:7-8 – I will rejoice and be glad in your steadfast love, because you have seen my affliction; you have known the distress of my soul, and you have not delivered me into the hand of the enemy; you have set my feet in a broad place.

Pure Exhaustion

You know those days when you sit in your car at the grocery store with the car still running, getting your stuff together, and then you start locking your car,  but you start locking it before you ever get out of the car, much less turn off the ignition?  Or those times when you are talking on the phone, trying to rush out the door all the while frantically searching for your phone, the same phone that you are talking on?  Yes, me too, all the time.

I think a lot of people can identify with this.  We run around at 90 mph all day from one thing to the next thing to the next.  We rarely stop, rarely slow down.  We run ourselves down past the empty point on our tank.  We are flat exhausted.  We have nothing left to give.

There isn’t joy when we live on empty all the time.  We are called for fullness of joy in Christ.  Not sometimes, not most of the time, but all of the time.  In our times of empty, in the times of overwhelmed, and during the “I can’t do this any longer”, we need to turn it over to God.  He wants nothing more than to fill us up when we are empty, to encourage us when we are doubting and to carry us when we can’t go any farther.

He will absolutely give us more than we can handle and then hold our hand, wrap his arm around our shoulder, and walk with us through it.  If you are overwhelmed, on empty and just can’t see the light at the end of the tunnel, you are not alone.  I am praying for you.  God is with you.  You can fight this battle, you can overcome, you can absolutely make it through this.

Rest in the confidence of knowing that your God is bigger.  He is mightier.  His love is more vast.  And you will absolutely experience His joy when you turn your life, and this moment in time, over to Him.  Expect Joy today.

Psalm 16:11 – You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand there are pleasures forevermore.

Isaiah 41:13 – For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.

Luke 10:41-42 – “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed – or indeed only one.  Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”

1 Peter 5:7 – Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.

Romans 5:3-5 – Not only so, but we also glorify in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.  And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.

Romans 8:17-18 – Now if we are children, then we are heirs – heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.  I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.

Philippians 4:13 – I can do all things through him who gives me strength.

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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