Spring is finally here! The robins are back! The temperatures are warming up, though there is still snow left to melt.
It’s awesome to see the birds check out nesting spots and to hear their joyous songs again. But joy often coexists with sadness, doesn’t it? Spring is so welcome after a long, dreary winter, but now we’re getting flooding in our midwestern city like we’ve never experienced before. Huge ice chunks had to be taken off of roads after the flooding receded. There are still many in the parks and areas around the river. Some roads and bridges are washed out or crumbled. Homes are damaged. It’s going to take a lot of time, work, and money to recover.
Now with the snow melting quickly north and west of here, people are preparing for even worst flooding this week. Oodles of sandbags have been set up to protect homes and businesses. The Falls and the bike trails have been closed off, and anyone who goes past the barricades will be fined. It’s for our safety, but you wouldn’t believe how many people ignore the warnings.
On another note, I’ve decided to take a break from blogging. An overwhelming feeling has been creeping up on me. Last week I needed to just back up and allow myself grace. I felt God whispering to me to rest and not be so hard on myself that each Tuesday I MUST have a blog post ready.
After some prayerful consideration, I feel I need some time to refresh and renew my body, mind, and spirit. I also need to recalibrate where I’m going with this blog. I may only do two Tuesdays a month and I may alter my end-of-the month posts. I’m uncertain yet, but I’m asking God to guide me.
I hope to return on May 7. Meanwhile, I pray you all have a Spirit-filled, Glorious Easter!
Glorious Day (Living He Loved Me)
by Casting Crowns
“Now may God, the inspiration and fountain of hope, fill you to overflowing with uncontainable joy and perfect peace as you trust in Him. And may the power of the Holy Spirit continually surround your life with His super-abundance until you radiate with hope!” Romans 15:13 TPT
What improvements are you determined to work at this year? As 2014 approaches, many of us want to wipe our 2013 slates clean and begin anew. There’s something about a “New Year” that gives us new hope and energizes us to do better.
As I reflect on 2014 resolutions, not only do I want to continue to strive to live in An Audience of One, but I want to purposefully plug into Jesus, the source of power. Too often I strive to “do” instead of to “be” in Jesus. I recently read a story of a lightbulb who had to find a way to shine:
The lightbulb went to a conference to learn about its inner capacity for light. It read books about how to brighten someone’s day. Each morning the lightbulb would get up and recite positive affirmations. “I am a lightbulb. I believe in myself. I will shine!” But nothing happened. Eventually the lightbulb became weary and discouraged. It began to doubt who it was and what it could do. It almost burned out completely. Fortunately, one day the lightbulb was carefully place in a fixture. Light burst forth from it and filled the room. The lightbulb finally understood that the key was not to try harder, but to plug into the source. (God’s Heart for You: Embracing Your True Worth as a Woman, p. 98, by Holley Gerth)
If we keep working at making ourselves shine for others, we’ll keep getting weary and discouraged. But if we plug into Him Who is the source of power, we will automatically shine for Him.
If we keep trying to fill the empty spaces in our hearts ourselves, our hearts will be like leaky sieves. But if we open our hearts to Jesus’ love, we will be fulfilled and satisfied.
If we keep trying to fix or make sense of the tangled threads of our lives, we will only tie ourselves up in knots and become disoriented. But if we align our compass towards Christ, someday we will see how every tangled thread served a greater purpose, pointed us towards a better direction, and produced an exquisite design.
Plug into Jesus, fill up with Jesus, and align our compass towards Jesus. Then with renewed hope, we will be able to start with a clean slate and all other perplexities in life will become more clear.
But He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. (2 Corinthians 12:9)