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Experiencing the Beauty of... Isaiah 40

God’s Passion Pursuit {{Week 2}}

For the next few weeks, we are studying Isaiah 40. If you haven’t done so yet, grab your journal and schedule and join in the fun!

The Scriptures – Isaiah 40:12; Amos 4:13

“Who else has held the oceans in his hand? Who has measured off the heavens with his fingers? Who else knows the weight of the earth or has weighed the mountains and hills on a scale? (Is. 40:12, NLT)”

“For the Lord is the one who shaped the mountains, stirs up the winds, and reveals his thoughts to mankind. He turns the light of dawn into darkness and treads on the heights of the earth. The Lord God of Heaven’s Armies is his name! (Amos 4:13)”

God’s Equal

A lot of times, we try to find some rhyme or reason to believe (which leads to action) that God is our equal. We yell at Him. We critique His plans for our lives, as though, they were quickly and thoughtlessly made. When we do this, we miss out on many aspects of walking in relationship with God.

The Truth

How often we neglect this truth right here –

The Lord is the One who shaped the mountains, stirs up the winds, and reveals His thoughts.

We forget how much God is not our equal. God is unlike anyone we could ever come across, in this world. God is…

  • Awesome in power
  • All-knowing
  • All-loving
  • Full of justice
  • the One who is always for us. There is none like Him.

But, God has chosen to know you on the most intimate level.

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The Depth of God’s Involvement

Lord God, You reign! You are bound by absolutely nothing. Even your mercy is described as “boundless”. You are the One who is Supreme and head over all things. Thank You for the kind of relationship I can enjoy with You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

See Colossians 1:15-19

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Introversion/Highly Sensitive

Introvert Speaks: Wired by God

This has been one-of-those-weeks, where I have spent my days making sure the wheels-keep-on-turning, the laundry isn’t piling up, cooking meals, and other tasks that seem mundane, yet overwhelming, all at the same time.

I have this problem.

It’s called – “I forget how God has wired me.”

So, I have missed self-imposed deadlines this week.

Like??

 

* This week’s “Making the Journey” post (possibly Sunday or Monday, it “should” be up and ready to be devoured by hungry spirits like yours and mine – as we seek the Lord God to be the One to fill us up entirely!)

*The month of March’s reading plan posts (found on the Facebook page) are lagging too. Finally last night around midnight (erm, I guess, that would make it this morning), I posted March 1-4. I have not been able to stay caught up on the reading plan for a long time. See, I am a writer. In order to get the most out of my quiet time (time spent in the Word of God), I need to be writing and studying deeply.

I let the inability to pursue perfection, to keep me from something designed – to help me meet more with my Perfector!

*Lagging on editing one manuscript, and beginning the process of formatting a new study that I wanted to embark on (possibly for March…).

*Behind in my personal Bible study. It is the final week of the Armor of God study. It’s been such a good study, too. But, I am hoping to get back into it slowly on a not-overwhelming-my-human-spirit level.

*And seriously, you don’t even want to get.me.started. on being behind in reading and reviewing books I have selected or agreed to review. Whichever, on some level, I have committed to this and other things that I somehow just haven’t gotten to yet.

Back to the Wiring Thing…

When God was making me, He made me a highly sensitive, need for serious down time, introvert. God knew exactly what He was doing, when He knitted me together in my mother’s womb. He made me a highly sensitive introvert.

“For you created my inmost being;
    you knit me together in my mother’s
womb. 
I praise you because I am fearfully
and wonderfully made; 
your works are
wonderful, 
I know that full well. My frame
was not hidden from you 
when I was made in the
secret place, 
when I was woven together in the depths
of the earth. 
Your eyes saw my unformed body;
    all the days ordained for me were written in your book
    before one of them came to be. How precious to me are
your thoughts, God! 
How vast is the sum of them!”
(Psalm 139:13-17)

The Blessing

It is truly a blessing to be a highly sensitive introvert. I just don’t have the ability to keep chuggin’ along. But, here’s my downfall: I try being like everyone else. And, the way I am wired reminds me that I have a Creator who made me perfectly and formed me in a specific way. I was not meant to be like everyone else. I may try to put on this “energizer bunny” performance act, but then I remember….

Oh.

Right.

Introvert.

Highly Sensitive, at that.

This Means…

I need to take the time to unwind and mentally process everything I have been exposed to. It isn’t enough to survive the day, but I must process the day. I must allow myself the time and space to take those precious extra steps to take care of me.

I have been neglecting the “process” aspect of my life. I expect to continue with loud noise and stimulation, and keep on truckin’. Yeah, okay. My spirit does not work that way. God created me this way for a very reason!

God knew I would be an introvert. A highly-sensitive introvert. God knows I need to take a few several extra steps, to really care for the precious spirit He has given me. And, I need to be more devoted to doing that than feeling overwhelmed – because my method of living (“keep on truckin’”) just isn’t working anymore.

 

“Come to Me all you who are weary and burdened.”

“Find a quiet space, to meet with God.”

“Be still…”

These are the things my sensitive spirit is mindful of today.

Friends, are you an introvert? Highly sensitive?
How do you recharge your spirit?

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Truth in Trials

Complaining in Trials – Part Two

143780914549080Trials on a Tuesday is a weekly series that focuses on a topic relating to trials, and how we can glorify God in the midst of hard times.

Last week in Trials on a Tuesday, I began to unravel what we believe about complaining. What is our definition of complaining? We can only begin to look at complaining in our lives, as we know its definition and significance for us.

Complaining is simply put grumbling with discontent. So when we tell of our struggles with those closest to us, it isn’t necessarily a bad thing. It can actually be therapeutic. But, the truth is, we need to examine our heart’s position first, because discontent can spread wildly during difficult times – just as it can in easy times.

The most important truth we will learn today is, we need to stand firm in our faith in Jesus Christ and knowing how cared for we are.

Do we honestly believe that the God of the Universe is caring for us, in the midst of difficult seasons in our lives? Why or why not?

As we look at today’s Scripture, we need to remember that all Scripture found in the Bible is God-breathed (see 2 Timothy 3:16-17). This is an important truth God wants us know, wrestle with, utilize, and share with others. It is of great value to our circumstances and lives.

“[Give] thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus (1 Thessalonians 5:18, NIV).”

God cares how we view our trials or circumstances.

If we think God doesn’t care, we can line up plenty of Scripture to remind us that God not only cares for us… He even cares about the circumstances we face. Before we can even deal with discontent we may battle (oh, we battle it fiercely… let’s not add pride to the mix), we have to first work on our relationship with our Creator God.

We need to know how much God cares for and loves us.

  • “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you (1 Peter 5:7, NIV).”
  • “O Lord, You have looked through me and have known me… You understand my thoughts from far away... You look over my path… You know all my ways very well. Even before I speak a word, O Lord, You know it all… You have closed me in from behind and in front. And You have laid Your hand upon me… All You know is too great for me… (see Psalm 139:1-6, NLV).”
  • “What are mere mortals that you should think about them, human beings that you should care for them (Psalm 8:4, NLT)?”
  • “He will not allow your foot to slip; He who keeps you will not slumber (Psalm 121:3, NASB))
  • “For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things (Matthew 6:32, NASB).”

Reflection

How is God revealing to you that He cares deeply for you, through your circumstances?

Activity

Spend this entire week, meditating on each part of Psalm 139. See for yourself, how your Creator diligently and purposely cares for you.

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Encouragement

Fast Paced World

I live in a world that often goes faster than me. People of all walks of life, they can go much faster than me A day can be a whirlwind, and I can feel like a slow moving turtle. It doesn’t mean I am inadequate… I am made differently. I am still learning this lesson of being made differently.  I am still, fearfully and wonderfully made.

As God’s precious daughter, it is not my job to operate at the world’s speed of doing things. People are far more quicker than I will ever be, and that has to be okay. Even when I am on top of my “game”, I will never be as fast as others. I have to only be me. I have to recognize how I have been equipped. As God’s daughter, this is another way I am set apart.

May thesAppreciate - Uniquely Hise words stand out in my mind. I am His daughter. I am fearfully and wonderfully made – even when the world seems to go too fast for me. I am still fearfully and wonderfully made. It is a gift to go at a slower pace. It is a gift to even realize the world is at times – too fast for my preferred speed. God is good. Teaching me to trust and how I am uniquely His – every single step of the way.

 

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Prayer

Prayer: for Celebration of Praise

From December 26, 2014

God, help me to celebrate how You divinely and uniquely made me. Instead of casting myself as a load of burdens, let me see me the way You see me. Help me to celebrate the good I see that You made in me; Help me to focus on those things, that I know are of You. A lot of things, I may not choose… But, I can choose my response. Help me to respond in praise!

Lift up your hands in the sanctuary
    and praise the Lord.
– Psalm 134:2