Right where we Need to Be

Ever feel like your vision is like this?

Blurry? Disorienting? Like yet another snowy drive home…

Defeated. The word I used to describe myself the other night. Exhausted and defeated with a distorted sense of my vision.

God poured sweetness right back into my soul that very next morning. The gift of three women. We call our little monthly gatherings our writing group, but God is doing something more. It was a step of obedience, a response to the nudge, the call to form a writing group. We are small, but we are growing in our comfort with one another. Fellowship, laughter, encouragement. All the defeat washed away by the reminder of His promises.

But yet, here I am again tonight. Exhausted. Defeated. Tomorrow is a new day. Sleep will come. It will restore my soul. Renew me, refresh me.

This vision, becoming clearer, revealed in Holy whispers, sacred moments.

Delight yourself in the Lord and He shall give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to Him, trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass. Psalm 37:4-5

These are His promises, unfolding in His timing.

I heard a sermon that shared some insight… God allows conflict to help us grow closer to Him.

If this is true, I shouldn’t be surprised when hard things come my way. Growth seldom occurs when things are easy. I don’t have all the answers. I certainly don’t know what to do sometimes. I stand confused at times wondering when, why, which way?

Today, I read something beautiful about brokenness. Brokenness reminds us we are not perfect, and that is okay. We don’t have to have it all together despite what the world says.

We need God to guide our way to the desires of our heart. We need to commit and trust.

And He shall bring it to pass.

What is the “it”?

It is unique to us all.

The next time the world reminds you of all the ways you have messed up, and it will, remember God is in the business of using broken people with messy lives. Conflict puts us right where we need to be…in need of Him.

Painful at times, yes, but what better place to be than in the grip of His promises?

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A Beautiful MessĀ 

My back yard is a mess. A wet, muddy, swampy mess. Last weekend, with the help of friends, we demolished our pool and rotting deck. Our kids no longer use the pool, and we decided we would rather have the additional yard space as grass.

Now, we have a mess.

But, we have a vision… a vision of a grassy back yard with a fence tore down where we can more easily interact with our neighbors. It will take work, but the vision and desire are there 

It’s a lot like this church sign I saw the other day…

Let God bless your mess.

Our lives can get messy…swampy, muddy…but don’t let the mess of circumstances drown the vision. God can take the mess and bless it into something beautiful when we surrender everything to Him. He sees the whole picture.

And yet, You O Lord, are our Father. We are the clay, and You are the Potter. We are formed by Your hand. Isaiah 64:8 NLT