The road that leads to our home has been an exceptionally cold and wintry winter. Burr, we are frozen! How about you?
Whether your home is made up of a single person, a single parent, or a two parent dwelling, the darker, cooler months of winter can match the inner spirit that finds it easy to freeze up too. Routine has set in and quite honestly, it can seem quite dull. It’s easy for negativity to creep into our thinking and actions.
Here are three things to consider:
- Reflect that we are put here on earth for such a time as 2018!
Nothing about me is hidden from you!
I was secretly woven together deep in the earth below, but with your own eyes you saw my body being formed. Even before I was born, you had written in your book everything I would do. Psalms 139: 15-16 (CEV)
Things may not seem all that positive at the moment. Sometimes life throws curve balls that are unfair and hurtful. I get that. I am living some of those days as I type. Because of the sin condition in this world, it will hand us unwanted situations. God knows this and He wants to help if we will trust Him and ask for help. I often want Him to instantly take away the issues, but I know He will journey beside me IN those issues. As I reflect back, I can see that God never failed me despite what people do. Will you trust Him with what is on your plate?
Often our reactions to situations tell us if our heart thermometer has become frozen. We start to blame everyone and even God? I am not saying we welcome the trials in our life. I mean who does that? I spent many hours crying over the loss of my marriage, the pain of divorce, and the loneliness of single motherhood. I got angry when things were unfair in my situation, but at the end of the day, the choices I had to make needed to be filtered through my personal relationship with Jesus Christ. I had to ask Him to deal with my frozen heart and melt it so I could make wise decisions. I had to watch the words that came out of my mouth because I couldn’t undo them. Yes, I regret some of my reactions and have had to deal with those.
Calling a trusted friend, reading my Bible, and asking God for the next steps helped me as I reacted to each and every situation. It’s hard work, but it pays off.
When we ask God to warm our spirit, that is when we can rejoice in the victories. Some small, some huge. Give yourself a pat on the back. Choosing to do what is right and true will never go wrong.
Some very unfair situations will always be in our life. That is a given. However, I can rejoice that God will always help me work through them. I truly believe that God works behind the scenes of our life that we don’t even know about. I continue to take my sometimes frozen heart and let the warmth of God’s love melt the part I need for every situation.
Millions of people are in the same boat. Injustice reigns in our world. Human trafficking, the decline of freedom of religion, poverty, abuse, illness, and maliciousness is a daily occurrence. That is why our relationship with Jesus Christ will move us forward. He knows all about injustice and sin of the world so He will keep our heart beating the right way.
Winter is here, but we have hope. In Irene Hannon’s fictional book, Thin Ice, she wrote, “We do have seasons in our lives—some happier than others. The important thing to remember on winter days is that spring always comes…unless we choose to miss it by hibernation in the darkness. Sometimes we have to make the effort to step into the sunshine.” (pg. 143)
As you face this week with all the many issues, how will your heart beat? Will you fight the tendency when your heart wants to become frozen? Let’s ask God to help keep our hearts softened to God’s wisdom and direction.
Wishing you all a God-filled week. Here we go!
- Will you trust God with the path you are living?
- Memorize Psalm 139:15-16
- When your hearts start to freeze, ask God for help.
- Use the three R’s: Reflect, React, and Rejoice in the decisions you are facing.
- Remember you are not alone!
YOU CAN DO THIS!