Saturday, July 31, 2010
Spritual Sundays ~ Transitions
If you’ve been going through a time of discontentment, frustration, severing or fear, you might be transitioning into a new chapter in your life. Last Friday, our Life Group discussed “Seasons: A Time for Everything” which was taken from our pastor’s sermon using Ecclesiastes 3: 1-15. Besides reminding ourselves that there is a season for everything under heaven, we acknowledged the emotional ups and downs we face in transitions. Only one of us thought change is exciting and adventurous. The rest of us confessed that we are control freaks!
The main point in this sermon was “hold everything loosely in your hands.” For me, this was the most interesting part of our discussion because I know I need more spontaneity and trust in God. One of the gals in the group, Peggy, shared a prayer she starts her day with and I’ve put it to the test this past week to help me control less and surrender more! I’m amazed.
I’ll start with my day off last Monday. I thought I was staying home and freezing peaches, but after I prayed that morning, I wanted to accompany my daughter to her doctor’s appointment. The next day, I knew I was to eat my lunch at work and not leave the office. Mike, one of our contractor friends whom I have not seen for years, stopped by to tell me all about his wife’s diagnosis and I offered to help in any way she needs me and told him she’s getting my prayers every day. (We had a falling out several years ago. Wish you could have seen his face.) I thought I would be getting an early start home after work Thursday, but a Christian friend who works down the road invited me to dinner and I’m blessed to have given a listening ear. She cried when we prayed together.
The Lord has shown me that if I give Him my day every morning, my reward will be the joy He gives me in return. What a privilege to partner with Him! This is not a formula for me, but a way to dress myself with armor. I will never pray this type of prayer negligently. The order of my day is not to be toyed with; God is in every hour of it. Now He’s in the control seat!
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