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I’m off to visit family - my favorite place, Table Rock Lake in Missouri to visit my mother for a while. During my upcoming vacation DH and I will also visit his family for a few days. So I am signing off and will be back in July.
Happy Summer Days to you!
Stand firm? That doesn’t sound like a move to me!
I have stood firm in the midst of a move. There are two ways to stand firm.
Way to stand firm number 1 – This “move” reminds me of a strong willed child who stands in the middle of a happy play ground listening to mother say, “Come on sweetie – time to go.”
Toddler plants both feet firmly on the play ground, stares mother down and doesn’t even need to refuse. Body language and actions relay the message loud and clear!
I have stood firm – firm in my play ground --- of sorts.
I did not want to leave Texas. My first son was born there and I had experienced the joy of sharing my baby’s firsts with other young mothers. I had left the work place and entered the world of play groups, parks, neighborhood gatherings, and necessary naps. Although I missed my teaching career I was challenged by motherhood and felt particularly supported by my circle of friends. I did not want to leave that comfortable niche behind! I liked that “play ground.” I cried and pouted when my husband announced our move. I fretted as we drove cross country. I allowed myself to sink into depression- refusing to exercise, meet others, or seek the positive in my new surroundings. I stood firm. Oh I moved all right – from my play ground to my pity party.
Way to stand firm number 2- There is another way to stand firm. The Bible speaks of firm foundations. Philippians 4:1 admonishes us to, “ stand firm in the Lord.”
Moving from Texas to Kentucky taught me about standing firm. Where I had learned to stand, take confidence and joy, in my house, my yard, my neighborhood, my church, and my friends, I now needed to “stand firm in the Lord,” take instruction from Him.
When I finally broke- due to a dear friend who pursued me during my transition, I began to learn to listen to God’s Word. I learned to step out of my areas of comfort and depend on Him.
I took my focus off myself and began to look beyond my house, my yard, my comfort. Soon I found myself listening to others. Hearing that they too had difficulties with standing firm.
Are you on the move? Stand firm in Jesus’ commands- love others as you love yourself. Jesus will make sure to fill you up as you stand firm in Him.
"…stand firm in the Lord, my beloved." Philippians 4:1
Recently I noticed a flurry of activity and loud birdie noises whenever I stepped out onto my deck. Sometime, if my own busy activities permitted, I stopped and tried to find the source of all the angst. Never could spot it.
Then yesterday, while visiting with a friend in my family room, she stopped mid sentence and pointed out the robin sitting in one of my hanging pots – on my deck.
Now it came to me. Whenever I walked near, the mama and daddy birds, although waiting for the arrival of their little ones, they busied themselves protecting their young.
While I wait, I pray, protect, plan, and provide.
I have noticed a few things about the Robin family as they wait
1- They sit in the nest, on their eggs – yesterday I noticed that mama bird as she sat on those eggs. Her mouth wide open. Was she praying? Her eyes and head never still – what was she looking for? God's hand of provision? Prowling enemies? A juicy worm down there in the dirt?
2- Neither parent is ever too far away that they don’t fly around loudly chirping when perceived danger lurks. Waiting is never an inactive activity!
3- All is quiet and peaceful as long as nothing comes near the nest. Although close by, they seem to rest, preparing themselves for battle when once again an enemy might show up.
Time spent as we wait is not wasted time. In the Wait we are called to action:
In the WAIT step up to the call to action.
On another note – while you wait, I would like to encourage you to join my friend Wendy as she begins a summer book study.
Hidden Joy in a Dark Corner on-line study beginning Wednesday, June 17, 2009
After I read her book I posted a book review. This is what I wrote:
Her story is piercing and poignant. I read it in one day while I sat in airports and on airplanes. I had expected an emotionally riveting tale of an event in her life that changed her forever. I got that – and so much more.
I have already been on the move today!
Spent some time with my Father telling him all about me and mine. Asking Him to touch our lives and lead us. Read Tracie Miles Encouragement for today Devotion. I encourage you to read it too.
Took out the trash and recycling.
Led the way for my DH, into the jungle traffic of the city, so he could take his car to have it repaired.
Back to morning devos: Today is June first and I have read through the Pslams twice already this year. Now I start over. I read that I am blessed if I--
don’t walk in the counsel of the wicked, or stand in the way of sinners, sit in the seat of mockers. But delight in the law of the LORD and meditate on it day and night. If I practice staying away from evil and delight in God’s Word, then I am like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season.
Have you recently moved? Got a move planned in your future? Contemplating a move?
I always make it clear on this blog that you may be on the move physically, relocating to a new home or maybe on the move emotionally or spiritually. Whatever the move take a look at your life. Do you need to move away from the wicked, a few bad-example sinners, or possibly some mockers?
Today Tracie reminded me that I need to move away from doubt - that is a mocker if I ever knew one - doubt caused by what I hear on the radio, see on the television or allow my mind to absorb when I am weak. Yes - today I am going to plant myself by Streams of living water and practice believing through faith.
One of the biggest leaps I ever took happened the day I realized it was up to me to plant myself next to Jesus and drink from His living water rather than allow myself to be brought down by worldly ways.
Today I challenge you – move next to the Stream of Living Water.