Draw Near to God, He is already Near to You

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Recently I thought I had too much on my plate. I exercised my ability to say “no”, and took my day off seriously. Looking to the future: I tossed the idea of cutting down my hours at work. I wanted to work on future details of our family, make our house a home, and visit my family back home more.

None of that was the plan, for now.

In a recent turn of events I was asked to take on more of a leadership role at the Church, with more responsibility, with pay cuts and budget cuts all across the board for our church.

So. I dropped my plans and fell on my face before Jesus. He has been my Rock. I have peace. I have joy. I am brave.

I know God will make it possible for me to plan our future as a family, cook, clean, plan visits, have people over, take care of our pets, enjoy life… all while taking on this important calling. I just need to listen to His voice.

I’m ashamed to say in these times of turmoil… they are the sweetest times of worship for me.

Why can’t I seem to be this close to my Lord during the good times?

I realized today that I find the most peace and joy in the trials– not because God has changed, but because I have. Tweet this.

Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you {HE IS already close by}. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. James 4:8

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The birds still get up and sing every morning

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Sometimes I get down.

Down on myself, down on others, down on my sticky mess of situations I and/or others create.

To boot I’ve been in a phase of being really, really physically tired. I wonder why all the little birds around me seem to sing louder and fly longer than me. Even my husband doesn’t seem as tired after work as I do.

Sometimes I forget that the best thing to do instead of saying “I better just get used to being tired”, or “something’s wrong with me!!” — is to ask God for the new resolve and energy to run the race.

Nowhere in the Bible does it say we have to be these amazing super-humans who work and don’t get tired, who get up each morning and yell “another fantastic day ahead!!” Everywhere it says in His strength.

Instead of feeling the routine already dragging me down, last night and this morning I asked God for a new song, a new energy.

He gave it to me! It’s as simple as that. When God speaks, write it down everywhere. Put encouraging notes from God all around your room, classroom, car, home, or office {or all of the above}.

I heard the birds suddenly erupt in song around the windows in my office this morning, right as I was pondering where my encouragement and strength came from.

He is always there, sometimes we just need a reminder.

Isaiah 40:28-31, “Have you never heard? Have you never understood? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of all the earth. He never grows weak or weary. No one can measure the depths of his understanding. He gives power to the weak and strength to the powerless. Even youths will become weak and tired, and young men will fall in exhaustion. But those who trust in the LORD will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.”

2 Corinthians 4:8-10, 13-18, “We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair. We are hunted down, but never abandoned by God. We get knocked down, but we are not destroyed. Through suffering, our bodies continue to share in the death of Jesus so that the life of Jesus may also be seen in our bodies.

But we continue to preach because we have the same kind of faith the psalmist had when he said, “I believed in God, so I spoke.”We know that God, who raised the Lord Jesus, will also raise us with Jesus and present us to himself together with you. All of this is for your benefit. And as God’s grace reaches more and more people, there will be great thanksgiving, and God will receive more and more glory.

That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day. For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever! So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.”

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Wrote down the things I am hearing and learning- I add to this periodically.

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I write post-it notes from God’s word on my computer screen at work.

John 15:7, “But if you remain {ABIDE} in me, and my words remain {ABIDE}  in you, {Brittany}- you may ask for anything you want, and it will be granted!”