I found myself in Dallas in a hotel with nothing but time on my hands. It was as if by God’s design. I could not even use my computer because I brought the wrong charging cord. I had a book with me so I read. Let’s keep in mind, I have had this book for a couple of months and until now could not seem to find the time to read it. Everything in this book seemed to be drawing me nearer and calling me to greater depths with God. This urging was so overwhelming that I felt compelled to get my hands on a Bible as soon as I finished the book. Yes, I finished the book in one day. I did not pack my Bible. I began to search the drawers for the Gideon Bible that I for one have always taken for granted. Ahhh… There it was! I felt this deep sense of relief. I opened the cover and I understood it like no other Bible I have ever read before. I own several by the way. Coincidence? I think not. God had indeed placed me in a time-out.
I felt like God was sitting on the couch right beside me smiling as His word came to life in me. I sat there in the silence imagining. I became emotional. I smiled. I cried. I felt hugged. Cherished. Loved. Adored. I was important enough for God to take time out of His very busy day for Him to meet me right where I was. He was pouring into me, nourishing my soul that had become weary.
I do not know about you but so often I am like my pet chicken, Phoebe. She is easily distracted from her course when I stand on the back step and shake a bag of mealworms. It matters not what she was doing at the time! Mealworms beckon her. Life has a way of doing that to me. I can be so focused on the good stuff and then… mealworms! I am then left trying to find my way back to my mission, my purpose – sometimes even trying to remember what it was in the first place! Ever walked into a room and forgot why? That would be me. However for me, it does not have to be isolated to a room! It can be as previously mentioned, something bigger!
I make things too complicated sometimes. It never fails that if I forget to “Be still, and know that I am God.” Psalm 46:10 (NIV) God has a way of putting me in a time out so He can help me figure it out!
My purpose is simply to honor God and to bring glory to His name in all that I do – even in the little things. If I simply use that as my filter, decisions become very easy to make. It does not have to be complicated at all.
Am I honoring God and bringing glory to His name by… (fill in the blank)? If you are being honest with yourself, you can easily say yes or no. In that hotel room, I discovered I had a few no’s.
I become better by posing this question to myself. A better wife. A better puppy mommy. A better friend. A better writer. Focusing on God provides clarity. It also helps you to fall deeply in love with your life and those in it.
None of us have to wait for God to put us in a time out. We can take one. If we think we are too busy, He will show us that we are not.
Feeling very grateful today. Grateful that God is in the details of my life. I am looking at my husband across the room in the office that we share. I am capable of loving him a little better than before because I am better than before. This makes my heart so happy. Aside from loving God, loving my husband to the very best of my ability and as he needs to be lovedis my greatest honor and privilege. I love that these two things are so greatly intertwined.
Falling in love with Jesus and my husband all over again…
Until next time,