Maybe, just maybe, we look at closed doors all wrong.
There’s a popular saying that goes something like this: ” when God closes one door he opens another.” We just tend to think that it is going to open immediately. Like, right when we want it. We pace and huff and get down in the dumps all while we are claiming to “trust” God. It’s much easier to tell someone else to have faith and wait on God. When we have something occurring in our own lives we see how difficult the waiting can be. But there truly is beauty and growth to be found in the waiting.
There IS beauty to be found in the waiting.
There is also beauty in the closed doors.
You see, when it seems as if no doors are swinging wide open for you and that no clear answers are coming your way, that’s when God is holding those doors shut so that you won’t walk through the wrong one.
Yes, HE gives us free will, but I truly believe that when we are HIS he gives us protection as well.
Thank God for the doors that don’t seem to be opening. Be still and know that HE is God and HE is sovereign and HIS ways are so much better.
When we jump ahead and try to pull the steering wheel out of his hands, we often cause a wreck.
Waiting is hard. I know. I’ve been in a season of waiting myself. I get it. This is for me as much as it is for you. As we wait, let’s be grateful. I’m going to start my gratitude list again. Joy is found in a grateful heart. Maybe you want to join me?
Just start somewhere. Giving Thanks is a command that’s repeated many times in the Bible. It’s not just there to make God feel better. I truly believe that it’s there to remind us that there’s beauty in being thankful and joy comes from a heart of thankfulness.
There are blessings to be found in closed doors and in the waiting.
Learning to be still & thankful at the same time.
“Wait patiently for the Lord. Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the Lord.”
There are many areas in life that I could apply this verse to. Many areas where I need to apply this verse. Here is what I’ve learned and finding this verse is a result of looking for an answer in His Word.
In life there are seasons and not just seasons of people. There are people that come and go and seasons that are high and low. There are people who stay. There are those who hurt us and who we hurt. Some accidentally, some on purpose. You learn that you can only fix you and you can only change your heart.
There are those who are like sandpaper and those who we mesh with. But we don’t get to choose who we should be kind hearted to… even when they hurt us. Then there are those who are oblivious to the fact that they pour salt in our wounds over and over. But we can’t live in a bitter state and rise above at the same time.
Bitter or Better. I remember Granny Shiver saying: “You can let it make you bitter or better.” when sharing about life issues. It’s always stuck with me. In the back of my mind. And praise God that His Word is always available to me. When I want to wallow and try to figure out why… I can just turn to the Word and find “why not” or why to not wallow in my feelings. Sometimes it takes longer than others. Sometimes it’s my last resort instead of first instinct. That’s real life.
There’s more to this thought of mine that I’ll be sharing here on my blog. Until then, maybe you needed this reminder, too.
People will let us down, but God NEVER will. Grace. He gives it to us abundantly.
The seasons and people in our life can grow us, if we choose to let them make us better and not bitter. I’m working on becoming better. It’s only possible with God.
It’s funny, since starting these Thursday posts, I seem to be more aware of things and people who I am thankful for. Gifts and blessings from God that I am more aware of. I look forward to these Thursday posts. To get to share with all of you..and read your comments about what you are thankful for.
It blesses my heart..
If it blesses MY heart, then just IMAGINE how thankfulness blesses God’s heart.
Psalm 95:2 (NIV) ~ Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song.
1) I am so very thankful that I was able to be a part of our local Christ Makes Winners Rallyat my church last night. We worshiped HIM with music, song, a phenomenal speaker and prayer. It was awesome! So many kids from our community, coming together before the BIG football game (LOWNDES versus VALDOSTA) …putting their focus on GOD first..coming together as friends instead of rivals. A tradition that was started 32 years ago by VHS Coach, Nick Hyder. To show them that JESUS makes us ALL winners.
2) When we were driving out of our neighborhood this morning..as we rounded the corner, God had a GORGEOUS sky waiting ahead. As I stopped at the stop sign before leaving our neighborhood, my daughter and I both snapped a picture. Breathtaking. I’m always in AWE of God when I see the skies that he creates.
3) I am so thankful for the gift that God gives to those who are published authors..for HIS glory. I recently (this week) began reading Ann Voskamp’s book, One Thousand Gifts. Awesome…
As always, I could just go on and on..God’s blessings are so abundant.
Sometimes, all it takes is to stop and reflect. Slow down and notice the little things and THEN, thank HIM for them.
Romans 11:36 (NIV) ~ For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be the glory forever! Amen.
Ephesians 3:20,21 (NIV) ~ Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.
NOW...it’s your turn. Share with us… 3 things that you are thankful for this week. As I’ve said before…you can comment on this post, on FB, or on Twitter.. Please share with us…
There are days that I find myself crawling back to my little comfort zone. The one that wants to just hide out from the rest of the world. The one that held me captive for many years.
The place where I am safe from rejection. Safe from criticism. Safe from being uncomfortable.
And, I wonder: WHY do I do this?
Then, it hits me. That is just the enemy trying to pull me down.
I remember that moment when God called me to surrender. To start living completely for Him and to quit allowing myself to feel like I am not capable.
See, THE same power that conquered death on the cross, lives IN ME.
I forget that sometimes. That HE is holding my hand.
I have JESUS with me at all times. So, I rest in the fact that even on the days that I don’t feel capable. Even on the days when I feel defeated..that The Holy Spirit…Jesus..God..is with me. He never leaves. He never gives up. His love never changes. He can’t love me any more or any less than HE already does. That, my friends is FACT. That, my friends is HOPE.
Hebrews 13:8 (NLT) ~ Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
So, I ask you… Are you hiding out? Are you living in chains?
That’s not really living, by the way.
There is freedom in stepping out of your comfort zone.
There is true freedom and peace in resting in THE ONE who always loves “the same”.
There is peace in realizing that you don’t have to “fit in” with everybody else.
When you realize that you don’t have to live your life “pleasing” people, the chains fall off. When you are able to rest in the fact that pleasing God is of most importance…self starts to take a back seat and the insecurities stop mattering so much. (Face it..we all have insecurities.) Our insecurities can’t be an excuse for our disobedience. Not if we are authentic Christians.
Who are you trying to please? What do you need to release?
Galatians 1: 10 (NLT) ~ Obviously, I’m not trying to win the approval of people, but of God. If pleasing people were my goal, I would not be Christ’s servant.
Well, it has taken me a bit longer to process these thoughts and truths that have been jumping around in my head. I know that I have shared before, that I take this “writing” or “blogging” thing very serious. AND…Sometimes…that means just waiting and being still. Waiting for God. I have learned patience through this almost year that I have been sharing here on “Simple Truths”.I’ve learned that I am on HIS timeline…not mine.
I have learned that I am at peace when I am patient for HIS time.
I don’t want to mess this up. I don’t ever want these posts to be about ME. Oh no..not at all..I only want to shine for HIM. When I say I want to shine…I mean that HE IS LIGHT and I want to reflect HIM and HIM alone.
It has been a week ago today that I left to go on a retreat for women. We went away for two nights and oh how God touched me at the core of my soul. HIS presence was known. HIS words were spoken through many women (message, prayer, song, testimonies, sharing, etc..) because of their obedience to HIM. It’s not always easy being truly obedient…because it really does take you out of your comfort zone. This I know. From experience. BUT…..oh at the blessings and complete joy that is felt when you are obedient. Blessings…not just for the other people…but for you as well.
I saw chains loosed last weekend…and chains are still being loosed because of the TRUTHthat was spoken to us. GOD”S WORD is TRUTH dear friends. It IS HEALINGfor the soul.
Most importantly though…GOD’S WORDreflects HIS LOVEfor US!! Friends…hear me when I say this…GodLOVES YOU! He loves every single one of us!
We have got to start reflecting that LOVE. That TRUTH.
1 Peter 4:8 (NIV) ~ Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.
Deeply…it says. Not surface. Not fake. BUT….DEEPLY.
God’sLOVE….the love of Savior Jesus….covers our sins.
If you ARE a true follower/believer, you are CALLED to LOVE. DEEPLY.
I am called to love deeply. Do I always? No… Sometimes…the love that I show and you too (if you are being honest), is love that may be dependent on my emotions at the moment.
I am called to love deeply….not just when I feel like it. Not just when everything is “hunky-dory” (pardon the “old” phrase).
I am SO VERY THANKFULthat God loves me ALL the time. In fact, it still blows my mind sometimes that HIS loveNEVER CHANGES. Seriously, you should do a search on your Bible app or in the dictionary and concordance in your actual Bible on the phrase “His love”.It’s awesome!
John 15:12~ My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.
We don’t love in this way out of our own ability to do so. NO…that isn’t even possible. IF and WHEN we LOVE in the way God commands us to love, it’s because God is loving the other person through us. IT’S HIM.
1 John 4:19~ We love because he first loved us.
I am so thankful for all the LOVE that was shown this past weekend at the retreat. Women sometimes have a hard time letting down our walls..and letting ourselves be loved. It has to STOP. We have to stop comparing ourselves and thinking that everybody else must be thinking something “bad” about “me”. It’s a trap. A trap that the enemy wants us to be in. BECAUSE..we can’t possibly love each other if we don’t even love ourselves. GOD LOVES YOU.
It’s okay to recognize areas that you have fault…but give those faults and bad habits…bondage..to GOD (repent and change). THEN and only THEN can you move on. When I say move on..I mean, STOP letting your past mistakes define you. Allow God to love you and in turn reflect that same love to everyone you meet.
1 John 4:8~ Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.
It is ALL about LOVE. Isn’t that what we all want anyways?
I’ve got lots more on my mind and heart that I plan on sharing in regards to how my heart was touched during this time away. So, I’ll share again with you soon.