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Tuesday, October 21, 2008

with deep compassion I will bring you back

I feel completely emotionally spent today.

Work is good. I met Duane's wife today and she is beautiful and down to earth and charming. So is his daughter... the one who prayed that God would give her daddy wisdom about whether or not to hire me. She's a sweet girl... I hugged both wife and daughter... I feel a real spiritual connection with them.

My conviction about work is this:
Colossians 3:22-24 22Slaves, obey your earthly masters in everything; and do it, not only when their eye is on you and to win their favor, but with sincerity of heart and reverence for the Lord. 23Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, 24since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.

Regardless of who signs my paycheck, my obligation is bigger than where I work and for whom I work... my obligation is to further the kingdom of God. I told Duane today in all sincerity, "I can't believe you pay me to do this". I had two more car loan applications today which were both denied... but I haven't submitted 3 loans in a week EVER... so I know that I am on the right track and that this whole idea of depending more heavily on commission will work out just fine.

Did I mention I was going to get my tag today? Well... no such luck.... I need to transfer my license to Georgia first. Sorry, mom. The nearest drivers license place is 30-45 minutes away so that will be a Saturday thing. And then the tag next Monday. Hopefully. In the meantime I am praying that I don't get stopped. I'm trying.

I am so emotionally spent today. Some days it's easier than others. Today I felt bitterness and frustration and jealousy and hurt. I'm just telling the truth. I know you all want me to be strong and victorious and bigger than this... and I know you want me to always celebrate the amazing transformation in my life and I do... and I will. But I'm just telling you... today has been hard. Today it has been harder to quiet my mind. Today I have felt fear again and I am praying tonight and reminding myself of God's promises to me. To all of us. Look at this awesome passage I found yesterday:

Isaiah 54:5-7 (New International Version)
New International Version (NIV)
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5 For your Maker is your husband— the LORD Almighty is his name— the Holy One of Israel is your Redeemer; he is called the God of all the earth.
6 The LORD will call you back as if you were a wife deserted and distressed in spirit— a wife who married young, only to be rejected," says your God.
7 "For a brief moment I abandoned you, but with deep compassion I will bring you back.

That last verse took my breath away when I read it... "with deep compassion I will bring you back". The context of this passage is God's promise to the nation of Israel... but we, as Christians, are adopted into that family and I am not afraid to boldly accept those promises on my own behalf and take them literally. That makes me want to stand on a table and scream to anyone who will listen, "HE IS GOING TO BRING ME BACK!!!". Is bringing... work in progress... on the way... not past tense... WILL BRING... what an awesome and beautiful thought!

I want you to know though, because I want to live openly and honestly, that there are times that the journey is difficult. And I know that there are people who are living with such greater hurts and disappointments, greater fear and frustration... I know that my worst thing might not compare with the suffering of others. But my worst thing is my WORST... it's the biggest problem I'm facing and it's the thing that sometimes brings me to my knees... but the good thing about being brought to your knees is that it's a great place to pray.

I guess the point is that we are always one phone call or knock on the door or one heartbeat or breath away from disaster. We have no guarantees. We can only know with certainty that we will be disappointed... that we will mess up... that there are times that stuff is gonna get us down... the only thing that does not change is God. He never moves.

Am I preaching too much? The thing about being emotionally drained is that you have to be filled. I have some emails to read and some blogs to read and I haven't had dinner yet... just really not hungry. I had grapes for breakfast... ate at the local Chinese buffet on lunch... and haven't eaten since about noon. I'm not intentionally fasting but I do have my mind set on so many other things... food seems unimportant.

Isaiah 54:17 says, no weapon forged against you will prevail, and you will refute every tongue that accuses you. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and this is their vindication from me, declares the Lord.

Have a great evening y'll!


Kelly Dawn said...

I am about to hit the hay cause I am SO flippin tired and i did absolutely nothing today...BUT...I am thinking about you and love you....


I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

Remember our dear Lord always gives you the strenth to get though those dark times. They will come but He is always right there to help carry you through.
'On Ya' - ma

Nancy said...

Keep right on preaching Heather! I need the encouragement as much as you these days, and God is using what you have to say to minister to me as He ministers to you as well. Prayers to you...
Nancy :-)

Dawn said...

I do hope tomorrow is a better day!

be well...

Anonymous said...

Great post . . . love the scripture.

Do you remember in high school when we used to check out of school and go eat chinese buffet? Good times . . . .

Traci said...

Stay in the word. He is there always. It's ok to have bad days! He still cares and is looking out for you!

Estela said...

I started a new Bible study today and I thought of you, Heather. And now reading your post for today, I think I know why. The book I am using during this study is called "Battlefield of the Mind" by Joyce Meyer. Today's message is about how Satan stages his war in our minds. He is patient and spends time laying the groundwork so that he can undermind the work that the Lord is doing in us. Satan has waged a war with your mind, playing over and over again all the negative things that you have heard about yourself over the years. When he can get you to listen to that instead of listening to the faithful words of God, then he can gain a foothold. Our battle is in our minds, and you strengthen yourself for that battle every time you dive into God's word and find truths that speak to your heart and your spirit. "If you abide in My word, you are truly My disciples. And you will know the Truth, and the Truth will set you free" John 8:31,32 Hugs.

Big Mark 243 said...

This was deep and revealing as well. Your selections as well as your admissions of your moments of, for lack of better words, weakness, show a strength that is prolly greater than you credit yourself for having in you.

Myra said...

Wow...this sent chills through my body! Whether you realize it or not, He is using you as an instrument. Your weakness gives others strength. We all have moments of weakness, then He crosses our path with people, things, scripture, to make us see that we are never really alone.

Ericanbiloxi said...

You know, you say that everyone keeps saying how strong you are and that this day you wanted to be honest and tell how you felt with the beat down and jealous feelings?
Well, what did you do with those feelings? Did you get hateful with people around you? Did you get even with those that have done you wrong? Did you spew in the emotions? NO, you did the harder and wiser layed it down and turned to the word. STRONG my friend!

Emmi said...

Sending you luv. (((Heather)))

*Tracy* said...

sorry it was a rough day, its gonna happen! just keep hanging in there your doing a great job! hugs

Sage Ravenwood said...

My dear sweet friend, the fact that life isn't so perfect and you have your moments, makes me adore you more...Why? because it makes you human. I've found in any life to be balanced you have an equal measure of pain with the joy. As long as you embrace it all and make it yours, life will continue to give you courage and wisdom in your journey. (Hugs)Indigo