"Catch for us the foxes, the little foxes that ruin the vineyards, our vineyards that are in bloom." ... Song of Solomon 2:15
Remember when I told you God was waking me up around 2:30 a.m. to drink hot chocolate, watch Youtube and spend time with Him?
Well, He's still doing that.
And not only do I love it, but oh, how different I feel! More joyful, freer and mega-anticipatory about what God's gonna do these next years on Earth.
Yet that's a long story, so instead, I'll just add this: when I obey God in small areas, He makes huge changes within me. It's wild how that works.
But of course--
I could've slept-in all these weeks
Or kept desiring a different, not-even-more-expensive house.
I could've not given money away when God said to
Nor shared truths at Facebook when He nudged me.
I could've not visited with neighbor Sally with a Christmas card
Nor switched over to filling my home with Christian music,
Or listened to new-to-me teachers my friends believe seem 'out there,' (but they're only assuming because they refuse to listen for themselves).
I could've just said, "No thanks, God. I don't like getting up early. Or change. Or risking rejection from old friends."
But oh, Honey--obedience matters. There is no breaking through our brick walls without the sledgehammer of obedience.
Want to finally know Jesus as a 24/7, always-here friend? Obey Him in the little areas. Bricks will tumble one by one and oh, the bright light, joy and love waiting behind those walls!
"Be obedient to God and do not allow your lives to be shaped by those desires you had when you were still ignorant." 1 Peter 1:14
Oh, what we miss--and the dangerous journeys we begin--by our simply thinking, "I know God wants me do this one thing, but I can't because -----."
"We're built for change. We're built by God for variety. For freshness, for newness. We crave it, we want it--but we're petrified of it. We need to get over the fear of change. Just because we haven't done something before doesn't mean it won't be a good thing... Don't lose your God-ordained destiny." --- Joyce Meyer
Oh! And I'm not even certain why**, but I loved watching this woman decorate her home for Christmas.
**Actually? I think I enjoyed watching this woman decorate because of her peace in doing so. It came to me that God must love watching each of us while we do what He created us to--and how He rewards us with His peace and joy.
"For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses." ... Matthew 6:14,15