Today's Reading: Matthew 9
Happy Serve Day Thursday, SHINE girls! We know what to do today, right? Serve someone! :)
Go out of your way to be the hands and feet of Jesus to someone in your path today. Even something very small, can be very BIG to someone else! It's all about expanding His Kingdom, girls. Let's be "others-focused" today.
So, yesterday was my happy hair day. Meaning, I got my hair cut and colored. Also known as: My favorite day ever! :) I can say this right? I mean, we are all girls here. (with the exception of a few awesome men that i have heard read our little blog--you are smart men!) ;)
I love being pampered for that couple of hours. The world melts away with the smell of fancy shampoo and someone else washing this scalp of mine. Can you relate?
Yesterday, I did something that I have not done in quite a while. I got 3 inches cut off of my hair! Before you wonder what the big deal is--I NEVER ever stray from my usual "baby trim". I think it has something to do with bad haircuts in the past or something. A little post traumatic hair cut stress.
As I sat in the chair watching her cut, my knees were shaking. Yes, shaking! I watched the 3 inches of hair fall on the floor. My heart was pounding out of my chest.
Suddenly, I clearly heard the Lord speak to me: "You have a tendency to hang on to things that are dead. Like this hair falling on the floor. This does not make who you are. You are who you are, because of Who is living inside of you. Quit hanging on to things because they are comfortable. It's not my best for you."
Oh, girls. Huge revelation. Huge.
For the last 6 months, I have clearly heard the Lord speak to me to let go of some "dead" things in my life. Dead meaning: things that are not good for me.
Some of those things were hard to let go of. Real hard. I liked them. Or at least I thought I did.
But, doesn't God know what's best for me? YES.
One of the tangible things was a certain social media. He's been telling me for 2 years that it just wasn't good for me. It was a distraction in my life, and it made it harder to tune Him in with all the noise going on when I was on that social site.
So, I let it go. (as I had attempted to do in the past a few times.)
This time, I really let it go. It was hard though. I missed it. It felt lonely not "being in the know".
It took a couple of months to really truly be okay with not being in the know to realize that I kind of liked "not being in the know". You know? :)
For me, that particular thing was a dead thing in my life. Others may not have that same struggle. For me, it was holding me back from being able to clearly discern His voice over the voices of many others.
Another thing that I have had to cut out, in a more spiritual sense, is fear and worry.
Oh, this is a biggie. A big biggie.
How do you cut this out of your life when it has been attached to your body like skin for most of your life?
Well, I am still working on this one. It shows up at times and I have to fight it with God's Word. I refuse to hang on to that dead monster of fear and worry. Refuse.
It has been at times, the only way I knew to be. Fearful. Worrisome. It was just who I thought I was. A fearful person. (what a lie from the enemy!)
Guess what though? When Jesus died on that cross for my sins, that sin was right there with it! Imagine that for a second.
Imagine your greatest "dead" thing in your life. Fear, worry, anger, pride, loneliness, rejection, depression, grief...whatever it is. Now picture your Savior hanging on that cross.
Now imagine Him saying this to you: "Sweet girl, I am taking this away from you. You no longer have to have this dead weight attached to you. It is finished."
I love this from our reading today:
"As Jesus left the house, he was followed by two blind men crying out, “Mercy, Son of David! Mercy on us!” When Jesus got home, the blind men went in with him. Jesus said to them, “Do you really believe I can do this?”
They said, “Why, yes, Master!”
He touched their eyes and said, “Become what you believe.” It happened."
Let's cut off some dead things hanging around, girls.
Become what you believe.
Say it out loud this time: I will become what I believe.
What are you believing, girls?
keeping my scissors handy,