“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.” (Proverbs 3:4-5)
Rejuvenating our spirits are important moments, taking a step back from the business of life and entering into those quiet places inside us, being attentive to our inner voices, help in allowing us brief respites in our days, to be present with ourselves and with the God who created us.
This morning, I am taking time reflecting on where I am in my life and meditating on the goodness of the Lord, sipping this delicious mixture of tea leaves; lemon, ginger, lavender, orange with a bit of raw honey stirred into it.
Thankful for Scriptures, for when I meditate on the words written, they truly become light unto my path and as I combine them with the Holy Spirit who gives revelation into the deep well of spiritual truths contained in the messages, I am confident of the steps I am to take and the way I should walk, for I am guided by an unseen force, my God, who has the best plans in store for me, if I would pay heed to His still small voice, listening and following where He leads me.
When I acknowledge God in all my ways, I am purposefully inviting Him into all my daily activities and decisions.
I am intentionally pursuing Him with each breath I am gifted life and I recognize the brevity of my days, so am desiring to take every opportunity afforded to me to dig in to the richness found in His fullness, in each day, in the moments of my everyday life, to discover the breadth, depths, and width of His embracive love for me.
I have learned through the years, to recognize my Lord’s voice in the still quiet times, where I am not distracted or disturbed in the busyness of life, where I can be in His presence, soaking in His calm reassurance leading me, confirming the way I should walk, in having a peace that passes understanding.
There comes a time when trusting the direction I am walking is the path He is leading me on and I become more confident myself when I have this inner peace reigning in my soul. I have learned one of the signs in knowing when to change direction, when to take the next step in my journey with Him, is when peace reigns inside my heart.
I know when I follow this peace in my heart, it is His Spirit in me, as I remain open and willing to start a new beginning, walking by faith trusting in His unseen, yet ever steady presence, I will enter into the abundance of the life He is calling me to be in, for there is no greater purpose then centering myself in His desires in fulfilling the reason I have been given this precious life.
This is when I can come to the place, realizing every day is a new beginning. In each new beginning I start again, conintuing my journey, picking up the Cross of Christ, putting my faith to work as a sojourner, being in the world but not forming my ways to it, greeting my days with a thankful reminder, I am His, and not my own.
Every day I am offered new choices in being me. Every moment I have been granted this life, I am given new opportunities to walk in my authentic womanhood, to be who God has created me to be.
“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters.” (Psalm 23:1-2)
All I have to do is open my eyes, listen with my heart, and follow the way of peace where the Christ Spirit refreshes, renews, and restores my soul as I center myself in His ways all the days of my life.
Lorraine Taylor – Lay Minister
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