Thank you friends for your prayers. (smile) I find it amazing that when we are walking through a storm or challenge, it can seem like we are the only one going through until we share something and someone replies me too!
“Me too” can be two of the most beautiful words we can hear when someone can relate to what we are going through. “Me too” can bring sanity to us when our silly thoughts take us down a road we don’t need to go. “Me too” can bring comfort knowing this too shall pass!
It’s easy to get overwhelmed by things and stuff on a good day; especially when we’re still trying to balance everything and everyone in our life. Before I got overwhelmed from all my dental stuff, other distractions were happening simultaneously that I couldn’t connect the dots until recently.
Words can’t flow when I’m distracted. Does that ever happen to you?
Sometimes, we should share the things and stuff rattling around inside of us. It can drive us nuts when we don’t! (shock face)
Sometimes, we have to step back and adjust our approach to our hopes and dreams. Sometimes, God delays (fill in the blank) __________ or someone because one or both are not ready! (shock face)
Oh, (fill in the blank) __________ or someone will come in God’s perfect timing. In the meantime, God will continue to perfect fruit within us. Patience and long-suffering, got fruit?
Be blessed today and don’t be afraid to share with someone, they just might reply “me too!” (smile)
How is your button these days? (smile) To recap, part 1 talked about the button that gets pushed when something or somebody fill in the blank_________; or stuck in traffic; or raining and walking with no umbrella (ugh); my all time favorite–watching favorite tv show and the power goes off. Things and stuff that push our button! (shock face)
As we continue to grow spiritually, we understand how the Word of God ties to walking through life challenges. The bible is full of scriptures to apply to life challenges. For example, in Philippians 4:11-13, Paul states “Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. 12 I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. 13 I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me”. Learning contentment helps to adapt and adjust, or roll with it as I like to say. (smile)
Our spiritual fruit becomes evident when we can smile when something or someone pushes our button and there is no reaction, except to smile because that button doesn’t work anymore! (big smile)
Part 2, talked about having another button and that no brokenness or mask wearing can exist in a spirit led life. Relationships without clear communication or being unequally yoked can push buttons. Carrying burdens God never meant for us to carry can push buttons.
To live a life of faith requires perseverance (long sufferings brother) (grin) knowing God will equip us as he leads us to walk, crawl or run through the challenge. Pray and cast, by faith and keep our hands off while releasing it to God so that button doesn’t work anymore! (smile)
Part 3 is sharing that as we continue to change and grow, we will be retested on many of life challenges–things and stuff, people. It’s all part of the process of life. Of all the spiritual fruit, (love (giving), joy (gladness), peace (free from worry and fear), long suffering (patience), gentleness (kindness), goodness (generosity), faith (dependability), meekness (gentleness) and temperance (self-control)), long suffering (patience) is the one tested the most! Can I get a witness? (smile)
As I’ve mentioned before, God will use anything and anyone to assist in our growth. Knowing what triggers our button will help to adjust and refocus when that something or someone comes our way. Sometimes, the unknown of something gets us anxious and our button gets pushed.
My button is unnecessary distractions that just keep coming because someone wants something now, now, now. (gritted teeth smile) My patience gets tested because nine times out of ten, the something really could wait! But noooooooo, now, they must have it now! Ain’t life grand! (smile)
This last week was a little brutal, especially with the cold weather, so I spent Saturday just talking with the Lord and relaxing in His presence. Next thing I know, the day had passed (smile) Sometimes, we must remember to balance our stuff and take a pause to enjoy at least 5 minutes to ourself or more if you can get it! This helps with our button. (smile)
So how’s your button?
Be blessed and enjoy your Sunday! (smile)
Feel free to share comments about your button. (smile) I would love to hear about it!