Just what I trusted to happen has happened since I prayed and thrust myself upon the merciful Throne of God.
MUCH BETTER DAYS, MUCH BETTER ATMOSPHERE, MUCH BETTER LIFE!
And I cover that splendid testimony with the Blood of Jesus the Christ!
When I praised and worshipped God, He basically told me that His Authority within me is TONS GREATER than the problems buffeting me. The trials, tribulations, worldly issues, and overall “harrumphs” of others need not overtake my heart or my soul, my friends! He basically said those afflictions were “a little thing” next to His Authority within me, and then He commanded me to USE my authority to bring JOY to this place!
I did! It worked! IT’S STILL WORKING! HALLELUJAH!
I thank God for my testimony of restored JOY in Him… for it sets the captives free (including me) every time!
There are all kinds of ways to relate to people, and I am learning that as God courses me through discipling others. God tailors His teaching and treatment of our ills to our personality bent… He has to, because so many of us receive Truth differently.
It’s the same Truth – it’s Jesus – but each person perceives and receives Jesus and information in general… differently. It’s like God relating to Mack in The Shack as a woman because Mack didn’t have a positive relationship with his father. God will also submit to our perceptions of Him as an “old” and almost “grandfatherly” figure, if that gives Him an inroad to our hearts. Because once He has a way in, He can process our lives to eventually receive the fullest and most accurate accounting of His being we can handle.
That happened to me.
So lately I’ve been introduced to some more “new ways” of relating to people’s hearts in Jesus – by His definitions and in ways indicative of His “Pastor” heart. He’s training me and giving me constant affirmations (MUCH needed) as I continue on His way. People are wonderful (and terrible), and I can see why He loves us so much. The “terrible” stuff all happens for a reason. No excuses, but definitely reasons for everything… my stuff included! That tenders me to human existence in general and even softens my heart towards myself… that’s so necessary. Forgiveness is not only to be outstretched to others, but we are to bathe ourselves in the same sweet oils we release. We deserve (and desperately need) it from ourselves upon ourselves, by God’s awesome power.
New things and new ways are being introduced and absorbed, and the adventure continues in Christ’s Name. I’m enjoying it.
It’s actually something like seven or eight blogs and a website these days… but I can’t find it in my heart to change the name of this blog because it’s meant so much to me. In many ways it’s my literary hiding place.
Um, Sharon… the blog is public, right? So how can it be a “hiding place”?
Those who know what it is to take solace in expressing thoughts in any way you please understand why I’ve deemed it such. The place where my emotions about my emotions can be expressed is defined by me as a hiding place… the greatest of which is GOD Himself.
I love this blog, and I adore discussing the “secret things” of the other blogs within this forum.
For instance, Glory Shield Ministries website looks better than ever to me because it is so simple. I had complicated things too much before; early on I was learning and it showed. Not that I’m not still learning and ever learning (gratefully), but I’ve only lately become of the opinion that simpler is better and it really works for me. Thank You, Jesus.
I hesitated a little at first to undertake the “Theater of My Mind” blog because it is so frank and often unyielding a forum for my forgotten thoughts not so forgotten. I can address what’s on my heart as though it is not me; I can remember, release, and forgive – all in writing. I can express my innermost soul of mental definitions in hatred and fear and humor and pain… and then turn it all over to God.
You’re an odd bird, Sharon. Thank God for “Shamma”. Thank God for His love of us both… and thank God for this diary blog.
Seven or Eight Blogs and a Website…? Nah, I think it sounds best with the name remaining the same.
SHARON and SHAMMA