Today I am hosting "In Other Words Tuesday".
The quote I chose for us to write about is:
"We can thrive -- and even offer life-giving rest to others -- because God is at home in us." Bonnie Gray ~ Faith Barista
When I first read this quote on Bonnie's blog Faith Barista, it really resonated within me.
God is at home within me. How amazing is that? And yet, I realize how easy it can be to take this precious gift for granted.
When I received Jesus as my personal Savior, His Spirit came to live within me. However, it wasn't until years later that I came to appreciate, acknowledge and finally surrender to the Holy Spirit's leading in my life. He became Lord of my life. I still struggle for control at times because my flesh is still active as long as I'm living on this side of heaven.
However, as I've gone through some tough seasons of trials and challenges, I've learned to more readily submit to His leading. I'm learning that He is trustworthy and to listen and obey more quickly.
I've discovered that I am surviving even in the midst of many losses:
- The death of my mother
- The loss of my dream home
- The change in life circumstances and return to full time work
- The loss of time with friends I love and enjoy
- The loss of financial freedom
As I was driving to work on the freeway recently, I realized that I was not only surviving ...I was thriving.
I had fought many of the changes in my lifestyle and had many moments of anger and sadness. But I've learned so much during this time of uncertainty and change. Material possessions are temporary and can easily be taken away. But my relationship with the Lord continues to grow more intimate. He is with me and He continues to teach me. He has a plan and a purpose for my life.
I recently had the pleasure of spending an evening with friends. I have close friends who are missionaries overseas. Pete and Susan had served in China and now Taiwan and were home on furlough. During the evening, Susan pulled me aside and shared something that touched my heart. She told me that she often shared some of my story and used me as an example to encourage some of the women who were new believers. I was close to tears when I heard this.
And recently at work, a teacher came up to me and said that I surely must have a perfect life. She noticed that I always seemed to be so happy and smiling. I almost laughed out loud since I was back to work because my life had been turned upside down.
But I also realized why I could be happy and smile. Yes, my day to day life was completely changed. But I have come to learn what it is to rely on God as ...my Comforter, my Sustainer, my Strength, and my Contentment. I am learning to rest in Him. How thankful I was that others noticed. And I could quickly give Him the glory. He is the reason I can smile. He is the reason I can be content. He is the reason I can share that life giving rest with others.
I encourage you to take this quote and link up your blog below. I love to read how each person interprets our quotes differently. You are also invited to add your comments to this post.
Blessings and love,