The answer is as far as we need to, we’re going for results and we are going to get them because we are intentional! How did yesterday go with being intentional about forgiveness? I hope you are able to work on it and make it a part of your daily life. If you don’t know, I am currently hanging with my parents in Florida, it is beautiful. Sorry, not sorry if you’re in dreary weather ?. Ha!
This was us in our morning walk, you can barely see Emerson but you have to know he is there, look for the curly top. Ha. It is his trademark. Okay, back to it, the reason I mention my parents is because of their beautiful insight into my blogging. It goes something like this:
Dad: Nat, I read your blog, it was good, but?I think you should add that you can’t get forgiveness if you don’t give it, right Mom, Dr. Collins. ( He threw the Dr. In there because she has her doctorate and totally gets the Bible among many other things)
Mom: your right, (of course) “God says we need to forgive others if we want to be forgiven, plain and simple, it’s not a suggestion.
So, I brought all of that up to say, they are right. Forgiveness is so much more than just a suggestion. If we want to be forgiven by God then we have to forgive, and I don’t know what kind of life you live but I need forgiveness everyday!
So. I don’t have any time or room in my heart for unforgiveness to block moving forward in life. Take this seriously! Do what you gotta do to get it right!
So, on to today’s Intentional moment, who are you? Will the real you please stand up and stand out? I almost feel as though this is my campaign because this is where I have struggled for the majority of my life. It wasn’t until I started to pinpoint this that I was able to move forward by leaps and bounds.
Most of my life I have judged it on some weird scale…I lived the life I thought everyone else wanted me to live. I wanted to be a people pleaser, I did what I thought my parents wanted, my friends, my husband, my kids, strangers, acquaintances, whoever else there was to please. It was exhausting. I always was concerned with how I was perceived by everyone, like the world was my audience and I needed to prove something.
Something happened a few years ago, I looked around at my life and I didn’t like what I saw. My family was living in this weird rat race with me, doing every event, being present, looking adorable on the outside, but on the inside we were going through life’s motions and struggling. We were a part for most of the hours in the week, we had a couple of hours in the night to eat, do homework, go to practice and hit the bedtime routine to do it all again the next day. Allen was gone at least 3 of those 5 nights each week, we were holding it together, but it was exhausting. One night, a light bulb went off (the Holy Spirit). Why are we doing this and we began to turn our life around, it has taken a bit, it has taken a lot of courage and trust.
I tell you all of this to say. Who are you? The real you..the person bubbling over with joy. Because, if you’re not bubbling over with joy, you can be. You have to be completely honest with yourself and with God.
I was, I am. My life has not turned into a cupcake camp since this time, but I handle it with God. I follow Him and He leads me, I am honest. Obviously. I live in my parents basement when we’re not in our 5th wheel camper (those steps took serious obedience and trust)
We have endured a lot in the last 2 years. The big difference is that we are not doing it on our own, we are not following a path that mimics the world. We are on our own unique path that God planned, it’s a game changer.
I/We are seeking God’s plan for our life, He is breaking the pieces away that we don’t need and making a beautiful picture. We are finding out what we are made of, who our REAL selves our. Our love is growing fiercely. Our life is unfolding into our dreams…please be honest with yourself. Your life literally depends on it. We all deserve to live OUR own best lives, not that of any magazine or show. Your life should not look like any other, it is unique to you. Stop keeping up with the ______________. You fill in the blank, you know the answer. Start keeping up with what Jesus wants to do with your life. That is where you will locate your true self and happiness.
Embrace this life, take it by the horns and go in His will.