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The mess continues

The older I get the more I am learning that I really just don’t like messes.  I like things to be neat and tidy or at least have a sense of order.  I AM NOT  a neat freak.   Just ask anyone who has seen my house or my vehicles.  I can handle a mess if I know it will be cleaned up.  I am learning that some messes can serve a purpose.

I have returned to an oldie, but goodie daily devotional. My Utmost for His Highest, by Oswald Chambers.  His post from January 31, based on the scripture of Romans 1:1, in part says this, ” Christian workers fail because they place their desire for their own holiness above their desire to know God. “Don’t ask me to be confronted with the strong reality of redemption on behalf of the filth of human life surrounding me today; what I want is anything God can do for me to make me more desirable in my own eyes.”’  Talk about a spiritual reality check.  I have been mulling this one over and over and over again.  I encourage you to visit this site and read the entire thing.

So I’ve been thinking and praying and talking with God.  If you have read my blog maybe you will remember my first post about Messes.  Well I am reminded that Jesus willfully came into our mess.  Yes he came to make us clean, but He came for more than that.  He continually sought out the messiest of the messes.  He went to Zacchaeus, the tax collector, the woman at the well, the adulterer, the leper, and thousands more.  Jesus kept getting messy.  Jesus chose to serve His father and bring Him glory by redeeming the “filth” of the world in which He lived.

You see I am challenged in many ways.  The first because what our human eyes and mind define as filth, worthless, disgraceful, Jesus did not.  He and the Father deemed them worthy of their Love, Grace, and Redemption.  Who am I to question any person’s worth?

Second, God’s agenda is not to make me like myself more.  As a people pleaser I am unsettled in this truth.  I want people to like me, I want God to like me, and I want to like myself.  But Chambers is emphasizing that God wants me to seek the reality of His redemption (I’m still working on what that really means) not on becoming the better person I think I need to be.  Can you say, “Hit by the Holy 2×4 batman.”

You mean God’s first priority isn’t to make people like me?  No. NO. N.O.

God wants me to submit my agenda to His agenda.  Jesus is my example.  Jesus lived and breathed in the will of His Heavenly Father.  He did not care what people thought, or said, and held against Him.  He obeyed His father and did His fathers work.  As must I learn to obey my Heavenly Father no matter what other people say, do, or think.  My focus, my concern, and my priority must be a reflection of My Father’s.  He tells me to seek Him and His kingdom.  In doing so,  He will mold me into the woman He has designed for me to be.

And the peace comes in by realizing that I don’t have to be perfect.  I don’t have to measure up.  I don’t have to have it all together or even figured out.  God loves ALL the mess that is me and He will use ALL of it for His glory.

Friend God loves ALL the mess that is you…and He is sovereign.  He will redeem you and use it ALL for His glory!

The messier the better my friend!!!  Lets get messy.  Not sinful…just let your hair down, take off the mask, let go of the chains…Let God redeem ALL that is you.

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What a MESS!

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mess (Photo credit: Fernando Stankuns)

For those of you who know me well…you know that I don’t like messes.  Yet with 3 boys under 6 I have a perpetual mess in my Kitchen, my laundry room, my living room, my bedroom, their bedroom, their toy room, my van, my yard, my garage…well you get the idea.  And most of all I REALLY do not like extra or unnecessary messes.  And yet I want my boys to learn how to do dishes, pour their drinks, get dressed, do the laundry, make their own food…and so on.  And so the conundrum ensues.  They can not learn unless I am willing to let them make a mess.

Well, I get frustrated at times and I loose my temper.  Sometimes, many times I even yell.  I have really been praying about this short fuse problem of mine.   God has been whispering this truth in my heart and my mind.  “I entered your mess, because I love you.”  ” I walk with you in the midst of your mess because I want to help you clean it up.”

Jesus left heaven…sweet, peaceful, perfect Heaven.  He left such a great place and came to the messiest place in the galaxy.  He put on the clothes of our mess…He became flesh because He loves us.  He wants to give us freedom from the mess we are in.  He wants to show us, teach us, and love us through this mess.  He wants to transform our mess to heaven on earth.

Jesus wants our emotions, our expectations, our failures, our anger, our striving, our fear…He wants all of the things that keep us from creating a life that exemplifies “…on earth as it is in heaven.”

Let me be really honest with ya’ll.  I am still sorting all this out.  I am still learning what this looks like for me in my life.

I pray Abba that you will help me accept your love.  Open my eyes to Your wisdom for my life.  Jesus help me to reflect you as best I can, by allowing you to invade all of  me.  Lord give me your wisdom to make decisions and have responses that will bring Heaven to earth.

Jesus loves the beautiful mess that is each one of us.

John 16:33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble ( messes). But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

Jesus is our hope and salvation from the messes in our lives!!! Praise. The. LORD.

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