Sometimes, I catch myself burning it at both ends. Hence, part of why I missed last week. It’s definitely a struggle when you start running around like a chicken with it’s head cut off. Things slip through the cracks, and things have to be put down because you literally have too much on your plate. But, I have learned the warning signs of too much at once, and early burnout. I’m one of those people that when I start burning out, I get really sick too. So, I have to slow down and put a few things down, for the sake of me. You can’t fill up other people’s gas tanks, if yours isn’t full to give.
But, this last week, I noticed one thing. I had read a story about a dad telling his son how big God is, all depends on your closeness to God. He used the analogy of seeing an airplane. From far away, God seems really small, but as they approached the airport – the plane became huge. God, in your life, is only as big as how close you are to him. And this really stuck a chord with me. It’s true. And later that evening, I was laying down, and I had the overwhelming sensation that I was laying underneath a plane. That I couldn’t see anything for all the plane there was. It was really incredible, and I really enjoyed it, and it gave me an overwhelming sense of peace.
That’s been the other part of this too. I haven’t felt nearly as stressed in this season of burning at both ends, like I’m busy and doing all the things, but I haven’t been panicky because of it. Because I have the overwhelming peace of God. Which brings me to another thought I’ve been having this past week. I’ve been thinking of the prayer that our church says before every sermon.
“This is my Bible, I Am what it says I am. I can do what it says I can do. Today I’ll be taught the Word of God. I boldly confess, I’m about to receive, the incorruptible, indestructible, ever-living seed of the Word of God. I’ll never be the same, never, ever, ever, In Jesus Name, Amen. ”
The pastor leads us in that prayer before we receive the Word. And he doesn’t just say it, he stops and we repeat as he goes. I later came to find out that some of this is Joel Osteen too, but he’s added his own stuff too. The first couple times we prayed this, and I really thought about these words, I cried.
“I am what it says I am, I can do what it says I can do.” The Bible says, all things are possible with God. I am his workmanship. I am beautifully and wonderfully made. I serve the same God who created the universe and raised Christ from the dead. The God who gave barren women children, who healed lepers, who made the blind see, and the lame walk. The God who defeated the devil in sending his son to save us and reconnect us with the Almighty. That’s the God we serve. “And I will never be the same. Never, ever, ever. In Jesus name.”
It’s an incredibly powerful prayer, and to say it every week, reminding yourself what God says about you, and what you are declaring about your God-you will never be the same. Declaring these things over your life is critical. You have to speak life to yourself, and declare your life to God, and he’ll never leave where you’re at, He saves you from you. And I thank God for that.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for all that you do for us. Thank you for all that you are. That you save us from ourselves. Thank you for sending your word, that we may grow in you Father. That you reassure us who we are, and inform us what we can do with you Father. That we are blessed because of you, and you continue to bless us, each and every day. Thank you Father God-for everything. IN JESUS’ NAME! AMEN!
Lately, I have had these guys on my heart, Diamond Willow Ministries. Here’s their mission statement: The mission of Diamond Willow Ministries as a Christ centered organization is to empower and develop healthy Christian youth, families, and leaders by meeting current spiritual, emotional, and physical needs within the Native American community.
I’m not sure what all they need right now, but pray for them. Reach out to them. Thank God for their ministry and pray that He lays his hands upon it right now.
And as always, you can donate: here