Pressin’ On

Yesterday, I wrote about resting in Him rather than trying to strive toward behavior change versus heart transformation.  There’s a difference. I can self-manage myself all I want, but if I don’t get rid of the roots (side note: I’m trying to correct my Minnesotan accent and say that word correctly except then I just get confused on what way is correct! how do you say it?) and get my heart right then I’m just covering up the real issue.  So true…but along with that…

I need to strain toward what lies ahead. I need to beat my body and make it my slave. Put aside my old self and put on the new. Letting God direct my path and fix my eyes on Him because He is the author and perfecter of my faith.

Where do you find balance between these two? How does it look in your life?

“They Will Run and Not Grow Weary”

Remember when there were arcades in malls? Or maybe you’ve recently been to Dave and Busters? Playing all the fun games like skeeball, Crusin’ the USA, and dance dance revolution. Every once in a while I even played Whack a Mole.  Constantly hitting those moles to make them go back down into their holes.  Over and over and over and over and over.  By the time I finally got one “under control” another would pop up….can I say over and over and over again?

I keep hitting. They keep coming up.  That’s when I get tired. I grow weary. I feel overwhelmed. I focus on how I’m failing instead of how far I’ve come. I wonder if I can keep this up. I try to tackle sin. I try to buckle down and keep pressing on toward the goal. And right there, in the midst of all my striving His gentle whisper reminds me…

So, at the end of the day, I rest in that…being obedient to the Holy Spirit so that He can do a work in my heart and transform me to be more like Him. He gets ALL the glory. I just need to lean into Him and find that His yoke is easy.

How are you doing today? Feeling weary? I would love to pray for you or just hear from you.

A Warm Blanket

The weeks speed by and the joyful moments abound.  I am finding “joy” all over the pages of my bible and embedding it in my heart.  From the brief moments my heart pauses to notice to the situations that weigh like a warm blanket, I am beginning to see Him even more in all that I do. And that. I love. Seeing My beloved all the time and resting in His delight in me.

136. writing late at night

140. blustery roads

157. a deep breath

161. hummus quesadillas

169. realizing how far God’s brought me

170. couches and blankets with love

171. hugs at church (Antioch)

172. impromptu speaking about Africa at church

175. Answering: So how did Katy change?

176. Trader Joe’s stops

178. knowing I’m right where God wants me to be