Three Minute Reboot: Watch Out for That Trap!

I always think many thoughts when I am driving in the car. I guess it’s my time to zone. So it isn’t far fetching that I was thinking about this topic one day. Oh, how my mind is prone to wonder…
As women, we fall into two traps (Yes, there are plenty more:). One is the need to compare ourselves to someone else. We determine what kind of moms we should be by looking at that mom over there that has it all together. We get our ideas of what a perfect body should look like from the airbrushed woman on TV. We determine our kids are a mess, all because Jane’s kids know who to sit still for more than 2 seconds. We are quick to write ourselves off as failures. We are less quick to see our true value and worth.
The other is trying to be fixer-upper of the world. We carry around way more burdens than our poor shoulders can hold. We carry around our weight and the weight of everyone else, too. It seems impossible to get the place where we can hand ourselves and others over the transforming work of Christ.
I recognize these two because I get tripped up in both of these traps. I’ve had insecurity so bad that it paralyzed me. I’ve carried so much weight and struggled that I’ve buckled under the heavy pressure. I have to often come to the place where I realize I can’t fix myself so how am I going to fix someone else; however, I can lead them to the arms of Jesus. And I cling to the fact that

my value solely comes from Him.

What did Christ really mean when He said, “Come all to me who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest”? I think He meant exactly what He said. Give me your insecurity and I will give you security in knowing I am making you into the person you were meant to be. Give Me the heavy weight of this life, and I will give you peace and a hope in what lies ahead.
Ready. Set. Reflect:
Can you relate to any of these two traps? What weight or thoughts of insecurity are you carrying around at this very moment? Is it time for a new thought process? Is it time to hand over that crushing weight to the One who can carry it all?   
Lord, I want to go deeper still. I want to know Your freedom in so many areas of my life. Continue to melt and mold me.
“I am a good shepherd; and I know my sheep, and I am known by My own. As the Father knows Me, even so I know the Father; and I lay down My life for the sheep. And the other sheep I have which are not of this fold; them also I must bring, and they will hear My voice; and there will be one flock and one shepherd.” John 10:14-16

Three Minute Reboot: God’s Will

I want the fullness of God in my life rather than something that seems mediocre. I was reading in Haggai today about how the Israelites were to rebuild a new temple; however, they decided that rebuilding the temple wasn’t of much importance; instead they were making homes for themselves. Although they were making lives for themselves, they were never truly satisfied: “You have sown much, and bring in little; You eat, but do not have enough; You drink, but you are not filled with drink; You clothe yourselves, but no one is warm; And he who earns wages, earn wages to put into a bag with holes. “ Haggai 1: 6.

As I meditated on these words, I thought about my life. Am I seeking my own plans, trying to fulfill the desires I have in this world? Better yet, does my life show I’m open to God’s direction, wherever that might lead me? I don’t want to just live a mediocre life. I want the best God has for me, not just the good things of this world..

Ready, Set, Reflect!
Stop for moment and think about the things that take up your time and focus. Where is God on that list? Where is the Word on that list? Where is rest on that list?

Lord, I thank You for always seeking what’s best for me. When I wonder off the path, You will not leave me out there wondering. You love me enough to continue to show me the way. Your love is enough!

John 10:10 says, “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.”

Three Minute Reboot: U-turn, Please!

Sometimes u-turns are unwanted but necessary. They give us the opportunity to head in the correct direction.

We can get placed on the right path….I often need redirection in my life and in my mind. At times, this happens quicker than I realize. I start thinking thoughts of judgements towards other people. I let anger rear its ugly head in situations I can’t control. It’s easy for me to let the what ifs and doubts speak louder than the truth of God. I let unforgiveness and worry consume me. The thoughts of my inadequacies easily overwhelm me. When I look in the mirror instead of seeing a precious child of God, I see flaws. That’s when I need to do a u-turn. I need a change of scenery. Redirection is a must. I need to stop in my tracks and run the other way. I need to turn to the truth of God. My thoughts need to be His thoughts. It’s not always easy, but it’s necessary.

Will you join me? What is God showing you at this very moment?

Ready, Set, Reflect!
As your walking along the way this week, don’t let every thought that tempts to take you down the wrong path have its way. Turn around quickly and go the other direction. Speak truth into every situation that goes against God’s truth. Seek a better way. Seek truth.

 Thank You, Lord, for loving me so much. I don’t want to be stuck heading down the wrong path. Redirect my steps. I will follow.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your path. Prov. 3:5-6