I heard the slow start of the rain break the silence of pre-dawn. The rhythm of a steadier rain grew until I relaxed back into my pillow.
Oh good, I won't have to get up early this morning for my walk.
The next time I woke up, at 5:30, I didn't hear rain.
Well, whatdya know? It stopped. I guess I'll get up and go.
I was in a bit of a sour mood.
I didn't wanna go.
I wanted to hit the "snooze."
My knees hurt.
It was chilly.
I went anyway.
As I walked, negative thoughts invaded my mind, trying desperately to fuel that sourness and steal the peace and joy that I knew would come if I kept going.
I continued to move, and the stiffness in my knees loosened, my body temperature rose and I tuned in to the sound of water droplets bouncing among the leaves of the tall trees around me. God's beauty abounds both in the warm sunrise and in the chilly mist.
This was my "Sonrise Insight" this morning:
Our flesh will always cry out to be fed.
Unless we silence it.
It will always fight for its own pleasure.
Unless we deny it.
It will always seek to make excuses.
Unless we take responsibility for our actions---or inactions.
I thought about the struggle I have with food, specifically sugar.
There are times when I can look beyond the immediate desire and remember how I felt after the last time I gave in to my flesh. When that glimmer of revelation comes, I find it easier to deny the flesh, because I know that the pleasure will be fleeting, and inevitably, guilt and remorse will follow.
Looking back helps me look beyond.
I can get through this stronghold that sugar has on me, because I got through giving up a lot of other things that weren't good for me:
Caffeine, diet soda, cigarettes, ice cream, and Oreos to name just a few. And that was without the help of God!
Going through something doesn't so much make us stronger, as it makes us recognize our weakness. When we recognize our weakness, we realize the need for Someone far greater to come to our aid.
"My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness."
Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ's sake, I delight in weakness, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties.
For when I am weak, then I am strong.
(1 Corinthians 12:9-10)
When I am weak, then I am strong.
When I don't want to when I should, do want to when I shouldn't, and feel entitled when I'm not...that's when I am at my weakest.
And that is when I must admit my weakness, take responsibility, and call on my God to come to my rescue. And He does.
EVERY. SINGLE. TIME.
But I must deny the flesh, or His reason for being there is pointless.
If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up his cross and follow me. (Matthew 16:24)
Whatever it is that you're struggling with today, I want to challenge you:
Stop making excuses.
Stop hitting the snooze alarm and feeding the flesh, because the more you hit that snooze, well...the more you'll snooze. And eventually the alarm will startle you out of your slumber. You WILL have to silence the flesh sooner or later.
Blessings Along the Path,
sharing this post with Holly at Testimony Tuesday, Kelly at #RaRa Linkup, Holley at Coffee For Your Heart, Beth at Wedded Wednesday, Deb at Blessing Counters, Arabah Joy at Grace & Truth, Barbie at The Weekend Brew, Janis at Sunday Stillness, Crystal at Thriving Thursdays
Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Sunrise Insights on Making Excuses
I'm a person of creativity. I've always loved to entertain people, and especially, to make them laugh. I don't mind being the guinea pig, the one who is singled out to break the ice. I write what you think but don't want to admit. I'm a word nerd and a grammar geek. I love musical theatre, hiking, and worshipping my Lord, my King-the King of Glory. It's my desire to bring hope and healing to hurting individuals-or perhaps just to provoke thought, to give an encouraging word to get you through the day-through everyday situations and insights into God's Word.