So it was no surprise to me with as hectic as the Holiday season was that I didn’t get around to doing my blog for the 9 month mark, it was the day after Christmas, so here we go just moving on to the 10 month update. Well… 10 months and 3 days.
Life has been crazy busy, just days after Christmas, all the decorations came down (but not put away, no no… I still have to do that) because with signing my new lease at my apartment, I got new flooring in my living and dining rooms. It’s the little things, but I am so glad to have the new flooring! It’s so much better than the carpet we have had.
So then on Saturdays I have started back to refereeing kids basketball. I have missed working with this ministry and these kids, it is the highlight of my week. It helps get me back into shape and do it the fun way! On top of it, I get to work with my dad and brother. I do this for 7 weeks and when its over, its very bitter sweet. I miss doing the job, but its nice to get my Friday nights and Saturday mornings back.
Soon Jacob will have baseball tryouts and that will take us into full swing madness no doubt, but I am so excited to get back into baseball season with him!
Praising God for all these great things, but life has not been without its struggles. I am currently battling residual effects from having the flu which kept me out of work for days. Big changes coming up with a few things in the near future. Just trying to stay on top of responsibilities. But like always, God has shown his faithfulness to me. He has given great peace in the hard times. If you think of me, please pray for these changes and decisions.
On Sunday the 7th, I was introduced to one of my new favorite worship songs. It was led to us in church by Chris Crump and instantly I felt the presence of the Spirit as the congregation sang out. The song was Reckless Love by Cory Ashbury.
It opens with:
“Before I spoke a word, You were singing over me
You have been so, so good to me
Before I took a breath, You breathed Your life in me
You have been so, so kind to me”
This is a great reminder that before we go through anything, God knows we will go through it (Colossians 1:17), and if we listen and are sensitive to the spirit, He prepares us ahead of time for the battles we will go through. Nothing takes Him by surprise, and while things will take us by surprise, if we are equipped with the Holy Spirit (only through accepting the perfect and free gift of salvation through Jesus Christ), and keep ourselves grounded in the Word of God, these surprises will not defeat us. They might sting us, stun us, knock us down even, but God will not leave us down for the count if we reach out our hand. He has been so so kind to us in this way.
The Chorus goes on to say:
“O, the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God
O, it chases me down, fights ’til I’m found, leaves the ninety-nine
I couldn’t earn it, and I don’t deserve it, still, You give Yourself away
O, the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God, yeah”
So in this stage of life, I am not in a place where I am running from God, but I have been. Many times I have told myself the lie from Satan than I can do it on my own and I don’t need the guidance from God. So if I did not take this time in life when I am so close to God to reach out to those who are running or maybe even know nothing of His Salvation, then what am I doing with my life? So as I sing this song in praise, it comforts me to remember those times when I was running and how fiercely God ran after me like leaving the 99 sheep to find the one.
There are many great parts to the song, but the last part I will share is the Bridge, as I would love for you to check out the whole song and be as blessed as I have been by it:
“There’s no shadow You won’t light up
Mountain You won’t climb up
Coming after me
There’s no wall You won’t kick down
Lie You won’t tear down
Coming after me”
There are no lengths at which God will not go to get the attention of his children. I am reminded of Jonah, running as far away as he could to escape his calling of telling the people of Nineveh their sins…. God sent a freakin fish to swallow him! This is how much God loves us, He wants to get our attention so He can show us the truths He has for us and the wonders that await us in Heaven. Is this side of life hard? Absolutely! But He promises us He will never leave us nor forsake us. (Deuteronomy 31:6)
So that’s been my world the last several weeks. I look forward to hopefully getting more frequent with my posts now that holiday craziness has died down.