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You see, just over a year ago some major changes in my life were initiated. Stepping out of my comfort zone as the excellent caterpillar I was and moving into the butterfly transformation process. It was a time of unsuredness (is that even a word?) & really wanting the next step to be revealed. So, I drew the first picture as a reminder to myself to stop trying to figure every detail of my life out (aka "freaking out!"), to trust God and in the meantime worship Him as He goes about doing His good work in my life.
FAST FORWARD to my life right now. Uh...yah...so...my butterfly is definitely emerging but yah, it is still a time of unsuredness (there's that word again). But please let me clarify...unsuredness in what is coming next but SURENESS - CERTAINTY in HIM! That is why I can lift my hands and in the meantime worship...because I know He's up to something good in my life (in me & for me!)
That is why I can lift my hands and in the meantime worship...because I know He's up to something good in my life
You see, I'm waiting on some things. Things I would REALLY like to see happening now but...in the meantime worship. My husband & I feel a call to minister together and are waiting on direction...in the meantime worship. My husband & I want to move to a smaller place and focus more money on the gospel and are waiting on direction from God on how to proceed concerning our current real estate...in the meantime worship. Bills...in the meantime worship. Does the work I feel called to do make any difference...in the meantime worship.
You get the picture.
One of the very (emphasis VERY) best books I've ever read on this topic is Joyce Meyer's "The Battle Belongs to the Lord."
The whole premise of the book is, "...for the battle is not yours, but God's." 2 Chronicles 20:15
The page above is a page I've folded and currently open to a couple of times a day!
If you're going through a similar situation where you'd really like things to happen NOW but it seems to be taking awhile, I wholeheartedly recommend this book. You can order it by clicking on it's picture above. It's normal Amazon prices but I get a cut. Yay!
So there's the story of my painting. A year's journey that leads you & me here to me typing these words and you reading them. I find the painting beautiful. I find myself just staring at it, using it as a meditation and being uplifted by it. She's beautiful and worship is a beautiful place to be.
I'll be praying for you! Will you please be praying for me. Opportunities for my husband & I to minister together and how to proceed concerning our real estate. My painting is for sale! She's 10"x8", matte finish, and on the edges I wrote the words of the worship song that my spirit sang as I painted her. Indeed she ministers to me, but in the end my work is to encourage others in Christ. $32 shipping plus shipping.
What a privilege to share with you. Will you send me links to your blogs? What is Christ doing in your life? You can leave comments below so that we can encourage each other or even email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
God willing, we'll chat again soon but until then...in the meantime worship.
6/24/2014 09:27:16 pm
Hello, Anne! What a wonderful article! I love reading about the meaning behind this painting. I totally relate to the message of "In the meantime, worship!" I feel quite a lot of "unsuredness" in my own journey as well... but (as you said) never unsure of God... just unsure of whether I am following the path he wants me to enter. My favorite prayer that I started praying back when I was in high school was, "Please close AND LOCK, AND BLOCK any door you don't want me to go through, PLEASE!" Because sometimes my stubborn ego wants what it wants and I can't always trust myself to be wise in what God wants for me if I want it SOOOO badly.
Thanks Wendy! So glad you shared what you did. I connect with a lot of what you said...indeed, i wanna'make sure its a God thing and not an ego thing...I'm grateful because He's been growing me & teaching me in that area. You know, a certain verse that someone just posted on fb this morning came to mind when i saw your breadcrumbs comment.."I’m single-minded in pursuit of you;
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