The LORD is pleased with those who worship him and trust his love.
I have been distant, non verbal, and have painted very little in the last month. The reason being several.
My best friend, Brittany, moved at the end of June to Tennessee, in which a lot of the month was spending time with the other girls planning a large luau for her going away party. But also in the process it was adjusting to yet another change in my life...just recently loosing my grandmother to the LORD (praise be to Him!). At her garage sale I picked up a book that I have been waiting to grab for some time now..."The Purpose Driven Life". This book, quite possibly, is the biggest challenge for me yet. Its not in a group setting, its all within my choice to study, follow, and continue. It asks questions, gives key verses (like the one above), and points to ponder.
I came to a point in the book where it asks "What area of my life am I holding back from God?" I spent several days, possibly over a week, pondering this question. Then I re-looked at a previous chapter where it discusses how life is a test and a trust. I knew the answer and then I was asked to have faith, trust, and honor for my God. Since God knows what is best, in what areas of my life do I need to trust him most? (purpose driven life) Just yesterday I did something I didn't want to do, but needed to do. Yesterday I had a choice to make between my flesh and God. I think the biggest test in my walk to date. I chose God over the man I love.
But now I have more strength "...which comes from faith in God." (Zechariah 12:5).
I pray to get back into work this month and focus, but with a change of motive, or yet...a stronger desire to do it directly for Christ Jesus.
I also pray all of you are doing well and will enjoy this walk with me, maybe get something...faith, love, joy, hope, and His grace, out of the days ahead. May the LORD bless you today.