Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Living a life of excellence-Giant,boulders and stones
Earlier in this series I shared with you something I was praying about regarding my children. The Lord had been pointing out some behaviors that I have let go and should have been dealing with.
Part of my problem was a lack of wisdom on how to train them in that area. I had begun to pray that the Lord would show me what to do and he has, as I said in the other post, in His own way and in His own time.
Meanwhile, I had in my mind built this problem up to be much greater than it really was. I was becoming so frustrated and overwhelmed by everything. Have you ever experienced those times that a frustration overwhelms you to the point of lack of brain function? I’m not joking! The other day I could not get anything accomplished and I was aggravated with my kids all day, ready to give up homeschooling, put them in school and get a job.
My mom a year ago had an issue in her life, that the Lord had shown her was a giant in her life. She told me, she had made it, in her mind to be a giant. She was becoming just like I described of myself earlier, so extremely frustrated that she couldn’t think straight about the problem or any other for that matter.
I think that is what I had done with the issues of my children’s behavior and instead of trying to kill that giant with Faith and smooth stones, as David had toward Goliath. I have been unsuccessfully, attempting to pick up a boulder to throw at that giant. Straining and struggling and
getting absolutely no where.
I need to face those days with faith that will diminish my giant down to it’s proper size and approach it with small stones that are manageable and effective.
The funny thing is, over the last few weeks with all of my frustration, God had been handing me those small stones (in the form of little bits of information and ideas) and they are sitting here in a pile for me to use. I know they are there because I had been tripping over them as I was attempting to lift that boulder. Now I will pick up all of those stones (wisdom) and organize them (in my mind) so that I can use them. God did exactly what I was telling you in that earlier post. He reminded me of a simple book that was on my shelf, He gave me an idea during a conversation with a friend and other things in other ways as well.
God is so faithful, but so is Satan, faithful to lie to us, misguide us and he is always so crafty. That is why it is so important to Armor up daily with the prayer and the actions of reading the word and talking to our Lord. Ephesians 6:18 says “ And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints” (believers). It is so funny, God brought this scripture to mind so I looked it up and here it is right after the mention of the armor of God in Ephesians 6.
So, what does all of this have to do with a life of excellence. First, it is about being real and knowing that we all struggle with one thing or another (I mean everyone). Next,it is learning to lean on God in those struggles and listening to his lessons for us in our life, during those struggles (what is God trying to teach us).
Again, God is always faithful!
“being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. “ Philippians 1:6
You can find the other posts in this series here. This is the final post of this series.