Hello everyone! Happy Wednesday night and a big welcome to the Heart to Heart Blog! Well…here we go again! I don’t about you; but I’m really looking forward to our time together this evening because I find that I learn just as much as you do, while I write from God’s heart to ours!
Before coming on here tonight, I was listening to some music by Point of Grace and the one song I’m truly addicted to, is titled…“Jesus Will Still Be There”…and this is what I was reminded of last night, as I struggled to get to sleep.
Yesterday…after finishing a very busy day, I decided to just shut everything down and go to bed. Normally, I can barely make it to the bed, due to being so tired from the day; but for some reason, I just couldn’t get to sleep. Everything that could’ve gone through my mind…went through my mind, until I began to feel as if my brain was never going to shut down. It seemed as though Satan was working overtime, to place every insecure thought on my mind that he could think of…to keep me awake.
After talking with God and asking for His perfect peace…this is a thought that He placed on my mind… “When we place expectations on ourselves; we place limitations on what God can do.” As I kept mulling this thought over and over in my mind, I began to feel the need to write it down; so on went the lamp and within a few minutes…I was now reading the words that God had placed upon my heart.
You know…how is it that we come to believe the thoughts that Satan attempts to use against us? Don’t we realize that thoughts such as these only cause us to worry…doubt and even dread a situation that may be coming our way? I’ll tell you…before God began to speak to my heart…Satan had me like a puppet on a string…that is, until I called out for God’s help. From there, I came to see that focusing on moments that hadn’t even come my way, was only going to bring me to a place, where my heart would just remain under Satan’s control, while making me distant from a God, who could become my Prince of peace and the comfort I truly needed at that time.
As I turned off the light and began to lie back on the bed, I continued to think more, on what God had placed upon my heart, during those sleepless moments…and I came to see that by taking all these thoughts upon myself, while attempting to convince myself that everything was going to be alright, was only my way of taking care of me, while keeping me away from the One who could truly resolve each restless moment and bring me peace. It seems like lately, God has been working deeply with my heart and teaching me two things. First…never get ahead of God and only walk in the footsteps that He has laid out for me to walk in…and second…never allow the unsettled thoughts…brought about by evil, to become expectations that I place upon myself…expectations that only takes me to a place, where God cannot work in a limitless way within my life.
We must remember that it’s not God’s desire to weigh us down, with thoughts that may never come to pass; but rather, it’s His desire to make each burden lighter and if we are taking each thought…brought about by evil and adding them to a to-do list…for us to work on; then we are only going to find out in the end; that we have lost the peace and the limitless power of God; that passes all understanding. You know…God works really well on our behalf; but first, we must be willing to let go of everything except for Him!
Well…I’ve really enjoyed this time together this evening and I pray that you will have a great night of peace and rest…a time, when God’s presence surrounds you, rather than the thoughts from the day!
Take care and I will hope to see you again tomorrow night, as I share some thoughts from the day, along with the goodness of a great…loving and powerful God…heart to heart!
Blessings so much on your night!
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