I realized a couple of weeks ago just how long it had been since I posted. Not for lack of wanting or thoughts and conversations between me and the Creator. I took on an assignment, a new job, that literally took up so much of my time that mentally, I couldn't process anything else. But, then the word Distraction kept popping up. I wold hear it at the same job, at church, in sermons off TV. I realized then that I was allowing myself t be distracted by one entity in my life. With that, I began having more one on one conversations with God. This morning, He sent me there with this one scripture.
"May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit". Romans 15:13 NIV
Nothing deep and profound, yet, something meaty that you can hold onto. Hope. It is this tangible, intangible. Something we can feel but cannot see. Something we want but sometimes waver on the possibility. My book was an example of that hope for me. Then I realized that what I want in life, to write professionally, was sitting at my finger tips and I had not allowed the hope that I started this blog with to flourish. It became buried under the distractions in life.
If I give you anything today, its this. Life will bring many distractions but don't let them overtake your hope, joy, peace as entrusted to you by the God of the heavens and the earth. We often speak on how the adversary is there to kill, steal, and destroy. But what is he killing, stealing, and destroying if not our hope, peace, joy, trust and belief? Stay focused on the things of God. On his kingdom. Yes, from time to time, you may need to disconnect from people, but never disconnect from Him. Never allow the power of God to leave your life.
During these last few months, I've begun to see the manifestations of Him in my life. I'm seeing the evidence of the prayers. So, now isn't the time to become inundated with worry or distractions Stay connected to the vine.
"5 I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. 6 If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. 7 If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. 8 This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples." (John 15:5-8 NIV)
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