2 Revealing Truths about Jesus and Transitions

     Since transition is never far from my mind I was recently talking with Jesus about transitions and He helped me to think about what a major transition His birth here on earth must have been.

Think about it, Jesus was there in the beginning and created the world, then He left heaven to life as one of us and with us.

“For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me.” John 6:38.

Imagine the enormity of that transition! 

 

Here are 2 truths, I realized about how Jesus handled this transition.

He remained Confident in His identity~ When Jesus became a man though His outward appearance probably changed completely He did not lose himself.

He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”  And Jesus answered him, “You are blessed, Simon son of Jonah, because flesh and blood did not reveal this to you, but my Father in heaven! Matt 16:15-17

This scripture follows Jesus asking His disciples who do people say that I am?  They reported what people said about him and who He was.  Most did not see or understand who He was while He walked on this earth but He always knew and lived the truth of who He was.  God.  Man.  Lover of His creation.  Truth.  Life.  Sacrificial Lamb.

For me just going from married to divorcee, from business owner to farm wife was challenging.  Identity in the world today is often tied to our job or family so when there are big transitions in either of these areas it can really knock you off your feet.

Each time I have found myself needing to dig into my identity with the Lord to find my new normal.  I am, still Loved.  Adopted.  Cherished.  Forgiven.  Gifted.  Called.

Obedient even unto death~  Jesus submitted to the will of the Father.  Not only did He have to take on the limitations of man but He had to die a terrible death as a man.  Yes, He knew the Big picture and willingly died on the cross for your and my sins but it was not easy.

The Bible is clear is was a very difficult time leading up to the crucifixion.
Matthew 26:39  “And He went a little beyond them, and fell on His face and prayed, saying, “My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; yet not as I will, but as You will.

Each transition in my life has taken me to a place of bowing my will to His in obedience.  When we closed Sylvan in 2011 it was the result of a long struggle.  I knew I would not always work and have a home 90 miles from the farm but I loved what I did.  Working with families to help their kids be more successful in school felt like it was what I was created to do.

When I stopped struggling, willing submitted to God, He made it clear, that season of my life was to come to an end.  The families seeking the service hit an all-time low, the corporation continued to move away from what I felt was best for my students, it was time.  In obedience, the business was closed and my home was sold in 6 short weeks.  Not as I will, but as You will Father.

I’m so thankful that I was able to see Jesus in light of how He lived out a difficult transition.  Though I can see that I have demonstrated these same traits in my life transitions I am also challenged to get there quicker in future transitions.

Focusing on my identity and realizing that NOTHING in this world can change who I am or whose I am, is the bedrock of weather the changes of transitions.

Then because I know whose I am I can also embrace His will open hearted and open minded.

I know the opportunity to live these two lessons out again will come, I just pray I will be more ready, willing and able to bring honor and glory to the Lord in the midst of it.


 Have you found that knowing your identity in Christ and obeying Him has helped you embrace transitions in your life?

The Challenge of Matthew’s Calling

Luke 5 32Over and over again Jesus drew attention to the fact that he was not accepted by the religious people of his time.

Luke 5 paints a very vivid picture of two different groups of people interaction with him.  Matthew was not the kind of guy you would expect to be called by Jesus but he didn’t hesitate to leave everything and follow him.  Matthew didn’t hide his new found faith rather he threw a party for his friends to meet Jesus.

The religious people were confused by Jesus’ choice of Matthew and why he would want to spend time with Matthew’s friends.  Jesus is quick to let the religious leaders know that he came to save anyone who was willing to admit their need for him.

I’m not sure about you but I don’t find myself associating with the outcasts like Matthew.  In fact, most would describe me as a religious rather than an outcast of society.  BUT I am not religious, I am a forgiven sinner. 

This story goes on to tell how Jesus was asked by the religious leaders, “Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?”31 Jesus answered them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. 32 I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.” Luke 5: 30-32.

Romans 3:23 tells us “For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard.”  Even those religious leaders have fallen short.  The sad part is they were not willing to admit it in order to find the lifesaving repentance Jesus had to offer.

I am challenged by this recount of Matthew’s calling.  I am especially challenged to tell others about how I met my savior and offer them that same forgiveness.

How likely of a disciple are you?  Have you accepted the calling of Jesus to follow Him?  What do you do to share the truth of Jesus’ forgiveness with others?

 

Originally written for the “Come with Me” Book Chat & Facebook Community.

When the answer to your prayer is definitely, “No.”

I am praying for good things, of course you will say Yes, right Lord?

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I have heard it said, God always answers our prayers.

His answer can be one of 3 things, Yes, No or Wait!  Have you heard this before?

I think I agree with this statement.  I just wish sometimes the answer is a little more clear.

The Yes answers are always easy to see.  They seem to make my heart sing.

I have even heard, Wait!  And I have been able to rejoice in the wait since in the long run it became a Yes!  So what about the No?

What do we do with the Nos?

I ask because I feel like sometimes I have accepted the No and been able to trust that my God knows what is best for me and the No has to be what is best. But some of the Nos have been very difficult to accept.

What do we do with the Nos that we don’t understand?

I have found that the root of the issue is not the answer but rather if my heart truly believes that God is good and He has good plans for me.

I have had some BIG Nos in my life~

  • Heal my mom & allow me to grow up with my mommy by my side.  
  • Heal my husband & restore my marriage and let us serve you together the rest of our lives. 
  • Heal my Daddy and keep me from having to let go and not watch him disappear before my eyes. 
  • Heal my infertility & grant me the honor of being a mom.

Each BIG No I get brings me back to this place.  Do I trust my Father in heaven to do what is best for me even when I don’t think that it is?

To be honest sometimes I struggle with this.  I am so thankful that I have years of His faithfulness to remind me I do trust Him.  He is good.

When the struggles are big I also have to ask my father to give me more faith like the man in  Mark 9:24. “Immediately the father of the child cried out and said, “I believe; help my unbelief!” (NAS)  Lord, just Help my unbelief!

This prayer is one I have always had answered with a BIG YES!  He holds me and encourages me.  And in a season, I find the strength to again say, I know you love me and have my best at heart.

 What prayers have the answer from your Father been No?  What have you found has helped you to accept that No?

 


Matthew 7:9-11, “Or what man is there among you who, when his son asks for a loaf, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, he will not give him a snake, will he? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give what is good to those who ask Him!” (NASB)

God is Calling

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I clutched my chest in pain; it’s my heart.

I can hardly breathe . . .

Is this it Lord, is it time to come home already?   I thought I was called to do more?

I have always felt that the Lord had a special calling on my life.

Since I was the only one who attended church in my family I always felt that the Lord had worked especially hard to draw me to himself.  His saving grace has always encouraged me to honor and praise Him in all that I do.

Walking closely with the Lord

As I have shared in other posts, life has brought its share of heartache and stressors but I have always found the Lord to be faithful. (Read more at http://takeheartcoaching.com/making-the-lord-my-best-friend/)  I found hope in His precious scriptures and in the peace that only He could bring.

Praying for guidance

At each cross road in my life I faced it with prayer and a heart’s desire to do that which I felt the Lord was telling me.  As a teenager I had sensed a calling to serve the Lord as a preacher’s wife, so when I met and married my first husband I thought that was my life long ministry.  But when my marriage ended I was unsure how I was to serve now.

Serving when and where ever I can.

I have served as a nursery worker, Small group Bible Study Leader, Women’s Ministry coordinator, and even Financial Peace University Facilitator.  I have enjoyed wearing many hats since the pastor’s wife hat was removed.

Then I had elective surgery.

I had torn my ACL (ligament) in my knee years before playing volleyball.  I decided to have it fixed, I wasn’t getting any younger and it was getting weaker.  Surgery went very well and I was on the mend.  Two weeks after surgery, I had worked too long and my knee was really screaming at me. I finally made it home to rest.  Suddenly, I had terrible chest pain and felt that I could not take a breath.  I was really scared.  I had never experienced anything like this before.

As I stood up, I became lightheaded and passed out.

Once I made it to the hospital I found out that I had a saddle pulmonary embolism (a blood clot).  The blood clot had passed through my heart chambers causing the pain and then got stuck right where the two major arteries split and go into the two lungs.

I should not have survived.

The clot blocked 5 major arteries, which was why I could not stay conscious when I was upright.  Lying on my back the blood could pass through to the lungs and it needed to stay right where it was.  If it moved at all, I would not make it.  As I spent the next 8 days in the hospital, doctors would come by to meet me because they had never seen a person still alive who had a blood clot as large as mine.  Over and over again I was told that I was a miracle.

I knew it wasn’t me that was the miracle, God saved me.

Once I realized the seriousness of what had happened it began to hit me.  God was not done with me yet, there was more here on earth for me to do.  The feeling that God saved me for something more was clearly placed on my heart.  I don’t feel that I completely understand what it is He still has for me yet but I am ready when He reveals it to me.

 

Until then I will do everything I can to glorify His name in every way every day.  Serving in the small stuff or just the daily life stuff is important and that is what I try to do each day.

Do you feel called?  How do you live your calling?


Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not people, because you know that the Lord will reward each one for whatever good they do, whether they are slave or free.

Ephesians 6:7-8 (NIV)

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