Sing. Read. Work.

“Do not fight the thing in detail: turn from it.

Look ONLY at your Lord.

Sing.

Read.

Work.”
― Amy Carmichael, 

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I’ve found myself with that whole ‘furrowed brow’ look lately. I promise it’s not that I’ve been mad. (Even though one student today did try to ruffle my feathers a bit and I attempted to stay steady as a cucumber.) I had victory on the outside at least. No, I’ve not been mad…just deep in thought is a more appropriate description for where my heart is these days.

IMG_4762It’s funny. Sometimes the most ordinary of things can offer the most amazing and effective solutions.  When I find that furrowed brow look take over me, it’s amazing how quickly it melts away when I immerse myself in the most ordinary of things:  I do the laundry and fold towels. I clean the kitchen. I go for a walk. I talk with a friend or family member.  Pretty soon, I find that my focus is so not on me and myself and all of the problems I’m trying to so figure out. Yes, suddenly the focus turns outwards. Tasks are completed, my spirit gets lifted, and  that furrowed brow look is replaced with relaxed peace. Relaxed peace can be busy as all get out. It’s one of those internal things.

IMG_4814I do the necessary things that I can control, and I pray through and relinquish that huge list of things I can’t control to the God who can change things in a heart beat.I remind myself that  God is God and I am so not. I look for beauty in the little things and thank God for the big.  I love what Amy Carmichael wrote, “Do not fight the thing in detail: turn from it. Look only at your Lord.

IMG_2850We could fight till we’re blue in the face about things. We could waste time and energy working and trying to figure things out.

God says trust.

We could worry day and night and lose sleep and focus and time over things. God says trust.

We could carry the weight of the world on our shoulders and try to “manage” the struggles of our loved ones.

God says trust. Relinquish. Yield. Consecrate…come apart.  (Not HAVE a come-apart, lol, but come apart, set aside time with Him..)

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Here’s Amy Carmichael’s quote again:

“Do not fight the thing in detail: turn from it.

Look ONLY at your Lord.

Sing.

Read.

Work.”
― Amy Carmichael, 

IMG_4292Worry.  Nope. Figure everything out as if it all depends on you? Nope.

Ask for help? YES. Prayer changes things. Sing. Read. Work. Do, Do, Do, but don’t put the faith in the doing, but in the one who wants to give us the gift of His presence in the midst of all the uncertainties of life. That’s the flip side–the beautiful flip side of things, because so often, the difficulties that come can yield an amazing fruit of communion with God. We finally realize all our striving can’t fix everything, and we trust that God loves us in the midst of it all.

So…Sing. Read. Work.  Do the ordinary little things and trust God with the big things. Trust. Relinquish. Yield.

Just a few thoughts as I find myself Preaching to myself…And singing out loud ❤ (Mostly in the car…I think I might need tinted windows.)

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DSCN8364Blessings ~

Heather

 

“The Lord is gracious and full of compassion, slow to anger and great in mercy. The Lord is good to all, and His tender mercies are over all His works.” Psalm 145:8-9

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