My Weeds for His Lush Garden in My Life

...such sweet words taken from (my Pastor) Sue Boldt's book: REFRESH! BUY THE BOOK HERE ON AMAZON! I'm on the chapter titled "Living in a New Kingdom."

It's 9am on a Sunday morning. Kenneth went to church early to rehearse for today's worship. I take advantage of the extra hour by having a grande coffee and a spinach feta wrap from Starbucks.  My laptop is out and I get to prepare my heart for Sunday School.

But first let me prepare my heart and mind to lead. It's so nice to have open ears and eyes to Christ. He really does show me things.  My devotions, Refresh, and my reading plans are saying the same message; "Fulfilling His Will in My Life; Find it, do it, and be effective."  Wow, sounds like a title to a book.  Anyway, this is something I've been struggling with since renewing my faith a year ago. Finding my path in God's will.  I struggle daily with this.

So in Colossians 1:23 it reads, "..if you continue in your faith, established and firm, and do not move from the hope held out in the gospel. This is the gospel that you heard and that has been proclaimed to every creature under heaven, and of which I, Paul, have become a servant."

'Proclaim' - Announce officially or publicly. How difficult is this to follow, but how hopeful!  It's bittersweet to know that I have a promise in God, but yet the world distracts and clouds my mind with the 'small stuff'. However, I have discovered that following God is not a one time thing.  It is a consistent struggle.  #thestruggleisreal ! I love that statement.  Because it is.  I'm not the old-fashioned Christian girl trying to walk around here like everything is ok.  I'm broken, I'm beaten, I'm tired, I'm stressed, I curse, I work in a place and I am the only believer - but I am a princess cleansed by the blood of Christ.  Just typing that gives me chicken skin!  I just have to emulate His light to bring others to Him.  

I continually and habitually have to ask the Lord what he has in store for me.  I have to fight my natural sinful nature and obey my Lord and Savior.  Life seems to be just a bit less stressful when that happens.  There is just a lighter load on my plate when I surrender it all to the Lord.  If I let Him lead, I feel a sense of freedom.

I have to consistently remind myself that this world is not me or mine. I am a full pledged member to heaven and Jesus Christ.

Colossians 1:13
"For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves..."

Thank you Sue!