Nehemiah 4:14-16

Nehemiah 4:14. ‘After I looked things over, I stood up and said to the nobles, the officials and the rest of the people, “Don’t be afraid of them. Remember the Lord, who is great and awesome, and fight for your families, your sons and your daughters, your wives and your homes.” 15. When our enemies heard that we were aware of their plot and that God had frustrated it, we all returned to the wall, each to our own work. 16. From that day on, half of my men did the work, while the other half were equipped with spears, shields, bows and armor. The officers posted themselves behind all the people of Judah’❤

I love this verse because it is so applicable to life now. God has given each of us a job personally and our President a job nationally to build a defense wall to keep bad people out. Everyone trying to build a wall to keep bad people out are met with violent interference, whether a physical violence or a use or words or emotional turmoil. The enemy is working overtime to get in and destroy us. We must, as Nehemiah did, proclaim our right to defend ourselves under and with God’s protection and keep working with added guards. Keep fighting but be ready for battle. Do not ever give up, it is not an option. Keep on and rely on God and call to Him for help every step of the way. He always provides. ❤

Rebuilding Contemplations 2 Years Ago

2 Years ago, I lost my daddy. I lost the man that loved me most in the world and who was always there for me. I also lost a liar friend that swore love to me and my family and just rejected us and split. (All is forgiven and we still love you, just recapping my pain of 2 years ago.) I also lost a friend my age in a car accident suddenly at the same time. Two years ago, I was a mess, a pitiable disaster shell of a girl… broken to understate it. The strongest crumble hardest when broken.

Absolutely, that was a defining moment of my life. Absolutely, that completely impoverished soul of mine was the means of God finally breaking this pride in me down to ashes and rebuilding a humble me. It was the best thing that ever happened to me spiritually, in light of eternity. Because now, as I keep choosing God to be my strength and keep humbly close to Him, even living with frequent opposition and injustice, everything keeps me humble and closer to God.

And now I am strongest of my life because I am weakest and God is able to work through me. This, my friend, is beautiful. I am thankful for two years ago and reflect upon it thoughtfully and often. I still get emotional but it is always tempered with joy and peace now. If you are going through a lot now, take heart. Hope is in Jesus always and with love. Don’t be afraid to break for Him and He will rebuild you way better. God is so very good!!❤❤❤

Focusing on the Life Giver

Even if everything is wrong with your life right now (which is always a negatively – skewed exaggeration), love the Life Giver and focus on Him. There is always something beautiful from Him in your life if you are focused on Him. For instance, my husband and teenage son are at odds a lot and angry a lot, my daughter is having trouble with obedience and honesty and a tad of laziness, I have to do a lot for my mom because of her poor choices, I now have added regular responsibility, my weight loss has stalled at only 2 pounds to go, I have a lot of responsibility on me as per usual, I am feeling a heavy weight from so many burdens around me, I am often neglected despite all this, I have no money to do things or get shopping for Christmas, I am missing my loved ones no longer here, so much weighing me down right now. I could focus on these things and get seriously depressed. That would be easy to fall into. I don’t though. I refuse. Instead, I do something else.

I focus on God, the Life Giver. I focus on my residence in heaven. I focus on the great goodness of God. Then, it becomes much easier to see how many blessings I have. Yes, the negative things are all still here, but I now get to play piano at a new church my friends attend and lead worship for. I get to teach my children school. I am healthy enough to work hard and keep up with everything without pain or exhaustion. I have a mom still alive close by. I have a husband and home and children and fish. We have air conditioning and a minivan that is lasting a long time. These are all blessings.

The thing is… sometimes you can only see the good stuff after you put your remaining energy on God. He gives life and is the light source. Focus on Him is the decision. It is always my best decision.❤❤❤

Picking Your Battles

If you fought every fight worth fighting, you would be exhausted, pretty beat up and frustrated at the same battles up on the docket for the next day all over again. Some are the definition of futility, meant to distract and frustrate. So, I pick my battles. And here is my criteria… “Is this eternally valuable?” That is it. With my kids, is it eternally valuable that I need to step in and intervene or teach or correct. With my husband, is it eternally valuable or just my pride revving up? I only approach the eternally valuable argument where I am allowed and pray for the rest. In every area of life, I am reserving energy for eternally valuable battles. That does not mean I do not fight for what is right or stand up for Jesus, it means I focus on staying in close relationship with Him and allow Him to lead me to the eternally valuable fights with His strength. This assures I am not exhausted but always ready to fight and have God with me as I do so. I believe we are responsible for what we devote our energy toward and will answer for misspent energy expentitures. Some fights are definitely worth it but not every fight is. Choose the eternally valuable battles and stay close to Jesus in constant prayer and sometimes fasting and that is the best we can do. ❤

When you Get Nothing Good Back

Now, herein lies the bent of being beaten down. We tend to focus on the beating. We tend to get despondent and morose, maybe even melancholy or depressed. We see the problem, the thorn in our side, the evil of the situation and we often succumb to the ugliness of it.

I offer a solution. Focus on God. He is the positive, the light of life. We can’t sit and stew in the dark when we could turn the light on and have joy and peace in any situation. God is that source of goodness. And He is enough. He is the only One. And often, the only supportive encouragement on earth comes from Him.❤