I’ve been thinking, a lot.
I’ve been thinking my entire life.
In fact, thinking wears me out, tears me down and sometimes keeps me from the good I have right in front of me.
I have heard it said that thinking sucks, doing is good. However, even when I do good, I’m still thinking. Ugh!
Attempting to turn my thinking into REACHING, I cry out to God. I call out. I study God’s living Word, I pray, I write down what I’m thankful for each morning, I count my blessings while I walk, I pray at night,
sometimes ALL night, I have scripture placed around our home, I have His Word carved into my heart, I meet with friends who share His love and wisdom with me,
and on and on.
I REACH. I reach.
In this season, though, REACHING has not sufficed.
A wise, dear friend casually shared the word RELINQUISH, and I thought I might pass out.
WOW! BUZZ WORD!
That is a whole new meaning of REACHING. Like, it’s actually the opposite for me. Instead of standing, arms up toward heaven, stating my cares, my needs, my wants, my dreams…I would actually be SURRENDERING all of that! I would change my “ME” stance into a “HE” stance. I could turn my self-pity, self-thoughts to Him.
Trusting, hoping, and rejoicing in the fact that I don’t have to carry my thinking thoughts
if I let Him carry them.
As we REACH and RELINQUISH, we will get see REDEMPTION. I don’t think we talk enough about it because we easily miss it in our day to day. One definition of REDEMPTION is being delivered or rescued. How many times has that happened in our lives?
Once, 10 times, daily?
It was most obvious to me as I was able to share a mother/son dance at our son’s recent wedding, during COVID. After a pretty bad diagnosis a few years ago, surgeries, treatments, etc. I was able to have that dance. What a blessing. What REDEMPTION. I know that my ultimate redemption will be when I go with Christ, our co-heir, who gave his life for ours.
For now, I suppose I will continue to think, reach, relinquish and be reminded of the wonderful redemption we get to experience here on earth. I trust that you will too.
I pray that the same buzz words that have shaken me lately, shake you:
GRATITUDE GRACE GREATNESS REACHING RELINQUISHING REDEEMED
LOVED FORGIVEN FREE
I keep my eyes always on the Lord. With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken.
Psalm 16:8 NIV
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.