In the midst of a muddle lately, I was feeling a bit morose and moribund about the direction the ebbs have appeared in my life lately. I won’t lie to you and say that it is just dissatisfaction with life or boredom that had me down, but it’s been some major upheavals, such as losing health insurance, and with it, my husband’s long-term disability due to some
lies deadline issues, and the distinct possibility of losing much more. For a moment, I toggled with the idea of seclusion, copious amounts of wine or jumping off a cliff, but then God, as He always does, knocked some sense into me….in the nicest way, of course.
The past week, after a friend’s encouragement, I joined a one-week free Facebook program given by a popular life coach. The week has been surprisingly helpful and I gained some insight into my own self-sabotaging ways. As women, I believe many of us have dabbled in feelings of worthlessness, insecurity and not deserving great things. For me, a lot of it was ingrained as a child and not to throw anyone under the bus, let’s just say, it was reinforced often. Casting that aside, I finally came to the conclusion that I don’t have to live that way anymore. I deserve amazing things, just as everyone else does and it is high time I respected myself enough to bring more of the positive into my life.
The woman running the challenge reminded me yesterday of my most favorite movie of all time,”The Wizard of Oz.” I have seen it so many times that I can recite nearly every line in the movie, just like my youngest daughter, Molly can most likely still recite every line of Forrest Gump. Here we have Dorothy wanting to get home and wearing those sparkly ruby slippers when Glinda, the good witch floats down to Oz in all of her pink splendor where Dorothy is begging for help. Glinda smiles says in the most gentle of voices, “You don’t need to be helped any longer, you’ve always had the power…”
The Holy Spirit residing in me gave me a nudge when I heard that again. “See? He said. I told you, it has been within you all this time. It was a gift from Me.”
My heart skipped a few beats while I spent a couple of hours ruminating on this. Of course, I had the power all along to make these changes for it is the Spirit living within me that wants great things. Scripture confirms this to me in Jeremiah 29:11, For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.
Or how about Philippians 4:19, And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.
We have promises given to us by our Creator and there are many of them. God didn’t say to give up when the going gets tough. He didn’t hiccup when he told us these things or tell us to hide or wallow in self-pity. He wants us to live our lives in abundance.
Of course, we have difficulties and of course we get down, but through it all, He is there holding us, loving on us and immersing us in His Grace.
Romans 8, is probably my favorite chapter in Scripture as it is filled with His Promise that we will NEVER be separated from His love and the suffering we face on this earth pales in comparison to what we will have in heaven.
Romans 8: 37-39 No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.
And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.
So, in confidence from Our Father in heaven, I claim these gifts bestowed upon us. I claim victory in the name of Christ Jesus. And I am prepared to accomplish great things in His Holy Name!
There’s No Place like Home with our Father in Heaven. Thanks, Dorothy, for teaching me a lesson even now.