I remember the year before I got it married was a busy year. Lot’s of activities, things to plan, invites to send out, budgets to keep to, colors to choose, etc. It was BUSY, BUSY, BUSY!!! For those of you who have gotten married, you know exactly what I mean. Then comes the big day, honeymoon and then silence! So silent you could hear a pin drop to the ground. All that was left after the business was Kasey and I. For better or worse, richer or poorer, in sickness and in health til death do us part. And that is when the real work begins, when all the distractions, excitement, for lack of a better word hoopla is gone!!! It was time to discover what our relationship was grounded on. I tell you this to illustrate how 2015 going into 2016 felt.
2015 was one of the busiest years of my life!!! Good busy, so busy that at times, I didn’t know if I was coming or going. For me, being busy working is something that I love. I was brought up on a farm and by two parents who ingrained into me at a very young age that working hard is one of the most important qualities in a person. That hard work will give you advantage and you can accomplish anything you put your mind to through hard work.
Proverbs 14:23 All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty.
Colossians 3:23 Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters.
Yes, working hard is something that God seeks from all of us! It should come out of our gratefulness for what He has done for us. BUT we cannot in doing good works forget about FAITH.
Ephesians 2:8-9 God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it.
Working hard for God, pressing into him during this time, leaning on Him for strength to make it through yet another week. Figuring out how to spend time with God, time with my husband and kids, time in fellowship, time for myself, on top of the regular life things of work, school, eating helped me grow spiritually. God showed himself faithful and I know the only way I made it through 2015 was through my connection with Him, drawing upon his strength and encouragement.
Ephesians 6:10 In conclusion, be strong in the Lord [draw your stregnth from Him and be empowered through your union with Him] and in the power of His [boundless] might. #Iamstrong
And then came 2016, silence, crickets!!! As I have reflected and asked God so many times this year, Why is it so silent? He has told me over and over again, after all the the business, its just you and Me. For better or worse, richer or poorer, in sickness and in health til death. And that is when the real work begins, when all the distractions, excitement, for lack of a better word hoopla is gone!!! I don’t know about you, but when things are quiet I have a tendency to doubt, to let my mind wander and this is exactly what the devil wants you to do. Fortunately, as soon as the word doubt entered my mind, I knew it was not from God. I was able to recognize that was not his voice. How did I know this, I know God’s character and His Word. And guess what the opposite of doubt is? FAITH, yes the very thing God is telling me during this season. Oh devil, you are going to have to come up with something a little more conniving than that! God is telling me, it is time to make sure my relationship with Him is grounded on FAITH IN HIM and Him alone, not on works. And so I am trying to be content with this season of my life (which is hard for this hard working farm girl) and remind myself God is growing me spiritually during this time! And that spiritual growth requires hard work just a different kind of hard work. I love Paul’s prayer for spiritual growth in the book of Ephesians.
Ephesians 3:14-21 NLT
14 When I think of all this, I fall to my knees and pray to the Father,[e]15 the Creator of everything in heaven and on earth.[f] 16 I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit. 17 Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. 18 And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. 19 May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.
20 Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.21 Glory to him in the church and in Christ Jesus through all generations forever and ever! Amen.
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