Was I Invited?

Was I Invited?

Today I was doing my Bible study ‘He Speaks to Me’ by Priscilla Shirer‘ and I came across a part that really struck me.  It was about emotion and how we can get really excited about things and allow our emotions to get in the way.  It talked about how sometimes we get so caught up in our emotion that we may say yes to a project that the Holy Spirit hadn’t planned for us to participate in at that time.

I am not sure that I ever thought of this before, but now that I have read this, I can see how true that could be.  I also know how easy it is to feel flattered when someone asks me to do something and there have been times that I just wanted to immediately say yes.  I can also see how there may be times when we weren’t even asked to be a part of something but we might try to finagle our way in because we really want to be a part of it.  And then we also have those times that we may invite ourselves just because we think we are the only one who could possibly do it right.

I then had the thought….If it’s not God’s plan for me to participate and I decide to participate anyway what could the consequences end up being?

If God has a plan for each and every one of us and we are off doing things that he didn’t plan on us participating in, who is going to do what he has planned for us to do?  Also who might we be pushing out of the way that God had planned to be there in the first place?

Are we capable of messing up the God’s plan? Or slowing it down?  Or does God just rethink his plan eventually allowing us to see in the end that we were not where we were supposed to be and allow us to learn a lesson the hard way.

I am a little embarrassed to say that there have been times that I have jumped in where God did not plan for me to be… and I have done this on more than one occasion.

I think we all have times that we really want to be a part of something we were not supposed to be a part of or we think our way is the best way of doing something.  But the truth is we need to pray about everything we do, AlWAYS. Period.  Because God’s way is the only way that will work in the end.

Unfortunately there are going to be times that we may want to be invited, but will realize that we were not invited by the Holy Spirit to participate; and those are the times we need to just step back and let go.

Each and every one of us has a job to do, and sometimes the first part of that job may be to just let go.  I have a feeling that once we let go and realize we were not invited to that project, we will soon find out we were invited somewhere even better than we could have ever have imagined.

Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight

Have a wonderful day,

Terri Siebert

 

 

 

 

church on the beach

Church on the Beach

I took these pictures last Sunday morning while vacationing in the Dominican Republic.
I couldn’t go to church that day because my husband and I had to catch an early flight home.  Since our resort was on the the ocean I decided to go to watch the sunrise on the beach. As I watched the sky change from dark to light I could feel God’s presence surrounding me and as the day began to dawn, suddenly it dawned on me that I didn’t have to be at church to have church.  I realized I can have church anywhere that I happen to be, because God is always with me wherever I am. So I had church right there on the beach that morning. No building, no pastor or music were needed and there wasn’t anyone else there except just me and God.  I watched  his glory unfold before my eyes as he painted the sky, with beautiful color and brilliant light.  It was a moment that seemed to be specially made for worship in my own private church on the beach.

Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail.  They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. Lamentations 3:22-23

 

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This is the day which the Lord has made; Let us rejoice and be glad in it.  Psalm 118:24

Have a wonderful and blessed day,

Terri Siebert

 

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