Today I was disciplined by my Heavenly Father.
I’ve been struggling lately to stay hopeful, to stay motivated and to stay inspired. I’ve been holding onto my faith and trying to stand firm on the foundation of His promises and then today the Lord spoke to me. He told me I needed to do my part.
I sat in silence meditating on the words, “Do your part.”
Lately, I’ve spent so much time focusing on my circumstances, and at times wallowing in my frustrations and desire for change, that I stopped doing my part.
There are things in my life that I do not have control of, but He reminded me that those things are His responsibility and not mine. There are things however that I do have control of and that I can be doing each day. The Lord expects me to do my part regardless of the situation and today He gently but firmly reminded me of that.
Because I have been feeling so powerless in my circumstances, I focused my thoughts on what I do have control of, remembering that everything matters to God even if we might feel they are insignificant.
"Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much.” Luke 16:10
I do have control over what type of mother I am to my children and what type of wife I am to my husband. I do have control of my thinking, my actions and my reactions. I do have control over how I spend my time. There are things I can do throughout the course of my day that will bring honor to God and demonstrate my obedience to Him.
I've allowed myself to become complacent in my daily routine, spending less and less time in prayer, in His word and listening for His guidance. I have been feeling distant from the Lord because I felt that He wasn’t speaking to me. I’ve been feeling frustrated because I felt He wasn’t answering my prayers.
“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” Hebrews 13:8
But I was wrong. The Lord has been doing His part. It was me that stopped doing mine. I stopped listening, obeying and trusting Him but He has forgiven me, lifted me up and renewed my spirit. He did this out of love for me just as He does for all of His children.
“Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes.” Ephesians 4:23