For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus. Philippians 1:6
I hope you are having a great holiday season so far! We are having a blast and yesterday, the Teal House became seven with this new little guy.
We named him Asher because his nose looks like he rubbed it in ash. He is the sweetest pup and loves playing with the kids and our beloved 135 pound Anatolian Shepherd Cody.
This Christmas season, I just have so much to be thankful for. Not only for sweet things like little Asher but believe it or not, for this rollercoaster of a year. Looking back, I know what has been going on.
This third I will put into the fire; I will refine them like silver and test them like gold. They will call on my name and I will answer them; I will say, ‘They are my people,’ and they will say, ‘The LORD is our God.'” Zechariah 13:9
I was being refined. When this happens, God turns up the heat in your life and it is uncomfortable. But I am so thankful for this because as this verse above states, God says this happens to “My people” and for that I am honored.
In being refined, God reveals to you things about yourself that you didn’t know. The truth comes out. Things that I thought were true about myself were not. They were actually things that I thought were passions but in fact were things that I had actually made a part of my identity out of pride and fear. Does that make sense?
In my last post Remember Your Prayers, The Just Might Be Answered, I listed the verses that I had prayed to God at the beginning of the year and why I had chosen those to pray. The last post was discussing that although I felt blindsided by postpartum depression and was so confused at the time, God was actually bringing me into His word and answering my prayer to let me absorb it!
I have been open about praying for years to be this mystical Proverbs 31 woman. I have just always been in such awe of her. I see now see that God is in fact answering my prayers to this as well. This year, by refining me and revealing what He knew about me and I was blind to see, I realized that what I thought was a passion for health and fitness was actually not a passion, but in fact leftover bondage from my past eating disorders and abusive first marriage which I discussed in these posts…
If you read these posts you know that God has brought me through so much. But as Philippians 1:6 says, He isn’t going to leave me half finished! He is going to bring me to completion. I thought that being a fitness coach was my calling but He knew that it was bondage. Him revealing this has not only brought me closer to the Lord but has brought indescribable peace and joy! Peace in knowing that He’s got me in His hands and that even when I don’t what is right, He does! And so much joy in this verse….
How amazing is that? He has prepared GOOD WORKS in advance for us to do! So not only did He know me better than I know myself but he has good works in store for my future. I just find that so comforting.
So now it is fun getting used to the new normal. Just being still and waiting on God to tell me what’s next. Is anyone doing this as well? I have found it to be so fun. When I quit looking to the future all the time it’s amazing the treasures that were right in front of me this whole time to be enjoy. I would love to hear your story of when you stopped striving and were able to be still. Just being awed by His word, being thankful for the day, and thriving with what He has put into my hands.
Praise be to Jesus who was, and is, and is to come!
Has anyone else had a similar experience? Please share!