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Changing on a Deeper Level


Monday, August 20, 2012

So, I know I don't usually get all religious on ya, SparkFriends. But, today...it's what's on my mind so I figured I'd share. It's OK if you don't have the same belief system as me...that's what makes our rainbow of friendship so beautiful.

This morning, as I was spending my daily time with the Big Guy, I was reading through a daily devotional that I picked up at Barnes & Noble. It's called "Come Away, My Beloved" by Frances J. Roberts. It's probably the best little devotional book I've ever worked through and today's entry really touched me pretty deeply.

THE ART OF COMMITTAL

"He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds." Psalm 147:3

O My child, lay your heart in My hand, and let Me heal it. Yes, let me gather up your tears, for they are precious to Me (see Psalm 56:8). You have not been suffering alone, but I Myself have been near you all along the way. My heart has felt all that you have felt. You do not have a high priest who is not able to sympathize with your sufferings, but one who experienced every grief and human emotion common to all people. In the midst of these painful experiences, He did not sin. Therefore, He is one who is able to help you (see Hebrews 2:18).

He is one, who having walked the same path Himself, is able to teach you how, in the midst of these human experiences of hurts, frustrations, loneliness, and heartache, you may rise above the natural self-reproach, depression of spirit, resentment and the like.

It is not easy. Not only is it not easy, but in the natural, in the flesh, it is impossible. But the same grace I promised to the Apostle Paul to help him bear his affliction, this same grace I will give to you (see 2 Corinthians 12:9).

You may bring the whole of your burden to Me. I will help you as the days go by, and as the trials come and go; and as the learning process continues, I will teach you the spiritual secrets of the art of committal.

For in complete and repeated commital lies the key to victories that can be thus more easily won, less painfully achieved, and more quickly gained, so that valleys become less deep and less dark, and more quickly passed through.

"Man is born," it is written, "to trouble, as the sparks fly upward" (Job 5:7). This is true as surely as rain falls and snow is cold. But it is equally true, and gloriously so, that I have promised to deliver you out of all your troubles.

So will you now take the first step in this experience of commital and give Me your heart?

Make it as tangible a transaction as possible, and visualize your own hand laying the physical organ of your heart in My hands. Say to me, "Take this, Loving Master and Wonderful Lord, and do with it as pleases You."

Wow. I can't fully explain the circumstances in my life to which this applies. But I can tell you I've been placing my heart in the wrong hands...and I've known this for quite some time.

Even though I knew in my heart that I was choosing incorrectly, my stubborn will (and my fear of not feeling loved) has kept me from giving up all my vain pursuits at love...which are, in the end, insufficient to fill me and make me feel truly worthy.

So, it was kind of a breakthrough morning for me. A lot of heart change here and I don't want to struggle anymore with these things that hold me back, that make me feel like I'm worth less and that feel great for awhile, but ultimately bring me heartbreak.

This choice to move forward has come with a flood of peace that surpasses understanding...and that's really how I know that it's the right move.

So, today...I am content. And thankful. And looking forward.
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FARIS71 8/26/2012 7:00AM

    All I can say is thank you so much for that. He really does have all the answers.

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MISSLISA1973 8/25/2012 9:31PM

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DR8561 8/22/2012 12:43PM

    Thanks, Leah. I needed that today! emoticon

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KIPPER15 8/22/2012 9:52AM

    A wonderful devotional inspiration. Thank you. emoticon emoticon

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JMMACKIE 8/21/2012 9:20PM

    Thanks for sharing this! It speaks to a lot of issues I've been going through as well.

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MSTWOMOONS002 8/21/2012 4:06PM

    Hi Leah;
Thank you for sharing such powerful thoughts & words. It helps to remind me that I have given my problems over to the Creator; I have let go of people in my life that have left me however I feel good for awhile then in my human-ness I snatch things back because I don't see changes. That is unfair & unfaithful of me, thank you for giving me the opportunity to try again to get it right.
Have a wonderful day filled with love & peace may your heart be full of love & light.
Many Blessings Always Debby emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ILIKETOZUMBA 8/21/2012 2:45PM

    Those are powerful words. Thank you for sharing them; I could certainly use a reminder myself of the Greater Love that is out there caring for me and making all things possible and endurable for us. I don't know what exactly you've been struggling with in regard to this blog, but I am glad you have found peace. Take care of yourself!

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SNOWYOGA 8/21/2012 1:38PM

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LINDAKAY228 8/21/2012 11:30AM

    Such a wonderful inspiration to me! Thanks so much for sharing it. I'm so glad that it brought a breakthrough to you and for the peace you are finding. We struggle so hard sometimes when He is waiting to help us if we just let Him. I know I do more often than I would like to.
Have a wonderful day today!

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SIBLEYHONEYBEE 8/21/2012 11:22AM

    That is beautiful Leah! God will not disappoint you. May He continue to bless you in ways you cannot imagine!

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NEWMOM20121 8/21/2012 8:53AM

    Thank you for sharing.

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FAERY_FACE 8/21/2012 7:02AM

    emoticon I am so happy that you have peace regarding your decision. May it serve you well! And thank you for sharing this awesome devotional.

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123ELAINE456 8/21/2012 4:23AM

  Awesome Blog!!! Thank You for Sharing This With US. We have an AWESOME GOD!!! And He Is In Control. God watchs over us and keep us safe. We need to listen to him for he knows what is best for us. So lets all of us try to for our own good. God Bless You and Have a Wonderful Week.

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ANDASI 8/21/2012 2:41AM

    Thank you for sharing this. It is wonderful when we come full circle and get to the peace place. I am glad for you.

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COCK-ROBIN 8/20/2012 11:22PM

    emoticon Thanks for sharing. That meant a lot to me.

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RUNNER12COM 8/20/2012 9:53PM

    This is beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

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CORINA-MOMOF4 8/20/2012 9:21PM

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JUDSTERF 8/20/2012 9:16PM

    Thank you for sharing. It really hits home. Some times we forget those things in the past that we once knew or realized. Some times it takes others to remind us who is in control and it's not us but Him and Him alone.

You can share anytime.

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LIFEISPURRFECT 8/20/2012 9:06PM

    Thank you so much for sharing. It sure is scary stepping out of that boat, as the waves are crashing around you. I know, as I'm struggling myself. Thank you again for sharing.

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JUNEAU2010 8/20/2012 8:35PM

    Thanks for sharing! I needed this!

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NILLAPEPSI 8/20/2012 7:44PM

    emoticon Thank you for sharing.

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RUN_BAKE_BLOG 8/20/2012 7:26PM

    Glad you shared this with everyone...
It is truly powerful and touches many!
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THETROUT 8/20/2012 7:15PM

    May you continue to find peace and contentment in Him.

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KBRADFORD88 8/20/2012 6:31PM

    Wow. Leah. This morning I had this visual in my mind of me with my hands open and giving God the things this week that have been killing me. This same picture was what I pictured when my future husband and I were not together and I had to give him "up". My schedule for this year and all the things I want to accomplish I am holding up with my hands open...Here it is Lord. Here it is.. It's in better hands than mine. emoticon

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ZANNBEE 8/20/2012 4:22PM

    That's awesome. He brings things to the surface so He can skim it off and heal us.

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PEGGYO 8/20/2012 3:58PM

    Amen

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JENNCABA 8/20/2012 3:07PM

    So glad to see that you are going to continue to push forward every day emoticon emoticon Great blog !!! emoticon

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STEADFASTNSEE 8/20/2012 3:05PM

  You aren't "Changing" you are "Becoming" at a deeper level.

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DIANNEMT 8/20/2012 2:57PM

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TMOORE073 8/20/2012 2:27PM

    Good for you Leah! You are moving on! I know it is easier said than done. I am proud of you. You deserve to be happy. Keep your chin up & keep up that wonderful swimming girl! We do love our swimming now! Triathalon here we come! Ha ha emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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VICKYMARIEC 8/20/2012 1:44PM

    I CANNOT even begin to tell you how i think you were meant to blog this just for me. I needed to hear this...thank you!

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GODIVADSG 8/20/2012 1:30PM

    We are blessed that we have a God that speaks to us so directly! Bathe in his grace and love today! emoticon

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GETFIT2LIVE 8/20/2012 1:20PM

    That happens to be one of my all-time favorite devotional books. It really is about finally putting our hearts in the right hands, isn't it?

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REGILIEH 8/20/2012 1:07PM

    Feeling content is the best feeling! Congratulations!

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TISTEN23 8/20/2012 1:00PM

    Thank you for sharing. Not religious, but I do know HE is there. :)

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MMARTHUR 8/20/2012 12:50PM

    I wish there was an "I LOVED this blog" button. Thank you for sharing. I am tired of struggling too. I am ready to turn it all over to Him and experience that peace. Thank you for sharing!

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GARDENSFORLIFE 8/20/2012 12:50PM

    May God Bless You!

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SLIMLEAF 8/20/2012 12:47PM

    Thank you for sharing this today. I'm really glad you did.

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PATTISTAMPS 8/20/2012 12:38PM

    Peace be with you today

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OPTIMIST1948 8/20/2012 12:33PM

    The whole point of devotionals, prayers and meditation is to take some time on a daily basis to focus on yourself as a whole person. There's also sayings that God uses more than one medium to reach us.

In the end, you ARE worthy. You ARE loved. And you deserve a world of WONDER.

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