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Stepping Stones

Friday, October 02, 2009

I was looking back through my journal and found some really good stuff. I wish I could keep all the jewels of insight God gives me in my head! Funny... what I'm about to write is what I WAS going to write before I looked back through my journal and decided to write something different... I guess this is really what I was meant to write today.

My Bible Study notes gave some interesting insight to John 1:16 - "From the fullness of His grace we have all received one blessing after another." The first blessing - salvation - is the foundation for more blessings... that's pretty simple. But get this - just as we had to believe and received that FIRST blessing before others could come, we have to believe and receive the next blessing in order for more to come! The blessings build on each other... it's kind of like math, you have to learn (internalize) one concept in order to have a basis for the next concept.

These insights God gives me are blessings! If I can have some big AH-HA moment then leave it forgotten in the dirt rather than applying it and making it a reality in my life, do I deserve more blessings? Am I even capable of GRASPING the next blessing, or will it go right over my head because I don't have the basis for comprehending it?

That insight, that deeper understanding I left forgotten shortly after glimpsing it, was a stepping stone in the path to God's best for me. I see it before my eyes, even move toward it, and might even begin to lower my foot onto it. But then I choose to put my foot back in the dirt and go around it... but now I can't step on the next blessing God has for me... I can't even SEE it... because I'm in the wrong place!

He places one stepping stone after another before me, but I refuse to put my full weight on those stones and trust in His blessings. Instead I continually turn down my own path and trust in my own way.

Will I do the very same thing with this little insight, this AH-HA moment, this BLESSING? Or will I put my full weight on this stepping stone and eagerly await the appearance of the next blessing God has for me on this path to His best for me?
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  • DXTREME45
    As you get a little wiser and older, how do you instill the same values into your children. My sons are 27 and 25. The other halves in their lives have so much control. How do I make them step out and take control of their lives? I want to do them the same way Mommy did me. Let them live their lives. how do I take that step back?
    3986 days ago
  • GOING2LOSENOW
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  • TUGGER502
    That is great insight. If only we always saw ourselves as God has seen us. We may not have fallen into the state we are today. However, His is the light the guides us and always shines when we wont even look for it. When we see it and believe in it, then we can make anything happen. After all we all are children of royal birth!
    3987 days ago
  • MARGBELL
    Great insight!
    4007 days ago
  • MAKULEWAHINE
    What great insight. It is interesting how we forget how blessed we are in God's eyes and to trust in Him. Then we get the courage to put our full weight down and a miracle happens. There is great strength in recognizing our foibles.
    4007 days ago
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