It’s been a long couple of weeks.
I found myself cracking up watching the enemy try to distract us. It started about a month out, and a few times I heard people say “I will not let the enemy steal my joy” and I said it many times myself.
Someone hit my friend’s car on Valentine’s morning, or at least she discovered it Valentine’s morning. I see how God protected the retreat, because my dad drove his van for us, and she brought my car, and Tom Barnes had a truck to transport our stuff. So… flick.
Someone literally went off on me on Friday night. My response? I didn’t have one. I said “sorry” and walked away reciting “love, joy, peace, patience, gentleness, goodness, kindness, faithfulness, and self control”.
Many times I was poked by the enemy, and I would literally chuckle (knowing NOT to say “is that all you got?”) and think “wow, I bet God is going to do some big things”. The more he decided to come after me, the more it inspired me to stay in the fruit. I knew I was in God’s will if the enemy was bothering me. There is something about being in God’s will that makes me just want to snuggle up in His arms, even if it’s hard. And when it’s hard, it just makes me want to snuggle more.
Right now I am in a place of rest. I took the week off from Youth Ministry. No meetings regarding YM, I have mission meetings, but that is different. My house is a mess, dishes in the sink, car full of boxes, office is a mess (again), laundry that needs to be put away. This is not how I like to live my life, but sometimes, something just has to give. My plan was to be lazy yesterday, but I did not factor in a 13 hour day. Tonight is our Haiti meeting which I am super excited about!!
Tomorrow will come, and I will work on my house, and get it back in order. I have a couple word bubbles I need to work on. The weekend will come and I will enjoy it, fun, relaxing day in the D planned with my favorite best friend! Saturday night church, and Sunday, who knows, maybe church, maybe stay home, planning for getting back on the band wagon with eating healthy, and dinner for a very hard working Alive Staff (I’m totally cheating and buying Kroger chicken for the meat part of the meal)!
I’m laying low. Recuperating. Thanking God for some incredible things He has done in my life and in my heart!
Thanking Him that I do possess the Fruit of the Spirit (ever notice it’s not fruitS of the spirit, it’s fruit, kind of like if you have one, you have them all!) because He is in me, and I am in Him!!!
Gal 5:22-23 22 But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!