Saturday, March 19, 2016

To Stay or To Leave?

A few months ago I wrote a blog titled "Position Yourself," at a time when I was struggling with a difficult decision.  I'd like to say that the situation which prompted that reflection has resolved itself, but I still struggle some days.  Lately I have wondered if it might not be best to simply turn my back and "let my walking do the talking?" As tempting as it is to cut my losses and take the easy way out, that's not what I sense the Lord telling me to do.  Experience has taught me that it is best to wait on God's departure schedule rather that hop on the first flight to a happier place.

Whether you are struggling with a bad marriage, challenging work environment, or a difficult relationship, I encourage you to really seek God's heart on the matter. While leaving might get someone else's attention and give you some relief, will it ultimately accomplish God's will?  Or might you shortchange yourself or the one(s) left behind by not allowing "perseverance to finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything" (James 1:4)?  Have you considered that as difficult as the situation might be, God has put you there to have a positive impact or to be his instrument of change?

You could let your walking do the talking and free yourself from unpleasant circumstances. But what if, instead, you "stay and pray," allowing God to have the last word? Could you even dare to imagine what might happen if you "love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you" (Matthew 5:44, ESV)?  The pain you feel now may be the fertile soil in which God is germinating seeds of hope for someone else.

If you earnestly seek God's will and walk through your valley with his Word as your guide, he will bring about change -- maybe not in your circumstances, but certainly in you.  And when the time does come for you to leave, you will know -- for his peace will replace the uncertainty of your decision.

Copyright © 2016 by Dee Dee Wike. All rights reserved.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

All Work and No Play

All work and no play, it is safe to say,
Will make one so tired at the end of the day.
Needing some one to help me but finding no one
Makes drudgery of work, instead of great fun.
"Work smarter, not harder," I say to myself,
But hard as I try I still need much help --
A person who knows how to do what I do
Would keep me from feeling alone and so blue.
Perhaps if I learned that to do less is more
Then prepping for time off won't be such a chore.
Someone who is able to do what I can
Would sure come in handy as some days off I plan.
Lord, help me to find someone good I can train
So taking vacation won't be such a pain!

Copyright © 2016 by Dee Dee Wike. All rights reserved.

Sunday, March 6, 2016

All Shook Up

Lately life has been full of twists and turns, ups and downs, and turmoil.  As Elvis would say, "I'm in love...and all shook up."

The love of my life is Jesus, and generally speaking, my days are filled with great joy.  I have peace knowing I am in his hands.  Still, there are things in my life that are hard, things I wish were different -- things I wish God would move a little more quickly to change.  

Maybe you feel the same way.  Perhaps you are at odds with someone who has offended you or you are dealing with an unpleasant situation you are powerless to change.  What is the remedy for the turmoil that keeps us all shook up?

For me, it helps to recall the promises of God's Word.  They are many, and they are for us!  Here are a few I draw on to quiet myself when I feel anxious or upset:

"The LORD your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing" (Zephaniah 3:17, NIV).

"You will not have to fight this battle. Take up your positions; stand firm and see the deliverance the LORD will give you, Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Go out to face them tomorrow, and the LORD will be with you'" (2 Chronicles 20:17, NIV).

"Do not fret because of those who are evil or be envious of those who do wrong;  for like the grass they will soon wither, like green plants they will soon die away. Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. Take delight in the Lordand he will give you the desires of your heart" (Psalm 37:1-4, NIV).

"The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still" (Exodus 14:14, NIV).

"You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you" (Isaiah 26:3).

Copyright © 2016 by Dee Dee Wike. All rights reserved.