TRAVEL JOURNAL, Week 4

TODAY AS I SIT TO WRITE ABOUT CONTENTMENT, I FEEL ANYTHING BUT!

What felt like solid ground 4 months ago, feels now like sinking sand! What came easily like breathing, has been turned upside down and made difficult. What felt “known” has become unknown, and what felt secure has become unstable!

I find myself uttering the words to God…

“Why such struggle?  Why such unrest?”

As I strive to find contentment, I seem to feel less content than ever!

And the response comes right back to me in the form of my own question…

WHY?

WHY DO YOU CONTINUE TO LOOK FOR CONTENTMENT IN THE CIRCUMSTANCES AROUND YOU? 

WHY DO YOU FAIL CONTINUOUSLY TO SEE THAT MY WILL IS PERFECTED IN STRUGGLE? 

My heart is convicted and my spirit is pierced!

And so my question turns to…

“How?”

How can I find contentment in the chaos and the calm?

How can I trust your will in the struggle, and be used by you in it to bring about your freedom?

The response is clear and sure…

FOLLOW NOT JUST MY WORDS BUT ALSO MY DIRECTION!

JESUS REPLIED, ‘YOU MUST LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, ALL YOUR SOUL, AND ALL YOUR MIND.  THIS IS THE FIRST AND GREATEST COMMANDMENT. A SECOND IS EQUALLY IMPORTANT: LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.’”
MATTHEW 22:37-39

I am to love God with every part of my being! To read His word of Truth and to let it fill me with compassion and cause that compassion to move me into action!

My mind reads and focuses on God’s Word!  My spirit fills to overflowing with God’s compassion for all His people.  My heart moves to LOVE OTHERS, seeing no righs and wrongs, just differences!

Suddenly I feel CONTENT knowing that God had the plan all along!  I just need to do my part in it!

I learned this formula today and I believe it applies beautifully to this scripture…

LISTEN

LEARN

LEAD

If we are willing to LISTEN to hear the heart and pain of others we are expanding our minds.

If we are willing to LEARN what we do not know or understand we are exercising our spirits.

If we are willing to LEAD (MOVE) into action and do something in Jesus name we are displaying our hearts.

TRUTH BOMB

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WHEN WE LOVE LEARN AND LEAD LIKE JESUS WE LIVE OUT THE GREATEST COMMANDMENT!

Jesus is the answer friends!  He always has been and He always will be!

LOVE ONE ANOTHER IN JESUS NAME!

I Love you!

XO

Speak Truth Love

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