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I still struggle with letting go of things, surrendering all. I keep going around the mountain of doubt and uncertainty. When I once worked the front of the Picayune store, the regulars would bring in their children and those littles blessed me beyond words. We would play, sing, laugh, play hide-and-seek between the clothes racks, and peek-a-boo. Their parents knew exactly where I came from but they trusted me with their precious offspring anyway.

timeout2I am being disciplined by the Lord at this time, and like a wayward child I am, in my flesh, desiring to throw a massive temper tantrum. For good reason if you ask me. But it isn’t a good reason to God.

I feel as if I am sitting in my very own corner on a cold, hard stool, arms folded across my chest, watching all the other kids play. I’m in spiritual “Time-Out”. Why do I keep grabbing back the one thing I need to let go of the most? Because of fear…and questions. How, Why, When, Where, How Long??? How much LONGER do I have to sit in this blasted corner??

timeout3Jeremiah 46:27-28 – “Do not be afraid, Jacob my servant;
do not be dismayed, Israel.
I will surely save you out of a distant place,
your descendants from the land of their exile.
Jacob will again have peace and security,
and no one will make him afraid.
28 Do not be afraid, Jacob my servant,
for I am with you,” declares the Lord.
“Though I completely destroy all the nations
among which I scatter you,
I will not completely destroy you.
I will discipline you but only in due measure;
I will not let you go entirely unpunished.”

The waiting is underway, whether I like it or not. My dear friend spoke a word to me yesterday that I didn’t want to hear….long-suffering. I don’t have to like it, I just have to endure it. I can sit in the corner and sulk, or I can make the best of it by imagining the beautiful future that is right before me. It’s always a choice.

timeout1You can read Jeremiah 44-48 about Jeremiah’s call and his prophecy against Judah at www.biblegateway.com. What a testimony to God’s favor and mercy upon us all! Join in the discussion by posting comments or questions below and let’s do this together!! #ReadtheBible #bgbg2 #BibleGateway #newbeginnings #Jeremiah

To further your reading, consider this from:

Hebrews 12:11 – No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.

Correction and purity, the things needed for growth in the Lord. How dare we think that we can just stay stagnant, never ebbing and flowing, never taking correction along with the blessings? ALL are for our good. God loves us DEEPLY, so why would He allow us just to continue on with our ways that are not pleasing to Him without showing us the right way to go? Ask God today what your lesson is.

Related Scriptures: Deuteronomy 4:36; Proverbs 10:17; 1 Corinthians 11:32

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