Empty vessel

Today I opened up the refrigerator and found this.  My mind flashed into remembrance the feeling of being totally empty.  I must have had a strange look on my face, because my children all came over, to look and see, why the refrigerator was making me smile. (especially this refrigerator)

My husband and I went through a period of intensely painful, betrayal and upheaval that resulted in the complete emptying of ourselves and total reliance on God.  There’s no greater catalyst forward than full surrender.  Few would willing choose this time of upheaval, including myself.  Yet here we are again my husband and I at the edge of everything we are, finding out we are not enough.  Nor can we ever be.

All eyes are on you during that naked and empty period of exposure.  What we choose to fill ourselves with is witnessed. Good or bad.  Everyone is waiting to see.  Some are cheering you on, and some are waiting to witness a good fall.  Either way, you will be responsible for what you choose, no one else.

During the last period of upheaval and emptying we learned how to strengthen and unify our marriage.  How to surrender daily, to determine every course of action no matter how small. And finally that life has nothing to do with you and everything to do with Him.  That no matter what circumstances we are in, we are still accountable to our Lord in every moment and in every step.

Pray: Thank you Jesus, for teaching me what I so desperately need to learn.  I am your open, empty book, create within me Your redemption story.  I surrender my life to Your will and creative genius.  I know that You can, and will do a better job with my life than I can.  Thank you for caring enough to mold me.  I love you.  Amen.

I wonder what I will be taught during this next phase of threshing.  I pray that the chaff will be blown away, soon, and His masterpiece revealed.  I will write about what My Lord reveals, as He unfolds it.

Sometimes seeing an empty vessel is a good thing.  If you have been there and know this bitter, sweetness, feel free to comment me.  I love to hear what God is transforming in other people’s lives.

1 John 5:13-15

1 John 5:13-15 (NIV)

13 I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life. 14 This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. 15 And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him.

We as the chosen people of God, can ask God for anything under His will. How do we know if we are within His will? The answer is simple, it is clearly spelled out in the Word of God.

Everything that the Lord does or moves, requires a specific measure of gentleness and a specific measure of pressure/force. God chooses the specific measure of gentleness and pressure required. When we surrender ourselves entirely to God so that He can perform a miracle in our lives, we must also submit to the level of gentleness and pressure required.

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Everyone likes to possess a diamond. Their beauty, inner light and color is breathtaking. A diamonds strength is almost without match. However no one, would want to submit to the amount of pressure/force that is required to create a diamond. Carbon has no beauty until it is subjected to extremely high temperatures and pressure.  Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, James 1:2(NIV).

Pray: Lord Jesus I know that you are at work within me. It is my desire to fully submit to You so that You can complete your work. Give me strength and wisdom to be the servant that You require. I wish to be a living sacrifice to You for your good pleasure. Give me rest and strength in this time of trial and transformation. I ask you to exchange my ashes in for beauty. Lord God you are my savior and my provider. I don’t know have the wisdom necessary to fulfill Your will alone. Help me God. I love you, Amen.

Pray? Why?

Pray because you want the maker of the universe to align you with His purpose not for you own short sided laundry list of wants. As you pray God re-aligns your priorities, what you wanted sometimes becomes irrelevant and other times becomes the very fire of your life.

Someone once asked, “Why would I spend time asking God for what I want when He already knows”?  Prayer is about surrender, faith and the transformation of the human involved not the listing of needs for God to carry out.  You need to state your wants and surrender them to Christ.  Confessing your wants to God is a testimony that You believe God could meet your desires.  If you are reluctant to bare yourself, and tell God what you want, it is an admittance you believe God can not help you, so why ask?   

Don’t make the mistake of believing if you are not getting what you asked for it is because God is punishing you.  That is not the case He is the Alpha and the Omega, He is already with you at the end of the race in heaven.  He will only provide for you, what is best for you, not what is easiest.  God is not interested in your comfort, but is interested in your character.  Developing character doesn’t happen during the great times, but does during the refining trials.

For the Lord disciplines those he loves, and he punishes each one he accepts as his child.” Hebrew 12:6, NLV  We should not count trials as something to be ashamed or fearful of.  When we ask God to transform us, we can expect there will need to be refining fires to accomplish this.  Nobody wants to endure trials,but they are a necessary and a sweet victory when we succeed.  Whenever we choose to surrender to God, while going through a trial we will succeed and gain a story to witness from.  No one wants to hear about how God is so great, when all they see is sunshine in your life, people are only truly impressed when you praise God when the storms of life are crushing you.  When you succeed where others fail, because of your surrender to Christ people see something real and true to seek after.  

Pray: Lord Jesus I ask for Your revelation of truth.  I don’t understand what’s happening and nothing makes sense anymore.  You know all, and have me within Your hand.  Jesus please reveal Your heart to me.  Make Your plan real and concrete for me, so that I can follow Your path.  This is really hard and I need some light, help me to find joy in the little things.  You say Your joy is our strength and I need some.  Please grant me a quiet and gentle heart while I triumph through this.  Show me how I can demonstrate Your kingdom, here on earth.  I surrender my wants to Your needs.  I know You love me.  Thank you for all the blessings You are, and will rain down on me.  Amen. Love your daughter, Heather