My Life

…Christ, who is your real life…Colossians 3:4 NLT

Stopped at the traffic light there I sat, kids in tow, on our way for a summer treat in hopes the diversion would quell their bickering.  My elbow on the armrest, chin resting on my hand, with a blank stare, I thought to myself this….is my life.

At that moment, my life seemed SO mundane.  It’s not merely because I’m a homeschooling stay at home mom, by the way. I’m sure there are men and women working 9 to 5 jobs who’ve felt the same way at times.  I love my family, I’m doing what Jesus asked of me in this season of my life, yet I’m left wanting.  There’s more to it than this, right?

Well, having learned that dwelling on me or my circumstances is pure torture I quickly began personalizing Psalm 118:24: this is the day that the Lord has made; I will rejoice and be glad in Him (and yes, I mean “Him” as opposed to “it”.  “Him” is the direct translation of the original Hebrew word, a recent and exciting revelation!).

I barely got through the verse before interrupted by another thought: “Christ is your life”.  The Holy Spirit instantly pointed out my screwy thinking and answered my question in one fell swoop.  There is more, ABUNDANTLY more, when I realize that Jesus is my life.  He and He alone is my fulfillment and there is nothing mundane about Him!  A thought life identified with and consistently centered on Him will, like Peter, empower me to do the extraordinary.  I’m up for some water-walking!  Anyone care to join me?

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SOUL FOOD

Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits at God’s right hand in the place of honor and power.  Let heaven fill your thoughts. Do not think only about things down here on earth.  For you died when Christ died, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God.  And when Christ, who is your real life, is revealed to the whole world, you will share in all his glory. Colossians 3:1-4 NLT

Weighty Words

Patience can persuade a prince, and soft speech can crush strong opposition.  Proverbs 25:15, New Living Translation

At those times it seems like your words bounce off your children and fall to the ground…be encouraged. God desires our words to have impact in our children’s lives; so much so they can break a bone. The femur is the largest bone in the body and it takes brute force (car accident or high fall) to break it. How can gentle words break through even the largest resistant bone or…a stubborn heart? It depends on whose words they are and how they’re delivered.  If I’m speaking my mind or speaking out of frustration nothing good will come of it.  In Paul’s letter to the Colossians he asked the Lord to open for him a “door of utterance” where the Holy Spirit would give him the words to say that would impact the hearer to glory of God.

It’s those anointed or weighty words that transform.  Kind words of spirit and life WILL eventually accomplish what the Lord sent it through us to do. I just need patience and confidence that no amount of resistance can withstand the weight of anointed words. Now I’m the first to admit the patience part is where my train derails! If I don’t see change “fast enough” I resort to a harsh tone and strong words to get “results” and that’s ALWAYS a mess. Thank God He’s still at work in me!  I get how hard it is to watch your child carry on as usual as if you said something meaningless but our strength is in our quiet confidence in His weighty words, not in our flesh.

Lord, I cannot but You can! Fill my mouth with powerful, yet gentle words that penetrate the most stubborn of hearts and take root in my children until they accomplish what you intended. I also need your supply of patience in the meantime. I thank You for these now in Jesus’ name, Amen.

Colossians 3: 4, KJV

John 6: 63

Isaiah 55:11

© Vanessa A. Harris and The Legacy of Faith, 2013.