shedding things that don’t belong or titles you have clung to

“The next two weeks to a month, we will be shedding things that don’t belong or titles you have clung to instead of me.”

I heard this in my soul on July 2nd after dropping off my three kids in Kansas with their Nana and Papa. It is one of the hard things about having family in Iowa; the kids don’t get the normal amount of time with their grandparents. We usually go up as a family to visit them for a month, however with getting ready to move (literally across the street), and getting our current house ready for a renter. We just didn’t have the time. Instead, we decided to meet my family half way and let them take the kids back. It was only supposed to be for a couple of weeks but instead we made it a month to finish little things.

As I was driving back, God spoke this to me. It nearly knocked me off my feet, good thing I was sitting down. “The next two weeks to a month, we will be shedding things that don’t belong or titles you have clung to instead of me.” At that point I didn’t understand, why a month? The kids wouldn’t be gone that long. However, I sat silently in the car.

Driving.

Breathing.

Focusing on the path before.

Wondering what God meant. Shedding. discard (something undesirable, superfluous, or outdated). I was going to have to let go of things that I was letting define me. That I was holding onto. That I was putting in God’s place. I knew there were things I placed above God. It wasn’t on purpose. It was easily by accident.

Genesis 35:2 So Jacob said to his household and to all who were with him, “Get rid of the foreign gods you have with you, and purify yourselves and change your clothes.

Rather than carving out time daily to sit in God’s Word. I filled that time with social media scrolling, some show on Netflix, cleaning the house we are moving into: the list goes on and on. I was craving something that I tried to fill in other ways. I knew what I needed but excuse after excuse led me to feeling drained. Led me to feeling alone. I started to believe the lies around me. I started to cave into old ways. I let emotions run high.

Ephesians 3:19 and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God.

If you are not filling up on God’s Word, you will fill it with something else. If you do not carve out that time for God, you are missing things He wants to tell you. Sometimes He needs you to take the first step. God can do anything but He does not have to. We need to die to ourselves to begin to see the spiritual blessings.

You cannot fill up on family size potato chips and still thing you are going to be healthy. You can’t lay down on the couch all day every day and expect your muscles to still be the same as they were at 18. You need to put forth effort to see results.

God is not saying; do not enjoy your life. When you enjoy your life and carve time out for God, you do not know whose life you will end up effecting. You have the opportunity to share God’s Word, but how can you do that if you do not spend time in it?

God loves you to be still (Psalm 46:10 “Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!”) and just be in His Word. Sometimes you won’t hear from Him right away, however if you keep showing up, He will be eagerly awaiting the time you carved out for Him.

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