Today I keep hearing the word connection. For me, the last few months have been a season of DISconnection because of a variety of things...things that slow life down like my husband, Virgil's, recent brush with death and long recovery; finding myself responsible for tasks that are not my forte; being somewhat of an introvert and tending to "hide" from people; and the inability to peacefully go into public places (or even host people in my own home) with my 10 year-old son, Benjamin, who has autism and behavioral challenges.
As I was connecting viatwo-way journalingwith God the other day, I felt new life begin flooding over me. I instinctively stopped thinking (thinking too much is the thing that tends to paralyze me), and began contacting people and putting things on the calendar. I thank God for that awakening in my spirit. He reminded me of the conversation I had with my daughter, Faith, when she was a 10th-grader. I asked her what she thought was the most important thing in life, and she said "relationship." That seemed pretty profound to me in that moment, and I still think she's right on. We were created to have relationship with God and with each other, and that equals connection.
In the last few days I have connected with Benjamin in two long walks to the park, and facilitated connection for he and a friend that he loves to be with. I've scheduled meetings with multiple people that I've needed to connect with for months: a behavioral specialist for Benjamin, a special needs caregiver, a business manager and a key consultant with a heart for music ministry. Virgil and I were able to go on a dinner date over the weekend, and connect with old friends that we hadn't gotten together with in years.
This past Sunday at church, two separate women visiting from different states, searched me out just to let me know how much my music had blessed them through their pregnancies, childbirth, and post-partum depression. Their words of encouragement meant so much to me! And I connected with another wonderful person that same day who wants to make Benjamin a customized weighted blanket because it calms children with autism. There were many other conversations Sunday with people I love and see on a weekly basis, but don't always take time to stop and connect with. That afternoon I was able to connect with my grandchildren, share lunch, and enjoy their company for a while. It was a weekend of life-giving relational connections for me.
In hindsight, it became evident that my old "ungodly belief," one of many Holy Spirit uncovered throughRestoring the Foundations, had resurfaced in my life. That ungodly belief tells me that "I don't have time for relationship." Thankfully, God gave me the unction to walk in the opposite spirit and to BEGIN connecting with others again.
I encourage you today to ask God who you need to connect with in this season, or maybe in this very moment. Or maybe it's someone you need to REconnect with. For Virgil and I, our priority and our biggest challenge, is to make time with each other for fun and restful connections since we work together every day, and tend to focus exclusively on that subject. It's so easy to let the cares of this world shut us down and steal our joy, isn't it? We are taking a class together for a few weeks at our home church, Grace Center, called Couple Connection. Just another confirmation of the season for us.
And now, I am reconnecting with YOU and praying for Abundant Life-Filled Connections that bring you joy and encouragement today.
God has invited me, Julie True, to “infiltrate the earth with sounds of healing” through music, worship, creative sounds, prayer, words of scripture, words of hope and encouragement, and words of declaration that all spring from a heart that believes that God is good, and that He is willing and able to heal us – spirit, soul, and body.
I’ve accepted the invitation, and I’m moving forward, as God gives me favor and opens doors to take what I have in my hand, and pour it out. Would you like to join me?
In the past, I didn’t think that I had much to pour out, but I now know that it doesn’t really matter what I think. It just matters that I take what I have and pour it out! Like the story of the widow in 2 Kings 4: who took the little bit of oil that she had, gathered vessels to pour it into, and then the oil kept flowing as long as she had vessels. When she ran out of vessels, that’s when the oil ran out. So I’m here to pour into human vessels what God has given me.
After many years of leading worship in churches and in conferences; worshiping in public and in the closet, I have found that there is an underlying desire I have for every worship time that I am a part of: I want to help create an atmosphere where I, and anyone who wants to come along with me, can connect – spirit to spirit – with the Living God. When that happens, I believe that we bless the heart of our Papa God, and we personally are affected in deep and powerful ways that can change our lives forever.
When we worship our creator, savior, and the source of all life, out of an overflowing thankfulness to Him and a desire to honor Him, our eyes are opened in new ways to the awesome love of God. Faith rises in our hearts, and many times we are healed – physically and spiritually. If you haven’t tried it before, then why not give it a try now? You’ll see what I mean.
Today is a new day….a new beginning. I’m so thankful that God’s mercies are new every morning. No matter what challenges I may have been faced yesterday, today is a new day.
In this season of my life, God has been reminding me of the incredible power my words have for creating either life or death. For years I thought I was fostering great lines of communication by talking with my husband and others about all of the problems of the day. Much later I realized that all that time, I had been sowing seeds of doubt, unbelief and negativity in my life…..NOT a great crop to sow.
Since that time of revelation, I have been in the process of re-training myself to think and speak differently……to call things that are not, as though they are, and to make declarations of faith. It’s been amazing to see what happens when I make my words line up with God’s truth, and with God’s desires for my life. I’m beginning to see a whole new type of crop being grown in my life….faith, confidence in God’s goodness, and a “knowing” that He is working ALL things together for good in my life.
Sometimes I find myself beginning to listen again to the voices of fear and doubt in my head, or the replaying of tapes telling me all that I’m not and never will be. I have found that this usually happens when I’ve been isolated from life-giving people for too long, out of touch with the Word of God, or when I’ve stopped serving and helping others.
All it takes is a wakeup call in my spirit, though, and the response of my spoken words of faith and life…. and my path is refreshed and reset.
So here’s my prayerful declaration for today…
Thank you for your faithfulness to me, God.
I am expecting good things for my life today.
I’m your child, and I know that you love me with the heart of a Father.
You are good and your love endures forever.
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