Romans 12:2 (NIV)
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
Deal with it ~
There are things in life we must deal with. Today marks my dad's birthday and he lives in Heaven now. I miss him greatly and I often wonder why I saw what I did that day he died. Memories of things that I wake up and thoughts that sometimes needs me to let go of in life. As I grow older, I see things differently and I've learned to trust God through it all. I find it is okay to grieve still but not let it consume me. Missing someone is natural and totally okay. Learning to deal with a new normal and pressing forward in renewing my mind for this new day.
Somethings in life takes us down and God lifts us up. Renewing your mind is often done more than once a day. The scripture above teaches us about God's will and his plan in life. I have learned to ask God for courage to face the things I must face in one day. Living in the day, but planning for tomorrow.
Psalm 9:1-2 (NIV)For the director of music.
To the tune of “The Death of the Son.”
A psalm of David.1 I will give thanks to you, Lord, with all my heart;
I will tell of all your wonderful deeds.
2 I will be glad and rejoice in you;
I will sing the praises of your name, O Most High.
Each day brings death and life into our world. Seasons will change and we will grow into better people or bitter people. When I was 18 years old, I didn't understand the death of my dad. I didn't understand why on this day (His birthday) he would have his first heart attack. Life would change and I would begin to pray. That prayer didn't work because my dad died or did it? My prayers was this, "God, please let my dad be okay". That's all I knew to pray and I wasn't a Christian. I would told my someone that God heard my prayer and my dad was okay, but it was his time to enter Heaven. I certainly didn't understand that and tears would come for a very long time.
As I continue to grow older, I've seen a lot of things and trusted big in life. I've seen miracles and I've seen sadness. I know that God's plan is unfolding for each of us and we will face different things. God does hear the cry of our hearts and there is certainly a season for all things. Don't let your season consume you to become bitter, but allow God the freedom to grow you and know this plan unfolds.
Jeremiah 29:11 A plan, A promise and A future
I've learned not to ask why as much and giving praise in all seasons of life. It takes time to grow and to get through hard seasons of life. It's takes time to allow that freedom of God to move you from crying into smiling again. We learn to smile but the death of someone never goes away. I wasn't going to write about this today, but I really feel that someone reading this today needs it. I hear the hearts cry of people who loved ones enter Heaven way too soon and I know the pain of loosing family way to soon.
The depth of pain is not measure by inches but measures in tears of one day. Let me remind you that Jesus came for you and hears the cry of your heart. The Bible tells us there is a season for all things ~ Ecclesiastes 3. Then I want to remind you that seasons may come back and in those seasons we must remind ourselves that God is in charge and never leaves us.
Jesus had to go away, but sent the holy spirit to guide us. To live inside of us and allow us freedom to make right choices in life. Renewing of one's mind and learning to deal with things. My prayers are with you, your family and friends.
Happy Birthday to my dad in Heaven and I choose to rejoice in the times we did have together. There will be smiles and there will be tears in missing him.