Archive: November, 2011

The Numb-Leg-Syndrome

At the moment, I am knee-high in part-time work for my husband. He recently recruited me to assist in case analysis for his small law firm. This used to be my job before I took on the name “mama.” Anyway, on the two days I work from home, I am prone to sitting at the computer for hours clicking away at the keyboard. It’s nothing exciting by any stretch of the imagination. However, I try my best to string along a flurry of beautifully scripted words about how someone rear-ended somebody else.

On this particular day and several hours of sitting later, my legs feel numb. They begin to tingle. I stand and step away from the computer—my legs slowly regain consciousness after a steady flow of movement. 

Suddenly I feel God speak something to my heart. It isn’t an audible voice. It’s more like an unshakeable impression, an inner sense. 

This inner sense has turned into my sticky point for today ~ how my numb-leg-syndrome applies to our spiritual lives. 

If we sit too long without faith activation, our hearts grow numb. 

If we inadvertently eliminate a steady diet of our daily bread, our hope becomes passive. 

If we allow ourselves to become comatose to the still small voice, a hazy fog of monotony forms over our lives.  

Suddenly the melody of, Amazing grace, how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me, ” becomes a distant hum.

 When we sit too long we become like the Pharisees, big on ourselves and little on God. Subconsciously we become absorbed by our inactivity and blinded to God’s activity. 

We can’t afford to sit too long because without a continuous flow of movement and definitive action, our faith is dead (see James 2:26). And without faith, we will never please God (Hebrews 11:6). I believe the grace God manifests in us is what works faith out of us. God working faith out of us will not only wet the wood in our lives, but set it ablaze—just like Elijah. 

I think God uses these numb-leg-syndrome moments to intentionally intersect our world in a tangible and undeniable way. The Son of God wants to burst through our hazy fog to let us know the time has come. 

The time has come to shake the numbness out of our spiritual lives and knee-jerk our faith into immediate action.

Why?

Because God is ready and able to use impressive feats through unimpressive people.

People like you.

People like me

So, when the Creator of the Universe calls us to join him in his activity, will we be shaking out our spiritual kinks or will we be fired up and ready to go?

Linking up today with  http://www.reflectionsofhisgrace.com/

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Be Filled With Hope

In our society, hope is used as a verb— something we do as opposed to something we have. Most times, “hope” is used as an action. It is defined as a “desire or wish.” For example, “I hope this really great thing will happen.”

The Disney Princess Snow White even considers “hope,” an action verb. Remember when she serenades the fuzzy animals of the forest with the catchy tune, “I’m hoping to find the one I love?”

The Bible teaches a different definition of the word “hope.” The hope we have in God is a noun. It’s a possession. Something we show ownership of. It’s used as a noun in Scripture many times:

“For I know the plans I have for you, plans to give you a hope and a future,” (Jer. 29:11); and “My hope comes from him,”  (Psalm 62:5).

Hope isn’t something we wish for– it’s something we already have.

Hope is a free gift from God.

All we have to do is surrender our hearts to receive it. Then reach out our hands to accept it.

Hope makes all the difference in how we live.

Hope is what makes us stand out.

Hope is what gives us confidence in our future.

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Linking up today with Tracy for Winsome Wednesday, Internet Cafe Devotions for Word Filled Wednesday, and Women in the Word

 

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