Hangin’ on by a rope!

Life is so crazy!  Yep I said it!  I have one of “those” lives that seems to get so busy at times.  I’ve noticed I don’t do so well when I’m so busy and I can’t see straight.  That’s when I have to be quick to back up and reevaluate all I’m doing!  I’ve also noticed I deal with more insecurities and fears when I’m busy and out of my routine.  I read Psalms 4 yesterday and a couple of things really stood out to me: vs 5 “offer right sacrifices and trust in the Lord.” & vs 8 “I will lie down and sleep in peace for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.”   When I read these my mind started going all over the place and I felt like the Holy Spirit was giving real insight on a couple of things in my life:

1.  Verse 5 says offer “right” sacrifices.  If there are right sacrifices that means there must be potential for “wrong” sacrifices.  You see I’m all about making sacrifices but I think sometimes I’m sacrificing the WRONG things.  Time with my family, date nights, me time…..those are wrong sacrifices.  Sacrifices that will end up costing more down the road and not pleasing the Lord at all. Right sacrifices can be anything from TV to shopping.  Things that will push me towards physical, spiritual and emotional health. Things that help me draw closer to Jesus.

2.  VS 8 — Sometimes I don’t sleep well.  I think I worry or think so much that I can’t sleep.  But when I was listening to the Holy Spirit this week He gave me a picture of a helicopter and a rope.  You see if that rope was rescuing me from chaos on the ground, I would hold on for dear life!  And rightly so.  But that rope is merely an extension of the helicopter.  I could have a thousand ropes and still not survive.  But when that rope is connected to the helicopter I can truly rise above whatever it is that is swirling around me.  Many times I hold onto life’s “ropes.”  Sometimes it’s my husband, other times it’s my schedule or kids.  All good things, but unless my real focus is on my Savior, Jesus Christ, they are merely unattached ropes.  When I keep my eyes locked on His Word, I find that I sleep better, fight insecurities less, and experience more joy than I could imagine!

So that’s my life this week.  Thankful for the rope, but eyes glued on the helicopter!

Psalm 4

1 Answer me when I call, O God of my righteousness!
You have given me relief when I was in distress.
Be gracious to me and hear my prayer!

O men,how long shall my honor be turned into shame?
How long will you love vain words and seek after lies? Selah
But know that the Lord has set apart the godly for himself;
the Lord hears when I call to him.

Be angry,and do not sin;
ponder in your own hearts on your beds, and be silent. Selah
Offer right sacrifices,
and put your trust in the Lord.

There are many who say, “Who will show us some good?
Lift up the light of your face upon us, O Lord!”
You have put more joy in my heart
than they have when their grain and wine abound.

In peace I will both lie down and sleep;
for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.