Meet another one of my lovely and awesome She Speak Sisters, Lee Merrill also known as LeeBird 🙂 I just love the encouragement I get from Lee and her gift of prayer. Thank you my friend for standing in for me today.
My middle son is itching for his driver’s license. Every chance he gets, he commandeers the keys to my Mamaw car and adjusts the seat, steering wheel, and mirrors to his personal specifications. Truth be told, he’s turning into a good little driver. He’s careful and considerate of other drivers and doesn’t drive too fast like his big brother does.
The other night, Logan eased into the middle lane of the freeway and asked, “Mom, am I in that car to the right’s blind spot?”
“Hmm, I don’t know, Logan, but it’s always smart to be careful. Just keep an eye out for the cars around you.”
When I drive, I try to be mindful of my blind spots, but I’ve never really thought about being in someone else’s.
Makes me wonder…how often does God shake things up in our relationships to reveal the blind spots.
- One minute, you’re married for life, and the next, your husband threatens to pack up and leave.
- A friendship worthy of BFF status suddenly becomes strained, awkward, and downright sad.
- No matter how hard you’re working, your boss seems suspicious of your every move.
- The loss of a parent brings out all the ugly in a family dynamic.
What do we do when God sheds light on things about our relationships that need to change?
- Calloused attitudes, ingrained and ignored
- Selfish motives, justified as pursuing a dream
- Gossipy conversations, disguised as venting
- Kindred spirits, morphed into co-dependency
- Buried wounds, unhealed and concealed
It all boils down to this: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these” (Mark 12:30-31 NIV).
The Lord wants our earthly relationships to reflect the beauty of a vibrant relationship with Him.
For that to happen, our commitment to Him must be priority number one.
God will turn us on our heads and shake out every ounce of pride and selfishness hidden in our pockets.
God will shake the foundation of any earthly relationship competing for the throne of our hearts.
God will do whatever it takes to make us holy.
“May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do it” (I Thessalonians 5:23-24 NIV).
Lord, thank you for all the shaking up going on in me. As much as it hurts to deal with heart hurts and relationship woes, I understand the purpose for the pain. I want You to reign in me. I want to crave You like a desert dweller craves a cool drink. I want my relationships to have Your fingerprints all over them. Carry on, Lord. All for Your glory and the good of Your people. AMEN
To connect with Lee you can find her at:
- Twitter @LeeBirdFree
Thank you so much Lee, it always amazes me when I can say thank you to God for the pain I am in, knowing it will bring me closer to Him. Leave Lee a comment thanking her for her thoughts today and her beautiful prayer. Be sure to check out her Prayer Gifts website.