Oct 4, 2012

Sort it out {Matthew 5:8}

Day 4 of 31 days - Part 1
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Verse of the Day: 

You’re blessed when you get your inside world—your mind and heart—put right. Then you can see God in the outside world. Matthew 5:8 (MSG)

I want to be blessed just like this.

But, how do you get your inside world put right?  What is the magical process that you go through to suddenly get that sorted out?

I am not a naturally neat person.  I have this amazing creative spirit that results in utter chaos in places like my office (and my car).  Even now as I type this, I am surrounded by stacks of paper and miscellaneous craft items such as yarn and fabric, all mixed up with important papers and permission slips.  

I do my best to keep my kitchen and family room neat and tidy, and have to spend time every day collecting the random bits of life that get scattered there, and redistributing it to the rest of the house.  

The NIV translates this verse this way: "Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God." I believe that the blessing comes when we start to sort out all the distractions that pull us away from God's will and refocus our attention on God and His will for our lives.

At one time, I began to see blogging as a distraction from what God had for me.  I had more than 300 followers, I was hosting give-aways and writing book reviews.  I was designing blogs and began an Etsy business designing headers and other graphic design projects.   But He had called me to ministry with pregnant and parenting teens, and while I was doing the ministry, I wasn't giving it my full attention. 

My attention was divided.  My passion divided. My energy divided.  God called me away from blogging, He had some work to do in my life and He started as soon as I stepped WAY back from the blog.   He had some organizing to do in my chaotic heart and mind.  

Let me tell you, it wasn't pretty, it wasn't funny, it was down right painful at times, but now I understand so much more.   I have not arrived.  There are stacks of self-doubt that are still crowding certain corners, but God has really done a work in my heart and mind.  

The Message paraphrase captures the hopeful sense of the verse.  It captures the idea of throwing open a window to the possibilities.  Once you clean your room, you can go out and play.... THEN you can see God in the outside world.  
When you are pure, and freed from distractions, you can hear Him tell you that you are BEAUTIFUL. (Because you are... you're just not listening to Him)

In Him, AJ

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1 comment:

  1. I am so glad that you joined us for the Southern Mamas blog hop. I may have never connected with you otherwise, and I LOVE connecting with other sisters in Christ!


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