The life you’re living is the story which will outlive you. Each day of your life is a sentence. Every year is a chapter. I wonder how the story we’re living would compare to the one God had in mind for us? I wonder if it’s too late to change the story and get back in alignment with God’s best plan and ditch some of the crap story we’ve been writing on our own? Oh girl, I have a scripture for you!!!!!
Psalm 18: 24 MSG “God rewrote the text of my life when I opened the book of my heart to his eyes.”
Your story changes when you fully open your heart to God. When you hold nothing back and invite God to rearrange, revamp, restore, renew, and rewrite any thing and all things. But what we typically do is we wait until things fall completely apart and then we present this one area of our lives to God in desperation, holding everything else back. When will we understand God isn’t interested in just giving you a great relationship with someone, he wants to fix your relationship with YOU too. He wants to go to work on every part of you and restore you to exactly who he created you to be. And he can. Oh yes, he can. But he won’t without your invitation.
Will you open the book of your heart to his eyes? Meaning, will you fully surrender everything to him? Will you stop pretending like you can hide those thoughts you’re having from God? Will you stop pretending like God doesn’t already know exactly how you’ve been feeling? Where is your surrender in what you’ve been holding back? Why do we hold so tightly to control when life is spinning out of control? Why do we refuse to fall to our knees without being knocked there? Whew, we are some hard headed girls aren’t we? There’s an easier faster way my friend, surrender fully now.
Psalm 129: 23 & 24 “Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life.”
That’s a bold prayer asking God to search your heart and test you. Don’t pray it if you’re not ready. But this is the secret to the next level of living. This is the key to stepping into your destiny. The boldness to say, “Lord, if there’s anything I’m doing wrong, SHOW ME, I want to fix it.”
How many times are we so fixated on what the other person is doing wrong that we miss the fact we’ve royally screwed up too? God, show me where I am wrong too, I’m ready to change that.
How many times are we wallowing as the victim when we caused some of the pain too? God, show me where I need to get better. I’m ready to work.
It’s time to go first. Tell God you’re willing to go first. You won’t wait on things to change, you’ll go first. You won’t wait on him or her to start trying, you’ll go first. Me, it’s me God wants to work on and in. I’ve been holding up the progress here.
How many times are we taking part in conversations that simply shouldn’t be had, saying things we know we shouldn’t be saying, but doing it any way? Oh God, convict me!
Before I walk into a group of people, I pray. I pray because my mouth can run off in it’s own direction and get involved in conversations I have no business in. Have you ever found yourself in one of those conversations and there’s an alarm going off in your head like “stop, shut up, don’t say another word, this isn’t right” but your mouth is just running off, totally unleashed and wild? You too?
Well, that’s exactly why I pray before I walk into that group. Here’s my prayer “God, if I’m in any conversation that is not pleasing to you, convict me in that moment and help me redirect the conversation.” Oh boy, I can’t even tell you how many times my conversations get redirected. I am now aware of everything I say and I have the big picture view of how my words could change the situation. And hey, that comes from this rapid girl who often leaps before I look and speaks before I think! There’s only one kind of person who hosts a podcast … a person who can talk to a rock and never run out of things to say. A person who talks a lot often gets themselves in a lot of trouble. So for me to be hyper aware of my conversations, well that’s just a miracle. That’s God at work after surrendering not only a heart, but a mouth to him!
Will you pray that bold prayer and ask God to search you and point out anything that offends him? Will you ask him where you may be wrong so that you can change it? What if your husband is doing a million things wrong, but God first wants you to go to work on what YOU are doing wrong? Ahhhh, don’t you just hate that, but I’ve found that’s exactly how God works! What if she isn’t right, but neither are you and God’s starting with you? What if your breakthrough to the next level is dependent on the one thing you’ve still been holding back from God? Are you willing to go first?
God, here’s my story, I fully surrender it to you. Rewrite the text to align with your best plans. Change anything within me that is falling short of the potential you placed within me.
Are you ready for God to search you? Are you ready for God to rewrite the text of your life and give you one heck of a story? It starts here. Lord, here’s my heart … I give it to you fully. Change anything that needs to be changed. I hold nothing back.
In my life I’ve found God simply wasn’t interested in changing anyone around me until I was first willing to change. I have delayed progress because I fought that change in me. Maybe you’ve been doing the same in an area of your life. You’re begging for God to help, but what have you been holding back?
Surrender it all now. Your attitude. Your plans. Your ways. Your timeline. Your conversations. Your perspective.
Lord, here I am. Search me. Know my heart. Test me. Point out anything that isn’t right in me and give me the courage and strength to change it. Rewrite my story!