He wants us to live in peace in every area, it’s not that we won’t see struggles but we have a peace that passes understanding that governs our hearts during tough times. A week before my brother passed, it was about two weeks since Charley and I last spoke, life had busied us both. I had been home all day with my two babies, all day I was uneasy like something was just not right. I can look back now and see clearly it was the Holy Spirit. The Lord communicates with us and makes us sensitive to things, often beyond our awareness. I was doing laundry and watching TV when something popped up on TV that was unsettling and with the uneasiness of the day it did not help. I started to pray over my family not certain what this feeling was. In prayer I was given the thought; If you knew you knew it would be the last time you could ever talk to your brother what would you say to him? It was a feeling too strong to ignore, so I called him. I told him I loved him and sorry for being such a pain as a big sister, we talked for a while, it was the best conversation we ever had, I never felt closer to him, it was also our last conversation we would ever have. That was a gift from God! The Holy Spirit will direct us, it is so vital to listen and follow those leadings even if they do not make sense. I have a peace I can take through the rest of my life, I would not have this if I had not called him. Many times I did not listen to the Holy Spirit and boy I wish I had!
As you seek the Lord in this crazy life, He will direct you through the Holy Spirit and His Word. Romans 10:17, “Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message , and the message is heard through the Word of Christ.” The Spirit and the Word will always agree (I John 5:6-12). When you tune into the Holy Spirit and read the Word of God, you will hear Him loud and clear. It’s like tuning in a radio, if the receiver is lined up to the proper frequency you hear the program clearly. You are the recipient and the voice of the Holy Spirit will be clear as you are tuning your inner man to the Word of God. If you are lined up with the worlds way of thinking and doing, the noise and distractions of the world will drown out the voice of the Lord. There is an enemy out there that wants to kill, steal and destroy we must be on guard and equipped to stand against him. He does not want to see people walking in the life God has intended for them. The enemy uses distractions to draw you away from the Word and God’s plan for your life. Reading God’s word keeps that tuner fixed on Him! As a mother I have had my fill of full days, way more than I could handle sometimes. Thank God I did not have to handle things on my own, He was always there empowering me to do what was before me. The past 25 years since my brother’s death have had its fair share of trials, I had been through divorce, a single mom with a house full, I went back to college, experienced job loss, death of a parent, loss of animals, had other struggles yet restoration found me. I have a beautiful love, remarried (a beautiful story of its own) moved across the country, started a blended family and we were blessed with a son at our mature age! 46 and expecting, sound like another book of its own!
I have seen heartache and I have seen beautiful restoration and blessing. In every part, God was there. He has taken all these strands of life some black with despair and some gold and brilliant and He weaves a beautiful tapestry of my life. Did you ever look at the back of a weaving? It’s an absolute mess, but when you turn it around it is a beautiful design, an intricate creation. That is our life, we don’t see the finished product often we are focused on all the knots and loops and twists and turns in the background. God knows what He is doing and He is working and creating a masterpiece with your life! The tapestry of your life is in the process don’t cut the threads or be discouraged because you cannot see how it will turn out! Trust the One who can see it all and trust the He has a plan for your life! Trust that He Loves you! It is a lie from the enemy to think otherwise. Hold on to John 14:17, “The Spirit of truth, the world cannot accept him. But you know Him for He lives with you and will be in you.”