I DO and I DON’T…
I DO want to watch the news to keep updated on the unfolding global crisis.
I DON’T want to accept the pandemic that has invaded us all.
I DO want to keep informed of the daily statistics and government directives.
I DON’T want to see the soaring death toll and enter into this aching grief.
I DO want to meet with my family, friends and church through the internet.
I DON’T want them to know how vulnerable I am and how I miss their hugs.
I DO want to lovingly serve others around me in the best way I can.
I DON’T want to put others or myself in unnecessary danger.
I DO want to pray.
I DON’T know what to say.
I DO want to be generous. I DON’T want to hoard.
I DO want to hoard. I DON’T want to share.
I DO want to listen the gentle voice of Jesus.
I DON’T want to give in to the screaming voice of fear.
I DO want to honour Him and give Him thanks for all my blessings.
I DON’T know how to do that when I am caught in a whirlpool of emotion.
I DO want to stay engaged and not waste this momentous opportunity.
I DON’T want to get out of bed and face all the anguish.
I DO and I DON’T… I really DON’T and I really DO!
What I DO/DON’T feel right now is valid… but fickle.
What I actually DO/DON’T DO at this time is important… but inconsistent.
What Jesus DOES/ DOES NOT DO is faithful and true. Constant. Reliable.
So I offer Him my life and with the little seed of faith I have been given, I DO what I have done since I was a small child. I lean into Him in the midst of all the DO’s and DONT’S. He leans in too and His familiar, yet ever-fresh words of life wash over my soul…
‘Shalom! BE at peace My daughter.
I DO want to give you all of My Spirit through this and every season.
I DON’T want my girl crippled with fear and darkness.
Please DO take time to fill up with Me and BE Peace-full!
DO fill your mind with My words. Your life with My actions.
In this world you will have trouble. But DON’T be afraid for I have overcome the world!
My peace I give you. True shalom peace, not peace as the world gives.
DO go out into the world in whatever way is open to you and bless others in My name.
DON’T hold back My Bride, for I am with you – even until the end of the age!’
SHALOM = the restoration of broken our relationships with God, others and ourselves!
SHALOM = being put back together, complete and whole as we are supposed to be!
SHALOM = flourishing, fulfilling fruitfulness – forever!
‘And everything I’ve taught you is so that the peace which is in me will be in you and will give you great confidence as you rest in me. For in this unbelieving world you will experience trouble and sorrows, but you must be courageous, for I have conquered the world!’ John 16:33 TPT
#betransformedbytheWord *Read or listen to John 14*
Father, I DO choose to trust You today when I DON’T know about tomorrow. I DO choose to give thanks for my blessings when I DON’T understand this crisis. I DO choose to worship You even when I DON’T feel Your presence. I DO choose to receive Your peace . I DON’T want to be consumed with fear. Please use me to bring Your peace to many people through these uncertain days. In Jesus’ name. Amen.