It had been a season of grieving losses, meeting needs, and just loving others. I felt a tug on my heart that I recognized from seasons past. That gentle nudge of the Holy spirit saying, “Come with me.”
God was calling me to some time to step back for a month. He prepared me lovingly for a time of pruning and filling up in Him.
It truly is amazing when you walk in the Spirit. It is so natural. You take steps without even really thinking about it.
I realized after that I was not reaching out like I normally do. It was as though God allowed me to see what He wanted me to be doing this next season and who would be a part of that.
There are constant friends who stay and reach out regularly. Some relationships have changed for different reasons. He has reconnected me with friends I haven’t seen in awhile. He has brought others in who want to be mentored.
He was reshaping me.
He was pruning me and taking out more junk in order to move me deeper in Him.
He was making it clear where my time needed to be spent and where I need to be investing myself.
I needed to be taken back and make sure I was filling myself with God’s Word and personal time with Him. I needed to make sure that above all my early relationships, my husband and marriage came first. Then my kids and ministry follows.
I am truly thankful I have been obedient.
When God tugs on us and calls us to step back for a little bit, we need to listen.
I have experienced a deep cleansing and a freedom like I have never known. I am living in that peace that passes all understanding.
It has taken years for some of this junk to go and I know there will be more pruning times in the future but I can’t even describe to you the feeling. You literally feel lighter and emptied out inside. Empty of the junk, yet full of the spirit.
Are you feeling weary or burdened inside? Are you seeking God for His steps for your life? Are you feeling God calling you to draw near to Him.
My friends, I encourage you to listen. God wants to speak to you. He wants to guide you and direct you in the paths He has planned out for you. He wants to cleanse your heart and emotions. He wants to renew your minds.
One thing I have had to do is let go of needing to protect myself, my family, and those I love. I have had to let go of worrying about what others think of me and stop feeling the need to defend myself.
God wants to do all of that for me.
Psalm 25:4 “Make me know Your ways, O Lord; teach me Your paths.”
May this be our prayer this week and may we be obedient wherever He calls us!
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