Friday, December 6, 2013

God is Making Himself at Home - Last Random Journal Day of 2013!


Here it is, the last RANDOM JOURNAL DAY of 2013!! In honor of the final RJD of the year.....I did not cheat. I usually will honestly open an old journal and write about the randomly chosen page. But every once in a while I cheat and wander around in the journals until something grabs me. (Hey, I created this little writing challenge, so I figure I can cheat if I want to.) 

But today I did not cheat and I do not even know where this post will go at this point. A few minutes ago I picked an old journal from my collection and it opened to a page with only one little longish sentence written in the corner. 

"The process of transformation isn't always fun or comfortable, but to recognize that God is making Himself at home in us, brings a deep and sturdy joy." me

I don't remember what was going on at the time this was written, but I do recall being very intentional about using that word "sturdy" to describe the inner joy I felt. I am not a fan of change. Everyone around me can vouch for that. And the word "transformation" is just another word for big changes happening on the inside. The kind of changes that can be painful and confusing.

If our hearts and therefore, our thoughts, are being rearranged into new and unfamiliar patterns, it can be scary and unwelcome. You get a concept or belief all figured out and BAM! it gets switched up! A life situation is dropped unexpectedly in your lap and all is turned upside down. Jobs, relationships, finances, physical challenges, all are subject to change without notice. Transformation can be ugly, painful and just ick.

BUT, if we can see the hand of God....NOT that He caused the negative thing....but that He is finding a way to make Himself at home in us. In spite of the tough situation. He may be needing to move the furniture around in our hearts to help us re-calibrate. To help us see the new path before us.

If we can see that God wants to be at home in us....to DWELL in us...not just visit. If we can grab that truth. What a difference in our view of the uncomfortable process! When I see that God is making Himself at home in me, I can embrace the changes with joy.

Not the giddy, goofy joy that comes and goes with the wind. This would be a "deep and sturdy" joy. I love that word sturdy here. It illustrates the stable, strong and unmovable. A JOY that can handle the rough weather and the confusing questions flying all around it.

I believe that I randomly opened to this self-quote for a reason. A reminder from my God that He knows. He knows me, lives in me and is at home in me. He is once again telling all of us that we are loved beyond measure. Loved enough to not let us become stagnate and unchangeable. My friends, God is in the transformation business. Our task and pleasure is to ask Him about the situations around us. What are they for? What can I learn about Him in them? What is His role in them? Who does He want to be for me, while I walk through them?

And underneath it all there can be a "deep and sturdy joy" because you know you are loved. By The One who loves best.

Merry Christmas!
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12 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness - I LOVE this- favoritest ever. Maybe I just needed to hear these words. THank you. "If we can see that God wants to be at home in us....to DWELL in us...not just visit. If we can grab that truth." Hanging on to the "sturdy joy"...love it. And hey, what do you mean cheating? I don't recall those details being written in stone...I love to peruse and pick- I never considered it cheating! Are you crazy, Random opening up to a page...well yes, but truly the searching through and choosing is fun. NOT cheating! Plus, sometimes I wrote some inappropriate to share stuff....just sayin'. lol. Sheepishly skulking away from the 'puta.

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    1. Hey I am a Rules Girl! One of my strengths and weaknesses. :) I considered it a challenge to find a way to use the randomly chosen page no matter what. But towards the end here I have not wanted to go back in time so the "cheating" began. Its all good. And yes if the info was too personal or would reveal too much, I may have moved a page or two. Haha!

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  2. This was wonderful...I do love the concept of "sturdy joy"...joy that withstands all the if, and or buts of life! Joy that keeps being joyful in spite of our circumstances! Hey, I cheated a lot...I had my RJD post walking around in my head all week,and I just had to go find it and share it. Does that mean I'm disqualified? Oh well...Sturdy Joy kicking in!!!
    Thank you for this today. You are on my heart as you prepare for big changes in the days ahead!!!

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    1. No rules to worry about here. Just enjoy the "process".

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  3. Just so you know, I'm a color-within-the-lines kid, so I have always randomly opened my journals. But now that it's on the table that we don't have to (:)), I'm going to plan better. That aside, this is a wonderful post. Having written my post, then reading Dawn's and now yours, I'm a little stunned this month at how they all dove-tail. That's Incarnate God for you. This is powerful stuff.

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    1. Feel free my dear! Use the writing challenge any way you want. And now I must hop over to read the others!
      Susie

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  4. Susie- I love this idea of sturdy joy! I love being at home, especially during this cold December season, cozy in my chair with a warm throw over my shoulders...this picture reminds me that is how God enfolds me as He is my true home!

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    1. Hi Kel, thanks for coming by! I agree, the moments in a cozy chair at home are the sweetest sometimes. Susie

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  5. I've been struck anew lately by the idea that God is dwelling in me. If I truly accept that, it should change the confidence and power I carry into every situation, no matter how daunting it might be.

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  6. I'm in transformation...I can feel it. I believe a little transformation comes with every traumatic event in one's life, that is, if you face it knowing that God is with you. If you choose not to fully face it (or go it alone), there may be some difference, but for the most part, you get stuck.

    I liked this post, Susie. Merry Christmas and Have a Blessed New Year.

    M.L. Swift, Writer

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    1. Thank you Michael. Yes a family loss or any traumatic event definitely moves us into a time of transition. God being with you makes all the difference in the world. Merry Christmas to you too my friend!

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