I’d love to claim that I’m perfect.I’d love to say that I keep my mind perfectly centered on truth.
I’d love to be able to tell you that I can always discern God’s truth from the lies of the enemy.
I wish I could say those things…but I can’t.
And truly, that’s why I write this blog. Because my heart needs to reset and refocus and remember truth on a daily, sometimes hourly basis. My guess is that you find yourself in the same place I do more often than you’d like to admit.
It reminds me of the hymn…
Prone to wander, Lord I feel it.
Prone to leave the God I love.
Here’s my heart. Oh, take and seal it;
Seal it for Thy courts above.
Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing by Rev. Robert Robinson
So I preach the truth of God’s love and of grace and of faith to my wandering heart, and then I write the stories and the words down for you too.
Sometimes the devil’s lies get so loud, and I listen just long enough, that I can’t hear the voice of Truth any longer. Sometimes I get lost in the depravity of my own mind and I start believing the lies the enemy shouts my direction.
And we’d be so wrong to think that we could spend even a day believing lies of the enemy and not sin in some way.
It’s in those moments, when I’m so thankful for my safety net.
My safety net is made up of the people God has placed in my life who can speak truth into my heart when I have begun to believe the lies of the enemy.
Usually, my husband and I are able to be each others’ safety nets. When one of us is struggling to distinguish the truth from the lies, the other is able to wipe the glass clear and point out truth. But the last few months there have been moments where we’ve found ourselves overwhelmed and discouraged and lost together. Moments where we’ve started listening to lies together.
In those moments, our safety net has caught us. They’ve listened in love and heard hard things we’ve had to say and spoken hard truth into the areas we’ve veered off course. And being someone’s safety net isn’t easy. Sometimes it can hurt a lot. Because it’s hard to get so close to someone that you see them faltering up close and it’s hard to speak truth into some else’s struggle.
I’m so thankful for the people and leadership God has placed in our lives, that there is a safe place for us to land when we fail.
Do you have that? Do you have a safety net?
And probably the better question is…
Will you use your safety net when you need them? Are you humble enough to go to them and soft enough to listen to them?
Because a safety net can only catch someone who is willing to be caught.
So I’m praying for a tender heart.
And I’m thanking God for the safety net He’s placed in our lives.
And I’m asking Him to teach me discernment so that I can be a better safety net for those close to me as well.
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