Have you ever been smacked upside the head by God?
Not in a bad way.
Not in a way that makes you feel guilty.
You don’t feel angry about it.
But your eyes are opened and you receive a greater understanding about something.
Yeah… that happened to me last weekend.
I was at a woman’s conference hoping for a fresh word.
I wanted affirmation in ministry.
I wanted a prophetic word spoken over me.
I wanted a deeper understanding of a project I felt He was calling me to do.
But that wasn’t what happened.
Instead, I got smacked.
With one sentence, the speaker introduced a concept that totally messed with me the rest of the weekend.
“Be careful to not let your GIFTED-NESS exceed your GODLINESS.”
What that phrase means is…
We need to stay intimately connected with God and filled by Him daily… and it’s from that place our outer works should flow.
Can I be honest?
I’ve been doing things backwards. Without realizing it, I have been working in MY strength and relying on MY gifting for several months now. And while it has served me well… it will not last.
I’m not sure when the shift began, but I am so grateful God used this weekend’s conference to open my eyes to reality.
And I needed to see this, because my human condition will quickly begin to cause problems unless I am more intentional to connect with God on a deeper level.
I need Him more than I am accessing Him.
Believe me… God and I had some interesting conversations this past weekend.
- He was so gentle and kind.
- He affirmed Kingdom things in me.
- He challenged my control tendencies.
- He opened my eyes to some trust issues.
- He restored a longing for more of Him.
And although I felt stirred up, I also felt encouraged to walk the path He laid out for me.
Sisters… walking out the Kingdom-calling placed on my life is one of the greatest pleasures I know, and it’s something I never want to compromise.
I am so grateful that God has called me to speak and write for Him.
I’m so humbled He has allowed me to serve and encourage you.
But I need to take some time to reconnect my heart with His.
So for the month of July, I am unplugging from all social media as well as from blogging.
I start sweating just thinking about it. (No, this isn’t a menopause-moment.)
Why? Because Facebook, Twitter and my blog ARE the main ministry outlets I use to share the messages God puts on my heart. Plus, I really like connecting with you. I’ll miss that.
Sheesh… I dig you guys.
But God has clearly asked me to devote the month of July to Him… instead.
And that’s an offer I cannot pass by, because it’s clear I need more of Him.
So sweet friends, my plan to beat the July heat is to saturate myself in the Living Water of Jesus. I’m going to let Him wash over me… His grace… His forgiveness… His purpose… His restoration… His direction… His compassion… His wisdom… His heart.
I’m going to reconnect with the One who my heart longs for.
I’m going to position myself to receive all He has for me.
I’m going to realign myself with His will for my life.
“But first, be concerned about his kingdom and what has his approval. Then all these things will be provided for you.” (Matthew 6:33)
I’ll see you in August…
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