. . . for they said, “Let us seize for our own use
these pasture lands of God!”
O my God, scatter them like tumbleweed,
like chaff before the wind!
January is coming to a close – have you tossed the chaff to the Wind yet?
You know the stuff I mean:
Cares carried over from last year you find that you still keep
Obstacles that rise like mountains making the climb far too steep
Anxieties obsessing for future calamities
Fears for the headlines of present realities
Doubts regarding decisions that weigh heavy over your head
Concerns about your health and the latest plagues of which you’ve read
Worries that stop you in your tracks so no progress is ever made
Stress throbbing with tension from your head to your shoulder blade
Yep! Don’t let that cute little sing-song couplet verse and dreamy-eyed graphic fool you into thinking that I’m talking fairy tales here.
Nope – it’s real. It’s nerve wracking. It’s that dog incessantly nipping at your heals and pulling on your pant legs as you attempt to move on from one place to another.
Not any cute little puppy dog, either.
It’s a hound.
A fierce hound.
And – you need to release him into the wild. Kick him out of the door! Where the Wind of the Holy Spirit will blow him away . . .
. . . like so many nannies off Mr. Banks’ front doorstep.
The last thing God wants you dragging into February are the hounds “nannying” you to death with all their distracting noise and tormenting rhetoric that you’ve carried into the new year! You’ve had the RESOLUTION month of January to give them the boot.
You must protect your High Calling as a good steward – a good shepherd – of all the “Sheep Promises” – pregnant with possibility and purpose – that God has entrusted you with for His Glory!
Don’t drag last year’s muck and mire into 2014. Sheep Promises can’t grow and propagate on a diet of Doubt and Discouragement.
The useless stuff that must be separated from the grain before the grain is good for healthy feed. That stuff need to get GONE!
For me – January has been a long and cold month, sorting through all of the above rhymed issues. As I come to these last days of January 2014, I AM RESOLVED to embark into February 2014 having met my deadline to clean house – soul and spirit ~ mind and heart – so I can stand on the edge of God’s open field brimming with my “Sheep Promises” ripe with possibility and purpose this year!
I shall do my part – none too easy, I can assure you . . .
EXCEPT for He Who has called me to steward His Sheep Promises . . . the Shepherd Who has gifted them to me thus. And – empowers me to steward them well . . .
In His Wind . . .
The little cares that fretted me, I lost them yesterday
Among the fields above the seas, among the winds at play;
Among the lowing of the herds, the rustling of the trees,
Among the singing of the birds, the humming of the bees.
The foolish fears of what might happen – I cast them all away
Among the clover-scented grass, among the new-morn hay;
Among the husking of the corn, where drowsy poppies nod,
Where ill thoughts die and good are born, out in the fields of God.
Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Sharing Gone With the Wind this week with:
Judith at Wholehearted Wednesday
Jennifer Dukes Lee at Tell His Story Link-up
Jenifer at Woman to Woman Word Filled Wednesdays
Salina at Heart Reflected
Laura on Faith Filled Friday at Missional Women
Fellowship Fridays at Christian Mommy Blogger
Charlotte at Spiritual Sundays