So blessed to have our sweet friend Betsy de Cruz guest-posting with us today for Part 4 of the “But God” Series. I trust her words will bless.
Sometimes I feel like I’m making it through by the skin of my teeth.
Just barely making deadlines and scrambling to get dinner on the table 15 minutes late.
Just barely holding chaos at bay because I’m a wreck on wheels.
He loves me anyway.
He reaches down and speaks to me in the loveliest of ways right in the middle of my chaos.
I’m the pastor’s wife who forgot it was her turn to lead the service last Sunday. Until five minutes before starting time, when someone asked was I ready. (Gulp. This really happened, people.)
I’m the shopper who left her credit card at an Ikea cash register and realized it an hour later while trying to pay for groceries next door.
Yes, I was THAT customer who systematically emptied the entire contents of her purse right there in the grocery store, looking for said credit card.
I was also the only one trying to get a large shopping cart of groceries in that revolving entrance door at Ikea.
“Excuse me, ma’am. You can’t bring that cart in here ,” said Mr. Ikea Man.
“Well, I left my credit card here an hour ago, and I don’t want to risk it getting lost while I take these groceries out to my car.”
Yes, that was me. The one politely arguing with Mr. IKea Man while shoving my cart in the door.
I was also the one who pulled into our parking lot an hour later and realized she didn’t have keys to get into our apartment building.
I wish I could say these were isolated incidents, but they’re not. Some days I feel like I live in a state of low-grade chaos.
Except for God.
God reaches down and takes hold of me; He stops my spinning wheels and spinning thoughts.
He reminds me I can slow down and breathe. I can rest in Him and receive His Love.
God can turn the craziest, most out-of- control day around in just a moment if I’ll just stop and let Him. Tweet This
The morning of the lost credit card, Mr. Ikea Man, and no keys, the Holy Spirit reminded me of something I’d read in my quiet time that very morning before leaving the house:
As that thought came to mind, I stopped to rest for a minute. I let go of fretting about how to get into the building. I stopped to remember that I’m loved with a never-ending love. I’m surrounded.
Those few moments turned my day around.
Chaos gave way to calm. As it turned out, someone had left the downstairs door ajar, so I got inside. Then my husband was unexpectedly home and opened the door to our apartment.
Friend, I don’t know how fast your wheels are spinning today.
Mine can get going pretty fast. Can’t we all use a little more peace and calm on our chaos days?
What if we remember to stop every once in a while and invite God to come in and turn our day around?
Let’s ask Him to turn our thoughts towards Him and His love for us.
When we take a moment to lift our hearts and affirm our trust in God, His unfailing love surrounds us.
Even when a bad day or a bad week tries to convince us otherwise, we are loved.
We’re surrounded and safe.
When life gets chaotic, let’s invite God in to turn our day and turn our thoughts around.
We can trust His unfailing love.
Betsy de Cruz writes to encourage people to stick close to God, even when life gets bumpy and crazy.
Most days she feels privileged to live with her family in the Middle East; other days she wants to pull her hair out and catch the next plane home.
Betsy’s passion is to encourage women to get God’s Word in, so their faith can spill out.
Week 4 Giveaway!
As a thank you for joining us today for Week 4 of the “But God” series, we’re gifting this beautifully written book by Lisa-Jo Baker — Never Unfriended.
I’m blessed to be a humble part of Lisa-Jo’s launch team for this book, and friends–it’s such a worthy read. I wouldn’t say it if it wasn’t so.
I look forward to sharing more about the book here in the near future, but wanted to share a copy of this blessing-in-word with one of you sweet readers.
And Congrats! to our Week 3 Winner of the Jenny M. verse card set — Sarah Geringer ! Yay! Congratulations, Sarah!
I hope you’ve all enjoyed the “But God” series as much as I have. Thank you to all of our sweet guest-posters who’ve made this such a special month of community.
I plan to continue to this series in the future, so be on the lookout for future “But God” posts.
With so much going on this week, I almost held off on announcing this, but it’ll be months before the opportunity arises again, so I figured we could stand one more bit of excitement this week.
Announcing — 5th Week Fan-girls!
Every month with five Thursdays, I thought we could spend the 5th Thursday showing the love to our fellow writers. In addition to linking up our own posts, let’s linkup a post that’s been a recent blessing to us from another site as well. Yay! Doesn’t that sound like fun?!
So please, if you’re comfortable, feel free to link-up a post that’s been meaningful to you recently from another friend’s site this week! (As well as your own, of course.) #FanGirls!
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It’s a pony-tail and sandals environment around here. No fancy rules, just a few things:
- Family-friendly posts only, please.
- Please be sure to visit and comment on the post linked before yours–and others as you’re able.
- Please grab the #ChasingCommunity button, or link back here underneath your post. (So others can find us and join the fun too!)
Thank you for bringing your dish to the table–May your ministry of words find community here.