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Unto Thine Own Self Be True

Posted April 16th, 2014 @ 11:04am

"Unto Thine Own Self Be True." - The words of Shakespeare's Hamlet, said by Polonius.

As a dear friend mentioned to me "God gives all of His children His perfect direction when we seek it and ask for it. And that direction probably won't be what you may have chosen." Amen! Looking back on the past 14 months of my life, I find myself traveling down a road I did not plan to travel! Am I going this alone, no I am not alone; He has never left my side. Will this weather me or will this road strengthen me? Will my courage rise to the occasion? I feel like I am at the edge of a mountain top and God has said "Jump my loving child. The time is now." But my fear (false experience appearing real) that the parachute won't open the second I jump is preventing me from trusting that God will catch me. But in other areas of my life I know how to let go and let God. I know that God always catches me when I fall. Why should this time be any different? Blind faith is amazing and yet once we master it, the fear and doubt become distant memories of our past and then we no longer need to control our situation.

"Here I am standing on a road I didn't plan." I've fallen in the same place for the third time. How does this happen three times over? Oh, I walk thru the shadows of the valley of death. God is making all things new in me. He is breaking me to build me back up. He has switched up the plan on me and those directly involved. The choices I've made in the past 14 months I thought were pleasing Him, serving Him. I thought I was being a diligent and humble servant for His glory. I stayed the course and stayed connected to God. I prayed with patience, I made choices and put my plan into action. A plan I thought He approved and blessed.  The humor in all of this was “I made a plan and God laughed." Even though I'm not feeling the humor quit yet, I still get the underlying message in this humor and I hope you do too. Just when we think our life decisions, choices and actions are all in alignment with what God needs us to do, He brings a screeching halt to our lives when we aren't paying attention to His direction. At the blink of His eye he can change our lives. I am getting better and better at "listening to His voice." His plan is a divine plan for all involved. I couldn't possibly come up with a better plan than God's perfect plan. My plan simply serves me and more times than not is ego driven. Again, "Unto Thine Own Self be True," is God's intervention plan for all of us.

I cry out to Jesus, "Please be with me every step I take." Give me strength. God, please take this and help me just keep breathing. There is pain at night when I lay my head to rest, but your joy always comes in the morning. You give me a new day, a new beginning, a new start. I trust in you Lord that all of your ways are good, your path is straight. I will go where you go. I will follow you. Every morning you shed light on my life starting with the sun beaming thru the blinds to wake me. And then I hear your soft voice speak to me. You fill my cup yet one more day. You overflow my cup every day. Your Holy Spirit comes alive in me one more day!

I plead with you to take my life, take my soul, I give it all to you. I get off track and make mistakes, but here I am with raised hands to your Lord and ask that you take me, all of me. Once again, I walked away with eyes wide open because it was you who opened my eyes. It was your voice that saved me from myself. You know what I need, when I need it. Today I need a peaceful dwelling place. My heart and flesh cry out for this pain to transform into joy. Inspired by Jeremy Camp - Stay and Rascal Flatts - Changed.

"Loving ourselves through the process of owning our own story is the bravest thing we'll ever do." - Brene Brown. This is the bravest thing I will ever do. My history will be my legacy, so I'd better pay attention and get it right with him, in him and through him.

Because I've been taught for years never let them see you when you're breaking, today I am throwing that lie off the mountain top without a parachute. What may seem like a "beautiful mess," I know deep in my core that when my knees hit the floor I am surrendering this beautiful mess to Him. Last week we laid our palms at the feet of Jesus. This week we "Come as We Are!" I come as I am, feeling broken, but will be made whole again thru His mercy.

A beautiful scripture I saw on FB - The sun shall be turned into darkness, And the moon into blood, Before the coming of the great and awesome day of the Lord. - Joel 2:31.

God Bless All who believe that "He did take the nails for us."

Love and Light this Holy Season,

Debra M. Pauli

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Proud of your strength Debra! You will become a better person through all of this! Just an FYI...about your Quote from Joel 2:31...Monday night/Tuesday Morning...There was a full lunar eclipse/blood moon...Tuesday then began Passover! God works in marvelous wonders!

on April 16th, 2014 at 01:12pm

Good thinking, Debra. It sounds like you are getting back on track with your life and with the Lord. You need to walk in hope, truth and faith with both to reach a blessed and expected goal sanctioned by God. Remember: the man or woman who walks with God always gets to his or her destination. That is a given Sweet Lady. With love, Dahk and Jan

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