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While gazing at my overly long To Do List and facing a close at hand deadline (long awaited eye surgery*), I realized my list had a lot of to-do’s that didn’t need to be done.

His yoke is easy, His burden is LIGHT… From Matt. 14:28

The reality dawned on me that I was sitting at de-feat of an old mindset. My negative thought patterns had become demanding taskmasters. At the very threshold of defeat, a sweet sense of relief and release began to rise up within me, displacing my consternation.

The New can look like the old
The Holy Spirit interrupted my musings with welcome illumination:

“Do not call to mind the former things or ponder things
of the past. Behold I will do something new. Now it will spring forth.
Will you not be aware of it? …” Is. 43:18-19 NAS

Recognizing the NEW and the NOW
He emphasized that my awareness and heeding Him was the pathway to recognizing the NEW and the NOW. Staying on the path is an inside job… my spirit becoming more and more attuned to His Spirit within me. For of what good is recognizing the NEW if I’m not in tune with His timing, the NOW ??

“Seeing” (by the Spirit) is Believing
The Scripture “we walk by faith, not by sight” (11 Cor. 5:7) could be rendered:

“When we walk by faith we gain insight”

When I trust my inner knowings, I become in-sight-full. I trust – believe that– what I’m seeing/sensing is from the Lord.

My writer/friend Vreni would frown at my taking this out of context, but this phrase from Hab. 2:1 Ampl. so fits the flow, so here I go:

“I will in my thinking…watch and see what He will say within me.”

May your heart sing these melodies (Eph. 5:19; Prov. 4:23)

“Be thou my vision, O Lord of my heart”
From 8th Century Irish Hymn

“Open the eyes of my heart, Lord. I want to see you…”

Under the whether – 11-1-11
Since coming home from a short vacation, I’ve been “Under the whether” as to whether or not to press through to write the next devotion when there was no flow of thoughts within.

With the help of a Friend, I sensed I had begun to pride my Self on consistency in writing. Ah, there’s a clue…pride my Self. I define capitalized Self as “my usual behavior apart from seeking the leading of the Spirit”. Gives a whole new meaning to Self-made man or woman.

“What good is an idol carved by man? … How foolish to trust
in your own creation…” From Hab. 2:18

The Holy Spirit is even now directing my idol inventory. Actually, I didn’t even ask for help. He’s taking advantage of an agreement I made with Him to yield to His promptings as my Ghostwriter in crafting this devotion. Clearly, He broadened the scope of His position. And rightly so, I must admit.

“…you are the temple of the Holy Spirit Who dwells
within you…you are not your own.” 1 Cor. 6:19

Be still – UNTIL – The lack of flow of thoughts seems like proof-positive to “Do nothing ‘til you hear from me”… just not convincing evidence to my Self, ever poised to perform. The admonition to “wait” seemed like a weight. And then He spoke:

“Sow for yourself righteousness…and break up your
unplowed ground, for it is time to seek the Lord UNTIL
He comes to shower righteousness on you. Hos. 10:12

Convicted; convinced. Sowing righteousness – right-wise-ness – invaded my hearing, I could not evade the admonition that “it was time to seek the Lord UNTIL the shower/the flow was evident within me.

And the Spirit had more to convey….
Don’t get in a hurry or in a flurry – Discerning My Presence takes practice…and getting it wrong isn’t wrong – it’s practice – learning to hear more clearly. You have little of value to impart without My stirring in your heart. And the stirring may be ever so slight … so hearing does, indeed, take practice…and a refresher course is in order when Pride takes a fresh stand.

And NIX to a “gotta get it right” flurry. “Fear of being wrong will only lead you to moan, ‘Better to do nothing than to be wrong.’ (That was my theme song for sooo long.) The Holy Spirit gently reiterated, “Be still – (and then the surprise) UNTIL you’re reasonably sure it’s Me!” Yes, He is that full of grace towards us – eager to partner with us in our journey toward being perfected …both through our successes and our mishaps…for He looks at our hearts; at who we’re becoming within with Him.

AND SO I WAITED…I practiced…and now I’m reasonably sure…and peaceful.

“Practice what you have learned…and the God of peace will be with you.” From Phil. 4:9

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