Kristine Cucinotta Murphy
No poem today, just something that has been weighing on my heart and in my mind of my own mind.
Mindset is where it’s at. And, what we need to pay attention to is our mindset and to check and recheck it often. So we are always ready to be a willing vessel in and out of season without distraction, frustration or annoyance.
When our mindset is on ourselves and what we want, how we want and when we want, we slowly drift away like an unanchored ship heading to be shipwrecked in distractions, annoyances and frustrations that ultimately end in anger and or rage; a wrath that sins in anger. Pride slowly creeps in and loosens our grip of self control to allow God to move and have control.
19 Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil;
20 Whither the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus, made an high priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.
When our mind is anchored in Jesus, we have the right mindset of awareness, being awake and alert in the Holy Spirit to be ready to be obedient and serve our Mighty God.
Some of you might share the same irritability as myself in regards to being woke up from sleep. If not, we all have experienced an annoyance. And my annoyance was, being bothered when I want nothing but to be far away in a hard sleep to rest and not have to deal with anything. Always been that way.
In my singleness years, a grown adult, on my own without a soul around and no one to blame but myself. Hah, God is funny like that. I would scream at God for always being woke up by something. I wasn’t getting what I wanted and it frustrated me to anger so much.
Then, even though I didn’t deserve it, God gave me eyes to see and ears to hear, to notice I was getting woke up to write devotions or poems, help someone, or pray for someone. And, if I didn’t wake up to do either of them, I lost my opportunity to. That started weighing extremely heavy on my heart.
God chose the best hours of my enjoyed sleep to have me serve him, turned my heart into remorse as I would call on him, ” Send me, I will go!” And, he was faithful to answer my call and hold me to it. But, when he would call me, I refused. “Not now God!” How true was my heart to serve a mighty God when I was unwilling to move my feet in his time, not mine? Not true at all.
My greatest peeve is others not living a life of integrity. And, all the while I wasn’t. I only wanted to serve him when I felt like it or when I said so. My cries to have God use me evaporated like a vapor, turning into burning coals on mine own head, when I would deny him waking me up to use me.
My irritated annoyance quickly vanished away into humbly waking up looking and listening to what God wanted from me in what ever hour it was. My mindset changed from what I want to what God wants and the willingness to lose sleep or whatever it was I was gonna lose to serve him.
The rope to my anchor in that mindset started to slip away again. Finding myself in more adversities, I only desired more sleep again to feel better and rest from the aches, miseries and pains in my body. Not even realizing it until seeing someone else frustrate all the time. And their mindset on themselves, not going with the flow and let God move.
1 Corinthians 6:19-20
What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?
20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.
How God shows us the truth of us, be it in the desert, or in the wilderness all alone or around others on the mountain top or in the valley of the shadow of death, is a powerful and lasting conviction in our heart to change our thoughts and ways of our mind. And, the only way we can change them is to wrap our rope tight again, setting our mind totally and completely in Christ, our anchor in obedience to serve him at any time in any way.
1 Peter 5:8 – Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:“–Philippians 2:5 –