I am so excited to have a guest today, my friend Pat Layton. Today, I’m giving away a copy of Pat’s new book, Life Unstuck: Finding Peace with Your Past, Purpose in Your Present and Passion for Your Future.
Happy, noisy chatter filled the air. Plates clanked. Wrestling kids invaded all available floor space. It was the first night of our much-anticipated family vacation. Our crew of five had joined with another family of five for a wonderful week in the cool air of the Great Smokey Mountains.
After a raucous dinner, I had graciously (if I must say so myself) agreed to clean up the dishes while the crew prepared to let the board games begin.
I dug around in the cabinets of the amazing mountain house we had rented and could not find any dishwasher detergent. I did, however, find a small bottle of JOY, dishwashing soap! I know, I can feel you cringing, but I thought—just a tiny bit will do the trick, right?!!
I was well on my way to winning the first round of SCRABBLE when my husband looked at me, horrified and hysterical, as he declared in a not-so-unfamiliar voice “Lucy, you’ve’ got some splainin’ to do”.
(Maybe you recognize this line from the old show, “I Love Lucy”. That phrase “you’ve got some splainin’ to do” had become my husbands favorite way to capture my frequent DIZZY moments throughout our marriage. Kind of like when your Mother calls you by your entire name—you know it’s serious!)
Much to the group’s chagrin, a soap mountain was rolling its way towards the family room! We were STUCK in the middle of a hot mess and the planned night of fun and games metamorphosed into a tedious, group-cleaning project.
Life can be like that, can’t it? Just when we’re sailing smoothly through life, messy moments come along and get
us STUCK! When heartbreak, shame, loss, fear, failure and hopelessness roll upon us like those soapsuds, the GOOD NEWS is that God has a clean-up plan for your Life Unstuck in the 24 timeless verses of Palms 139.
1) See yourself as God sees you! (Psalm 139:1-6)
Whether you feel it or not! The Bible clearly says that God created you, He SEES you and has a plan for your life that is GOOD! So start getting UNSTUCK by claiming the good He has created in you! Start getting UNSTUCK by examining the possibilities!
Who are you?
What do you love?
What makes your heart soar?
What makes you happy? Sad? Hurt?
2) Sometimes we have to go back to get ahead! (Psalm 139: 7-12)
I read so many pithy quotes on Instagram that tell us to leave the past behind and just move on. The ultimate need for that is very true but sometimes we get STUCK when we don’t confront what is still hurting from the past.
Do what you need to do to place the past in the past and be able to use it for your future?
3) The Purpose of life is a life of Purpose! (Psalm 139:13-18)
Embrace what God is doing in your life right now—today! Not looking at the past or even the future but what is He doing Today? So often we are so busy wanting to get out of what is going on, we miss the work God is doing in the NOW! He has a purpose for our present! Lets allow ourselves to rest in the moment God has given us.
Where can we reflect His love?
How can we act as His hands and feet?
What is His assignment for me today?
4) God wants to turn your Passion into His passionate pursuit! (Psalm 139:19-24)
God is where we get our strength. He is where we find our purpose and fuel our passion. He is where we get our direction and our provision. He is ultimately where we find our completed intimacy. No man is big enough, smart enough, strong enough or faithful enough. Only God can meet our needs through face-to-face encounters with Him, through His Word and His Spirit.
God breathes into us what he wants out of us! God gives us power when we are worn out and a clean up plan when we make messes.
Trust me, I know!
Take some time today, will you, friend? Allow God to reveal where He is working in your life today and where He might be leading for your Life Unstuck!
Today, I am giving away a copy of Pat’s new book, Life Unstuck. To enter for the chance to win, enter in the comments below which one of the 4 points resonated with you. If you are in a hurry today, just enter, “I’m in!”. I will announce the winner on Friday.