God's plan for you, life changes, Making a choice, Puzzle pieces

IS YOUR LIFE LIKE A PUZZLE… PIECES EVERYWHERE?

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Have you ever felt like your life resembles a puzzle? Random pieces scattered everywhere. There are odd shaped pieces with only a tiny snippet of the big picture on the box.

I love to do puzzles! These days I do them mostly on my computer. From Sudoku and word puzzles, to jigsaw puzzles, I love them all.

 As I was doing a jigsaw puzzle on my computer one night, God began speaking to me. He wanted to teach me some lessons about life through my puzzle adventures.

Maker:S,Date:2017-11-23,Ver:6,Lens:Kan03,Act:Lar02,E-YThe jigsaw puzzle app I have on my computer has a neat feature that I love. When a piece is in the correct position, it clicks into place and you can’t move it. Almost as if to announce, this is the place I was designed to go.  As I am working on the puzzles, I often try to position a piece where I am positive it should go. An example of this is the puzzle picture on the left.  The piece on the outside of the puzzle was the one I was having trouble getting to fit where I thought it should go. I had placed the adjoining pieces to the right, top and bottom of where I was confident it would fit, but it did not click in. However, when I put the other remaining piece to the left of that spot, the final piece clicked right into place and the picture was completed!

Sometimes our lives can feel like a puzzle. For example­, let’s take a vision or dream we may have for our life. We have this picture of what we want it to look like, but all you can see are odd shaped pieces of your dream yet nothing seems to fit together. Just like with a jigsaw puzzle, you need to start looking at the pieces and a way to organize them. If you are like me, you start with the absolutes, like corners and edges to get the outline. Next, you separate the pieces into similar shapes, colors or themes and work from there.

Like a puzzle, God gives each of us pictures through dreams, visions, and desires that are a part of His plan for us…part of our destiny. When we embrace the vision or dream, a strong desire wells up in our heart. We can often try to make pieces of our puzzle fit into a spot that will not click into place.  This can be because either, it was never designed to go where we are trying to put it, or the timing is not just YET! What I’ve learned is that the puzzle pieces of our lives were created with a master plan and order. Often times, something else in His divine plan has to fit into place first before the next piece of our destiny is ready to be set into motion.

Father God knows what He is doing; He has the road mapped out for us and knows what needs to happen next in our lives. If we try to make something happen before it is time, we will force into place something that can easily be moved or shaken out of place. It may even change the picture God originally created for our life.

Sometimes my thought life is often my biggest challenge. Thoughts! I can feel like they are puzzle pieces floating around above my head. I try to reach out to grasp them and make them fit together. I found that scripture has really helped me to align my thoughts. Here are four I would like to share with you from The Passion Translation:

2 Corinthians 10:5 – We can demolish every deceptive fantasy that opposes God and break through every arrogant attitude that is raised up in defiance of the true knowledge of God. We capture, like prisoners of war, every thought and insist that it bow in obedience to the Anointed One.

Psalm 51:10Create a new, clean heart within me. Fill me with pure thoughts and holy desires, ready to please you.

Psalm 94:19Whenever my busy thoughts were out of control, the soothing comfort of your presence calmed me down and overwhelmed me with delight.

Philippians 4:8 – So keep your thoughts continually fixed on all that is authentic and real, honorable and admirable, beautiful and respectful, pure and holy, merciful and kind. And fasten your thoughts on every glorious work of God, praising him always.

My husband and I are walking through this right now as we look to purchase a new home and I take steps to begin a new recording project. My thoughts seem scattered … like puzzle pieces and my impatience to see my dreams fulfilled could cause me to rush into something that won’t be the right fit.  However, when I choose to soak in the presence of God, delight in Him, take prisoner my thoughts, insisting they bow in obedience to the Anointed One … then my anxious thoughts are changed. Now I can listen to hear His thoughts and plans for me.  I can then rest knowing things will fall into place the way God designed them too. I want all the puzzle pieces of my life to fit in the order He designed, so they cannot be moved out of place by anything the devil tries to throw at me.

Maker:S,Date:2017-11-23,Ver:6,Lens:Kan03,Act:Lar02,E-Y

If something in your life doesn’t seem to be fitting into place, don’t despair. Ask Father
God to show you if the piece you are trying to place in the picture is part of His plan for your life. Perhaps He has something else planned for you right now before this piece is ready for its place. God’s plans are perfect for each of us and will fit together wonderfully to form a beautiful, complete picture … in His time!

 

 

Note: A HUGE thank you to Zoë Monserrate for her amazing editing job on this blog. 

 

 

 

 

 

Making a choice

Breaking out of my prison called shame.

BREAKING OUT OF MY PRISON CALLED SHAME!
https://i2.wp.com/www.clker.com/cliparts/9/3/1/b/1206578721112928526johnny_automatic_vacant_prison_cell.svg.med.pngFor many years I lived in a prison called shame. Because of the abuse of my childhood, shame was a place I learned to live and grow used to. The bars of this place held me captive and kept me bound. I ate, slept, and became isolated in my prison cell of shame. It was a garment I wore well. I learned how to survive, but not how to live. Staying in my little cell of distrust, fear and wearing my “everything’s okay” mask, not letting anyone get too close, made me feel a bit safer. Shame is a prison that keeps you locked away from the person God created you to be and from fulfilling the destiny He has for you. God wants to blast open those prison doors and set you free! He has done that in my life and here is the key I found that released me from that prison of shame I lived in.

 

HIS LOVE!!

That’s right folks. While I had heard, from the time I was a little girl, that God loved me, I never really believed it. You see, the key to my prison door had already been used to unlock that door and set me free from my prison, but I didn’t know it. I did not know I could walk out of my prison of shame. God had already given me His unconditional love, but I didn’t believe it. I may have known it with a head knowledge, but that was as deep as it went. I did not have a real revelation of it, one that would make me truly believe it. I couldn’t see His unconditional love for me past the shame and so was unable to open the door and get out of my prison.
About 15 years ago, I started hearing more teaching on God’s love for me. I started to realize that there was something about really understanding God’s love for me — that if I could see it and know it – His love could really change my life. I began to ask God to help me see myself as He did, to show me how much He loved me. I began looking up every scripture I could find on how God the Father sees me and what He says about me. WOW! What a change started to happen. The more I began to understand that God did not base how much He loved me — by how good I was, how much I did to try to make myself better, on anything I could do to seem more acceptable — the more free I became. When I began seeing, that when He looked at me, He did not see the mess of my past, but instead He saw the beauty of who I was; I was able to take off that garment of shame I had been wearing. As I began, not only to have just a head knowledge of His great love for me, but to know and see with my heart, my whole being, from deep inside of me that God truly did love All of me, just the way I was, unconditionally, that allowed me to see that the door to my prison cell called shame was unlocked. I could open it and walk out of that prison and I did. I am free to be all God created me to be. I still have to remind myself of this from time to time when I am hit with a reminder of something that happened in my past, but now I know what to do. I take those feelings of shame, regret, pain, hurt, whatever they may be and lay them in God’s lap and He overtakes them with His love and I can see them disintegrate and be dissolved into nothing. God wants to do this for you. He wants you to break out of your prison of shame, defeat, fear, whatever your prison may be. Open yourself to His great love for you. Ask Him to reveal to
you the depth of His love for you, to give you a new picture of how He sees you, of how great is His love for you. Believe it, receive it fully and accept it. It will change your life. I know this to be true!!

Check out this link of things I say over myself taken from scripture that tells how God sees me.  It has been a great help to me and will be to you also.  Click here.
Sharon Hock

Making a choice, Preparing yourself, Thinking positively

Are you thinking yourself to death or to life?

This morning before leaving to lead worship at a church in Chambersburg I help out once a month,  I was listening to Joel Osteen’s broadcast.  He was telling a story that really made an impression on me.  Joel tells the story of a man who was a chronic worrier, always thinking about the worst that could happen to him.  One day at his job he got locked in one of the refrigerated box cars without his radio or cell phone and no one was around.  When he realized he was locked in, he panicked and started yelling and pounding on the door, doing this for hours until his hands were bleeding and he lost his voice.  He knew he was in a refrigerated boxcar where the temperature was usually below freezing.  He began to fear the worse, that he would not make it out and would freeze to death. He must have thought that he would not get out that night alive.  The more he thought about it, the more cold he became until he was shaking from the cold. He found a cardboard box and wrote on it “So cold, body getting numb, these might be my last words”.   The next morning when workers came and opened that steel doors to the boxcar they found him curled up in the corner, dead.  The autopsy report revealed that he had indeed frozen to death.   The amazing thing about this story is that the refrigeration unit in that car was never even on, the temperature was at 61 degrees.   The man died because the thing he feared came upon him even though it was not the truth of what was actually happening. Continue reading “Are you thinking yourself to death or to life?”