My friends are mostly Christian housewives and mothers. I spend most of my time volunteering in some aspect at my girls’ private Christian school. I coached soccer for a few years and now I’m the sports photographer. I’ve been an owner (read: member) of my church NewSpring for almost 9 years. From the outside people would believe that my life is simple and pretty together. The TRUTH is that it’s not.
Like many of you, my life has been and sometimes still is a mess. I spend some days not even wanting to get out of bed. I drop my girls off at school, come home and crawl back into my safe haven.
But, today I have some profound advice for you.
Are you ready?
Get out of the bed!
I mean this both literally and figuratively. Some of us literally need to crawl out of bed, get dressed, and make some overdue, life-changing decisions. Others of us have no problem getting out of the bed; yet we’re sleep-walking through life. We’re living the lie that we aren’t in control when, in fact, we are. But, it’s far easier to slump around letting life happen to us than it is for us to make better choices for ourselves.
One choice I’ve decided to make is to SHUT THE DOOR.
God has closed the door on many things that I’ve insisted on holding on to. Jobs, old friends, my past. A very good friend shared her new motto with me. She said she was going to Shut The Door on the things that have been dragging her down. I added, “And, change the locks!” Shutting the door is only the 1st step. Sometimes we keep opening the door to those things God has already shut the door on. Just like the Israelites, we begin to miss the bondage we were so desperate to be delivered from.
CHANGE THE LOCKS
Things of the past that I spent years holding onto are slowly disappearing because I shut the door and changed the locks. Sometimes we expect blog posts, devotionals, and good preaching to change our lives. They’re just catalysts and tools. We actually have to get out of the bed and do the work. Changing the locks is the beginning of that work.
The other day I was introduced to the song “Let It Go”. If you have a young daughter, you probably know all the words. Having never seen the movie FROZEN I didn’t actually know the words to this song, but I noticed that I could actually relate to the part of the song that says “Let it go, let it go. Turn my back and slam the door.”
Wisdom is everywhere.
Proverbs 1:20-22 says:
20 Listen! Wisdom is calling out in the streets and marketplaces, 21 calling loudly at the city gates and wherever people come together: 22 “Foolish people! How long do you want to be foolish? How long will you enjoy making fun of knowledge? Will you never learn?
And, now, a little Blythe Adams wisdom for you:
1. Get out BED! Everyday is a new adventure.
It’s all about perspective. We serve a God who delights in blessing us. Pastor Perry Noble says, “If it ain’t good, God ain’t done.” Get out of bed, and know God is working on your behalf.
Shut SLAM the door and CHANGE the locks!
If you’re going in circles like a merry-go-round, you haven’t slammed the door and changed the locks yet. Give those keys to God, girl. God is always doing a NEW thing. And, I know you want to be a part of the miracles he’s performing everyday.
3. Be prepared for Rainy Days.
Those hide-under-the-cover days are inevitable, but I want you to know that even in your darkest times, you are not alone. There is always someone, somewhere who has been where you are. If you need some sisters of faith to rally around you, email firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ve got your back!