I love doing puzzles. I can sit for hours and hours, stay up late, and get up early to work on one. It's a distraction for me. It allows my brain to take a break from all the analytical things I do daily. It's relaxing for me.
I always start by separating all the pieces into groups - border pieces, similar color patterns, and different shapes within the color patterns. Then, I put the border together and work my way in. Sometimes, I'll get a group of pieces that fit together, and have no idea where they belong in the big scheme. There's a craziness to my logic, but it works for me. The closer I get to completion, the more excited I get. I am excited about starting. I'm excited throughout the process. But when it's all completed, I love it for the moment, and then I want to move on to a new puzzle.
When I was thinking about putting a puzzle together, I thought about God. The good news is that He doesn't work from the outside in. He works from the inside out. He is our Creator, and He knows where all the pieces go. He knows our joy and sorrow. He knows all about our pain and hurt. He knows our successes and failures. He knows how to interlock all of our pieces. Psalm 139:1 -2 Declares, "O Lord, you have searched me [thoroughly] and have known me. You know when I sit down and when I rise up [my entire life, everything I do]; You understand my thought from afar."
Thank God, I'm not a puzzle that He needs to figure out or something that He starts over again and again. He's a faithful Father that created me and because of this, He knows where all the pieces go and that I'll only be complete in Him.
God knows all of you. "You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit them together in my mother’s womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! It is amazing to think about. Your workmanship is marvelous—and how well I know it. You were there while I was being formed in utter seclusion! You saw me before I was born and scheduled each day of my life before I began to breathe. Every day was recorded in your book!" Psalm 139:13-16 TLB
God will work on you until completion. "I am convinced and confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will [continue to] perfect and complete it until the day of Christ Jesus [the time of His return]." Philippians 1:6 AMP
God never leaves you. "And the Lord, he it is that doth go before thee; he will be with thee, he will not fail thee, neither forsake thee: fear not, neither be dismayed." Deuteronomy 31:8
By doing these things…over time, I’ve been learning how to incorporate Christ into every area of my life.
Below are two books that God has inspired me to write. "The Flip Side" and "Blinded By Sight: The Heart Matters" both available now.
So… what’s this book about?
“The Flip Side” depicts the possible feelings and emotions of lesser-known Biblical characters as they navigated their lives in the shadows of the more popular characters in the Bible. While the Bible gives us snippets of their stories, we are usually left in the dark about their true motives, desires, and thoughts concerning the situations they are in. However, one certainty is that despite how little we know about these characters, they were often the catalysts to pivotal moments in the main characters’ lives.
So… what’s this book about?
Join me on a journey of self-discovery. “Blinded by Sight - The Heart Matters” is a compilation of short biblical devotions. These stories are not conclusive. They are depictions of how God is revealing my heart to me.
My prayer is, Lord, make it real for me, show me your heart, show me my heart, and give me the wisdom to change what hinders my relationship with you. I am learning that my perception is my biggest obstacle it affects my mind, what I think, and how I process my experiences. What I have experienced in my mind is expressed through my feelings and these experiences dictate my choices either consciously or subconsciously.
This devotional will allow you to explore and evaluate your past and present situations that have hindered you from seeing the heart of the matter. Simply put, look at the heart – it does matter. Your future depends on it!
I sought the Lord, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears. Psalms 34:4