Accepting and opening your gift.

I need…I honestly don’t know what I need, but I feel a longing and need so strong that it’s all I can think about.  I’m looking for something…I’m constantly looking…what am I looking for?  Where is the peace and rest in You?  Where is the contentment?  These words seem to describe the condition of so many of us…many of us who belong to Christ.

I’ve been pondering that question as I struggle with the same feelings of restlessness.  As I prayed and journaled and wrote out my PRAYer (P-Praise, R-Repentance, A-Ask, Y-Yes) I began to sense an answer.  Peace, satisfaction and contentment are gifts from the Holy Spirit, they are available but we have to accept them.  We have to take the gift, remove the wrapping paper and all the scotch tape, open the box and remove the gift.  Wait…we’re not finished yet!  After the gift is opened, we have to read the instructions in order to see results.  In my case, I have to read the instructions numerous times and then ask for help!

We have to accept peace, satisfaction and contentment…we have to take them out…read the Bible to see how to activate them…we have to practice handling them in order to achieve maximum results…WE HAVE TO GO THROUGH THIS PROCESS EVERYDAY!  Therein lies the secret…it’s a discipline.

Ecclesiastes 3:12-13 I know that there is nothing better for people than to be happy and to do good while they live.  That each of them may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all their toil – this is a gift from God.

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