Thursday, June 20, 2013

On my own ... really?

If you're like me & love "Les Miserables" - then you too are singing Eponine's heart wrenching song...

If you're not... then we can't be friends... (I'm KIDDING)

But if you are singing it, then we will be best friends, OK?

Moving onward & upward to my thought of the day...

I was 19 years old...

One year out of high school, holding a full time job in an office.

I had the dignified job description of a "File Clerk"... fancy, huh?

Yep, spent all my day in one HUGE room of files & I had to pull them every day for each department of an insurance company.  Then put them back in the designated place after they were finished.  Mind bending work, let me tell you.

But I felt so grown up... making money on my own... moving up in the world.

So what do you do when you have money?  You want to make sure you spend every bit of it... & so me & my best friend decided it was time to get our own apartment together.

That's what you do when you move up in the world...

You break free on your own....

Yes... my  musical side is now making me go back to some singing Zac Efron & High School Musical... We're breaking free...

Breaking free

.....I need to put "be in a musical" on my bucket list....

I remember moving out of my parent's house.  It was exciting, but I was also heartbroken about leaving the safety & security of my home... but it's what you feel like you have to do.  You can't live at home forever.  And if you do, people look at you funny :)

It's about growing up, taking responsibility, becoming your own person...

That's what happens... & its how things should work...

But I never thought about it from God's perspective until I read in this week's Bible study where it said on page 213,

"God never meant for us to be self sufficient.  Dependable, yes.  Responsible, yes. Confident, yes
.... Self-sufficient, No"

We do try to take on everything on our own... to show the world we are independent, we are strong, we can handle whatever is going on...

But scripture is clear
"Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches.  Those who remain in me, & I in them, will produce much fruit.  For apart from me, you can do nothing" -John 15:5

WOW... apart from Him, we can do nothing...

Nothing... that's a big word...

All because we've thought we could handle things on our own...

So guess what... you don't have to do everything on your own...
Isn't that so nice to be reminded?

Ask God to be your strength & deliverer...

To me, its just such a comfort to know that when we feel like we have to grow up, become the responsible adult we need to be, we are always the Child of God...


  1. First let me confess...I've never even seen Les Mis. Or High School Musical for that matter. Don't hate me. ;)

    As for the other, I find it such a relief to know I have a father I can turn to for anything and everything, who WANTS me to do that.

    My parents prepped and pushed me to be independent from a very young age and now in adulthood I've found that I am most often the one in the family who has all the responsibility of maintaining the household. Some days it's just too much and when there's no where to turn here...I can crawl up in the lap of my heavenly Father and know that he will listen, he will see me through, that I don't have to do it alone.

  2. Wow! Those are powerful words this morning and you know something...God never fails to speak and He knew I needed to read those words today.

    At the point I am at in life I feel like I am constantly battling being self-sufficient and relying on God. That was pretty much a wake-up call for me.

    thank you.

  3. Girlfriend, first of all, Be In A Musical! Please! Be in one! I'll fly out? Over? Up? Down? And watch and cheer you on. Oh, yes I will.

    I love the connection between being footloose (you may start your singing.... NOW) and fancy free for the first time as a young adult - and the constant need to depend on our God despite that freedom. Or maybe, especially because of???

    Wonderful encouragement. And laughs. :)

  4. I hope the fact that I love Disney will cover the fact that I did not like Les Mis at all and that we can still be friends.

    Now as to the other, it is so wonderful to know we don't have to be self sufficient and that He is always there for us. I can't even imagine living without Him.

  5. I think we all need to be reminded that we can do nothing! I often try it my way first, then when I fall flat, I remember I'm supposed to be giving it all to Him!

    Thanks for a timely reminder!

    I left home and married at 17 .....I don't recommend doing that and wish I had stayed home with my parents until I was really ready!

  6. "God never meant for us to be self sufficient. Dependable, yes. Responsible, yes. Confident, yes
    .... Self-sufficient, No", I loved ready that. I am nothing without Christ and even when I was just going through the motions in my Christian life God was right beside me, drawing back to Him and making me realize I needed to surrender my control. Nothing is a big word, but sometimes we miss seeing that. I never saw Le Miserable but wanted to. Blessings on your journey with God.

  7. I like the thought of always being His child.


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