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Shady, Lifeline Idiosyncrasies


Lifelines are necessary. Lifelines can be categorized through our parents, families, friends; maybe our pets? Ok….

We have to hold on to something. By nature some of us hold onto a lot more than others, (like my husband’s collections of collectibles) but I won’t expose those culprits.

Do we define ourselves by these lifelines? I have.

Heritage/ family history often shapes our existence. God created families so that must be a good thing? Well, yes and no.

A good family history is a blessing. Not so good may leave scarred, torn and pained descendants who wish they had another lifeline.

We don’t have to accept that which has crept into our blood that is rotten, soiled or needs fumigating. In fact, we should dispose of traits we find going against God’s word.

I wasn’t so sure I interpreted that to mean my family  imperfections may need tweaking? Or addressing? Or a complete overhaul!

Unfortunately the latter converted itself to the forefront of deliverance.

Well. Let me tell you something about God.



Isaiah 40: 31 “Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.  They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”

Why? He will. He is faithful in all areas even the ones you don’t want him to be.

In fact God is so faithful, he gives overhauls for free!

I can vouch for this as his daily classrooms have been tedious, heart wrenching, oh so painful and embarrassing.

And to think I thought I had it all together. Ha! What a joke!

So, you ask, “how’d he teach you to unload evils, flaws, faults and shady, lifeline  idiosyncrasies?”

Well. He isn’t finished. We are still in class. The work seems infinite.

Categorically the grandest lesson I have learned had nothing to do with any negative, ancestral curses.

What started out, as a revolutionary, deep-rooted investigation of my war-wearied soul has turned into a long-lasting, thirst for his presence.

What I began as a marathon of ridding myself of  unsightly traits became an awakening of who I could be through him.

His presence grows while life hits you.

His presence creates a supernatural atmosphere surrounding you.

His presence is an all-encompassing, 24/7 offering of all he represents.

His presence flows like water through your veins like rain in a desert.

Isaiah 58:11 “The LORD will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land  and will strengthen your frame.
You will be like a well-watered garden,  like a spring whose waters never fail.”

His presence frames you with his character, personality and joy.

What I viewed as a boring, long-winded professor opting to drag me out of my lingering delirium has been the proverbial walk in the park; the light at the end of the tunnel.

What I presumed to be a dredge on my day is presently my highlight, food and lifeline.

As I learn who he is, I change. As I read his word, I gain knowledge and wisdom.

As I sit quietly before him, I just want more.

As I move forward in his faithfulness, mine flourishes.

Are you afraid of allowing God to have all of you?  Get over it.

It doesn’t matter who your family is or the generous doses of generational strongholds they may hand down.

God can stop them with you.





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17 thoughts on “Shady, Lifeline Idiosyncrasies

  1. Very nice post. I can so relate to the line: “What started out, as a revolutionary, deep-rooted investigation of my war-wearied soul has turned into a long-lasting, thirst for his presence.”

    Reminds me of a verse that has been on my heart lately: “My soul longs, yes, even faints For the courts of the Lord; My heart and my flesh cry out for the living God.” (Psalm 84:2)

    Thanks for sharing and God bless! 🙂

  2. “…It doesn’t matter who your family is or the generous doses of generational strongholds they may hand down.

    God can stop them with you…”

    Amen! I love these words.

  3. Amen! Great Post!
    God Bless You!

  4. i really enjoyed reading this. thank u for sharing

  5. Sounds like you and I have something in common… I, too, am on a heart-wrenching journey – and I, like you, am finding that what my soul most needs is just more of Him. Hard work? You bet. Worthwhile? ABSOLUTELY!

    • Yes, while on the journey God teaches us to trust him. And I have found the trust is already there but naturally God exposes it to myself. I really thought I didn’t have any faith….God has shown me otherwise..Blessings and thanks for visiting!

  6. There is always a root for that which seeks to hold us captive. If we cooperate with God and dig it up in our generation, it will not be passed on. Then the one who set us free becomes the one we can not live without. 🙂 Great post!

  7. I recently saw the same message on a church sign in my hometown! It caught my attention and I had to question my level of commitment. Have I really surrendered and abandoned ALL to God’s full custody? As Oswald Chambers questioned in a devotion: have I given Him my vacations and even the new books I plan to read??

    • Cristal, I could only write this having done it in the last 5 years. We are so attached to what we think we are suppose to be attached to and yet that hinders everything in our lives.

      Placing God first shows us the truth even when it hurts. Once done we learn that no matter what our lifeline none should be offended; after all we are not perfect.

      Cathy Craig Neil, PMIC/Guardian Property Management, LLC 803-840-1946 blog: http://www.craigmotor.wordpress.com author/columnist: http://www.believers.bay.com

  8. Love it … great post!

    If you dont mind I would love to reblog this!
    I think this really makes sense of what we go through as believers. It also reminds me of Paul and the thorn in his flesh and whatever it was he was dealing with kept him humble and seeking Gods face.

    • I just now got this message. My email is all messed up! I am missing emails, some don’t get sent, some I get 3-5 times over and over. And I can’t change it! Sorry I missed this but you can reblog any of mine. I want to reblog that last one of yours about following myself!

  9. Reblogged this on Strader612 and commented:
    Another Awesome Post by an awesome woman of God. Totally love this … great read! ENjoy and Happy Blogging !!!

  10. Why do we think WE have to fix ourselves? And what a relief to know that HE will “give us an overhaul for free.” Thanks for an encouraging post!

    • Judy, thanks for commenting! So glad I don’t have to fix myself! A learning journey is getting closer to God. I love it that he takes so much time with those who seek him!

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