I Need A Bath!
Tammy Tangent Tuesdays
Hello Beautiful! I pray you’ve been having a blessed week filled with strength to keep pressing in along with a huge supply of patience sojourning this side of heaven. It’s that time again; it’s Tammy Tangent Tuesdays!
I don't know about you, but I'm filthy and stained! I need daily cleansing. I'm not as white as snow as I'd like to be. I've been wallowing through the muck and yuck of mundane tasks on top of demanding peeps. I need the purifying cleansing that only being bathed in God's peace can accomplish!
When we rest in His grace and are cleansed by His living waters, God bestows His Love that lathers up and washes away the filth that is clouding our lenses and keeping us in the wrong neighborhood (mindset). Those little irritants can add up quickly when we allow them to brew inside our hearts. It's amazing how easy it is to become bitter and impatient, snapping on those who dare come within a few feet of us.
Bathing In His Love
God wants us to bathe in His peace as He lathers us with His Great Love, His grace and His tender mercies. We would bode well if we made it a part of our daily regimen, bathing in His soothing waters of life and peace through prayer and time spent in His Word. God wants to give us the simple pleasures of life, like bath time.
Light a few candles and immerse yourself into how faithful God has been bringing you through the day or through the tough month. Immerse yourself into these purifying waters and take a deep breath and reflect. This is probably one of the hardest areas for us busy women to accomplish, but it's so worth the discipline.
One of the fruits of the spirit is self-control (Galatians 5:22-23). This governs our decisions and lifestyle choices and attitudes. This radiance is where we witness the changes in our character that emulate more of the life of Christ. Rest is a weapon God uses to bless us with.
We can never forget that Rest is a weapon God blesses us with. After all, even God rested after the sixth day of work. The enemy hates when we rest because he wants us stressed out and preoccupied!
God was up to something unique when He added the element of rest to our lives. If the Lord God Almighty rested on the seventh day (Genesis 2:2-3), that means His Beloveds need rest for restoration and reunification. How else can we get refilled? Goditude mindsets take discipline. After all, we need solitude time to be still and snuggle in close to the Lord. We can’t let ourselves feel guilty when we take our own time out! There’s comfort found here, even Jesus took time out for solitude (Mark 1:35).
That's what I love about Ephesians 1:4, it reminds us of what God foreknew, “For He chose us in Him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in His sight. In love…” There’s no way being holy and blameless can be accomplished when we’re overwhelmed and stressed out.
Needs are endless with the pulling and tugging on our time and hearts. I am trying to be a Beloved that understands this need to practice the discipline of solitude. Bathtubs help Beloveds push pause, so let’s take a bubble bath and get cleansed so the filth of our days and our exhausting journeys won’t rub off onto others!
If we’re going to be radiant in a dirty and polluted world, we need self-control to be still and allow our minds to be renewed so we can walk in love. As St. Augustine said, Love grows within us…“for love is the beauty of the soul.”
“Since love grows within you, so beauty grows. For love is the beauty of the soul.”
Weekly Challenge: The Lord wants His Beloveds radiant. Let’s make a lifetime discipline choice this week to allow ourselves 10, 15 minutes each day to become one with the Spirit in order to quiet our minds while washing away the filth of each day. This will empower us with the ability to think His thoughts.
Lord, we enter your presence with thanksgiving and praise. We love you, Lord. For your Love is good and endures forever. We pray that you would refresh our bodies as you renew our strength. As Beloveds, we yearn and crave to be restored. We desire to be more like you and we thank you for the transformation taking place as You renew our minds. Thank you for this quiet time of reflection as you awaken us to our need to be at rest while we’re still working this side of heaven.
Until next time…
Thank You For Being Beautiful You!