Opposition & Obedience

“Hi. My name is Sharita, and I have issues with obedience.”

(Insert chorus of “HI SHARITA” here.)

Sigh. Maybe I’m the only one… But my stubborn, driven nature sure provides opposition to my call to be obedient to the Lord.

I’m dealing with that right now. The seasons of our life in our family are changing and I think I am in denial. I had a good groove going, and now God is shaking up my little snow globe life, changing things all around.

I don’t mind change. I really don’t. Only I was really digging the chug-a-lug of the way things were.

However, He’s calling me out. And as I try to listen, I am faced with opposition from a variety of directions. Here’s a little opposition list, in no particular order.

1. The world. This wonderful (fallen-sigh) world that we live in is all about success, cash, being driven, self-gratification, more-is-more mentality. But all of that goes against the principles that Christ laid out before us. It makes things complicated.

2. The enemy. Oh yeah, can’t forget about this jerkface. The author of destruction and confusion gets all up in my grill, wreaking havoc on best intentions. This sneaky punk has a way with selling little half truth-lies to my brain/heart. And let’s not forget that Satan has a tendency to use GOOD things to distract us from GOD’S BEST. Have I mentioned that he is REALLY good at his job?

3. Myself. This is probably the biggest issue that I face. My flesh. My brain. My will. Me, me, ME. The first two opposing factors of obedience really accentuate the challenges that I have with the “Me factor.” However, as of late, God has really convicted me (again)… And here’s why…

As I mentioned in a previous post, I am very excited about the fact that this sweet blog/ministry is over a year old. I was stoked that I was able to blog plus/minus five days per week for a year. But in the last several weeks, God has spoken to me and called me to go something of a different direction with gentle (but heart-tugging) reminders like:

“Remember daughter, you are NOT defined by what you do, but by WHO you are in Christ.” 

“Be Still… And Know… That I AM Lord.” 

“When you work, remember WHO you are working for… You are employed by ME.” 

That being said, my Big Boss upstairs has called me to a season of SLOWING DOWN. (He has instigated this mandatorily through my continued struggle with pneumonia and other physical junk.) I have struggled taking time to rest and be with Him via Sabbath and regular sabbaticals. And this inability to physically slow down is spilling over into my spiritual/emotional life.

So, in a challenging act of obedience, I am taking a few weeks to reduce my blogging from daily (aka  five days a week) to three days a week. It might be temporary. It might be permanent-ish. Only God knows. (Literally.)

It kind of freaks me out. Because I like my routine. But I know that the Lord knows what He is doing. Plus, He has called my husband to tackle another month of the 7 Experiment by Jen Hatmaker... So for the next month we are fasting MEDIA. As in, no TV, no digital games and minimal Facebook/Twitter time for me (to simply keep my ministry going.) I am allowed 8 min per day on Facebook, 5 or less on Twitter. (And yes, I use a timer.) Oh, and absolutely no technology after my hubby walks in the door from a day of drill sergeant-ing.  Which is a great excuse to try out this less-computer, more-Jesus lifestyle.

I am not quite sure what this new season looks like for us… But I am excited to see what God is going to do!

Overruling the Opposition to Obedience,

PS: Where do you struggle most in your life with being obedient to God? What are your biggest obstacles or opposition? It would be so encouraging to hear about how God lifts you up through your experiences. Leave a comment below!

“Our tools are ready at hand for clearing the ground of every obstruction and building lives of obedience into maturity.” ~2 Corinthians 10:6 (MSG) 

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14 thoughts on “Opposition & Obedience

  1. kelliwommack

    Love this. God will bless your obedience.

  2. Tracy

    I concur with Kelli! God has you, this blog…everything! Praying for the transition…may you experience a new level of intimacy and joy with Jesus. HE is what matters, amen?

    • AMEN, sister Tracy- I am so bad about getting distracted by the WHAT and forgetting the WHO as in, WHO I am really doing this for 🙂 Thanks for your encouragement… and I still owe you a skype call!

  3. I struggle with making time with God daily. I talk with Him throughout my day as I work, clean etc… but I do not make the “quiet time” with him. Where He has my undivided attention. My obstacle is ..I’m a single mother with a VERY ACTIVE 3 year old who is with me pretty much 24/7! She rises with me, and goes to bed with me…so it’s difficult to find..no..to MAKE time to just sit in quiet prayer or meditation or be in His word. I know I can make a way, by getting up earlier in the mornings (so not a morning person BLAH!) or laying down with her earlier at night and get back up once she’s asleep….just have to be obedient! I want this time with Him…just have to make it work!Thanks for sharing…this one really hit me!

    • So glad these words spoke to you, Kristie… I am lifting you up in prayer today that God will help you make a way to MAKE time with Him, even with your sweet lil girl on your trail 🙂

  4. Hi Sharita,

    Love how you hit all the obstacles to obedience, and I agree with you, I think my biggest one is me. For me, it is a trust issue, and reminding myself of who He is and His love and wisdom, and how I can trust whenever I obey, it is ultimately for my good and for His glory. Cheering for you as you obey Him.

    Nice to meet you! Linked up behind you at GDWJ

    • Hi there Dolly! I love your comment– when we are able to trust we can obey and it’s good for us and His glory. (My “word” for 2012 is dependence/trust, so I totally get this.) Thanks so much for your great insight and I appreciate you stopping by 🙂

  5. Mama Lex

    You will be blest for your obedience and grow and mature as a Christian woman. I so look forward to your daily blogs and I will miss them but I believe less of them will make me appreciate and apply them more personally to my life. Since I obediently made time for God early mornings I, too have been blest. I love you my sweet daughter!!

    • Thanks so much for your support, Ma… I know this is going to be quite the transition for me, but this week in my continued exhaustion from my bout with pneumonia and stuff, I have been very relieved that I DON’T have to blog everyday. Praying God brings great fruit from this time. Love you much!

  6. Wow sister, I have the sneaking suspicion that God is really blessing you! Thanks for sharing… ~ Love, Amy 🙂

    • I agree with you Amy– He’s stretching me and forcing me to let go of DOING and focus on BEING… A very hard thing for me, but no doubt a blessing 🙂 Love you!

  7. First things first…hi!

    Now that’s covered. Second, I have no idea how you blog five times a week. I don’t know of many who do. I’m excited to hear the follow-up on this. Do you miss it? Do you know crave three days? We will see for sure.

    Third, I am driven and so obidience is an, um, slight issue for me as well. I’m good at helping God out. You know, he’s a busy guy. Too often my thought is “Okay God, I will get as close to my goal as I can and then I will toss it in your lap. Sound good?

    Fourth (I’m rocking these transition words today), always love your voice and the way your challenge me through your own life.

    • First of all… hi back.

      Second, your comments always make me think AND laugh– a very precious thing indeed. I’m only into this process 4 ish days, and my brain is wigging a bit– I am accustomed to constantly thinking about what I will blog about for “tomorrow” but now I have to capture and redirect the ideas for a later time. But yet I’m also relieved. It’s super weird.

      Third, I LOVE this part of your comment… I am very much the same, “helping” God in more ways than He ever asks. I’m all about being driven instead of being led by Him (I actually have that question of “Are you driven or led?” taped on my bathroom mirror after I cut it from a P31 magazine.) I totally feel ya, sister.

      Fourth, number transitions are super fun. And you are so legit. I hope we can meet someday IRL, because I have a feeling it would be EPIC. 🙂

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