Staying Connected to God

There is a theme running through different words I’ve read the past few days: staying close to the Father. This encouragement from God through Marsha Burns fits perfectly with my last post on 11.23.20

November 24, 2020

SMALL STRAWS IN A SOFT WIND by MARSHA BURNS

When you are overwhelmed and undone, take the time necessary to commune with Me. Do this regularly for the sake of sanity. Take a breath and release all tension and stress as you rest in My presence. Come to the place that is above and beyond the worries of the day. Be at peace. 

Matthew 6:34 “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”

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Good Stuff

Every once in awhile, something good shows up in my Facebook feed. This is one of those posts:

Me: Okay, God, here’s the thing. I’m scared. I’m trying not to be, but I am.

God: I know. Want to talk about it?

Me: Do we need to? I mean, you already know.

God: Let’s talk about it anyway… We’ve done this before.

Me: I know, I just feel like I should be bigger or stronger or something by now.

God: *waiting patiently, unhurried, undistracted, never annoyed.

Me: Okay. So, I’m afraid I’ll do everything I can to protect my family and it won’t be enough. I’m afraid of someone I love dying. I’m afraid the world won’t go back to what it was before. I’m afraid my life is always going to feel a little bit unsettled.

God: Anything else?

Me: EVERYTHING ELSE.

God: Remember how your son woke up the other night and came running down the hall to your bedroom?

Me: Yes.

God: You were still awake, so when you heard him running, you started calling out to him before he even got to you… remember? Do you remember what you called out to him?

Me: I said, “You’re okay! You’re okay! You’re okay! I’m here.”

God: Why did you call to him? Why didn’t you just wait for him to get to your room?

Me: Because I wanted him to know that I was awake, and I heard him, and he didn’t have to be afraid until he reached the end of the dark hallway.

God: Exactly. I hear you, my child. I hear your thoughts racing like feet down the dark hallway. There’s an other side to all of this. I’m there already. I’ve seen the end of it. And I want you to know right here as you walk through it all, you’re okay. I haven’t gone to sleep, and I won’t.

Me: *crying. Can we sit together awhile? Can we just sit here a minute before I go back to facing it all?

God: There’s nothing I’d love more.

♥️🙏♥️

Blessing 🥰

Primary

“For everything hidden is meant to be revealed, and everything concealed is meant to be brought to light. If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear. ” Mark 4:22-23

Do you hear the voice of God? Do you respond when He speaks? If you are listening, the Lord will instruct & direct you. He has innumerable creative ways to teach us and give us understanding, if we are willing to hear & learn.

When Jesus walked on the earth as a man, he used parables to help give insight into God’s kingdom. But not everyone who heard the words He spoke understood their meaning. Even His disciples were perplexed.

But the wonderful promise we have as His followers, as children of God, is this:

“You are permitted to understand the secret  of the Kingdom of God. But I use parables for everything I say to outsiders…” Mark 4:11 a

If you don’t understand something, ask God. He will reveal the truth you need.

One of the ways the Lord teaches me is through my work. Throughout my Christian walk, He has used parallels between my daily, common duties to help expand my understanding of His kingdom & His ways. The Holy Spirit is such a wonderful guide!

I currently work in the healthcare sector, handling claims after they have been processed & denied. My job is to find out what caused a claim to be rejected and then find the way to correct it so it will pay. One of the common denials is due to a claim being sent to the wrong payer.

With health insurance, there is primary, secondary & tertiary coverage, meaning a patient can have several insurance policies to cover their medical expenses. There is always a primary payer, such as Medicare or a commercial plan, where the claim needs to be submitted first. If the patient has more than one insurance policy, such as a Medicare supplemental plan, the claim must first be submitted to Medicare before the supplemental plan will pay any additional expenses, if the charges are a payable benefit of the plan. If the claim accidentally goes to a secondary or tertiary payer, they will kick it back, citing “please submit charges to primary insurance”.

The easy fix for this in our system is to go into the patient’s  medical account and check how the billing order is set up. A simple click can change the order that claims are submitted, and then everything flows smoothly. if not, the claim is stuck in limbo with the clock ticking. We only have so many days to get a claim submitted for payment before the window closes, and then we have unpaid charges piling up.

This can happen in our life as well. Certain things are not working, and we don’t know why. We need change and are believing for breakthrough, but life just keeps dragging on at the same pace. It can feel like we are walking through mud or high water– so much resistance!

Do a check with God and find out where He is in relation to your life. Is He primary, where He should be? Do you seek Him first, last or somewhere in between? Is He the One you look to for truth & direction? When He answers you, do you follow through and obey?

Prayerfully think about it. His direction & promise to us is this:

“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” Matthew 6:33 

The full section text of Matthew 6:24-34:

No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or
you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and
money.

Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about
your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than
clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns,
and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?
Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?

And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They
do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was
dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is
here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you -you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your
heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his
righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own [emphasis added].” 

 Matthew 6.33