Allowing God to Build Our Mansion Despite The Clutter of Illness

“Do not let your hearts be troubled. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with Me that you also may be where I am.” (John 14:1a, 2)

The group setting was small. The person guiding our discussion was emphasizing the importance of maintaining one’s target heart rate to get the benefit of exercise work outs. That is not possible for me! God quieted these internal stirrings and redirected my thoughts.

I wondered, “How is my spiritual target heart rate these days? Am I focusing on the One who holds the plan for my life where physical exertion has to be at a minimum?”

Yes, He is preparing an eternal place for me. Some say it will be a mansion! Yet His Spirit dwells within me now. My earthly home needs my attention as well as His. In the now, I am building towards a further plan that will be revealed in eternity.

Living with multiple challenges – some chronic – it is easy to slip into lethargy, even jealousy. I view others whose lives are unchallenged in the ways that mine is. I need God to build me up when my mind starts churning, attempting to tear me down, bringing disrespect within his temple.

“Do not let your hearts be troubled.” If I dwell within negative thoughts, I am not on target with Christ at my center. My problems become the center. They cannot be denied but they do not identify me. Christ does.

Following where He leads, I don’t want to trip over any clutter. I want to live in the “now” as it builds towards the future. I want the target that is filled with Him and His purposes to count the most.

How are you doing as you tend to your earthly home, letting God work on that mansion yet to come?

Prayer: Lord, Your building plans for me are perfect. Help me to keep my focus clear and steady–on target with You in the here and now. Amen.

About the Author:
Lynn Severance lives in Lynnwood, Washington. She is a retired elementary classroom teacher. Lynn writes to encourage others as God has encouraged her during 28 years of living with daily physical challenges.

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9 thoughts on “Allowing God to Build Our Mansion Despite The Clutter of Illness

  1. Thank you for sharing this with me. I am having a very hard time right now and it seems to never end. I am printing this out and I thank you.
    God Bless, Sharon

  2. Lynn, what a lovely analogy. Perhaps it is the “cabin fever” time of year, but I am certainly noticing the material clutter in my house. This is such a good way to view where I am at spiritually. As always, your words are so applicable and down to earth. Thanks for your words!

    Love,
    deni

  3. Sharon and deni – thank you so much for letting me know that my words were an encouragement to you.

    In re-reading them, I find that I am needing these messages ever more again as when I first wrote them.

    Bless you both!
    Love,
    Lynn

  4. Dearest Lynn… as always your devotionals touch my heart strings. Thank you for allowing God to use you in the way He does. How wonderful to be reminded that God indeed lives in us and we can be so thankful that the clutter is not our illnesses as you said… but the things in our daily lives that we can stumble over so easily. God bless you and keep on writing for us. What a blessing! ~ Hugs, Nancy Dittert

  5. Beautiful…right now, I have just been trying to let out the “medical horror” I have been through, which for someone my age, is as my doctor says a “statistical anomaly,” but I have realized through this, I need to look at what is around me, rather than behind me, and has been said and done–or even what MIGHT happen IF I do X, Y or Z. Thanks for opening my eyes. God Bless you, Jenna

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