That’s right, girl, you’ve got it: reign

I walk around the house, picking up odds and ends.  Wadded up socks that didn’t make it to the hamper, mangled dog toys scattered around the kitchen floor, Crayola markers on the kitchen counter tipping right out of the yellow cardboard box.  It is the night before tomorrow — a strange phrase, I know, but I keep thinking about the next day, morning coming surely, and  how night is never forever.

I see glimpses of that old self in me more often than I’d like to admit.  I make a sharp comment to my husband when he is sharing with me his thoughts about the day.  My mind is more filled with the tasks I feel I need to get done than the reality of the Spirit abiding in me.

And I end this day and begin again, wishing I had a little more compassion, a little more gentleness, a little more love in this hard-shelled heart of mine.  And I trust that He will give me all I need.

For I do believe that the beginning, with Him, begins again.  Always again. And I trust that no matter how I fell before, He is creating a new work in me. So I must trust Him, trust that He will not leave me nor forsake me and stand fast with me until His work in me is completed.

Do I dare let Him continue to work in me, continue to encourage me to die, and die again, so I won’t miss out on the only chance I have to live?

My pastor reminds me this weekend that, as a daughter of God, I am called to reign. I have been given power, in His name, as I abide in Him, to live in His power, in His strength. 

For if, by the the trespass of the one man [Adam], death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God’s abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ! (Romans 5:17)

I am equipped to make good choices to stay close to this God of mine, and there is much good in store for me. But sometimes I choose to not believe that. And the thing is, I know I am doing it.

I tell my husband, on the way home from church, that there were so many times, before I knew God well, that I would heed the whispers of the Enemy without recognizing that they were from him.  But now — now that I know more of the Father’s heart for me, and I recognize His voice, His love — I can still, sadly, choose to not hear His voice over the whispers of deception that want to pull me away.  I choose evil over good, willingly, knowing that I am ignoring the Father’s heart for me.

And that’s when I come undone.

For you and me, girl, are made to reign.  That’s right — God thinks we are pretty amazing and He wants us, more than anything, to know it.   So when I believe He is just not quite big enough or strong enough or good enough to care about my slipping away from Him, I am rejecting who I am, too.  For He is in us, you know? He is in me. He is in you. Princess,warrior girl, my friend, I stand with you.  Now claim His power, that love within you, and show this world of His what you are made of.

The whole world misses out when we turn up the volume on fear and try to drown out the voice of a whisper, deep inside, saying, “Hey, you,  I adore you.  Come away with me. I have so much, so much, in store.”

Okay now, what do you think?  How does your heart respond?

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  • http://www.toodarnhappy.com/ Kim Hall

    I think it can be scary, humbling and uplifting to trust fully. Both we and the world do miss out, because we don’t know what we are missing when we choose not to follow. Who will we meet? What simple words will we share that made a profound difference for someone? How wil we brighten just one small space that needed to be lit? When we do listen to that whisper, though, what a loving and wondrous adventure our life beomes!

    • http://youaremygirls.com/ Jennifer Camp

      Oh, yes, it can be so scary, so intimidating. And I often don’t have this mindset. I pray we both, Kim, allow ourselves to be strengthened by Him, surrendering even more, our wills and hearts to His purpose. Praying you have a beautiful day today, friend. Thank you so much for your words.

  • http://www.healthyspirituality.org Jean Wise

    We are called to reign. Wow I have never thought of it that way before. That is one sentence i intend to pray about and ponder. mmmm,

    I certainly can identify with what you have written here, “My mind is more filled with the tasks I feel I need to get done than the reality of the Spirit abiding in me.” Yep that is me too.

    I know when I remember to practice Examen of Conscious at night: reflecting what I am grateful for and what I am least grateful for: It brings me back to God in such gratitude and worship and maybe that is part of reigning too.

    I just wish I would reign more during the day in all those little things.

    Wow you really have me thinking, Jennifer…. Thanks

    • http://youaremygirls.com/ Jennifer Camp

      Jean, This is just almost too amazing, right? I think I’ll add this verse to the post above: “For if, by the the trespass of the one man [Adam], death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God’s abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ!” (Romans 5:17) Love to you today, friend.

  • Amy Alves

    Thank you for inviting God to humble you and share this with us. Things just like this happen in me and in my house.
    Yes, if we were close by I would take your hand and raise it up… and we would call out to Him, this Great I Am, together… with all our sisters! ONE voice, we reign in HIM! ~ Love from Maine girl, Amy

    • http://youaremygirls.com/ Jennifer Camp

      Yes, I raise my hand with you, sweet sister!! Beautiful!!! You. just. bless me. Thank you.

  • Amy Alves

    Thank you for inviting God to humble you and share this with us. Things just like this happen in me and in my house.
    Yes, if we were close by I would take your hand and raise it up… and we would call out to Him, this Great I Am, together… with all our sisters! ONE voice, we reign in HIM! ~ Love from Maine girl, Amy

  • Amy Alves

    Thank you for inviting God to humble you and share this with us. Things
    just like this happen in me and in my house.

    Yes, if we were close by I would take your hand and raise it up… and
    we would call out to Him, this Great I Am, together… with all our
    sisters! ONE voice, we reign in HIM! ~ Love from Maine girl, Amy

  • soulstops

    Thank you, Jennifer, for reminding me that In Him, I reign…will need to ask Him to sink that truth deep into my heart…hugs to you, and thanks for the walk and talk; such a gift, you are :)

  • Lori

    Wow! Thank you Jennifer for this awesome reminder! We are indeed called to reign!