It’s one of my favorite phrases from Scripture, taken from 2 Timothy 1:6, “Fan into Flame the gift of God which is in you….” Paul knew Timothy was cast down and maybe even depressed over his arrest in Ephesus and possibly more imminent dangers. While we don’t (yet) experience the same kind of persecution in North America, the dailies of life: an unknown future, financial burdens, illness, heavy concerns over our children can all be causes for a downcast heart. So Paul speaks into Timothy’s heart and says, “Don’t let the fire die!” The metaphor draws an image of kindling ashes and the embers are going down—the fire is almost extinct—and it needs to be blown back into a blazing flame!
How are you doing these days, my friends? Is your fire barely detectable? Are the daily burdens of life taking their toll on you? This past month my family has dealt with increasing Alzheimer’s and the many issues surrounding my Father-in-Law’s needs. My children are going through their own trials that weigh heavily on this Mama’s heart (yes, the pressures of being in the sandwich generation). Yet in the midst of trials, life continues to demand that we prepare meals each day, go to work each day, fulfill commitments, and oh yes, take care of ourselves! I recognized a cloud of “funk” hanging over me last week, and the Lord pulled me to His side.
Get on your knees, Bonnie.
Ask for My help today. Rest in My care today.
Rekindle your flame!
Oh, it’s good to turn my eyes upward and outward rather than contemplating the woes of my life. You and I are created for good works and given spiritual gifts to strengthen others. But when the heart is down cast and the eyes turn inward, the burning sense of purpose to bring glory to God begins to die down.
Each of you carry your own burdens and carry many of the burdens of those to whom you minister. Are you feeling weighed down? Burnt out by life’s daily demands? Don’t let the fire die!
It’s time to add some spiritual fuel to the flame! Will you lay your load down at your Heavenly Father’s feet? Wait on the Lord—sit still in His Words-and give God the opportunity to renew your strength!
Let’s ask the Lord to fan back into flame His gifts within each of us. Let’s be a tool to fan another woman’s faith back into a flaming fire! As we discipline ourselves to wait quietly on the Lord, may we continue to walk in faith and obedience —and watch God set our hearts aflame for His purposes!
Each week I send a word of encouragement to some amazing women leaders I have the honor of shepherding. I thought I’d pass it on to you this week, as well.by