Back From the Woodshed

My dad's infamous garden 'shack' where he spent much of his time.  After he died, I had my neighbor Mary paint it for me.  Hanging now in my home, every time I look at the picture, it lovingly reminds me of him.

My dad’s infamous garden ‘shack’ where he spent much of his time. After he died, I had a friend paint it for me. Hanging now in my home, every time I look at the picture, it lovingly reminds me of him.

I’m back!

I missed all of you.  Reading your posts and interacting with comments.  I did not plan this reprieve from blogging.  Rather unexpectedly, God tapped me on the shoulder, and asked that I temporarily separate from all the online voices (social networking, blogging, etc) to hear His voice more distinctly.   There were things I needed to know.

I was in for some surprises.

Hoping simply for a time of refreshing in His presence, I was unprepared for why the Lord pulled me aside.  He used the time to reveal some areas of sin I was harboring.  Areas in my heart He exposed that needed purging.

We all struggle daily with sin issues, but the things that God fingered were sins that my pride refused to acknowledge.  Two mainly:

Grudges ~ towards certain people.  One by one, He brought their faces to my mind.  I would try to bring up the issues, but His response to each was for me to cut the cords of bitterness and forgive.  To set them free.

Disappointment ~ of allowing sorrow to accumulate in my soul.  Over prayer needs not working out how or when I wanted.  God’s way of exposing this one was by how poorly I handled a situation this weekend.  He then took me to that gentle woodshed of correction and showed me that I must avoid disappointment by clinging to His promises and running to Him at the first hint of it surfacing.

God worked in other ways during my brief time apart, and I am so grateful that He pulled me aside to hear His voice more clearly.  I wish that it didn’t take such extreme measures to grow me.  However, these times of separation and correction always end on an uplifting note.

God never corrects to condemn; rather, He convicts and cleanses to draw us closer.  The doorway in and out of His disciplining woodshed is framed with love.

For whom the LORD loves He corrects,
Just as a father the son in whom he delights.
Proverbs 3:12

I look forward to hearing from you again and reading your wonderful posts!  Thanks for your patience in my absence.


32 thoughts on “Back From the Woodshed

  1. Mary

    Sue, welcome back! Always appreciate your honesty and gentle spirit that comes across the pages. This post resonated with me, especially in the area of Disappointment. So thankful that the Lord loves us enough to correct and convict us, to show us the error of our ways – and not leave us there!

    1. heavenlyraindrops Post author

      Thanks, Mary. The disappointment area is a huge struggle for me. I will be doing a post later this week to further expound! Very glad that He does love us so much and cares about us enough to gently correct our ways. Blessings

  2. Teri Metts

    Sue, glad to see you back, and thanks again for your honesty. I’ve been to that “woodshed of correction” with God often in my journey with Him. And while in the moment it hurts, in the long run it makes such a huge difference in our relationship with our heavenly Father and in our relationship with others.

    1. heavenlyraindrops Post author

      Amen, Teri. He loves us too much to leave us where we are. Thanks and glad to be back. I will try to catch up on your blogs! I did peek once or twice at FB whenever someone went me a message and saw your pictures of hummingbirds. Nice! Those little critters are hard to photograph! Blessings

  3. walkthwalk92

    Thank you for sharing, I have had a time of pruning lately as well .
    Very good for us time to time. God is so good and wonderful. Your are a blessing to us who read your inspiring blogs…God Bless

  4. Jane Bridges

    Glad you are back!! Hey, the line “to cut the cords of bitterness and forgive. To set THEM free.” God told me a long time ago that forgiving is to set ME free, not them. Once WE forgive then the bitterness stops. Does that make sense to you? Just a Thought. Take care…

  5. Pure Glory

    Sue, welcome back to blogsphere! The woodshed of very familiar to me. He has told me that I must let go of old ways of viewing things, release others and myself and change. All this is necessary so I can reach my destiny. He is building my character so I will be able to handle his glory that he desires for me without self destructing. God is so good!

  6. Susan B. Nash

    Hi Sue, I was just about to write to see if all was OK after not seeing your posts for awhile. Glad you are “back” and thanks for sharing your journey.

  7. greenlightlady

    I love the verse you chose, Sue! And your reminder that it is love that motivates God to correct us is right on target. I don’t think a day goes by without me hearing some sort of correction… “the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak.”

    Blessings ~ Wendy

  8. msinop1

    Sue, I literally had goosebumps while reading this oh so honest blog post. I felt as if I was reading my own thoughts. I am struggling with harboring hurt feelings from rejection and disappointments, and you hit the nail on the head with this post. Thank you for sharing something personal like this, it’s hard to let God convict and cleanse, but your right HE loves us, and that is why HE does it ❤ ❤ Lots of Love to you sis, Marty

      1. msinop1

        I don’t think any of us will ever have it together…I get caught up sometimes in beating myself up… I try to remind myself that he doesn’t expect us to be perfect …Thank GOD!!! xxxx

  9. Heidi Viars

    God loves us so much, doesn’t He! While it’s no fun when He disciplines us, we know we can trust Him to teach our hearts. What a blessing to find out you are back!!! I really did miss you!

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