Wednesday, July 12, 2017

When God Says No~

 I have prayed and prayed for God to answer a certain prayer that I have been praying for many years. I look at the blessings that would come from this certain situation. It would be a huge thing in my life. Recently, I thought that God was going to answer my prayer and give me my hearts desire. I could see how God could work it all out. It even got close enough that I started making plans. I had it all figured out and God had been working in mighty ways in our lives and even answering the impossible in ways we couldn't even imagine. I mean we had trusted and obeyed and God had been pouring out His blessings left and right.

 Only thing is ~ when it came right down to the wire God chose to say “no” to me. Did you get that? He said “no” to me! And it was so close. It would have been so easy for Him to work it out. The deck had been stacked in His favor. He only needed to make it happen. Even while I peck at these keys~ I see how foolish I sound.

When He said “no” to me I threw a fit. I even cried tears. I told God just how angry I was with Him. I reminded Him how easy it would have been to give me my heart's desire. I was so mad and I wanted to stay mad. I fussed and grumbled and had a bad attitude for several days. But gently the Lord began to soften my hard heart and I confessed my sin of not accepting the Lord's will in the situation with a sweet spirit.

Just this very week as I have been praying and studying God’s Word~ He has gently impressed on me that it would just not have been the right timing for Him to have answered this prayer in my life. He knows best and even when I have a hard time trusting Him~ I still can. 

“God never withholds from His child that which His love and wisdom call good. God’s refusals are always merciful- ‘severe mercies’ at times but mercies all the same. God never denies us our hearts desires except to give us something better.” Elisabeth Elliot

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Happy 4th of July~ A Lesson From The Morning Glory

Happy 4th of July!

 Happy Birthday to this land that I love!
Thank you to all of those who gave their lives that I may live my life. Thank you to all who served to make our land the home of the brave and free.

I am proud to be called an American.

When I was a young wife and mother one summer when money was tight I decided to plant all my flowers from seeds. I picked up a 20 cent packet of Morning Glory seeds. I planted them in a planter that my husband bought me for my birthday. I was so thrilled when the first little seedlings began to sprout out of the dirt. That was about 20 years ago. Each and every year since then my Morning Glories continue to come back. I now know some people think them to be a weed but to me, they are still a reminder of a sweet and simple time. They open each morning to greet the sun. What a great lesson the Morning Glory shares with us. We too need to wake each morning and greet the SON! 

This morning as I stepped out on my patio my Morning Glories were in full bloom. I just couldn't help but take a moment to praise and worship my Lord and Saviour~ and thank Him for giving the ultimate sacrifice when He bled and died to take away the sin of the world. 

I am proud to be called a Christian.

 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

                                                                                 John 15:13

Thursday, June 29, 2017

We Are Called To Lead ~

This morning when I came into my office there was a book on my desk with a sweet little note. The book was a devotional called "A Leaders Heart." I have never thought of myself as a leader but I have never been a follower.

If you read my blog post yesterday you will know why this book was a God sent. This sweet lady had no idea that I so needed this encouragement. She recently told me she was not on Facebook so I know she did not see my post. She simply followed the prompting of the Lord and obeyed. I am blessed by her thoughtfulness and her obedience but most of all I am thankful that My Heavenly Father sent me a little love note.  It was a much-needed shot in the arm. This lady was being a leader for the cause of Christ.

The first page starts with~ "Anyone can follow a path, but only a leader can blaze one."- John Maxwell.

The first devotion is a "Call to Lead."  God is the leader of my life and I have decided to follow Jesus. God does call us all to lead~ even if we may not think of ourselves as a leader.

When God decided to raise up the nation of His people ~ He called Abraham.
When God decided to bring His people out of slavery~ He called Moses.
When God decided to bring His people into the Promised  Land~ He called Joshua.
When God decided to save His people from a wicked man~ He called Esther.

On and on the Bible declares when God called a leader.

All through the thread of the Bible, we see that God used human people in the flesh just like me and you. We are called to follow Jesus and march only to His drum, to go against popular opinion, to sometimes do things a little different from the way they have always been done ... to simply follow the Godly people He has placed in front of us and be willing to lead those that are coming behind us.
And may we humbly lead others to Christ.

Psalm 1:1-3

Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.
But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.
And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.

"Anyone can follow a path, but only a leader can blaze one." - John Maxwell 

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Could You Use Some Rest?

Small signs tell me that I am hitting a season of burn-out, melt-down, exhaustion. I do this to myself. I push and push through putting too much on my plate and then I crash. Physically, mentally and even spiritually~ I am tired. I have been too independent and not depending upon God. It's that constant "Martha " that I battle with when I know "Mary" is what I long for.

How did I get here? Well, I am sure many of you know the answer to that question. I have too busy running in my own strength. 

 When we get tired~ the burdens of life weigh a little heavier. The unexpected surprises in life tend to make us fall apart. We feel overwhelmed. I was joking with a friend yesterday that I had lost my fruits. You know, the fruits of the Holy Spirit. The evidence that the Holy Spirit is piloting my life~ love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. 

We all know that walking with the Lord brings about these attributes of God through us. It is when we start running in our own strength and relying on self that we end up tired and frazzled.

SO what is the answer? It's right here... 

For thus saith the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel; In returning and rest shall ye be saved; in quietness and in confidence shall be your strength: and ye would not. Isaiah 30:15

When we become overwhelmed it means we have been trying to do life on our own, trying to figure out how to make it all work. That is what the children of Israel were known for. Isaiah was telling them here that in returning back to God they would find rest. There it is Do you need rest today? I sure do. The Holy God of Israel tells us that if we calm down and turn back to Him that we will find strength when we quietly trust Him.

God's children were a stubborn people and refused time after time to do things God's way. In the end they suffered consequences for doing it their own way.  When we are willing to return back to God~depend on Him the reward is rest~ sweet rest.

Monday, June 5, 2017

I Am A Devotional Addict~ I Confess

Photo Credit ~ Miss Gypsy

Here I sit with four devotionals turned to June 5th. I have read all four written at a time when some person felt led to share what God has placed on their heart. Devotionals just call out my name and I can't resist. Many times when I write a devotion it is about what God is working out in my personal journey in this fast-paced life we live.

A good devotional and a cup of coffee with a splash of flavored creamer just seem like a great big hug to me. ( I am a simple girl.)  I love my quiet time. But the truth of the matter is to be with Jesus, we simply need to read God's Word and be still and listen. We need to devour God's Word like we do a meal with our best friend, unrushed, unstressed and attentive.

 Today I am meeting a couple of my favorite new friends for breakfast. We are meeting at a place I have never been before.  I have been looking forward to this all weekend.  We will talk and eat and share our lives. We may spend a couple hours just eating, talking and listening. Why? We enjoy spending time together.

Today is a great time to open the door to our hearts and let Jesus come in and share a time of listening and eating with our best friend. He really is a friend that sticks closer than a brother.  He promises to never leave us or forsake us.

 Do we look forward to spending time with Him as our very best friend?

Revelation 3:20

20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.



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