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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Something GOD never says to us.....

One of the first things you often hear, when you start something new is...
"Who are you...to think you can do that?"
Whether it's a new job, or a new ministry, or simply just a new conversation with your neighbour, somewhere along the line this question can and might pop up!
A friend will say it.....
a family member will say it....
some one well intentioned and close to you, will say it.....
and......eventually.....after hearing....
"WHO ARE YOU....?"

enough times.....you'll start hearing it inside too!
Then, you'll start to ask yourself those questions too....
and maybe even think that GOD is asking those questions too!

When things start to happen....when the trip you planned didn't go as planned....doubt will come!
You'll think....."Maybe..... just maybe I made the wrong decision....
Maybe it's GOD who is asking me...."Who are you...to think you can write a novel...or go on that trip.....or....


I think that, should we ask GOD, -in the middle of all that doubt- if it was
coming from Him, He would say...."One thing I would never say to you is....
I KNOW who you are....I knew you before the foundations of the earth, I knit you in your mother's womb, you are my child,my work of art! If you ever hear the condemnation of...."who are you, to take this adventure..." then you'll know it's not Me, because I already "know" the answer to that question. I created the answer to that question, so I never need to answer that one!
Now, knowing that...( that GOD already knows)does not magically take away the doubt...so expect it anyway!
Just understand that, at times,the doubt of feeling not capable, for whatever it is God is calling you to do, will always be there....but...
The voice asking...."Who do you think you are....?" inside you.....filled with doubt....is not GOD!
As I said....He already knows....and more than anything all He wants to do is tell you the answer Himself....
He loves you that much!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Isaiah 26:3-4, “You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You. Trust in the LORD forever, for the LORD, the LORD, is the Rock eternal”

Psalm 37:5, “Commit your way to the LORD, trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass”


There are times when life seems so unbearable especially when storms come in our life. Physical pain, hard decisions, financial hardships, death of a loved one, and shattered dreams threaten to engulf us; not to mention the news headlines regarding unemployment, foreclosures, budget cuts, and homelessness. It’s one thing to hear the despairing news but another to have it affect you. We then become perplexed! Plagued by doubts that creep in we find it most difficult to coup with the stress. However, those who know the Lord through personal faith in Jesus Christ have in Him a calm retreat in the storms of life. We can experience peace of mind and calmness of spirit even when the howling winds of adversity are sweeping over us. Richard Fuller a 19th-century Baptist preacher, told of an old seaman who said, “In fierce storms, we must put the ship in a certain position and keep her there.” Fuller then said that is what a believer in Christ must do when reason cannot help. Past experiences give no light and only a single course is left. You must put your soul in one position and keep it there. You must stay upon the Lord; and, come what may; wind, waves, cross seas, thunder, lightning, frowning rocks, roaring breakers, no matter what, you must hold fast your confidence in God’s faithfulness and His everlasting love in Christ Jesus. Do you feel overwhelmed by the storms in your life? If so, trust Jesus Christ and let Him give you peace in your storm (Philippians 4:6-7).

Closing thoughts:

We are to cast our burden on the Lord and leave it with Him. While many people know about casting their burden on the Lord, very few really do it for very long. It is our tendency to pray about the problem, give it to the Lord, so to speak, and then take it back as soon as we say, “Amen.” We let the Lord see our burden, but our tendency is to never really leave it with Him, and my brethren, that formula never produces peace. When we’re battered and burdened by the storms of life, we may be tempted to give in to feelings of hopelessness. But if we look to our sovereign Captain and commit our way to Him (Psalm 37:5), we will find peace even in the midst of turmoil. We can trust Him to bring us through the storm. As recorded in Isaiah 26:3, when our eyes are stayed on the Lord, we are making a conscious decision that the physical trials that we see will not control us, but will be controlled by the invisible God in whom we believe and trust. Remember we will be in perfect peace not because we are focused on the problem, but rather because we are focused on the Great I AM. Encourage yourself in this promise and if you need to, refocus your eyes and keep them stayed on the Lord because only in Him is there Perfect Peace in the storms of life for your spirit, soul and mind (Hebrews 11:3; Exodus 3:13-14; Psalm 46:1-5). Peace, real peace, is only found in a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. The question that remains is, Have you found that peace?

Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. - Jesus

Thank you Mikey

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Well, I have returned!

My arm is on the mend and I have had quite a few lessons in patience!
I believe all things happen for a reason, so this fall I had was also for a reason. I had a short hospital stay and some of the other patients had heard what had happened and called me "that miracle lady"
Then they went on to tell me what "Could have happened"

Don't I know it.

Something told me to wear my boots that morning...I was thinking it would be to hot for wearing boots, we are heading into the warmer weather, but I put them on anyway!
If I hadn't I could have broken one or both ankles....I didn't!
God was so with me!
I am slowly getting the use of my left arm back, and I am so grateful that it was my left arm, and only my left arm, that was the problem.
I fell down 10 concrete steps and landed on my face on a concrete floor!
My face is still looking like I had a double injection of Botox, and I also had 4 stitches in my lip! I can't whistle anymore....oh well!
God is so good!