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[Personal note:  Thank you for your patience over the last few months.  I resolved not to blog out of ‘duty’ and lately I had to give myself permission to miss posting without feeling guilty.   God bless you as you read. May you experience showers of blessings today! ]

“As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.   As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish,  so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater,  so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.  Isaiah 55:9-11

While driving one day, I noticed what appeared to be dust coming rapidly towards me.  I contemplated pulling over, but before I could make a decision, my thoughts were shattered by the sound of heavy raindrops on the roof of the car.  At that point, I realized I had to pull over as visibility was now  very low,  but in a matter of seconds I had driven through the sheet of rain, and was now on the other side with not so much as a drop of water on the road surface!

In relating my puzzling experience to a friend, it occurred to me how much this situation represents what often happens in our lives. We often come across intense situations that take us by surprise, but soon they are over and we walk on to new experiences.  Sometimes the deluge is painful and hard to bear, but at other times, we partake in intense showers of blessings that we wish would last forever.  As we endure the showers for gain or pain, we are often so caught up in the moment that we are not always aware of how quickly these showers pass, yet the showers will not end until their purpose is achieved.

Thunderstorms are said to occur when the air gets very hot, or very cold. The showers appear at times to be inconvenient, but they serve the purpose of stabilizing the atmosphere.  God’s thoughts are higher than ours. We may not always understand the reason behind the sudden changes around us, but we can rest in the knowledge that no experience is wasted, and that our times and seasons are still in His hands.

Inventory/Introspection:  Do I find it easy to depend on God to walk me through the sudden downpours?

Personal Application:  I may not always know whether joy or pain await me, but I have the assurance that times and seasons are in my Father’s hands, and that He will be with me each step of the way.

Father, we are grateful that Your plans are perfect! Rain is necessary for growth and life, but too much or too little rain can have devastating effects.  Help us to be mindful of the times and seasons, and to trust that You have our best interest at heart whether You send showers of rain or allow intervals of pain. We trust Your hand.

Your Word says we should give thanks for everything  (Ephesians 5:15-20). We are thankful for the times when the storms pass quickly, and we barely catch a glimpse of them in our rear-view mirrors. We are also thankful for the times when You cause the storms to linger a while, because we know You are with us, and You will never leave us to walk alone. We trust Your guidance.

Help us to see You in our circumstances and to live knowing that You are more than able to see us through whatever we come across.  As You make the changes necessary to stabilize our situations, may we be quick to surrender our will to You and to give You the glory and praise, regardless. We trust Your love.

Amen

Blessings,

ann

 

Toni R  (c)

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But if I go to the east, He is not there; if I go to the west, I do not find him. When He is at work in the north, I do not see Him; when He turns to the south, I catch no glimpse of Him. But He knows the way that I take; when He has tested me, I will come forth as gold. Job 23:8-10

A little boy was quite unhappy at getting his hair cut, and he cried uncontrollably as the barber tried to complete the task. The crying eventually subsided when the father of the child decided to sit in the barber’s chair and hold the little one in his arms, soothing him as the barber worked.

In looking at the child resting comfortably on his father as he went through the uncomfortable process, I thought of how our Father carries us as we go through our difficult or uncomfortable situations. Just as the little boy’s haircut was necessary for good grooming, some of the fires we go through are necessary for us to grow and develop in Christ.

In the passage above, Job was responding to his friend Eliphaz the Temanite, after Eliphaz attempted to determine why Job was suffering. Job knew he had done nothing wrong, but unlike the little boy in his father’s arms, Job did not see God and felt like he was on his own. Still, he was determined to go through whatever God needed to take him through. At the end of the story, Job gets an understanding of who God is, and the fact that He can do whatever He pleases, and nothing can thwart His plans. After Job had endured his trials, God restored him and poured out multiple blessings on him (Job 42).

The circle of our Father’s embrace is a very safe place for us to be. Like Job, we may have to walk through valleys we don’t understand, but it is important to know that even though the trying of our faith develops perseverance (James 1:3), our Father will never leave us on our own! 

Inventory/Introspection: Do I allow my Father to hold and comfort me in the difficult times?  

Personal Application:   I will trust God, even when I cannot see what lies ahead.

Father, we are thankful that Your hand extends to the farthest depths and the highest heights, and that it doesn’t matter where we go, we are never so far that Your love and grace cannot reach us.

The little boy in the barber’s chair was able to go through the experience because his father’s arms were holding him. Those who witnessed what happened marveled at how the love and comforting words of a father brought peace to the troubled child. As Your children, we shout ‘Hallelujah!’, knowing that You care for us much more than anyone else ever could. Job felt abandoned, but he refused to give up on You. We know that some journeys in our lives are not what we desired, but like Job, we are certain that although we may not see You when we look around us, we know that we will come through “as pure gold” after You have finished testing us.

Teach us how to relax and allow You to embrace and comfort us as we encounter the unfamiliar.

We are thankful for the way You love and care for us. May we learn to love and care for others like You do..

Amen.

Blessings,
ann
Toni R
(c)
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1 Kings 17:7-14 – Oil and flour miracle (Elijah)

13 Elijah said to her, “Don’t be afraid. Go home and do as you have said. But first make a small loaf of bread for me from what you have and bring it to me, and then make something for yourself and your son. 14 For this is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘The jar of flour will not be used up and the jug of oil will not run dry until the day the Lord sends rain on the land.’” 15 She went away and did as Elijah had told her. So there was food every day for Elijah and for the woman and her family.

2 Kings 4:1-7 – Oil miracle (Elisha)

3-4 “Here’s what you do,” said Elisha. “Go up and down the street and borrow jugs and bowls from all your neighbors. And not just a few—all you can get. Then come home and lock the door behind you, you and your sons. Pour oil into each container; when each is full, set it aside.”

 5-6 She did what he said. She locked the door behind her and her sons; as they brought the containers to her, she filled them. When all the jugs and bowls were full, she said to one of her sons, “Another jug, please.”     He said, “That’s it. There are no more jugs.”     Then the oil stopped.

In 1 Kings 17, God worked through Elijah to bring blessing to the home in which he had been fed. The widow had been making preparations for her last meal when she met Elijah. At his request, she used the last of her oil and flour to make bread for the prophet, and God rewarded her by providing her with enough oil and flour to last her throughout the drought. God fulfilled His promised as “…the jar of flour was not used up and the jug of oil did not run dry, in keeping with the word of the Lord spoken by Elijah.” (v. 16) – We can conclude that the oil and flour did not stop flowing until after God sent rain.

A similar but slightly different miracle took place in 2 Kings 4:1-7. This widow had nothing but ‘a little oil’, and no way to pay her debt to one who wanted to take her children as slaves in lieu of the debt. When she sought Elisha’s help, he told her to borrow all the containers she could find.  She was about to see how God would miraculously stretch the little oil that she had. Her instructions were to “Pour oil into each container; when each is full, set it aside.”  The woman kept pouring, because as long as she had containers, the oil flowed. She was able to fill up every vessel.  The oil only stopped flowing after she ran out of jars!

In the first story, the oil and flour stopped running when the rain came. That was a God-act. In the second, story, the oil stopped flowing only after the woman ran out of jars. While God is not at all limited in what He can do, He chose to allow the oil to flow as long as the widow had somewhere to store it. His blessings and goodness are infinite. It is impossible for us to contain all He is able to provide for us, but we can place ourselves in positions where He can fill us over and over again.

In both cases, the women were asked to do what defies logic, but they obeyed anyway. God could have carried out both miracles without input from either widow, but He chose to involve them in the process. There may be times when we seek His help, and He may ask us to step out in faith and do something to ‘help our miracle along.’ Trusting His words mean we will do what He says, even when it doesn’t make sense to our natural minds.

Inventory/Introspection: What resources do I need to pour out so that God can miraculously replenish?

Personal Application: Some of His instructions seem easier to follow than others, but I can choose to walk in obedience and trust, knowing that He is giving me an opportunity to be a part of something bigger than I am.

Father, we are thankful that You can use the little that we have to do what seems impossible.

The widows found themselves in need, but you used the ‘hardly anything’ that they had to bring them their miracles. Sometimes you ask us what’s in our hands, like you did with Moses in Exodus 4:2. At other times, You work with what we bring to You, as you did with Gideon (Judges 6). You are “the God who gives life to the dead and calls things that are not as though they were.” (Romans 4:17), and we know You don’t need us to perform miracles, but we are thankful that You choose to involve us. Help us to trust You even if we don’t see the blueprint.

In Genesis 22, we see that Abraham was willing to give back to You the miracle You gave to Him, and Noah built an ark because You told him to – even though he had probably never seen rain (Genesis 2) … May our obedience be no less as You call us to experience greatness in You.

Amen.

Blessings,
ann

Toni R
(c)

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No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.  1 Corinthians 10:13

Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. James 1:2-3

There’s a school of thought that suggests we would complain less if we knew that our trials are by ‘Divine Design’ . We who are His know that all things work together for good ( Romans 8:28) and that all our days were ordained by Him (Psalm 139:16 ).  It therefore stands to reason that as painful as some of our life experiences may be, He has never been caught off guard.  He is Lord over everything seen and unseen, things above the earth, things on the earth and things beneath the earth. He is well aware of everything and the times and seasons are in His hands.   He does not plan evil for us (Jeremiah 29:11) but in His infinite wisdom, He allows us to pass through bitter waters. Sometimes the hardships come because we have walked in disobedience.  At other times, we suffer at the hand of the wicked simply because they are wicked.  We may be faithful in our walk yet we may find ourselves living the Job experience so His glory may be seen.

The journey can be hard at times but I was taught to praise in the midst of the trials.  Not only does this glorify Him but it helps keep our minds off the present problem.  As we trust Him, we learn to smile in sorrow, rejoice in rejection and praise Him in the pain.  When we look back on the path that has brought us to Him, we can clearly see that it was His grace that sustained us. We may be clueless as to what tomorrow brings, but we have the assurance that He is already there.  The tunnel may seem dark and long but if we focus in the right direction, we will see that the Light is right there with us and that He is more than able to guide us through the rough patches.

Some of us may find ourselves in a place where worship does not come easily.  Our eyes may have been blurred by the constant buffeting of the waves.   May I encourage you today?  If you can’t find the words to tell Him your heart, pray His words back to Him!

You save the humble but bring low those whose eyes are haughty. You, LORD, keep my lamp burning;  my God turns my darkness into light – Psalm 18: 27-28; Vindicate me, LORD,  for I have led a blameless life; I have trusted in the LORD  and have not faltered. Test me LORD, and try me, examine my heart and my mind; for I have always been mindful of your unfailing love and have lived in reliance on your faithfulness –  Psalm 26:1-3;  I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the LORD  in the land of the living. Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD – Psalm 27:13-14.

The deliverance may not come at the time we hope but He will honour His words.

If today you are walking in the victory He promised,  share this testimony with someone else.  Your words may help them to overcome a hurdle or two.  Your testimony could be the first stepping stone to another’s triumph.  Your victory may encourage them to hold on till their deliverance comes.   Remind them to wait on the Lord and leave all the cares at His feet. Our ‘hearts and flesh may fail’ but His word is everlasting.

Wherever you are in the journey, I pray His peace would  be yours today. His design is perfect and none of our experiences are wasted.

Father, thank You for the different stages of development that You take me through.

 Sometimes You call me to walk through dark places. They are dark, but I am thankful  that I am not walking alone. You are with me, Your angels surround me and You have raised up strong support in the brothers and sisters I have in You.

I love the mountaintop experiences. I would like to camp there,  but I know that’s where You feed me for the next leg of the journey. While I am in this ‘elevated’ state, I can see those around me who are bowing under the pressure. Help me to stand alongside them and share the testimony of how You brought me through the dark times, to the glory of Your name.

I choose to believe that You are God in the high places and in the low places. I choose to trust Your direction regardless of where I find myself. I yield my life to Your ‘Divine Design’ for Your name’s sake.  My circumstances do not change the fact that You are God and You are in charge of everything I am and everything I dare dream to be.

Amen

Blessings,
ann

Toni R
(c)

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But you, Israel, are my servant. You’re Jacob, my first choice, descendants of my good friend Abraham. I pulled you in from all over the world, called you in from every dark corner of the earth, Telling you, ‘You’re my servant, serving on my side.  I’ve picked you. I haven’t dropped you.’Don’t panic. I’m with you. There’s no need to fear for I’m your God. I’ll give you strength. I’ll help you. I’ll hold you steady, keep a firm grip on you. (1)  Isaiah 41:8-10

I can clearly recall the day my uncle tried to teach me to ride a bike. I remember him holding on while I pedaled with all my might. Each time I looked back, he was running behind me, offering encouragement and holding onto my bike to help me keep my balance. As I rode, my confidence grew stronger and stronger. I kept riding, unaware that he had let go and was just running behind me. The moment I realized I was on my own, fear got the better of me and I took a tumble.  I wish I knew He had planned to let go.

In my Christian walk, I have taken many a tumble because I let go of God.  I let go of His wise counsel and trusted others for guidance and direction only to end up with regrets. There were also times when I was certain I had it right and I would just take off on my own only to end up bruised, broken and in need of His healing touch. Sadly, I didn’t learn from those mistakes and would take off again as soon as my wounds healed only to have history repeat itself.  Over time, the pain and scars taught me a very real lesson – I’m better off if I let Him hold onto me!  He will never let go!

There have been days when I feel like I’m on my own but I choose to believe that He has not let go of me. I’m learning that I’m better off trusting Him to hold me in His almighty hands.  We get sidetracked with what’s going on around us and the pressures of life may cause us to lose our grip – but when He holds us, nothing can tear us from His grasp! I don’t know where you are in your walk with Him but I would like to encourage you to let Him hold onto you. He never let’s go!

Father I am thankful that You care for us the way You do. I have held onto You before only to let go without even realizing. I will fail over and over again if I go in my own strength but as long as You are holding me, I am safe! Storms may buffet me left and right but You are still right there, holding me.
There are days it feels like I’m floating aimlessly down river but I choose to believe You are holding onto me – even when I can’t see your hand. When the road gets hard and rocky, I know You are guiding me even when I don’t always readily acknowledge Your guiding hand.

I will not trust myself to hold onto You but I willingly lay all I am in Your hands. I understand that being in Your hands does not make me exempt from pain and testing but I also understand that You are right there with me as I go through the process. When You hold me, I am safe – You have a firm grip and nothing and nothing can make You let go of me.

The journey has not been easy but I thank You for never letting go of me.

Amen

Blessings,
ann

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Toni R
(c)

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  • The LORD makes firm the steps of the one who delights in Him; though he may stumble, he will not fall, for the LORD upholds him with His hand. Psalm 37:23-24.
  • My frame was not hidden from You when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, Your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in Your book before one of them came to be. Psalm 139:15-16.
  • In His heart a man plans His course but the Lord determines His steps (Proverbs 16:9)

I found myself at the foot of what seemed like a really large mountain. I had to think and think hard about my next move.  Decisions sometimes come with consequences we’d rather not face. Decisions, decisions, decisions … we don’t always like to make them, but we often find that we must.  Some decisions are very hard to make but if we decide not to decide, we’ve already decided!

I felt that God was guiding my life along a specific path. At the beginning, I was hopeful and excited. As the days wore on and reality took roots, I started to have second thoughts but I had already committed and there was no backing out! Thankfully, God sent me encouragement and support through wonderful friends and family.

There was a time in my life when I would have looked back at the options I had and the decisions I had made.  I would look back at the memories and wonder what might have happened had I moved in one direction instead of another. I would second-guess the path I had taken and beat myself up thinking I should have done differently.  He opened my eyes to the reality of who He is and the fact that He does not make mistakes. He drew me to His word and reminded me of these three passages in Scripture:  all my days were ordained before one of them came to bethe steps of a righteous man are ordered by God and  even though I make plans in my heart,  He determines my steps.

I choose to believe that my steps are ordered by the Lord and that He is fully in control of my life. I may make mistakes but He does not and I choose to believe that He can redeem me from whatever ill I may have experienced as a result of poor decision-making. I refuse to live in the land of ‘what-ifs’. I have chosen to trust Him and move forward. I will look at what lies ahead of me – a future with hope (Jeremiah 29:11). I will look at what He has planned for me – a new thing!  … Rivers in the barren places! (Isaiah 43:19). I will not wonder about what I left behind. I will not ask “Why were the old days better than these?…” (Ecclesiastes 7:10). My circumstances may change over time but God remains the same. “For I am certain of this very thing, that He by whom the good work was started in you will make it complete till the day of Jesus Christ” (Philippians 1:6)

The decisions you made may have had far-reaching consequences. [I am not in any way suggesting that you ‘forget about them’ and pretend they never happened. I am suggesting that you place them in His hands and ask Him to guide you through dealing with them]. Perhaps these decisions have affected others… maybe someone you know needs to hear your heart today… maybe this could be a nudge from Him reminding you of the steps to be taken. Maybe this is the beginning of a new thing… maybe today is the day you walk away from days, weeks, months or years of wondering whether you did all you could have or should have done. I pray that His peace will be yours today as you contemplate the next steps.

One blogging pal Linda Kruschke, through her Needlepoint Tapestry post,  reinforced the fact that there is purpose in every relationship.   Another blogging Pal, Theresa Moore, wrote about how God searches, knows and guides us. All life comes from God. The fact that we are here this moment is a testimony of His goodness.  Not one person who has crossed our paths came by accident.  He does not make mistakes. We get to decide if we allow Him to lead.

Father, I am thankful that You brought confirmation of Your desire for my life. Please forgive me for the moments I doubted – it’s not always easy to follow ‘blindly’ but I choose to believe that You have my best interest at heart and that ‘You order the steps of the righteous’.  I have made mistakes in my life … big mistakes that may have had terrible consequences had it not been for Your hand upon me. I have not escaped without scars but Your love has reached deeper and farther than I could ever imagine and You are bringing me healing. If there’s anything in my life that You need to work through, I lay it all before You now. I ask that You would sweep through every corner of my heart and that You would show me the steps I should take to deal with any ‘unfinished business’.  I can sweep under the rug as much as I want to … You’re already under that rug and You know ALL things! 🙂  I choose to trust You with all my heart . I will not lean on  my own understanding  (Proverbs 3:5). Please help me to work through the things that need to be worked through as You direct my steps. I cannot change my history but I have decided that it will not define me. Thank You for guiding me through this process. I give You all the glory!  Amen

Blessings,
ann

Toni R
(c)

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(A psalm. For giving grateful praise.) Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth. Worship the LORD with gladness; come before Him with joyful songs. Know that the LORD is God.   It is He who made us, and we are His; we are His people, the sheep of His pasture.  Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise; give thanks to Him and praise His name. For the LORD is good and his love endures forever; His faithfulness continues through all generations. (Psalm 100)

A recent incident left our family in a bit of a tailspin. We ran around in circles trying to find answers that weren’t showing up anywhere. In the darkness of our situation, I cried out to God for help. The word came back from so many different places and echoed around me :– ‘Give thanks’. (Give thanks …? Are you kidding me?)

Sure … Give thanks … for this? What did we do to invite this upon us? Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus. (1 Thessalonians 5:18) “Give thanks …? “But why?!” I shouted to the pain. Why? Why? Why?!! He offered His peace and spoke the answers to my heart:-  Worrying won’t change a thing (refer to Luke 12:25). And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purpose for them.  (Romans 8:28)

In the midst of the pain, I took a step back and tried to look at the circumstances from His point of view. If He was truly telling me to give thanks, then there must be something I needed to learn. As I pulled the situation apart piece by piece, I was moved to tears. It could have been so much worse! ( Our initial reactions are not always the best for assessing our reality. Emotions get in the way of reason and our perceptions create imaginary threats.) In perspective, it really wasn’t as bad as we thought. The story could have had a much different ending.

We’re still working on getting to where God wants us to be. I still trust Him to show us how to make sense of the baffling questions. Until He chooses to, I  will build an altar and  I will give thanks. I’ve decided to go back to the old ways. I will make a list … a list of everything that’s not going the way I planned them. On the other side of the page, I will make a list of every good thing that is in my life. I know the good ones will far outweigh the others but I will praise Him for those as well. God alone is able to turn my mourning to dancing and my sorrow to joy.

I don’t know where you are in your walk today. I don’t know what trials you’ve had to face. I don’t know what ills are beating against your door. I’ve been to the edge and back and I still don’t understand why He does the things He does. I still have questions but I’m learning to leave them at His feet. I have much to learn but I will share with you the one thing of which I am certain:  “If God is with you, none can stand against you (Refer to Romans 8:31)

Father … I give You thanks because You are good and Your mercies endure forever. You are faithful and true and You already know the end of this story. I give You thanks because healing comes from Your hand and there’s no sorrow You can’t cover with Your love. I am thankful, very thankful for all the blessings You have poured into my life. I am thankful for the family and friends You’ve blessed me with and I believe that even though the ground we stand on may shift around us, You hold us in the palm of Your hands and nothing can harm us unless You choose to allow it. Today I give back to you all You’ve given to me and I say thank You for the way You love me. I may never have all the answers but I live with the knowledge that nothing takes You by surprise and that You see the beginning and the end at the same time. It’s dark outside but I am thankful for Your word which has proven to be “ a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path.” (Psalm 119:10). I  choose to trust You. I choose to praise You. I choose to give You thanks! He who offers a sacrifice of thanksgiving honors Me; And to him who orders his way aright I shall show the salvation of God. (Psalm 50:23)

Amen

Blessings,
ann

Toni R
(c)

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