Really? Yes, Really!

Isn’t it amazing to know that our wonderful God watches over us all through the night and is there to greet us with new mercies and blessings every morning. He encourages us, sets us back on course if we miss the mark, whispers words of hope to us when things don’t seem to be turning out as we thought they would, and constantly helps us to focus on those things that really matter… the eternal things! He is exactly who He says He is… He will do exactly what He says He will do… and He knows exactly who He has created me to be and is dedicated to the fulfillment of the plans He has for my life. (And will give me the strength and understanding I need to cooperate with Him… to honor Him and glorify His name.)

He is… besides being the Creator of the Universe… the kindest friend to me. He listens… really listens when I pour my heart out to Him; He never misunderstands what I am trying to say and if I can’t come up with the right words He just looks at my heart and He “gets it.” He laughs with me… and, at times, He will allow me to cry if I need to, and then comfort my heart and reassure me He is the one who is really in charge and He is working on my behalf even when I can’t see Him.

He hears my prayers and gives me understanding when I am seeking Him for answers to the questions I ask, especially the ones about how I can deal with some of the “hard stuff” in my life… because the bottom line to every issue I face is how do I honor Him, and act, and react in ways that will be pleasing to Him. I don’t always get it right, but His grace and mercy will always bring Him into each situation with forgiveness and a willingness to give me a “do over.” I love Him with all my heart and could never even begin to tell you how grateful I am for His love for me!

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He Hears Our Prayers and Is Faithful To Answer

Want to share something with you that happened in my life about 30 or so years ago:

During my first marriage, and with 5 children still at home, I lived in a little kind of run down wood framed house in Little Elm, Texas. The house was a little pitiful, but as someone once said about me, “You could make a home out of a shoebox!” So I did!

(The house was so small we all had to sleep in the same bedroom, but it was a much needed provision that God had arranged through a “divine encounter” with an elderly real estate lady. And God worked so many wonderful things between us in a blessed relationship that lasted for over seven years, until the night I went to pick her up for church and when she didn’t respond to my knock at the door, I let myself into her house with a key she had given me, I found she had gone to be with the Lord!)

Anyway, I had turned one small room of the little red house into a ceramic studio and occasionally taught someone how to make something in ceramics or a porcelain doll. It didn’t happen often, but it was a little money earned now and then.

The Mom of one of my daughter’s friends came to make a doll for her little girl’s birthday. As we worked on our project for the next few weeks, I, of course, talked much about the goodness of God and shared a lot of my experiences with her. She listened intently. One day I looked up from what I was doing and there were tears streaming down her face and this is what she said:

“You know… when I first came here I felt so sorry for you. I thought you had absolutely nothing and I have so much! I have a gigantic beautiful house with everything anyone could possibly want; a husband who loves me and would give me anything I could ever ask for; I drive the best of cars; have charge cards for all the top stores and money to burn… but after listening to you over these weeks… I am now sitting here ENVYING you!”

I teared up too and said, “You want to hear something funny… I have been sitting here feeling sorry for you!”

Then we both laughed through the tears! She said she guessed she had thought she never really “needed” God because she had so much. Now she saw so clearly that she wanted to need Him the way I did, so that He would show Himself to her like He had to me. So I took her hands in mine and asked her to pray with me that He would “create a NEED FOR HIM in her life.” She agreed… and we did.

About two or three weeks later I received a phone call. She was sobbing so hard I could hardly make out what she was saying. To sum it up the bottom had dropped out of something important and she was desperate to the point of despair. I listened attentively and then an overwhelming joy filled my heart as God said, “I have answered the prayer… she needs me for this! Remind her…”

I couldn’t help myself… I started laughing and then the phone went silent on the other end. At first she thought I had lost my mind! Then as I told her what God had said she started laughing too… and then the tears started again, but this time they were tears of joy! That was the beginning of an awesome journey for her.

We lost touch after I moved out of Texas, but I know God was faithful to take care of her and reveal His love to her just as she hoped He would. How wonderful is our God? Words cannot even express it! He is so faithful!

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An Invitation… Please RSVP

Just had a thought to share with you… I am pretty sure it’s from the Lord:

God is having a party! It’s a celebration of His love for you. And… He is a wonderfully gracious and generous Host! There will be gifts and blessings for all of those who are willing to attend! Need directions to the celebration? Please don’t try to Google yourself a map… it won’t work! You have to look it up in the Word! Very clear directions to finding Him there, and if you pray as you go, and call on Him for help along the way, you will arrive to the place you need to be to embrace all the goodness and joy He has for you. Enjoy the journey! It is going to be the most wonderful trip of your life! Amen!

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When God Speaks… Listen

Want to share something amazing with you… but before I do I want to make something perfectly clear. When I share things with you it is not to draw attention to myself and try to convince you I am something special! The calling God has put on my life is for me to encourage others to trust God and to “come up higher” or go deeper… however you chose to say it.

He gives me “experiences” to validate Himself and the credibility of His Word… not to validate me! He has called me to share those things to be a witness of His love and faithfulness… and that is the cry of my heart. “Draw ME, and WE will run after you.”

If you don’t get thatplease scroll on by… I will be of no help to you. 

The Lord has been speaking some things to me concerning my lifeboth now and in the future. Most of it He had spoken before and He was really just reminding me of it. Then, by way of another ministry, He gave me a prophetic word that pulled every bit of it together. It wiped me out… And then as if that wasn’t enough… He showed up with an OVERWHELMING power and presence that I have only felt twice in all of my life! It was as though He stepped right in front of me, leaned forward and took my face between His hands and looked me right in the eyes and began speaking to me. My body felt like it was vibrating under the power of His presence, and I could hardly breathe. (I was on the phone with my son David when it happened so even he knew what was happening, as it happened.))

I cannot share what He said to me… at least not at this time… but it contained confirmation of everything up to that point, a promise of what my future held, and instruction on how to cooperate with Him in order to see it come about. And the love and tenderness with which He spoke it all was unbelievable… but it also contained a firmness in there that let me know there would be something required of me to see this all fulfilled.

Please hear me! Don’t ever settle for a “good enough” relationship with the Lord! Heaven is great, but it is not all there is! Go as deep as you can go… seek Him with all your heart… He is so ready to meet with you! He is more “available” to you than your heart or mind can even imagine! Tozer said, “No one knows how far you can go in God, because no one has come to the end of Him!” (My understanding of that is that it is in reference to “relationship.”)

How much do you want to know Him, not ABOUT Him, but a personal relationship designed specifically for you and Him? There is so much to gain… and it is worth whatever it takes.

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Overwhelming Praise From A Grateful Heart!

I had a another wonderful day today! I didn’t accomplish anything that would amount to much in the eyes of the world… but to me…well, that’s a whole different story. Showered; washed and set my hair was about it when it comes to things considered “tasks.”

The rest of the day was spent listening to Phil Driscoll and singing my head off and worshipping the Lord. Amazing time of refreshing and re-living so many of the memories of the goodness of God in my life. (What has God “wrought” in me! So amazing as I remember how many times and how many ways He has rescued; healed; restored; encouraged; strengthened my heart; and, the most important thing… loved me beyond anything I could have ever thought possible!)

As awesome as He has always been to me it still never becomes less than astounding to me! He is this all powerful ruler of the Universe and yet He watches over me with such gentleness and expresses this almost incomprehensible kindness toward me every single day of my life! “Who am I… that you are mindful of me?” is a great question.

It is my privilege and blessing to be able to pour out my love to Him. I don’t know if there is more of my heart I can give to Him… but if there is… It is His! Such love; such peace; such joy can only be found in Him! So grateful for all of it! Everyday!

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He Is My Strength; My Hope; My Shield

Some days the hardest part of getting this walk right is trying to keep your heart right concerning the ones you have to deal with on a regular basis. Some people just seem to work so hard at trying to hurt others. I have a hard time accepting that they do it so easily and seem to get away with it.

So many issues this week have really been hard to deal with… but I know God sees it all and will get me through it. My only hope rests in knowing that “All things work together for good to those who love the Lord and are called according to His purpose.”

Psalm 11: “In the Lord I will put my trust. How can you say to my soul “Flee as a bird to your mountain”? For look the wicked bend their bow, they made ready their arrow on the string that they may shoot at the upright in heart. If the foundations are destroyed what can the righteous do?

The Lord is in His holy temple, the Lord’s throne is in heaven. His eyes behold. His eyelids test the sons of man. The Lord tests the righteous but the wicked and the one who loves violence His soul hates…”

Then verse 7 finishes with the assurance… “For the Lord is righteous; He loves righteousness; His countenance beholds the upright.”

Even when it seems God does not see what is going on and I can’t understand why He doesn’t “fix” it… He is watching and using even those things to my good! My prayer is “Lord, sometimes the tests seem especially long and difficult… please give me the strength of heart to get it right… and please extend to me your mercy and grace when I don’t. Help me to rest in the truth of your Word. And please grant me the blessing of friends who will pray for me and help me to stay “on the altar” until this test is over and I have learned what I need to. I will not run or hide from the hand of God in my life. My hope is in Him alone. Amen”

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Nothing To Fear!

“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8: 35-39)

When God says “nothing”, He means NOTHING! It is not the same as when we say “I have NOTHING to wear!” or “There is NOTHING in this house to eat!” or our kids say “There is NOTHING to do around here!”

His Word is ABSOLUTE! And when He says NOTHING will separate us from His love… HE MEANS ABSOLUTELY NOTHING! Embrace that truth and praise Him for it! What a gift! What an ABSOLUTELY amazing love He has poured out on us… So very thankful for it!

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