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Be Still and Wait–Not Easy!

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The last several weeks, I have been frustrated because I wanted to be writing, lots of thoughts rolling about my mind, mixed with several Bible verses and quotes that just kept reappearing, most having to do with waiting!  Patience is another word that keeps coming across my path lately also, along with being still!  I am NOT a patient person always when it comes to waiting for some things!   Being able to express my thoughts in writing is one of those things I always want to be able to do right away and I get frustrated when the words won’t come. 

Psalm 27:14 shown above is one of the verses that I have been seeing turn up everywhere I look, along with Psalm 46:10a, Be still and know that I am God.   Twice in the last week or so, I also came across the following quote from Amy Carmichael that caused me to write in my journal “another reminder of Psalm 46:10?  of Psalm 27:14? She wrote:  To wait before the Lord, wait in the stillness.  And in that stillness, assurance will come to you.  You will know that you are heard; you will know that your Lord ponders the voice of your humble desires.”

Of course, it quickly became obvious to me that the Lord was telling me to stop talking and to be quiet and I would be able to hear the things He is trying to tell me, the words for me to write.  Wow, that is not easy for me to shut up and listen!  How would I hear Him speak to me?  I know I will not hear a voice speaking to me, of course.     Well obviously He speaks through His word.  When I am reading my Bible He is speaking. I just need to become more attuned to what is being said.  But He speaks through many other methods as well–the devotional books that I read, the blog posts that I spend a lot of time reading, sermons at church, and on and on.   If I am not “hearing” Him right away, the Lord has this way of sending the same message over and over again–hence running across the same verses, quotes, etc. multiple times! 

Honestly, I have to say that at first I didn’t hear –I was not understanding, but slowly it becomes more apparent to me.  What can I say?  I’m a slow starter!  🙂  I read a quote by D.L. Moody on a friend’s blog a couple of weeks ago — “If our circumstances find us in God, we shall find God in our circumstances.”   That makes sense to me!  The circumstance of wanting to learn what God has to say about different things on our minds should find us in the Word and in prayer to find the answers.  When we spend our time doing that, He will be there with us!  How wonderful that is! 

Many places in the Bible He promises that He will be with us always, He will supply our needs, He will give us strength.     in Philippians 4:19 it says “but my God shall supply all your needs according to his riches in Glory by Christ Jesus.”  In verse 1 of Psalm 46, it clearly says “God is our refuge and strength; a very present help in trouble.”    We just need to learn to Be Still and Wait on the Lord—Patience is a virtue! 

Thank you for taking the time to read my rambling Random Thoughts today!  I appreciate you all very much!  Have a lovely weekend and God bless you all.   🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Snail Made It!

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By perseverance the snail reached the ark.
Charles Spurgeon

Lately, the word perseverance has crept into my life from various sources like Bible readings, etc.  I decided to do a bit of a word study since there is obviously a good reason for the Lord to have that word popping up over and over. I searched my Bible first, of course and then on the internet.   As I was looking at the word on the internet–its definition,quotes, etc., I came immediately upon the quote above from Charles Spurgeon about the snail and that is where I got the title of my post from.  The quote made me smile because I can relate with that snail!  That is exactly how I feel at times when I want to accomplish something, like a very slow-moving snail, wondering if I will ever succeed at whatever it might be that I am trying to do.

So what is perseverance?  The dictionary gives two definitions.  The first, the secular definition, is “steadfastness in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success”.  The second definition it calls the Christian definition.  “Persistence in remaining in a state of grace until death”.    The actress Julie Andrews simply defines it this way:  “Perseverance is failing 19 times and succeeding the 20th!”    That makes sense to me!  There are a very large number of quotes from different folks regarding perseverance, too many to share here but you might find it fun to Google them.

I thought about why the Lord has me thinking so much about perseverance of late and the first thing that came to my mind was my recovery and rehab from knee surgery.  He is reminding me and encouraging me in what I need to do for my surgery  to have had the very best, most successful outcome.  Persevere!  Keep working every day at the exercises and walking–especially practicing walking correctly, not stiff-legged like I did before.  There are times when it would be easy to tell myself I am too tired or it hurts too much today and any number of other excuses I know I could come up with.  After all, I am the master at finding excuses to put off until tomorrow what I should do today!  I’ve joked at times that my parents misnamed me–my middle name is Marie but it should have been procrastinator!   🙂  The Lord knows that all too well I am sure, so He is going to keep reminding me often I am sure!

As I searched through the Bible I found several verses that talk about perseverance and along with it in some cases, patience.  I feel like the two words go together.  One of the best examples of perseverance and patience together we can find in the book of Job.  Everyone is familiar with the phrase “the patience of Job”.  In James 5:11 NIV it says 11 As you know, we count as blessed those who have persevered. You have heard of Job’s perseverance and have seen what the Lord finally brought about. The Lord is full of compassion and mercy.”    Somewhere else  I read another explanation of perseverance that states it is endurance produced by trials and tribulations when we exercise faith.  I would say that Job fits that definition most definitely.  He suffered through many things but he never gave up.  His faith in God kept him going; he had an inordinate amount of patience as well as perseverance!

Another who comes to mind is the Apostle Paul, who also suffered many, many trials and tribulations in his life, yet he wrote in his letter to the Romans the following:

Romans 5: 3-5  New International Version (NIV)

Not only so, but we[a] also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.

There are many other examples in the Bible of course but Job and Paul really stand out to me and grab my attention.  If they can go through all the things they suffered and still persevere then why should it be so difficult for me or any of us to do the same?

Along with perseverance and patience, we must include prayer.  In Ephesians 6:18 it says “praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints— “.  In my NKJV bible there was a note that said simply that without prayer, all the armor in the world would be of no use.  Perseverance and patience in prayer are essential.

I could go on and on with all the references I found about perseverance, patience, prayer and self-control as well, but I won’t at this time. One of the important things I gained from my short study  is that a person who exercises perseverance will not easily fall into discouragement or be tempted to quit.    The secret of perseverance?  View all circumstances as coming from the hand of our loving Father who is in control of everything in our lives.   I find it very encouraging that God is always in control and that He will help me to persevere in the things I do.   If the snail could make it to the ark, then I should be able to carry out my goals as well.

Oh and I just had to add in this little quote I found by an unknown source that I thought was kind of funny really.  The difference between perseverance and obstinacy is that one often comes from a strong will, and the other from a strong won’t.

Have a wonderful day filled with all of God’s blessings my friends!  Thanks for taking time to read my post today!  You are all a blessing to me.

 

Consider the Lilies

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Matthew 6:28 (Amplified Bible)

28 And why should you be anxious about clothes? Consider the lilies of the field and [a]learn thoroughly how they grow; they neither toil nor spin.

During my devotions on Saturday, I was reading from Streams in the Desert which included the above Bible verse, as well as a story and poem about taking our needs to God in prayer. The poem by an anonymous author reads as follows:

Yes, leave it with Him,
The lilies all do,
And they grow–
They grow in the rain,
And they grow in the, dew–
Yes, they grow:
They grow in the darkness, all hid in the night–
They grow in the sunshine, revealed by the light–

Still they grow.
Yes, leave it with Him
‘Tis more dear to His heart,
You will know,
Than the lilies that bloom,
Or the flowers that start
‘Neath the snow:
Whatever you need, if you seek it in prayer,
You can leave it with Him–for you are His care.
You, you know.

I feel like perhaps I have written before about this subject before. I know it is a subject that I am reminded of often as I do my devotions, listen to or read teachings of others. The reminders come from so many sources, that I know He is still working on me in this issue.  Whatever we need, we can just leave it with the Lord, seek what we need in prayer.   Note that the key word is “NEED”.

I have prayed for things I WANT or think I NEED and wondered why my requests seem to be ignored or why I hear a resounding No when a door is closed to me.  Is God ignoring my requests?  Does He not care about the things I want and think I need in my life to make it better? Yes He does care about what I want and is not ignoring me; however, my wants and desires may not be what He feels I need at this time.  He has something much better in His plan for me.

I find that to be a very difficult concept to grasp onto at times.  Logically, it is a simple concept–He wants what is best for me .BUT……I am human of course.  What about the wants I have? Are they bad things? Probably not.  Are they things I need I really need in order to live a fuller life, to be happier in my life? Again, probably not.  Perhaps some of those “want or desires” are in God’s plan for me, but at a different time, or perhaps not. Only the future will answer that question.

In the meantime, God has other lessons for me to learn, other plans in the present to bring me into a closer relationship with Him; to fulfill other things that He sees as being true necessities to bring me to a richer, fuller life.  For that, I am very grateful and I praise Him.  As it is so clearly stated in 1 Thessalonians 5:18, “In everything give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”

As I do that I must also learn patience–lovely word, lovely value, but so difficult to have so many times!  God will reveal His plans for me in His good and perfect timing and I know it will be infinitely better than anything I could ever imagine or hope for. As the lilies grow so beautifully under God’s care, so will I and so will all of us.

Thanks for listening dear friends.  I hope your day is filled with many wonderful blessings!

Birthday Gifts

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I love this poem and of course the Bible verses it is based on,

Numbers 6:24-26 (English Standard Version)

24 The Lord bless you and keep you;
25 the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you;
26 the Lord lift up his countenance[a] upon you and give you peace.

Many know it, of course, as the Irish Blessing and being partly of Irish descent,  I like that title for it too.  I’m not sure when or how I first became aware of it but I know it was many years ago.  It has always stuck with me and I love sharing it with others.  What better gift can we give to a close family member or a cherished friend than to wish on them all the blessings of our Father in Heaven on their birthdays?  I have a couple of friends and family members who have birthdays this month and I thought of what I would like to wish them for their respective birthdays.  Those thoughts prompted this post.

What are those blessings?  The list is endless of course but some very special ones come to my mind when I think about all that God blesses us with.

First and foremost, He gives us His grace, his enabling power. With God’s grace we are transformed; it is what causes us to grow and be strong.  He gives it freely, not because of anything we have done to earn it,

His blessings also include what are known as the “fruits of the spirit”  love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.  All are truly wonderful blessings or gifts from the Lord.   I strive constantly, as do most of us, to show all of those attributes to others as I go though my days.  Do I succeed all the time?   No, not at all – far from it – but it is a daily thing to strive for in all of us.  My wish is that I can always portray these characteristics towards you, the special people in my life, to let you know just how much you mean to me; how fortunate I am that you have touched my life.

Love is mentioned as the first fruit of the spirit, followed closely by joy and peace,  Those are the loveliest gifts of all in my mind.   I could go on and on talking about Love.  Can’t we all?  that is probably best left for another blog post!  I recently heard a series of sermons on Love from an evangelist and it took 3 nights to say what the Lord wanted him to say.  No way am I going to try putting Love into a small paragraph!   It is just not possible!

There are so many gifts and fruits God provides for us–we just need to look around and take in all the beauty that surrounds us wherever we live or travel, look at the beautiful and special people who cross our paths every day.  There is no end to them!

For everyone, I wish you these gifts and more and if you are celebrating a birthday in this beautiful month of November, I pray you will enjoy  all of God’s great gifts and hold them close.

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