You’re Right Where You’re Supposed to Be


Be Still

As a childbirth doula, I would accompany the birthing mother in the hospital, encouraging her in every stage of labor. These women desired a natural birth, but the moment they stepped into the hospital’s maternity ward, their birth became medically managed, which made it almost impossible to relax, which was vital for dilation to move progressively forward. So thus, was their trial.

But there was one woman I coached who was determined to overcome the unnatural contractions produced by the chemical hormone, Pitocin. She was diagnosed with low amniotic fluid and again there was a reason to induce labor for this woman who was capable of and desired a natural birth. There are ways to increase the volume of amniotic fluid if necessary, but Allie was not given this option.

As in many cases, under the supervision of an OB, there is always a reason to induce labor, making it more convenient for everyone else except for the mother and baby.

What was inconsistent with the diagnosis is the fact they started labor by breaking her amniotic sac, IF it was dangerous for the baby before with the low volume, why would they take the chance of decreasing the volume to start labor prematurely? But when the doctor pierced the sac, Allie began labor immediately. Allie still wanted to have her baby naturally without further medical interventions.  Therefore, she requested more time to dilate before receiving the artificial hormone, Pitocin. This request was interpreted as a threat to the medically managed agenda, and as a result, the nurse said she would have to sign a waiver refusing all medical assistance. This alarmed Allie, so she relented and allowed them to continue the inducement.  When labor is induced prematurely with amniocentesis and Pitocin infusion, the contractions become harder and faster producing unnecessary stress for both mother and child.

But Allie was determined to endure this medical procedure until delivery. At one point, she needed to know where she was in the progression of this strenuous labor, and when she asked the nurse where she was concerning dilation, the nurse calmly and reassuringly said,

You’re right where you’re supposed to be.”

This encouraged Allie to pray,  relax ,and let go.   The reason the nurse didn’t examine her, is for these reasons; if she were only a few centimeters dilated, she would be discouraged, believing birth was a long time away, and if it were closer to completion, she might be disappointed if it didn’t occur sooner than she hoped.  But as Allie focused on the outcome, her baby, she manged to give birth with no further medical interventions and mounted up in her maternal role with *wings.

Those words, “You’re right where you’re supposed to be” resonated with my spirit, and I find myself using those exact words for myself and believers struggling with uncertainty and frustration when there is no answer as to what it is all about and when it will end. (Job 13:15)

There are so many important things occurring between the time the mother starts labor and the baby is born which completes the maturation of the child and equips the new mother for her maternal task.  Interference in the process can result with physical, emotional, and/or psychological problems that appear during the mother’s postpartum and/or the baby’s early childhood.
(Colossians 4:12, Hebrews 6:1-2)

Childbirth is a perfect analogy to how God uses trials and tribulations to accomplish His will on earth and in individual lives.  (Matthew 24:8, Genesis 50:20)

“And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28

When the Lord allows his child to go through a trial it is for the reason of transformation: to increase faith, develop spiritual awareness and to gain strength . During the process much is gained that otherwise would not take place. As children of God we are completed through experiencing difficulties which challenge our faith. And when God’s plan and purpose is birthed we gain the resolve and knowledge in doing His will.
(Jeremiah 29:11, Philippians 3:10-11, Philippians 1:6, 1 Corinthians 10:13, Psalm 121:3)

“Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance.  And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” James 1:2-4

What I witnessed, personally, following a natural birth, was an overwhelming sense of maternal confidence. This confidence transferred over to knowing instinctively how to care for my newborn child. I was full of joy and strengthen by the invigorating experience, and with this confidence I also knew “instinctively” how to breastfeed my child.

With a natural progression, when dilation is complete, there is a rest period before the baby leaves the uterus and enters the birth canal. This is God’s way of allowing the mother to rest from the contractions.  After this rest period, the baby will enter the birth canal with a mother’s “natural” urge to push. If the mother tries to push, prematurely, she finds the 2nd stage of labor very strenuous and exhausting, with complications needing immediate medical help. It’s as though, when the baby’s position is on the pelvic floor, at the right time, the pelvic muscles act as strong hands lifting up and out the baby with a natural thrust.

“It’s an exhilarating moment, when in the trial of labor, the mother sees the fruit of her labor; her child.” DF  (John 16:21)

“Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. *They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” Isaiah 40:30-31

With my second childbirth, I was in the hardest stage of labor, when in transition the cervix completes dilation. I wanted to have a natural birth because my first medically managed birth didn’t go well. When I knew I could not labor four more hours as the OB had predicted, I called on the Lord, and asked for His help. Immediately, I heard His small still voice: (Isaiah 30:21, Genesis 4:1, Psalm 18:6)

“Relax like a limp noodle from the waist down.”

My concentration switched from resistance to embracing what my body was trying to do.  And as soon as I began to relax, I knew my cervix was complete, followed by the overwhelming urge to push.  Instead of resisting for four more hours, I entered the Lord’s rest embracing what only He could do. Within minutes, Michael was born.

“For all who have entered into God’s rest have rested from their labors, just as God did after creating the world.” Hebrews 4:10

I’ll never forget the worse spiritual trial of my life when I entered a time of judgment, discouragement and despair. God was separating me to Himself, addressing areas in my life I had adopted which were not of Him. He promised me through His Word, I would not be put to shame. It was a time of darkness, but even with the uncertainty and adverse circumstance, I began to understand, I was “right where I was supposed to be,” and at the right time emerged with spiritual wings.
(Isaiah 54, Isaiah 40: 30-31)

And so it is; when we can “remain still” trusting in His omnipresence, omnipotence, omniscience, we will see. Because in Christ Jesus, we are always in His Loving Hands , “right where we’re suppose to be.
(Romans 8:29, Isaiah 43:13, John 10:28-30)

 

 

 

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What’s Behind “the Secret”


 

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What’s God’s Secret?

“Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.” Jeremiah 33:3

If you were a Beatles fan, you might remember a popular song, “Do You Want to Know a Secret”, and in the lyrics, repeated, are “I am in love with you.” That is God’s answer to everyone who wants to know about Him and how He feels about “you”.  But it really is no secret because from the time you were born, He’s been wooing you to Himself.

“For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities–his eternal power and divine nature–have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.”Romans 1:20

“The LORD our God has secrets known to no one. We are not accountable for them, but we and our children are accountable forever for all that he has revealed to us, so that we may obey all the terms of these instructions.”  Deuteronomy 29:29


The things of God are only hidden to those who deny His existence and refuse to believe His Words.
(1 Thessalonians 2:13, Romans 10:12, Matthew 13: 54-58, 2 Corinthians 4:4)

“The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.” 2 Corinthians 4:4

It was during the time my father developed lung cancer that I understood the bondage of “unbelief”. He was a self-made man who was self-sufficient in many aspects, boasting agnosticism. But with this disease, he began to look outside himself. The cancer had spread to his bones and he was in pain. During the summer before he passed away, I went over to his home to help with giving morphine injections and to keep him company in his isolation.  It was on one of these occasions while I sat with him in his study, I witnessed God speaking to him in a unique way. My father would have the habit of suddenly dozing off, with mouth wide open to breathe. On this particular day, when he dozed off he awoke with something to say. He began describing what he saw while he was asleep; “There is this man who is imprisoned in his home. There are bars on the windows and locks on the door. He cannot leave because he refuses to believe. Why will he not believe? He then nodded off asleep again in the same way. When he awoke, he said. “The man who was imprisoned is out side walking away.”
I knew the Lord was speaking to my father concerning his unbelief. He’d become a prisoner of himself, and the only way he could be set free was to believe. Those in our family who were Christians tried to witness Christ and His salvation, but dad would just argue with us. But through God’s mercy and grace God reached my dad by sending a hospice nurse who was relentless in telling my dad the consequences of sin and Christ’s salvation.
The last part of dad’s dream became a reality when he confessed his sin and accepted Jesus Christ as His personal Savior. My father repented, believed and was set-free, no longer believing in himself, but in His Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. The man he saw in his dream walking outside of his house of barred windows and locked doors, was “he”, the man who believed and was set free!

“Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:32

Thousands of years prior to the appearance of Jesus Christ, God revealed His thoughts and ways through prophets (Isaiah 53, Luke 24). God was then manifested in the flesh through His Son. Jesus Christ. All who were present during the appearance of Jesus Christ witnessed His divine nature and unconditional love. It was impossible for them to keep it a secret, but let it be known. And to this day, this Word has gone throughout the world. (Matthew 24:14)

“We proclaim to you the one who existed from the beginning, whom we have heard and seen. We saw him with our own eyes and touched him with our own hands.
He is the Word of life.” 1 John 1:1

When Jesus died, was resurrected and then later ascended into Heaven, He sent His Holy Spirit into the heart of all who believe. In this, the believer develops the mind of Christ, whereby He can understand spiritual things.  (1 Corinthians 2:9-15)
The Holy Spirit reveals whatever the Lord wants the believer to know. Where once, He spoke through the prophets, and then His Son, God is now speaking through the indwelling presence of His Holy Spirit according to His living and written Word.
(1 John 2:27, Psalm 119:150, John 1)

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3: 16-17

When Jesus was with His disciples He taught them all they needed to know and promised He would continue to teach them through the gift of His Holy Spirit. He explained to them He had much more to say, but they could not bear it, presently.
(John 16: 12-15)

The Holy Spirit makes known only what comes from Jesus Christ and shares it with all who have accepted Him as Lord and Savior:

 John 16:12-15

 “I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear. But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. He will glorify me because it is from me that he will receive what he will make known to you. All that belongs to the Father is mine. That is why I said the Spirit will receive from me what he will make known to you.”

The believer in Christ Jesus knows not to rely on what seems right or logical in this world, but to listen for the wisdom from above, imparted by the person of God’s Holy Spirit.

“Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.” Isaiah 30:21

Scriptures reveal, “the heart of man is deceitful above all things”, and it is futile to rely on one’s own logic, reasoning or emotions.
(Proverbs 3: 5-6, James 3:17, Jeremiah 17:9)

In contrast, those who are not in Christ rely upon the wisdom of others and themselves. In Oprah Winfrey’s book- The Wisdom of Sundays she says the following:

“Whenever I have felt most tested, lost or unsure of my own direction, these words from “Invictus” that I memorized at eight years old have been a way forward.” Oprah –
The Wisdom of Sundays- 
“I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul.”

 When my father was in pain, dying from lung and then bone cancer, he discovered right away he was not the master of his fate and was approaching death and was about to lose his soul.

It appears, Winfrey does not rely on the God in the Bible, but rather creates her own wisdom,  stating, clearly, over and over again in her writings, her reliance on the wisdom of others, and unknown spiritual forces she can not define. Winfrey has embraced the New Age religion whereby there is no consequences for sin, and has embraced herself as her own god.

Within this poem which Winfrey quotes by William Ernest Henley, it speaks of strength not coming from God but unknown gods:

“Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.”

The world’s standard for success is wealth, fame and power. There are no moral standards but only ambition and self-reliance in this philosophy. The philosophy is this: “The end justifies the means”.  God’s law is ignored, while the pursuit of accomplishing one’s own goals according to one’s own moral compass appears to be a “good” thing to one’s own ideology or philosophical endeavor.

When Democratic Senator Harry Reid lied about Mitt Romney’s taxes, saying he didn’t pay them, he admitted he did it because it accomplished the purpose of keeping Romney from being elected. He believed  Republican Romney was the wrong choice for president, and so in order to prevent him from being elected, he lied about his taxes. When he was asked about why he did this, he said, “He wasn’t elected, was he?”

The Word of God says, in order to gain life you must be willing to let go of your own motivation and selfish ambition for Christ’s sake.  Mark 8:34-35
Jesus said: “And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul? Is anything worth more than your soul?” Mark 8:36-37

What is God’s purpose for creating mankind? He created mankind for the purpose of having an intimate relationship with Himself, while conforming mankind into His likeness.  (Genesis 1:26, John 17: 20-23, Romans 8:29, John 15)

Jesus Said: “That all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me.” Vs. 21
 

So, what is the secret and absolute truth to an abundant life which guarantees also eternal life with God? It is not found in any New Age religion, philosophy or any science created by man, but rather, in the unalterable inerrant Word of God written to convey the message of Truth to all who are seeking after God and not themselves.

 Jesus said, “A thief comes only to steal and slaughter and destroy; I came so that they might have life and have it more abundantly.” John 10:10

 “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life.” John 3:16

There are not many ways but only one way to know the Truth. God came in the flesh through His Son, Jesus Christ to reveal the truth concerning Himself and eternal life.  His Word is Truth. That which was spoken was also written for us in these last days.
(John 1, John 14: 6, Proverbs 14:12, 1 Corinthians 10:11, John 17:17)

“There is a way that appears to be right,
but in the end it leads to death.” Proverbs 14:12

“Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6

New Age philosophy such as the popular book “the Secret”, and all other religions whereby one has to earn their way to heaven, focus on finding the “god”of self, promising happiness, power and wealth centers on good works (self-sacrifice), possessing the things of this world and finding peace through occupation of self or other gods.  But in the process of finding oneself, you also come to the end of yourself, left “by yourself”.

“It is when we seek after God we discover who we are in Christ and His unconditional love.” DF

You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:31
“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. Matthew 7:7-8

Satan tried to tempt Jesus to gain the whole world by worshiping him.  He also tried to tempt Jesus to prove He was the Son of God by performing miracles. With every temptation Jesus quoted God’s Word on the subject. (Matthew 4: 1-11)

Jesus came as a servant, even though He was God in the flesh, and came to lose His life in this world for our sake. God promised a Savior who would take on Himself the sins of the world and give everyone the opportunity to receive God’s forgiveness and eternal life. (Philippians 2:7, John 3:16)

“He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.” 1 John 2:2

In these last days there will be many who will promise the world to those who follow them. They make merchandise of their followers, while their wealth increases. But their path is the way of self-destruction and anything gained by the quest will also be destroyed.
(Matthew 24: 1-8, Matthew 6:20, Proverbs 14:12, 2 Corinthians 4:18)

Jesus who was perfect and knew no sin, sacrificed His life and took on the punishment of our sins. When He was dying on the cross from the crucifixion, He prayed we would be forgiven. God has answered His prayer. After three days in the grave, Jesus was resurrected. He spent forty days with His disciples teaching them His Word, and His Word is going throughout the world.  And on the day when His disciples were gathered together awaiting God’s commission to witness this Truth, He sent His Holy Spirit to dwell with them and in them giving them the power to witness His name throughout the whole earth. And all who believe, have Christ’s Holy Spirit and their salvation is sealed
( Luke 24, Acts 2, Ephesians 1:13)

“And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of his glory.”
Ephesians 1: 13-14

Therefore, anyone who believes in Jesus Christ and repents of their sin, believing also in His resurrection loses this transient world but gains eternal life in God’s Kingdom. (Romans 10: 8-10)

The thief hanging on the cross next to Jesus recognized his sin and at the same time recognized Jesus as his Savior.  Therefore, Jesus promised the repentant thief eternal life.
(Luke 23: 40-43)

There are ways that seem right but they all end in eternal death and separation from God where there is no escape from eternal judgment.  New Age doctrine, and philosophies, false religions,  do not mention sin or mention a God who judges sin. But there is a day of judgment when God will judge everyone individually.
Jesus’ prayer was for all to be forgiven who call upon His name.  And all who believe in Him have passed from death to life.
(Leviticus 5:17. Luke 23:24, Romans 10:12-13, 1 John 3:14, Hebrews 9: 26-28)

God has provided the only way through His Son, Jesus Christ. He has promised eternal life and all who receive Him have His Spirit and the abundant life which produces the fruit of joy beyond anything this world can offer.
(Proverbs 14:12, John 10:10, John 14:6, Psalm 16:11, John 15:11)

 “Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.” Jeremiah 33:3

“Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.”
Isaiah 1:18

The Secret of Obtaining this World while losing Your Soul

Oprah Winfrey’s Words (From the Wisdom of Sundays)
“The meaning of wisdom for me is recognizing the moment when what you know aligns perfectly with what you feel.” The Wisdom of Sundays by Oprah Winfrey, p.80
Question Concerning Winfrey’s quote: Aren’t we limited as to what we know?

God’s Word:
“But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be entreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.”
James 3:17

Winfrey’s Words (From the Wisdom of Sundays)
Emotional guidance system lets you know the direction to take.”

Question Concerning Winfrey’s quote: Can anyone truly rely on their emotions to lead them in the right direction?
God’s Word:
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him and he will make your paths straight”. Proverbs 3:5-6

 Winfrey’s Words: (From the Wisdom of Sundays)
“Each quote you read in the following pages offers a different tool or real-life experience intended to help you tune in more sharply to what your spirit, your GPS, is trying to tell you.”
God’s Words:
“The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?”
Jeremiah 17:9
“For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear.” 2 Timothy 4:3

Winfrey’s Words: (From the Wisdom of Sundays)
“Every right decision I’ve ever made has come from listening to my gut. Every wrong decision was a result of me dismissing the small, still voice within me.” Oprah (80)

 God’s Words:
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him and he will make your paths straight”. Proverbs 3:5-6
“There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end it leads to death.” Proverbs 14:12

 Winfrey’s Words: (From the Wisdom of Sundays)
“Your real purpose on Earth is to become more of who you really are-to live to the highest degree what is pure, what is honest, what is natural, what feels like the real you. Oprah (81)
God’s Word:

“Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.” Genesis 1:26

“The Lord does not delay his promise, as some regard “delay,” but he is patient with you, not wishing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.” 2 Peter 3:9

See –Knowing Jesus

 Winfrey’s Words: (From the Wisdom of Sundays)
“You’ll know you’ve found it when every cell in your body vibrates with your own truth.” Oprah (p.80)

God’s Words:
Jesus Said: I am the Way and the Truth and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6

Jesus Said: “Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:32

My Comment: Truth is not Truth if it accommodates itself. There can not be many truths or it is not the Truth. There is only one answer to the source of life, just like you were not born from many mothers, but one, you were created by One creator – Jesus Christ                   ( Genesis 1, John 1)

See – What is Truth?

Winfrey’s Words: (From the Wisdom of Sundays)

“Follow your instincts.  That’s where true wisdom unfolds.”  Oprah (81)

God’S Word:
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him and he will make your paths straight”. Proverbs 3:5-6

“But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.” James 3:17

 

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No Higher Calling


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“You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus.” Luke 1:31

When the virgin Mary was told by the angel, Gabriel, she would conceive a child who would be the Savior of the world, she was overwhelmed with the news and the “High Calling”.  This would be a miraculous conception taking place through no man but God. But as in all things promised, it was to be received by faith. (Luke 1:38,45)

“For no Word from God will ever fail.” Luke 1:37, (John 1: 1-5)

Elizabeth also conceived a child by the Word of God for she was far past the age of childbirth. Mary was a virgin and Elizabeth was barren, and it was in these two circumstances faith would be required for the conception to take place.

“For faith is the substance of things hoped for; the evidence of things not seen”.
(Hebrews 11:1)
When Mary greeted Elizabeth in her 6th month of pregnancy, Elizabeth’s child leaped for joy; giving “evidence” to her faith.  And Elizabeth said to Mary: (Luke 1: 39-45)

Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her!”
Luke 1:45

Knowing Jesus came from God, Nicodemus inquired of the Lord, believing God was with Him. Jesus told Nicodemus He would have to be reborn to see God’s Kingdom. This was something Nicodemus could not understand for it required spiritual discernment. The Lord rebuked him since he was a spiritual leader in Israel and should have known about such things. Nevertheless, Jesus explained the concept using the illustration of the invisible wind coming and going: (John 3)

 “The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.” John 3:18

It was also so in the beginning, when Adam received God’s breath of life and became alive. (Genesis 2:7)

And it was also when the Lord greeted His disciples, He breathed on them and they received His Holy Spirit (John 20:20-22).

And when the disciples were waiting as one accord in Jerusalem, the sound of a mighty wind came down from heaven and filled the house and as a result they were filled with the “power of the Holy Spirit.” (Acts 2:1-4)

And just as the Spirit of God was hovering over the dark waters in the beginning to produce light, He awaits every sinner’s decision to believe.”
(Genesis 1:1, John 1: 1-14,John 3:16)
“The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you.
So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God.” Luke 1:35

And just as God called Mary to conceive Jesus Christ and receive His salvation, He calls everyone to repentance, and to receive by faith the Truth about His Son.

“For God so loved the world He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life.” John 3:16

Has Jesus Christ been conceived in your heart thru faith in His Word?

For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures.”  1 Corinthians 15:3-4

If not, it is my prayer you will receive Him, today.

In this we give birth to God’s Son as we first receive Him (conception) and allow Him to grow in our spirit and manifest Himself in our life. And in this we’ve been called as “children of the living God” into His family and everlasting Kingdom.
(Matthew 12:48-50)

There is no “Higher Calling” than to be called as “Children of God” to heaven’s gates through faith in Christ Jesus. (Romans 9: 25-26, Philippians 3:14, John 3:16)

Have a Blessed, Inspirational, Conceptual Christmas!

 

 

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Our Story: Giving Thanks in the Storm


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Proverbs 46:1-3, Proverbs 30:4
Psalm 46:10, Philippians 4:7
Philippians 4:19
Psalm 119:105

This past September brought several hurricanes in our path. The one which was threatening was Irma, and it was headed our way. After the devastation in Houston, we all recalled images of the flooding and the warning for residents to evacuate, so it seemed logical, if there was any threat of a storm surge, we should do the same.

Prior to when hurricane Irma was predicted to hit our coast, the Lord assured me of His protection as images of flooded homes and people wading in the streets kept invading my mind. Therefore, I prayed for the Lord to move the storm out to sea in an easterly direction. But as the storm moved steadily, its direction was towards us.

The Lord always gives direction through His Word and it was His Word He was giving direction. His Word repeated in my grand – daughter’s and my devotionals:

“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore, we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.”  Psalm 46:1-3

It was like a Noah’s Ark experience as we made ready our home against the wind, the flood and the rain.  And when our doors and windows were sealed with shudders, four friends, three animals evacuating, entered  our home to stay.

Along with the storm reaching landfall, came an immediate challenge to our faith.  The storm was at a category 5 and with that strength there was no doubt to the capability of homes flooding and the wind’s destruction. So we prayed for the Lord to weaken the storm.

As we continued to pray, trusting the Lord for His direction, it was His Word that encouraged us to stay. His Word appeared on my grand- daughter’s iPhone again that last day:

“He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth.”
Psalm 46:10

The biggest challenge to our faith was when a patrol car drove down our street, in front of our home, with an official’s megaphone, blasting- “This area is a flood zone,  you need to evacuate this day!

I will not lie, I became double-minded, wondering, whether I was somehow mistaken. And in the midst of it all, our guests were discussing whether to go or stay for we were all receiving messages from concerned relatives to leave right away. My grand- daughter gave her testimony of God’s deliverance and grace, and my husband stood firm believing we were safe.

Then, as I encouraged myself in the Lord, remembering what “He had to say”, I found myself  exclaiming, “It’s according to God’s Word, and according to God’s Word we’re to stay and went to my room and prayed.

I was glad  when my husband joined me, and together we began to pray, seeking God’s Peace and assurance on whether to go or stay.    So I prayed, if this is your “Word”, please let my husband know.  Suddenly, my husband said, “I have a Peace” and left.  As he was telling the others, I was praying for their peace, as well, and as it happened we all received it, enough to let it go.

As we settled together in one room, the storm raged, and the winds blew nosily against the aluminum shudders. At times, I would again pray, but distanced myself from the noise making me afraid.  I had asked the Lord to open our eyes to His provision whenever we would doubt and fear ( 2 Kings 6:17).
He answered that prayer directly, by keeping the lights shining and the the football game going until it was time for bed.

God made wonderful provisions early on in so many ways. Our son and his family dropped off their water, food and ice when they decided not to stay. And our grand-daughter’s husband came with electrical cables, a generator and  a light. We had exactly what was needed to bunker down for days and especially through “That night”.

Then the reason for the storm became “visible” when the power finally went off as the opportunity was given to share our faith in God’s only provision, His Son, Jesus Christ.

Surely,  the Lord’s light shone brightly in all our hearts that night.

As we laid waiting, family and friends began to encourage us in spiritual and practical ways. Sending us scripture and letting us know they prayed.

By the time the storm reached us it had weakened from a 5 to 2, and the chances of a storm surge near us with flooding, did not ring true.

The Lord was true to His Word to answer all our prayers by keeping our properties and families and friends safe both far and near.
This was the Word received and shared by my grand-daughter on the day of the storm: 

“Who has gone up to heaven and come down? Whose hands have gathered up the wind? Who has wrapped up the waters in a cloak? Who has established all the ends of the earth? What is his name, and what is the name of his son? Surely you know!”
Proverbs 30:4

Though the storm was ramping and raging, our Lord was true to His Word, it was up to us to believe Him as we knew He was faithful to do.

So, whether the Lord’s Word tells us to flee or to stay, we are assured of His protection when we listen to Him only.

It’s what
“He has to say”

“Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.”  Isaiah 30:21

Thanking our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and all our friends and family who encouraged us and prayed!

 

 

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The Secret of God’s Rest


cloud and Fire

Exodus 13:21

Have you found the Secret of God’s rest?

His journey is not burdensome, and He is with us all the way.
(Hebrews 13:5)

When Adam and Eve exchanged “Truth” for a lie they took life by the horns. Their labor would multiply, harvesting uselessness and death (Proverbs 14:12, Genesis 3).

Yet God promised a Savior, One, leading them back to Eden, the promised Land- the Kingdom of God. (Matthew 6:33, Genesis 3:15)

In God’s Kingdom, His Son reigns, and all who enter come through faith (John 14:6, Ephesians 2: 8-10). Those who remain have His light and follow His path (Psalm 119:105).

The light goes before them and the Rock behind them and wherever they go they hear His voice behind them say, “This is the way, walk in it.”
(Isaiah 30:21, John 14:26, 1 Corinthians 10:3-4), TRUST.

Hebrews 4:11
Trust & Rest

 

 

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Our Lot in Life


“God is our refuge and strength,
A very present help in trouble.

Therefore, we will not fear, though the earth should change
And though the mountains slip into the heart of the sea;

Though its waters roar and foam,
Though the mountains quake at its swelling pride.”
Psalm 46:1-3

                                                                    Genesis 18-19
Where do you go when trouble strikes in many forms? When the Angels pulled Lot from the place of destruction, they told him to flee to the mountain
(Matthew 24: 16-18).

But instead, Lot chose a nearby town. The mountain seemed far away and mounted high, whereby the town was low and he would quickly be there.

But to rise above our fears and see things from the Lord’s perspective we must be willing to meet with Him in higher places than our own.
It’s never a quick fix but with the long journey as we get closer and closer to our Lord we are suddenly transformed (Matthew 17:1-6).   There and only there can we hear His small, still voice of assuredness and peace (Isaiah 30:21).

Running to things familiar is a temporary comfort where we remain the same with our fears.

After Lot stayed in the nearby town he again had second thoughts. Therefore, he recalled the mountain, but the Lord was not there with his fears. Twice, Lot chose the wrong place to abide. Earlier, he chose the fertile fields near the towns of Sodom and Gomorrah where wickedness and unrighteousness prevailed
(1 Thessalonians 5:22).
By the time of his deliverance, the influence had done its damage. His wife looked back, destroyed, while his daughters took matters into their own hands.

The Lord is merciful, forgiving, and full of grace. ( Psalm 121:1) But it is our choice to abide in his presence or the world’s. (1 John 2:15-17)

References:
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Being in the World

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Waiting on the “Ice Maker”


ice

Philippians 4: 6-7  Isaiah 64:4

How many times do we observe in the examples in scripture how some of God’s people became impatient, couldn’t wait, and missed His blessings?

Eve –  Didn’t wait to talk to God before falling into Satan’s trap.
(Genesis 3)
Saul –  Couldn’t wait (trust) for Samuel to make intercession before going into battle. (1 Samuel 13)
Sarah – Couldn’t wait (trust), taking things into her own hands to have a child.
(Genesis 16)
Israelites – Couldn’t wait (trust) and missed the Promised Land

When we become anxious, and take things into our own hands, we miss God’s best and the situation becomes worse. But this is how we operate in a “Got to have it” and “Do it Now” culture.  Instead of pausing to think before we act, we run head long with our plans and decisions into discouragement, disappointment and consequences.

The Lord has been teaching me how to pray whenever I become anxious instead of reacting presumptuously and prematurely.  According to Philippians 4: 4-7 we are always to pray whenever we become anxious, listen for His voice on the subject and be still until we have clarity and further instructions.

Remember how the Lord led the Israelites through the wilderness?  It was a pillar of cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night (Exodus 13:21).  In the meantime, they were to camp (wait) right where they were until the Lord moved forward.  If they picked up and moved prior to His divine signal it resulted in disaster (Numbers 14:39-45).  Even Jesus warned His disciples that apart from Him they could do nothing, and to wait for the power of the Holy Spirit to come upon them before they went out to witness. But still it is our nature to leave the Lord behind as we hurl forward into discouragement, disappointment and failure.

I love the way Jesus taught the people using object lessons. He would point to metaphors, analogies and types familiar.  And this is the way the Lord sometimes teaches me (Matthew 6:28).

A year ago our Freezer’s Icemaker stopped working.  It was among many malfunctions occurring randomly all at the same time.  Therefore, instead of impulsively hiring a repair man to fix it, I took pause. It was just getting too expensive with the number of malfunctions and especially my husband’s truck needing repair.  Instead of putting the pressure on my husband to “Do Something”, I decided to bite the bullet, “wait” and just use ice trays.  As it turned out, filling ice trays was not such a big deal or inconvenient, and so the urgency faded further and further from my mind.

Then it happened, a few nights ago we woke up during the night to the familiar sound of flowing water and the clump of ice dumping once again. Could it be? Without doing anything to fix it? Our icemaker began working on its own?

Now I know this sounds silly to anyone who might be thinking this wasn’t exactly a major issue.  And you are right. But it was a joy to see without putting out any money, or taking matters in our own hands, it just happened. As I opened the freezer door and saw the bucket filled to capacity,  I realized,  waiting was the way to go. And that blessing came just in time before Thanksgiving and Christmas when we would need the rapid production of ice the most.

The Lord began to teach me through this small incident, but happy one, about Waiting for His best while receiving His grace. The ice trays were like God’s grace. We didn’t have ice automatically dispensing every day, but we still had ice whenever we filled the trays.

God does everything good, on time, and in His Way.  If I had insisted on pressuring my husband to pay for the repair, we would have paid out money, unnecessarily, and who knows whether or not it would even be fixed.  But most importantly, I would have missed out on God’s best and His gift which not only was a physical, tangible blessing but a spiritual one as well.

I learned another lesson on how “Waiting” on the Lord reaps a harvest of Christ’s joy and bounty.

As I continue to  witness the ice multiplying without my work, I am reminded  how God causes everything to work for good, as I learn to rest and trust in Him, being anxious for nothing, but with supplication and prayer, make my requests known, receiving His grace and peace which surpasses all understanding.
(Luke 9:16-17, Romans 8:28, Genesis 49:26, Hebrews 4:10, Ephesians 2: 4-10, John 10:10, Philippians 4: 6-7).

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Our Rear Guard


Rear Guard

“But you will not leave in haste or go in flight; for the LORD will go before you, the God of Israel will be your “rear guard”. Isaiah 52:12

Do you have difficulty forgetting your past sins? Do they creep up behind you and suddenly confront you when you are discouraged and doubt? It’s the enemy trying to drag you into condemnation and if you are so inclined to look back, he certainly will oblige. (Romans 8:1)

When the Israelites left Egypt, they came to a place of difficulty whereby they could not pass through. The Red Sea was before them while the Egyptian army were threatening and approaching to enslave and attack from behind (vs.14:5). So it was that the Angel of the Lord who was leading the Israelites moved behind them separating them from the Egyptians while they remained in the light.
(Exodus 14:19-20)

“Moses answered the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again. The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.” Exodus 14:14

  The Lord then told Moses to move onward and to hold up his staff to part the Red Sea. And just as they had previously left Egypt’s bondage, they moved forward in freedom on dry ground. (John 8:36, Isaiah 43:14-22)

In Ephesians 6:10-17 we see the armor of protection covering the believer from head to toe. But did you notice there is no mention of any protection from the back? The Lord’s sacrifice has taken care of all past sins, failures and circumstances, through His blood shed for you for the forgiveness of all sin.
(Isaiah 1:18, Philippians 3:14, Hebrews 9:22)

The believer is equipped to move ahead in battle while the Lord Himself guards his back. The Lord goes before him routing out the enemy to make a way removing every obstacle  as he/she learns to wait on Him. It is the believer’s part to trust while the Lord surrounds him/her from all sides. Therefore, the believer’s defense is in the Lord and all fiery accusations are extinguished by the Blood of the Lamb; trusting in His victory at the cross. (Romans 8:1, Isaiah 40: 30-31)

Remember, precious one in Christ Jesus, continue moving forward in faith and confidence, knowing the One Who won the battle over sin has your past (Philippians 3:14-15) future (Romans 8:28-30) and present (Psalm 46:1-3) circumstance covered by His “Right” Hand. (Luke 22:69)

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