Dear family of God,
Good morning! God bless you today as you wait or walk. He has His hands around you. His love supports you. He loves you so much. When I woke this morning I had a song on my mind. 'Wait, wait, wait on the Lord. We must wait, wait, wait on the Lord and learn our lessons well. In His timing He will tell us what to do, where to go, what to say.' I think that is how it goes. Well, I figure this is the direction Holy Spirit is leading me today, how about you?
There are many references to waiting in the scriptures. Think about Abraham and Sarah. Joseph. Jacob and Rachel. David. Job. So many examples of people who had to wait for something. Whether a promise from God or the right time to claim a position. Waiting never comes easily for our flesh. What kind of waiting do you find yourself in? For me, as you know, waiting for the healing of my knee so I can walk. You know, I have never wanted to take a walk more than this last week! Funny how that works when told I can't is when I want. Nothing compared to the situation you are in, right?
Waiting for the Lord to bless you with someone to love and who will love you back...till death do us part. Or, waiting to hear from a child who has gone away and you don't know where they are? Or maybe, time when you can retire from that job of drudgery. I think about those couples waiting for an adoption to go through. Finality, in any form when you are waiting comes as a relief in most cases. But, today I want to share some good news about our waiting on the Lord.
The first scripture that comes to my mind is from Isaiah 40:31..."But those who wait for the Lord [who expect, look for, and hope in Him] shall change and renew their strength and power; they shall lift their wings and mount up [close to God] as eagles [mount up to the sun]; they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint or become tired." Wow! Isn't this awesome? Could it be that this very word is what your soul needs to hear today? Power, strength, and not faint or tired. That is what I long for today.
You know how a soldier waits in the fox hole? It may not be comfortable, but he waits for the commanders orders to get out of there. Many of your circumstances require you to wait uncomfortably, lacking in strength and longing to escape your trial. God says to wait on Him. He knows the trouble you are in and has the perfect time for you to be released from your darkness, your prison, your heartache. Father knows best! Only in the Lord God will we find all we need. Do you see it? Read this scripture over and over until it gets right down to where you are living. You will come through a victor with more compassion for your fellow brothers and sisters in Christ. I am counting on it!
I would love to spend more time here but, my body won't allow it. So, I again leave you with the promise that God sees you and desires to have an intimate ongoing relationship with you, no matter if the storm rages or the sun shines. We must learn our lessons well. I entrust each of you into His loving care, knowing my Jesus, is faithful and true. We serve a Mighty God! The Lord bless you and keep you and may you have wings to take flight as the eagles very soon. Love in Christ, Patricia.
Abundance is...prayer changes things
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Thank you so much for your prayers and patience. I am still on the mend and getting wrestless to move about more freely. You know how humbling it is to have to depend on the help of others? For me, it is a biggie! This independant streak in my nature is not Christ like and that is what I am learning while recupperating. I believe my greatest lessons are learned and victory won during my darkest hours. My waiting hours. Oh, how I want to learn dependance upon God for all of my situations. He is always there for us isn't He? When we cry out for more of God we will go into places yet unexplored. Our relationship is His delight. Being His treasured children we too must desire more of Him, as He does us.
While I have been learning to say, "thank you" for the helpers around me, my family...I am learning the valuable lesson of sitting still. To heal we need to sit before the Lord and allow Him to do His best in us. This is where I am today. As we have been apart I have prayed for you. For your growth in Jesus. For your peace in suffering and for joy regardless of circumstances. I think I say that alot, don't I? It just seems to be the season of my life now. I have been fighting against depression, negative and fearful thoughts since this accident. But, I know Who I have believed in and He is able to keep me. So, as I have been praying for you, although without names or faces, I believe God sees each of you too. He knows your name and where you live. He even knows what trouble you are in whether physically, emotionally or spiritually. Jesus Christ is able to do far more, superabundantly beyond what we are able to express. Let Him love on you today.
Since I have no grand vision or words of wisdom for you, I must allow the Holy Spirit to help me convey what I am personally hanging onto. His Word is always prosperous and life giving. When we take time to seek His face, then, we are equipped to bear much fruit. It may require a faith you haven't had before as you have to be off your feet to heal. It may take faith that requires you to sing when the shadows of impossiblity, like mountains surround you. It may even take the kind of faith that reaches out to others even when it seems there is no help for yourself. I have been challenged to speak kindness, even when I can't seem to express my needs to my family. They are trying and I must carry on with the countenance of gratitude at all times. Without Jesus in front of me I could not see His face. I hope I am helping you to understand.
I was embraced in the Father's love today, when I read the answer to why I am feeling so down. Psalm 42: 5 says it best..."Why are you cast down, O my inner self? And why should you moan over me and be disquieted within me? Hope in God and wait expectantly for Him, for I shall yet praise Him, my help and my God." Wow, that speaks to my heart. When we focus on our problems, they only loom bigger before us. When we focus on God, then hope takes presidence and totally frames the story of what God is trying to work in us, right now. His Love is the framework. His Word is the picture. Praise the Lord with me!
In the last verse of this chapter, verse 11 it repeats the beginning but adds more..."for I shall yet praise Him, Who is the help of my countenance, and my God." This is good isn't it? We have all the help we need as we wait, sitting, waiting and sitting some more! He is all I need.
Have a blessed day and know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. God loves you, Patricia.
Abundance is...my times are in His hands
Dear brothers and sisters,
I am writing today regardless of my pain. Yesterday I took a fall and got pretty banged up. I covet your prayers for this body to recover soon. The Lord watches over us doesn't He? Though I am pretty bruised and sore, I praise the Lord that the concussion is over and nothing was broken. In everything giving thanks because for this time I have nothing to do but pray and step closer into His presence. Learning to totally depend on God because His plans are perfect. I am surrounded by caring family and so grateful to have a few minutes to share with you what is on my heart today.
Even though I will be taking a few days off, you are in my thoughts and prayers. If you want, take time to read some back posts and I will be back soon. Thank you friends. But, now for the good stuff.
Ephesians 3:20-21..."Now to Him Who, by (in consequence of) the [action of His] power that is at work within us, is able to [carry out His purpose] and do superabundantly, far over and above all that we [dare] ask or think [infinately beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, hopes or dreams]---To Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations forever and ever. Amen (so be it)."
Now, wasn't that worth the time? I know my body is hurting and my heart is filled with compassion for those of you who are in pain today. When I fell I knew I was in God's hands. Since, I have been praying that I don't fall into self-pity leading to sin. I want to worship Him when I am up or when I am down. In all the scripture tells us that the enemy cannot stike at us to destroy. As I have come to believe, this little chick is safe under the wings of safety. I think I may have mentioned that yesterday. It is tried and true. God is good all the time. I believe this.
Bless you as you continue to follow in His footsteps. Believe that all of His purposes are to do superabundantly. Go ahead, I dare you to ask! See you again soon. In the powerful name of our risen savior, Jesus. Amen. Love to you, Patricia.
Abundance is...we are under His wings
Dear brothers and sisters,
Our lives are walking examples to the world that there is hope. Our journey reveals our faith and trust in God. That His plans succeed and we will see them accomplished. 2 Corinthians 5:5 says, "Now He Who has fashioned us [preparing and making us fit] for this very thing is God, Who also has given us the [Holy] Spirit as a guarantee [of the fullfillment of His promise]." Isn't that worthy of praise? It is so good to know that we are not on this great adventure as believers, all alone. We have and are full of the very Spirit of God which raised Jesus His Son from the dead! Glory, honor and power be to His name!
Yesterday, we started to look at a portion of scripture that I love so much. Reading Ephesians has opened my eyes to see the great purposes of God. So, picking up at Ephesians 3:18..."That you may have the power and be strong to apprehend and grasp with all the saints [God's devoted people, the experience of that love] what is the breadth and length and height and depth [of it];"
What is this love? John 3:16..."For God so greatly loved and dearly prized the world that He [even] gave up His only begotten (unique) Son, so that whoever believes in (trusts in, clings to, relies on) Him shall not perish (come to destruction, be lost) but have eternal (everlasting) life." If you do not know this love, please take time now to pour your heart out to Jesus. Let Him redeem your life from the pit of darkness and bring you sweetly into His perfect, pure Light. Then, you can know Him intimately, and become like Him. Psalm 145:3 says, "Great is the Lord and highly to be praised; and His greatness is [so vast and deep as to be] unsearchable." Read Psalm 148 for a real good picture of His greatness. He is our awesome Father in heaven! Hang out in the book of Psalm often to keep a picture of Who you are serving. It will refresh your soul, I guarantee.
Ephesians 3:19 says, "[That you may really come] to know [practically, through experience for yourselves] the love of Christ, which far surpasses mere knowledge [without experience]; that you may be filled [through all your being] unto all the fullness of God [may have the richest measure of the divine Presence, and become a body wholly filled and flooded with God Himself]!"
There have been times in my life that drinking water just does not quench my thirst. There have been times when my belly is really hungry and yet, I was not satisfied.. When we come to Jesus and ask Him to be our savior it is then, that we find fullfillment. He gives us living water and fills our hearts and souls with the bread of life. He will sustain us and keep us under His protection. Like the little chicks that run to the safety of the momma hen, we come under the shadow of His wings...Psalm 91. God created us to enjoy relationship with us. All it takes is for us to come near to the throne of His abundant grace. Amen?
Father, we pray that You would enlarge our hearts for relationship with You. Your promises are wonderful and we want to partake of them today. Lord, You are great and mighty and able to take care of every detail of our lives. You are able to heal, restore and deliver us. You are so willing to fill our very being with Your fullness; the richest measure of Your divine presence. So, we come to You and surrender all that we are and ever hope to be. Make us like You planned from the beginning. We love You. In the gracious name of Jesus Christ, amen.
Abundance is...we can know Him
What banner is over your life today? As I am thinking about Flag Day here in America, my heart is so appreciative to God for our freedoms. I love flags! There are banners in the Word of God that I love too, so today, we will take time to look at the promises of God that wave over our lives like His Banner of love. I have found myself drawn to the scriptures daily for direction, inspiration, comfort and yes, even accept the discipline to walk the straight and narrow. To be in the world but not of the world. To look, act and think different from what I was before. I praise the Lord for the power of His Spirit to make, break and complete us in Christ.
Ephesians 3:16-21 is just one of the places where we will find wonderful promises from God. I personally want to apply this to my heart to such a degree that I continually sense His Banner of Love over me. "May He grant you out of the rich treasury of His glory to be strengthened and reinforced with mighty power in the inner man by the [Holy] Spirit [Himself in dwelling your innermost being and personality]." Do you know that God has a treasure house for you? As His child, becoming His bride we get to freely enter His presence and take hold of every treasure in His Love letter, our Bible. Because we are chosen by the Father, redeemed by the Son and sealed by the Holy Spirit. Read Ephesians chapter one!
His heart is that we find our strength in Him. That the power of the Holy Spirit is active in our entire being and personality. Mighty Power! Not just a sprinkle of His Grace. Not just a drop of Living Water. But, all of what God has for us. Wow! This is so incredible, I want to fall on my knees. Instead of me saying, 'Well, I really don't have that gift to be used by God' is like saying we never believed we are His. We must be fully His! If you are doubting, James says, "you will be tossed to and fro like a ship on the sea." Are you finding yourself wavering in your faith? Then, let's read on.
Here it is in verse 17..."May Christ through your faith [actually] dwell (settle down, abide, make His permanent home) in your hearts! May you be rooted deep in love and founded securely on love," This is what you do to gain those treasures God wants you to have by the Holy Spirit living in you. But, as you may have noticed, God IS patient. He is a gentleman and will wait at the door of your heart ready to enter when you open that door. Better not waste time though! See, the Bridegroom is coming and He comes for a READY Bride. The way to be rooted deep in love is to lean into His love. We need to spend time getting to know the Lord. Practice His presence everyday!
I think we should stop here and take in these wonderful words of life. I don't want to rush too quickly. Let's pray. Father in heaven thank you for the promises we find in Your Word today. If there is anyone needy of You call them to come. Believers who have gone lacking in their walk due to doubt, help them to desire to return and abide in the shadow of Your love. We can't fix ourselves, so we praise You today for giving us Your Holy Spirit to dwell in us and make us more and more like Your Son. Thank you for all who would seek Your face. Raise up the banner of Your love over Your children today. In the mighty matchless name of Jesus, amen. Have a blessed day treasure hunting in His Word!
Abundance is...His banner of Love