guide me in your truth and teach me,
for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long (NIV)
Drench yourself in words unspoken, Live your life with arms wide open,
Today is where your book begins, The rest is still unwritten. ("Unwritten" by Natasha Beddingfield)
It matters not how long we live, but how!
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Ask for Help
Do not hide your face from me in the day of my distress. Incline your ear to me; answer me speedily when I call. Psalm 102:2
You must ask for God's help. Even when you have done so, it may seem to you for a long time that no help, or less help than you need, is being given. Never mind. After each failure, ask forgiveness, pick yourself up, and try again. Very often what God first helps us toward is not the virtue itself but just this power of always trying again. For however important chastity (or courage, or truthfulness, or any other virtue) may be, this process trains us in habits of the soul which are more important still. It cures our illusions about ourselves and teaches us to depend on God. We learn, on the one had that we cannot trust ourselves even in our best moments, and, on the other, that we need not despair even in our worst, for our failures are forgiven. the only fatal thing is to sit down content with anything less than perfection.
This entire message resonates with my very soul. I've been sitting on the following for a couple of days because I just have not had the time to get on here. Now I can see why. It was a "God-thing"....it simply wasn't time yet!
Psalm 23:6 ~ Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.
Haggai 2:9 ~ ‘The glory of this present house will be greater than the glory of the former house,’ says the LORD Almighty. ‘And in this place I will grant peace,’ declares the LORD Almighty.”
Hugs, my friends ~ Merana
Friday, April 8, 2011
That's the hardest thing...waiting...isn't it?! I've resolved to wait for where the Lord is taking me. It's not easy. I want what I want...and I want it now! But....that's just simply not how it works. And I'm trying my very best to keep his way. That's hard too. I'm not perfect....Lord knows I'm as flawed as the next person...yet...I try.
But, just like the Israelites going through the desert 40 years...He will still deliver us to the land we are to inherit. Each of us has a different "land", don't we? One person's may be a successful business venture, another's to conceive a child, another's for healing, another's to have their children safe, yet another's to find that someone special after so long alone (even if for mere companions).... The point is, everyone has a different land to which the Lord is taking us to inherit. We just have to follow the first part of that Scripture verse...WAIT for him & KEEP his way!
When I get frustrated & try to make things happen my way, as I've confessed before, the Holy Spirit always reminds me that it's HIS plans He speaks of in Jeremiah 29:11....not MY plans! So, until the time of my inheritance (at least of this world, before my true inheritance in Christ's Kingdom), I constantly pray Psalm 25:4,5 - Show me your ways, LORD, teach me your paths. Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long...and cling to this Psalm 37:34 with Romans 8:24b ~ But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have?
I don't want to wander 40 years in the desert....or even one day...because I tried to do it MY way!
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Tuesday, April 5, 2011
"What would really satisfy us would be a God who said of anything we happened to like doing, 'What does it matter as long as they are contented?' we want, in fact, not so much Father in Heaven as a grandfather in heaven - a senile benevolence who, as they say, 'liked to see young people enjoying themselves.'"
I believe that is so true. We'd like to continue on our merry way & when we get in trouble, give a shout out to the God of the universe to come fix everything we just messed up. But what we should heed, is when Scripture tells us:
Philippians 4:11-13 (New International Version) ~ 11 I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 12 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. 13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength.Ephesians 4:22-24 (New International Version) ~22 You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; 23 to be made new in the attitude of your minds; 24 and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.
Lewis then continues, "God is both further from us, and nearer to us, than any other being...He makes, we are made: He is the original, we derivative. Our life is, at every moment, supplied by Him: our tiny, miraculous power of free will only operates in bodies which His continual energy keeps in existence." Think about that. Yes, we have free will....so we could choose to turn our backs on Him. But He's still with us, He still loves us. The sheer fact that we're still alive to utilize the very gift of free will to turn our back, is itself because He is ordaining that to happen.
"WOW!!!" .... that's about all I can say!
Saturday, April 2, 2011
We must remember, as C.S. Lewis says, "no power in the whole universe, except you yourself, can prevent Him from taking you to that goal" (of the perfection to which He is guiding us). Yes, only each of us, with our free will, can stand in God's way of bringing us to where we need to truly be. And to paraphrase Henri Nouwen, God is forcing us onward, upward, to a higher level by allowing situations where we must be more brave, more patient, and more loving that we ever dreamed of being before. To us, it seems unnecessary. That is only because we have no inkling of the tremendous person He intends to make of us, if we will just follow His lead. With that, I always go back to my Scripture prayer, Psalm 25:4,5 ~ Show me your way, O Lord, teach me your paths; guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long. Yes, I believe it is wonderful to pray the Scriptures & this is one I do daily....several times a day.
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