“So is My word that goes out from my mouth; it will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.” Isaiah 55:11
It calls to those who are searching. Those who are looking for something, that open door that will invite them in, to where they do not know. There is something missing. They can feel it. What is it? They can almost touch it, know that it is missing, just can’t quite grasp what it is. Like trying to catch water with a fishing net.
Friend, you have what they are searching for.
You have His word on your heart. Let it flow from your lips. The Holy Spirit will guide what needs to be. Heal those who need Him. Bring Him close. Now is the perfect season to bring Jesus and His words of peace, joy, contentment, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, self control and love to others who may be alone, scared, anxious or lost.
Look for them. Please share the Good News of our Messiah!! He has come to save those who choose Him. We may be limited in how to get together as a group or still keeping social distancing in practice, at least here in this state, but we are smart! We can still text, zoom, an actual phone call, or even (insert gasp) write some happy mail to those who might not be in a good place. Let others know you and God are thinking of them. Let them know how much God loves them. Remind them of how blessed we are to be children of God!! Share His Love with believers and non believers alike! Open your heart by sharing His!! Change lives by telling of His miracles!! Consider even just starting with one person who God puts on your heart. Greet them at the open door and lead them into His glorious presence. He is waiting to heal them, to hear them call His name. Start small if its easier. Send a smile…full of love…send them Jesus.
Yes, every good thing ever seen in me, little or big, is all the Eternal Father!! I know that all glory belongs to God. I am simply the vessel. He is the master. I am honored that He has chosen to use me. I love being His hands and feet whenever asked.
I agree with what Corrie Ten Boom said “Trying to do the Lord’s work in your own strength is the most confusing, exhausting, and tedious of all work. But when you are filled with the Holy Spirit, then the ministry of Jesus just flows out of you.” Yes! Yes!! Yes!!!
Lord Jesus give me the strength and drive to accomplish your plans for me today. Help me to stay focused and let me SHINE FOR JESUS in my works. 2 Corinthians 3:18 in the NIV says “So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord–who is the Spirit–makes us more and more like Him as we are changed into His glorious image.”
Praise hands lifted! Love this!! Yes!! This is why I KNOW that if I have done anything worthy of praise, at all, it has been by the grace of God and the Holy Spirit working through me!! All Glory for anything good belongs to God.
Isaiah 42:8 in the NIV says “I am the Lord; that is my name! I will not yield my glory to another or my praise to idols.” Exactly as it should be. To God be the Glory. For ONLY He is worthy.
Please accept my prayer over you today.
May the Lord bless you and keep you; The Lord make His face shine upon you, and be gracious to you; The Lord lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace.
Doesn’t that just fill your heart thinking about it? The fullness of JOY!! John 15:11 quotes Jesus as saying ” These things I have spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.”
Only true believers in Christ can really experience the fullness of joy. It is a mindset. It is the Christian attitude. We are no longer of this world!! We are set apart!! We live for Jesus!! We find joy in all situations, no matter the people or circumstances we may find ourselves surrounded by. God is so good!!
He defeats any and every doubt or worry you might have and replaces it with His peace.
Holy Spirit fill our hearts with Your love and peace. Help us grow abundantly in our walk with You. May the fullness of joy be woven into our daily lives, welling up so much in our hearts that is completely spills over into the world around us. May we be a reflection of Christ in all we do. Amen
My house is so quiet and still, which is honestly rare. I have my window cracked above my bed and feel a chilly breeze whispering through my blinds bringing goosebumps to my exposed arms. I snuggled back down under my covers watching the slight movement of my ceiling fan pull cords dancing in the night with the airflow silently.
I know it is way to late for me to be awake right now. The vexatious blasts of noise meant to awaken me will be blaring in just a few hours and I truly need to get some sleep. Yet my brain will not calm down!! Thoughts just keep scampering around and around, not in a troublesome way, but truly contemplating a sermon I listened to before falling into my bed.
It was from Matthew 14:25-36, when Jesus calmed the storm. ( Just try and tell me we are not all walking in a serious storm right now!!)
Here is the part that is keeping me up. Remember how incredible it was that Jesus comes to His friends walking on the water? Remember how Peter sees the Lord and calls out ” command me to come to You.” So the Lord replied “come.” Peter threw his legs over the side of the boat, without one small doubt, he began WALKING ON THE WATER to the Lord.
It only lasted for a little bit, but WOW!!! That is how I want to be. Well not the sinking in the sea part, but I want to see Jesus, listen for His call and then jump!! No thoughts of worry or “what if” to fill my mind. I just want to be so focused on the fact that my Savior is right there in front of me and has a plan for me. Yes!! That is who I want to be.
I am truly in awe of Peter’s whole thought process that was centered on “You want me? You are going to help me to do what the whole world calls impossible? Right on!! Let’s do this!!”
At that moment, the enemy never even stood a chance. Peter knew Jesus. HE knew as crazy as an idea might sound to his simple human hears, God was greater and WITH HIM, ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE. Any whispers of negative were shielded by Peter’s intense FAITH AND TRUST in the Almighty. Is it just me or does that blow your mind too?
Peter, who was kinda a knucklehead, still had tremendous faith!! Impenetrable focus on The One. So much so that he DID what we all would consider impossible!! Imagine what we all could do if we really did have that intensity in our faith and focus!! Oh Christian, I pray we find this powerful faith within ourselves today and magnify it immensely all for the glory of God.
“The greatest man in history, named Jesus, had no servants, yet they called Him Master. Had no degree yet they called Him Teacher. He had no medicines, yet they called Him Healer. He had no army, yet kings feared Him. He won no military battles, yet He conquered the world. He committed no crime yet they crucified Him—He was buried in a tomb, yet He lives today!”
My faith is not based on sight. It is based on the knowledge that my God can do anything! It’s not a feel good faith like a warm blanket on a chilly night. It is the knowledge that my God is supernatural! He does great and wonderful things all the time!! My faith is based on the truth that He has always loved me more than I could ever imagine. He came to take the punishment that I more than completely deserve, so that we can spend eternity together. He wants to help me grow. He wants me to be more than I think I can be. My Savior came and healed my mutilated heart, my anxious soul found peace in His love and my eyes touch now to see the world through His eyes. He is always there by my side. He always covers me with favor as if with His glorious shield.
His command has changed me. He has given me courage when I had only felt fear. He washed me clean when I knew how dirty my life had made my soul. He gave me strength when I felt I could never get up again. When I responded to His call, He restored my life and brought me into His loving embrace. These are things I cannot see with my one dimensional mortal vision, but through my deep faith in Christ my spiritual multidimensional eyes have been opened.
This faith comes from the free gift of grace from Jesus Christ. He offers this to you freely. Accept His love! Let Him be your life!! CHOOSE JESUS!!
So…this has been my life for the past few years…spending time just sitting on uncomfortable furniture, with a (hopefully) good book in hand, hanging out in various waiting rooms, wondering if this will finally be the last one. Will this doctor finally give me the answers I am needing to find? Fun, fun, fun!!! Not.
When you know your are unhealthy, even the doctors know, and they can’t figure out why…you are perpetually stuck in waiting rooms, lots and lots of various cold and impersonal waiting rooms. For me it is a room of anxiety. Questions run through my mind endlessly here. Will this doctor need more blood? Do I have more blood to give? How many more tests? Did this one graduate honestly wanting to heal others or just to make mountains of money? Do I have to take more medicine I am allergic to? We already tested for that, why again? Yay its not cancer! Then why do we have to remove it? Yeah, not the most uplifting conversations are dancing around in my noggin during these periods of wait. Sadly, I now often have little faith that this health situation I have been living in can be fixed by men or women of the world. I think only God has the answers I am looking for and I might only get them when my life here on earth is over.
This has been truly a season of waiting rooms. Not just in the area of my health. The Lord has had me in areas of wait in other parts of my life as well. I have situations that I am SO ready for Him to step in and change. Oh let me tell you, I have told Him exactly how I feel these areas need to be addressed. Yet for some reason, He does not agree. I know He is entertained by my attempts to get Him to see that my way, to deal with an issue would just be so easy! No need for Him to have a plan. I got this. I got this!! Just smite this person over there, and maybe lift up this person over here…yeah, I know you are hearing Him giggle at me to aren’t you?
Chuckles or not, He has me waiting for my answers. I know that God is faithful, and I am called to walk by faith and not by sight. No matter what the ever negatively evolving, unstable or painful seasons that life brings. As a Believer in Christ Jesus, through times of joy and tribulation, God’s faithfulness remains consistent and steadfast. I must continue to put all my faith and trust in Him and Him alone as I sit here in my season of waiting. Life is hard, turbulent, challenging, and quite often, does not play into my favor. I admit that when things do not go according to my plans, I can become really apprehensive, but God remains faithful. Every single time, He is there, finding the better path for me. The one I didn’t even consider. It’s sometimes hidden just till I grow a little more or it is taking time being prepared for me to step into.
I am learning that waiting does have its perks. I am getting a ton of reading done! I had been so busy that I had not had as much time to read just for pleasure. I had forgotten how much it made me feel more like me. I am discovering books I never would have read. I have found little hidden bookstores in my community I had never noticed before. I have stopped in amazing coffee shops in neighborhoods I had never visited until I had an appointment there. There have been a few that make coffee that was touched by one of God’s angels it was so good. In my waiting I have found more people now are really trying to live eating clean and we exchange recipes. I am connecting with others amazing people I might never have had a reason to chit chat with if we weren’t both trying to figure out our health issues.
The best part about this season of wait is that I have had more time to be quietly speaking with God. He has been showing me areas where I did not even know my soul was in need of healing. Those moments really hurt. They were not my favorite, but they were intensely needed. He is the Great Physician and knows exactly what I need. My healing on all levels is always on His mind. He knows the best course for me. He never forgets where I am at, but sometimes just asks me to wait for a bit before He has me move on.
That leaves me here.
I am in the waiting rooms. The doctors waiting rooms and God’s. I know I will receive answers eventually. I must use this time to work on my patience and accept those things that I cannot control. Those are some seriously intense lessons by the way! Did not realize just how much I depended on my own control in a situation. Totally getting smacked with the realization that I actually have none. Absolutely no control over anything. It was all an illusion. Only God is ever really in control. I digress. Sorry, that is a totally different post.
Those of you who are going through similar trials of unexplained health, emotional or spiritual issues, know I am praying for you. One way or the other we will be healed, either on this side of heaven or in eternity, but we will be healed.