Have you ever felt like you were on the cusp of something new and big?

That’s how I feel right now.

 

God is beginning a new thing in us...

 

I can’t exactly explain it, but this week God got our attention with some scripture verses that he put in neon lights so we wouldn’t miss them.

And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. 2 Corinthians 9:8

 God is the One who gives seed to the farmer and bread for food. He will give you all the seed you need and make it grow so there will be a great harvest from your goodness. 2 Corinthians 9:10

We’ve been mediating on chapter 9 all week and these verses specifically.

Right now if we are to look at our lives with our small-minded human eyes those verses almost seem irrelevant to where we are right now.

And that’s the thing.  We are often quick to dismiss our scripture reading.  We know it’s God’s word, it’s good stuff, but sometimes we just don’t see what the passages have to do with us and our current state.

Maybe that’s why God turned on the floodlights so that we would SEE the passages.

 

There is no question in my mind that God's word is alive and active in our lives. God is beginning a new thing in our lives because we've been mediating on scripture. It seems like such a small thing... but big things are happening because of it...

 

Because we have been mediating on those passages from God’s word all week… God was using them to mold our hearts.  He is the potter… we are the clay.

When we chose to be stubborn we aren’t malleable. We make it impossible for God to shape and form us.  Reflect on that.  Are you open to God’s guidance and shaping?  Or are you a tough dry hunk of clay?

Given our current situation I have no idea how God will use us.  Really that shouldn’t be my concern.  Instead, I need to assess my heart. Am I willing to let God mold and shape me?

What I do know is that because we chose to infuse ourselves with the scriptures he drew us to him.  When a situation presented itself later in the week we didn’t need to say, “Oh wait! I need to pray about this.”  We knew what we were to do. God had already been preparing us.

So tell me… have you ever had some verses or a chapter in the Bible jump off the page at you?  Were you impressed to immerse yourself in it?  What happened because you did or didn’t?

 

There is no question in my mind that God's word is alive and active in our lives. God is beginning a new thing in our lives because we've been mediating on scripture. It seems like such a small thing... but big things are happening because of it...

 

I truly believe that God is beginning a new thing in us.  I don’t know what this new “thing” will look like.  But, I do know that when it’s time I will totally know what it is.  God is in the midst of preparing us for it now, so that when the “opportunity” is presented, we will have no doubts.  It will be like Peter walking on the water… we’re just going to want to follow Jesus.  In the mean time, we need to keep our gaze on Christ so that like Peter we don’t falter and sink.  The good thing is… everything we need to stay the course is available to us in Christ Jesus.  God doesn’t call us to do things we can do in our own strength.  He calls us to do things that require our leaning hard on him.  It’s in those God-sized things God is glorified.

 

God is beginning a new thing in and through us

 

We’re still meditating on 2 Corinthians 9… and will continue to do so for some time.  And as we do, I have no doubt God will direct us to other scriptures which will also jump off the page and grab our attention.

So today… there’s no picking apart the scripture or life-application lesson.  Instead, this is an encouragement to be open to God and his word and his timing.  To be open to his leadership and guidance.  To take time to chew on the passages he shows you.  And most of all, to quit trying to make your own way.  We need to remember that God’s ways are higher than our ways.

What’s God showing you in his word?

What are you sensing God is leading you to do because of it?

 

It's JoyDay!  Come and join us as we count our blessings in community.  It's a wonderful thing!!

 

It’s JoyDay!

Always be joyful.  Never stop praying.  Whatever happens, give thanks, because it is God’s will in Christ Jesus that you do this. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 

One of my favorite things of the week is JoyDay!  I look forward to this time where we give thanks in community…. for the good and the no-so-good.  It’s an amazing way to re-set our compasses for the week.  To encourage one another.  And most of all to make our “joy-meters” soar.

Won’t you join me in thinking back over the last week and counting just ‘seven’  from a whole week’s worth of opportunities for gratitude?

I’ll start!

Thank you Lord for…

  1. incredible pink sunrises and sunsets
  2. a fun, thoughtful, and totally unexpected surprise
  3. a renewed creativity
  4. your amazing provision
  5. your word that is alive and life-giving
  6. getting to spend time with my dear friend
  7. your power at work in my fellow “pray-ers.”  Praying together in community and across the miles.

Now it’s YOUR turn!

Please join me by tapping in your ‘seven’ in the ‘share your extraordinary thoughts’ section below.

Thank you for stopping by and taking time to leave your sweet thoughts.

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Comments

  1. 1. My brother has a job interview
    2. My son returned safely from a short trip
    3. My Doctor changed my medicine and God willing maybe it will work better
    4. Joy of the birds singing this morning during my time with Jesus
    5. It’s going to be a lovely Fall day
    6. Thankful Jesus loves me just the way I am
    7. Thankful for my physical health
    Diane, God bless you and I hope you have a wonderful day!

    • Debbie… I had a truly wonderful day… thank you for your blessing.
      And thank you for taking time to share your ‘seven.’ I rejoice with you at God’s continued blessing and goodness in your life. May you be surprised this week with many memorable God-moments… and your heart filled with JOY! [[hugs]]

  2. Debbi Saunders says:

    Thank You Lord for:
    l. renewed excitement in all areas of my life…
    2. renewed desire to use my creative talents in my Home…
    3. the wonderful works you are doing in my friends and families lives…
    4. your Peace, Grace,and quietness in my Life…
    5. for helping me find Balance in all areas of my Life…
    6. for this glorious weather!!
    7. your unconditional Love, Friendship, comfort, provision in my Life that is always available to me every minute of the day, I have only to call out to you!
    Thank you Diane for another wonderful, insightful Blog post today..

    • I am so excited for you Debbi!!! God is refreshing and renewing you after your long desert journey. Oh how I praise him for that!!!
      Thank you for sharing today. May your heart overflow with God’s JOY and PEACE! [hugs]

  3. beth treaster says:

    As I read your message today, I was reminded of a time my husband and I were experiencing about 18 years ago. Actually, I felt like I could have been writing what you wrote. We knew God was up to something in our life, but didn’t know what. And then one morning on the way to work my husband was called into the ministry, and our lives were changed completely…for the better! We were in our fifties, but God can use you at any age if we are just open to His call. It has been an exciting journey snd a blessing. We cotinue to serve Him as we minister to two small churches in our community. God is good!

    • What a great story, Beth!! God IS good!! We are looking forward to what he has in store for us, too.
      May you and your husband continue to receive God’s favor and blessing in your ministry.

  4. Joy Day! A day late again! What happened? I forget.
    1. I got to do two things last week. I forget one but the other was a women’s fall deal. The weather nice and I liked seeing the moon.
    2. I did get horribly not well from the long ness of event and loud speaker. It took hours to understand and settle brain down but Curt helped me and I finally could rest. A blessing
    3. The weather is really nice here. Very beautiful
    4. Got to get a ride with a friend out. Nice to leave home
    5. Figured out the first part of a costume for a teddy bear. Just to finish it now! Mr O. An owl
    6. Lots of celebrations
    7. Nice little gifts from neighbor friend

    • Gwen… I love how you can see the goodness in so many things in your life. You are an inspiration.
      Praying for Curt and trusting God to bring him healing.
      May your heart overflow with JOY this week. [hugs]

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