Have you come across a pretty picture, a great quote, artwork, or even a Bible verse that you thought was unique or special in someway and you pinned it? Just because?
This morning I went to my boards to pick something to share on Facebook. This sweet piece of art was inspiring and encouraging to me.
And then I read it again. And felt the power of the words.
Do you have a mountain that needs to move?
My husband and I surely do. We’ve arrived at a new point in our journey which I have been hinting at recently.
Here is a question I wrestled with. What is the point of this curve ball that has been thrown at us if not to glorify God?
People lose jobs every day. People stay unemployed regardless of their diligent hunt and countless interviews. Every. Day.
I don’t understand. We’ve been in this place before. For 2 years and 4 months to be exact. It almost killed me. And when we were hanging from a thread that stretched us to the very breaking point, God gave us a reprieve. A 14 month reprieve. I cannot tell you how grateful I am for that reprieve.
Going back in time…14 months plus 2 years and 4 more months…you can do the math….people constantly said and believed, “God must have something really good ahead for you.” Sometimes those are just words people say to be encouraging. But, I really think that many of our friends truly believed that. After all, Romans 8:28 is true. I believe it too.
Today I have a new perspective. In my heart I know God is going to do a good thing. Something amazing. But, it’s not about me, though I will be the recipient. It’s about him. He wants to orchestrate something that will show his goodness, his glory, his greatness. He wants to do something that only he can do. Something that will have all of us saying….only God could do that!
Here’s the scripture passage that Peggy drew from when she put her inspiring piece of art together.
15 And Hezekiah prayed to the Lord: “Lord, the God of Israel, enthroned between the cherubim, you alone are God over all the kingdoms of the earth. You have made heaven and earth. 16 Give ear, Lord, and hear; open your eyes, Lord, and see; listen to the words Sennacherib has sent to ridicule the living God. 17 “It is true, Lord, that the Assyrian kings have laid waste these nations and their lands. 18 They have thrown their gods into the fire and destroyed them, for they were not gods but only wood and stone, fashioned by human hands.19 Now, Lord our God, deliver us from his hand, so that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that you alone, Lord, are God.” 2 Kings 19:15-19
“Now, Lord…deliver us….so all…my know that you alone, Lord, are God.”
That is my prayer, too.
What is it that you need God to deliver you from? Will you join me in praying and trusting God for something that only he can do?
This kind of praying and trusting is like the craziest, breath-taking thrill ride you’ve ever been on.
Only this ride….it’s not on some man made contraption. This ride has you in the palm of God’s hand. If you’ll let him.
It’s Joy Day!
The day we set aside to count gifts that God has allowed in his divine providence to pass through our lives. We count the good gifts, and we count the things that we would rather not be thankful for…but count anyway…in obedience. Paul, a great leader of the early church, wrote to the Thessalonians, “give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18 NIV. Those words are for us too, even today.
Please join me in counting….just seven from the week.
I’ll start: I’m thankful for…
- Fleas and a flea comb
- God’s provision of food, heat, and shelter, this week
- A spark of creativity
- Greater glimpses of God
- A daily encouragement from a different friend
- The invitation to church and dinner with friends
- Being featured on Tidy Mom
Now it’s your turn. Rock your Joy meter! Scroll down to “Share Your Thoughts” below and count your seven. I love to hear from you. Know that I read and respond to every comment.
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