I am amazed at how God always seems to pull through, even at the last hour! His timing is always perfect!
It has been a full week and the upcoming weeks even more full with our retreat approaching. Please continue to pray for Kathy and I as we prepare our heart and mind for teaching, worship, and fellowship. If you haven't registered and are planning to attend, TODAY, Monday, Sept. 18th is the deadline. There is a link at the end of the blog to register!
The verse in Isaiah is so pertinent for me right now. It seems I'm always scratching my head, wondering when He will intervene. I (We) must have patience!
Judy Ingle has written this weeks Monday Musing with such authenticity. It is my prayer that you will be blessed as you wait patiently on the Lord to fulfill your need and desires. ~ Sherry
Wait in quiet patience!
Recently, in many different ways, this imperative keeps commanding my attention to wait patiently in expectation of what God is going to do. Have you ever found yourself in a place where you do not know what you are supposed to be doing, wondering where you are in your spiritual journey? This seems to be the place I am in right now. I'm believing I have a heart that is desiring and willing to serve the Lord, yet I am in a quandary, not knowing what my "role" is or what "role" I'm supposed to play. This kind of thinking may be more common than I suspect but I keep asking myself: "Where do I go from here?" I seem to stay so perplexed by this nonsensical thought process; then, without realizing what’s happening I have the tendency to retreat or sink into despair. Could it be that I am experiencing fear as I anticipate or hesitate in moving forward or am I being reluctant to leave my comfort zone?
we are perplexed, but not forsaken;
cast down, but not destroyed."
2 Corinthians 4:8
"But the wisdom that is from above is first pure,
then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be entreated,
full of mercy and good fruits,
without partiality, and without hypocrisy." James 3:17
I am so realizing that my life with all it complexities is to be spread out before the feet of Jesus. I use the words spread out instead of lay out purposefully because surrendering to Him dictates my spreading it all out with nothing hidden and no selfish agenda. I have come to the end of myself! Thank the Lord!
Matthew Henry writes: "When God is coming towards us with His favors we must go forth to meet Him with our praise."
His gracious favors have absolutely been bestowed on me! How naturally, lovingly, and with unstaggering confidence in Him should I go forth to meet Him with praise.
In my heart I will sing: "My heart is fixed, O God my heart is fixed: I will sing and give you praise." Psalm 57:7
Philippians 4:13 tells me: "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."
As I resign to do God's will, often in waiting, I will be asking Him to remind me if I neglect to acknowledge His presence and my daily walk with Him. I am, of all people, indebted to the goodness of God.
"Our (my) eyes wait upon the Lord our God, until He has mercy upon us (me)." Psalm 123:2
"I waited patiently for the Lord; and He inclined unto me, and heard my cry.
He brought me up also out of a horrible pit, and out of the miry clay,
and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings.
And He hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God."
Psalm 40; 1-3
"Casting down imaginations and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ." 2 Corinthians 10:5
As I continue on this journey of life, I will ask the Father to banish from my recollection everything that is untrue, unhealthy, or of no value and ask that He not allow me to try and wiggle my way out of His unrelenting watchful eye over me. May He settle truth in my heart, clarity to my muddled thinking and peace to my disconcerted heart.
We are called to be a light but how can we shine if we allow "stuff" to dim our glow? I read once that we have no oil well springing up from inside us; even in happy times we cannot give the light of the Lord unless we are given the "fresh oil of grace" from Him. The" oil of grace" which is joy, truth, love, holiness and knowledge. These qualities are all beams of His Holy Light and we can never obscure the darkness until we-personally- in private, receive the oil from the Holy Spirit.
In closing, I must say that I (we) need to be daily aware of the fact that a frizzy of emotions will greet me (us) each morning and recognize that my (our) heart is vulnerable to all kinds of extremes and my (our) only defense is a prepared heart! As the demands of the day hover I (we) must be reminded to early reverence our Heavenly Father, acknowledge His presence, listen for His voice and desire the "Oil of Grace" to fill our thirsty souls so we can carry His light.
But there is a gold mine of peace deep with in you, waiting to be tapped." ~ Sarah Young
O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer." Psalm 19:14
May I wait in quiet patience and expectation and allow the Lord to fill-up my idle moments with thanksgiving and praise to Him. He is worthy!!!
In His love,
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