When we consider how loving and caring God is of the sparrow…. How awesome it is to know the magnification of His love and care toward you and me! Then to realize the all consuming desire of God to redeem His creation back to Himself, we too should find ourselves filled with an all consuming desire for Him! To think, His word tells us, “behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.” Revelation 3:20 NASB. I see Him desiring to spend time at ease with you and me, engaged in loving time together! Funny stories, words of tender care and encouragement, seeds of His great love sown deep that bring forth a harvest of epic proportion in your life and mine; then this bounty spills over into the lives of those all around us, glorifying the “Name above ALL names”, Jesus Christ, God’s very best to you and me and for all!
Thank you January!
Originally posted on Coffee with a Shot of Faith:
I recently joined an on-line Bible study sponsored by Proverbs 31 ministries at the urging of a fellow Christian sister. During the study we will be reading and reflecting on the book Made to Crave by Lysa TerKeurst. I had read the book at a church bible study previously, but cannot honestly say that I had applied many of Lysa’s suggestions and insights to my own life, or to my own relationship with God.
As I have been thinking about what I am hoping to learn and how I am hoping to grow this time around after reading it, I cannot help but think about how I want to crave more of Him in my life all the time. Not just when I need Him to solve a problem. Not just when I have a prayer request, But ALL the time! Every day. In every circumstance. In thinking of this longing, and the time I actually spend with him now (which could definitely improve), one of my favorite Bible verses comes to mind:
“What is the price of two sparrows-one copper coin? But not a single sparrow can fall to the ground without your Father knowing it.” Matthew 10:29
As we walked back to the car, I told him, “I love you, son. In the end, all that really matters is Jesus.”
What peace HE alone provides when we are left with questions and still know that everyone needs Jesus!!!
Originally posted on Especially Made:
Gabriel’s eyes gleamed with excitement when we entered the small room. The lights were bright for such a small room. The walls were covered with pictures of children of all ages. Then, my son’s enthusiasm came to a sudden pause. “Am I getting a shot, Mommy?” “No, not today.” Back to the excitement again as if there had been no interruption in his thoughts. It wasn’t long before the doctor came in.
It had been about four years since we discussed Gabriel’s development with a doctor. At his last appointment, the pediatrician on his case basically told us, “Just keep doing what you’re doing. No followup appointments are necessary, but call me if you have any other concerns.” We contacted him once after the encouragement of a couple of speech therapists, who thought Gabriel should be re-evaluated. They were convinced that he has autism. His doctor disagreed. So, we left it alone.
It has not been an easy road since then. This is the time of year when many of us are looking back, reflecting and assessing. Gabriel has had many improvements in his speech and other areas. Indeed God is good! But, as we turn our gaze forward, we are also left with many questions and frustrations. As far as we can observe, there is still a gap between his developmental age and his chronological age, and at times, it seems the gap is widening. The Lord is reminding me to cast my cares on Him because He has not changed. He is still good!
Do you make resolutions along with the majority of people throughout the world? With them, do you find yourself failing to keep them? How easy it is to make statements like, “I’m giving up, such and such or this or that”; I’m going to….. Fill in the blanks and regardless of your age, you’ll most likely find you’ve “committed” to at least one new resolution every year since you were ten years old, maybe earlier or later. I’m right at the head of the line here and know that I’m in great company!
Why do we make statements, generally without actually planning to be successful? Are we still allowing peer pressure to drive how we think and act?
Here’s a link to fifteen verses in God’s word concerning New Years Resolutions. http://www.openbible.info/topics/new_years_resolutions
As you read through these verses consider a couple of things. Not just at the beginning of a new year, but daily we should resolve to be completely available to our Father for His work. We must plan and prepare to complete His work; at home, on the job, at church, in our neighborhood and wherever He leads. Planning to be ready at all times and prepared by studying His word and by prayer and through fellowship with those who strengthen and encourage us.
I started another devotion which is only four days in length through YouVersion titled, “One Word That Will Change Your Life”. The goal is that instead of “making a resolution” for this year, we seek God for a single word for the new year! That this one word will through continued focus, become the point of our year. Whatever the word He gives or you might choose… be it one of the fruits of the Spirit, consecration, discipline, character trait, etc. having a singular focus will change our lives.
Instead of the grandiose, simplify. Dial back and ask God to help you select the one word to focus on for this year and allow Him to develop that in us. This is my goal, my resolution and over the next day or so, I believe He will show me my word for the year. I will share this with you and ask only that you help me stay accountable.
I wish you a very Happy New Year filled with HIS all.
Blessings & Peace Always,
- No more resolutions, Get One Word (lifeonthefrontporch.wordpress.com)
Thanksgiving in every aspect of life, yes! For HE has promised to meet every need both great and small!!!
As we go to battle each day, we can often feel alone, yet as HIS children we are never truly alone. When reading this blog this morning, I was immediately reminded of Elisha and his servant. All his servant could see was the visible and the impossibility of their situation. Elisha prayed,
“And Elisha prayed, “Open his eyes, LORD, so that he may see.” Then the LORD opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.” ~2 Kings 6:17
Elisha already saw the invisible forces surrounding him to aid him. He knew God was about to accomplish what the servant and everyone else around him believed was impossible!
The other thought that crossed my mind is that we do entertain angels:
“Don not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.” ~Hebrews 13:2
Don’t be troubled in your walk today, remember as HIS child, you are loved and cared for beyond what we see. He is by our side. The journey maybe hard and long, however HE is with us holding us up providing the strength needed to endure.
We bring honor and glory to HIM when we testify to HIS grace and goodness especially when we are hard pressed on every side. Through our act of faith, testifying to HIS grace and provision, during the harder times of life, we also open ourself to blessings in our life.
Blessings & Peace Always,
“Just as God formed each rock to look different-some smooth, and some not so-he formed us in the same way. Some of us, like me, were made with rough edges. This toughness allowed me to navigate the streets of a not-so-nice neighborhood, to survive a teenage pregnancy, and to be strong and protect a younger brother. He also toughened me for the ministry to which he would eventually call me.”
via Different, Yet the Same. ~January Marshall
There is tremendous value in knowing which “rock” you are and how this fits into your place in where you are; home, work, neighborhood, school, work, etc.
We have been uniquely designed by our Father in heaven above and yet He created us all the same. Where we are the same is in our physical make up, yet we don’t all look the same. Our personalities are unique, and yet we can experience the same events in life and no two individuals will be impacted the same!
The rough and smooth stones exist together and some might say, the rough ones help make the smooth ones… Can one exist without the other?
If I am a smooth stone, can I stay smooth without the rough stones? Can the rough stone have a complete purpose without the smooth stones?
The truth is we are all made up of rough and smooth parts. Some with rougher parts and some with smoother, yet we ARE still the same. We need each other, no doubt!
Recognize which you are and then apply yourself appropriately! Ask God to show you how to help glorify Him by being the best you are created to be.
“So then let us follow after things which make for peace, and things with which one may edify another.” ~Romans 14:19
Be the instrument in God’s hand to build up and encourage on another. He will use you just as you are and where you are, just seek HIS direction in all you do. He uses us where we are, rough or smooth. We need only be available and follow HIS leading!
Blessings & Peace Always,
“He literally took my breath away with His creation! He was so clearly working on me to worship Him in other ways. There is so much more to worship than singing!”
Great observation about how God will show us the things that “creep in” to nudge HIM from the throne of our life! I’m not saying here that Julie was taking her eyes off her Lord and Savior, not at all. We do however, as Christians, allow our focus to drift.
God gifted Julie with a tremendous ability to worship Him through playing the piano, singing and writing, beautifully! She enters into worship this way and there is nothing wrong with the process and certainly not the results.
“And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue His work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.” ~Philippians 1:6
In bringing us to be like Christ, I’ve started learning that HE will place times of testing in our life and for HIS very own reasons… Phil 1:6.
Whether music, service, giving our tithes, teaching, preaching, outreach, compassionate ministries, etc. All of these are right and He alone is worthy, yet they must remain ALL about HIM!!!
Such a blessing to see sensitivity to the Holy Spirit in council and correction applied. I believe as we Journey With Christ, course corrections, both gentle and extreme, are God’s way of bringing our focus directly and firmly back to Himself.
I believe, starting with myself, we can take a special lesson to heart through what Julie has shared about this difficult time in her journey. Julie, thank you for your continued transparency and allowing me to write as He leads my heart, mind and soul from what you share.
“You Take My Breath Away”, may this be our prayer and goal today! Yes LORD, please open my eyes to see!!!
Blessings & Peace Always,