Never Alone or Left Behind

never alone.jpgDanny’s job requires some strange hours on occasion. This morning he was gone at 1 am. Although I don’t do well with him gone in the night, especially when there’s a storm rolling through, I do know he will be back. He has no problem with it though. So, I waved good-bye, locked the house up and went back to bed.

Not everyone in my life has left with the intent of returning. Both parents left earth before I was 40. My sister as well. Along the way there have been people who left just because. While I did get to say good-bye to my precious parents and sister, there aren’t always opportunities for good-byes.

We want guarantees in life, don’t we? I want to know that Danny will be back. He wants to know I will be here when he returns this afternoon.

Oh beloved, listen. You can’t change how things have gone. You can’t change who comes and who goes in your life. But you can know something this morning that will keep you at peace and give you rest when you are alone or lonely – God will never leave you or forsake you. Life gives zero guarantees of anything. But God gives absolutely guarantees of Himself. You aren’t the sum of the good-byes you have been through, nor are you the sum of the loneliness you may feel at times. It’s true that while you are here and they are with you – it’s time to make sure you say your hellos so well you won’t regret the good byes. But you can’t predict or prevent life’s changes.

God wants you to know He is here for you no matter what. He will lift you out of sorrow, carry you through mourning, walk you into the unknown future, all the time saying I love you, I am for you, My hand is on you. He says don’t be afraid or get terrified by the storms you encounter or the good-byes you don’t want. You are more than a birthdate or a DNA ribbon. You belong to the Lord and He has plans for every day of your life. Not one is useless, even when you feel oh so hopeless. Feelings aren’t your barometer, God’s Word is.

Whatever you are facing this day you don’t have to face it alone. You don’t have to give up, give in or fall apart.

God loves you and He’s for you. Take time to read His Word as your necessary nutrition, for apart from that Word you are going to faint, grow weak, weary and sad. But as you ingest His Word, and speak with the Father about all your needs – including loneliness – He will lift you out of the pit and release you to higher worship, greater praise and fresh anointing. Thank Him this morning for all He has for you and all He is to you – as you live in the Truth and walk in His love.

Isaiah 63:9 In all their affliction He was afflicted, and the angel of His presence saved them; In His love and in His mercy He redeemed them, and He lifted them and carried them all the days of old.

Isaiah 46:4 Even to your old age I will be the same, and even to your graying years I will bear you! I have done it, and I will carry you; And I will bear you and I will deliver you.

Deuteronomy 32:4 “The Rock! His work is perfect, For all His ways are just; A God of faithfulness and without injustice, Righteous and upright is He.

Psalm 36:7 How precious is Your lovingkindness, O God! And the children of men take refuge in the shadow of Your wings.

Acts 2:25-26 “For David says of Him, ‘I SAW THE LORD ALWAYS IN MY PRESENCE; FOR HE IS AT MY RIGHT HAND, SO THAT I WILL NOT BE SHAKEN. ‘THEREFORE MY HEART WAS GLAD AND MY TONGUE EXULTED; MOREOVER MY FLESH ALSO WILL LIVE IN HOPE;”

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Don’t Fear Bad News

Today marks the beginning of my husband’s second week back at work. After 9 months of stroke, rehab, surgeries, recuperations I was content with keeping him to myself, seated on a pillow, not working ever again. But this man of mine has a mind of his own. And to tell you the truth, one week of work has done him worlds of good. We got all sorts of news along the way. From doctors being unsure of his recuperation to people being unsure of his capabilities. Well, here we are and it looks utterly miraculous to both of us. Do I know the future? No, but I know the Lord and He is the Author and Finisher of our faith.

Oh beloved, I have never heard bad news from God. And neither should you. He doesn’t pronounce doom and gloom over His children. He doesn’t pronounce the diagnoses over His own. And because He doesn’t we have this wonderful opportunity not to pronounce doom either. And we don’t want to pray the diagnosis over ourselves, do we? What if Danny had said at the outset, oh well I’m done. His conquering spirit combined with God’s Holy Spirit made for such a combination of going behind the present situation and not accepting limitations. I know there are times when people are in much more disastrous conditions, but even then, they have no need to pray sickness over themselves.

God also wants you to know that His love for you overshadows and supersedes your present condition. Whether it’s illness or personal problems – God’s love goes beyond it all to give you hope and a future. His hope does not disappoint. His future includes blessings and rejoicings. Your life is more than any diagnosis, disaster, disappointment or discouraging word. He says you have no fear of anything in this life because your life is hidden in Christ. Your life, as a believer, doesn’t even end when your life ends – it moves on to heaven’s shores. You are always a conqueror, overcomer, and in a win win situation.

God loves you and He’s for you. Don’t hold back anything from Him. Repeat that as often as you need to in order to believe it. And pray over yourself with joy – pray whatever you need, not what you have. And pray the Word of faith as well. You know no defeat only victory in Jesus. You are beautiful, anointed, appointed to live in the Light of God’s Mercy, Grace and Peace!

Psalm 34:15 The eyes of the LORD are toward the righteous And His ears are open to their cry.

Matthew 6:10 Your kingdom come. Your will be done, On earth as it is in heaven.

Acts 20:32 And now I commit you to God and to the word of His grace, which can build you up and give you an inheritance among all who are sanctified.

Psalm 112:17 They do not fear bad news; they confidently trust the LORD to care for them.

Psalm 28:7 The LORD is my strength and my shield; My heart trusts in Him, and I am helped; Therefore my heart exults, And with my song I shall thank Him.

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Take Time To Sing

We had to run to the big discount store yesterday. And our daughter and her family had to go as well. So we met up with them there. It was a great opportunity to get hugs and visit. It took them a while to get ready to come to town, what with three kiddos all needing showers and all. Once, our daughter texted us and said, her little girl was in the shower. “But I think she’s singing more than cleaning”.

And then God spoke to my heart. We need to take time to sing.

Oh beloved, there is much to do isn’t there? I find that I’m never done with housework and laundry, even though now it’s just the two of us. I could literally spend all my free time working on household chores. If I waited until everything was completely done, well, you get the picture don’t you? There is always something to do that needs to be done. Yet we have to find time to rest, recoup, speak with the Father, look at His Word, enjoy our families, our spouses and even fellowship with friends.

God wants you to know this morning that it’s time for you to sing. You’ve not only been busy with the necessary things of life and that’s always good productive time. You’ve been busy worrying about things. You’ve been burdened with the activity of sorrow, rejection and fear. Has any of that made you more productive or cleaned up anything n your life? God says it’s time to rest in Him. Not to cease from life’s necessities but to cease from the mental weariness you were never meant to carry. Jesus spoke clearly about this when He asked, recorded in Matthew, “Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?” He went on to ask, “Why do you worry about clothes (necessary stuff)?” He knows our frames, doesn’t He? He knows you. He knows your tendency to worry, fret and work yourself into a flurry of activity, hoping to achieve peace, find reward, get in God’s good graces.

He says you are born again into My good graces. And as long as you abide in Me, there’s no need to try to make things happen or give up quiet time with me for all you must do. Mary and Martha are good examples – both in physical toil and spiritual needs – choose wisely. Watch that you don’t fall into the pattern of wrong thinking “God helps those who help themselves”. No, we must rely on God for everything in our life. He says to you, relax and make sure you enjoy My Presence. Turn off the day and focus on Me. I have things for you that promote your outer life, but you can only receive from inner sanctuary living. You’re the Apple of My Eye and I love you. You were created for My pleasure and I want time with you. And time spent with Me will multiply your rest and divide your work. It’s a win win situation to abide in Me. And never forget, I love imparting my wisdom, power and love to my own – and you are mine!

God says “I love you and I am for you always”. So precious believer, rejoice in the reality that you can spend time with the King of Kings, the Lord of Lords, The Creator of heaven and earth and The Only Living God! Run to Him this day and carve out time with Him. And live the faith rest life as you walk under His banner of love all the days of your life!

John 15:5 I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing.

Psalm 16:11 You will make known to me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; In Your right hand there are pleasures forever.

Psalm 36:8-9 They drink their fill of the abundance of Your house; And You give them to drink of the river of Your delights. For with You is the fountain of life…

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All About You Is All About God

Today is our oldest grandson’s birthday. He is now 15 years old. Where has the time gone? I remember the day so well. We all stood right outside the delivery room door. Inside that door amazing things were happening. My daughter was going through some of the hardest work of her life. I was listening. I kept listening closely. Finally, I heard baby cries. The labor was over and our son in law brought him out for us to view. My daughter received this baby boy as a result of her hard work. But the gift of this boy was from the Lord. He was no accident, because God knew His name before the foundation of the world.

Oh beloved, you and I can have some bad days, can’t we? But even on our worst day we can rest in the promise that God is the reason we were born. You have labored and labored – in faith, in prayer and in promises. You’re almost worn out from it all. Keep listening closely – you will hear your Savior say keep going, keep pushing through, keep your eyes on the prize of this season. He wants you to know that no matter how hard things are, God’s promises are still true. And if you faint not – if you don’t give up – you will reap the blessing out of the pain.

He also wants you to remember, on your worst day, He loves you. He will never regret you were born. He won’t repent that He made you. And He will remind you that you are fearfully and wonderfully made. Stop looking in the mirror and letting that dictate your mood. You are beautiful, you are loved, you are chosen, redeemed, purchased and formed. Nothing about you is unworthy because Christ is your worthiness. When you walk into a room, stop comparing yourself to them. You are intricate, delicate and sheer perfection. You were thought up by Him and you are sent into rooms full of people as an emissary for Him. No mother ever turns her back on her newborn. But even if she could, God cannot. Born again, fresh and new, you are now indwelt by His Spirit and carried by His Presence all the days of your life. Your entrance into any situation causes the atmosphere to shift because you bring the Lord with you. Isn’t that amazing? Beautiful, wise, powerful, loved – that’s you!

God loves you and He’s for you. Run to Him this morning and repent of your wayward talk about yourself. Thank Him for fresh starts every day. And rest in His love as you fulfill your life as a beautiful carrier of His Spirit and Love.

2 Thessalonians 3:13 As for the rest of you, dear brothers and sisters, never get tired of doing good.

I Peter 4:19 So if you are suffering in a manner that pleases God, keep on doing what is right, and trust your lives to the God who created you, for He will never fail you.

Isaiah 49:15 “Can a woman forget her nursing child And have no compassion on the son of her womb? Even these may forget, but I will not forget you.”

Psalm 139:16 You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in Your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed.

Psalm 139:14 Thank You for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous–how well I know it.

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Five Minute Friday – WHY

why.pngOh joy! My word!  Literally. Several years ago my husband and I went through a breakup.  Not with each other. But the ministry we were involved in at the time was under some new leadership. And through no fault of ours, we found ourselves on the outside looking in.  Rejected. Replaced. Removed.

It was a very heartbreaking ordeal. We knew God had called us to that place. We knew God was using us there. We knew it wasn’t time to go. Yet go we did.

I cried. I cried. I cried. Get the picture? One morning I was walking up the small hill to our camper and I said “Why God why?”

And He answered me. I distinctly heard Him say “Don’t ever ask why again.”

Okay, I knew He meant business.

Then He said, “In the fullness of time”

I knew He would eventually reveal why all this had to go down the way it did.

Oh beloved, all I can say is when you don’t know the WHY you can still trust the WHO – the One who has written your name indelibly on the palm of His hand. The One who will never reject, replace or remove you.

Run to Him this morning and thank Him that even when you don’t know all the reasons, you place your total trust in Him. And live free of tears and whys as you walk in His plan all the days of your life.

Psalm 56:3 But when I am afraid, I will put my trust in you.

Psalm 4:5 Offer sacrifices in the right spirit, and trust the Lord.

Join me over at Five Minute Friday as we talk about “Why”.

http://fiveminutefriday.com/2018/02/15/fmf-link-up-why/

 

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