Obedience Is True Success

It’s time for our yard to be mowed. We have about an acre of lawn and it grows fast. Yesterday evening my husband asked me to try mowing it. I needed to learn. I just don’t much like riding mowers. But okay I said and he sat in chair while I made a valiant effort. It was awkward. I don’t like hills and turns. So I tried to avoid both. I managed to mow some areas and held my breath as it felt at time like I was going to fall over! But my desire to please him outweighed my fears so I kept going. 

Finally I asked him the same question he was asked at least a hundred times while in the hospital…with a twist. On a pain level of 1 to 10 how much was his pain watching me mow… I expected a 10 but he said it was a 4! Whew 

Oh beloved God has your very best in mind always. As He teaches you new things you will find it awkward at times. You may be reluctant to even try. But go ahead and say yes. And remember you are learning to do what is supernaturally normal for God. He doesn’t have a pain level watching you walk in obedience. With every step in the right direction He is cheering you on in faith. There will be twists and curves, hills and valleys. But keep going. This is your finest moment- living in obedience to The Father because Christ in you makes it possible. 

God loves you and He’s for you all the way. Rejoice that your desire to please Him outweighs your fear. You are becoming the successful believer you were designed to be as you live supernaturally in the Light of His best for your life. 

Job 36:22 Behold, God is exalted in His power; Who is a teacher like Him?

I Samuel 15:22 Samuel said, “Has the LORD as much delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices As in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, And to heed than the fat of rams.

Psalm 90:17 Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us; And confirm for us the work of our hands; Yes, confirm the work of our hands.

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Thank You Lord

Faith always says thank you before God’s provision

Danny blessing our meals is especially wonderful! He couldn’t for a while. In the beginning his words were mere whispers and his thoughts were jumbled. We thanked the Lord for meals anyway. As healing progressed his words came more naturally. Yes blessing the meal is especially wonderful to me now. 

Oh beloved. Your words may seem jumbled to you. You may not know in the natural if it’s worth it. After all you know what it looks like and you know how it feels. But faith says thank you even before God’s provision arrives. 

Your life is not the sum of whatever is going on right now. Faith tells you that God is at work behind the scenes working hints out for your good and His glory. Thank Him! Bless His name! Rehearse His promises before you see any evidence. You are entering into faith rest- resting on His promises and thanking Him now because you know He is faithful and true. 

God loves you and He’s for you! Rejoice in His promises and put an amen on your prayers. You aren’t hoping He provides- you KNOW He already has! Bless His Name and thank Him as you live in faith for the unprecedented outcome for your life.

Psalm 104:27-28 They all wait for You To give them their food in due season. You give to them, they gather it up; You open Your hand, they are satisfied with good.

Psalm 9:1 I will give thanks to the LORD with all my heart; I will tell of all Your wonders.

Ephesians 5:20 And give thanks for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

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Thank God for Everything

Thank God for everything

Danny and I went out into the yard yesterday. There was a pile of brush to burn and he said it was time to burn it. He gave me instructions and I complied. He even had me drag some large limbs from one end of the yard to the burn pile. I willingly worked at it for Him although I was huffing and puffing! All His instructions were specific and I complied. I am thankful he is here to tell me what to do and how to do it. 

I thank God for everything. For conversations, for instructions, for willing hands to do the work at hand. 

Oh beloved. God has great plans for your life. He wants to instruct you. Give thanks! Allow Him to tell you His directions. Do things His way. He knows what’s ahead. When He gives you something to do it’s not just for you to have busy work. It’s Kingdom alignment plans. You may know eventually why but today you just follow His lead. He’s building your confidence and increasing your stamina for the future.  

God loves you and he’s for you. What a blessing to have a Lord so near to guide, direct and even encourage! Thank Him for everything and trust what He says. And rejoice in His training as you live in the Light of His wonderful plans. 

Psalm 32:8 I will instruct you and teach you in the way which you should go; I will counsel you with My eye upon you.

Psalm 143:8 Let me hear Your lovingkindness in the morning; For I trust in You; Teach me the way in which I should walk; For to You I lift up my soul.

Psalm 86:11 Teach me Your way, O LORD; I will walk in Your truth; Unite my heart to fear Your name.

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Right Bait

We have fished most of our life together. Sometimes seriously. Other times causally. As I remember that this morning I hear God speak to my heart.

Even as the right bait makes all the difference in the outcome so too the wrong bait changes everything.

God help us this morning to not allow the bait of Satan to be what we cast out. We won’t catch anything good with it. His bait has names. Disappointment, discouragement, despair, hopelessness, jealousy, hatred, animosity, revenge, and more. Cast these out and we only get more tangled lines and no good food for our hearts. 

Oh beloved, you and I are part of a vast ocean of victorious believers. We will throw out the bad and embrace the good. We want God’s provision not the flesh. So we repent of anything that doesn’t match the heart, gifts and fruit of God. We also throw off fear for faith and fear cannot be cast in the same throw. We thank you Lord for your sea of forgetfulness where we never have to fish again.

God you love us and You are for us. We humble ourselves before You and live in The Light of Your Word.

Romans 13:14 But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh in regard to its lusts.

I John 4:18 Such love has no fear, because perfect love expels all fear. If we are afraid, it is for fear of punishment, and this shows that we have not fully experienced his perfect love.

Hebrews 12.28 Therefore, since we receive a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us show gratitude, by which we may offer to God an acceptable service with reverence and awe;

Matthew 4:4 But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘MAN SHALL NOT LIVE ON BREAD ALONE, BUT ON EVERY WORD THAT PROCEEDS OUT OF THE MOUTH OF GOD.'”

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Always

Danny asked me yesterday if I was tired of just sitting at rehab while he has therapy. I said no because it’s for him. He is worth it. 

Oh beloved. You are worth it. God will stay with you throughout your life. He’s not going anywhere even when you feel He should be tired of you. He doesn’t look at your weakness and say to Himself it’s hopeless for her. No beloved He says I am that I am. I will remain with you and encourage you all the way. I am the One who moves heaven and earth for you. He is doing that for you even now. You may not see His handiwork but He is always working your life for good. His hand is with you and His army surrounds you. There is Kingdom work going on in your life and heart. While you may feel weak, useless, hopeless He is changing your heart and mind building you up in your most holy faith.

God loves you and He’s for you. When this present thing you are going through is done you will see that you are stronger than ever in faith and wiser Han ever in the Spirit. Rejoice that He already calls you victorious as you walk in His favor all the days of your life.

Psalm 63:3 Because Your lovingkindness is better than life, My lips will praise You.

Lamentation 3:22-23 The LORD’S lovingkindnesses indeed never cease, For His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness.

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.

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