Through the Quiet

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Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.

Jer. 33:3

 

Through the “QUIET” God Reveals the HIDDEN THINGS WE DO NOT KNOW.

 

For years we have went through many bible stories. Many truths, much of God’s Word. Getting down to simple ways in which both our children can comprehend.  And for a Pediatric Stroke Survivor that has needed to come in a special way.

Over and Over and OVER… ONE of these was the telling the story of Moses leading God’s children out of Egypt, events leading up to it, events leading onward to JESUS death, Resurrection and coming again ALL WITH LEGOS!

I wasn’t expecting God to show me the GREAT FAITH in Isaac revealed this past Sunday, because of every one of these “building” moments.

You see, this past Sunday he saw a video of our pastor standing on Mt. Nebo, the very place Moses walked and died. Through this visual experience Isaac LIT UP , in a way that is not typical for him.  A way in which God chooses to reveal THIS IS INDEED ALL HIM!  So with JOY a LIGHT shone bright in Isaac, revealing FAITH right inside this quiet one. Saying “wow… that is where Moses was!!!”. Revealing the belief God has put inside him. Belief of the scripture, and all that it pertains is REAL and TRUE!

Much greater, richer and truer than this mama even realized.

 

So sweet mama’s do not grow weary in doing good, believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and the power of His word to overcome.  And you will reap a harvest if you do not lose heart.  Gal. 6:9

BECAUSE…

Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” Rom. 10:17

 

I SHARE FOR THE GLORY OF GOD! HE IS EVERYTHING TO US! HIS WORD IS OUR LIFE, OUR STRENGTH, OUR HOPE AND OUR VICTORY!!!

 

I planted the seed in your hearts, and Apollos watered it, but it was God who made it grow.

1 cor. 3:6

The unfolding of your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple.

Psalm 119:130

God Gives Ability

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Could hardly believe what I saw last night. Who is this? Scrimmage game at basketball last night. Fierceness & focus, intensity, strength. Steal after steal, rebounds, lay ups, confidently handling the court, strategic passes to teammates for scores. In it with passion and clarity and focus. Team huddle, high fives and many pats on the back from fellow teammates (did I mention I could hardly believe what was happening?). This mama sitting alone on the bench. Well never alone-Jesus with me. And there was a person next to me. One who had no idea why I would be in tears and quietly saying “thank You Jesus, I am in AWE”.

 

When it was over he simply, calmly, humbly walked off the court and to his mama, as if it was just another ordinary day. I asked him, “is it okay to give you a kiss right now?” Sure, he says. What a privilege to kiss this sweaty, most handsome face with prayers sent straight to heaven “Thank You Jesus”. The same face I have had the privilege to kiss a zillion times before.

 

It isn’t about pride. It truly isn’t. It’s about God’s goodness. It’s about a whole story. Of waiting. Waiting in the NICU to see if he would live for us to bring him home. Waiting for him to learn to eat, to communicate, to connect to every intricate detail of life. A life of surrender to what God would do in His time, and in His way. It’s about a mother who KNEW, KNEW, KNEW and could see the strengths in my son. A mother whose heart was broken when I desperately yearned for someone to see these abilities I KNEW were there, but others didn’t have the time, understanding, or ability to believe with me.

 

It’s about grace. Me not expecting it from others. But me learning deeper grace for others. And me being saturated in His Holy Grace every single day. It’s about fervent prayer, asking for wisdom, asking for so much, thanking Him over and over everyday for breath and life and His will be done. It’s about trust. Believing in God and His sovereign rule over our lives with His love and care. It’s about Him reminding me of His plan. It’s about His Holy Will. I had surrendered and was at peace years ago, that Isaac may simply play ball at home sweet home. And that is good. I saw him shine. He was content to play ball this way. I was content in whatever God’s plan. I truly was. It was about what God wanted to do. Believing He knows best.

 

This is a story of a God who takes little ones like this, and teaches us the most amazing lessons. Trusting God. Not man. Not circumstances. Seeing His provision as we WAIT, WAIT on Him. His timing, His way. Most IMPORTANTLY FOR HIS GLORY!

 

And as his coach reached his arm around him before we left he said: “You had some amazing rebounds tonight. Not because they were easy. You worked hard for those. GOOD THINGS HAPPEN WHEN YOU WORK HARD”

 

Working hard happens to be his favorite thing to do.

 

“But those who WAIT on the Lord
Shall renew their strength;
They shall mount up with wings like eagles,
They shall run and not be weary,
They shall walk and not faint.” Is. 40:31

“Father forgive me for the moments I demanded my own way.  Gracious Father forgive me for the times I have not lived for your glory.  Thank You for Your grace and forgiveness.  Your kindness that leads me to repentance when my I do not honor you as I should. Thank You for pointing me to eternity.   Thank You for Your faithfulness that cleanses me over and over and helps me  to press on for You.    We all awoke with breath in our lungs because You made us able.  May I give You oh King of heaven the glory due Your name”

 

“Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us,  to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.”  Eph. 3:20-21

 

Learning to Not Fret When I Am Down

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Sometimes I am overcome with weakness.

“but we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be OF GOD and NOT OF US…”  2 Cor. 4:7

  The earthen vessels, clay pots were breakable, expendable, frail,  yet held  important treasures and household functions inside.   Often used as vaults to store valuables.

We are these earthen vessels, with the valuable treasure of Jesus inside.

The result of any eternal and lasting work will not happen by any power that human messengers could generate, but by the great power of God that overcomes and transcends in us.

It isn’t I who live, but Christ Who lives in me.

“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.”  2 Cor. 12:9

And this day, this earthen vessel in weakness, saw the treasure of Jesus at work.  The to-do list was surrendered, and the soul was at peace. And beautiful treasures appeared through a 11 year old’s excitement to snuggle with his mama.  Christ’s power of love at work.  I immediately felt strengthened and able to give help to my sweet boy in his need during his studies.  God took my eyes to beauty expressed by this young man, on the margins of his book.  Sweet, precious, creative notations, that revealed how this boy thinks, and relates in the way God made Him.  I was delighted in this sweet place, strengthened with God accomplishing much more than I had imagined when I had surrendered this day.

Today I read this by Weekly Wisdom, Christ Notes.  I pray it be a blessing to you today.

Frustrated? It may be because you’re trying to make something happen that only God can make happen.

Whenever you are doing what God has called you to do, it is important to rely on His strength, His grace, and His power to complete your task. You will become frustrated if you try to make things happen on your own strength instead of relying on God. God is the author and finisher of His plans (Hebrews 12:2), and you must not try to take the place of God if you expect things to work out.

 

In Colossians 1:26-27, Paul reveals a mystery that has been kept hidden for ages and generations… Christ in you, the hope of glory. In other words, there is something that people of the past didn’t know—it was hidden from them, a mystery to them—but Paul is now revealing that mystery to us: Christ lives in all who believe in Him! No longer is God just with his people—God now lives in his people!

 

Also, note that it is Christ in you that’s the hope of glory—not Christ and you.

 

Paul then continues by saying that he labors and works for the gospel, but all of his labor is really done by Christ’s power, which so powerfully works in [him] (Colossians 1:29).

 

If you’re trying to labor without Christ’s power at work within you, then your labor will be frustrating and in vain. You need to stop trying, and start dying to self so that you may be alive to Christ’s power.

 

Struggle and frustration occur when you try to do God’s job by your own strength—rather than relying on Christ’s strength, which is at work in you.