Today is what matters. And TODAY, I awoke feeling well. And the lesson my Isaac gave me yesterday… according to Isaac – “TODAY, mom, you feel well, so the way I see it you ARE healed”. He lives in the moment. What is before him. What a gift I have been given. “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow…” Matt. 6:34 ~Embrace TODAY. With what I am given. Given – the presence of Jesus TODAY and every TODAY.
Realizing how he lives in the moment. Content. I was hit by this today. The quiet one, speaking a FEW SIMPLE and yet powerful words to me. Just speaking “what is”. Today. Right now. This moment. He taking note that I am feeling well today. I didn’t realize how a bit of me was worrying about “tomorrow”, until he said: “today, mom, I see you “are” healed”. Talk about turning my perspective around. God’s perfect holy perspective . <3 In awe and wonder of our God
Unrelenting painful circumstances, that wage war. Suffering, suffering. Begging for relief. Receiving blessed encouragement from others, YET.. YET… in a “moment” when it almost becomes too much to bear. Surely in this “moment”, empathy, compassion, will be exercised.
In this “moment”, Alone. “So it seems.” Surely compassion is fitting and right, this is suffering. How could this be missed? Perhaps it isn’t being missed, but my own fleshly perspective. A need only the Father is meant to meet.
Run to the Father. Cry out to Him. Remember His love. I am convicted as I see Jesus. Bloody and broken on that cross for me. Repenting as I realize I am thinking of myself.Demanding my own way. What I deserve. Then the reality of what I deserved, before GRACE entered my life, through JESUS. The torment and suffering He endured, I never will. The loneliness that was real upon Him, will never be my reality. Praising Him for the compassion of others. Yet reminded of the dying I must do, and the dependency on Him for all my needs. That I am called to love and show grace not when it is convenient, but even in the most difficult, painful times.
This suffering of the Savior could not be relieved. There was a holy work to be done. This SUFFERING had to happen, and He must endure this cross. Something glorious waiting on the other side of this. Beautiful life.
“Father forgive them, for they know not what they do.” In SUFFERING, not one millisecond of looking out for Himself. Grace, love, forgiveness. Humility. Looking only out for others. For me. For you. ALONE! TRULY ALONE! The Father turned away not able to look upon this wretched sin that Jesus became. IN order to impart His own righteousness into the souls of those Who will Believe.
Because of this sacrificial offering of the Savior, I will never be alone. I am not alone. Christ’s power in me. Choose to believe in His love. Choose humility. Choose forgiveness. Choose grace. In the most painful moments of suffering… Be imitators of Christ and walk in love, give grace, forgiveness. Choose dying. Choose to receive the Ultimate Comforter. Choose life. Choose transformation. As Christ Jesus knew He must go to this cross, it had to happen. Thus, my flesh must die. As Christ Jesus rose victorious, each dying I die, I will indeed rise victorious. Believe it or not. I believe.
“Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.” 2 Cor. 3:17-18
SOMETIMES JESUS CALLS US TO EXTRA QUIET PLACES. AS WE REMAIN THERE. THIS IS NOT WRONG, THIS IS NOT ODD, THIS IS TOTALLY RIGHT.
Ever been in a place where it seems you are not “able” to do what “everyone” else is doing – even in the simplest of ways of life? You are not odd or misplaced on that island. You ARE ABLE to do exactly what God wants you to do where He has placed you. John on the Island of Patmos. God placed him there. This was a season where He would ABIDE in the quiet, MEET WITH JESUS in a spectacular way, for specific KINGDOM purposes.
The enemy tries so hard to deceive us women into believing lies of where REAL JOY is found. Sometimes Jesus just calls us to extra quiet places. This is not wrong, this is totally right.
Jesus provides-His Word encourages-Proverbs 31 He has washed over me. Earlier this week, in the middle of doing life, considering what I will wear for the day, feeling weary and rugged, God flooded me on the spot with WORDS from Proverbs 31. “STRENGTH(not in body, but heart, mind, soul) & HONOR ARE HER CLOTHING”-the beautiful clothing that matters.
When I consider the paring down of life through many circumstances, including snow that has remained for 5 days… “she is not afraid of snow for her household..” content for no matter how many days I am snowed in here, not frantically saying, I cannot stand one more day trapped in here, is that what the Apostles did, when placed in the brutally harsh callings? Thanking, praising, and listening to Jesus that’s the example they set. To remain where Christ had them in His presence- in the RUGGED – in JOY.
“rise while it is still night..” I did rise earlier than the rest today. Grateful for an amazing night’s sleep… I hear ” do not eat the bread of idleness…” Honored to place my hand across the doors of our sons bedrooms and pray over their lives.
“be content with what you have, I will never leave you or forsake you” (Heb. 13:5) has been washing me, for weeks!!!!!! Content – coupled with PROVERBS 31 WORDS – So ENCOURAGED.
Sharing this ONLY to magnify the name of the Lord – because God gave me a song a few weeks ago, “take it all, take it all away, magnify no other name, open up my eyes to SEE MORE of YOU!” Isn’t that what happened to John on the island He was placed? He wasn’t able to do much of what “everyone” else was doing, He saw the GLORY OF THE LORD! He was ABLE to do exactly what GOD wanted him to do -write the BOOK OF REVELATIONS!! In God’s economy – that is SO VERY MUCH!!!!
THIS is where JOY is FOUND. This is where we see MORE OF JESUS. ABLE to do exactly what He wants us to do, for His greater purposes and glory.
In HIS presence, in HIS will. The Lord, husband, children, home… We can hold our heads up as women, wives, mothers, Sisters in Christ, encouraging one another… confident that while we experience days of rugged, doing less than the “rest” of the masses, that may not “seem” so beautiful- TRUTH PREVAILS we are in the BEAUTY OF HIS STRENGTH AND HONOR.
God is always doing much, much, much, more than we can see with our eyes. That is what this week’s lessons have been about.
Through the gift of snow that visited our home, we have once again been able to incorporate living and learning.
That snowflake, and then another, and another and another….and to infinity and beyond… each snowflake has been commanded by God to fall.
“He says to the snow, ‘Fall on the earth,’…” Job 37:6
We decided to “dig” deeper to understand the snowflake. What is happening in the unseen to make this beauty happen?
We needed to go back before the snowflake – to water. Well, back EVEN further. What a joy to introduce my children to the basic concepts of atoms, molecules, and the underlying elements of creation that we do not see with our eyes. The unseen parts of creation, that science reveals.
As God is commanding that snowflake to fall, He has a specific number of atoms of hydrogen, oxygen, he bonds together to create, first – water. Water turning to vapor, then frozen vapor, attaching to a piece of dust in the clouds, where then nearly 100,000 molecules of frozen water conglomerate to build ONE gorgeous snowflake. Specifically each snowflake unique in it’s design, yet every single one commanded to form a 6 sided hexagon!
(Might I note, this was all new to me. In a matter of an hour on a Tuesday morning, I set out with what God had provided before me in my home, first energy (praise God!) to pull together this study. Bible, computer, board game chips, candy, etc… and the night before I must include, prayer! Asking God to direct my heart and mind to His leading for this week.)
In a nut shell, we did indeed dig deeper to comprehend the power, control, authority, and care the Lord orchestrates in the making of one tiny snowflake. Multiply that by a number we cannot even conceive of every snowflake falling around the world, that is some serious deep, intricate work, carried out at ease by our God.
God is in control. God is always at work. He is creating beauty. He is constantly at work orchestrating everything in our lives. As each snowflake so specifically designed, so are we. And yet, the love and care of the Creator and Savior runs vastly deeper and stronger for us. He revealed this love through the gift of Jesus, His death, burial and resurrection on our behalf. Desiring relationship, and intimacy with us forever.
As we look upon snowflakes, we understand that we do not see all that is happening to make this beauty possible, likewise this applies to our own lives. We do not see all that is happening, the pieces He is fitting perfectly together, and VERY specifically, the constant work He is orchestrating every second of our lives, to make us perfect and complete.
What He promises for His children, is the faithful work He “WILL” complete. We can count on, even through the times when we don’t SEE what HE is doing, that He is indeed actively orchestrating every tiny detail in the unseen to work all things together for good. Just as He works to bring each atom together to form molecules, to produce the results we see through rain, snow, and beyond… He is working ALL things together for good to produce results – fruit that will be evident and seen one day. It may be now, it may be later or in eternity.
We are called to live by faith, NOT by sight. 2 Cor. 5:7
A strange thing to see and read articles in the realm of secular science. Concluding that even though atoms are not visible and maybe only “possibly” in very recent day, actually able to be seen through special equipment, they indeed believe atoms are real and do exist. They cannot see them, yet they believe… in atoms. All because evidence points to this. Yet, they do not acknowledge in faith the Triune God, the Creator of atoms, and all, when clearly evidence indeed points to Him.
Let us magnify the Lord and exalt His name forever. Though we cannot see Him, there is much evidence He is real. The Creator of the unseen atom. Creation itself, Jesus Christ’s death and resurrection, the Holy Word, all are evidence- let us believe.
“For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse…” Romans 1:20
Those who acknowledge Him as Lord, will stand before Him, enter into the kingdom forever,clothed in a robe of righteousness. Through Christ Jesus our Lord we have the blessed gift to be EVEN whiter than snow.
“…wash me, and I will be whiter than snow…” Isaiah 51:7
To conclude our study today. For a fun little notation, we compared a water molecule to the trinity. After all 3 atoms join together = WATER! Father, Son, Holy Spirit = GOD!
Jesus said: “if any man is thirsty, let him come to me and drink.” John 7:37