“It is not hard for the LORD to turn night into day. He who sends the clouds can just as easily clear the skies.” – Charles Spurgeon
“Lord help me to begin to begin”
– George Whitefield
“Give, and it shall be given to you– a good measure, pressed down, shaken together, overflowing, will be given into your lap.” – Luke 6:38
“Humility can be summed up in just two words… “You first.””
– Faith Carr
“The Bible verse that Dr. Martin Luther King quoted most often was Amos 5:24,
“But let justice roll down as waters and righteousness as a mighty stream.”
The prophet Amos was saying,
(As most of the Hebrew prophets were saying)
that what God wants is justice and right living rather than religious ceremonies for their own sake.”
Quote from: Steve Hollaway@Harbor Church
“Rescue those being dragged off to death,
Hold back those stumbling to slaughter.”
“If you say, “Look, we didn’t know this.”
Won’t He who weighs hearts perceive it?
Won’t He who guards your soul know it?
Won’t He repay each one according to his deeds?”
Partiality in judgement is not good.
Whoever tells the guilty, “You are innocent,”
People curse him
And nations revile him.
But for those who convict the guilty
There will be delight– good blessing will come upon them.”
-Proverbs 24:11-12 and 23-25 Tree of Life Version
“He has told you, humanity, what is good, and what ADONAI is seeking from you:
Only to practice justice,
to love mercy, and to
walk humbly with your God.”
– Micah 6:8 TLV
“To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven.”
“WE HAVE A BIG GOD. WE HAVE A WONDERFUL JESUS.
WE HAVE A GLORIOUS COMFORTER.
GOD’S CANOPY IS OVER YOU AND WILL COVER YOU AT ALL TIMES,
PRESERVING YOU FROM EVIL.
UNDER HIS WINGS SHALL YOU TRUST.
THE WORD OF GOD IS LIVING AND POWERFUL, AND IN IT’S TREASURES YOU WILL FIND ETERNAL LIFE.
IF YOU DARE TRUST THIS WONDERFUL LORD, THIS LORD OF LIFE, YOU WILL FIND IN HIM EVERYTHING YOU NEED.”
– Smith Wigglesworth
Yet Will I Trust Him
“Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him…” – Job 13:15
“LORD, I trust You. No matter what.
In every situation I give You thanks.”
“To learn strong faith, is to endure great trials. I have learned my faith by standing firm amid severe testings.”
– George Mueller
“I am content to fill a little space if God be glorified.”
~ Susannah Wesley
“There are depths of love
That I cannot know
Til I cross the narrow sea;
There are heights of joy
That I may not reach
Til I rest in peace with Thee.
Draw me nearer, nearer,
Nearer blessed Lord,
To the cross where Thou hast died;
Draw me nearer, nearer,
Nearer blessed Lord,
To Thy precious, bleeding side.”
Hymn- “I Am Thine, O Lord” – Fanny J. Crosby/ W.H. Doane
“O the pure delight of a single hour, that before Thy throne I spend,
When I kneel in prayer, and with Thee my God,
I commune as friend with Friend!”
Hymn- “I Am Thine, O Lord” – by Fanny J. Crosby/ W.H. Doane
“I am Thine O Lord, I have heard Thy voice,
And it told Thy love to me;
But I long to rise in the arms of faith,
And be closer drawn to Thee.
Consecrate me now to Thy service Lord,
By the power of grace divine;
Let my soul look up with a steadfast hope,
And my will be lost in Thine.”
Hymn- “I Am Thine, O Lord” – Fanny J. Crosby/ W.H. Doane
“Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me, ALL THE DAYS OF MY LIFE, and I will dwell in the House of ADONAI forever.”
“My times are in Your hands…” – Psalm 31:16 TLV
My times are in Your hands,
Whatever they may be,
dark , or bright,
As best may seem to Thee.
– from sermon by Charles Spurgeon, “In Thy Hand”
Every penny bears the reminder, “In God We Trust” but for Job it was personal.
Job said, ” Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him.” – Job 15:13
Meaning, “Even if He kills me, I will die trusting in Him.” Proof of the trust in God that was rooted in Job.
No matter what. I choose to trust.
Trust in God.
“For you are a holy people to ADONAI your God– from all the peoples on the face of the earth, ADONAI has chosen you to be his treasured people.”
– Deuteronomy 14:2
“He was handed over for our transgressions and raised up for the sake of setting us right.” – Romans 4:25
“…Fear not, for I have redeemed you, I have called you by name,
You are Mine.”
“The LORD is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.”- Psalm 34:18
“Great faith is the product of great fights. Great testimonies are the outcome of great tests. Great triumphs can only come out of great trials.“
– Smith Wigglesworth
“The best thing about the future is that it comes only one day at a time.”
– Abraham Lincoln
“Like miners, facing struggle and difficulties, in search of diamonds,
So has been my journey…
And now I see
That the Treasure I’ve found,
In Christ alone,
and through it all,
Is absolutely priceless.”
– Faith Carr
“They will declare the work of God, and ponder what He has done.”
“When you can’t see God’s plan,
And you don’t understand,
Trust in His Word…
Hold tight to His Hand.”
“Let go of the past, so that God can open the door to your future.”
“He knows the way I take…
I have treasured the words of His mouth more than my daily bread.
He is unchangeable, and who can change Him?
Whatever His soul desires, He does…
Dominion and awe are with Him…”
Job 23:10,12,13 and 25:2
“It is my practice, to determine the value of something,
by imagining my life without it.”
– Herb Kelleher
“God is most glorified in us,
Are most satisfied,
– John Piper
“A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you…”
“I the LORD build the ruined places, and plant that which was desolate:
I the LORD have spoken it, and I will do it.”
Ezekiel 36:26 and 36
“Internal grace from God, empowers us for success in external endeavors.”
“The beginning of anxiety
is the end of faith,
and the beginning of true faith
is the end of anxiety.
How long, O LORD?
Will You forget me forever?
How long will You hide Your face from me?
How long shall I take counsel in my soul,
Having sorrow in my heart daily?
This is brilliant!
“Believe your beliefs and doubt your doubts.”
– Greg Laurie
“Best of all, God is with us!”
“Blessed be the God of all comfort;
Who comforts us
in all our tribulation,
that we may be able to comfort them
which are in any trouble,
by the comfort wherewith we ourselves
are comforted of God.”
II Corinthians 1:3-4
Be still my soul-
The Lord is on your side!
Leave to your God
To order and provide-
Be still my soul-
Your best, your heavenly Friend
Thru thorny ways
Leads to a joyful end.
– Jean Sibelius
The love of God is greater far
Then tongue or pen can ever tell;
It goes beyond the highest star,
And reaches to the lowest Hell,
Could we with ink the ocean fill,
And were the skies of parchment made;
Were every stalk on earth a quill,
And every man a scribe by trade;
To write the love
Of God above
Would drain the oceans dry;
Nor could the scroll
Contain the whole,
Tho stretched from sky to sky.
Hymn-“The Love of God” by F.M. Lehman
Stayed upon JEHOVAH,
Hearts are fully blessed –
Finding, as He promised,
Perfect peace and rest.
“You will keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on You…”
– Isaiah 26:3
From the Hymn, “Like A River Glorious”
by F.R. Havergai and James Mountain
There was a time when, my family, friends, and neighbors would have thought that “Crazy Faith” would be a perfect title for my autobiography! :)
I know that this is true, because once, when I was in the final months of my pregnancy, (you know, the pregnancy that I prayed 10 years for), I overheard my husband talking to a neighbor, saying; “We all thought that Faith was losing her mind!… While she was struggling with her health and praying for another baby, her mother and sister would call and say, “We’re really concerned about Faith..” They thought that I was going crazy!!! He had never told me this before, so when I heard it, I laughed, and said, “That’s OK… They thought that Noah was crazy too, but it sure did rain didn’t it? So, I’m in good company!”
It all began 15 years earlier, when I read Luke 8:48, “Daughter, your faith has made you whole…”, and from that moment on, there was no turning back for me… I believed it.
Of course, I myself, don’t think it’s “crazy”, but lots of people might consider it crazy to believe for something that seems impossible. Reading those words as a young 24-year-old, and believing that God had spoken to my heart, “fueled” me to move forward in faith, convinced and certain, that God would bless me, despite my physical circumstances.
Is there something that you would like for God to do for you, but you think that it’s impossible, or not important enough, or too big, to ask for?.. Ephesians 3:20 says that God is “…able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,..” The power at work in us includes our faith! Many times when Jesus healed someone, he said, “according to your faith be it unto you”, or “your faith has made you whole.”
Even if it makes you look “crazy” to those around you, or, if it’s just a secret request that you haven’t mentioned to anyone else, ask God what you will, and believe with “crazy” or unexplainable faith that, “with God… nothing is impossible.”
Smiles and Blessings,
“… Whatever is true,
whatever is honorable,
whatever is just,
whatever is pure,
whatever is lovely,
whatever is commendable,
— if there is any virtue and if there is anything worthy of praise,
— think on these things.”
” LORD, I thank You for everything in my life;
the good, the bad, the easy, the hard, the joys, and the pain,
I thank You for all of it.”
“In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”
First Thessalonians 5:18
“But He was wounded for our transgressions,
He was bruised for our iniquities:
the chastisement of our peace was upon Him;
and with His stripes we are healed.”
– Isaiah 53:5
When Abraham gave first choice to Lot, and Lot took the best and greenest pastures for himself, Abraham simply let it be so. Then God promised to give him all the land, as far as his eyes could see, to the east, west, north and south. It didn’t matter that Lot had taken the best for himself. Abraham held a relaxed confidence in God and His promises.
My hope for the future, my trust in your precious promises, and everything that concerns me, is secure in You, LORD,
So I choose to relax, and place my confidence in You.
“To everything there is a season and a time for every purpose under heaven.”
“A time to be born, and a time to die;
A time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;
A time to kill, and a time to heal;
A time to break down, and a time to build up;
A time to weep, and a time to laugh;
A time to mourn, and a time to dance;
A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together;
A time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
A time to get, and a time to lose;
A time to keep, and a time to cast away;
A time to rend, and a time to sew;
A time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
A time to love, and a time to hate;
A time of war, and a time of peace.”
“They don’t have anymore wine.” she said, asking Him to do something about it. “Woman, what does this have to do with you or I?” was His reply.
She turned to the servers and said, “Do whatever He tells you to do.”
They filled the jars with water as He instructed, and took them to the headwaiter, who after tasting it, shouted with excitement to the bridegroom, “…You’ve saved the best wine for last!”
It was the first miracle performed by Jesus, at Mary’s request, turning water into wine during a wedding in Cana; and what was the outcome?
The servants, the wedding guests, the bridegroom, and the disciples, were all astonished and drawn to Him.
“Jesus did this. He revealed His glory, and His disciples believed in Him.” -John 2:11
And all because she just asked. Got a problem? Ask the Lord to do something about it!
Here it is in a nutshell;
“… Anything you ask in My Name I will do, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.”
– John 14:13
Start where you stand and never mind the past,
The past won’t help you in beginning new,
If you have left it all behind at last
Why, that’s enough, you’re done with it, you’re through;
This is another chapter in the book,
This is another race that you have planned,
Don’t give the vanished days a backward look,
Start where you stand.
The world won’t care about your old defeats
If you can start anew and win success,
The future is your time, and time is fleet
And there is much of work and strain and stress;
Forget the buried woes and dead despairs,
Here is a brand new trial right at hand,
The future is for him who does and dares,
Start where you stand.
Old failures will not halt, old triumphs aid,
To-day’s the thing, to-morrow soon will be;
Get in the fight and face it unafraid,
And leave the past to ancient history;
What has been, has been; yesterday is dead
And by it you are neither blessed nor banned,
Take courage, be brave, and drive ahead,
Start where you stand.
“… Unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior,
who is Christ the Lord.
And this shall be a sign unto you;
You shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.
And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,
“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.”
My stubborn will at last has yielded,
I would be Thine, and Thine alone
And this the prayer my lips are bringing,
Lord, let in me Thy will be done.
Thy precious will, O conquering Savior,
Doth now embrace and compass me;
All discords hushed, my peace a river,♥
My soul a prisoned bird set free.
Sweet will of God
Still fold me closer,
Till I am wholly lost in Thee.
-“Sweet Will of God” by Mrs. C.H. Morris
When they saw Him eating with sinners and tax collectors, they said to His disciples,
“With tax collectors and sinners He eats?”
On hearing this, Jesus said to them,
“Healthy people don’t need a physician, but sick ones do.
I did not come to call righteous people, but sinners.”
– Mark 2:16-17
“The earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of God
as the waters cover the sea.”
Here’s a “post from the past” at my daughter’s request. Blessings! – Faith
Once, when my husband and I were visiting a new church for the first time, an elderly lady came up to us and invited us to her house for dinner. We gladly accepted, and followed her home after service. As we sat in her living room, we had a very pleasant conversation, and got to know a little more about each other. She was a long-standing member of her church, and well-loved by the congregation. Although she was elderly, she was vibrant and enthusiastic, and very happy to talk about how much she loved the Lord, and all that He had done for her. She enthusiastically shared some of her many testimonies, and my husband and I talked a little about our faith experience. I mentioned how our two children, a son and a daughter, toddlers at the time, had been miracle babies, because I was told that I would never conceive, and even so, I was still praying and believing God for another baby.
She looked at me, with a smile in her eyes, and said, “You see that hat rack over there on the wall?” I answered, “Yes.” she said, “Whenever the Lord does something for me, I imagine that I’m hanging a hat on a hat rack…and every time he answers I just keep adding a new hat. And the next time I find myself frustrated about something that I’m praying for, I just take a look at that hat rack, and see all those hats hanging there, and I’m reminded of all the prayers that God has answered, (some that I may have even forgotten), and I am encouraged that He did it before and He’ll do it again.”
I really appreciated this example and made an effort to apply it in my own life. In fact the Lord did answer my prayer and blessed me miraculously with another sweet baby girl!
When I think back on this example, it reminds me of what young David said to King Saul, when he volunteered to fight Goliath…
“David said… The LORD that delivered me out of the paw of the lion, and out of the paw of the bear, He will deliver me out of the hand of this Philistine…” I Samuel 17:37
You see, the lion and the bear were hanging on David’s hat rack!!! He just took a look back, and was fully persuaded, that God would do it again. :)
“Has it been awhile since you took a look at your own hat rack?”
Surely God has blessed you and answered your prayers in the past, and hey, there’s always room for another hat, so
Just take a look back, have faith, and, like David, be fully persuaded that God will do it again!
joyful in hope,
patient in affliction,
faithful in prayer.”
“LORD, I trust You today with my WHOLE LIFE…
For my WHOLE LIFE.♥
For in trusting You,
My LIFE is made WHOLE.”
“Don’t despise small beginnings…”
“Though your beginning is small, your latter will greatly increase ”
“Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.
Cast me not away from Your presence; and take not Your Holy Spirit from me.
Restore to me the joy of Your salvation; and sustain me with a willing spirit.”
“By perseverance the snail reached the ark.”
“The ordinary acts we practice, every day at home, are of more importance to the soul than their simplicity might suggest.”
The Lord has promised good to me…His word my hope secures.
He will my shield and portion be…
as long as life endures
Through many dangers, toils and snares…
I have already come.
T’was grace that brought me safe thus far…
and grace will lead me home.
When we’ve been there ten thousand years…
bright shining as the sun.
We’ve no less days to sing God’s praise…
then when we’ve first begun.
Yes, though I walk
Through the valley
Of the shadow of death
You are with me
Your rod and Your staff
They comfort me.
“Do all the good you can, in all the ways you can,
to all the souls you can, in every place you can,
at all the times you can, with all the zeal you can,
as long as ever you can.”
“For the love of Christ constrains us…”
2 Corinthians 5:14
“He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon Him; and with His stripes we are healed.” Isaiah 53:5
“Earth has no sorrow that heaven cannot heal.”
There is nothing sweeter than the Word of God
“Son of man, eat this scroll I am giving you and fill your stomach with it.”
So I ate it, and it tasted as sweet as honey in my mouth.”
Go for it.
“By faith, Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place he was to receive as an inheritance.
He went out, not knowing where he was going.
By faith he migrated to the land of promise…”
He’s In The Waiting.♥
“Take courage my heart
Stay steadfast my soul
He’s in the waiting
He’s in the waiting
Hold onto your hope
As your triumph unfolds
He’s never failing
He’s never failing.”
“Wait for ADONAI. Be strong, let your heart take courage, and wait for ADONAI.” – Psalm 27:14
Take Courage Lyrics-Bethel Music & Kristene DiMarco/ Photo- Google Images
“Instead of your shame you will receive a double portion,
and instead of disgrace you will rejoice in your inheritance.
And so you will inherit a double portion in your land,
and everlasting joy will be yours.”
“Remember the former days
When, after you were enlightened,
You endured a great struggle with sufferings.
Sometimes you were exposed to public ridicule and were beaten,
Sometimes you helped others who were suffering the same things.
You suffered along with those who were thrown into jail,
And when all you owned was taken from you, you accepted it with joy.
You knew there were better things waiting for you that will last forever.
So do not throw away this confident trust in the Lord.
Remember the great reward it brings you!
Patient endurance is what you need now,
So that you will continue to do God’s will.
Then you will receive all that He has promised.”
Tree of Life Version and New Living Translation
If life seems at its lowest ebb, because a day’s gone wrong,
Let not your heart be troubled, for a new day soon will dawn.
And we can never be quite sure, just what it has in store,
Since each one is so different, than the one just gone before.
As it penetrates the darkness, with its soft and tranquil beams,
It calms even the most restless soul, and brings new hopes and dreams.
So when a day’s been troubled, and the night is dark and long,
Lift up your fallen spirits, for a new day soon will dawn.
“Why carry the weight of the world on our shoulders,
when the Lord our God carries us on His.”
– Faith Carr
“Cast your cares on Him for He cares for you.”
I Peter 5:7
*Photo- Google Images
ADONAI is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters.
He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for His Name’s sake.
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff comfort me.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies: You have anointed my head with oil, my cup overflows.
Surely goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the House of ADONAI forever.”
Psalm 23- TLV
“Come by yourselves apart into a quiet place, and rest a while…”
It’s Blooming in the Desert!
After 5 years of devastating drought in southern California, the mountains and deserts of Death Valley are exploding with beautiful blooms and color!
Thus says ADONAI…
“Here I am, doing a new thing; Now it is springing up!”
“I will make a way in the desert and rivers in the wasteland”
– Isaiah 43:19
Cactus blooms in Southern California desert/Photos- CBS News
“And He took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, saying, This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me.” Likewise also the cup after supper, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood, which is shed for you.” Luke 22:19-20
There are many traditions, holidays, and ceremonies, that we observe and hold in remembrance, and many of them in the name of Christianity. We celebrate birthdays, and Christmas, Thanksgiving, and Easter, and that’s fine, they are special days, and it’s good to celebrate, but there is one thing that the Lord has asked us to observe, in remembrance of Him, and the sacrifice that He made to redeem us, saying, “Do this as oft as you will, in remembrance of me.” II Corinthians 11:25
As we remember the last supper today, we are also reminded of Christ’s sacrificial love for all of us…We are reminded of His tremendous suffering, and the price that He paid to save us, and that by His grace, through faith, we are saved.
Thank you, Jesus.
“Stayed upon Jehovah, hearts are fully blest
Finding, as He promised, Perfect peace and rest”
“You will keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on You; because he trusts in you.”
Once, when speaking at a Women’s Conference, I began by sharing that I had “cried a River of Tears”.
I knew that there were women present who could relate, because they too had experienced the pain and disappointments that lead to crying lots of tears. I knew, because I had been there…
Sometimes people, in an effort to be comforting, may say,” I know how you feel”… but it’s much more of a comfort when you know that someone has actually experienced circumstances similar to your own. As women, we feel things so deeply, and “crying a river of tears” was the best way that I could describe the heartfelt sadness that accompanied me through this difficult time in my life. I knew that I was not the only one to feel this way.
Many mornings,when I was having problems with my health, and praying for a miracle, my husband would wake to hear me quietly weeping, with my head sunk in my pillow. He would try to comfort me, but after a while, I think he just wanted me to let go of what he considered to be an “obsession” with wanting to have a baby.
But I was not obsessed, and I would not let go.
In spite of all my tears, I knew in my heart, that there was another river…
Psalm 46 says that, “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble… There is a river, the streams whereof shall make . glad the city of God,…God is in the midst of her, she shall not be moved: God shall help her, and that right early..
Be still and know that I am God…”
Sometimes we need to have a good cry, and that’s OK,… but we mustn’t cry as if there’s no hope… There is true comfort in knowing that God sees our tears, and will answer our prayers. I know because He’s done it for me.
“If you’ve got pain
He’s a Pain Taker
If you feel lost
He’s a Way Maker
If you need freedom or saving
He’s a prison-shaking Savior
If you’ve got chains
He’s a Chain Breaker”
Lyrics from “Chain Breaker” by Zach Williams
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing,
so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.”
“Remember the wonders He has performed,
I Chronicles 16:11
“Valentine’s Day is almost here, so here’s a “Post from the Past” just for you!”
I met the man who was to become my husband when I was nineteen years old. At first no one took me seriously, because I had never been serious about anyone before. My closest friends teased me and joked that this new relationship would probably only last for about two weeks and then it would be over, because that’s how it had been for me up until then. But this time was different.
My friends soon became aware of the difference in me as I lit up whenever I talked about him, and talked about him constantly. I began spending less and less time with them, and wanted to spend more and more time with him. When we left campus, for our hometowns in different cities during holiday breaks , I would miss him terribly and couldn’t wait to be with him again. While at home on break, I would curl up in bed with my mother, like two girls at a slumber party, and tell her all about him, talking all night long…
In Revelation 2:4-5, Jesus says to the church at Ephesus, “
... You have left your first love…repent and do the first works…”
I think about the first works or actions of a person experiencing a first love, and I ask myself,
“Am I still doing the first works?” Do I still light up whenever I talk about my Savior? Do I still speak of Him constantly? Am I spending more time with Him than I do with less important activities? If I haven’t read my Bible in a while, do I miss it? Could I stay up all night, talking and sharing about His love and His faithfulness? Asking these questions stirs the heart, generates enthusiasm, and awakens a fresh start.
“May the Lord reignite the spark that fueled our first works, and may we continue
to rekindle our love for Him Who first loved us.”♥
Sometimes when we’ve been praying for something for a very long time, we begin to lose heart, and wonder if the answer will ever come. I know exactly how that feels. I remember praying and praying for God to work a miracle in my life, and sometimes, I felt that God had forgotten about me and my situation. Of course we know that God sees us always, and knows everything about our lives, but still, it is true of us as humans, that we sometimes think that our situation may not be as urgent to God as we would like for it to be.
This is so not true!
At one of my lowest points, the LORD gave me a verse which comforted me and reassured me, and to this day, this verse is very near and dear to my heart. In Isaiah 49:15-16, the Lord says, “Can a mother forget her nursing child?… Yes, she might, but I have not forgotten you… I have you engraved on the palms of my hands; your walls are continually before me.” This is how I understood what He was saying to me through this verse:
1. “Can a mother forget her nursing child?” – Naturally, the answer to this question would be a resounding, “No.” We all know how attached a mother is to her newborn baby, and so we understand the significance of this question. But…
2. “Yes, she might,” – Although it would seem impossible for a mother to forget or abandon her newborn child, it has happened, as unbelievable as it would seem, sadly, it has been the case for some mothers. But…
3. “I have not forgotten you” – God is saying that His love and care for us is even greater than a mother’s love. Infinitely greater. How so?…
4. “I have you engraved on the palms of my hands” – Here, I pictured the palms of my Savior’s Hands, which still bear the nail scars, pierced for me… And then…
5. “Your walls are continually before me.” – My situation and the circumstances that surround me, are continually before Him!… Oh, Glory to God!!
Here it is in a nutshell…
God loves you, more than you can imagine, He has not forgotten you, and your situation is continually, always, before Him.
Hold on. :)
As evening came, Jesus said to his disciples,
“Let’s cross to the other side of the lake.”
So they took Jesus in the boat and started out,
And, behold, there arose a great tempest in the sea,
Insomuch that the ship was covered with the waves:
But Jesus was sleeping at the back of the boat…
His disciples came to Him, and awoke Him, saying,
Lord,… “Carest thou not that we perish?”
And He saith unto them,
Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith?
Then He arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea;
And there was a great calm.
But the men marveled, saying,
What manner of man is this,
That even the winds and the sea obey Him!”
Matthew 8:25 and Mark 4:38
-As we “cross to the other side”, through the storms and trials of life,
He is “in the boat” with us.
and He will calm the sea.”
“So Abraham called that place The Lord Will Provide. And to this day it is said, “On the mountain of the Lord it will be provided.”
“People often say that motivation doesn’t last.
Well, neither does bathing – that’s why it’s recommended daily.”
– Zig Ziglar
“O God, our help in ages past,
our hope for years to come,
our shelter from the stormy blast,
and our eternal home,” -Isaac Watts
“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.”
“You are beautiful beyond description
Too marvelous for words
Too wonderful for comprehension
Like nothing seen or heard
Who can grasp Your infinite wisdom
Who can fathom the depth of Your love
You are beautiful beyond description
Majesty enthroned above
And I stand, I stand in awe of You
I stand, I stand in awe of You
Holy God to whom all praise is due
I stand, I stand in awe of You.”
Because Jesus said so;
“Let not your heart be troubled:
Ye believe in God, believe also in Me.
In my Father’s house are many mansions:
If it were not so, I would have told you.
I go to prepare a place for you.
And if I go and prepare a place for you,
I will come again, and receive you unto myself;
That where I am, there ye may be also,”
Waiting for an answer to prayer can be hard sometimes, but I’d just like to share that although it seems that there may be a delay, it doesn’t mean that your request has been denied. In fact, it has been my experience that after what seemed to be a great delay, I was blessed far and away more than I was asking for in the first place!
Here’s an example from John 11:1-44
A request for healing is brought to Jesus. “…A certain man was sick, Lazarus of Bethany, the town of Mary and her sister Martha… Therefore the sisters sent to Him, saying, “Lord, behold, he whom You love is sick.”
Jesus responds with a delay. ” Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. So, when He heard that he was sick, He stayed two more days in the place where He was.” Then, after finally arriving in Bethany, Lazarus having been dead 3 days,
Jesus raises Lazarus from the dead. ” He cried with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come forth!”
And he who had died came out,,.. “
“Are you praying for something, and there seems to be a delay in receiving your answer? Just remember that God is working all things together for your good, and He is able to do “exceedingly abundantly above all that you may ask or think… So hold on, the answer’s on its way, and it promises to exceed your expectations!” :)
“He that dwells in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in Him will I trust.
Surely He shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence.
He shall cover thee with His feathers, and under His wings shalt thou trust: His truth shall be thy shield and buckler.
Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flies by day;
Nor for the pestilence that walks in darkness; nor for the destruction that wastes at noonday.
A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee.
Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked.
Because thou hast made the LORD, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation;
There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.
For He shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.
They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.
Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet.
Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name.
He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honor him.
With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation.”
“And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed…
And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.
And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:)
To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.
And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.”
“Hark the herald angels sing
Glory to the new born King
Peace on earth and mercy mild
God and sinners reconciled
Joyful all ye nations rise
Join the triumph of the skies
With angelic host proclaim
Christ is born in Bethlehem
Hark the herald angels sing
Glory to the new born king!”
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him, should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
“…Unto us a child is born, unto us a Son is given:…and His Name shall be called
The mighty God,
The everlasting Father,
The Prince of Peace.”
“…The Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a Son,and shall call His Name Immanuel.” Isaiah 7:14
“Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a Son, and they shall call His Name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.” Matthew 1:23
“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11
You may not realize
You will often forget
That I have a plan for you
Between now and not yet
I have so much more for you
You focus so much on debt
I have plans for you to prosper
Between now and not yet
You’ll walk through the valleys
And fear to take your next step
My plans are not to harm you
Between the now and the not yet
If you’ll slow down and take a breath
Take time to watch My sun set
It’s My plan to give you hope and a future
Between the now and the not yet
“Star of wonder, Star of night,
Star with royal beauty bright,
Westward leading, Still proceeding.
Guide us to thy
-John Hopkins Jr.
“Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet.
Only through experiences of trial and suffering
Can the soul be strengthened,
and success achieved.”
“In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”
‘Two are better than one;…. For if they fall, the one will lift the other up.”
“O give thanks unto the LORD; for He is good: for His mercy endures for ever.”
” You have turned for me my mourning into dancing:
You have put off my sackcloth, and girded me with gladness.
To the end that my glory may sing praise to You, and not be silent.
O Lord my God, I will give thanks to You forever.”
“Delight yourself also in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.” -Psalm 37:4
“The key is not in chasing the desires of your heart. The key is in chasing the Lord.”
Proverbs 28:1 says, “… the righteous are bold as a lion.” and in Hebrews 4:16 we’re told to come boldly before God’s throne in prayer. This is what Caleb did.
You can read about Caleb in Joshua chapter 14 verses 7-14 , and interestingly enough, the name Caleb means “bold”. Here’s his story…
Caleb was 85 years old when the Israelites reached the promised land. He was one of only two men who had survived the 40 year wanderings in the desert. After being freed from slavery in Egypt, he and Joshua were chosen by Moses to spy out the land that God had promised them. There were 12 men in all, one for each tribe. When they returned from their travels, 10 of the spies were terrified, and reported that it would be impossible to defeat these cities because they considered themselves and their own people to be too small in comparison. But Joshua and Caleb believed that God had led them to this good land and had faith that He would give them the victory.
The people believed the 10 spies. God was angry with them and because of their unbelief, they would have to spend the next 40 years walking around the desert until they all died off, leaving only their children and grandchildren to be the ones who would inherit the promised land. But God honored the faith of Caleb and Joshua.
Joshua became the leader of his people after the death of Moses, leading them into the promised land, dividing the Jordan River, and marching onto victory in the battle of Jericho. Caleb now 85 years old had remained strong in faith, and courageous in battle. In the face of battle over the land that Moses had promised would be his inheritance, Caleb boldly responded, saying:
“… the LORD hath kept me alive, as He said, these forty and five years, even since the LORD spake His word to Moses, while the children of Israel wandered in the wilderness: and now lo, I am now eighty-five years old. As yet I am as strong this day as I was in the day that Moses sent me: As my strength was then, even so is my strength now… Now therefore give me this mountain,… the LORD will be with me, then I will be able to drive (the inhabitants) out, as the LORD said…Hebron therefore became the inheritance of Caleb.”
He got what he wanted. Caleb was bold in his faith as a young man, and even as an old man. He knew that there was nothing too big to ask God for, and his boldness is evidence of that faith.
By faith, we are the righteousness of God in Christ, and “the righteous are as bold as a lion.”
You can count on God’s Word.
If God said it, you can count on it to come to pass.
His Word is absolutely trustworthy.
God never breaks His Word.
In Him there are no broken promises.
“God is not a man, that He should lie, nor a son of man that He should change His mind.”
“Does He speak and then not act?”
“Does He promise and not fulfill? “
“Preserve me, O God: for in You do I put my trust…
I will bless the LORD, who has given me counsel: my heart also instructs me
in the night seasons.
I have set the LORD always before me: because He is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.
Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoices: my flesh also shall rest in hope…
You will show me the path of life:
In Your presence is fullness of joy; at Your right hand there are pleasures forevermore.”
“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1
…”Daughter, your faith has made you whole….” Luke 8:48
These are the words that the LORD spoke into my heart, on this day, November 11, 1985. Like the woman mentioned here in this story, I had seen many doctors and suffered many things. I was in need of a touch from Jesus to heal me and make me whole. I needed a miracle.
At sunrise, on that beautiful fall morning , the Lord heard my quiet cry, and took me from barrenness to motherhood. Little did I know that this was only the beginning. Miraculously, He blessed me to give birth to three children, when the doctors, and the condition of my body, said that I’d never have one.
Blessed be His Name!
“He settles the barren woman in her home as a joyful mother of children”
Psalm 113:9 – TLV
“I am only one; but still I am one.
I cannot do everything, but still I can do something.
I will not refuse to do something I can do.”