August 3, 2009

Rojoice over the brown strand!

And REJOICE before the LORD your God at the place he will choose as a dwelling for his Name—you, your sons and daughters, your menservants and maidservants, the Levites in your towns, and the aliens, the fatherless and the widows living among you. Deuteronomy 16:11


Sometimes, God whispers to get our attention. Sometimes, we simply feel the "look". Sometimes, He will use people to speak to us. And other times, He needs to SHOUT through life experiences and say, "HELLO! You need to focus! You have a job to do! I love you and I NEED you to get your priorities straight."

Well, for me, the latter came when my internet got disconnected. I was so involved and wrapped up in other stuff that my attention to the "real world" was no where to be found. God needed my focus and attention to be on my children, on my spiritual life, on my own flaws, and I was seriously not there!!!
Ah...I love God! Even when I ignore those small, gentle, and then bolder whispers, HE still takes the time to SHOUT. He seeks me out over and over again to get my attention. He spends heart energy preparing the way for me, and makes sure the distractions are gone so I will really hear Him. He is so gentle and loving and even when He SHOUTS, He still does it gently and lovingly. I am in awe today of the awesomeness of God.

Seriously, I PRAY THAT YOU..."may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God." Ephesians 3:18-19

EVERY DETAIL! God knows! God plans! God uses! And when the time comes to fruition, He reminds us of every detail of our past that HE weaved together to form a beautiful tapesty called our lives. All of those brown strands (our mistakes from our past) are so ugly alone, but in the end, God makes them shimmer and stand out, adding the most gorgeous and slightest touch of detail amongst the many colors of beauty.

Look at a piece of material or a blanket and notice the gold strand weaved throughout it to give it that beautiful and completed look. Without that, it is a plain, pretty, but plain color. God takes the pretty, but plain part of our lives and weaves in those things we think that God could never ever use to make us beautiful. God takes our "brown" and turns it into "gold"...
And for that, today I rejoice...

August 2, 2009

God is so good....

Let me just say how awesome God is! What the enemy wants to destroy us with, the Lord will take and totally transform it into something beautiful. We try to plan our course, but GOD determines our steps. He truly does know what He's doing. He truly does have the blueprint of our lives in His hands. His timing is perfect! The details are so specific, it can blow one's mind.

Throughout the years, I have "beaten myself up" over certain mistakes from my past, not ever believing that God could ever make something beautiful of them. He has 100% proved me wrong these past two weeks. He cares sooooooooooooo much about you, about me, and about the details of our lives! God will go out of His way to prove that HE IS ALL KNOWING, ALL POWERFUL, EVERYWHERE PRESENT, in the details of our life.

Be encouraged tonight... Those things that you think God will never ever redeem- trust me, He will. The mistakes you can't believe you ever made- He will use those too. The words that are written in His word about "God having a plan for your future"- yep, they are true!

If you are in a situation where darkness seems to be prevailing, DO NOT lose hope! Be strong and take heart! Be courageous! God is mighty to save! The battle does belong to the Lord!

I wish you could see how much God loves you! I wish I could see how much God loves me! As I think about all the details of my life, I am beginning to see a glimpse of His love for me!

...and it is AWESOME!

God is awesome!

Who am I Lord?

1 Chronicles 17:16 Then  King David went in and sat before the Lord, and he said: "Who am I, Lord God, and what is my family, that you...