Thursday, December 18, 2014

On Astronauts, Mary, and A God Who Knows~


If it would have been left up to me, moon travel never would have happened.




Let's face it.
Prior to these brave men leaving their footprints on this far away wonder in the sky,
there were too many unknowns.



How will ---?
What happens if ---?
What about ---?



And the biggest question of all -
at least in my mind:
Are you sure???



Before we step out,
we want to know what we are stepping out in to.
Before we buckle our rocket seat belt and jet into space,
we want to know all about our destination,
and we want some kind of guarantee that we will arrive there (and if need be, back!) in good condition.

We want to know about then, now.

Take me to the moon?  I don't think so. 

And yet, God wants to take me (and you!) to the moon and beyond.

Now to Him Who,
 by (in consequence of) the [action of His] power that is at work within us, 
is able to [carry out His purpose and] do superabundantly, 
far over and above all that we [dare] ask or think 
[infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, hopes, or dreams]—

To Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations forever and ever. 
Amen (so be it).
~Ephesians 3:20-21 (AMP) 

God longs to take us beyond our 
highest prayers,
our dearest desires,
our grandest thoughts,
our mightiest hopes,
our wildest dreams.

His plans for us leave the moon in the dust and because they do, 
we often find ourself asking

How will ---?
What happens if ---?
What about ---?

And - time and time again-
Are you sure???

Honestly, if it would have been left up to me, the birth of our Saviour might not have happened either.

Let's face it.
Prior to the wise men following the far away wonder in the sky,
prior to the shepherds worshiping a baby in the manager,
prior to a trip to Bethlehem,
there were the obvious questions.

How will ---?
What happens if---?
What about ---?
And, most likely the biggest question of all -
Are you sure???

Only Mary didn't let the questions stand in the way of God's desire to take her above and beyond her
highest prayers,
dearest desires,
grandest thoughts,
mightiest hopes,
or wildest dreams.

She didn't need to know how.
She didn't wait to find out what would happen if.
She didn't worry about.

And, instead of making sure God was sure, she simply replied that she was sure,
and then, she stepped out into the known.

Because what you and I don't always remember,
what you and I don't always see,
what you and I don't always understand is this:
NOTHING IS UNKNOWN TO GOD.

While we may not know, He does.
While we may wonder, He longs to fill us with wonder.
While we wrestle with the what ifs and the how wills, God already is and already has.
And, while we wonder if God is sure, God is simply waiting for us to be sure and say "yes".

Take me to the moon?
Thankfully, astronauts took this great step for mankind.

Birth the Saviour of the world?
Thankfully, Mary, the one chosen to be blessed among all women,
birthed The One, Jesus Christ, who came to save mankind.

Fulfill our God-given destiny?
Amazingly, God has entrusted THIS to you and me.

This same God who spoke the moon into existence,
and sent His only begotten Son into our very existence,
has a purpose and a plan for us, too.

No doubt it is beyond our
highest prayers,
our dearest desires,
our grandest thoughts,
our mightiest hopes,
our wildest dreams.

No doubt it will have us asking
How will ---?
What happens if ---?
What about ---?

But, when it comes to the biggest question of all,
Are you sure???
May we never let the uncertainty keep us from what is most certainly true:
GOD KNOWS.

Now to Him Who,
 by (in consequence of) the [action of His] power that is at work within us, 
is able to [carry out His purpose and] do superabundantly, 
far over and above all that we [dare] ask or think 
[infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, hopes, or dreams]—



 May you and I be willing to take our Saviour's hand and step out into the known.

To Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations forever and ever. 
Amen (so be it).








 
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Monday, December 15, 2014

Following in His Footsteps~


As a little girl, 
I loved stepping into the snowy footprints
my father would leave behind
as he made his way around the 10 acres of pastureland surrounding our home. 

Naturally, his stride was longer than mine,
so I had to stretch to place my foot in the same spot where his had been. 
 At first, I would miss the mark a little and mar the perfect impression in the snow.

 Little by little,
 though,
as I kept striving to step where he had stepped,
my own footprints would start to be hidden completely inside his. 

As I looked back at my progress,
I would smile when only his footsteps could be seen. 

 My Jesus has gone before me, too.
He walked this journey of life
leaving behind footprints of
love,
forgiveness,
compassion
and mercy.

As I daily try to walk in His steps,
 I find myself having to stretch,
 to intentionally choose to bend and place myself in places
that so often feel awkward and out of stride for me.

Sometimes, I miss the mark a little
and mar the impression He has left behind.
But sometimes....
sometimes when I look back over my progress,
I discover the footprints of my life completely hidden in His,
 and I smile.

 
I have a feeling He does, too.~♥







 
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Sunday, December 14, 2014

A Beautiful Design~







 
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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

HIS Peace~







 
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Saturday, December 6, 2014

A Heavenly Invitation~

As I sat in a small room, waiting to be seen by a doctor, I could see the elderly gentleman sitting in a small room, waiting to be seen by a doctor, across the hall from me. His eyes, dim. His head, hung low. His spirit, weak. His eyes met mine, and when they did, I smiled. In his weakened conditioned, he smiled back, but only with his eyes.

As I turned my gaze to the bare white walls, I heard the voice of another patient, sitting in a small room, being seen by the doctor, down the hall from me. The conversation not mine to hear, drifted into my heart anyway. His progress, slow. His diagnosis, dismal.

I looked up at the ceiling, and soon found myself listening in to a one-sided phone conversation. A lady, sitting in a small room, waiting to be seen by a doctor, next door to me, was checking in on her child. Left home alone, this mother's heart was there with her child as she sat on the other side of the wall from me.

And right then and there,            

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God showed me why I was here, 
in this small room, 
waiting to be seen by a doctor.

I was here for him, 
and him, 
and her. 

I was here for every single person who, 
today, tomorrow, or all the days after, 
will find his or herself sitting in one of these small rooms. 

I was here to intercede on their behalf. 

I was sitting in this room, 
so that while I was waiting to be seen by a doctor, 
I could lift these precious people up to the Great Physician
who is always and forever sitting on the right hand of God 
waiting to hear and answer our petitions.

This wasn't about me.
It was about them.
This wasn't simply a routine doctor appointment.
This was a heavenly invitation, a divine appointment. 


One, of God only knows how many,
that are given to you and I each and every single day of our life.

May our eyes, see.
May our ears, hear.
May our hearts, respond.
May our spirit, intercede.

Each and every time God places a heavenly invitation,
a divine appointment in our midst,
may we never fail to accomplish His mission.~♥








 
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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

The Light~











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Monday, December 1, 2014

Through You~

What did the Lord call you to do today?

Are you feeling as though the task is much greater than your ability to accomplish it?

If so, be encouraged, my friend.
God will never ask of you what He is not wiling or able to do through you.
Simply trust in Him,
allow Him to work out His plan,
and through you,
the world will see the great I AM.

This is the theme of the following lyrics by one of my all time favorite Christian artists, Ginny Owens,
and my thought for you today.


I Am
No Lord, he said, you've got the wrong guy
Simple conversation gets me tongue-tied
And you're telling me to speak with a maniac king
Or could it be I've lost my mind

Besides, I am weak, don't you want someone strong      
 To lead them out of Egypt when they've been there so long
And anyway, they won’t believe You ever spoke to me
It's not your problem, God replied
And the rest is history’

Cause there's a bigger picture you can't see
You don't have to change the world, just trust in Me
'Cause I am your creator, I am working out my plan
And through you I will show them, I Am

Now Lord, are you sure?
He's just a shepherd boy
Too small for battle gear with a giant to destroy
What on earth can he do with five stones and a sling
It's not your problem, God replied
'Cause I can do anything

There's a bigger picture you can't see
You don't have to change the world, just trust in me
'Cause I am your creator,
I am working out my plan
And through you, I will show them 
 
I am the first, I am the last    
                                       I am the present and the past                                          
I am tomorrow and today
I am the only way

Great Lord, she said, I'm just a simple girl
You say that I will bring your son into the world
How can I understand this thing You're gonna do
It's not your problem, God replied

'Cause, there's a bigger picture
And you don't have to change the world (oh no)
I'm your creator, I am working out my plan
And through you, I will show them
I AM


"O God, let me make a difference for You that is utterly disproportionate to who I am."
- David Brainerd








 
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Saturday, November 29, 2014

That Which Matters Most~










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