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Monday, March 28, 2016

Trusting, Remaining, and Resting

When I am trusting God,
He will lead and direct me.
I don't have to worry if I am doing the right thing,
because I am trusting and listening to Him.
I am a branch grafted securely into the True Vine.
When the cares and trials of life come Our way,
I simply need to rest and trust that the True Vine will sustain me.
I am part of Him and He loves me!
How can worrying and doubt produce good fruit?
It is only when I abide in Christ and listen to Him
that I will produce everlasting fruit and an abundance of joy!

Friday, March 18, 2016

God's Child

I am Your child. Many, many times in the past I'd crawl into hour lap, if only in my heart and mind, and lay my head upon Your chest just to talk. When did I get so grownie...independent?  Mark 10:15-16

Once again I am reminded, "Children, how hard is it for those who TRUST IN RICHES to enter the kingdom of God." Mark 10: 24b

What or Whom am I trusting in, depending on? A child depends on his parent(s) to take care of them; feed, clothe, shelter, nurture, teach...hold our hand, comfort us when we are sick....(is there more?)

My little boy is almost seven. He told me he is embarrassed to hold my hand except to cross busy areas. He is growing up too fast. I want him to hold my hand simply because he loves me, not because he needs me.

Lord, forgive my foolishness and pride. I love and need You -always! You are my source of life --apart from you I am nothing (John 15). Everything and everyone can and may fail me; but not You. You are My Rock and on You I will stand! I need You to nourish me, provide for me and care for me. (vine & branch). No matter what storms come our way, I need not worry because I am grafted, grounded, securely in You, the True Vine and source of life.

Father, I want to walk like Jesus, dependent and obedient to Your every word. Convict me when necessary. Let my family and I be counted worthy to escape all things which will come to pass and stand before Jesus (Lk 21:36) confident and trusting. Let us  be filled with peace and a longing for You, dear Lord. 

I love You and trust You, no matter what; come what may.

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Another thought from today's quiet time with God:

Whoever desires to become great among you shall be your servant,...the Son of Man did not come to be served,  but to serve and give His life as a ransom for many. (Mark 10:43) Not all, but many. Not everyone will abide in Christ and follow, so pray Luke 21:36.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

When a Closed Door is Suddenly Opened....Wait.

Paul & Silas in Prison
Acts 16:16-40

Paul & Silas had their clothes ripped off and were beat; they had their feet and hands placed in stocks and were placed in the inner part of the prison. I imagine it was cold and dark and they were hurting physically.

At first they silently trusted God to work everything out according to His purpose and plan (They did not dispute the arrest) AND at midnight they openly worshiped Him.... As a result other prisoners listened as well as the guard. Then the earth shook, a great earth quake, and all the doors opened and everyone's chains fell off. They had a chance to escape! Was it not the answer they were waiting for -closed doors opened, chains loosed? No, still they waited on God; and because they waited, a guard's life was saved from death and damnation as well as his family's life.

No matter how uncomfortable or unfairly they were treated, they waited for their orders from Father God. And it all worked out for good. Their wounds were cleansed and bandaged, they were led to the guard's home and fed, and they led a whole family to Christ. HA! God worked it out even better than we could have imagined!

So, no matter the trial or testing or circumstance, I need only to worship while I wait (Psalm 34:1). I must remember, my life is not my own, I have surrendered it to Christ, and it is an example to others that I can trust God to work everything out for good because I love Him with all my heart. May my worship be a sweet fragrance to Him, a simple act of trust in the One who gave His all for me. When others look at me, may they be led to Christ.

May all His saints learn to worship while we wait..