Monthly Archives: June 2013

Shining Moments

Whatever you’re dreaming and longing for

will you lay it down

and let it die?

It is in dying that we live.

It is in laying it down that we begin to see that God is God

and He satisfies.

God alone.

I dreamed for a marriage that would honor Him.

but I had to lay it down.

I dreamed for a child in Ukraine.

But that dream had to die.

Empty arms and grieving I came home

and waited

and prayed.

The world calls our broken dreams – failures

but God sees them as the beginning of something new.

I’ve been crucified with Christ…. Galatians 2:20

Death proceeding  life

My way being laid down at His Feet

Waiting and discovering that He is there when all else fails.

He is there when everything else crumbles at our feet.

Beginning to understand that His thoughts are not our thoughts.

His Way becoming mine.

Thy Will be done, Lord.

Peace and eventually a new direction.

Coming home with a precious little girl from Russia.

Opening a practice in my own community.

Making new friends.

Discovering that the God of New Beginnings does all things well in His Time.

Nevertheless I live, yet not I, but Christ liveth in Me.

Deep truths that continue to call me to laying down all of my dreams

and waiting upon Him.

His Plan

His Time

His Way

and always His sweet Will.

 

 

Shining Moments

“Take heart,” He whispered.

Words of comfort in a world where challenges abound.

“Take heart. I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)

It was as if He knew that we would grow weary and become discouraged.

He knows how life can throw so much at us at once.

The unexpected bill.

The unexpected problem.

The unexpected doctor’s word.

Heart-shaking moments;

Over our head times when we desperately realize our need.

I look at my meager resources and shake my head.

“Take heart,” He whispers. “Take heart, weary pilgrim.”

It is so easy to believe

when everything is going smoothly.

When there is food on the table and a roof over our heads.

Yes, it’s easy to believe when we think we are managing life, our health is good,

but that only lasts for a season.

Goliath size problems abound

and when one is coming our way

that’s when we must stand firm.

“Take heart. I have overcome the world.”

Don’t you simply love those words.  He has already overcome for us.

He is the Answer to every problem that we may face.

Jesus whispers hope because He not only knows our need

He has already prepared to meet that need.

“Come to Me,” He gently speaks, “and I will supply all your needs.”

No stress. No anxiety. No wringing of the hands.

Just coming to Him

instead of away from Him.

Open hands and hearts for Him to fill.

Trusting that He is all that He says He is and more.

Wherever you are today

you can take comfort in His Promises.

You can depend upon Him

the One Who has already overcome the world and all its problems.

Thank you, Lord, for giving me another opportunity to see your faithfulness.

My prayer is that you will be filled with Peace today

in knowing the One Who continues to whisper, “Take heart, I have overcome the world.”

Shining Moments

It’s been a week of blessings all around.

Eyes wide open

Prayerfully looking

For those who need just a cup of cold water

given in His Name.

Early this week I heard about some challenges.

Difficulties that stretched the nerves and tried the patience of many.

I sensed His moving within me

to give a cup of cold water to one who was very thirsty.

It seemed so very small.

Humanly I would have much rather jumped right in and carried the burden

But that was not possible.

No, a cup of cold water,

He whispered so quietly.

Have you noticed how so often His whisperings are very gentle?

So, I slipped out and picked up a flower arrangement

Praying that it would say what my heart was feeling.

Carry on, weary servant.

Your Father knows your need.

And early before I went to work I placed those flowers with a card

where her eyes would see them and be encouraged.

Later, I sensed that same moving within again

so I found a special book. One that would also convey words of hope

and I gave that to a precious one who needed His uplifting

in a world that knocks you down

and walks on by.

Such a small action but both shining moments for me.

I might not be the one out in front

But I can faithfully pray and give cups of cold water.

How about you?

Do you know someone who needs

a word,

some flowers,

a homemade pie?

Then do it.

Yes, before the moment passes and life rolls it into only a memory.

Yes, give all you can while you’re living.

Those cups of cold water

given in His Name

restore and refresh the weary soul in ways we cannot see.

But He knows.

Yes, He always knows.

I’m looking for more opportunities today.

Will you join me?

Let’s carry the Water and pour it out.

Splashing weary hearts with Life-giving Hope.

Carry it, dear friends.

You in your small corner and I in mine.