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3 posts from July 2007

July 25, 2007

Awakening the Pleasure of God...

Marthas_sunrise

Greetings, Dear Friends!

And to those visiting I say welcome! I post every Wednesday and my purpose is to bless and encourage you along your way.

This morning I was talking with a friend and we were both recalling the ways God has affected us, even changed us. My friend made an observation that affirmed me greatly. She said, "Susie, God has clearly done a work in you. You are accomplishing far more now than you ever have; and you're doing it with less effort and more peace."

Her words stopped me in my tracks. I looked back over my shoulder and recounted the times and seasons when striving was my middle name and straining was the way I played the game!

At some point along the way, I realized the error of my ways. I began praying by faith, "Lord, I thank you that there's no striving in me because I know that you are God!" The more I prayed this prayer, the more peaceful and rested I felt.

One day when my task list was greater than my ability to accomplish it, I was especially tempted to worry. But I did something else instead. I said, "Lord, it looks like I will need a loaves and fishes day today. No matter what, I refuse to worry."

At that very moment I was filled with peace and I knew I had awakened the Lord's pleasure. I felt His smile over me all day long, and believe it or not, I accomplished everything on my list and still had room in my day to clean my house and go biking on the trails! You know, it's really not so much about what we accomplish but rather the heart with which we accomplish the things God gives us to do. He is good and He is for us. And when we look to Him, He strengthens us out of HIS riches, where there is no lack.

Since that time, I've discovered some tangibile ways to walk in peace, provision, and power, and to thus awaken the sweet pleasure of the Lord...

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July 18, 2007

Loving the Weak

Singletree

Greetings, Dear Friends!

And to those visiting I say welcome! I post every Wednesday and my purpose is to encourage you and to nourish your soul.

The other day my son Jordan came home with a stray pet. He found this dog jutting in and out of traffic, almost getting hit over and over again.

The scraggly dog had no collar, no identification. Jordan took the dog to the Humane Society only to find a "Closed" sign on the door.

He walked in the door with Scruffy in his arms and tenderness in his eyes. "Can we take care of her tonight, mom? I'll bring her to the Humane Society tomorrow."

Of course I said yes but I must admit something to you.

I'm not really an animal person. I wish I was though because it seems like such a nice thing to be. Unfortunately my over-developed sense of smell and my selfish desire for personal comfort are not conducive to having pets around - not to mention smelly, old, scraggly pets like the one Jordan brought home.

Within twenty-four hours of having this visitor invade my home, God invaded my heart once more with a fresh revelation of Himself.

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July 05, 2007

Our Shelter...

Steepleinthedistance

Greetings, Dear Friends!

A special welcome to my visitors! I post every Wednesday and my purpose is to nourish your soul along the way.

Well, I did it again. I missed my post yesterday, but I have an excuse! Yesterday was the 4th of July as you know, and it didn't even occur to me to post. For some reason the blogosphere wasn't even on my radar.

Today is a new day and what I have to share with you feels especially important.

For the past week or so, the Lord has drawn me to Psalm 91 on a daily basis. Every morning I've been reading the whole chapter aloud. And every morning, I take one verse from that chapter and I ponder its meaning. I want my own ears to hear the promises and the contingencies that go along with those promises. I want a close up look at each verse in this wonderful passage of Scripture.

In this day of unrest and amidst the continual threats from the terrorists I've been feeling compelled to taste and smell and know Psalm 91 inside and out.

I ask you to know the same thing.

Take time to understand how to position yourself before the Lord so that if and when the threats and plagues come near you, they will not touch you. Know how to stand without fear. Know what it means to stand strong because of faith.

Let's look at the first part of the first verse in this chapter.

It's packed with meaning...

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