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October 27, 2010

It's in His Hands to Make Great...

New Mercies

Greetings, Dear Friends!

Susie Larson here...

And to those visiting, I say welcome! I post every Wednesday and my sole purpose is to nourish your soul along the way. Each month I give away a $10.00 Starbucks gift card to someone who posts on my blog. So leave a comment, share a story or insight, and just maybe you'll win a jolt of java for you and a friend! 

It's time to announce the winner for October. Drumroll please...

Esther Villafranco, congratulations! You won a $10.00 giftcard to Starbucks! (Please email me your mailing address at by going through my website at: www.susielarson.com; you must claim your gift card before I announce next month's winner.) 

Thanks to everyone for your posts! 

As most of you know, I have a radio show,Live the Promise with Susie Larson The program now airs 6 days a week! Join us every weekday from 2:30-3:00 CST, and on Saturdays from noon to one, KTIS AM 900, on the Faith Radio Network, or listen online at: www.faith900.com We've had some amazing guests and some powerful dialogue. Hope you can join us!

Also, I want you to have the inside scoop. Be sure to check my Facebook page for a heads up on my weekly giveaways (that way you'll know when to call for a book you may want). I'll also post daily questions and may read your comments on the air. Let's do this together! 

Now on to my topic...(this one is a little longer than usual, but I think it's an important word for some):

Lately I've been in awe of God's divine intervention and attention to detail. In years past, there have been a number of specific desires in my heart that I longed to see come to pass; things that only God and my husband knew about, and, well maybe a few close friends. But as with anything worth having, readiness and preparedness take time. God can do anything in an instant, but we are the ones - with our free will and all - that need time to be ready, strengthened and prepared. 

We need time for our faith to grow. When we plant seeds, we can't repeatedly dig them up and pull them out of the ground to see if they are growing. We have to leave them in the ground. Those planted seeds (that we can no longer see) need to be watered by our faith. During the process we must learn to be content with seeing nothing while knowing that God holds everything in His hands, and that He moves on every act prompted by our faith, as the Scripture says.

The truth is, things just take time. Even 'suddenly-moments' take a while to spring forth. But one thing I learned about waiting on God is that He is always good. He always has our highest and best interests at heart. And when we trust Him enough to give Him room to work, He does His best work on our behalf. Truly, His loving attention to detail will woo any heart that loves Him!

Right now, today, I am walking in some of the most detail-specific answers to prayers of faith, prayed back then - years ago - when such things seemed non-existent and impossible. As I am sure is the case with you, the journey to this particular place of promise had its battles of refinement and pain. While I was stationed to the sidelines for a season, I watched as others ran full boar into their divine calling. And I felt jealous; which was why I was on the sidelines. God was intent on extracting from my soul the very things the enemy intended on using against me. God, in His infinite love, knew why I needed time. He is an ever-protective Father, no?

The amazing thing is, at their core, these desires of my heart were not selfish prayers, they were Kingdom motivated. And yet, our flesh is all too quick to lay hold of that which only belongs to God. He shares His glory with no one, and that's the way it is. The very fact that we get to be used by Him is mind-boggling, wouldn't you say? It's a glorious thing to lay hold of God's promises and to participate in the Divine Nature of Christ. Nothing on earth compares. 

Our hope is not in people; not in our bosses, or even in the next elected politician. Our hope is in the Living God who daily establishes His purposes for us! The Bible says that it's in His hands to make great, in fact, He stoops down to do so (see Psalm 18:35). He sets some on high for a season, while He sets another aside for a season; but, He makes all things beautiful in His time.

A.W. Tozer penned these wonderful words:

"What God in His sovereignty may yet do on a world-scale I do not claim to know. But what He will do for the plain man or woman who seeks His face I believe I do know and can tell others. Let any man turn to God in earnest, let him begin to exercise himself unto godliness, let him seek to develop his powers of spiritual receptivity by trust and obedience and humility, and the results will exceed anything he may have hoped for in his leaner and weaker days." 

Trust Him with your dreams and your heart's desires. Refuse to manipulate your circumstances or to posture yourself with certain people. Your hope is in God. He is the one who will lift you up and establish you at the most divine time and in the most divine way.

Blessings to you this day!

~Until Next Week~

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Dear Lorilee,

You are right. It is initially a tough lesson to learn, but over time, when our eyes finally see the tokens of our faith, it makes it all worth it, and then we're encouraged to trust Him that much more next time around. I know you're in a 'waiting for a breakthrough' season. May God bless you with great faith to plant lots of seeds during this time! In due time, you will reap a harvest! Bless you~

Dear Kathy,

Thanks for stopping by! So glad God used the post to encourage you. Have a blessed and beautiful Thanksgiving holiday! (I'm just now catching up on my posts. Yikes).

Dear Diane,

Your analogy of a baby in the womb is perfect. God makes all things beautiful in His time. We must embrace the wait and trust that He is good!

Bless you, my sister!

Joy,

What an excellent extension to my blog post! I love your distinction between a 'back burner' item and a buried seed. Excellent! Sometimes we consider it faith to put something on the back burner when in fact, God wants it in the ground. Love it.

Bless you, my sweet sister!

Dear 'Anonymous',

I love this line from your post: But it must be our willingness to walk in faith and prepare, and act, and pray while we wait for God to accomplish what HE put in our hearts.

Couldn't have said it better myself. :)

Bless you!

Dear Jami,

I know you will walk faithful with God and trust Him every step of the way. Your heart is so clearly set on Him and He is so clearly showing you His strength as you attempt such a mighty feat. May the Lord Himself continue to make you strong and steadfast and may He give you a strong sense of His presence so that you may quickly silence every lesser, defeating thought. Blessings to you, my friend!

Susie-I just love you--everytime I read your stuff--it confirms to me how God is Good! I slip into the "FOG" often--I no longer call it depression--Jesus always brings me out of it---if I just wait and be still--there is always a lesson for me to learn and much growth from being in that place--but as you said, there is always good that comes!
God is Good.....All the Time!

Pam,

We all like to see progress. You're definitely not alone! And you are so right, He has a better plan than we can imagine. You are a blessing!

Oh Susie - this was a timely and affirming read for me tonight. It is exciting to watch the dreams He's placed in my heart begin to unfold and yet I don't want to rush ahead of Him ever. Thank you always for your encouragement and wisdom that comes from Him!

I think the story of how David was anointed as King, yet waited years and years for the calling to come to pass is exactly what you are referring to. It can never be "our works or strength" that we lean on. But it must be our willingness to walk in faith and prepare, and act, and pray while we wait for God to accomplish what HE put in our hearts.

Susie, I'm very encouraged by your "not pulling up the seed" analogy. The saying "putting it on the back burner" immediately came to my mind as a contrast, because I feel like I have a lot of things "on the back burner" and naturally, when you put something there, you have to keep an eye on it and keep checking to make sure it hasn't burned, right? But when you "plant it in the ground", you have to stop worrying about it. It's just a different feeling...it's trust. Out of my hands. And that goes along perfectly with something my pastor reminded us of this week: "Seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well" Matthew 6:33. I love it when God adds layers to what he is trying to teach me! Thank you.

In hindsight I realize when I thought things were not growing I understand God was doing his own wonderful work! Thanks sharing and helping me see that. I think of a baby developing in mom's womb and how wondrous His handiwork is. After patiently waiting for grandchildren I have been blessed! Praise the Lord!

Such encouraging words to meditate and chew on while waiting to see the "bigger picture" that only God sees. His love is perfect and complete!

Wow, that is so very real in life. We try to do things in our time...it is so very hard to let go and let God.....the wait is so hard to do and we try to "see" it all and when it finally happens it is like "wow" why did I not trust again!
Waiting for the best...Such a simple thing but so hard to do!

Such a great message today. I love the analogy of "not pulling up the seeds to see if they are growing". I always want to see progress, but its not always in my best interest to know exactly what God is up to. He always has a better plan than what I can imagine. I think sometimes that if I forget to pray over and over for the same thing, if I let it rest, then the prayers already said are forgotten and null. SO NOT TRUE.
Thanks for the words.

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