Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Just a Breath Away

Exodus 15


This morning I awoke early, after a night of tossing and turning, I decided to get started on the day. I grabbed my Bible and started to pray. Turning these worn pages I stopped in Exodus 15. I was reminded of the Israelites crossing the Red Sea and the details of that crossing. I started reading the song of testimony and praise Moses and the Israelites sang. As I read I began to cry out for one of my children. A promise started to emerge - nothing could hinder the Lord taking my child to the place of blessing He had for her. Nothing or no one! Not horses, not soldiers, not a sea too deep and wide to swim across, not an evil ruler, nothing! Absolutely nothing. Did I say nothing could stop the Lord from getting my child to the place of blessing He has for her?! I really needed to be reminded of that today.

Listen to what the Lord says in Exodus 15, "the enemy sank like a stone", "But You blew with your breath, and the sea covered them", "By the power of your arm they will be as still as a stone". A mighty God! "You will bring them in and plant them on the mountain of your inheritance, the place, O Lord, you have made for your dwelling, the sanctuary, O Lord , your hands established." A faithful God! An able God! A mighty God! A God that is ALIVE and ACTIVE in the lives of His people!

I was lamenting to a friend the other day about a particular situation. She listened and then reminded me about this same thought. The Lord is aware and alive even if you don't see it or even believe it. It does not change the fact that He is reigning over it. Nothing will ever be able to stop the Lord from bringing about His purpose or plan for me, you or our children. What a life giving word that was for me.

I am praying for you today, precious heart, that you will grab hold of this Faithful, Able and Mighty God who can change your life and the lives of those you love. Oh,I hear that seed of doubt coming from your direction. You have prayed, waited, believed and nothing. Well, you can't convince me that out of all those Israelites everyone believed that Moses would be able to get them across the Red Sea safely. Of course not, they were people just like you and me. They saw the Red Sea in its vastness. They lived in reality. Nevertheless, it happened! Yep, right before their little eyes, it happened! Not only did they cross safely but on dry land!

What is your "Red Sea today"? A loved one? A financial situation? A loss? What? What would stop the Lord from bringing His people to the place of blessing. Remember it was just a breath (Exodus 15:10) that changed a situation for the Israelites. Just a faithful, able and mighty breath!

Saturday, November 28, 2009

My arms are too short!

Numbers 11:23

The Lord answered Moses, "Is the Lord's arm too short to save? You will now see whether or not what I say will come true for you."

Well, right here we find ourselves smack dab in the middle of a dessert situation, oh, sorry too much Thanksgiving dinner, I meant to say desert. Yes, this is a desert situation all right! The people are tired of manna, sort of like turkey by now! The Israelites were complaining about God's provision so the Lord decides to give them what they were asking for. They want meat! The Lord says well, meat it is. You will have so much it will make you sick! But we see Moses doubting if there will be enough meat. He questions the Lord...... something doesn't sound quite right here. He reminds the Lord there are six hundred thousand men on foot and you say YOU will give them meat to eat for a whole month! Uh, Moses I think you just forgot what happen at the red sea, uh, you know the parting of the sea, walking across on dry land, uh, the Lord saving you from total destruction and continued slavery. HELLOOOOO!

We have short memories too, don't we? We get so focused on what is in front of us that we forget what was in back of us. We forget about all the times the Lord rescued us. The thousands of answered prayers in our past. The life changing events he brought us through. The times he "parted the sea" and allowed us to cross unharmed. The hundreds of times he made provisions for us. The way he made for us when there was no way. We forget.

When King David was discouraged the Word says he chose to remember what the Lord had done in the past. That helped him to have a different focus on what he was facing today. He found the promises of God to be true and trustworthy.

When my children were little I thought as long as I held their hand or was close by they would be safe. The word picture I had in my head was my arms outstretched around them in a circle and when I moved they would move. Do you see it? Then we all would be safe. Well, that thinking carried over to their adult years as well. Boy, was I wrong!! My arms are too short! Can you imagine after all these years to realize your arms are too short! Yours are too! Only the Lord can outstretch his arms, and in this verse, he only needs one arm to provide and keep us safe and secure, make a provision or change a situation.

Now what were you saying, six hundred thousand men want meat for dinner and ..............

Praying the Lord's word richly dwells in you until we hear the shout!

Friday, November 13, 2009

Are you talking?

Today my daughter called with the funniest story about our six year old grandson. It was time for bed and Luke was obviously troubled about something. Upon further questioning and prodding from his mother Luke reluctantly spilled the beans. "Mommy, I am worried about my morning papers tomorrow. I sometimes don't finish them in time." His mother replied that he should relax and take his time. She suggested he pray and ask the Lord to help him because the Lord knows that he needed to complete his papers. Just the hearing of that caused great alarm in Luke. He quickly replied, "Mommy, you don't understand that won't work. My teacher says, "no talking!" We laughed and laughed at his response. He didn't think he could talk to the Lord about his work at school because the teacher said they could not talk in class. Of course, my daughter corrected his faulty thinking and told him how he could call out silently to the Lord and the Lord would, indeed, hear him.

When I was in school, 105 years ago, well not literally speaking but close, I got in trouble a lot for talking. I was always so interested in the stories of my friends. I just couldn't seem to wait until recess or lunch to hear the details of their lives. I loved hearing about their adventures, their problems and their joy when something wonderful happened to them or their family. So I spent a lot of time writing about talking. I don't know something like, "I will not talk in class" or "I will pay attention when the teacher is talking", you know things like that. (Now all these years later it is still hard for me to sum up in just a few sentences my thoughts, to my editors chagrin, WHAT! and live out all these wonderful details!

Are you talking? I mean, not in class but to the Lord? Have you felt so discouraged so much so that you stopped talking? Did you misunderstand the rules about no talking? Did you think it applied to your situation. Maybe you just thought there wasn't somebody to talk to or who would listen. Oh, precious friend that is such a lie from the pit of hell! You know what I have found recently is there is a lot of precious people out there who have been wounded and just stopped believing that even the Lord can do anything about their situation.

People have wounded our hearts or events have taken place we never expected and the Lord, who once seemed so close, now seems far away and yelling from a distance, "No talking!" My sweet friends, that is not the Lord's voice you are hearing. He wants you to keep TALKING. He wants to hear every detail of your life. He wants to rejoice over you and wants you to bring your fears, problems and doubts to Him.

Perhaps this is a time He is building the character of Christ in us. Maybe the silence and the trials we are experiencing is for our good and not to destroy our dreams but to refine them so they will bring glory and honor to Him. Maybe, just maybe, this time it isn't about us but about Him and His purpose for our lives.

Are you talking? He longs to hear your voice today, sweet one.

Hosea 6:3
Let us acknowledge the Lord; let us press on to acknowledge him. As surely as the sun rises, he will appear; he will come t us like the winter rains, like the spring rains that water the earth.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Random thoughts on prayer

I am learning the sweet blessing of prayer. You would think after walking with the Lord for 30 years that I would know all there is to know about prayer. WRONG!!! I know so little but am learning so much. So many just think prayer is something you do when you can't do anything else. For me prayer is what I do before I do anything else. I am still learning to trust that small still voice and tune out the "yellers" among us. You know, the type that talk loud and walk wrongly. I want to speak wisely and walk rightly before the Lord. I am learning that prayer is about Him and not about me. I am learning that prayer is my source of strength and source of hope. I am learning that prayer is protection against what is and what could be, and even what was. I am learning that prayer is a lifeline and not the last line. Someone once said, "the bigger the dream, the harder the trial". I think that is true and prayer is how the Lord drops that dream in your heart and then gives you what you need to endure the trial that always accompanies the hard work of the dream. Prayer....I am learning.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Disappointment....

Have you ever been so disappointed in something you can hardly live or breathe? That is where I am today. Discouragement and disappointment have flooded my soul. But God is greater still. Life has turned an ugly grey and I am not sure what the future holds for me or what direction the Lord will take these new events in my life. But God is greater still. Am I the only one who feels the desperation of prayer, the pain of bad news or the regret over one's past life. But God is greater still. I have walked a while with the Savior and never been through such disappointment or pain but... GOD IS GREATER STILL.

Sweet hour of prayer, sweet hour of prayer and God is greater still.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

What a difference a day makes!

May 19, 2009



It has been a while since I have written. Lots of drama going on in and around our home. Mostly trying to adjust to this new age of my life. 55!!! I am thinking about writing a book entitled, "The Details They Don't Tell You About Growing Older" or "Oh Boy, Check the 50 and Older Box! Like when you hit 50 you have to start scheduling colonscopies. Now that will give you something to look forward to! And how about menopause! Now that has been a well kept secret! Especially the part about not sleeping and feeling like your worth is measured in teaspoons rather than cupfuls! Now we could park there for a week. And oh, let's don't forget the increases in every disease known to man since you are "50 and older". Well, it happens to the best of us and what a difference a day makes!



Aren't you glad that through all of our aging process the Lord doesn't say "you are not worth much since you are older" or "sorry can't use you now, should have made the most of it while you were still young". Oh no, there is still much for us to give and learn. Still someone waiting to hear the wisdom we have or the humor we bring to life. Still a job to do or a work to be completed. Still a place we haven't traveled to or a word we haven't heard before. Still a memory yet to be made or a good thing to happen. A challenge to be meant or a fear to be conquered. Yes, there are many things yet to do for this ol' girl! 55 just a number! State of mind now that is another story to be written at another time. So for all of you who check the box "50 and older" GOOD FOR YOU! And to my grandsons who asked me recently did they have dinosaurs when I was a little girl, well, you are forgiven because you are so darn cute!!! I didn't see them, little darlins', but I have learned so much about them from you! Keep teaching this Nana and I promise I will keep learning!



Lord, teach me until you take me to be with you and keep using me until I hear the shout!
Philippians 1:6 "being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus."