Had a conversation with my Lord this morning on my way to work. And He
dropped this thought into my mind "What if you could be comfortable in
uncomfortable situations? That's exactly why I have allowed
uncomfortable situations in your life to give you my comfort and to give
you my freedom".
Can anybody relate? Know, that the Lord is good and
His mercy endures forever for you and for me.
Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty (2 Corinthians 3:17 NKJV).
Every time I think about it, I have an extreme sadness come over me when I realize that the baby birds did not make it. They must have fallen out of our decorative birdhouse that was attached to our garage.
The entry to the bird house is a teeny weeny one but obviously just the right size for these kind of birds. We were actually quite surprised that their tiny parents had chosen this kind of housing for their family. Since this was a decoration item we chose for the siding of our garage, it was only attached with a nail, obviously not strong enough to hold a family of 6. That day when looking into the entry hole I could only discover a sweet little
feather reminding me that they had been conceived in this place of refuge. I felt guilty that we had let this slip and now the baby birds were all lying in the grass and all of them had died.
The accident in our backyard reminded me so vividly how dramatic our life is. That many of us will die without knowing our purpose, living a life lived without Christ and that made me so very sad. How blessed am I to know the love of my Heavenly Father, to know His Son died for me and His Holy Spirit that leads me into all truth? With this in mind I am pursuing life today so that many more would come to know God. Will you join me?
For the sake of making the Kingdom known to a dying world,
"Not that I
have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I
may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus" (Philippians 3, 12-14 NKJV).
In all that we do we should pursue quality not quantity: quality time,
quality friendships, quality work etc. Then quantity will be a natural
"Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble" (Matthew 6:31-34 NKJV).
"Behold, I will do a new thing, now it shall spring forth; Shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness and rivers in the desert" (Isaiah 43:19 NKJV).
As I was massaging my husband's feet I became very uncomfortable when I discovered that he had bashed one of his toes (without knowing) and a blood clot was formed. I understood that eventually this nail would come off. As a diabetic that has not much feeling in his toes I was really concerned for his toe and the wellness of his foot in general. I instantly prayed for the toe and as I looked at it, it was as if the Lord was saying to me that it would make it through. With that impression I was confident enough to face the development of toe nail.
One evening my husband proclaimed "Did you see honey, the nail fell off". I didn't really want to hear this, but was pleasantly surprised to see that the Lord provided a brand new toe nail that was growing underneath in obscurity. This newly created toe nail is actually better than the old one and I was just so relieved, tickled and so thankful to the Creator of all things for his foresight, infinite wisdom, creativity and provision.
In this story we learn some important characteristics about God: When something old has to go, He provides something new. The Lord never leaves us without. There is always a way He paves for us and it is up to us to find it and to walk on it. God is good to us. Much love, -Suzanne Tanner.
Disappointment comes from trusting or having expectation in a person, a situation or a thing. The good news is, that when we put our trust and our expectation in God, He will never disappoint us. In German disappointment is translated to "Enttaeschung" which basically means to remove deception. In that sense disappointment is actually a good thing because it unmasks any deception about a person, a situation or a thing.
as it is written, "BEHOLD, I LAY IN ZION A STONE OF STUMBLING AND A
ROCK OF OFFENSE, AND HE WHO BELIEVES IN HIM WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED." (Romans 9:33 NASB)
can try and steal your ideas, your inventions, your products, your
money, even your identity, but they cannot steal your soul or your
spirit, they can only admire it. "Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven" (Matthew 5:16 NKJV).
Jesus did not 'hangout' with volunteers. He taught men and women how to become disciples.
"Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the
name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching
them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you
always, to the very end of the age." (Matthew 28:19 and 20 NKJV).