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Thank you for praying for the women’s retreat. The four times I spoke can best be summarized in a few words, “Surrendering to His Lordship.” As you might guess, I was in His classroom this weekend along with the rest of His students…

I am growing increasingly aware of our tendency, within the Church at large, to factor the Lordship of Jesus Christ right out of our Christianity. We run the risk, just like the church of Ephesus, of doing all the right spiritual things, but abandoning our First Love.

How does He bring His Lordship back into focus? Whose life is it anyway, His or mine? We were after all, purchased with a price and we are not our own. We’re not calling the shots anymore, or are we? Did we not surrender ownership of our life to Jesus Christ when we became a Christian? What does that mean?

Just a few thoughts from someone who is learning what it means to surrender to His Lordship…

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On the Road…

The Grace Tapestries blog will be a quiet spot the next few days as I prepare to speak at a women’s retreat in McCall, Idaho. Thank you for covering us in your prayers—for traveling mercies and tender hearts.

I’m praying for you… My prayer is that we might all discover that sweet surrender known best by our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. All for His glory!

Under the Mercy,
Deb

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(A picture of the Krum kids, and a friend, a few miles from the mountains where our hunting expedition took place.)

Today’s devotional brings back a flood of childhood memories… Imagine five children stuffed in the cab of an old truck, waiting eagerly for their uncles to return from a two-hour hunting trip. Our imaginations ran wild as we waited. Each rustling branch and dark shape called out to our fear. Eternity was defined for us that day as we waited and waited. In reality, our uncles were probably only gone 45 minutes, but when darkness fell on our day each minute turned into an hour. Every “hour” filled with fear and dread.

Fear is a normal human response. In fact, it’s a very good response when fight or flight is necessary—fear ignites the soles of our feet when we need to run for safety! Well then, if fear is normal, why is God so emphatic in telling us not to fear? Why does the Bible say, “do not fear” so many times?

When we know the Bigger Reality of God, the lesser reality of fear is not fearful at all. The one cancels out the other. Fear of death is canceled out when we know we have eternal life with God. Fear of sickness is canceled out when we know God will faithfully sustain us through it. Fear of financial collapse is canceled out when we know God is in control and He will not forsake us.

Regardless of what we experience, the bigger reality of a Sovereign God outweighs all other realities. And that’s the truth! It always has been and always will be true, because our God is Almighty!

You see, “do not fear” is always wrapped tightly around the only compelling reason not to fear—God, in majesty, power, grace, and mercy, is in control! We may not understand what is happening and why, but that does not alter in any way, shape or form, what God is accomplishing. In Him, we stand in confidence! Praise the Lord!

Because I have always been a bit of a fear freak, I need to continually establish myself in God’s word. Isaiah 41:10 is my favorite, “Do not fear, for I am with you; do not anxiously look about, for I am your God, surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.” The BIGGER reality of God is wrapped around the lesser reality fear. Shalom, an indescribable peace, is always the result when we put our mind to God’s reality, His word! Amen!

The MP3 audio file, Dark Shadows, is listed under LISTEN TO → I love this story because I was there and by being there, I discovered something amazing about fear and something infinitely more amazing about God. It’s my prayer that the Lord will encourage to your heart as to listen.

All for His glory…always!

Chris Tomlin’s “Indescribable…”

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I love the story of Abraham and Isaac. It’s probably because the Lord has led me through one “Moriah” encounter after another. Last Saturday was such an event…

The Lord woke me up in the middle of the night with something important on His mind. I listened as He made Himself very clear. He pointed out the tendency I have to look beyond Him for financial security. Ouch. Of course, it’s human, but it is contrary to the way God has called us to walk with Him.

You know the scenario: We try and figure out how to work through a difficulty. We do the math; we come up very short; we worry; we wonder, and we finally pray a frantic prayer, “How are you going to work this out, Lord?”

Anyone else in this situation? I dare say there are many of us who are wondering how we are going to make ends meet. Of course, I am ashamed to even write this, because those of us who live in America even at our poorest are still incredibly rich compared to the millions of homeless and starving people in the world. Nonetheless, God leads us in and through the circumstances where He has placed us. He leads us moment by moment in our current circumstance. He calls us to be present with Him in our present experience! Amazing grace…

Today, my faith is stretched beyond what it was yesterday. I didn’t think my faith could go any further than yesterday, but it is… As I considered God’s faithfulness, my faith is being renewed. That’s what I love about Abraham: he kept factoring in a faithful God! God will provide. God did provide! What a Glorious Provision we have in Christ!

I pray your faith increases as you wait upon the Only One worth for! Keep pressing in, dear one! We’re all in this together…

The audio file, “God Will Provide” is listed to your right under LISTEN TO →

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The audio file, “Eyes Fixed On Jesus” was somehow cut off in the upload. I am working to resolve the difficulty and I’ll let you know as soon as I do… Have a great day!

Update: Everything should be working okay now.

Thank you for making this blog spot a place you visit. I consider it a great honor to encourage you in the Lord. He is so faithful!!! Jesus, our great desire and hope!

Further up, further in,
Deb

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“Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God” Hebrews 12:1-2.

Jesus… What a Savior! Hallelujah, what a Savior!

The audio file, “Eyes Fixed On Jesus” is under LISTEN TO → I pray you have a blessed Easter considering Him.

All for His glory!

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There are times when there is no escape from the realities and pressures of life. During those times, it seems that all efforts to ward off the pain and discomfort are unsuccessful. Now what? Escape? A desperate prayer? In our humanness, we usually renew our efforts and consider more seriously what we can do to alleviate the weight of tribulation and affliction.

In my case, physical illness and financial pressures are sitting on me like a two-ton elephant. I want the elephant removed… I ask the Lord for relief; I believe for relief; I trust Him for relief… But no relief comes. What are my options? Hundreds of options? Only one. Waiting upon Jesus. “Oh, come on, Deb!” No. Only One. Waiting upon Jesus.

As Jesus looked to the Father, we are to look to Jesus. How was Jesus led? By the Father. How are we to be led? By the Spirit of the Living God and the counsel of His word. “…fixing our eyes on Jesus, the Author and Perfecter of our faith…” Hebrews 12:2

The dependence Jesus had on the Father is absurd and stupid to the human mind. It is an affront to our ego and pride to relinquish control of our life over to God. It’s illogical. And yet that is the road we must travel if we are to travel with Jesus.

Remember the Garden… Remember the Cross…

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