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Staying Connected

There’s email, Facebook, Twitter and blogging…  I have yet to figure out how people keep up with all this social networking activity.  It’s the new way to stay connected, I guess.  Hum.  I’m so glad God doesn’t require all those hoops!

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The Same Flock

The journey of the Israelites from Egypt, through the desert and into the promise land, continues to shake me up.  What a picture of humanity!  However, we all tend to distance ourselves from being anything like them.  Their stiff-necked rebellion and obstinate behavior seems so odd to us, even comical at times.  We’re not like them.  We are after all more civilized…  Are we?

“All of us like sheep have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; but the LORD has caused the iniquity of us all to fall on Him” Isaiah 53:6.

What a supreme picture of Grace: Golgotha.  Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on the cross.

It is very good that the stories of wandering, misfit souls are included in our Bibles, lest we forget we come from the same flock.

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God is Faithful…

Just when we think we can’t take another step, God steps in.  I know He is true…….and faithful!

The past several months have been full of new adventures and exciting opportunities for ministry.  Like WOW exciting adventures with our God!  But in the middle of all of it, I’ve experienced physical challenges that threatened to keep me out of it.  The most significant challenge has been intense fatigue—the kind of fatigue that doesn’t go away even with a good night’s rest.

Coupled with physical fatigue has been limited mental capacity for creating. Doing anything extra, like writing and blogging, has been a chore, at best.  I’ve just been able to do the bare minimum and have done so muted and weary.  Even in all this though, I have found God to be so incredibly faithful!  There have been many times I’ve cried out to Him to carry me and in the most amazing way He’s done just that.

I don’t know what you are going through.  Maybe you are hindered by emotional or physical challenges.  Maybe you are being hard hit by circumstances beyond your control…  Whatever the challenge, I know God is able to carry you.  “Able to carry you…”  Yes, there’s something we need to do in order to put ourselves in a position of being carried.  We need to call out to Him and trust His ways and means of answering our prayers.  In most cases, His answers probably won’t look like what we expect, but God is faithful and His answers are always just exactly what we need, when we need it.

We discover greater depths of God’s faithfulness when we surrender to Him. What a mystery!  So, rest in Him, dear one, even in the midst of weariness, rest in Him.

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Assurance: Know and Go!

As a Christian during “those” teenage years, I remember struggling to gain a foothold on my faith.  I believed the truth of Jesus Christ; I trusted the message of the Gospel, and based upon all that I learned in the Bible, I knew God loved me, but I didn’t “feel” it in my emotions.  It was there that doubt crept in (no emotion equaled no faith).  I wanted, and insisted upon, an emotional experience that would convince me that God’s love for me was real.  When the experiences didn’t come I became disillusioned with my faith (I’m glad to report the disillusionment was a temporary condition).

In looking back over my Christian journey, the strongest roots of faith were established when I was about five years old, or younger.  I had very few questions, hardly a doubt in my mind and embraced the love of God with my whole heart.  I had child-like faith and I eagerly believed the truth.  Such carefree assurance in God’s love led me to pray with total trust in His goodness.  I never doubted His love or His presence.  I absolutely lived with extreme joy in Him.  I had a “know and go” faith in God.

But then I entered those teenage years where I wanted emotional confirmation of my faith.  Reasoning and logic became more important than simple faith.  [Surely grappling with our faith is an important maturation process, but I just wonder how much of our intellectual striving actually interferes with our ability to come to the saving knowledge of the simple, profound truth that God loves us.]

Jesus told adults to come to Him as a child.  How odd.  What an insult to the intellectual mind…. “He called a little child and had him stand among them.  And he said: “I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.  Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven” Matthew18: 2-4.

Now some 50 years later, my trust in God is becoming more and more child-like.  I’ve grown past my demands for spiritual experiences or iron-clad scientific proof and have settled upon His Word as completely true (He’s proven it true over and over again).  The “know and go” faith I had as a child has returned and I’m ready for anything He has for me.  What joy!  There’s no greater joy than knowing His joy.

“…whoever humbles himself like this child…”  Something worth considering as we step into this day.

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New Adventures

We launched two new radio programs yesterday: Intercessions and Real Radio. The overriding truth that rings through my ears is, “And who is adequate for these things?” Paul’s words in 2 Corinthians 2:16 rings true. We aren’t, but God is!  You and I move forward knowing that it is Christ Jesus our Lord who goes before us and works through us.  Amen!

As soon as the workload levels off, I’ll tell you more about it. Until then, may you abound in Him, in all fullness, with great and abiding joy.

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The Lord is zooming in my days!  He’s blowing me away with things I never thought possible!  I just finished a new Along The Way program highlighting Bonnie Thomas.  What a thrilling story!  We’re still tweaking some of the back end details; transitions, volume, etc.  I’ve also been working on a new program that will be unveiled in July.  Again, the Lord is providing all that I need, and more.

Just wanted to drop in and tell you that our God is amazing!  He’s so alive!

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I can’t…

This morning as I was driving to work, the Lord gently pointed something out to me.  It was one of those, “Oh” moments.  There was something that had slipped under my radar and I didn’t even realize it until the Holy Spirit brought it to my attention.

I’ve been feeling overwhelmed by something that I felt was beyond my ability.  Somewhere in the back of my mind I said the words, “I can’t do it.”  It was more than a confession, I was basically telling the Lord, “Since I can’t do it, I won’t do it.”  I stopped right there and didn’t take another step forward.  It was like I put up a sign that read Out of OrderUnavailable.

As all this was coming to my mind, I remembered Major Ian Thomas’ words,“Lord Jesus, I can’t—You never said I could—but You can, and always said You would. That is all I need to know.”  The Holy Spirit pointed out that I had stopped at, “I can’t!”  He is so amazing.  Right at that moment I found tremendous peace in the knowledge that He can—God is able, He is sufficient, He is the Source of my strength.  And if He’s called me to do something, He will supply the means to accomplish it.

It sure is good to know that God does not require us to be super-Christians.  We are human and we tire and grow weary.  He is never disappointed with us when we say, “I can’t.”  He knows our limitations better than we do.

So, I moved beyond “I can’t” today and discovered anew His strength and power to do what I can’t do. He did what I wasn’t able to do, and did it quite well indeed.  😉

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