When God Lets You Know

Sometimes God let’s me know He’s aware of my condition He wants me to know that He cares, and He’s on my side.

 

I’ve kind of been going through the wars lately. I’ve been praying hard and recently told Him I really need Him to give me something to hold on to.

God really is very nice.

There’s a lovely elderly couple at our church who greet you at the front doors every Sunday morning. They have been there for decades and decades. They spill love out all over everyone and they are the kind of people that you know really love the Lord and are full of the Holy Spirit.

This morning my youngest son and I got to church a few minutes late. The darlings were still there at the door, and the gentleman immediately smiled at me and reached out his arms towards me and let me know he had been praying for me last night. He said the Lord had told him specifically to pray for me. He was very concerned and asked if I was okay. Bless him, Lord!

Oh! The sweetness of that. How precious that he obeyed the message from the Spirit. How precious to me that God wanted me to know.

He gave me enough to keep going.

Sometimes life is grand. Sometimes quite frankly it just bites. Thank goodness that we have a God who cares.

“Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you.

Mathew 7:7

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My Favorite Days

My favorite days are the peaceful days of fall when it’s sunny and warm outside without much of a breeze, if any at all.

Sitting in the sun barefoot and soaking in the D while getting the soul therapy of a quiet mind, just observing and being outside. With the animals of course. I love each group and they all offer their own brand of companionship.

The sheep are calming. The goats are enthralling. The chickens as well. The horses in their majesty are inspiring.

The key is being quiet and only sitting amongst them observing. It’s like a medicine.

If you don’t have your own or at least a friend or neighbor’s animals to be with, try being alone in the woods, at a pond or lake, or even in your own back yard watching birds and squirrels at feeders.

It’s cheaper than therapy with a counselor 😄

The Elixir of Esther

Ever have something so hard going on in your life that you struggle to wrap your mind around it? Me too.

Right now I have three of those things happening.

I’m working on controlling the thoughts I allow to settle in my mind. Working to clear space and be okay with grief and trusting God when things look dismal and there may be no way out of a hard thing.

I’m chewing on some truth to sustain me, until such time as the hoped-for deliverance comes, knowing that if it doesn’t, there must be a reason why.

In the book of Esther, I am dazzled by her ability to live above her feelings, which she so clearly had to do. If you really get into research like I do, you will see that at every turn she had to face things that she wouldn’t have chosen, and walk through them with grace and dignity and wisdom. I know, I know, you are taught to read that story with a certain amount of romanticism, but Xerxes was no Prince (King) Charming, and life in a Persian harem was no picnic.

She was a girl who had to play at being a woman, and a clever one at that. She managed to do it very, very well. I believe God anointed her to carry what burdens she did.

I’m constantly going before my King’s throne lately too, trying to obtain favor, seeking grace. For others and myself, I’m asking for a measure of Esther’s spiritual elixir.

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I was comforted this morning by Psalm 127:2 which says:

It is vain for you to rise up early

To sit up late,

To eat the bread of sorrows (emotional pain)

For so He gives His beloved sleep.

Parenthesis mine.

Here’s my favorite:

“Blessed are those who trust in the Lord and have made the Lord their hope and confidence. They are like trees planted along a riverbank, with roots that reach deep into the water. Such trees are not bothered by the heat or worried by long months of drought. Their leaves stay green, and they go right on producing delicious fruit” (Jeremiah 17:7-8 NLT).