What I have come to realize is that God is not a task master trying to keep up; He is the master and all is under control - He answers all prayers - yes, no, not now, this way, my way are all answers.
I am so grateful that He sees it all, that He is in control and I can trust that no matter what His answer, it is always the right answer.
My mind has a hard time comprehending that God knows all - but the more I get to know Him, His promises and discovering His character I see it. In my life, as I experience and through all of my history, I can mark the times when I thought the “no” was the end of the world – and in the end, it saved me. And, now I want to be the light – the light that is seen for miles no matter what the weather.
“Here's another way to put it: You're here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We're going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don't think I'm going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I'm putting you on a light stand. Now that I've put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand—shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you'll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven.” ~Matthew 5:14-16 (New International Version)
I am grateful for an amazing God, who not only planned my rescue from day one, but who lovingly rescues me over and over. And, all I can dwell on is the wonder of His actions. I can rejoice in so much – Matthew 5 was a sincere blessing today.
“You're blessed when you care. At the moment of being 'care-full,' you find yourselves cared for.
"You're blessed when you get your inside world—your mind and heart—put right. Then you can see God in the outside world.
"You're blessed when you can show people how to cooperate instead of compete or fight. That's when you discover who you really are, and your place in God's family.
"You're blessed when your commitment to God provokes persecution. The persecution drives you even deeper into God's kingdom.” ~Matthew 5:7-10 (The Message)
“Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven.” ~Matthew 5:12 (New International Version)
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