Monday, February 4, 2013

Day 979 of Giving Thanks

 My heart strains to wrap around all that needs to be done, yet knows, His will be done. Pray expectantly for the things you know God has promised, are words I hear often in the recesses of my thoughts.

Oh how I hunger and thirst to be in Your presence... How I love to be in the moments that this world disappears from my senses, my heart and my peripheral... let those times be so much more than seeking them.

Our circumstances are all different, but we can related on many levels with others - don't hide in your circumstance, HIDE in the LORD, carry His promises on your heart and revel in His goodness - Give praise.

 Sometimes in our walk, we need to listen.... and listen some more...

 Let us be good listeners to Your instructions Father. Help us to hear You and others as You guide us to minister in Your strength. Let us be more like You from the inside out.

 Hold on to all the moments of thanksgiving, knowing that God knows your pain and your trials and remember that it is when we come out of the storm we can see all that He has done. By no means do I claim to understand how you feel or even related to what you are going through, but I can pray in expectation to see amazing things as you come out of this storm.

 We must continually forgive those who hurt us, in the moments, not as they pile up and trust that God will continue to heal us from all the things that break our hearts and desire to move forward. Keep the past in its place and His love and promises as your focus. Maybe small changes at a time, but changes, nonetheless. Ladies, keep growing your faith and relationship with our heavenly Father (grow, grow, grow) and leave your husband's faith in God's hands. But we must grow and flourish in the Spirit...

Stand firm, pray diligently and expectantly. Do not let the circumstances of your life rule your heart. Let the Creator of the Universe, the Savior of your eternity and the Lover of your soul direct your days.

 "The Christian can even welcome trouble When all kinds of trials and temptations crowd into your lives my brothers, don’t resent them as intruders, but welcome them as friends! Realise that they come to test your faith and to produce in you the quality of endurance. But let the process go on until that endurance is fully developed, and you will find you have become men of mature character with the right sort of independence. And if, in the process, any of you does not know how to meet any particular problem he has only to ask God—who gives generously to all men without making them feel foolish or guilty—and he may be quite sure that the necessary wisdom will be given him. But he must ask in sincere faith without secret doubts as to whether he really wants God’s help or not. The man who trusts God, but with inward reservations, is like a wave of the sea, carried forward by the wind one moment and driven back the next. That sort of man cannot hope to receive anything from God, and the life of a man of divided loyalty will reveal instability at every turn.” ~James 1:2-8 (J.B. Phillips New Testament)

I am once again reading through the 1-3 books of John... I keep getting "His Light"... "in the light", "His light".... and His light shining through us. My prayer is that you will be encouraged... We can use any translation or version, I find that I bounce between several of them.

 NASB, ESV, AMP and NIV are the staples for me, however I know many prefer others... If you have a preference, that's great, if not, know the LORD will help you, guide you and prepare you with His Word no matter the format. When studying, I believe it's best to use a literal translation, and refer to the others like Lexam and Phillips also as more of those types.

 "We are writing to you about something which has always existed yet which we ourselves actually saw and heard: something which we had an opportunity to observe closely and even to hold in our hands, and yet, as we know now, was something of the very Word of life himself! For it was life which appeared before us: we saw it, we are eye-witnesses of it, and are now writing to you about it. It was the very life of all ages, the life that has always existed with the Father, which actually became visible in person to us mortal men. We repeat, we really saw and heard what we are now writing to you about. We want you to be with us in this—in this fellowship with the Father, and Jesus Christ his Son. We must write and tell you about it, because the more that fellowship extends the greater the joy it brings to us who are already in it."

 Experience of living “in the light”
"Here, then, is the message which we heard from him, and now proclaim to you: GOD IS LIGHT and no shadow of darkness can exist in him. Consequently, if we were to say that we enjoyed fellowship with him and still went on living in darkness, we should be both telling and living a lie. But if we really are living in the same light in which he eternally exists, then we have true fellowship with each other, and the blood which his Son shed for us keeps us clean from all sin. If we refuse to admit that we are sinners, then we live in a world of illusion and truth becomes a stranger to us. But if we freely admit that we have sinned, we find God utterly reliable and straightforward—he forgives our sins and makes us thoroughly clean from all that is evil. For if we take up the attitude “we have not sinned”, we flatly deny God’s diagnosis of our condition and cut ourselves off from what he has to say to us." ~1 John 1-10 (J.B. Phillips New Testament)

 "I will fulfill my promises to you, God. I will present thanksgiving offerings to you because you have saved my life from death, saved my feet from stumbling so that I can walk before God in the light of life." ~Psalm 56:12-13 (Common English Bible)

 "Your words are a doorway that lets in light, giving understanding to the thoughtless." ~Psalm 119:130 (Complete Jewish Bible)

 For it is in the light we overcome darkness and when we know this, we can begin to understand the power and strength of the Holy Spirit that indwells in us.

A normal routine, although that is so not my personality, is really what I need. As I begin this week, I am working on several changes to my days. And, listening to my heavenly Father is a must... Sometimes in our walk, we need to listen.... and listen some more... Stand firm, pray diligently and expectantly. That is what I will do.

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