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Blog Isaiah 431-3

It’s Five-Minute Friday and I’m joining Kate Motaung and the FMF party to write for five minutes.  Come join us!

But NOW – not tomorrow, not next week, not next year – NOW! I have summoned you.  The NKJV says, “I have called you by your name”.  Oh my goodness!  I have been summoned by name by our awesome Creator.  He knows me intimately and I am important to Him.  Our awesome God, our Lord summons each one of us.  Does that make you feel special?  It does me.  I watch our asst. principal at school.  He knows every child by name and it is amazing to watch him in the hallways and at lunch calling out to each and every one of them personally by name – not “hey you”, not whatchamacallit but by name. That is how our God knows us – by name!

When you pass through the waters, I will be with you and the rivers will not sweep over you.  Not if you pass through waters, but WHEN!  Remember how he parted the waters when the Israelites crossed the  Red Sea.  He went before them and behind them as well as parting the Sea.  We have the promise of Him before us, behind us and with us during all those troubled waters we go through in our lives.

When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.  It says WHEN we walk, not if we walk through fires, but when!  Do you remember the story in Daniel of Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego who were thrown in the fiery furnace?   They were not afraid. God extinguished that fire and He will extinguish our fires.

So to sum it all up.

  • God created me and He called Me by name.
  • He redeemed ME and I am His.
  • He knows everything about me.
  • He knows what I am going through so I shall not be afraid of the fire or the water, the loss of a job, the chemo, or prejudice because He is with ME., formed ME, redeemed ME and calls ME by name.
  • I am HIS and he knows exactly who I am. He knows my voice, he knows my trials, my insecurities, my fears.

He tells us 365 times in the Bible “do not fear”. Say what!  365 times for 365 days – “DO NOT FEAR”.

Encouragement, Faith, Fear, Grief, Inspiration

Glimpses of God

One of our blog topics this week asked, “How can your life experiences help provide people with glimpses of God? (Phil. 2:14-16)”.  I am in a Bible Study called “What Happens When Women Say Yes to God” by Lysa TerKeurst.  Can I say WOW, but then I say that with each study with Melissa Taylor at Proverbs31.Org.

Do you grumble and complain?  I do sometimes but God is still working on me.  In Philippians it says DO ALL things without murmuring! Really, what do you do when things don’t go your way?  What happens if you have a life interruption – a sickness, a death, adjusting to a newborn, the car breaks down, something breaks in the house, the kids are making messes, it’s the first week of school, your husband calls and company is coming for dinner, someone pulls out in front of you or cuts you off while driving…….???

I read a verse the other day – Matthew 12:36,   and it is a bit scary.  It says, ” But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.”.  OUCH!

As Christians we are called to be careful with our words.  I have not always been careful, but learning to watch my words these days.  We can’t be bitter, we have to forgive,  we have to let go of the me mentality, and let  God have authority over our lives and that includes our words and our thoughts.  WHATEVER is going on in our lives, He is in control!   Do our reactions should reflect that? Remember that “his understanding is infinite” (Ps 147:5) Every detail of our lives does not escape Him.   We need to praise God in the NOW, whatever that NOW may be.  We should have peace at ALL times, in every circumstance.  (2 Thess 3:16 KJV).  It doesn’t say to have peace in certain circumstances, but ALL!  We should be content no matter the state we might be in  Phil 4:11 (KJV).

This year 2013 has been hard, but through all the pain God has sent blessing after blessing.  I have to admit there have been tears and times I thought about questioning God’s plan, but I don’t dare.  I know whose I am.  I know He cares.   I know He has a great plan for my life if I will trust.  I lost my Mom this year, my brother-in-law was diagnosed with prostate cancer that had spread, a very special person to me has medical problems I cannot share but pray for that person every day, my aunt that is helping us with Mom’s house had a stroke, one of my dear cousins had major back surgery and has a long recovery,  one of our aunt’s is dying with lung cancer, my first grandchild was  born three weeks ago with a serious skin disease called EB, and today we are going to a funeral to love on a cousin whose son shot his wife and killed himself.  It’s been a hard year for my family, but do you know it has been a blessed year, and one I will remember a Father who I could always run to and be covered by His wings and precious, precious sisters in Christ who have loved on me and been with me through it all.

So how do our life experiences give others a glimpse of God?  It’s by our attitudes, our ability to persevere in all situations.  It’s setting at the Master’s feet and getting a glimpse of Him so that we can share those glimpses to others when they see  our humility, our honesty, our tendency to forgive, our lifestyles, our joy in all circumstances and how our lives radiate his love.

Draw nigh to God and He will draw nigh to you!  James 4:8 (KJV)

We radiate Jesus!  How are you radiating Him today?  Is it with a smile and a song? Let others see Jesus in you today.

The Lord is my strength and song, and he is become my salvation: he is my God, and I will prepare him an habitation; my father’s God, and I will exalt him.  Exodus 15:2 (KJV)