Trust the Process

While talking to a friend yesterday about God and promises He has yet to fulfill, God shared something with me that I want to share with you! Picture yourself as a hungry child in your parents’ kitchen. Are you concerned that you won’t get fed? Are you worried about how your parents will provide for you? For most of us the answer to those two questions is no. We weren’t concerned. In all honesty, our thoughts didn’t go beyond, “I’m hungry.” We trusted that our parents would meet our need. We didn’t need to know the process; we just trusted that if we were hungry we would get fed. Now, picture yourself as a hungry child in your Heavenly Father’s kitchen. Do you trust God’s process? Do you trust that you will get fed? When you have a need, bring it to your Heavenly Father with the expectation that your need will be met. Trust His process.

Let’s meditate on this truth from Philippians 4:19 today, “And this same God who takes care of me will supply all of your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.”

You will be fed!

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A Side Note on Obedience…

“And I will give you a new heart, and I will put a new spirit in you. I will take out your stony, stubborn heart and give you a tender, responsive heart,” Ezekiel 36:26.

First, let me apologize for falling behind in posting scripture and prayers for the 21 day prayer challenge.  I have been extra busy the past couple of days.  But, I am almost finished with days 5 and 6.  I will post them ASAP.  Now, onto the reason for this post.

If you are doing the 21 day prayer challenge or if you have been following my blog you have probably noticed that I have been praying for obedience and submission to authority for my family and for myself.  I have struggled in the past with rebellion and in general I don’t like being submissive.  As I was praying for my sons and husband to submit to God’s authority and the authority in their lives I felt God pulling at my heartstrings.  He was asking me if I am willing and obedient in my own walk with Him and in submission to the authority in my life.  I had to stop and think about the state of my heart and my actions.  Here are some things I reflected on:

  • Do I willingly submit to ALL of God’s commands?
  • Have I given every area of my life over to Him and His will?
  • Do I submit to my husband as the head of my household?
  • Do I show respect to the authority that God has placed in my life?
  • Does my attitude reflect one of willing obedience or rebellion?
  • If I am outwardly obedient do I still harbor negative thoughts and attitudes about the authority in my life?

I realized that God has placed every authority in my life for a reason.  The people over me may not know more than I do or be super spiritual but they were chosen by God to be in charge of me in some aspect of my life.  While I may not agree with God’s decisions (gasp!) or with His thinking or timing I know that He  always has a plan and He loves me.  He wants the absolute best for me and I have to be willing to be broken in spirit by submitting completely to His will in order to be made whole. 

I believe that I have made a heart change and that God has taken my heart of stone and given me a heart of flesh.  I believe that His Spirit is within me and He is helping me to choose His will over my desires.  Just this past Friday (the 4th) I was on my way to pick up Connor from preschool and I got pulled over!  Now, I hadn’t been pulled over in YEARS prior to this incident and I was a little upset and a lot angry.  I didn’t even realize that I was speeding, to be truthful, and I guess I should have been paying better attention but I was in a hurry to get Connor and get back to my grandparents’ house for lunch.  Though I prayed for favor while the officer was running my license I wasn’t given any.  In fact, I received a $100 fine and a 4 point ticket!  After graciously accepting my punishment and going about my way again, I made a conscious effort to not let my emotions get the best of me.  I prayed for God to keep me under control and to see the positive in the situation.  I trusted that God would bring something good out of this yucky situation because I believe that His word is truth and that is what His word says (Romans 8:28). 

Well, today is Sunday and I went to church with my cousin and my parents this morning.  It was a great service all about God’s strength in our weaknesses.  I prayed for God to shine a light on my weaknesses and to show Himself to be strong in the areas I need it most:  finances, obedience, controlling my emotions, etc.  After service, my dad handed me a $100 bill and told me to pay for my ticket.  WOW!  Wouldn’t you know it?  I didn’t take my eyes off of God because of the anger and disappointment I felt.  I kept my trust in Him and expected good things to come.  I continued to pray for favor and provision.  God is faithful!  He showed me favor in the eyes of my dad and He showed me provision through my parents’ finances. 

Obedience to God and submission to the authority He places in our lives is key.  Without obedience we will never walk in the freedom that God intended for us!  I don’t know about you, but I choose to walk in freedom and in victory and the more I think about it, obedience doesn’t seem so bad…

 

God Alone is More than Enough

The enemy’s plan as of late seems to be:  divide and conquer.  Connor is sick so my family has been quarantined (see this post to catch up:  https://simpliebeloved.wordpress.com/2012/03/04/quarantine/); my sister, Katie, got sick yesterday so she can’t be around my parents; my aunt feels like she is coming down with something; and I had a tight chest and sinus pressure last night so I decided not to take Bob to the hospital today in my mom’s stead.  Sickness seems to be everywhere right now.  Slowly but surely our troops in this battle seem to be dwindling.  Katie and I just happen to be Bob’s caretakers along with my mom; since we can’t do much to help right now my mom is shouldering the responsibilities on her own.  Yesterday, in a moment of total clarity my mom spoke what I had been thinking:  satan is trying to divide us so he can pick us off one by one.  Thank you God, for such wisdom and discernment.  You shed light on the enemy’s plan.  We will not be ensnared in his trap.  We will commit our plans to you and we will succeed.  Your Word is a light for our path and a lamp for our feet.  You make our paths straight.  No weapon formed against us will prosper.  Thank you Lord, that what the enemy would use to destroy us, you will use for good.  Continue to speak to us Lord, we are listening.

Our God is a mighty warrior (Exodus 15:3) and if He is for us, who can be against us (Romans 8:31)?  Though the enemy has plans in this battle so does God (Jeremiah 29:11).  My family has been led into a cutting place.  We are being physically cut off from each other just as Elijah was in 1st Kings 17.  In our cutting place we are being reminded that we can’t count on anyone totally and completely except for God.  God is our provision, our help, our strength, our comfort, our hope and our joy.  God alone will carry each of us through this.  This cutting place is a place of training, a place of refining for our spirits.  Our faith is being tested, our obedience, our trust.  We are being brought to our knees and the only one who can lift us up is God.  This time is a gift in the middle of our battle with cancer.  Our loving father is reminding us that He is here no matter what.  He is here even when our family can’t be.  He is here to comfort us and take care of us.  He will never leave us.  Nothing can separate us from His love.

God, this battle is Yours.  We will be still and rest in you.  We will be content in all circumstances and trust that Your ways are higher than our ways and Your thoughts are higher than our thoughts.  We will run the race you have marked out for us.  We will wait expectantly and be of good cheer.  We will continue to walk by faith and live in thanksgiving.  We will overcome by the blood of Your son and the word of our testimony.  We will be led to victory through Christ.  Lead us God, we will follow.

I’m reminded of Psalm 145; it’s such a source of comfort and hope in times of trial.

Psalm 145

I will exalt you, my God the King;
I will praise your name for ever and ever.
Every day I will praise you
and extol your name for ever and ever.

Great is the LORD and most worthy of praise;
his greatness no one can fathom.
One generation commends your works to another;
they tell of your mighty acts.
They speak of the glorious splendor of your majesty—
and I will meditate on your wonderful works.
They tell of the power of your awesome works—
and I will proclaim your great deeds.
They celebrate your abundant goodness
and joyfully sing of your righteousness.

The LORD is gracious and compassionate;
slow to anger and rich in love.

The LORD is good to all;
he has compassion on all he has made.
All your works praise you, LORD;
your faithful people extol you.
They tell of the glory of your kingdom
and speak of your might,
so that all people may know of your mighty acts
and the glorious splendor of your kingdom.
Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom,
and your dominion endures through all generations.

The LORD is trustworthy in all he promises
and faithful in all he does.
The LORD upholds all who fall
and lifts up all who are bowed down.
The eyes of all look to you,
and you give them their food at the proper time.
You open your hand
and satisfy the desires of every living thing.

The LORD is righteous in all his ways
and faithful in all he does.
The LORD is near to all who call on him,
to all who call on him in truth.
He fulfills the desires of those who fear him;
he hears their cry and saves them.
The LORD watches over all who love him,
but all the wicked he will destroy.

My mouth will speak in praise of the LORD.
Let every creature praise his holy name
for ever and ever.