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Will I trust the God who has brought me to the land of promise to be enough for me through times of severe drought, and will I [because it really is a matter of the will] REJOICE in Him as the God of my salvation, even when the fig tree has not/is not blossoming? [1. thoughts provoked reading Matthew Henry]

This is the question that confronts me daily as I am learning to better know the trustworthiness of my God, not only in the comforting words of promise that He speaks to me in the light, but in the deep shadows of silence that follow as well.

He is always there —in BOTH places.

He speaks the promise; then He silently, graciously, patiently awaits my response.

There is always LIFE longing to break forth through the heap of mess that I am, and if I wait on Him, surrendering my own dead ways —receiving, hoping, rejoicing, and believing, I will see the miracle of all miracles….that death [to self] brings Life, and His Life really is more than enough!

I seem to be talking about food a lot lately, but….oh my goodness…..if you haven’t seen this new cookbook,  you need to.  It is full of beautiful, easy-to-make Paleo recipes: grain-free, gluten-free, and dairy-free. This Club Sandwich Wrap that I made for dinner last night was scrumptious! Visit the author, Danielle Walker’s, blog , Against all Grain, to keep up with her latest kitchen capers.

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Sometimes I don’t understand what in the world God is doing in my life. The stars don’t seem to be aligning just the way I think they should. So instead of choosing to simply trust Him, I pout, believing the outcome will surely be all wrong and more than I can bear. But God is faithful, even when I am not. I was reminded of this lesson on the 4th of July when Mr. T was beside himself as he came to realize that the toy tank he had chosen at the fireworks stand would surely be blown to bits upon lighting the fuse connected to it. Wasn’t that part of the plan? I don’t know how, but when the fuse was lit and the firecracker exploded,  amazingly enough, the tank remained intact. All that fretting for nothing!

 

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Give all your worries and cares to God, for He cares about you.  1 Peter 5:7, TLB

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What if the IRS scandal were a reflection of the internal affairs of my own soul?

What would happen if THE Inspector General of ALL inspector generals investigated the behind-closed-door events taking place within my heart?

Would He be disappointed with the way I am representing Him?

Would He find reckless spending of the gifts He has given to me to use to serve others?

Would He find me wasting His time on frivolous pleasures?

Would He find me doing my own thing, refusing to fulfill the purpose He created me for?

Would He find me abusing the authority He has entrusted to me?

Would He find me withholding His kindness to those who are not in sync with my worldview?  Hanging heavy legalisms around their necks and not lifting one finger to help them, impeding their way to freedom?

Would he find me living a double standard…pointing out the needs in others’ lives and allowing exceptions for myself?

Would He find me refusing to face the truth of my condition as it is exposed… refusing to admit indiscretions….always pleading the 5th…to avoid self-incrimination in an attempt to protect self?

Would He find me defending my inappropriate actions because of circumstances or pressure from those whom I fear?

Would he find me excusing myself because, after all, everyone else is doing it?

Would He find me full of the cancer of moral corruption?

Would He find me a true and faithful servant, or would He find me a wicked, lazy servant?

Would it be wise of Him to allow me to inspect myself, judge myself, try myself, save myself?

Would He find me trying to fix myself while covering myself, or would he find me admitting my failures and asking for help?

Would He find me hard and unyielding, or would He find me repentant and compliant?

Lord, clean up the mess, inside and out!

2 Chronicles 7:14

English Standard Version (ESV)

14 if my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will
forgive their sin and heal their land.

John 3:16-21

The Message (MSG)

16-18 “This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son.
And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a
whole and lasting life.God didn’t go to all the trouble of sending his Son merely to point an
accusing finger, telling the world how bad it was. He came to help, to put the world right
again. Anyone who trusts in him is acquitted;anyone who refuses to trust him has long
since been under the death sentence without knowing it. And why? Because of that person’s
failure to believe in the one-of-a-kind Son of God when introduced to him.

19-21 “This is the crisis we’re in: God-light streamed into the world, but men and women
everywhere ran for the darkness. They went for the darkness because they were not really
interested in pleasing God. Everyone who makes a practice of doing evil, addicted to denial
and illusion, hates God-light and won’t come near it, fearing a painful exposure. But anyone
working and living in truth and reality welcomesGod-light so the work can be seen for the
God-work it is.”

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my word for the year

This photo was inspired by my friend, Melissa, who writes scripture on paper and tears it off to a size she can easily stick in her pocket and pull out to meditate on while she walks her dog in the morning. Little scraps of paper become sacred when embellished with a Word from God.

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As written on January 1, 2006—my sentiments remain the same:

This first day of this new year I am not so much resolving as I am remembering…recounting my Lord’s faithfulness to me as I have entrusted my life unto His keeping …and that is why I have placed this picture here.

Edwin Blair-Leighton’s bride pictured in Signing the Register has been a dear companion to me for many years.

She reminds me that He pursued me. She reminds me that I willingly said, “Yes.”

She reminds me that I am no longer my own; that I have chosen to identify myself with Him.

She reminds me that He stands as my protector to guard me physically, materially, emotionally, spiritually…and woe to him who would ever try to harm me in any way.

She reminds me that submitting to His perfect plan for my life is always a sure and safe choice.

She reminds me that His banner over me is love…and that He will never ever leave or forsake me.

She reminds me that He has taken the responsibility of making me all glorious within in order to present me to His Father.

She reminds me that He will be ever faithful to keep all that He has promised to be and to do.

This New Year’s day I am remembering the day I chose to “sign the register” and  begin the walk down the Covenant aisle toward Christ, my trustworthy Bridegroom, who has, amazingly, chosen me to be His bride.

As the bridegroom rejoices over the bride, so your God will rejoice over you.
–Isaiah 62:5–

Post is here today Soul Notes!

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