What a winding adventurous path I've traveled this year. At times, the terrain has been rough, but my Good Shepherd is in the lead so I have no reason to fear. He's continually holding out His hand and giving assuring nods. Good Shepherd, He gently coaxes me, "Come, follow Me. You can trust Me."Read More
Twenty-eight years ago, I heard a profound statement that has stayed with me to this day. “Thankfulness is a mighty weapon in the hands of God’s people.” As I have been pondering what it means to “rejoice,” it dawned on me: In order for one to rejoice, one must also be thankful. The two go hand in hand. Joy is an overflow of a grateful heart.
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To wrap up my 31 day writing series, Waiting for The Wind, I’ve been pondering the lives of five historical people who trusted God. They literally took Him at His word, and followed in obedience. Each one of these five held out faith for what they could not see rather than trust the circumstances they could see.
Ponder with me the ways The Wind met Caleb, Joseph, Hannah, Esther and finally Mary, the mother of Jesus.
Mary’s story will be posted soon.Read More
When I look at this picture of the sun setting over the Gulf of Mexico, I see the fire in the sky revealing the Majesty and Creativity of our God. I remember being there in Naples, FL with my dear STFM more than a year ago.
Today this picture reminds me of Moses looking up to see a bush on fire, but realizing it was not being consumed by the fire. Then hearing God's voice from the fire calling his name... "Moses! Moses!" Exodus 3:4
This week in the continuation of Waiting for The Wind we're going to look at the life of Moses and some of his friends. I wonder if I'm the only one that often thinks of Moses' story as beginning here at the burning bush. Isn't this where God intercepted Moses' life, changed the trajectory of his path and gave him The Mission Impossible?
I think yes in that God definitely called Moses out of hiding in the shepherding lifestyle he had chosen for himself after escaping Pharaoh's wrath in Egypt.
However, I think we have to go back to the beginning. Go to the birth of Moses and remember what was happening during that part of history. We can see that God had His hand on Moses from before he was even born.
Waiting for The Wind of God to come and fill the sails on our boat so that we can move out into deep water of adventure and abundant living. I and my dear STFM - we're waiting. Sometimes we wonder if we missed The Wind. Did it pass and we weren't ready? Were we not paying attention? Or has God always known we would be right here?
Was Moses waiting for God to find him? Or did Moses feel he had blown any opportunity of being known by God or even known by his own people? Did he ever even think about being found?
I don't know the answer to most of these questions. But God knows every answer. He knows all of our worries, fears, & hang ups. He sees & hears all the ways we disqualify ourselves in an attempt to not be disappointed when life doesn't turn out as we hoped or as planned.
How about you? Are you waiting? Hiding? Escaping? Wondering if God sees you? Do you think He's always known you would be right here?
Please join me & Moses & friends this week. 🔥
If you’ve been following along with me this month, you might have noticed the boat in the picture is NOT a sailboat. No wind needed for this boat with a motor. A steady wind would be helpful to dissipate the fishing smells on a hot humid day, but wind is not necessary for this boat to get the job done.
If we jump into Moses’ story here at the burning bush conversation with God, we might find ourselves in agreement with Moses. Why would God choose a backwoods shepherd to boldly enter the palace of Pharaoh and demand that the Hebrew people be released from slavery?
Or in my life, me & STFM – “Who me? Us? We’re not sailboat people. We have a motor on our boat. And a plan. And a destination. Trade in our motor for Wind power? We don’t know how!!” And God’s voice breaks through all our questions, doubts, insecurities & objections to speak to us the same words He spoke to Moses, “I will be with you.”
Oh well, that settles it.
It does, but…
Moses had lot of questions and objections to God’s plan, and we’re leaning toward agreeing with Moses. However, if we go back to Exodus 1 & 2, we remember that Moses was born at a time when the king of Egypt had declared a death sentence on every Hebrew baby boy at birth. His life was spared by God with the intentional plan of his mother and sister to give him life in the house of Pharaoh. He was adopted by Pharaoh’s daughter and grew up in the palace of the king of Egypt.
I ponder on God’s intentions for Moses – even before he was born. Did God intend for Moses to be a defender/protector/deliverer of the Hebrew people as an inside agent much the way Joseph had been? Only God knows.
But we do know that Moses was familiar with Pharaoh. He had grown up in the palace as a brother. Boldly approaching Pharaoh on God’s behalf was not such a far-fetched idea, except that Moses had become a murderer. A traitor. But God, The Wind, promised to be with him.
Early in our relationship, STFM & me, hopped in our motor driven boat & set a course for our lives. We’ve navigated toward a mutually desirable destination hoping to arrive safely sooner rather than later. It’s the American way!
Both of us were raised to be responsible citizens, work, pay our bills & save a few bucks for a rainy day. We gave our best to raising our sons, and we’ve ardently fought for our marriage!
Storms and all, we’ve rocked along in the comfortably conservative motor boat of life together for 30+ years.
We’ve not stopped hoping & dreaming at this point, but many of our goals & plans appear to be overboard without a life jacket.
Six years ago, STFM was first diagnosed with PD as well as a degenerative spine issue. Four years ago his career ended. Two years ago, out of the clear blue sky one day, I heard the Lord speak to my spirit very definitively, “I’m teaching him how to sail.”
I could see the picture in my mind. Jesus was standing at the bow of what I then realized was a sailboat. He turned to me and said, “I’m teaching him (pointing at STFM) how to sail.”
What Jesus was really saying to me (at least what I’ve figured out so far) are these few things:
· I Am here in the boat with you.
· Have patience! I’ve replaced your self-propelled motor with a wind-dependent sail.
· Stay in the boat. Watch. Listen. Learn.
· Trust Me. I Am a Good Teacher.
· I know where WE are going.
A little more than a year ago, I believed Jesus was impressing on me the idea of “staying in the boat” by resigning from my job. It didn’t make sense to me, which caused me to think it really was Jesus’ idea.
I pulled a Moses. (Ex.3)
I argued. I expressed doubt & told Jesus my concerns, as if He didn’t know.
I was the only one with a job & benefits. We were already making ends meet with our savings.
I told Him I would be seen as irresponsible. I stayed in my job for another year and I was miserable.
Dear Moses! He gets such a bum rap about giving God excuses & complaining to God. With only sermons & commentaries I would think Moses was one wimp of a dude – whiny, disrespectful & insecure.
Even as I read again through Exodus chapters 1-7, I get the feeling Moses must have really pushed God’s patience. It seems like God and Moses conversed in never-ending circles. Chapter after chapter God told Moses what to do, how to do it and in God’s own name as his seal of approval. We all want to yell out, “Moses, put on your big boy pants & go already!”
Again and again, Moses on repeat expressed his doubts, insecurities, & all the what-ifs. Ultimately he told God to please find someone else for the job. Reading it, I was getting annoyed too, UNTIL I read the words of Exodus 7:6-7 “Moses and Aaron did just as the LORD commanded them. Moses was eighty years old and Aaron eighty-three when they spoke to Pharaoh.”
LIGHT BULB MOMENT!
The first 7 chapters of Exodus cover 80 years of Moses’ life. This truth changes my whole perspective on the text. I go back and realize Moses was 40 years old when he fled Egypt for Midian.
The more I chew on these thoughts and place Moses’ story on a more realistic timeline I realize I’m reading snippets of Moses’ intimate talks with God. Approximately 40 years he was in training with God. He was being taught the true identity of the God of Moses’ father, the Levite. God was teaching Moses’ to trust, to listen and to obey Him. Over years God was revealing His grand plan to Moses. Helping him to GO at just the right time.
I wonder how my 55 years of life would read in 7 chapters. What if others could read my private conversations with my Heavenly Father? Moses & I might be kindred spirits.
Ponder? How would your ___ years read in 7 chapters? How does this change your perspective on Moses? On God’s Father heart? God’s patience? Receiving God’s call on your life?
Almost ten years ago these words of Moses in Exodus 14:14 landed on my broken heart and stuck.
I remember thinking… it’s a good thing I only have to be still because I can’t move. In fact four months went by in which I barely moved from my quiet time chair. During this season of broken-heartedness I was invited to a prayer class. The leaders offered an opportunity to receive inner healing through prayer & ultimately to be able to share these prayers with other hurting people.
God knew where to find me. He called my name. It was my own burning bush encounter. And just like He did for Moses, He started out teaching me His true identity.
In Exodus 3 we see that from the moment Moses said, “Here I am”, God’s first priority was to introduce Himself to Moses.
God lovingly warned Moses, “Don’t come any closer. Take off your sandals. You are standing on holy ground.” Then, God spoke His true identity, which He knew Moses would recognize. “I Am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.”
“At this, Moses hid his face, because he was afraid to look at God.” Exodus 3:6.
In this intimate encounter in Exodus God reveals the truth of the Gospel:
· God pursues us.
· Even while we are unclean & rebellious, He calls our name.
· God identifies Himself & declares His Holiness.
· He invites us to bend our knee in allegiance.
· At our yes, He begins to unfold His plan & invite us to participate.
My heart was sealed for eternity many years ago by simple faith in Jesus.
This was a different encounter for me. It was the time I bent my knees & pledged my whole-hearted allegiance to Him – regardless!
Since then, He’s been unfolding His plan & continually invites me to participate.
Has this been your experience? Are you needing to cling to the words of Moses today? “The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.” What does Holy God want to say to you in your stillness?
I love it when I read scriptures I’ve read many times before & suddenly particular words pop off the page as if they’ve been found in a hide & go seek game. That very thing happened to me today as I read these words in Exodus 12:35-36,
“The Israelites did as Moses instructed and asked the Egyptians for articles of silver and gold and for clothing. The LORD had made the Egyptians favorably disposed toward the people, and they gave them what they asked for; so they plundered the Egyptians.”
Stop. Wait. I read these same words earlier in the week. As I flipped back pages, I found these words in Exodus 3:21-22. These were the instructions of God to Moses way back at the beginning of his training.
“And I will make the Egyptians favorably disposed toward this people, so that when you leave you will not go empty-handed. Every woman is to ask her neighbor and any woman living in her house for articles of silver and gold and for clothing, which you will put on your sons and daughters. And so you will plunder the Egyptians.”
Go check it for yourself.
Do you get what this means to me while I learn to sail & wait on The Wind? To you? To anyone who is scratching their head & wondering if that calling – that promise was just their imagination?
*** God keeps His promises. God does what He says He’s going to do. And if He’s asked you to do something, do it. He’s right there next to you fulfilling those words. ***
I knew God was telling me to leave my job along with the security of a paycheck & benefits. I hesitated. I stalled a whole year. But now that I’ve taken steps forward in faith, I see He’s with me and He’s bringing to pass the things He promised. Provision. JOY. Protection. Faith muscles. Trust. Peace!
Go ahead & flip over to the New Testament - Luke 19:28-35. It’s right there too. Jesus told them details. They found it all just as He told them.
Are you encouraged? In what way? Please share.
Thank you for joining me on the #write31days2018 journey through which I am writing Waiting for The Wind.
I appreciate your participation as we’ve now spent four weeks pondering the lives of David, Abraham, Job & Moses in the waiting. I hope you will stay with me as we next look at _______ the mystery person, the identity of whom I feel sure the Lord will reveal any day now. =)
May the Lord encourage your heart and bless you through and through. May you see Him in your life at every turn and may you rejoice greatly in His goodness!
Eyes on Jesus and SHINE, friends!
Abram was his name at God’s first call. And what a call!
While Abram was still living in Mesopotamia among his people group who had been scattered from the city of Babel, the LORD spoke...
“Leave your country, your people and your father’s household and go to the land I will show you.”
Furthermore, the LORD made Abram a 4-fold promise.
*I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you.
*I will make your name great and you will be a blessing.
*I will bless those who bless you. I will curse those who curse you.
*All peoples on earth will be blessed through you.
This was the whole plan as far we are told in Genesis 12:1-3. Does it seem a bit vague for our modern travel itineraries?
No doubt the people of Abram’s day were quite a bit less tied down than we 21st century folks. And it is true Abram’s people were nomadic shepherds. Still, Abram was called out to pioneer to an unknown destination leaving everything familiar behind.
Reading Genesis 12:1 again today, I am reminded of Jesus as he selected his disciples. Regular men, at work, were intercepted by God to follow Him. Neither the LORD to Abram or Jesus to the fishermen offered much detail. Simply, they were invited to leave their old life behind and find real life with God.
I am often thrilled to hear the inner voice of God calling me to something new. It’s so honoring and fun to be chosen for an assignment. I find myself eager to say, “Yes, Lord!”
Because I love an adventure and I tend to be more of a visionary I set out on a path without a whole lot of information. For me, and I may be unusual, the leaving behind and going to the unknown destination is not the hardest part.
The challenge for me? Getting into the middle of the adventure & finding that wait comes before the fulfillment of the promise. Trusting God that where I am on the way is exactly where He intends for me to be.
What is the challenge for you?
In Nehemiah’s prayer he declared that God had found Abraham faithful & that God kept His promise because He is righteous. Yes, I wholeheartedly agree with Nehemiah that the Lord kept His promise to Abraham because He is righteous. But, something in me protests a bit at the idea of Abraham being found faithful.
I know God doesn’t miss anything that happens with His creation. So, what about the lying incident in Egypt (Genesis 12:10-20)? Or taking Lot with him on the journey? I think (Abraham) was supposed to leave father & people behind. (Genesis 12:1-5) What about Abraham agreeing to Sara’s plan for him to have a child by Hagar? (Genesis 16:1-4) Obviously, Abraham didn’t make the best choices all the time. Yet, God found Abraham faithful.
What happens when we (like Abraham) try to help God with His promises? We ignore God’s power. His way. We reveal a lack of trust in God’s good intention. We shortcut. Finagle. Make a mess. Cause pain. Cry to God, “Fix it!”
When God called (Abraham) to leave all that was familiar behind & go where God would lead him, God made a promise. The promise declares three times, “I will” & then a conclusion. Spending time chewing on God’s promise I realize He took all the responsibility on Himself including the result. The only thing Abraham had to do was receive God’s invitation to come along and to trust God. (Genesis 12:2-3)
Why do I (like Abraham) try to help God with His promises? Sometimes I think I’m big. Or I think I have to do something to receive God’s promise. However, I most often try to help because I’m tired of waiting for Him to fulfill His promise.
Has a young child ever wanted to help you bake cookies & then insist they can do it without you?
Could it be that God is not nearly as concerned about us getting to our destination without incident as He is about walking & talking with us on the journey? Are you ever tempted to help God keep His promises?
“Liar, liar, pants on fire!” inwardly accused me. My mother heart protested, “But, it was just a little white lie. It didn’t hurt anyone. Everyone…”
It was an average day, more than 20 years ago. Our young sons gathered at the kitchen table awaiting dinner. I carried hot fish sticks to the table & began dishing them onto their plates. Immediately, they both scrunched up their noses and asked, “What’s THAT?”
That night in an attempt to expand their food horizons, I served fish sticks. Determined they would not taste a stick called fish, I chose to call them ‘a different type’ of chicken nuggets. I coaxed them to give it a try.
“These aren’t chicken nuggets!” With conviction our youngest declared, “Mommy, you always tell us not to lie…”
I wanted to excuse my choice, but I knew I had fallen to an old tactic of my flesh. Completely humbled I confessed my sin before my children & asked their forgiveness. I am forgiven, but it has never been forgotten. It’s not true that no one was hurt. I lost some street cred with my sons that day.
Reading Genesis 12:10-20, my heart feels compassion for Abram.
He was following God. Seeking God. Conversing with God. Honoring God. Then when a severe famine fell on the land, Abram took Sarai to Egypt for a while. In the pinch of life, he forgot that God has His own way of doing things & His own reasons for allowing us to experience hardship.
Abram didn’t wait on God. So, one poor choice led to another.
Because of Sarai’s beauty, Abram worried an Egyptian man would kill him & take her. Abram’s solution? A little white lie. To protect himself. “Say you are my sister…”
God was not pleased. He intervened to rescue Sarai & redeem His plan to fulfill the promise He made to Abram.
Have you ever fallen to the old tactics of the flesh in an attempt to self-protect? How have you seen God rescue & redeem for the fulfillment of His good purpose?
One year we gifted our sons with a full day at The Magic Kingdom. Taylor then age 7 grew impatient in the long lines. He was a fanatic for roller coasters. Every minute or so, he would ask, “How much longerrrrrr?” We continually pointed his attention back to the prize & that it would be worth the wait. We promised!
The anticipation built. He asked often for an ETA update. And his dad’s answer was the same every single time – 20 minutes.
Yet, once he tasted the thrill of strapping into the seat & receiving the fulfillment of the promised prize, Taylor jumped right back into line for the next one. He learned the wait (though he didn’t like it) was worth the reward.
At age 75, Abram set out from Haran with his wife Sarai, workers, animals & supplies to a place God would lead. They knew not where or how or when, but God promised a spectacular prize. By the time Abram & Sarai detoured thru Egypt, split off from Lot, moved to Hebron at God’s leading & finally received assurance as God cut a covenant with Abram about ten years had passed.
That’s a long time to wait. Abram wondered out loud to God, “O Sovereign Lord, what can You give me since I remain childless…” I love his honesty!
How sweet to read, “Then the word of the LORD came to him: “… but a son coming from your own body will be your heir.” (Genesis 15:2-5) We know Abram believed God for the promise, his finite mind just couldn’t comprehend the how or the when. (Tomorrow we’ll see how Sarai devised a plan to help)
I’m like that too. It feels like God is taking too long. What if I run out of time? Sitting in our prophetic boat, watching Jesus teach STFM how to sail, I whine. “How much longerrrr?”
It’s not that I don’t believe God for His promise. I get weary. I can’t see. My mind can’t comprehend. But when I take my questions to my Father who promised, He offers hope I can count on.
Waiting? Have you spoken your concerns out loud to Father?
This morning I really just want to hug Abram & Sarai, invite them in for a cup of coffee, and say, “I totally get it! I’m there… right now... waiting for God. Shalom & bless your hearts!”
After ten years of waiting for one of his seeds to bloom as evidence of a descendent, Abram believed God’s promise & it was credited to Abram as righteousness. And to seal His assurance, the LORD Himself cut a covenant of blood between He and Abram for the generations to come.
It’s so great when God speaks. Our hearts overflow with JOY & HOPE. And then we wait some more. As time goes by I tend to wonder if I made it all up in my head. Doubt creeps into the low places. And sometimes I forget that God is responsible for fulfilling His promise to me.
Sarai & Abram forgot this too. In my head the scenario between Genesis 15-16 plays out like this. Abram ran to Sarai. “You won’t believe the good news the Lord gave me today! Sarai, a son will be born from my own body! Can you believe this?” Sarai was glad for Abram, but doubt clouded her heart. She felt left out. God had not spoken to her. So she spoke, “The LORD has kept me from having children. God sleep with my maidservant; perhaps I can build a family through her.”
While waiting for some inkling of progress in my situation, I’ve offered my own ‘work around’. I look at what is true in my circumstances & what I believe God has promised. Then running that through my thought processes of how I think I can resolve the in between I sometimes put my plan into action. It’s not God’s best.
Somehow I get caught up in feeling like doing something has to be better than sitting in the boat waiting. Yet, often it’s when I am sitting still, waiting and watching that I get to see His Hand. Hear His whisper of presence. Catch a glimpse of His moving on my behalf.
Have you ever tried to help God by jumping ahead with your own ideas? What have you learned by waiting?
Once again, I’m pressing pause to sit a while. Will you sit & ponder with me on the true history of Abraham?
As I’ve chewed on the rich scripture in Genesis 12 – 21 I’ve become increasingly encouraged by the life of Abraham, and his wife Sarah. They started, like me & you, taking blind steps of faith. Abraham pleased God by trusting His goodness & following.
The encouraging part is that Abraham was counted faithful only because he trusted God. Abraham made many mistakes as He learned to walk with God. The result was learning to take God at His word.
I want all of this for myself. I want to trust God’s call on my life & follow Him wholeheartedly. Even at times like this current part of my journey when I don’t know where (or even if) we are going anywhere, I want to know that God sees me faithful simply because I continue to trust Him.
Several years ago, in a dream, I was trying to get to the Grand Canyon. I could see the vastness in the distance, but my feet would not move forward. I stood on tiptoes craning my neck trying to see what grandeur lie ahead of me. Pondering, I understand God has for me a promise of something grand, vast & gorgeous. However, it is also clear that I am not ready because I’m not there yet.
I hold that dream close to my heart. Like Abraham, it reminds me (as does the sailboat) that God is preparing & training me to receive His promise. I’m waiting. Learning. Gaining faith muscles. Developing fruits of Holy Spirit. I’m waiting for Him. For His time. His course.
I’ve not waited perfectly & I’ve tried plenty to “help God out”. Yet, Jesus, my Captain & Pioneer is patient with me. I think He takes great delight in my enthusiasm to stand on tiptoes of anticipation of the GOOD He has in store for me.
Fellow Sojourner, are you encouraged to stand on tiptoes of anticipation to receive the goodness the Lord? What of Abraham’s life story touches you?
~ Meet Lisa Brittain ~
Thank you for joining me on the #write31days2018 journey through which I am writing Waiting for The Wind.
I appreciate your participation as we’ve now spent two weeks pondering the lives of David & Abraham with Job up next.
May the Lord encourage your heart and bless you through and through. May you see Him in your life at every turn and may you rejoice greatly in His goodness!
Eyes on Jesus and SHINE, friends!
For me, Fall means a different kind of gleaning and harvest. October is the time of year when I spend 31 days in a row writing about one theme. This year my 31 days will be devoted to the lessons I've been learning as my husband and I have been Waiting for The Wind to set us sailing.Read More
Hmm. I wonder if we should all stop here and ask Jesus what He really wants us to know about the way He sees Mary, Martha, you and me? Is it true that He frowns on the "doing"? Does Jesus really prefer Mary over Martha? Is it even true that Jesus plays favorites?Read More
When I think of the word legitimate, the first thing that comes to mind is the “real deal.” There simply is nothing else like it, which leads me to the brochure I found in my daughter’s bedroom. The message was specifically pointing out the difference between Christianity and Islam, but it was the heart behind the message that truly defined the word legitimate for me.Read More
You know...When it comes to food it's like a forever battle. I'm always in a battle, others are fighting for just today! Times get tough and everything caves in on us. We get tired and weary. I know! It feels like there is no space to breathe in. It's just too hard.
Don't give up!
The Lord in His kindness has given us a prophetic picture of hope for our anchor. You may have guessed it by now, the picture we see is of a sailboat adrift on the glassy sea. Randy and I both are present on this boat. I am seated in the back on a bench while my dear sun-tanned feet man, Randy, is at the front with a man. Who is this man on our boat? He appears to be a friend.Read More
Loyal to One. I wonder if you are able to guess to which one my heart belongs. To whom are my affections cast and my love devoted. Who could it be ~ my husband, the son, a friend, a confidant or even my father?Read More
Read Part 1 of I'm thinking about a renovation by clicking here.
The world around me has become suddenly quiet. For those who are involved in school systems and live on the school year calendar, that time of year is upon us locally. Many of my friends have shifted back, but I am staying behind this year. I'm home. And in the quiet of staying back, I'm listening for God's whisper of truth and direction.
I want to live obediently. It is my heart's desire to get it right, live on the correct path, and to be actively and obediently pursuing the mission the Lord has given me to fulfill in my lifetime. I fight against the feelings of urgency which cause me to sometimes jump impulsively toward the things of man's design rather than waiting for Father's ideas and plans. Yet, I am grateful for the urgent push from within, which energizes me to keep sharing God's message and do His will.
Since the beginning of 2018, I've taken purposeful steps of obedience as I've sought the Lord's good pleasure. The first step of the year was to self-publish the book the Lord so graciously gifted me. I know, without a shadow of a doubt, the Lord wrote and downloaded this book so that it could be written by me through the filter of my life experiences. Getting to steward this beautiful gift has been one of the highlights of my life.
Funny thing though, I was the one who asked Father to give me a tool to offer fellow sojourners. Now that He's faithfully delivered this book into my hands, I'm not really sure how to use it. I'm continually asking and seeking my Father's face for His intent. His answers are always surprising and much more fun than any idea I've tried to concoct!
While I was trying to plan and organize a number of small group book studies by way of contacts within several local churches, Holy Spirit was inspiring many of my friends and family members to gift my book forward. Often I've received a picture text or an email detailing the various locations to which my book is traveling by plane, bus, car or train. My heart is stirred to prayer and hopeful anticipation as I await news from returning travelers as to God's choice for receiving the book along with the surrounding circumstances.
Though my travel this year has been much more local, I try to have several books with me any time I leave home. It feels like a majestic treasure hunt in which the book recipient is the treasure for which I am searching. God's gift is her prize, and for what purpose, only God truly knows. However, getting to be His representative is an honor I truly enjoy.
Just as it was originally gifted to me, so shall it be done for others. Holy Spirit's reminder that it is not possible for me to out-give God has been a principle I've held close and tried to live as a sacred tenant.
So, let me stop the struggle bus right here for a moment, and take a rest stop in Scripture.
Suddenly, because of my own inward struggle, I am intrigued by a beautiful passage of scripture found in 1 Chronicles 17, in which King David expresses to the prophet Nathan an amazing idea for a seemingly good and genuinely heartfelt gift of gratitude to the Lord. You see, David was just settling back in at home in his palace after presiding over the great ceremony and celebration of the return of the Ark of the Covenant of God to Jerusalem. It was a grand moment for King David and all the people of Israel. The return of the Ark of God had been long hoped for and was rightly celebrated by the king, the Levites and priests and all the inhabitants of Israel as a promise fulfilled.
I imagine David pondering the events of the previous few days and then making this statement out loud to the prophet Nathan.
“Here I am, living in a house of cedar, while the ark of the covenant of the Lord is under a tent.” 1 Chronicles 17:1
Can't you picture it? The King enjoying his luxurious palace suddenly had a lightbulb moment; the dwelling place of Almighty God was in need of a renovation. It sounds right to me. Apparently, Nathan was tracking with the king on where he was going with his thought process. Nathan responded with this,
“Whatever you have in mind, do it, for God is with you.” 1 Chronicles 17:2 NIV
But, of course, God was listening in, and wait, no one asked Him what He thought of this renovation project. So, during the night God spoke a lengthy word to Nathan, which was promptly reported to King David in its entirety.
I hope you will go and read the entire passage for yourself and not just take my word for it. However, in summary, God's response to David's idea was this:
- David would not be the one to build a house for God to dwell in
- God had chosen His own dwelling place as a tent from the time He brought the Israelites out of Egypt
- God had never asked any of His leaders to build Him a house of cedar
- Furthermore, God is the One who chose David out of the shepherd's field to become a ruler over the people of Israel
- God is the One who had been with him wherever David stepped foot
- And God was the One who cut off every one of David's enemies
- Finally, the word of the Lord to David was a declaration that God Himself would build a house for David, establish His Kingdom through the lineage of David, and secure God's Throne and Kingdom forever.
There's so much here to chew on in these days of quiet, and I intend to ponder these thoughts of renovation until God Himself completes His transforming work in me. I have a feeling the struggle bus will be moving forward to meet you down the road with Part 3 of I'm thinking about a renovation.
Until then, I give thanks to You God for You are good and Your steadfast love endures forever for Your children. I thank You too that Your word is living and active and meets me and all who are with me in Your word right where we're living. Transform my mind and renovate my stinkin' thinkin' by the Truth of Your word and the power of Your Holy Spirit. I choose to rest under Your Wing and pray many sisters will hide under Your Wing with me. Speak Lord, for Your servants are listening and wanting to obey, in Jesus' Name.
~ Meet Lisa Brittain ~
Hi. I'm so glad you stopped by. My name is Lisa and I am the founder of this website. My ministry is called Eyes on Jesus and Shine which comes from Psalm 34:5
My desire is to help others run toward Jesus and not away. I want to walk with you and introduce you to Him. I'll leave you two alone so you can find out for yourself; Who He is and who you are as you become adopted into God's family.
I love to walk through life with friends who help me keep my eyes on Jesus, and then I get to help them too when they forget. My hope is to live the overflow of my walk with Jesus so that His love shines bright through me and becomes a contagious joy for everyone I meet for the rest of my days on earth.
From my perspective, as the driver, I had done everything right. We were at a stop light of a major intersection. I stopped. I looked in all directions. I waited and then looked again to the right and left and ahead. Since there were no cars on the road in any direction, I pulled around the corner to the right. And then... blue lights...Read More
To this day, I can’t drive by their old house without my eyes filling up with tears, and it was this very week as I chose to take another route home (just so I could see their old house again) that I received a glimpse of freedom. As I imagined Grandpa Bachtel in heaven, where there’s no more sin, no more pain, and no more suffering, I realized this is what it means to be truly free.Read More
So this week I combined two words for which I had been asking the Lord to show me His insight. These words are Father and Sojourn. What I heard from Him was the reminder that
He, my Father, is with me wherever I go.
So when my sojourn is to a place I don’t understand, a difficult place in life, I just need to be patient and do what He asks me to do, remembering that this is a temporary place, and it too shall pass.
This is just what the Israelites did with Joshua when they came across a block in their path. They were told to circle the huge wall of Jericho for six days, and that He, God, would deliver them from this difficult place. They obeyed God's strange request to circle the wall for six days straight and waited for Him to move. Nothing appeared to happen for six days, but then on the seventh day a miracle happened and the walls came tumbling down. Oh, what a reward they received for their simple obedience and trust in The Father.
I want that too God! Thank You, Father, for reminding me that you are always with me and that sojourns are temporary.
~ Meet Dana Charbonneau ~
Dana Charbonneau has been married for 33 years to Edward. They have three wonderful grown children, and just recently their third grandchild was born. Dana was a special ed teacher for many years and now enjoys substituting in special education classes. Having moved 15 times in her life, she now especially enjoys sharing life with friends and family around the country.
Overall, this was too much change in one week for my poor little brain to process. I may have been smiling on the outside to all my church friends volunteering that week, but on the inside, I was about to have a complete meltdown! I simply did not want to embrace the unexpected changes before me with grace and strength, but instead, I chose to complain and feel sorry for myself.Read More
I love this word picture. Being so full of God’s words that nothing else can fit in. This visual not only helps to keep my soul in His Peace, but also fills my mind with His instructions!!Read More
I know, Lord, because You say so, affliction is good and builds character and all that, but that doesn't make it easy. And I'm not going to pretend it's easy in front of other people either. Believe me, Lord, I know I do my fair share of resisting affliction even though I want the benefits You promise. I just really don't love going through the afflicting part.Read More
He said, "You need to go and I will stay here." How would I leave him here with the mess? What about my family motto? In an emergency, we stay together or we go together.
He said, "Go." I said, "Ok."Read More