His ways are higher than mine…And thank the Lord for that!

For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways, saith the Lord.  For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts. Isaiah 55:8-9

I’ve heard it said many times that the Lord works in mysterious ways.  Have you ever experienced an answer to prayer but not in the way that you expected God to answer?  I have several times.  It’s always a blessing.  But I think there is a very specific reason that God chooses to answer in ways that we might think are strange or odd.

A couple of recent examples of this kind of answer to prayer are as follows:

I have had trouble with my back for a little over a year now, including various pains in my neck and shoulders and it was making daily life a painful challenge.   I did not have the money for a chiropractor and didn’t think there was much the local clinic could do for me in any timely fashion, so I simply prayed, “Lord, please fix my back!”  fully expecting Him to make a way.  About two days later, the phone rang early in the morning before I was out of bed.  I jumped out of bed in a hurry to answer the phone and didn’t take the time to put on my glasses before running through the house toward the phone.  Not being able to see well, I tripped on a box that was in my path spraining my toe, and fell in an awkward position across a kitchen chair wrenching my back into the shape of a “C” all the while thinking, “Nooo!  Now my back is totally ruined!  I’ll be in so much pain from this!”  Well, to make a long story short, I was so focused on how much pain I kept expecting to wake up in from the fall, that it took me a full three days to realise that I had no more pain at all!  The fall did not make my back worse, it fixed it completely!  Thank God!  And I never did figure out who the early morning mystery caller was…..  LOL

Another example was a little over a year ago, when our youngest daughter was born.  We had been praying specifically for the swift, simple, safe and healthy delivery of our baby with as little medical intervention as possible.   I spent the first 24 hours of labor in such light and irregular contractions that I didn’t even realise I was in real labor yet!  After having 5 previous babies, one would think I would know when I was in labor!   A little after midnight, the baby came so quickly that we never even got the chance to leave home and go to the hospital before she was born.  And she came quickly, with no difficulties and was by far the simplest delivery I had ever experienced.  And no medical intervention, all exactly like we had prayed.  It didn’t happen like we expected but we got everything we hoped for and it all turned out terrific and for His glory.

I think that God many times chooses to answer prayers this way because, like the verse in Isaiah above, His ways simply are higher (wiser and better) than ours and this is one way He choses to show us that very concept.  Sometimes I have prayed for Him to do something specific and then I even go so far as to tell Him how I think it needs to be done!  How rediculous!  When I am advising God on how to answer my prayers am I really fully trusting Him with the results?  Have I really taken my hands off of the matter?  No, not really.

This is not to say that we should not pray in a very specific manner.  After all, God opens “doors,” not walls.  It just means to pray specifically for what you need and leave it in His hands on how He chooses to meet that need.  His ways are gloriously higher (and wiser) than ours.  Pray to Him and give Him the opportunity to show you just how much higher His ways are.  Ask Him to be glorified in your life.  Ask Him to bless you in ways that will make others see His goodness and desire Him, and then leave the ways He answers in His hands.  Sometimes the answers are even hard, but still trust His ways…He always makes it worth it.   Blessings to you.  🙂

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Heaven’s Artist

This is just a little something I wrote about a week ago.  Hope it blesses.

Heaven’s Artist

The Lord was strolling upon the earth

when He did find one day,

A torn up old canvas, broken and bent,

a beat up old cast-away.

The canvas was dirty and filthy and stained;

When He found her she was lying in mud.

But He said, “This has value. I’ll make her Mine.

She’ll be beautiful when washed in My blood.”

So He took her and washed her and said, “You are mine.”

and “Behold, I make all things new.

You are now a new creation,

and I have much to give you.”

“I’ll give you all new colors

from the rainbow around My throne.

They are gloriously beautiful,

because they are My own.”

He took His brush up in His hand,

and painted so masterfully,

All of these colors upon her heart

as He sang to her joyfully:

“First, I’ll paint you with My joy

which flows from My salvation.

I only ask that you will speak it

unto all the other nations.

“I’ll paint you with My perfect peace

as only I can give,

To show them there remains a rest,

a quiet way to live.

“I’ll paint you with My patience,

that you may suffer long;

But let her have her perfect work

so you will endure when wronged.

“Now I’ll paint you with My kindness,

a color that’s so rare.

It lifts the saddened spirit of strangers;

it shows them that I care.

“I’ll paint you with My goodness

out from My very own heart.

Invite them all to ‘taste and see’

that they may have a part.

“I’ll paint you with My faithfulness,

well tried and true, they’ll see.

They’ll know by what they see in you

that they can trust in Me.

“I’ll paint you with My gentleness.

I’ll brush your heart so soft.

When they see you, they’ll think of Me,

for I think of them so oft.

“I’ll paint you with My self-control

so when you have then preached,

You’ll not be disqualified,

and leave one soul unreached.

“And now I’ll give you one more color,

I saved the best for last.

“I’ll paint you with My deepest love,

that transcends future, present, past.

“It is the brightest of all the colors

and there is no truer tone,

To best express that shining beauty

that’s found in Christ alone.

The canvas took one look and said,

“He’s done! Now all look at me!

Look at what a work I am,

I’m worth coming to see!”

The Lord said, “My little masterpiece,

I’m not done yet, you see.

For it’s become quite evident,

you need framed with humility.

“I’ll place around you a humble frame,

so your canvas covered will be,

And it will accent all these colors,

so all will point to Me.”

The canvas bowed upon her easel,

“Now where shall I hang for You?

Up upon the walls of heaven,

or in Your throne room too?”

The Lord said, “No, abide in Me

on earth, I’ll abide in you.

And you will show My glory there,

for there is much to do.”

“I’ll place you in homes and churches,

prisons and hospitals new;

Orphanages and offices,

and even the jungles too.

“I’ll hang you in the darkest place

so you can bring My light,

And inspire men to sing to Me

in the coldest part of night.

“Stay true to Me and you will see

that when your work is done,

You’ll trade your scarred and battered frame

for one that shines like the Son.

“I’ve made a place for you, dear one,

to hang in My Great Hall,

So with My Son, you too,will shine,

I AM your Artist, your All in All!”

by Miranda Fann

Seek His Beautiful Face!

People, seek God.  Seek Him with abandon.  Let nothing stand between you and Him.  Ever.  You won’t regret anything that you have to set aside for the sake of seeking His face, I promise.  If there isn’t anything else He has taught me this year (which actually there’s been a lot), He has taught me to seek His face.  He taught me to seek His face, His heart, and not just His hand.  But as with anything pertaining to our relationship with God, it must be done in faith.

But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. Hebrews 11:6

I know people personally (and I admit, I used to be one of these) who don’t really seek God much, if at all for various reasons such as, “it’s boring” or “it doesn’t seem to do any good” (this spoken after maybe 5 minutes of “seeking”), or “He just doesn’t seem to be there”… you get the picture.

Hebrews 11:6 holds the answer for many who have a hard time seeking or have given up altogether.  First, it says anyone who comes to God must first believe that He IS.  Is what?  Believe that He is GOD and that He is really there, for one thing.   How many times does He say in the scriptures that He is ever with us?  A lot.  I haven’t personally counted, but even if He said it only once, it wouldn’t change a thing.  If you have truly trusted Jesus as your Savior, He is with you.   If you do not believe this promise from Him, then you will never really KNOW His presence.   When you believe in the promise of His presence, it transcends all feeling and becomes a knowing.  Seek His face, reaching your hand out fully believing He’s there to be found.  You will find Him.

What else?  Believing that He is worth seeking!  It says that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.  Do you really believe this?  How much time and effort do you spend on seeking after things day after day that will make you feel good or satisfy you in some way?  Have those things ever really satisfied you?  I don’t mean  temporary thrills or fun, I mean has it satisfied the longings in the very core of your being?  Everyone has this longing.  We were created with it.  Seek His face diligently and persistently, believing He is there, and believing that He will reward you by satisfying that emptiness that you may have within you.   When you find Him, be prepared to completely satisfied and absolutely amazed and awestruck at what you find.   You will find that He is not what you had expected, but far far beyond what you had imagined.  And so much better.  Skip Moen describes Him beautifully:

God does not come to us in nicely defined, rationally explained,
thought categories. God does not fit Himself into our theological text
books. The Hebrew God breaks all the rules. He is near, yet
transcendent; clothed in human form, yet holy; more terrifying than can
be imagined, yet compassionate; invisible, yet revealed; judging, …yet
merciful, sovereign, yet humble. God breaks
the molds.” ~ Skip Moen

Start seeking His face in prayer and in His Word, making sure that there is no unconfessed, unrepented of sin between you and Him.   Seek Him diligently, believing that He is all those things, and I promise you will not be disappointed! It will change your life.
If you have not yet accepted Jesus Christ into your life as your Lord and your Savior, then please refer to my page marked “Plan of Salvation” here on my blog.  Receive Him and He will open up the door to a whole new amazing life.
Love and many blessings to you all  🙂

Much learned, but still so much more…

My poor neglected blog!  I’m back!  Been a while.  But God has been working.   So much has happened in just the first half of the year.  He DID say He was going to do a “new thing.”  And He is.  Many times has He had to remind me of His promise He gave me at the beginning of the year, but He is teaching me so much about His faithfulness and love.  And I love Him more and more.

Truly my soul waiteth upon God: from Him cometh my salvation. He only is my rock and my salvation; He is my defense; I shall not be greatly moved.  My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from Him. He only is my rock and my salvation: He is my defense; I shall not be moved.  In God is my salvation and my glory: the rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God.  Trust in Him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before Him: God is a refuge for us.  Selah.  Psalm 62:1-2,5-8

I believe God has been teaching me many things in this passage these past few months and with these present trials.  He has been teaching me to accept His promises by faith, believing that I have them even when I do not yet see it with my eyes.

For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for?  But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.  Romans 8:24,25

That is faith.  Also He has been teaching me how to be still, and wait patiently, and silently for Him to move according to His will and in His timing.  I am learning how to trust His timing.  He is teaching me that I can retain the joy He gave me even through hard times by resting in the fact that “all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”  (Rom. 8:28)

He is teaching me I can avoid disappointment and discouragement by placing my expectation in HIM ALONE.  Ultimately He is in control of everything right?  So why would I place too much faith or expectation in the abilities or willingness of certain people, or potential employers (yes, we’re still unemployed), or the economy, or circumstances.  All these things are fallible and will fail at some point.  But when I place my faith/expectation in God, He NEVER fails, and in His faithfulness He will NEVER disappoint me.

What hard, hard lessons they have been.  But a blessing nonetheless.  In fact, the last 7 years have been probably the hardest of my life, but by far the best.  I would not trade them for anything.  We have been stripped of so much (by God’s mercy) and given what is far better (by God’s grace).  Praise Him.

My oldest son Gavin is with a group of boys this week in a church camp in Eufaula.  He’s having a good time.  I am praying that the Lord will speak to his heart while he is there.  He is already a wise little boy, surprisingly so at times.  I am often surprised not at what he knows, but at what he UNDERSTANDS.  He is 10 and already wants to serve the Lord in some way.  I praise the Lord for that.

Lord, You are an excellent teacher!  Wise and loving.  Merciful and forgiving.  Your judgments are fair and just.  Your word is true.  Be glorified in me.   All I am and all I have belongs to You.  Be glorified in my husband.  Be glorified in my children.  Take us and conform us to the image of Your Son and use us for Your kingdom.  Bear MUCH fruit through us.   Amen.

Wow! God is SO Good.

Well, once again it has been a while since I wrote anything…Quite a week it has been.  The last atomic bomb I mentioned was that Adam’s stepfather in Columbus, OH, had a major heart attack and has been on life support all week.  It wasn’t clear whether he was going to make it at first, but with the prayer support of people in four different states, he has pulled through.  A real miracle.  Adam left last Friday to go to Ohio to be with the family during this time and it was a good thing.  We miss him here, but he was a real blessing and comfort to his mother during this time.  Praise God, another long, difficult, but successful week.

A Simpler Trust

We have had another atomic bomb dropped on us yesterday, the details of which I hesitate to discuss until I know more.  But the Lord has it in His strong hands.  I see it as another opportunity to see the Lord glorified.  I pray that He is.

I have made it my aim in recent years to simplify life a bit.   Decluttering the house, cut out activities that overcrowd my time and spread me too thin, etc.  “Simplify!” has been my new “motto” if you will.  It seems that the Lord has been teaching me simplicity in other areas too.  Particularly in trusting Him.  When you get multiple trials placed on you in rapid succession, life can seem suddenly very overwhelming and complicated to say the least.  I am seeing how simply trusting Him with these things, and I mean every tiny atomic detail, really simplifies everything.  I can’t handle it all.  And when I try, I REALLY complicate things.  Oh, the Lord is good.  He CAN handle it all.  I don’t know how He’s going to do it, but it doesn’t matter, because He’s got a handle on it.

LORD, my heart is not haughty, nor my eyes lofty.  Neither do I concern myself with great matters, nor with things to profound for me.  Surely I have calmed and quieted my soul, like a weaned child with his mother; like a weaned child is my soul within me.  Psalm 131:1,2

That makes me picture a baby fully cared for and fulfilled by his mother.  He is very peaceful and very satisfied.  Restful.  How simple a baby’s life is.  Rest and depend on mother for EVERYTHING.  Isn’t that how a Christian’s relationship with the Father should be?  It’s good.  Very very good.  🙂  Oh Lord, be glorified!


Pressed But Not Crushed

Why are you cast down, O my soul?  And why are you disquieted within me?  Hope in God; for I shall yet praise Him, the help of my countenance and my God.  Psalm 43:5

I know it’s been a while since I last posted.  I will spare you the details of the blood and gore that is taking place in my soul right now, but suffice it to say that there is major surgery going on inside my heart.  I must admit, I have been having a hard time with this in the last few days, but I took a long drive today to pick up some things (more blessings!), which gave me some time of quiet solitude, and found refreshment with the Lord.    He reminded me of a few things I had been losing sight of.  It’s amazing how fast and easy we little sheep can wander off the trail.  I am so glad to have a Good Shepherd.

I would have lost heart, unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living.  Wait on the LORD; be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart.  Wait, I say, on the LORD!  Psalm 27:13, 14

Things are back in perspective and peace is restored.  There are still a few things to yet be laid down, but this test is exposing them, thankfully.  Fire hurts, dying hurts, the refining process is painful, but (and I know this sounds strange) it is a kind of pain that brings joy.  Pain bring joy???  Yes, and no.  This pain, well… hurts.  Duh.  But at the same time, through what seems like stages, it is bringing me closer to God like never before, and there is joy in His presence like in no other place!  God please be glorified in me!!!

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