Category Archives: Encouragement

05/02/18

Perfect Timing

“Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.” – Psalm 27:14 

I read the following devotional by one of my favorite Christian faith heroes, Christine Caine, last week, and I knew it was something I needed to share here too.

I have lost count of the number of posts and journal entries I have written about and during this season of “wait”, and we all have them, don’t we? Wait periods. Seasons of uncertainty, of loneliness, or feeling marginalized, or forgotten. Wondering when this “big plan” will get underway and life can really begin. While, in truth, life is just one big waiting room. And the wait can take all different forms and have all sorts of different finish lines.

Pining for that promotion, and you just continue to get passed over despite positive performance evaluations.

Searching for that other half to your whole. You’d love someone to call you “mine” and cherish you.

Waiting on the stick to turn blue and announce to the world that you are pregnant, but that little line won’t budge.

Longing for that dream house that you’ve always dreamed of building, but the paychecks tell of a different dream, and that one’s going to take a bit longer than originally planned for.

Your entire community has been praying for you to get the “all clear”, but the words that escape your physician’s mouth are “… another round of treatment…”, and your heart shatters.

Wait can look different and feel different for all of us. But the one thing in common? Our Lord and Savior doesn’t want us to do it alone.

I hope & pray that the Lord reveals more of His character to you in these words below. He is a good, good Father.

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“When I was pregnant, people would ask, “What is your due date?” I answered based on the date the doctor had given me, knowing it might not be the exact date– because how could anyone but God really know when a baby will be born? When my daughter did not arrive on her expected date, people’s question changed to “How far past your due date are you?” Then I realized that my baby was not overdue; she was coming right on time.

Just like a baby being right on time, so is God. He’s never early and never late. We may think He is, but that’s because we confuse due dates with due seasons. And we set ourselves up for disappointment.

In the New Testament, when God promised us, “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up” (Galatians 6:9), He did not state a specific date. Yet, we mysteriously hold Him accountable to a deadline we prescribe. It’s time we start trusting in God’s perfect timing and shift our hearts and minds to adapt to His methods of timing.

God is always on time. He’s never late– and He’s always faithful.”

{Above Excerpt is from Unshakeable: 365 Devotions for Finding Unwavering Strength in God’s Word}

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04/05/18

More…

Each Sunday, our Pastor Tim asks the same question as part of his invitation. He says, “What is the next step that the Lord is calling you towards today?”

For some, it could be learning more about Jesus Christ, and what it would mean to invite Him to be both Savior and Lord.

For others, that have been believers for many years, it could be taking another step forward, learning more about His character, and sharing the good news with those around them.

Or maybe, it’s learning how to fully surrender. It’s one thing to name Him Savior of your life, but a whole other thing to acknowledge His lordship and sovereignty over every aspect of your life.

Maybe it’s calling you to a new mission, a new calling on your life, a dream you never thought could be accomplished or an impossible goal suddenly looms on the horizon.

And then, he closes each service by saying, “Let’s go out of this place and be the church out there and live on mission for Him. Daily.”

So much of Tim’s message resonated as I read this devotion from Brian Houston, lead Pastor of Hillsong United. I am hoping it touches your heart and challenges your spirit too…

“God can do anything, you know — far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us.” Ephesians 3:20-21 (MSG)
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“What are the deepest longings of your heart — the “more” you want in your life that you’re afraid to voice out loud?

Over the years, I’ve learned to trust God with the secret desires of my soul. And I can testify to God’s faithfulness when it comes to giving me more of His vision, His presence and His calling, all for a purpose bigger than mine.

Have you ever stopped to wonder what God’s response would be to your heart’s cry for more?

I believe the Savior of the universe would bend down in the most caring of manners and say, “More what? And how much more? My supply is unending. My mercy is limitless. My grace is more than you need.”

The more God wants for your life is beyond comprehension. Our key verse today, Ephesians 3:20‑21, tells us, “God can do anything, you know — far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us.”

It changed my thinking and my life when I realized the power of this truth: God can do anything. And not just a little bit more than we dream of. Far more.

So what are your craziest ideas, deepest longings and grandest plans — the things you’ve barely allowed your soul to imagine? Because even those grand plans aren’t enough. All of heaven is looking down upon you, shaking their heads and saying, “Is that all? Is that all she wants? Is that all he can dream up?”

Allow me to stretch your thinking, because we serve the ultimate Big Thinker. No plans of yours even compare to God’s. The amazing truth is, God can take every limitation that’s been put on your life — by you or by others — and expand your heart and purpose in a way that’s way bigger, way higher, way more effective than anything you could imagine.

You can never out-dream God.”

**Link to Devotion: https://proverbs31.org/read/devotions/full-post/2018/03/26/whats-the-more-god-wants-for-you
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