Category Archives: Share my Heart

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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06/15/17

Faith Heroes

I recently finished a book, This Life I Live by Rory Feek and its message, and his story, or rather their story, struck me with such awe that I was almost left speechless as I closed the binding. His words were simple and his message even simpler- have Faith. Big, audacious, one-foot-in-front-of-the-other, even in the midst of the wilderness kind of faith.

Rory and Joey Feek are faith giants.

People who wholeheartedly put their faith in the Lord to provide, and even if He did not & He chose not to heal and redeem Joey’s earthly body on this side of eternity, He was still God and He was still good and worthy of all praise, honor, and glory. And worthy to put their- and our- trust in.

Unequivocally.

My favorite book of all-time just might be Voice in the Wind by Francine Rivers, an epic tale of a young & ruthlessly independent Jewess slave in ancient Rome even as Christians were being burned at the stake or fed to the lions there on the dusty center surface of the Coliseum as spectators jeered. Francine was somewhat of a new believer when she first drafted and subsequently published this novel and she said that teh character of Hadassah was the type of Christian she wanted to be; that she wanted to emulate Hadassah’s incredible faith in Christ and be more like her.

I completely understand. And each time I read her words, and I have 4 or 5 times now, I am struck by that same sense of awe.

Although fictional, Hadassah is a faith giant; one of my faith heroes.

James “Jim” Elliot was an evangelical Christian who was one of five missionaries killed while participating in Operation Auca, an attempt to evangelize to the Huaorani people of Ecuador. A people so remote and untouched by the outside world that they lived in the deep, deep brush of Ecuadorian jungle. In one of his final journal entries, Jim writes “He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose.” and it is truly one of my favorite quotes. After her husband’s death, Jim’s wife Elisabeth continues to evangelize to these people; these same hands that took the life of her husband. Elisabeth continued the legacy and many of the Huaorani came to Christ as a result of her, and other missionaries, efforts.

Jim & Elisabeth Elliot belong in the Faith Heroes Hall of Fame.

There are so many others- examples in everyday life in our churches, schools, workplaces, and neighborhoods- shining examples of faith. And how I envy them. How I wish my faith could mirror their own.

But, even as I wish and hope that my faith might grow stronger and the links grow more and more fortified, I am reminded that faith is ordinarily extraordinary – a choice we make each day to put our trust in Him, no matter the outcome.

Big or small.

Significant or seemingly insignificant.

Known or unknown.

Faith is believing in the unseen, even with no promise we can ever see it. Or without knowing the final outcome, but choosing to trust anyway.

Faith is trust put into practice. Trust in action. Not just in words, feelings, sentiments.

I want to ensure my faith & trust muscles are put into practice each and every day and never grow old, stiff, or ill-used. Trust and believing wholly each and every day. Living doubtless that I am in the center of HIs will & plan. Following His directives, hearing His words, and following along the path He has set for me.

Never second-guessing, always leaning in.

No holding back, but living full-out, full of hope, love, and strength.

I pray He continues to strengthen my faith muscles and helps me to trust Him more and more with each passing day. I don’t want to put my trust in anything or anyone less than Him…

xoxo…

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