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God’s Word ALWAYS Produces Fruit—Isaiah 55:11

Today’s Scripture Reading:  Isaiah 52:13 through Isaiah 57:21

Every job I’ve ever had, has had something to do with sales.  From selling watermelons to the beachgoers on highway 231 in the panhandle of Florida, to selling towels on the telephone at Sears, to selling cosmetics and leading a unit of women in Mary Kay Cosmetics, to teaching bankers how to lead a sales team; it was all about producing!

There’s one thing about sales, you can be the top sales person one month and received national praise and recognition with everyone asking you, “How did you do it?” and by the end of the next month be a nobody because you fell to the bottom of the leader board.  The ultimate aspiration of any serious sales person is to have a reputation of ALWAYS producing.

Always is a l-o-n-g time, and sooner or later even the best-of-the-best will have something to get them off track and out of focus…

Unless you are the Living God of the Bible:

It is the same with my word.

I send it out, and it always produces fruit.

It will accomplish all I want it to,

and it will prosper everywhere I send it.

So, anytime and every time God’s Word is spoken, read, written, heard, typed, or discussed it will–

  • Always produces fruit
  • Accomplish all that God wants it to do
  • Prosper everywhere God sends it

Does this scripture apply–

  • When I read the Bible but don’t understand it?
  • When I put a Bible verse on Facebook?
  • When I have scripture songs playing while my children sleep?
  • When I commit scripture to memory?
  • When I have pictures and plaques in my home with verses from God’s Word?

Yes, Yes, Yes!!!

What a great scripture for us to focus on as we come to the end of the seventh month of our journey!  Stay focused, keep reading.  Everything you read is lodging deep within your spirit to be downloaded to your memory bank at just the moment you need it the most.

We don’t have to understand “how” God’s Word can always produce fruit, we just need to trust God that it does.

“My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord.  “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine.” Isaiah 55:8

Heavenly Father, thank You for the assurance that Your Word will produce fruit; not because of anything we do but because it’s YOUR Word!  Holy Spirit help us to live this out.  Give us creative ways to lodge the Word in our heart.  Fan our desire to read and know You and Your Word.  Help us to pass Your Word to others so that they will know You more.

In Jesus Name.  Amen and Amen!

 

© 2013 Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading:  Isaiah 58:1 through Isaiah 63:14

A Comparison Game We’ll Never Win–Isaiah 40

Today’s Scripture Reading:  Isaiah 40:1 through Isaiah 44:5

Do you ever compare…

  • Yourself to others?
  • Your bank account to others’ bank accounts?
  • Your house to others’ houses?
  • Your spouse to others’ spouses?
  • Your children to others’ children?
  • Your animals to others’ animals?
  • Your body, hair, or wrinkles to others?
  • Your troubles to others’ troubles?

Let’s face it–WE COMPARE EVERYTHING!

Produce, smartphones, computers, schools, etc. Today’s world promotes it.

After all, isn’t that how we get the best value?

What happens when you win the comparison game?

What happens when you lose the comparison game?

In Isaiah 40, our Heavenly Father, through the prophet Isaiah asks a few questions about comparison:

  • To whom can you compare God? (v.18)
  • What image can you find to resemble him (God)? (v.18)
  • Can he (God) be compared to an idol formed in a mold, overlaid with gold, and decorated with silver chains? (v.19)
  • Haven’t you heard? (v.21)
  • Don’t you understand? (v.21)
  • Are you deaf to the words of God—the words he gave before the world began? (v.21)
  • Are you so ignorant? (v.21)
  • To whom will you compare me? (v.25)
  • Who is my equal? (v.25)
  • Who created the stars? (v.26)
  • Have you never heard? (v.26)
  • Have you never understood? (v.26)

I know this is going to sound like a repeat of yesterday’s post, but if we look  below the surface of our need to compare, we’ll find a pride issue.

We must, WE MUST, WE MUST—run from anything that remotely looks like or feels like pride.

For Christ-followers, we can be and can do amazing things–

For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.  —Philippians 4:13

With one condition—we can’t plan the comparison game. We must avoid anything that looks or feels like  pride

Remember all those questions in Isaiah 40; God answers them in that same chapter and puts EVERYONE of us, great and small, strong and weak, young and old in our place:

  • God sits above the circle of the earth.  The people below seem like grasshoppers to  him! (v.22)
  • He judges the great people of the world and brings them all to nothing. (v.23)
  • The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of all the earth. (v.28)
  • He (God) never grows weak or weary.  No one can measure the depths of his understanding.  (v.28)
  • He gives power to the weak and strength to the powerless.
  • Even youths will become weak and tired, and young men will fall in exhaustion. But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength.  They will soar high on wings like eagles.  They will run and not grow weary.  They will walk and not faint.  (v.30-31)

Do we compare ourselves and even at times compete with God?

By seeking, wanting, and sometimes demanding…

  • Our will not His will
  • Our way not His ways

Friends, this is a game we cannot win.  There is none like the Living God!

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Dear Father God, help us to fight against playing the comparison game.  Teach us, change us, and then use us for Your Glory!

In Jesus Name.  Amen and Amen!

 

 

© 2013 Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Isaiah 44:6 through Isaiah 48:11

Who or What are you Counting on?—Psalm 130:5

Today’s Scripture Reading:  Psalms 128-130, 132; Psalms 134-135

I am counting on the Lord;

yes, I am counting on him.

I have put my hope in his word.

–Psalm 130:5

Who or what are you counting on today?

How many people do you know have counted on a job, a retirement account, a parent or spouse, or a host of other things to make them feel secure and happy?

How many lost that dream of security and happiness, because what or who they counted on failed them?

What was the psalmist counting on the Lord to do? (Psalm 130)

  • To hear his cry
  • To pay attention to his prayer
  • To keep His word and not keep a record of their sins
  • To forgive them
  • To bring His Word to pass

Yes, Lord.  Count me in with the psalmist!  I’m counting on You for each of these things too!

Doesn’t it feel like we keep getting the same message each day with just a slight change in wording?

It seems that many of the psalms are saying the same thing.  In the Hebrew language repetition is their way to underline and highlight, in other words—it’s really important!

So whether we need protection, a safe place, a God who’s mightier than the seas…OR a God we can count on; the Bible tells us our God is “all that” and so much more!

 

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The Holy Spirit wants someone  to know “It doesn’t matter if you’ve never been able to count on anyone in your life, you can count on God!”

Father, I pray for my friends today.  Help each of us to know more each day–we can count on You and Your Word. Thank you for this journey, Father.  We put our hope in Your Word Lord.  We are counting on You!

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

 

 

© 2013 Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading:  Psalm 136; Psalm 146-150

Protection for a Hot Summer Day—Psalm 121

Today’s Scripture Reading:  Psalms 120-121, 123; Psalm 125-126

Whew!  It’s really hot outside!  In Florida, July and August are our hottest months.  Most years I’m either in the air conditioning or in the water during these months.  This summer has been different.  For the last five weeks I’ve been making a big flower garden in my front yard.  I’m talking serious manual labor…digging up roots, leveling the ground, digging trenches for sprinklers, planting plants, and hauling in mulch and pine straw.  The good thing about this flower bed; it’s mostly in the shade.  I had really taken the shade for granted; saying things like—it’s not that hot, I have no problem with the heat,  it doesn’t bother me that much.

Until, last Friday…it was finally the day to give the finishing touch to the flower bed; a thick covering of pine straw.  Getting the pine straw was an ordeal.  I had to borrow a truck, go to the self-service pine straw place, load the truck, bring it home, unload the truck and then spread the pine straw.

All of a sudden I was taken out of my “protective shade” into the hot sun with upper 90 degree weather and humidity that felt like a sauna.  Determined me said, “I don’t care if it’s hot, I planned to do this today and I’m doing it!”

The hot sun was literally sucking away my energy one drop of sweat at a time.  I actually got sick and had to go inside  (I’m sure you’re not surprised).

Psalm 121 was written for people like you and me.  People who are in the heat of life and are determined to finish what they started and to do it well.

Think about your life right now…in what area are you feeling overwhelmed, wishing for some relief?

Who are you looking to for that relief (shade), who or what are you expecting to fix it?

Men, money, education, career, or government–where does your help come from?

 

I look up to the mountains—

does my help come from there?

My help comes from the Lord,

who made heaven and earth!

He will not let you stumble;

the one who watches over you will not slumber.

Indeed, he who watches over Israel

never slumbers or sleeps.

 The Lord himself watches over you!

The Lord stands beside you as your protective shade.

The sun will not harm you by day,

nor the moon at night.

The Lord keeps you from all harm

and watches over your life.

The Lord keeps watch over you as you come and go,

both now and forever.

Can you imagine Your Heavenly Father, not an angel or messenger, following you around to provide a protective shade?

This psalm is full of word pictures to help the Jewish people and you and I, fully understand the depth our God goes to protect us.

Are you worried that you are going to make a mistake?

Stay focused on the Lord and He will not let you stumble!

Protection 24/7 from the Almighty, all-knowing God of the Universe, what a promise–

 

Don’t forget—your help comes from the Lord!

 

Heavenly Father, thank You for Your help and protection today!  In Jesus Name.  Amen and Amen!

 

 

© 2013 Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading:  Psalms 128-130, 132; Psalms 134-135

Are You Searching for This Treasure? Psalm 119:162

 

Today’s Scripture Reading:  Psalm 119

In October 2009, the Barna Group released a research report that examined recent nationwide studies on how different generations of American adults view and use the Bible. For the purpose of this research, the Mosaic generation refers to adults who are currently ages 18 to 25; Busters are those ages 26 to 44; Boomers are 45 to 63; and Elders are 64-plus.

Here are a couple of interesting points from that report:

  • Less Engagement – While many young adults are active users of the Bible, the pattern shows a clear generational drop-off – the younger the person, the less likely they are to read the Bible. In particular, Busters and Mosaics are less likely than average to have spent time alone in the last week praying and reading the Bible for at least 15 minutes. Interestingly, none of the four generations were particularly likely to say they aspired to increase their Bible reading to improve their spiritual lives.
  • Bible Appetite – Despite the generational decline in many Bible metrics, one departure from the typical pattern is the fact that younger adults, especially Mosaics (19%), express a slightly above-average interest in gaining additional Bible knowledge. This compares with 12% of Boomers and 9% of Elders.

The psalmist said in verse 162-I rejoice in your word, like one who discovers a great treasure.  

This year in the Journey we are learning day-by-day the supernatural value of the Word of God.  We are beginning a history with the Word; we are finding the great treasure, just like this psalmist.

The Bible is “more than enough” to help us to overcome any and all challenges we face in this world. People everywhere, even Christian people are in desperate need of  something that is “more than enough,” and they have it, covered in dust on their coffee table, like a buried treasure.  But as the report said, “none of the four generations were particularly likely to say they aspired to increase their Bible reading to improve their spiritual lives.”

It saddens me to the point of tears to read these statistics, but the one that is the most disturbing is the low percentage of Boomers and Elders who have an interest in gaining additional Bible knowledge.

What happened to the day where the older led the younger?

Friends, we can’t change everyone’s lack of interest in God’s Word, but we can change our lives and influence the lives of those around us.  I know I’m preaching to choir, you are looking for that treasure or you wouldn’t be reading this, but we’ve got to infect the next generation with our passion for the Word of God! I encourage you to let your friends and family see you reading your Bible, share with them what you are learning and testify about the change it’s made in your life.  You’ll be surprised at the way the Holy Spirit will use your efforts.

Father, thank you for your Son, thank you for Your Word!  Your Word is enough! In Jesus Name.  Amen and Amen!

 

© 2013 Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading:  Psalms 120-21, 132, Psalms 134-135

What Would Jesus Say to America?

Today’s Scripture Reading: Psalms 42-46

O God, we have heard it with our own ears—
our ancestors have told us
of all you did in their day,
in days long ago:
You drove out the pagan nations by your power
and gave all the land to our ancestors.
You crushed their enemies
and set our ancestors free.
They did not conquer the land with their swords;
it was not their own strong arm that gave them victory.
It was your right hand and strong arm
and the blinding light from your face that helped them,
for you loved them.

You are my King and my God.
You command victories for Israel.
Only by your power can we push back our enemies;
only in your name can we trample our foes.
I do not trust in my bow;
I do not count on my sword to save me.
You are the one who gives us victory over our enemies;
you disgrace those who hate us.
O God, we give glory to you all day long
and constantly praise your name. –Psalm 44:1-8

 This psalm from today’s scripture reading was written about the nation of Israel, but it could just as easily be our 2013, July 4th prayer as a nation. God has done so much for our great country! We are so blessed! I am thankful for all who have sacrificed to make this nation what it is today, but it has been God who has given us favor, it has been God who has given us victory over our enemies. He deserves our praise on this anniversary of our freedom!

This past Sunday, my pastor, Phil Daniels shared a message that I immediately knew  would be my July 4th post.  Phil’s message takes everything we’ve read this year, especially as we’ve studied the children of Israel, kings and prophets and shows us how it relates to today’s culture and to the future of our great country.

Birthdays are a time to celebrate but they’re also a time to reflect. I pray that you will make the time watch this video and pray for our nation today.

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Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land. –2 Chronicles 7:14

Heavenly Father, forgive us, show us how to return to the nation You planned for us to be, show us how to humble ourselves. Heal our land and God bless America!

In Jesus Name. Amen and Amen!

 

© 2013 Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Psalms 47-49, Psalms 84-85, 87

A Different Kind of Hunger–Amos 8:11-13

Today’s Scripture ReadingAmos 7:1 through Amos 9:15; 2 Kings 14:28-29; 2 Kings 15:8-29, 6-7; 2 Chronicles 26:22-23, Isaiah 6:1-3

I like to eat.  On most days I eat four or five times a day.  I may not have any food in the house that I want to eat but there’s always something to eat in my pantry and frig.  Needless to say, I have never experienced a famine.

My knowledge of famines is limited; mostly what I’ve read in the Bible.  Most of the famines I’ve read about were sent by God.

Do you remember any be attributed to Satan?

In today’s reading God sends a different kind of famine:

“The time is surely coming,” says the Sovereign Lord,
“when I will send a famine on the land—
not a famine of bread or water
but of hearing the words of the Lord.
People will stagger from sea to sea
and wander from border to border
searching for the word of the Lord,
but they will not find it.
Beautiful girls and strong young men
will grow faint in that day,
thirsting for the Lord’s word.”

                                                    –Amos 8: 11-13 

In the days of the kings, God only spoke through prophets.  But Amos prophesied of a time when the children of Israel would desperately inquire of the Lord, but He would not answer– not by dreams, not by Urim, and not by prophet.

The feeling we have when we are told we have to fast for 24 hours is probably the same feeling we would have if  we were told we would not be able to hear from the Lord;  immediately we would have an overwhelming need to hear His authoritative Word.

When Jesus went back to heaven He told us in John 14:16-18 that He would not leave us alone; He would send the Holy Spirit to comfort and counsel us.  We are so blessed; we have the Bible and the Holy Spirit; we can hear from God 24/7.

What would it be like if tomorrow you awoke to find there was no Bible in your home, the library, the church or online?

Then add to that, no Holy Spirit to counsel, comfort and guide you…

Would we notice these changes the minute we woke up or would it take us days to notice because we aren’t connecting with God on a daily basis?

We have no idea how dark a world can be without the Word of the Lord.  Amos said that the Israelites would be staggering from sea to sea, searching for the word of the Lord.

I saw a movie a couple of years ago called “The Book of Eli.”   It was not my kind of movie ; I kept my eyes covered about half the time–I just don’t like violence and suspense.  This movie did a great job of portraying what it would be like if there were no Bibles, except one, and the great lengths people would go to get that one copy.  It was an amazing visual of this scripture in Amos.  As graphic as”The Book of Eli” was, I don’t believe it skimmed the surface of what it would really be like to be in a world without Him.

Thank you Lord for Your Word and Your Spirit!  Let us never take it for granted!

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

Blessings in Jesus!

 

© 2013 Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading2 Kings 15:32-38; 2 Chronicles 27: 1-9; Micah 1:1-16; 2 Kings 16:1-9; 2 Chronicles 28:1-15; Isaiah 7:1-25

Seven Things to Help You Remember—Amos 3:10

Today’s Scripture Reading:  Amos 1: 1 through Amos 6:14

Have you ever had a season in your life when those who know and love you wondered “if you had forgotten how to do right?”

How did you get to that point?

Did it happen overnight or was it a slow thing that happened over a long, period of time?

In today’s reading Amos the prophet is giving the Israelites a message from the Lord–

 “My people have forgotten how to do right,” says the Lord.  –Amos 3:10

A Commentary, Critical and Explanatory, on the Old and New Testaments stated that the Israelites’ moral corruption blinded their power of discernment so that they could not do right.  From the looks of Jeremiah 4:22 this message had been given more than once to the Israelites:

My people are foolish
and do not know me,” says the Lord.
They are stupid children
who have no understanding.
They are clever enough at doing wrong,
but they have no idea how to do right! 

                                                                                –Jeremiah 4:22

This wasn’t simple intellectual ignorance, the defect lay in the heart and will.

We are so blessed in the day in which we live.  We have Jesus, the Son of God making intercession for us to our Heavenly Father and the Holy Spirit counseling us on a minute-by minute basis–

IF

we call on Him.

If there is ever something we need to pray for in today’s world it’s discernment.  This is a huge trick of the enemy to get us to the point that things that we thought were wrong suddenly seem okay.

I don’t want to “forget how to do right,” but I know all it takes is a compromise here and a compromise there without seeking the Lord’s guidance and I’m on my way to forgetting.

I’ve been thinking a lot about this scripture lately:

For false messiahs and false prophets will rise up and perform great signs and wonders so as to deceive, if possible, even God’s chosen ones.     –Matthew 24:24

I’m not a prophet and I can’t say from the Word of God that we are positively in the last days, but we’re definitely getting closer to the last days every day.  I do not want to be deceived; I do not want to forget how to do right.

How do we keep that from happening?

  1. Reading, learning and meditating on the Word of God consistently
  2. Praying and asking the Holy Spirit to give us supernatural discernment
  3. Spending time alone waiting for God to speak without the voice of the world
  4. Get plugged in to a Bible-believing of church
  5. Seeking wise counsel when questions arise
  6. Have an accountability partner to point out our areas of weakness
  7. Giving ourselves to spreading the Gospel of Christ

What other things do you do to keep from forgetting?

Father, we desperately need you to show us Your way.  Holy Spirit, speak loudly.  Tell us when to stop, go, turn left, turn right, speak, be quiet, or just wait.  Word of God speak!

In Jesus Name.  Amen and amen!

 

© 2013 Dianne Guthmuller

 

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading:   Amos 7:1 through Amos 9:15; 2 Kings 14:28-29; 2 Kings 15:8-29, 6-7; 2 Chronicles 26:22-23, Isaiah 6:1-3

Would You Attend Solomon’s Conference? — Proverbs 22:17 – 23:22

Today’s Scripture Reading:  Proverbs 22:17 through Proverbs 24:34

A one-sheet is a single page document which is designed to provide a summary of information about the expertise of a professional speaker to prospective clients.  If Solomon had a “One-Sheet” it would have possibly looked like this.  I’m sure he could have preached a sermon or developed a seminar on each of these topics; now that’s a speaking portfolio!

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Solomon’s Thirty Wise Sayings

Proverbs 22:17 – 24:22
Listen to the words of the wise; apply your heart to my instruction.  For it is good to keep these sayings in your hearts and always ready on your lips. I am teaching you today—yes, you—so you will trust in the Lord.  I have written thirty sayings for you, filled with advice and knowledge.  In this way, you may know the truth and take an accurate report to those who sent you:

  1. Don’t rob the poor; don’t exploit the needy in court.
  2. Don’t befriend angry people or associate with hot-tempered people.
  3. Don’t agree to guarantee another person’s debt or put up security for someone else.
  4. Don’t cheat your neighbor by moving the ancient boundary markers set up by previous generations.
  5. Do you see any truly competent workers?  They will serve kings rather than work for ordinary people.
  6. While dining with a ruler, pay attention to what is put before you.  If you are a big eater, put a knife to your throat; don’t desire all the delicacies, for he might be trying to trick you.
  7. Don’t wear yourself out trying to get rich.  Be wise enough to know when to quit.
  8. Don’t eat with people who are stingy; don’t desire their delicacies.
  9. Don’t waste your breath on fools, for they will despise the wisest advice.
  10. Don’t cheat your neighbor by moving the ancient boundary markers; don’t take the land of defenseless orphans.
  11. Commit yourself to instruction; listen carefully to words of knowledge.
  12. Don’t fail to discipline your children.
  13. My child, if your heart is wise, my own heart will rejoice! Everything in me will celebrate when you speak what is right.
  14. Don’t envy sinners, but always continue to fear the Lord.
  15. My child, listen and be wise; keep your heart on the right course. Don’t carouse with drunkards or feast with gluttons.
  16. Listen to your father who gave you life, and don’t despise your mother when she is old. Get the truth, and never sell it; get wisdom, discipline, and good judgment. So give your father and mother joy!
  17. My son, give me your heart; may your eyes take delight in following my ways. A prostitute is a dangerous trap; a promiscuous woman is as dangerous as falling into a narrow well.
  18. Who has anguish? Who has sorrow? Who is always fighting? Who is always complaining? Who has unnecessary bruises? Who has bloodshot eyes? It is the one who spends long hours in the taverns, trying out new drinks.  Don’t gaze at the wine, seeing how red it is, how it sparkles in the cup, how smoothly it goes down.
  19.  Don’t envy evil people or desire their company.
  20. A house is built by wisdom and becomes strong through good sense. Through knowledge its rooms are filled with sorts of precious riches and valuables.
  21. The wise are mightier than the strong, and those with knowledge grow stronger and stronger.  So don’t go to war without wise guidance; victory depends on having many advisers.
  22. Wisdom is too lofty for fools.
  23. A person who plans evil will get a reputation as a troublemaker.  The schemes of a fool are sinful; everyone detests a mocker.
  24. If you fail under pressure, your strength is too small.
  25. Rescue those who are unjustly sentenced to die; save them as they stagger to their death. Don’t excuse yourself by saying, “look, we didn’t know.”
  26. My son, eat honey, for it is good and the honeycomb is sweet to the taste.  In the same way, wisdom is sweet to your soul.  If you find it, you will have a bright future, and your hopes will not be cut short.
  27. Don’t wait in ambush as the home of the godly, and don’t raid the house where the godly live.
  28. Don’t rejoice when your enemies fall; don’t be happy when they stumble.
  29. Don’t fret because of evildoers; don’t envy the wicked.
  30. My son, fear the Lord and the king. Don’t associate with rebels, for disaster will hit them suddenly.

I know some of these sayings sound a little foolish, but if you read all of today’s scriptures Solomon explained the “why” of each one.  I could definitely see Solomon speaking at a mega church or leadership conference on one of these topics!

Would you travel to hear him speak?

We’re moving into Song of Songs, also known as Song of Solomon; we’ll pick up the rest of the Proverbs in a few days.  Can you believe we’re in our sixth month of this journey…amazing!

Blessings!

 

 ©2013, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading:  Song of Solomon 1:1 through Song of Solomon 8: 14

5 Things to Do When Life Doesn’t Make Sense—Proverbs 3: 5-6

Today’s Scripture Reading:  Proverbs 1:1 through Proverbs 4:27

Have you ever had a time in your life when you just didn’t understand how God could allow something to happen?

I’ve been there many times in my life.

There have been things I’ve experienced that left me wondering…

“God, why would you allow this to happen to me?”

Or…

“God, why did you give me this beautiful gift and then take away?”

There are just some things we would rather not have at all than to have them for just a minute and then in an instant, they’re gone.

What do I do when I feel this way?

Remember

  • All of the tough times God has brought me through
  • How He has used those tough times to help me to minister to others
  • How God has worked my tough times out for my good and His Glory
  • That I see life through a pin-hole and my Heavenly Father, the God of the Universe sees and knows the big and eternal picture
  • The party is in heaven not on this sinful earth

Pray

Tell God all the details of my pain– every question, and concern

  • For God’s love and comfort to be greater than my grief
  • For my faith to be strengthened
  • For scripture to be brought to my remembrance
  • For God to be glorified during this difficult time

Read His Word

  • Expect Him to speak to me
  • Record it when He does
  • Hold my Bible, sleep with it when I need a physical reminder of God’s Presence

Be Alone With Him

  • I call it “Porch Time”
  • Not praying , not reading just being with Him

Wait

  • For time to pass
  • The unknown to be known
  • Heaven to make all things clear

Today’s scriptures in the Proverbs had so many  truths but Proverbs 3: 5-6 (This is one you should memorize) jumped off the page as the blueprint for tough times.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart;
do not depend on your own understanding

Seek his will in all you do,
and he will show you which path to take.

 

Father, I trust you and I’m going to do my best not to depend on my own understanding!

 

Amen and Amen!

 

 

©2013, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading:  Proverbs 5:1 through Proverbs 7:27

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