Talk About a Change in Plans

          We were all packed, ready to go when boom!!! I came down with the flu. We had plans this weekend to take the motorcycle out and go with family and friends to Arkansas and do some sight-seeing. I was really looking forward to it. Why God? Why did this happen to me? I felt terrible and carried the blame.Image

          I tend to do that; I take on all of the blame and shame even when I don’t have control of the situation. Have you ever done that? You feel so badly that something has happened and you take it on as yours? I just wanted to fix everything. I wanted to make my stomach better, take my husband’s disappointment away and be able to get away. I know this is not the end of the world and there are bigger pains going on in life. But, this is my pain today.

          What do you do when you don’t know what to do?

  • We wait silently: (Psalm 62:5) Rest in God alone, my soul, for my hope comes from Him. He alone is my rock and my salvation. I have the flu; I just have to wait it out.
  • Pour out your heart: (Psalm 62:8) Trust in Him at all times, you people: pour out your hearts before Him, God is our refuge. He knows my sorrow and will wipe away my tears.
  • Trust in Him at all times: (Proverbs 3:5-8) Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own understanding; think about Him in all your ways and he will guide you on the right paths. I trust there was a reason for this. I don’t know what it is; but I do trust in my God.
  • Cling to the rock: (Psalm 18:46) The Lord lives; may my rock be praised! The God of my salvation is exalted. I praise the Lord. I am better than yesterday.

          This post will be rather short because I am going to stop writing and take the time to breathe. I will slow down my thoughts and relax in Him. If you are dealing with a pain, don’t take it all on. He is there for you. He is there to carry the load. You can trust Him.

What scriptures do you cling to when you’re bumming and all confused? Join us today as we talk about it.

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Beth

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Behind Garage Doors

    

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            Oh how I love Wednesday mornings!  I get to spend every Wednesday morning with the most wonderful, Godly women while we share the Word of God.

            Today, we were camped out in a beautiful home with the Spirit of the Lord present. Two new lovely ladies came and every woman in our group either hugged or shook their hands and welcomed them. That’s the work of the LORD I’ve been talking about. That’s the ministry of this group; women who are putting down their own big guns and allowing the powerful-guns of god to take control. You know what I mean right?

            Well, I have to back up a few…Before parking my car, the neighbor next door signaled me to park in her driveway. I looked in and there she was; an elderly woman, in her jammies with her radio going. Since the closest parking spot was down the road and it was already very hot; I took her up on her offer. I pulled in, gathered up my nice leather Bible and my journal, lookin’ all Christian-like, nodded my head and thanked her. While walking away, I dropped my pen in her driveway and I’m telling you in that moment God got my attention. I looked up at the woman as I was straightening out my crackly back and she looked right at me. “No God! I’ll be late for snacks. I’m hungry! Seriously Lord?” In the middle of that driveway, I had a mini debate with God finally giving over to Him. I walked towards the woman, not sure of what to say, reached out my hand and said, “I’m Beth and thank you so much for lending me your driveway.” From there I stood, listened to her health issues, her sadness, shared the blessing of God and then we prayed together. She has been invited several times to the Bible study but for her own personal reasons she has declined.

            When I walked away from her I felt so awestruck. Inevitably, I knew she was wounded. I was so passive until God dealt with me right there in that driveway in just a few seconds. God will get your attention right when He wants to. I dropped a pen. That’s all it took. God is neither whimsical nor random in His involvement in the lives of His people. He provides, at just the right time, the right circumstances and people to make certain His plans are accomplished.

            I walked into the Bible Study house. The ladies were gabbing, sipping coffee & eating goodies, (which there were plenty left over). The bell rang, yes, we have an official bell-ringer otherwise we would not stop gabbing; after-all that is a gift from God to most women. When we went around the room, our lovely leader asked if I would sit in the chair so that they could lay hands on me and pray. I WAS BLESSED!!!Image

            I did not minister to the woman in the garage because I wanted to but rather because GOD said so. I was not prayed over because they wanted to put their hands all over my back, but did so because GOD said so. God will intervene and we had better be ready to obey.

            I strongly recommend you read about the faithful servant, the daughter of Pharaoh who moved towards the Nile River to bathe. As the entourage progressed along the riverside, Pharaoh’s daughter spotted a tiny ark floating among the reeds and ordered her maids to retrieve it. The scripture tells us that Pharaoh’s daughter took him away and brought him up as her own son. And Moses was learned in all the wisdom of the Egyptians, and was mighty in words and deeds. (Acts 7:21-22).The full story is in Exodus chapter 2.

            This is miraculous, incredible evidence of the care of God to set up a perfect situation and prepare His servant perfectly for the calling of the future. God always puts the perfect person (or group of people) in the perfect place at the perfect time.

Our Father, who art in heaven, may your name be honored, may your kingdom come, may your will be done on earth as it is in heaven!!!!