Archive for January, 2012


“When things do not go as we expect them to it is a hidden blessing to learn to trust the Lord all the more fully!” Bob Hotchkin.

Bob Hotchkin is a wonderful, prophetic and Godly man who I sadly missed at our church last year. He travels the world sharing God’s love and inspiring prophetic insights and this one just grabbed my attention this evening as I sit down for the first time today! Prophecy is something I’m really passionate about so sometimes words shared just jump out at me and get my attention!

The reason for my affiliation with these particular words  is that there are things which I’ve prayed and fasted long and hard for which God has withheld for many reasons. Some of those reasons I will never see this side of heaven. I’m reminded so often of the fact that God’s ways are so much higher, his vision sees so much further down the road and he knows us inside out, he knows the situations we are in or even could be in if certain routes are taken.

My point is that each time our plans are thwarted we return to him and are blessed in very different ways. I’m so slow to learn that God will not allow what he will not allow and he will bless what he chooses to bless, when and how he chooses to. So the bottom line here is that what he shuts noone can open an what he opens noone can shut.

Praise him that he has good and perfect plans for our lives, plans which are not ours but HIS and his alone.

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The last few months have been really challenging in terms of illnesses and just as I thought we were reaching the end my hubby is now really sick. What I’m learning through all this is that the enemy comes to kill, steal and destroy but he will NEVER win because we worship a God who comes to bring life, great blessings and to heal. He always restores what the locusts have eaten and returns to us what has been taken away in different kinds of blessings.

As I drink a coffee and decide to smile and trust I can taste both the bitterness of the coffee beans and the sweetness of the sugar. Both flavours together are to me what makes a good coffee and life in all it’s fullness gives us both the bitter and the sweet. Without the bitter taste of some things we wouldn’t appreciate the sweetness of life and salvation and without the sweetness of God we would drown in our difficulties.

Praise him for his Goodness to us through the bitter and the sweet, through little and through plenty. I will never cease to praise him because he is GOOD.

 

Psalm 65

For the director of music. A psalm of David. A song.

1 Praise awaits[b] you, our God, in Zion;
to you our vows will be fulfilled.
2 You who answer prayer,
to you all people will come.
3 When we were overwhelmed by sins,
you forgave[c] our transgressions.
4 Blessed are those you choose
and bring near to live in your courts!
We are filled with the good things of your house,
of your holy temple.

5 You answer us with awesome and righteous deeds,
God our Savior,
the hope of all the ends of the earth
and of the farthest seas,
6 who formed the mountains by your power,
having armed yourself with strength,
7 who stilled the roaring of the seas,
the roaring of their waves,
and the turmoil of the nations.
8 The whole earth is filled with awe at your wonders;
where morning dawns, where evening fades,
you call forth songs of joy.

9 You care for the land and water it;
you enrich it abundantly.
The streams of God are filled with water
to provide the people with grain,
for so you have ordained it.[d]
10 You drench its furrows and level its ridges;
you soften it with showers and bless its crops.
11 You crown the year with your bounty,
and your carts overflow with abundance.
12 The grasslands of the wilderness overflow;
the hills are clothed with gladness.
13 The meadows are covered with flocks
and the valleys are mantled with grain;
they shout for joy and sing.

All in the mix……

 

 

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Sometimes we wonder,

‘What did I do to deserve this?’ or ‘Why did God have to do this to me?’

Here is a wonderful explanation!

A daughter is telling her Mother how everything is going wrong, she’s failing algebra, her boyfriend

broke up with her and her best friend is moving away. Meanwhile, her Mother is baking a cake and

asks her daughter if she would like a snack, and the daughter says, ‘Absolutely Mom, I love your cake.’

‘Here, have some cooking oil,’ her Mother offers. ‘Yuck’ says her daughter..

‘How about a couple raw eggs?’ ‘Gross, Mom!’ ‘Would you like some flour then?

Or maybe baking soda?’ ‘Mom, those are all yucky!’

To which the mother replies:

‘Yes, all those things seem bad all by themselves. But when they are put together in the

right way, they make a wonderfully delicious cake! God works the same way. Many times we wonder why

He would let us go through such bad and difficult times. But God knows that when He puts these things

all in His order, they always work for good! We just have to trust Him and, eventually, they will all

make something wonderful!

God is crazy about you.

He sends you flowers every spring and a sunrise every morning.

Whenever you want to talk, He’ll listen. He can live anywhere in the universe,

and He chose your heart.

Faith in things unseen…………

As I was reading the story of Noah building the ark to my eldest this evening I contemplated the ridiculousness of actually building an ark on that scale on dry land with absolutely no water in sight. I tried to imagine the scene with every kind of animal walking in two by two….crocodiles, pigs, grizzly bears, elephants, hippos, monkeys, goats!! Honestly if you saw a picture like this today what might you do? If you were a friend of Noah’s you’d be kind of worried.

But the bible is full of stories of God asking and guiding people to do the ridiculous. God asked Moses to speak to a rock to get water (although he eventually struck it.) Jonah was asked to go to the most hard hearted group of people and preach the kingdom…..and we all know his journey via the whale’s insides! David ended up facing his giant, Goliath.

The prophets had a hard time too. Hosea was asked to take a wife who would become a prostitute as an example of God’s relationship with Israel. Imagine for a moment God asking you to do some of these seemingly outrageous things with no end result in sight. If I’m really honest I think I would have shrunk into a corner and hoped it would all go away but throughout the bible these stories just illustrate God’s unending faithfulness and an incredible love and purpose for his people. Rebellious people, ungodly people, idol worshiping people and grumbling people.

If the story of Noah and the ark shows us anything of God’s nature it illustrates to us that he will choose the humble to do the ridiculous to redeem people who he loves utterly and unconditionally. Is God asking you to do something difficult or scary? Does the future seem a bit hazy? Are you feeling in the dark about your direction? Know that we trust in an awesome God and our hope in him does not disappoint. He is always with us and for us and if he is for us who can be against us?

So if God guides you to take a step but you don’t know the outcome or you are afraid put your hope in a God who foresees the flood, foresees the rebellion, foresees the giants remember that your faith is in things unseen. In the world’s eyes it’s the ridiculous, in God’s eyes it’s faith.

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