Words Of Inspiration | To Everything There Is A Season

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Posted by Lynda Davis | Posted in Inspirational | Posted on 23-08-2011

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The Holding Pattern

 

Ecclesiastes 3:1 – To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:

Dear Friends – Victim or Victor? That is how we may perceive our situations and circumstances when we are in a holding pattern. You have the choice to be a victim of life or a victor in Christ. Often we feel a great pressure, maybe even some confusion in life when we have done all we know to do and things just don’t change in the way we hoped. God owes us nothing but He paid for us with the blood of His Son, Jesus. How precious we must be in His sight!  God owes us nothing but He gives us all things according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus. What we allow to become a victim mentality, and this is by choice, is a missed opportunity to learn what God may be teaching us, both about ourselves and about others.

The holding pattern is a time we should use to grow spiritually. This holding pattern, though it may try our patience, can be in reality a great gift. So often we want instant relief, instant change, instant answers to prayer, especially when the heat has been turned up. But these are the times God calls us to trust Him for both guidance and protection. His provision is there if we are relying on Him, though it may not be the provision we desired. I saw on a church billboard this statement – God is never there when you need Him but He’s always on time. Yes beloved, that would be His time and not ours. There is a season and a purpose to all He does in our lives. In our limited understanding and finite minds, we may fail to grasp the true meaning of God’s purpose and plan both for the moment at hand and our lives in general. Perhaps we fail to see the bigger picture. After all, we are a part of God’s great tapestry and we are being woven into the lives of others just as we are being woven into Christ. What an opportunity for blessing others! For God is not as interested in our comfort as our character “for the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12).

If your life is in a holding pattern and you feel frozen in time, unable to move those mountains or seemingly affect their impact on your life whatsoever, believe that God is very much at work in your life. Scripture says in Hebrews 10:36-37 “For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise. For yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry”.  So what character can He develop in us through these circumstances?  What patience and virtue can come from trials and tribulations that are met with a welcome mat rather than taking the first road out? If God has allowed a situation into your life His intention is to bless you and others in the process. His word says He does not give us more than we can handle without providing a way of escape. But often our way of escape is to run away.

So when we run away, where are we going, for wherever we go, there we are. And just as we remain the same after trying our own escape maneuver, alas we look up only to find the problem remains the same also. As Martin Luther King once said, “Carve a tunnel of hope through a mountain of despair”. This would be God’s way of handling a situation.  There is no quick fix for most of life’s problems, but we do not have to view them as victims for which there is no hope and no help. For God is a very present help in times of trouble. Scripture says in Isaiah 58:11 “And the LORD shall guide thee continually, and satisfy thy soul in drought, and make fat thy bones: and thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not”.

Yes even when things look dry and lifeless around you God is guiding you continually. We can be prosperous in lean times when we are trusting Him. And to be like a watered garden, like a spring of water, whose waters fail not, think of the possibilities. For folks around you are feeling dry and lifeless as well.  What a blessing to be used of God in such a time as this to minister to others in these times of great need. What a testimony one could have if God is allowed to bring His plan to fruition without our bailing before the work is done.

Scripture says in Psalms 28:7 “The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him”.  Truly if we are trusting Him, He is helping us, and if He is helping  us our heart will be greatly rejoicing. To feel His presence in our lives gives reason to break out into singing for there is no love like God’s love, unconditional in all respects, deeply fulfilling. It changes us from the inside out to such a degree that the problems that once overwhelmed us lose their bite. God makes all things beautiful in His time and a temporary holding pattern is part of the process. But it is a richly rewarding process. We learn to appreciate the things in life that really matter rather than continuing to focus on little annoyances or even major catastrophes. Of course there is heartache in life, and a lot of heartache man cannot fully understand, but God knows and is working things out for the good of all in your life.

If we trust Him His word says we shall never be ashamed. If we run ahead and try to get things done or change things in our way and in our time, then we become responsible for the outcome, and not just the outcome for us but the resultant backlash that may be heaped on those around us, albeit that was certainly not our original intention. If things get worse, who can we blame but ourselves? For our lack of patience and rush to judgment comes with a price. I would rather know that Jesus is right there with me, guiding every step, and remain in a holding pattern until God moves me out, than let my impatience foil an exceeding abundant work of the Holy Spirit in my life.

In James 1:17 God’s word says that “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning”. I believe that these gifts from God, things like deliverance after a long battle with illness or extreme difficulty, financial gain in times of severe lack, times of peace and love in place of turmoil and hatred, are just a sign of God’s great love for His children and His desire to bless us ultimately rather than watch us die in some self-made slime pit for which we can find no way of escape. I believe the fruits of the Spirit including love, kindness, patience, etc., are much more to be desired than material blessings and instant gratification, for they work a far greater reward in our lives than we could have ever imagined.

Our spiritual journey will be full of pitfalls, twists and turns, and uncertainty, but God will send spiritual discernment through faith and trust in Him. And this spiritual discernment in turn will lead to spiritual growth. God will speak to His children in His way and in His time about particular matters, but the Bible is full of words of wisdom, words that are full of life and life-changing. Take time to receive daily inspiration and Godly exhortation by reading His word, asking Him to open your eyes to see His working in your life. Ask Him to open your heart to feel His presence, His love, and to give you a heart for others around you, to see their needs and have a willing spirit to minister His life and love through the gifts He has given you.

Yes, dear ones, your life may be in a holding pattern, but this is only temporary. His word says in Proverbs 14:26 “In the fear of the LORD is strong confidence: and his children shall have a place of refuge”. No matter how dire your circumstances seem to be you can have a strong confidence in the Lord that He will come through for you. He has not forgotten you or forsaken you. This feeling of being in a holding pattern is just God at work in your life so let patience have her perfect work and when patience is allowed to have her perfect work you will find you are entire, wanting nothing. What a blessed place to be! You waited on God and He did not disappoint.

 

In His Love,

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Words Of Inspiration | The What Ifs Of Life

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Posted by Lynda Davis | Posted in Inspirational | Posted on 12-08-2011

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 Worrying does not take away tomorrow’s troubles, it takes away today’s peace – author unknown

Believe!

 Philippians 4:6 – Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

WHAT IFS

I have a dear and precious friend with pining, anxious soul.

O’er worried mind, the fear within, she cannot gain control.

“What if”, she says with trembling lips and wringing of the hands.

“What if”, she says, ‘midst her distress, her cares like ocean sands.

Too numerous to count, you see, their torment never ending,

for what ifs never cease in life when all our time we’re spending

looking at our frailties, our weaknesses and pain.

We must look to our Savior, His Spirit will sustain.

The Bible says He cares for us no matter who we be.

The details of our life He knows and every tear He sees.

He feels our pain, our longings, and every woe will take

from off our minds, from off our hearts, a lighter burden make.

Be not anxious was His command, fret not He spoke as well.

He cares for us, He loves us more than words can ever tell.

Go to His throne and kneeling there your heart to Him lay bare,

then leave it at His throne and know He’s heard your every prayer.

The what ifs of this life do only serve to choke the Spirit

that ever speaks to us of love and comfort if we hear it.

For God, our maker, is concerned and He alone can bear them,

if our burdens we lay down and with Him learn to share them.

There is no problem He can’t solve, no need He won’t supply,

if we’ll but take Him at his word and on Him we rely.

We’ll never understand it all, the way life is, the whys,

but we will understand it in our home beyond the skies.

So if you’re feeling useless, broken hearted, in despair,

let Jesus take your load, your life, and keep you in His care.

 

“I have known a great many troubles in life, but most of them never happened.” – Mark Twain

Dear Friends – We all have what ifs in life. The question is not whether we have them or indulge them, rather, how long is our list? In today’s world there seems to be a growing uncertainty of the future. How many times a day do we say, “but what if this happens”, or “what if that happens”, not realizing that this is basically a negative outlook on situations that have not occurred yet, and as Mark Twain stated, perhaps never will.

Yes, beloved, we can spend precious time reasoning, reasoning, analyzing, analyzing, and never figure anything out, remain in a quandary about situations and future issues, and ultimately find ourselves still planted, and that rather firmly, on square one. God gives us one day at a time and tells us to “Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof” (Matt 6:34).

My beloved friend that I wrote the above poem for at her request, was a precious saint. We spent many hours on her front porch talking about our love of the Lord. But the what ifs plagued many of our conversations. It was a real awakening for me to realize that these what ifs plague us all. We may not voice them openly, perhaps they are just nagging queries our minds struggle to keep in perspective, but a distraction to the things in life that matter, and certainly draining emotionally to always be looking for the elusive “bottom line”. And it is elusive, like a butterfly, just when you think you’ve got the net on it, it flitters away, or changes altogether. The only “bottom line” that matters is God’s, for He knows when we don’t, He helps when we won’t, and He sees what we can’t. He just has us covered, covered with love.

The point is we don’t need to know everything about everything to be happy, well adjusted people. God is in control of His Universe, His Earth and all that dwell therein. He loves us each one as if we were the only one and He is aware of all that troubles us, all that causes us uneasiness, fear, worry, anxiety, He knows. He knows and He tells us take no thought, don’t worry, He’s got it all in the palm of His hands. What a blessed thought! Doesn’t it make one feel totally inept to spend so much time asking the what ifs, expend so much mental energy on the cares of the future, when God has it all in His hands? Can we by any means work things out as He does? Is there some way we can even see our needs as He does?

God’s ways are not our ways and His thoughts are not our thoughts. What man may consider life-changing and disastrous, God can fix with just one Word. When we look at a situation and feel all is lost we must remind ourselves that God can make a way where there seems no way. God is so able when we’re so not. We may not know how things will work out, all the ins and outs and specifics of our lives, but we can rest assured it WILL all work out because, if we are trusting God, He has a great plan for our life. He said He would never leave us or forsake us. He said if we trusted Him we would never be ashamed. With man it may seem impossible but not with God, for with God all things are possible. And even when it seems like there is no good thing that can come out of a messy situation, once again, God’s word says what the enemy meant for evil, He will use it for good.

So He covers us in His grace and mercy. He sends angels to watch over us. He sent His Son, Jesus, to die in our place to be the Sacrifice Lamb. And this Jesus was broken and spilled out for you and for me, that through His blood we might be the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus. There just aren’t any excuses, precious ones, we trust Him or we don’t. Rather than spend the gift of another day in thoughts of uncertainty, worry, excessive concern, etc., just believe God loves you and that He’s right there with you. Just take every negative thought captive the moment it enters the mind and replace it with a positive thought, a loving thought. Dream big dreams for your future and the future of those you love instead of worrying. Why not? Put God first in your thoughts because He has put you first in His.

What ifs! We all have them, but we must not allow them to overwhelm and depress us. Believe that when we’ve got questions, God has answers. Commit your what ifs to Him and trust that He has a beautiful plan for your life, plans to give you a hope and a future and not to harm you. Because what if you trusted God’s way and not your way and the issues of your life turned from tragedy to triumph? What if the refiner’s fire heated seven times hotter that you feel you have been in for so long brings you out looking like Jesus rather than the burned out mess you may be fearing? What if you trusted God’s economy and not the world’s? What if the hopelessness and hardness you experience is committed to Him and your life becomes a testimony, a testimony that can reach the world? What if? We live in a time where God’s way is not just the best way, for all intents and purposes it is the only way. For only God knows the future, your future, my future, and that of the world. Give Him your all today and let him change the warfare into worship.

 

In His Love,

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Words of Inspiration | The Spoken Word

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Posted by Lynda Davis | Posted in Inspirational | Posted on 02-08-2011

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A Soft Word

Ephesians 4:29– Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying that it may minister grace unto the hearers.

Proverbs 15:23 – A man hath joy by the answer of his mouth: and a word spoken in due season, how good is it!

THE SPOKEN WORD

The spoken word is powerful, can build up or tear down.

A source of healing hurting souls, our words with hope abound.

The careless word in anger spoken, like knives, can cut the heart,

and sever friendships, family ties, as lives are torn apart.

We ought with words to raise man’s spirit, and lift the life cast low,

to let our Savior speak through us, His healing waters flow.

Let’s bind the tongue and stop the words we speak in thoughtless error,

that all our words, to all we meet, we’re not ashamed to share.

With words we speak the Savior’s love, we witness to the lost,

so let us think before we speak and careless words are tossed.

If we then find ourselves o’ercome with anger, rage and wrath,

“Sin not”, our God commanded us, His wisdom guides our path.

Dear Friends – Proverbs 18:21 reminds us that death and life are in the power of the tongue. It is important to remember that the tongue is expounded on in scripture in great depth and exhaustive detail, meaning if so much time were given to instruction and wisdom regarding our tongue, it must be a very important part of lives, our daily walk, and most certainly our love walk with God. How precious that God took so much time to teach us and instruct us regarding our tongue, the words we speak and what power these have because, as most of us have experienced, the tongue can be our best friend or our worst enemy.

Many of us speak things to others in haste, perhaps in anger, and then later regret those words. And the Holy Spirit is not slow in convicting us when we’ve spoken in error, out of turn, or simply because we felt like it.  For you see, when we speak kind words, soft words, it not only deters wrath, but people give pause in the heat of an argument, people are touched emotionally in a positive way, and anger is often quelled in the midst of strife and confrontation. People today need encouragement. People today need to see the Love that lives within us, that it is alive and active.

So often I’ve found that folks that seem rude at times, cruel and even mean, usually have heartache, a life teeming with unresolved issues and brokenness. Keeping this at the forefront of our thinking should be a gentle reminder to not react in kind in stressful situations. If you can speak a good word from the river of life flowing in you, an encouraging word, and freely give of the Love that Christ has given you, I believe seeds of hope can be planted everywhere we go and to everyone we meet. In 1 Peter 3:15 scripture tells us to sanctify the Lord God in our hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh us a reason of the hope that is in us with meekness and fear. Yes, if you speak kindly and lovingly, encouraging and uplifting, especially in the face of anger and strife, people witness this and this in turn becomes a testimony of the Love of Christ that is in us. When the Holy Spirit is given reign in the words of our mouths we open the door for greater opportunities to reach the lost, to minister to those in need, and all because we ordered our conversation aright, and scripture again says those that order their conversation aright will see the salvation of God. And God’s word says the liberal soul shall be made fat and he that watereth shall be watered also himself. What you give to others in the form of your words shall come back to you, dear ones, so may it be always words of faith, hope and love, words of life, and may those words come back to bless you in countless, bountiful ways so that you yourself begin to confess you are blessed to be a blessing.

Romans 10:9-10 says “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. 10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” Believe it, receive it and confess it. Let your mouth be filled with good things and be bold to share them with a hurting world. For you’ve heard it said, “if you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all”. This is good advice in any circumstance or situation. Where the Spirit of the Lord is there is peace, so always let peace be your guide.

And in all your speaking don’t forget how important your words are in your own life, family situations, and circumstances. For negative words and thoughts about ourselves, our family, our circumstances can be just as detrimental and destructive as angry words spoken to others. God loves us. We have been redeemed by His Son, Jesus, and scripture says if we believe on Him we shall not be ashamed. Situations and circumstances may look negative. Your path may be obscured by pain or depression, lack or loneliness. But God shall supply all your needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. Speak blessings into your own life. Speak blessings into the lives of those around you. Rise up and speak boldly, calling those things that be not (things you can’t see yet) as though they were already in existence. Let your words be filled with the Love of the Lord, for yourself, for anyone, and let these words be spoken with wisdom, admonishing peace and goodwill as much as lieth in your power to do so. Scripture says in Proverbs 15:23 as noted above that a word spoken in due season, how good it is! And if you find yourself backed in a corner, then just start praising God, for God inhabits the praises of His people.

But be reminded beloved, scripture says in 1 Peter 3:4 that a meek and quiet spirit is in the sight of God of great price. I must say that few people today realize the beauty in this scripture. When it comes to the words we speak, sometimes less is more. There’s nothing wrong with being a quiet person, I am one myself, and being quiet rather than carelessly tossing words out there just to be heard can speak volumes in its own right. After all, folks today are bombarded with noise, cell phones ringing, traffic racing, demands of life coming from every angle. Sometimes, a quiet time alone with someone can do more good than many words. A gentle touch on the hand, a warm hug, and soft words that carry a lot of weight, easy on the ears and calming on the heart are actions that speak louder than words and cannot be underestimated in their value.

So always think before speaking. Consider the circumstances, the lives you’re affecting, and make a conscious decision to speak with love. “Be the message” as my friend, Jene Wilton, so eloquently puts it. For our lives are a message to others and our words are just a testimony of that message, a testimony that we belong to Christ and Christ is God’s.

In His Love,

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