Out For Recycle

So, ok! You know God has this, whatever it is you’ve got on your mind and your heart. Whatever it is that’s being difficult for you to manage. You know for sure He’s right there in the middle of it right? I know that we know He takes the bad, blesses it in recycle and makes good of it! Yeah, we do know that don’t we? We really do know that! But when He has to take the bad, to use it for good, it’s really hard on the rest of us isn’t it? If only, oh if only, He could just always use the good, and not have to take us through the thicket of consequences and the trenches of pitfalls. We’re thankful and blessed that He can do it and does it to perfection but it’s those hard places in the getting from the bad to the good that are so difficult to maneuver through and around and in and out of.

We need to remember in the hard places there’s been no abandonment. God hasn’t left us! He has not thrown us aside for something better. No… He’s just got to take this old sinful world with it’s pathetic baggage and tweak it here and fine tune it there to redeem it, make it of some value, as He works it out for our good and His glory. But He’s with us through the confusion and chaos of it all. He’s walking us through the consequences of the bad.

David knew! He knew that his life was all fashioned out and planned by a brilliant, loving God who cared compassionately about his situation and his outlandish circumstances. In Psalm 139:16, he confirms it in his mind, heart and soul when he vocally proclaims to the LORD, “You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in Your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed. How precious are Your thoughts about me, O God. They can not be numbered! I can’t even count them; they outnumber the grains of sand! When I wake up You are still with me!

David’s sense of perception of His LORD, led him to a sweet place of awe before his awesome God, who was in complete control of all things. Whether good or bad, he knew God had complete understanding and a strength and ability to work it out. So can we! In our highs and lows we can know, Romans 8:28, “That in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to his purpose.”
So when He has to recycle the wrong, He has to recycle our worry into TRUST, our fear into COURAGE, and our doubt into FAITH. Then He can work it out and fashion a new hope for our road ahead bringing a new joy and a new peace into the hard place!

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Prodigal Victory

“Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.”
Proverbs 22:6

Parents are advised in scripture to begin training children in the things of God from their early days onward, because it establishes a firm foundation on which they can build their lives. As parents, we are to Saturate their lives with the things of God through example, teaching, prayer and the Word of God. We are to impress upon their mind the salvation story that will stay with them for the rest of their lives. Yeah, we are, and that example simply means just that, how we live!

It pains me to see the choices that kid’s make and yes, sometimes adult compromise and friends lead them down the garden path of pleasure, quickly leading them astray and away from the truth that they once knew and maybe even treasured in their heart in their younger years. Even when they’ve been raised in a Christian home, sometimes kids just have to try their wings and go their own way for a time. There’s nothing any more difficult for a parent to watch than the consequences of children fulfilling their passionate pleasures, even though they know better. There is nothing like the school of hard knocks to refresh our memories of what we know to be right and wrong and thankfully God gets our attention when we refuse to live in obedience to Him. He may allow very difficult times, but He will get our attention. It may not be pretty, but it will be perfect and just the right thing, at just the right time.

It’s what we’ve taught our children that comes back to soften their hearts in their down and out moments…If they’ve not had the spiritual teaching and training or the example of godly living, life becomes seemingly futile without hope during the consequences of sinful living. Oh how we need to teach them the things of God, and pray for our kids that God will fulfill His purpose in their lives. If you’ve a child that has gone astray, You have to trust the Sovereign God to take that child under His wing of protection and then keep praying….Claim His promises and watch for the victory.

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White Feather

Neck Deep In Disobedience

So needy for grace today? So needy for just some assurance that it’s ok and it’s alright and nothing will touch you that isn’t God filtered and God ordered and God ordained? Yeah, we’ve all been there, and we know that sometimes God allows the bad to save us from the worst of stuff. Ponder Jonah the Prophet and his story of rebellion against a God, who had given specific orders. Think of the stench he was allowed to be swallowed up into in order to survive the wild storm on the sea ~ all because of his rebel spirit. Yeah, for sure, one would really wonder what the worst of the two evils really was? The belly of the fish threatening to digest or the wicked waves that threatened to pull him under for the last time? Ahhh, but His sovereign God knew and because he wanted his attention, He orchestrated it all and in Jonah’s disobedience he had to struggle with not only himself and his bad attitude, his precarious situation and his hardened heart but his neck-deep consequences of sheer rebellion. He kept getting in deeper! His ‘On The Run” caught up with him at God’s command and yet, in God’s mercy and grace, his pit of despair became his transport to safety. Oh, yeah, we may find ourselves in neck- deep in the thick of bad choices and we may find ourselves being swallowed by unpleasant surroundings, but we can always be sure, God has His eye on us and He cares, oh yes, he cares and even in the pit, He’s got you and He desires nothing more than your undivided attention. Jonah couldn’t escape or get away from God or disobey Him without consequence, but he never found himself beyond the reach of God’s grace. Nor do we, not even for a moment in our journey. So ~ On the brink of drowning Jonah prayed for help, for life, and for God’s presence to be renewed in his life and God heard! He rescued him and used him in spite of his hardened heart and his anger.
Know today, that God doesn’t need perfection but just a willingness to be obedient. He desires to snatch you from the jaws of death and pit of despair where you find yourself today. Let Him come to your rescue and be your salvation, and just as He managed Jonah’s situation let Him manage yours!

“I sank beneath the waves and waters closed over me. Seaweed wrapped itself around my head and I sank down to the very roots of the mountains. I was imprisoned in the earth, whose gates lock and shut forever. But you O Lord my God, snatched me from the jaws of death!”
Jonah 2: 5, 6

Beyond Difficult Consequences.

Little Thoughts For Big Days
Little Thoughts For Big Days

Trapped and imprisoned yet on the Run to nowhere! So you’ve been there have you? Thrust into the utter depths of ruin and despair for no other reason other than a selfish rebellion that robbed you of your better life, that you once knew? That rebel in you, that you gave consent to, took you to the dead-end of the road and left you beaten at the edge of the cliff and stricken with massive loss! Now you sit in a heaps of stinking garbage and life is so heavy with a heart that’s heavier still!! It’s terrible and the loss has been incredible and so not worth it, but it’s too late to change the fact that it happened, for it surely did and it happened to you. Oh how could rebel ‘Self’ get you into this fix? Hanging over this sharp, dangling edge of abyss, where the darkness is darker than it’s ever been before, where nothing makes any sense any more? Guilt, anger, depression, and all the emotions that come to take over and take you down farther still, all have to have their day with you, and when you try to fight them off you find your fight is weak because your strength has been zapped, and it’s just Way easier to give in to that power that undermines you, than to stay strong! The ‘rebel’ in you seems stronger and just easier to succumb to than your will power and self-discipline to begin to dig out.

And… You wonder, where does it all end? How do I make a comeback and re-surface to the top? Will I ever re-surface? Will I ever again see the light at the end of the tunnel, or is gone forever fallen into that dark abyss that stares at me in the face? oh selfish ‘self’ what have you done?

No Longer Alone
No Longer Alone

Anyone who goes the way of the prodigal, turning a deaf ear to God, in order to find greener pastures in the life they imagine, only finds it to be a self-destructive dream! A dream that quickly accelerates into a nightmare of no escape, where consequences of actions are frightening and difficult to overcome! Maybe you know of a prodigal or live with one and are all too aware of the heartbreak to watch one, where it seems easier to spiral downward than to fight the current and rise up again. One can’t do it alone. Oh Yeah ~ the enemy’s grip is too tight and his web of deceit too binding. His bondage too strong ~ too tough! He lies to your face while he knocks you down and tramples on you while you’re there. Let’s just say he’s not your best friend. Never was! Never will be! Let Him go! But there is no help for the “rebel” you unless you hear God’s words of redemption and seek His face, divine wisdom and His healing counsel.

You Can Overcome this! God's grace miracle is beside you.  Spread your wings and fly.
You Can Overcome this! God’s grace miracle is beside you. Spread your wings and fly.
Psalm 107: 4, 5, 6, 9

“Some wandered in desert wastelands, finding no way to a city where they could settle;
They were hungry and thirsty and their lives ebbed away.
Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble and He delivered them from their distress…
He satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things.”

Psalm 107: 10, 11, 12, 13, 14

“Some sat in darkness and the deepest gloom, prisoners suffering in iron chains,
for they had rebelled against the words of God and despised the council of the Most High.
So He subjected them to bitter labor; they stumbled and there was no one to help.
Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble and He brought them out of their darkness and deepest gloom
and broke away their chains.”

Psalm 107: 17, 19, 20

“Some became fools through their own rebellious ways and suffered affliction through their iniquities…
They cried to the Lord in their trouble and He saved them from their distress. He sent forth His word and He healed them;
He rescued them from the grave.”

Psalm 107: 8, 15, 21

“Let them give thanks to the Lord for His unfailing love and His wonderful deeds for men.”