Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Wednesday in the Word-His Face is Towards Me

When we built our house years ago we decided to be sure that our three daughters each had their very own bedrooms. Prior to that our two youngest daughters shared a bedroom together. They had become so used to sleeping together that this transition was a little hard for them to grasp at first.  

I noticed one morning that the girls was each in their own bedroom but was laying half way in the hallway with heads pointing towards one another and holding hands.

As long as their faces were turned to one another and their hands touched they somehow knew everything would be okay. 

You know, sometimes it seems that God is so near but at other times we experience insecurity and uncertainty when we face challenges that seem to zap every ounce of strength that we have. Sometimes our faith is being tested through those moments, hours, or even years of life.

The Lord keeps me reminding me that my true security is found in Him regardless of my situation.  He is my strength when I am tired. He is my rock when the ground is unstable. He is my my life boat on troubled sea. He is MY EVERYTHING.

What a friend we have in Jesus! How comforting to know that His FACE is ALWAYS towards me and His HAND ALWAYS has mine! 

Hugs and blessings, Cindy

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Wednesday in the Word-Just enough Light...

Have you ever been in a position that when your lights went out that you found yourself searching for candles to light? You have candles on hand but needless to say you cannot remember where they have been placed. You finally find a candle for the living room and you light it. A few minutes later you decide you need to find your watch to keep up with the time and it's in the bedroom in the dark and you cannot see. So, you take your one candle and you slowly let that one little light lead your next step as you slowly walk to the bedroom.  The whole time you are taking baby steps in the dark and you are finding that the light from the candle IS JUST ENOUGH LIGHT FOR THE STEP YOU ARE ON.

In reading Stormie Omartian's book......"Just enough light for the step I'm on"  sure says a lot for us.

She says in one of her chapter's the following; Whenever we go through difficult times, we anticipate the coming moment when all the pressure is off, the worry has subsides, the healing has manifested, the sadness has lifted, and the pain is gone. We continuously look for God to take away the discomfort we are experiencing. But God wants us to know that even as we wait for those changes to happen, His light is there all the time shining into our darkness. He wants us to trust that, and open our eyes to see it.

The Bible says in Revelation 21:23; "The city had no need of the sun or of the moon to shine in it, for the glory of God illuminated it. The Lamb is the light. 

 Just as we trust the light of that one candle to show us the way step by step we must trust Christ to show us the way, step by step. After all, He is our Light! And He is ENOUGH light for the step we're on regardless of how hard that next step may be.

Hugs and blessings, Cindy 

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Wednesday in the Word-Threshing

I am teaching Gideon with our ladies on Wednesday nights right now and we are finishing up week 2. I cannot wait to see what unfolds with this Bible Study for me. If you haven't done this study then I urge you too.

Last week our conversation revolved around the word "threshing". Threshing actually means to separate. Gideon was threshing (separating) the grain of the wheat from the stalk. Separating the good from the bad in essence. 

Not only was this Gideon's livelihood so his family could eat but in order to keep the Midianites from steeling the harvest he had to sneak around to do it. All the while God had a plan for Gideon to do way more than threshing wheat. God's plan was for Gideon to (thresh-separate) one nation from another, one kingdom from another, God's people from God's enemies but some threshing-separating had to begin with him! 

Gideon's father had built alters to false gods though he also had an alter built to the one true God. Reminds me of the scripture that says we cannot serve God and man!
Gideon is told that his first threshing-separating would be this:
Judges 6:25-26
25 That same night the Lord said to him, “Take the second bull from your father’s herd, the one seven years old. Tear down your father’s altar to Baal and cut down the Asherah pole beside it. 26 Then build a proper kind of altar to the Lord your God on the top of this height. Using the wood of the Asherah pole that you cut down, offer the second bull as a burnt offering.”

God is basically saying, "Gideon, you must clean up around your house first before you can clean up the rest of the things that I have in store for you"!

See Gideon's father, which led right on into generational sin was worshipping other God's and even had shrines in his yard of things he worshipped.  

Basically the Lord was leading Gideon to do some hard work FIRST that would begin with his own family.  

You see I believe that God cannot use us effectively in public if we do not submit to Him in private! 

Threshing? What do we need to separate from?

To show you how the Lord works I was browsing around on Facebook and my eyes went straight to a friend's caption on her post that day! I could not believe what I simply said......
There is a great deal of destruction that must be done before construction can begin!

Her post accompanied pictures. Her husband was actually having to do some clearing on their land in order to make room for a house to be built for her mom. However, the words rang loud and clear................ There is a great deal of destruction that must be done before construction can begin!

 Sometimes we must simply DESTRUCT....
For some it may be friendships that are not good for you to have. It may be habits. It could be lifestyle changes totally! It could be your very way of thinking! It is like I shared with the ladies last week in class. It would be real hard for us to tell someone else how to discipline their children if we can't control our own. A friend told me once about a man that God had called to preach. She said the problem is that God will never use him in an effective way as long as his wife has the mindset, attitude, bitterness, lack of forgiveness and etc. that she has. And no...the man shouldn't get rid of his wife by no means but some cleaning up at their house does need to take place. (Cleaning of the heart.)  Our list could go on and on with the things in our life that needs destruction. Only you know what needs destruction in your life. 

What is it in your life that needs to be torn down so God can raise up?

Hugs and blessings, Cindy