Don’t tell me that God doesn’t still speak through dreams… I know He doesn’t always choose dreams because there are so many other ways He may choose to speak to us. But I had a dream a few weeks ago that I was to visit my old home church. I acted upon this dream and I walked into the church and it felt like home. There were only a few familiar faces, but it didn’t matter. The praise and worship was an intimate adoration of our Father and set the tone for receiving God’s Word. God spoke through the sermon and sharing of God’s Word. How refreshed I felt and how at home I felt. I felt the Holy Spirit whisper to me and it felt like…”heaven on earth”.
Thank you Lord for choosing to meet me and for loving me even when I am unlovable. Thank you for your leading, your nudging, and your gentle Spirit. Thank you for your never=ending kindness and your never-failing love. To spend time with you is like drinking from a fresh brook.
As you start 2014, I want you to know that:
1- You are loved.
2- You have a purpose and a plan.
3- You impact other’s lives.
4- You are “fearfully and wonderfully made”.
5- You are unique. No one is quite like you.
6- You matter! You are important!
Hoping your Christmas was filled with the joy and peace that came with Jesus’ birth, ministry, & death/burial/resurrection. HE did it all for us. He showed us unconditional love and now we can share that love with others.
I am thankful for:
T – time to enjoy life, even the day-to-day ordinary things
H – happiness that truly comes from being a child of God and marrying a man who loves me unconditionally
A – always knowing He is in control
N – next to my husband, where we belong
K – Kin folk: children, grandchildren, parents, siblings, and extended family
S – Sanity – a sound mind given to me by Christ Himself
G – Grandkids gallore: I love them so much!!!
I – I am thankful for my job, great co-workers, and not knowing what the future holds
V – very grateful for health and provisions
I – In everything, give THANKS
N – never being too busy for family and friends
G – Groceries and good-smelling candles and a hearty fire
“What if your blessings come through rain drops
What if Your healing comes through tears
What if a thousand sleepless nights are what it takes to know You’re near
What if trials of this life are Your mercies in disguise…”
I am reading the book, Seasons of My Heart, authored by Barbara Peretti…as she talks about little chicks beginning to hatch…”They would peck with their beaks, strain with their legs, struggle and fail, and then strain some more…We wanted to chip away bits of the shell to help the poor, weak chicks break free. But, of course, we didn’t dare do that. It would have made the chicks weak. In order to be strong, they need the STRUGGLING and FAILING and STRUGGLING again. It builds their muscles for the life ahead…so HE has planned to strengthen us…by allowing us to face struggles in life.”
We know that exercise strengthens us and hard times make us stronger. We know that plants need to be pruned in order to produce fruit in due season. So shall we experience heartache and struggles to exercise our faith in God. By hoping and trusting in God and seeking Him with all of our hearts, we will weather the storms that life sends our way and in the process our faith will have been strengthened.
Picture drawn by Emily Kirkland, one of my former middle school math students.