Divine Appointments

Opportunities come and go.
Divine appointments are what I want you to take.
The meeting with your neighbor was not happenstance.
It was a divine appointment.
I want to remind you to pray for him
that he would know and love Me.
You are learning what is important in my kingdom.
As I learned, while on earth,
my occupation as a carpenter was
important until I was thirty.
Then I began to minister to many people.
Day by day, I learned
what my Father wanted to accomplish.
I did his will not my own.
I want you to pray your life be yielded in the same way.
Then I can use you to grow my kingdom.

 There is an old hymn that says: “Take my life and let it be consecrated Lord to thee.”

In Matthew 11:42 (NIV) Jesus said, “And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones, because he is my disciple, I tell you the truth, he will certainly not lose his reward”.

Recently, in our campground, there was a young man who was obviously in need. Looking for a job, living in a tent, with no cooler to keep food cold, without transportation. Although he refused to eat a meal with us, he later came to our RV door, asking merely for a cup of cold water with ice.

As he relaxed in the air conditioning and drank his water, my husband shared his miracle and the value of Christ in our lives. We pray the heritage his mother, who attended a Baptist Church, gave him as a child will grow and blossom. His dad had left when he was only five years old and there were nine hungry mouths to feed. I’m sure his mother called on God many times to meet their needs.

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I Still Feed Sparrows

Don’t worry about your life, what you will eat or drink, or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Who can add a single hour to his life by worrying?  … Seek the kingdom of God, above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will take care of itself.”  (A loose paraphrase of Matthew 6)

 My child, you’re learning to rest
and are doing better.
Remember not to fuss over
trivial and unimportant matters.
I still feed the sparrows and I am watching over you.
I am pleased when you share your home
and your time with Me and others.
People, not material possessions, are important.
You are My beloved child. Follow me closely.
When you learn, each day,
the joys of setting time apart for me,
obedience in even little things comes more easily.
Love is expressed in small, quiet ways more consistently
than in a lavish, one-time moment.

Seven_sparrows

Although I have seen God take care of so many details throughout my life and how generous He is, I still find I fuss about many unimportant things. I do think it is a journey to recognize how to put Him first each day and I am only beginning to realize how to let go of the unimportant.

I learned when I was young to trust that God would provide. At age 11, we could legally baby-sit and the going rate was about twenty-five cents an hour. Our church had taken pledges for the Bible College in Peterborough, Ontario and I had pledged $10.00 per year. You can probably imagine how long it took to pay that contribution the first year. My father took the saved money and made out a check. I put it in an envelope and went down to the post office late in the afternoon. That evening a young father called and wondered if I would be interested in looking after their three children during Easter break so his wife could have a holiday. He offered to pay me $20.00!! It was a very enjoyable and delightful week of my childhood. God lavishly blessed!

Later in life I prayed for God’s joy to flood my being. On a Saturday morning about ten o’clock there was a knock at the door and a stranger was holding a brown paper bag. She said God had told her to bring a gift to me. Inside was a small plaque which read “Joy is the presence of the Lord.” I definitely felt His presence in my life and tears flooded my eyes as I thought of my wonderful Lord who cared so much about sparrows and young women that He would send a person to my door to remind me He cares!

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Rose Spillenaar Harmer
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Be a Light

LighthouseMy child, will you trust me with today?
Tomorrow has enough heartaches of its own.
Will you enjoy the sunshine I give you?
Simply be My light wherever you are.
Like a lamp, let your light shine for me.
Never neglect the opportunity of sharing the love
you have experienced with me to others.
I love you and will always be with you.
It is a dark world in need of many lights.

 Matthew 5:14-16 (NIV): “You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may praise your Father in heaven.”

 Light comes in many forms. Lighthouses are set along the shore to warn ships that there is danger ahead. God’s word tells people the right course to take in their lives in order to enjoy eternal life. We, who have experienced truth and light, share what we learn with others.

When we were children we used to sing a song in Sunday School, “This little light of mine, I’m going to let it shine.” I think the Lord wants us to be like the lamp in the lighthouse sharing his light in this dark world.

As we drove past the lighthouses on the shores of Lake Superior one year, I thought of the little light, magnified by special lens, warning sailors of the dangers of the rocks along the shore. As Christians we want to let our light of knowing and serving the Lord shine out on this dark world, so many can come to a saving knowledge of the true Light of this World, Jesus Christ.

 

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Hear From Me!

The most important part of your day,
should be to hear from me.
If I am your Lord, your King,
and you say you are my follower,
do you not want to know
what I would like you to do this day?
Even if we were simply best friends,
would you not ask me
what I am trying to accomplish this day on earth?
I think my people forget this part of the relationship.
They do not purposely forget me.
They, however, go on doing things
which do not enhance their lives.
Today is a day I want you to enjoy!
Allow your heart to speak to you about those activities
which bring you the most enjoyment and peace.

Proverbs 8:10 (NIV): “Choose my instruction instead of silver, knowledge rather than choice gold.”

Many, many years ago, I asked the Lord to be king in my life. I was tired of trying to live my way and making a mess of things. However, although I do try to set aside time for devotions each morning and truthfully my days go better when I do, I often don’t make the simple request “What do you want me to do this day?”

I want to heed those words of life which will bring me his joy and peace and most importantly what he desires I do with the day he has so graciously given.

 

 

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My Love Brings Peace

As you know, the guidance I give is for your health and well-being.
Everyone craves peace, love and joy in their lives.
As you live My ways they bring the abundant life you desire.
My ways are peaceful and loving!
By practicing My commands and direction, you begin to be
peaceful and loving in your interactions with others.
I come to bring you abundant life, because I love and care for you.
Recall how you were touched with the kindnesses of others.
Allow others to experience the same unexpected thoughtfulness from you.
When you start to give those words of encouragement in My Name, You will begin to realize no act of kindness goes unnoticed in My kingdom.

This month I had the opportunity to think of those acts of kindness. When I am rushed, I am easily irritated and not the gracious person I want to be. However, I am still, waiting to hear from Him, I sense the presence of God.  Sometimes I say the name of Jesus frequently throughout the day.   This helps me slow down and enjoy people more, becoming quieter and more thoughtful to others. Philippians 4:6,7 (NIV) “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

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Do You Get Angry?

Recently my husband was upset with me about my paper accumulation! And, as an aside, his irritation may be justified, although I do try! Unfortunately, when I am criticized, I don’t respond well or express my point of view easily. Usually I turn the anger inward, get depressed, lose sleep and am slightly irritable.

When I did my personal devotions and listened to the Holy Spirit, he seemed to be saying the following:

In every marriage or relationship there are difficulties.
Some problems are very serious
and others are learning lessons.

Yes, you must learn to forgive quickly!
You see the damage it does
to your health and well-being when you don’t.

You don’t have a productive anger and can’t sleep.
I said, “Be angry and sin not.”
“Don’t let the sun go down on your wrath.”
These are useful tools if you will put them into practice.
Do learn to talk calmly.
You might say
“The message I received is one that you are angry with me.”

Actually the next morning when we were doing our couple devotions, I obeyed the Lord and He gave me the courage to talk about the difficulty and I am happy to report it is resolved. My husband tries to help me by putting away some of our ‘stuff’ and I try to keep paper to a minimum. It feels much better to work things out together and be at peace.

Ephesians 4:26 (NIV): “In your anger do not sin. Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry.”
Psalms 4:4; Psalm 37:8; Proverbs 15:1; Proverbs 27:4

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Be Kind to Yourself

My child, I do not have any words of rebuke for you:
because you are harder on yourself than I would ever be.
I love you.
My commandments are easy and light.
Learn to love and take care of yourself.
Know your needs and understand your limitations.
You cannot successfully minister to others
if you and your family
do not have your needs met.

 Being brought up in a missionary family and seeing our parents care for so many people and needs, sometimes causes me to work longer hours than necessary. Perhaps it is also part of the Protestant work ethic. We don’t seem to know how to relax.  And yet I know from personal experience that taking time off results in a better quality of help to those who come to see me. I am very glad we were taught to honor Sunday as a day of rest.

One pastor used the scripture Jesus said in Mark 12:30, 31 (NIV) “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these.” He said if we would learn to love and take care of ourselves we would show our neighbor a healthier and wholesome love.

Loving oneself does not mean spoiling!! It means seeing you get eight hours of sleep, eat three nutritious meals a day preferably with family members, take personal time with God, exercise and pursue some vocation or hobby. I know many people who get ‘burned out’ because they neglect to take care of their body, mind and family.

 

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Help is Available

In your own life you sought and found help
which enabled you to make better choices.

You learned, with that support, I truly loved
and cared for you.

Then you began by putting Me first in your world.
Many people do not know how much
I love and want to help them.

Children often do!
Sometimes as people grow,
they accumulate incorrect information.

People begin making rules and following traditions
which contradict My Word and My life on earth.
I came to set people free.
I give them many fellow Christians who will assist them.
My Holy Spirit teaches people to find and live out My truth.
Be a part of that great army of believers and helpers.

John 8:32 (NIV) “Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

Many years ago I suffered clinical depression and finally sought the services of a Christian counselor. Through weekly sessions and a year of counseling, I finally recognized a truth I had heard expounded in the pulpit for years since I attended church regularly. The truth was that Jesus really loved and cared for me. I don’t have the answer as to why I did not believe that before.

However, I do recognize it now. The therapist was such an inspiration, I decided to go back to school, obtain a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology and become a mental health counselor and be part of God’s army of helpers who could aid in someone else finding the precious truths in the scriptures.

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Rest in My Love and Peace

I am always here to help you.
At times, I do carry you as in
the beloved poem called “Footprints”.

Remember I am the only one who can truly help.
I may provide others with insight and knowledge.
However I am with you day and night.
In My Word you will find many words
of encouragement and guidance.

Through the Holy Spirit I speak words of support.
I love you with an everlasting love.
The gates of hell cannot prevail against My children.
I want you to rest in My love and peace.

Have you ever had a day when everything seems to go wrong? Today seemed to be one of those days for me. You may be experiencing very serious difficulties and wonder what you can do.

However, I trust the words that the Lord seemed to be saying to me will also help you as you take the time to read His Word and listen. He truly is with us during the long sleepless nights and dreary days. His presence can soothe our troubled minds and remind us of of His everlasting love and peace. Often the sun will shine from the clouds above and lift our spirits.

Matt 16:18 …”I will build my church and the gates of hell will not prevail against it.”

Jeremiah 31:3 …”I have loved you will an everlasting love; I have drawn you with loving kindness.”

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I Have Helped You

My child, I have helped you many times,
In turn, sometimes you have
represented Me in helping others.
I have given you the gift of enjoying other people.
Sometimes you do things for the wrong motives.
But many times you are instrumental
in showing My love and
My truth to others.
I wish all people would
know Me and share with others.
However, to follow in My footsteps
is often a difficult and lonely journey.
I went about doing good.
I heard the cries of needy people.
Hear them and respond to them!

 As I mentioned in an earlier post, I tried to deliberately rest and be conscious of the Lord’s presence this week. His message to me seemed to say that relationships are most important to Him. Often I take my friendships for granted but I want to care more deeply and take the necessary time to cultivate those relationships. I want to be available to people.

 Luke 15:12 (NIV) “My command is this:
Love each other as I have loved you.”

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