I Will Never Let You Go

My child, never think that your time with Me is not

“molding you after my will, as you wait, yielded and still.”

Your prayers are being answered.

Your prayers to live for Me each day;

to let go of the things that would take you

from this closeness are heard.

Daily, I take things out of your life which might draw you away from me.

You must not fear I will let you go, my precious child.

 The words in quotation reference the hymn “Have Thine Own Way, Lord” written around 1902 by Adelaide A. Pollard. She had an idea of what she wanted to do for God, but circumstances did not turn out as she planned. Feeling distressed about the uncertainty in her life, Adelaide attended a prayer meeting, where she heard an elderly woman say to God, “It does not matter the things You bring into our lives, simply have Your own way with us.”

We can trust God with our prayers to shape and mold our lives to bring Him glory. The Bible contains several passages describing God as our potter, we as the clay. Adelaide meditated on Jeremiah 18 and Isaiah 64:8 which reads, “O LORD, you are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand.” (NIV)

Note: ‘Listening’ by Rose Harmer; Comments by Sandy Grauer

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I Have Much to Teach You

I have much to teach you
You have much to learn!
The only way I can teach is for you to be still
and know that I am God.
I want you to know I really love you.
Intellectually you know I do, yet you are busy
and don’t take time to talk together.
Even now, it is almost as if you want to fly away.
Take time to study my creatures – happy, playful and joyful!

I want you to be joyful.

As I looked at these words this morning, I thought about a little chorus we sang as children: “The birds upon the treetop sing their song. The angels chant their chorus all day long, the flowers in the garden blend their hue, so why shouldn’t I, why shouldn’t you, praise Him too.” He wants us to wait upon Him and praise Him until we are full of the joy of the Lord.

 It is true as I watch the squirrels chase one another up and down the trees and see the beauty in the cardinals and blue jays, my heart overflows with joy. When we are joyful, people are more interested to know about the joy and want to spend more time in our company.

“…for the joy of the Lord is our strength.” Nehemiah 8:10 (NIV)

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Light and Love

 

My child, I came to bring you light! Enjoy the things I have supplied for you. I am more interested in you becoming all I created you to be, instead of doing things. Be cheerful and agreeable. Enjoy my love and peace. You will do well. I am with you and will never leave you or forsake you. I am coming for a people who desire to love Me.

 God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. Gen. 1:3 (NIV)  Sometimes, I find I cloud my days with too many scheduled things. I look at the list of duties to be performed and often feel overwhelmed and out of sorts. Fortunately, when I take the time to listen to God, He reminds me, He is interested in me being a Christian instead of doing the tasks I think I “should.” Together, in the mornings, God will help me purge the list of unnecessary tasks. I truly feel He takes delight in us simply expressing our love for Him. When we toured Billy Graham’s library in Charlotte last year, one interviewer asked him if there was anything he regretted. He said he would not have been so busy if he could live his life over. He would spend more time, sitting at the feet of Jesus loving Him. “But the Lord said to her, “My dear Martha, you are worried and upset over all these details. There is only one thing worth being concerned about. Mary has discovered it, and it will not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:41,42 (NIV)

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Be Encouraged

I will never leave you or forsake you.
When things look the bleakest, there is always golden sunshine
behind the cloud and a silver lining.
I have blessed you.
You read the story of Daniel who had
been in mourning for three weeks.
He was discouraged!
Then, God sent an angel, who asked him to listen carefully
to his message:
“Don’t be afraid,” he said, “for you are very precious to God.
Peace! Be encouraged! Be strong!” (Daniel 10:19 NLT)
Do I not speak to you in the same way?
I want you to listen carefully to my still small voice telling you
I love you and will continue to do so always!

God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”
Hebrews 13:8 (NIV)

 One of the blogs I wrote recently was on “Discouragement” which is part of the human journey. Daniel was discouraged as he prayed for the children of Israel. He knew their captivity had been brought about because they refused to walk God’s way. Even in the land of Babylon, many turned to the idols of the Babylonians.

Today, in America, we see many laws being enacted which are against God’s commandments. We, like Daniel, need to earnestly pray for our nation. I know God is once again able to send a spirit of revival to us.

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I Provide

I provide all you need!
Much has been given, be faithful with little things.
The prayers which you faithfully pray for your family
are being answered.
You feel genuine affection for all of them.
Let your actions reflect your love and concern.
Allow Me to do my work in all their lives.
Your work is simply to show the actions and say
the words of love!

 ” But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19 (KJV)

 Aren’t you glad that God does supply all we need? There were so many times as I raised our children, I needed his direction. I am more aware of my failures than the successes. However, they are all grown up now and we are very proud of them.

One of our priorities throughout their lives was prayer. As they grew up and left our home, we still took the time to remember them each day, asking God to guide them in the challenges they faced. Now, not only do we pray for our children, but we have the privilege of praying for our grandchildren. At times, I believe, all the Lord wants us to do is to pray for their spiritual, emotional and physical needs as well as to show our love in our actions. We do this by trying to visit each year, lending a hand, and remembering all their special days. We need to allow God to do his special work in each of their lives. We are God’s children and so are they and He loves them far more than we can even imagine.

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Discouragement

Discouragement comes to everyone.
You have many things, yet the more you have,
the more problems occur.
To live simply may relieve anxiety concerning things.
Tomorrow they may all be gone.
I believe you recognize your treasures need to
be here where I live,
yet, you trouble yourself with trivial concerns.
Live today as though you only have today.
Count your blessings.
Think of others.
Generally, this is an antidote for feelings of discouragement.

 “Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal. Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy and thieves do not break in and steal. Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.” Matthew 7:19-21 (NLT)

 As many of you know, my husband received the diagnosis of ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease twenty years ago and was given only one to three years to live. He wanted to travel and in order to do so we sold our house and most of our possessions. We put some treasured items into storage and fit everything else into our fifth wheel. Actually living in a small place is a freeing sensation and we both enjoyed it.

After ten years of God-given health we decided we would also purchase a condo, thinking there may be a time when he will have to stop driving. Upon taking our few belongings out of storage, the above scripture was clearly demonstrated. Most of them had deteriorated.

This day, I found myself discouraged over trivial concerns such as buying more “stuff”. I believe God is telling me to live simply and be more focused on other people who want friendship and may become interested in heavenly things. There is joy in talking to those people I meet on my daily walks. There are many others who may need an encouraging phone call or a prayer. I also have many blessings to count.

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Learn from Me

If you want to be effective in ministry,
your prayer life
must be a priority.
You need to be refreshed and renewed daily.
Even then, you, as I did, will get tired.
However, my love and compassion for those without
a shepherd was great and so I prayed.
In the lonely nights I would spend time with my heavenly
Father, gaining strength for the journey.
Thus, if you want to be like Me,
you need to withdraw for a season of prayer.
Often it is difficult to see what is truly important.
I listened to the cries of the blind and the lepers
and ministered to them. There were other times
I only taught my twelve disciples.
However, I often left the crowds to spend time in prayer alone.
Learn from Me.

Keep watch and pray, so that you will not give in to temptation. For the spirit is willing, but the body is weak. Matthew 26:41 (NLT)

 Jesus asked the disciples to pray while He was in the Garden of Gethsemane. I wonder if, instead of sleeping they had prayed, would they have deserted him in the hour of his greatest need? Is it possible many miracles took place because Jesus did spend many hours in prayer?

When the disciples could not help the demon-possessed boy, Jesus said, “This kind can be cast out only by prayer.” (Mark 9:29 NLT) Reading books by A.W. Tozer and other champions of the faith, we realize their prayer life far exceeds most of ours. I pray God will renew the desire and discipline in me to spend more time with Him.

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Direction

You obeyed!
You listened to those you love and learned more in listening for a day
than you have for many years.
You told them you loved them.
Is not this the message I give you every day?
Many things could have made you stumble and give up.
Yet, you persevered.
Do not berate yourself for not having answers
or even asking good questions.
Your assignment was to listen which you did.
Rest now in Me.
I will show you My path one step at a time.

 So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. John 13:34 (NLT)

 Prior to giving the disciples this commandment on love, Jesus had washed all the dirty, dusty feet of all his disciples (yes, He even washed the feet of Judas). And, of course, we all know He loved us enough to die for our sins on Calvary.

One act of love which sounds quite simple but can be difficult is to listen to another person talk. In my many years of marriage counseling, I found most couples do not really listen to each other. It is the first task which must be learned.

With parents and children, the kindest task is to give each child at least fifteen minutes of undivided attention. Often with grown-up children, we also need to listen to hear what they want and need to say without becoming defensive. We often want to give advice or explain our decisions and points of view.

However, this one day, acting on the advice of the Holy Spirit, I simply listened and am  glad I did. Our children, no matter how old, need to know we love and care for them.

 

 

 

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Don’t Panic

“Don’t panic. I’m with you,
There’s no need to fear for I’m your God.
I’ll give you strength. I’ll help you.

I’ll hold you steady, keep a firm grip on you.”
(Isaiah 41:10 The Message)

 “When you go through deep waters,
I will be with you.
When you go through rivers of difficulty,
you will not drown.
When you walk through the fire of oppression,
you will not be burned up;
the flames will not consume you,
For I am the Lord, your God.” (Isaiah 43:2 NLT)

 Often the Lord speaks to us through the pages of our Bibles. Lately, I had been reading the Message, which although a paraphrase and not a translation, sometimes speaks to my mind in a very direct manner. Today it did! We desperately needed to hear the words “Don’t panic, I am with you.” There were some stressors on our minds which brought along anxiety and fear. With this scripture came peace as I realized the Lord would give us strength, hold us steady and would take our hands as we traversed some unfamiliar terrain.

Recently at a Bible Study, some women were going through rivers of difficulty, one has MS, another woman’s husband had two severe strokes early this year. Yet, they felt God’s presence. As we heard from many women who had underlined this passage in their Bibles we were encouraged by their testimonies. There are many verses the Holy Spirit shows us in the Word which speak of God’s protection and commitment.

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I Understand

I understand your world more than you realize.
I understand the many duties and distractions and
your desire for companionship and order.
You also have a desire for things eternal.
You seek a closer relationship with Me,
and stand up for the way of the cross.
You are grateful for the sacrifices I made,
and press on, like Paul mentioned, “toward the mark
for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.”(KJV)
Enjoy this day with Me as your companion.

 In the New Living Translation, Philippians 3:4 says “I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.”

Paul was very single-minded in traveling throughout the country presenting the gospel to others. He penned much of the New Testament through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. While imprisoned he witnessed to many and prayed for all the fledging churches and fellow Christians.

At times, we need to examine our lives and priorities. As we pray, God helps us define our purpose and mission and fulfill God’s plan for our lives.

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