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Isaiah 41:10 (KJ21)

 

10 fear thou not, for I am with thee; be not dismayed, for I am thy God. I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of My righteousness.

 

 

The Holy Spirit has been gently thumping me upside the head for a few days.   A door has been opened, plans percolating and forming and I have been standing  flat-footed, rooted and immobile.

Changes need to be made, new vistas explored yet there has been catatonic  hesitancy, shrouded in fear.   The whisper began, “fear not, for I am with you”.   The Message translation of this text resonated, hitting the nail solidly on the head,

Isaiah 41:10 (MSG)    10 “ ‘You’re my servant, serving on my side.  I’ve picked you. I haven’t dropped you.’ 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.   Truly my heart has been flooded by comfort and peace and understanding that whatever it is that God desires for you to do, He is right there, supporting and encouraging.

There are moments when the dream or vision is so gigantic and out our normal comfort zones,  yet we must always remember that God provided visions are backed by the knowledge that He will equip us to not only take on the endeavor but to succeed, in the name of Jesus.  So here, I am poised to jump into the unknown, willing to fulfill the destiny God has for me and as always in all ways giving Him Glory.

Making His praise glorious!

Ree

 

 

 

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9 Jabez was more honorable than his brothers. His mother had named him Jabez,[a] saying, “I gave birth to him in pain.” 10 Jabez cried out to the God of Israel, “Oh, that you would bless me and enlarge my territory! Let your hand be with me, and keep me from harm so that I will be free from pain.” And God granted his request.  1 Chronicles 4:9-10

What?!!!  You mean I could have prayed and asked God to keep me from harm so I could have been free from pain?!  Somehow I missed that nugget back when the “Prayer of Jabez” was all the rage a few years back and I was reading/praying it.  I distinctly and clearly recall reading and praying to have my blessings and territory increased.   Yet, blindly glossed right over the last phrase.  Yes, I asked God to keep His hand with me, but feebly figured that since I lived such a b-o-r-i-n-g life the harm and pain portions would wait or lacked merit.  WRONG!!!

Months, than weeks and years filled with one misstep, mistake monumental blunder or error in judgement after another that kept me on the fringes of pain.  Harm not so much, but pain…buckets full.  Oh wait, it was buckets full of tears shed because of the pain.   My nugget mining days had not yet begun and I believed that if God allowed the hurt it must have been for my own good.   I did not stop talking to God, but there were days where the exchanges were less than cordial and my reverent tone was definitely missing.  More than one the utterance of “Come on, God!”  escaped my anguished lips.   The sought after increase of territory, well it did finally appear, but prosperity it seems was not what I truly desired.  God knew that in order for my territory to increase I needed the pain, moments of despair and doubt in order to be ready to serve.   Through those lessons came the willingness and desire to humbly and unconditionally love and help others.   Again, I have arrived at the realization that we are here to mine nuggets that will later enrich and help the lives of others. 

Making His praise glorious!

Ree

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6 He said, “Can I not do with you, Israel, as this potter does?” declares the LORD. “Like clay in the hand of the potter, so are you in my hand, Israel.It  has been a little over a year since I picked up knitting needles and began this journey of knitting with God.  As I was reading Jeremiah and re-reading the story of the piece misshapen in the Potter’ hand I thought back on my year of projects.  Jeremiah 18:6 (NIV)

I, an acknowledged, novice somehow neglected to check my gauge in the early days, ok it is still a problem, and as a result there was more than one odd-shaped, twisted, gaped piece that should have never seen the light of day.  In the beginning the idea of taking it apart, after hours and days of diligent work was unimaginable.  What a difference mere months made.

I might bind off to the last stitch, but if it is wrong, it is wrong it is wrong and out comes the ball wonder.  More than once in my life I have been that imperfect work in the Potter’s hands, how thankful I am that He takes the time to make me over and over, and over again.

Making His praise glorious!

Ree

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