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Seasons

One of my favorite verses on seasons is this one: “The season has changed, the bondage of your barren winter has ended, and the season of hiding is over and gone. The rains have soaked the earth and left it bright with blossoming flowers.” Song of Songs 2:11-12 TPT

It is full of hope that the long believed for promises of God will come to pass soon. I have some of those promises. I know it’s the season for some of them to come to pass with all that I am. But I can’t see them, YET.

So I was thinking about this verse because today is April 10th, and this is what it looks like in my yard right now…

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Seasons. Sigh. Just when you think winter has passed and you have moved forward into spring…it snows. For days. And the wind blows. And the temperature stays at a frosty 29 degrees….rather than the 60 degrees it should be in the beginning of April.

What’s my point? Well it’s certainly not to complain about the weather!

When we get close to a promise being fulfilled or achieving a goal, that’s sometimes the hardest time of the waiting period. Many people give up right before their breakthroughs simply because it snows in April.

When hope’s dream seems to drag on and on, the delay can be depressing. But when at last your dream comes true, life’s sweetness will satisfy your soul.” Proverbs 13:12 TPT

Point to ponder while you wander…”The rain and snow come down from the heavens and stay on the ground to water the earth. They cause the grain to grow, producing seed for the farmer and bread for the hungry. It is the same with My Word. I send it out, and it always produces fruit. It will accomplish all I want it to, and will prosper everywhere I send it.” Isaiah 55:10-11 NLT

The very snow causing you to want to quit, may very well be the snow sent to water the seed. In other words, that irritating circumstance, sad event, trouble, job loss, etc, may be the very thing that positions you for promotions, increase and promises fulfilled.

We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because He has given us Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with His love.” Romans 5:5-6 NLY

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Wonderful Wednesday: Real Relationship

“I admit I once lived by rumors of You; now I have it all firsthand–from my own eyes and ears.” Job 42:5 MSG

If you focus only on the stuff Job lost & gained, you’ve missed the best part! Job exited the worst 9 months of His life with a real relationship with Abba Father. The stuff was just an added bonus.

Brings to mind Mathew 6:33’s seek first and the rest shall be added doesn’t it?

Something to ponder while you wander…”When you call on Me, when you come and pray to Me, I’ll listen. When you come looking for Me, you’ll find Me. Yes, when you get serious about finding Me and want it more than anything else, I’ll make sure you won’t be disappointed.” Jeremiah 29:12-14 MSG

More than I can Handle

I recently read this blog post by Nate Pyle about confronting the lie that God won’t give you more than you can handle.  All I have to say to this is AMEN!

I get so irritated by that trite NON-Biblical saying.  Life will dish out way more than you can take.  It’s life.  It happens.  And it happens to absolutely everyone at one time or another.  No matter your age, race, religion.  No matter what country or city you live it.  Crap happens.  Sometimes it’s deep crap.

I can tell you with certainty that it happens because I’ve been treading in the deep crap end of the pool for months and months.  I haven’t loved the trials and struggles.  I have hated every single minute of the struggle.  No disrespect to the Apostle Paul, but rejoicing in trials is not my thing.

But even though I have hated every minute of this season, I have been learning a lot about myself, what I believe, and about who God really is.  Even in this season of struggle, I have peace.  When you receive letters from your mortgage company threatening foreclosure and your phone rings off the hook with collection calls, peace is a precious commodity.  All I can say is that I would not have made it this far without Jesus and the peace He gives.

 I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.”- John 14:27 NLT

I have peace even though there is absolutely nothing I can do to fix this situation by myself.  I need a miracle.  It’s pretty much the only answer to my situation right now.  So I am praying for a miracle and trusting that God is with me in this mess that is more than I can handle.

The other thing that irritates me is when people say, “So where’s your good God now?”  Um. Same place He’s always been.  Right here with me.  Loving me.  Believing in me and rooting me on.  I may not understand or know why, but I do know that I am not alone.  And for now that is what I choose to focus on.  To focus on the fact that I am loved nor am I alone.  For that I am grateful.

I have days where I lose it and I whine and cry and eat whole pints of ice cream.  I know ice cream doesn’t help, but it’s ice cream.  What does help me when my focus is centered on how much my life is sucking at the moment is remembering Job.  He went through about 9 months of trial and sickness, So I read the book of Job.  But not the whole book. Not the parts where his friends try to explain why this is happening, when really they are more clueless than Job is.  Nor the parts about what he lost or his suffering.  I just read the end, chapters 38-40.  It’s where God answers Job and Job gets to know God in a real and tangible way.  It gives me hope to hang on for one more day and the peace squelches out my fear for that day.

If you’re swimming in the deep crap end with me, you don’t want to hear trite sayings.  What you are going through sucks and I am sorry that you are hurting.  I cannot fix it for you or tell you how long you’ll be there.  I can tell you that you are loved. I can tell you that you are not alone.  I am praying today for those who are suffering through a rough season of trials.

 

He Strengthens You

So many people say, “God will never give you more than you can handle.”

I want to ask them, please show me where it says that in the Bible?

I think they base it on I Corinthians 10:13, where Paul is talking about everyone being subjected to temptation. God will always provide away of escape from temptation, people don’t always take it, but He provides the way. If you read the verse and its context, it’s clearly talking about temptation. “If you think you are standing strong, be careful not to fall. The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure. So, my dear friends, flee from the worship of idols.” I Corinthians 10:12-14 NKJV Clearly talking about temptation.

Before I continue, I want to make it clear that God does not cause bad or give bad. He is a good God and He only has good to give. BUT He will allow things to come against us. Though we are subject to the same temptations as everyone else, we have a promise that God is faithful to show us a way out. On top of that we will have trials. This is all found in James 1:2-18.

Now back to my point. Life will give you more than you can handle. That’s life. It’s the world we live in. It’s stressful. It’s hard. You will be tested and have trials. But the difference between you and the rest of the world is that you have GOD! The Word says that you will not have to handle all the junk alone. God’s got you. He will help you to thrive in the midst of every trial and tribulation. He can bring you through anything, and leave you even better than you were before!

Isaiah 43:1-4 NLT, “But now, O Jacob, listen to the Lord who created you.
O Israel, the one who formed you says,
“Do not be afraid, for I have ransomed you.
I have called you by name; you are mine.
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,
the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.
I gave Egypt as a ransom for your freedom;
I gave Ethiopia[a] and Seba in your place.
Others were given in exchange for you.
I traded their lives for yours
because you are precious to me.
You are honored, and I love you.

The Word also says that God is your strength and that He strengthens you.

Through God we will do valiantly, for it is He who shall tread down our enemies.” Psalm 108:13 NLT

The Hebrew word translated valiantly means to show oneself strong. It can be translated strength, might, efficiency, wealth or army. It shows that God comes along side of us to assist us when the situation is beyond us. No matter whether our enemy is sickness or disease, poverty or lack, emotional trauma, a family situation, persecution or anything else, God is with us. He gave Jesus for our freedom, redemption and healing. The New Testament corresponding verse is found in Philippians 4:13, “For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.” (NLT)

You will have things that are too much for you to handle, but that is when partnership with God comes into play. He will strengthen you. You can ask Him for His wisdom, and He will give it to you. When you come to the end of what you can do, God steps in to do what you cannot. He makes a way where there is no way. He turns everything around for our good.

Asking God for help is strength, not weakness. Allowing God to do what you cannot, is trusting Him. David had more than he could handle when Saul was trying to kill him, but God protected David. Job had more than he could handle when the enemy came against him, but God guarded his life and returned to him 10 fold for what he lost. The Children of Israel had more than they could handle in taking the Promised Land, but God went before them and they were victorious. And these are Old Testament stories. Before Jesus came to take our sin, sickness, and brokenness. Before Holy Spirit came to give us power. Imagine what you can overcome now, this very day, with God!!!

One caveat…God likes to do things His way. And He is infinitely more creative and wiser than we are…so be prepared to have your mind blown! 🙂

Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.” Ephesians 3:20