Saturday, April 24, 2010
So many times I cry out to God in my place of fear, suffering, humiliation, etc. needing to make sure He sees what I'm going through.
I need to make sure He has a full understanding of my situation, just in case He was off somewhere having coffee with Abraham, Moses and the gang and missed what's going on.
So many times I feel like I'm talking out of both sides of my mouth. On one side I'm thinking O, pity me, Lord look at me, see what I'm going through. Out of the other side, I'm saying God, You are well able.
Acting like the petulant child I allow myself the luxury of having a come apart, whining to the Most High God about my situation, while the other side of my head it telling me He's all ready got it taken care of for me.
Oh please someone, tell me I'm not the only one that has two decidedly different visions of their situation doing a version of Dancing with the Stars inside their head!
Much has and can be said on this dance competition. Coming before God in prayer for help is a topic greater Christians than me have written about, but I'd like to share my take on this.
1. Shout for joy to the Lord
2. Worship the Lord with gladness
3. Come before Him with joyful songs
4. Know that the Lord is God, He made us, and we are His.
5. Enter His gates with Thanksgiving.
6. Enter His courts with Praise.
7. Give thanks to Him, Praise His Name.
Do this because the Lord is good, His love endures forever, and His faithfulness continues through all Generations because of His Covenant with His people.
I think once we've gone through these steps the things that are messing with us will grow strangely dim and His presence will move the mountains far from us.
We with our finite minds will be able to put our situation in the proper perspective, that would be God's perspective not ours.
Proper protocol goes a long way in approaching the King, and I think approaching our King, Father with praise and worship will get us a lot closer to His ear than our incessant whining about our situation.
Nothing surprises Him, and he all ready knows exactly what's going on. He doesn't take coffee breaks, He's ever present, always watching, waiting for us to approach Him with thanksgiving.
When we get so full of thanksgiving we bubble over, the dance competition will be over and God will be the winner!
Princess, Daughter of the King of Kings
Mother of Princesses and Princes
Grandmother of Royalty
Monday, April 5, 2010
Come near to God and He will come near to you. James 4:8
Sounds simple enough. So why do we always think we have to have an action plan and a scheme or a list of things we have to do or become?
In March the unemployment office celebrated my one year of unemployment by stopping my benefits!
Previously I had received a letter stating I was approved for a 13 week extension. Now, me being me, I assumed that meant my benefits would be automatically extended 13 weeks since the letter didn't have any fine print telling me otherwise.
On the day my check is normally in my bank account I checked my account and discovered a negative $400 balance. I quickly realized something was wrong, duh!! I must have misunderstood what was going on. After a very quick call to unemployment I was told my benefits had come to an end regardless of what the letter had said and I needed to reapply.
The nice lady on the phone took my info. and submitted my claim again assuring me I was all ready approved for more weeks, but since everything was first come first serve my application was at the bottom of a very large pile to be reviewed, and she had no idea how long it would take to get my checks started again. Reassuring me I would get all the back weeks I missed didn't make me feel better considering the current state of my checking account and the fact that in 2 weeks my rent was going to be due.
Unlike how I used to react to this type of situation, I just said," OK, God this isn't a surprise to you so what do you have planned?"
After calling the bank and a few other places I had done all I could do, the rest was up to God.
I was nudged by the Holy Spirit to Fast. I pulled out my book, "Fasting" by Jentezen Franklin, grabbed my Daniel Fast information from it's folder and started to prepare myself. I knew I was to fast from Monday-Sat before Easter.
On Monday I claimed my unemployment weeks as instructed by the nice lady on the phone, knowing it would probably be at least 6 weeks till I started getting my checks again, that's what I was told the wait was.
Knowing there was no other immediate source of income for me I reminded God He was my provider and rent was coming due, just in case He forgot.
I proceeded with my fast Monday and Tuesday knowing God had a plan, trusting Him to fulfill His plan. I was feeling very much like a little girl trusting her Daddy was going to provide somehow. I didn't know how and I really didn't care how I just knew He was up to something.
Wednesday came and I thought I'd take a peek at my negative balanced bank account just for kicks. I almost fell off my chair when rather than a negative balance I was back in the black!!
Not only did God move on the State of Florida to get me to the top of that long list, but the first week that's normally held back was in there too!!
What could I do but praise and thank Him! There was some serious happy dancing going on in my home that morning!!!
Along with all that, as if that wasn't enough, God, my Daddy, decided to bless me with some groceries just to put a little icing on the cake.
He is such a good Dad, if we would just let Him what He wants to be to us. He doesn't need our instructions, our lists, our plans. All He needs is for us, His beloved Children to draw close to Him.
If we take one tiny, feeble, infant step toward Him, the creator of the Universe runs to us to fill in the pot holes, level the mountains, fill up our bank accounts and throw in a few groceries for good measure!
How can we not love and praise Him? How can we not trust Him to take care of us? He has chosen to have a loving family relationship with us, He's not going to hurt us, He wants to be our Daddy.
Even if there was no loving family relationship in our life to draw on for an example, even if there wasn't a Daddy figure in our childhood, He wants to fill in that loss. He wants to be your Daddy. He will never leave us or forsake us and He's not a man that he would lie to us. You can trust Him when maybe your earthly father wasn't so trustworthy or loving.
Having what the world would call crazy faith in God is not politically correct or socially acceptable, but I'll continue strive to raise my level of crazy faith in my Father.
In the end, He's the only one who will take care of His own by lavishing us with all the blessings He has stored up for us.
He's waiting on us to take that step toward Him in love and obedience so He can start overwhelming us with His love, comfort, healing, and provision.
Let Him be your Daddy.
Princess, Daughter of the King of Kings
Mother of Princesses and Princes
Grandmother of Royalty
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