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Dealing with disorder

Due to his rotating shift, yesterday was Handsome’s day off.

He worked all day long on projects, furniture leftover from our small business.

These were all items which required a lot work or repair or were missing pieces and take much longer than our normal items.

He finished up several and I’m so thankful.

Since he’s working through the weekend, and the following one is our sale, he really needed to get as many as possible completed.

His noon to midnight shift doesn’t allow for much time on working days.

I’m very thankful for all he did.

(God blessed him with finishing two tables and three beds!)

It is causing us to shift things around.

We currently have two dining room tables and chairs in the dining room.

By removing their leaves they fit snuggly.

Our kitchen nook also has a dining set in it.

So does the garage.

The table outside was one he got done yesterday. (It’s waiting for us to rearrange things again and find a place for it.)

To say we are dealing with some disorder is putting it mildly.

But it can’t be helped.

Until we finish all the furniture we plan on selling at the yard sale it’s going to be this way.

The fact that I’m packing boxes without an “out of the way” place to put them is another part of our disorder.

But it’s only temporary.

When we have our sale everything will either be sold or donated.

Then, I’ll have the garage to put boxes in out of the way.

While we live in the disorder and still do the tasks at hand, like homeschooling and dishes, I am finding it a challenge.

The mess weighs on me, it’s not peaceful nor comfortable.

Yet, it’s only a season.

A season I’m finding so many opportunities to pray for others.

Instead of complaining about all the stuff, I pray for the needy.

I ask God that these items we are moving on would bless others.

Also, I lift up those around the world who are suffering due to lack of necessities.

Rather than allow myself to feel stressed about the amount of “to do”s I am praying for wisdom on what to do today.

I don’t want to over do it again, it doesn’t honor God and it hinders my family.

When I begin to feel overwhelmed, I head for my room and pray for guidance.

Praying specifically for trust and rest in Him as I walk through this.

It’s a season and a good one.

Good, because it’s an opportunity to live in discomfort and still praise the Lord.

Psalm 7:17 KJV — I will praise the LORD according to his righteousness: and will sing praise to the name of the LORD most high.

Psalm 9:1 KJV — To the chief Musician upon Muthlabben, A Psalm of David. I will praise thee, O LORD, with my whole heart; I will shew forth all thy marvellous works.

Psalm 28:7 KJV — The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him.

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for Your faithfulness. Lord, thank You for this season of change. Lord, I know You are guiding us in all things. I know we can trust You through every circumstance. Lord, I thank You for the way You are walking us through this transition. Lord, You are worthy of all praise, honor, and glory. May we never forget to praise You, in all things, through every season of our lives. For You alone are our God and our Savior. You are the Creator and Your Word is truth. Great are Your works and greatly to be praised! I love You, Lord. Amen.

…my soul doth wait,…

5 I wait for the LORD, my soul doth wait, And in his word do I hope. Psalm 130:5 KJV

These words capture a Christ follower’s life in beautiful simplicity.

Instead of charging ahead in our own strength, our own ideas, our own opinions, we are to wait upon the Lord.

The perfect example would be a servant who stands near by, waiting for their Master’s voice, eagerly listening to anything said, watchful for direction or request.

It’s not a “burning time” kind of thing.

Indeed, it’s using every bit of time to serve the Master.

The servant is not thinking of oneself, not hindered by fear or doubt.

He or she is completely trusting the Master has everything required for the servant to complete those tasks given them.

And they eagerly wait upon their Master.

That is what waiting upon the Lord should be: a privilege and a joy.

Because the final line of this verse is why we can wait upon the Lord each day.

We have confidence His Word is true.

His promises are real.

He’s reward to the good and faithful servant is coming.

Colossians 3:24 NKJV — knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ.

July 27

Psalm 100:1-5 NKJV — A Psalm of Thanksgiving. Make a joyful shout to the LORD, all you lands! Serve the LORD with gladness; Come before His presence with singing. Know that the LORD, He is God; It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; We are His people and the sheep of His pasture. Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, And into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name. For the LORD is good; His mercy is everlasting, And His truth endures to all generations.

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You so much for another beautiful day. Thank You for life, the breath in my lungs, the beating of my heart, the enduring love of Your sacrifice. Thank You for salvation. Lord, thank You for Your provision, our daily bread, Your Word that holds the truths of life. Please continue to open my mind and heart to learning. Please hold me accountable to Your Word. Lord, where I have believed a lie or misunderstood a truth, please correct that in me. Please keep me from the snares of the enemy and teach me how to walk forward into Your truth. Lord, please help me walk in Your ways. Lord, please place a watch over my lips, a guard over my mind, and help me not to look at worthless things, that I might not sin against You. I love You. Thank You for first loving me. Amen.

Sing!

Psalm 118:1 NKJV — Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever.

Is there anything more worthy of our praise than God?

Can we truly find anything more amazing than the salvation we have through Jesus Christ?

The very truth of God’s mercy and grace should cause our hearts to sing forth His praises daily.

What joy there is when one’s soul is safe in God!

16 But I will sing of Your power; Yes, I will sing aloud of Your mercy in the morning; For You have been my defense And refuge in the day of my trouble.
Psalms 59:16 NKJV

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for Your Word. Thank You for Your mercy. What a wonderful blessings we have from Your goodness, mercy, and grace. Lord, no matter our circumstances, I humbly request that You help us to keep our eyes upon You. That we never lose sight of the gift of Your mercy. Lord, help us to worship You in spirit and in truth, recalling all Your wonderous works. Thank You, Jesus. May the whole Earth be filled with the knowledge of Your glory! Amen.

Memorial Day

As the daughter of a man who did twenty years in the Army, I can truly say, “Thank you.” to those who lost a loved one in the defense of our nation.

As the cousin of a man who died when his fighter jet went down in Vietnam, I can say, “May God bless you.” to his sisters who have lived long past that loss.

As the daughter-in-law to a man who lost his best friend and cousin on the field in Vietnam, I can say, “I’m praying for you.” to find complete healing from the past.

As the friend of a young man currently serving overseas and the neighbor of a lady who is living as a single mom while her husband is deployed I can say, “Thank you so much for your service.”

As a citizen of the United States of America, I’ve seen things I never wanted to and experienced extreme grief over the tragedies of our history.

Despite those things I still feel so blessed to live in the land of the free and the home of the brave, and I can say,

“Let us each one remember the cost of freedom from the foundation of this incredible nation until now.”

“Let us remember those who died while still supporting those who are serving.”

“Let us look to the Lord for the future of our families, our neighbors, and our nation.”

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for all the blessings I have received by being a citizen of the U.S.A. Thank You for the men and women who gave their lives to defend our rights, our homes, and our country. Lord, please help us to be focused upon You and Your Word, that we might remember we are children of God and walk in Your ways. Lord, please help those who find this a painful holiday, ripe with grief and loss. Lord, please continue to provide and support those who are currently serving. Let them find their strength in You. Lord, please help us to love and serve others as You did while You walked this earth. Thank You for Your faithfulness. Thank You for Your blessing. God please bless America with repentance, revival, and truth. Thank You, Jesus. Amen.

Let all…

Ephesians 4:31 NKJV — Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice.

“Let all …”

And His Word is clear, there’s no room for any.

None, nothing, not even a little bit, because He knows what is best and bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking are not.

Because bitterness is simply choosing not to forgive, holding someone accountable for wrong.

Wrath and anger are close cousins.

The Greek word wrath here means fierceness, indignation, wrath, while this Greek word for anger means anger, indignation, vengeance, wrath.

James 1:20 NKJV — for the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God.

Ecclesiastes 7:9 NKJV — Do not hasten in your spirit to be angry, For anger rests in the bosom of fools.

Clamor and evil speaking seem to be occurring at a startlingly rate, anyone can observe it’s not godly.

Proverbs 29:22 NKJV — An angry man stirs up strife, And a furious man abounds in transgression.

Proverbs 10:18 KJV — He that hideth hatred with lying lips, and he that uttereth a slander, is a fool.

Instead of these things we are to put on different behaviors, ones that spring forth from a heart forgiven by and surrendered to Christ Jesus.

Ephesians 4:32 NKJV — And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.

Kindness and tenderhearted, priceless gifts to be given and to receive.

Luke 6:35 KJV — But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for He is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil.

Matthew 6:14 KJV — For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you:

Following Jesus means forgiveness.

Acts 4:12 NKJV — “Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”

For none gave more to forgive than He.

Hebrews 10:10 NKJV — By that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.

Learning to walk in forgiveness is always an opportunity to trust God in everything and to grow, to stretch, to see life and others from His perspective.

Ephesians 5:1-2 NKJV — Therefore be imitators of God as dear children. And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma.

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for these verses. Lord, I want to live a life of sacrifice unto You. I want my life to be pleasing before You, please help me to learn how, each day. Please help me to walk with You in all things. Lord, help me to understand Your truth and to hide it in my heart. Lord, show me my errors that I might repent and turn away from the things which would ensnare me. Lord, thank You for guiding me and loving me. Thank You for Your faithfulness, Your mercy, and Your grace. Amen.

A post for my wife. I love you!

  For 8 years my wife has been writing Patiently Hopeful. She has faithfully posted prayers and thoughts from her morning time with our savior Jesus. For the first time since the blogs beginning my wife will not be posting. Today she lies in bed with a migraine and has asked me to write out a prayer. For my wife (Hope) prayer and praise are her life line. Many nights she will be up praying for hours. She has been on her face before the Lord for our children, and myself many times. Therefore this morning when she asked me to write a prayer for her blog due to being ill I felt it not only an honor but a humbling experience to sit behind the keys. With that said though, my apologies to you the reader it is not every day a spouse will allow a post to go up on their personal blog without reviewing what was written. I feel it necessary to seize this opportunity not to only pray but to allow you the reader into our lives a bit. But before that I would also like to thank you all for supporting my wife Hope. Never have I met a person who selflessly serves others with the zeal my wife does. Every like, comment and repost she praises the Lord for.

  Job wrote “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return there. The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; Blessed be the name of the Lord.” (Job 1:21) This morning while holding my wife’s hand as she vomited into the toilet this verse came to mind. In between the coughs and tears I could hear her voice praising the Lord for the “tent” she has been given. I have been married to Hope for 23 years. With our first child she had torn her cervix. Going un noticed we left the hospital and went about our business only to have the tear worsen causing a hemorrhage. I was told she would have to stay in the hospital over night due to the loss of blood. “God is good” would be her first words in the morning. In the early years like many money was tight. I think this was the beginning of the prayers in the grocery store. Hope would walk through the isles with a few dollars in the account and pray “Jesus your will be done today, how do I shop for my family”. The Lord would bless us with our second daughter while I was in school and working full time at a local mill. I would leave the house at 3:30am to be to work by 4am work tell 4pm only to drive 40 min to make it to my night classes by 5pm. School would be out at 9-9:30pm and we would start it all over the next day. This lasted for almost four years during that time my wife would be taking care of the kids, running women’s ministry at our church and still find time to write prayers down on note cards. I would find them in my shirts, lunch box, school books, and even in my dressers. We would move to England to help in a church. The Lord would teach us what it meant to be humble. We sold everything we owned with the exception of a vehicle. The house, kids toys, clothes, furniture, was all gone. Landing at the airport in Manchester we had only the clothes in our suitcases and money from the sale of the house. We were not allowed to work in the UK and felt that the Lord did not want us to ask for support. God would show us what it was to wait for his provision. The day we moved into our home in England the tenants before left a kitchen table. Walking in Hope began to cry when asked why by one of our children (we had four by then) she said “I asked God for a table like this a few years ago, it took me selling mine to him to provide this one”. We learned so much in England about the provision and character of God.

When we moved back home the sicknesses came. First the women issues and hysterectomy. At one point in the journey, I would carry my wife into the doctor’s office. She weighed just over 90lbs. She had not been able to keep food down for several days, her cycle would last for weeks, anemic, unable to get out of bed she would need help any time she had to move. Hopes prayers would fill our house. We would sit on the bed as a family, she would have home schooling while laying there helping the kids work out problems. All the while quoting scripture about healing, and Gods goodness. During this time I was starting up a business trying to make ends meet. Hope would be in bed often when I left to go to work and still there when I came home. Bible laying beside her prayer journal open. Hope would get better and take on responsibilities at our church helping with the home schooling co-op. She would pray for each child by name every morning, pray for their families, and for our community. I walked into our room to find Hope staring her clothes in the closet. I asked what she was doing and she said “every day I wake up I ask Jesus what he would like me to wear today, I was just waiting for an answer” As crazy as this sounds to some it has become normal place around our house. Now my adult children do the same!

A few years ago when Hopes heath started to decline and she became bed ridden again due to immune issues and asthma our family made a transition. Before I think we prayed for Hope out of selfishness. My prayers would sound something like “please heal Hope Lord we need mom to be healthy”. But now we pray for understanding what the Lord is doing. Excitement of what God is going to teach us. We pray for the ability to like Job say “blessed be your name”. This bout with illness has been the longest yet. Hope may never be physically whole again. But I know she would never trade it for the relationship she has with the Lord is nothing like I have ever witnessed. Praise God for my wife.

Would you please pray with me?

Lord Jesus,

Thank you for this day. Thank you we have the ability to serve you today. We are not guaranteed tomorrow Lord so today please give us the ability to know what you want us to do. Jesus we want to serve you with our whole hearts today. We are nothing but dust Jesus but you are God. You have the ability to use this dust to glorify our Father in heaven. Jesus I so bad want to do your will and to be selfless in what I do please help me today not to think of myself but to be your hands and feet. Jesus please show me what it is to love. How to love my enemies please show me Jesus today how to be a puzzle piece in this broken world that links some of it together. Jesus today there are many people hurting. Our hearts go out to them I pray that you would be the rock, the foundation in their lives. Jesus please help us to lead the hurting to the rock. Father I am broken over the sin in the world but acknowledge that just as I am broken over it I have also been a part of it please forgive me Father and teach me to forgive. Lord many in the world are sick we ask for healing as we know you can. But we also know that you walked by several people that were sick because it was not their time. Jesus if it is not Hopes time for healing I pray we would be able to endure for your glory. Please show our family what you are doing in the spiritual realm. God I know that all things work together for the good of those called to Christ Jesus. I also know that Hope has been called by you, so we are excited to see what good you are doing with her sickness. Jesus I will praise you today no matter what the outcome of today brings because “Naked I came, Naked I return, but blessed be the name of the Lord” Jesus I love you with all my heart and thank you for what you are doing in our family.

Amen

What honor…

“How long, O you sons of men, Will  you  turn my glory to shame? How  long will you love worthlessness And seek falsehood? Selah”
Psalms 4:2 NKJV

“What honors did the blinded people of Israel award their long-expected King. They gave Him a procession of honor, in which Roman legionnaires, Jewish priests, men and women, took part, and He carried His cross.” Charles Spurgeon from Morning by Morning

These lines of Spurgeon hit me.

With a mental image reflecting the numerous films depicting Christ carrying his cross my heart seemed to melt.

Truly the greatest moment in the history of mankind after Creation was the sacrifice Jesus gave upon the cross.

And what happened just before this momentous moment?

A parade.

But it was far to ugly to be thought of as entertainment.

It was too gruesome to be mistaken as a celebration.

(Although, some were probably glad to see this man suffer for what they thought was blasphemy.)

It was too full of anger, hatred, and fear to be joyful.

Actually the word parade doesn’t really fit.

But it was part of the humility of our Lord and Savior to walk it.

And how great a sacrifice He gave for us.

What a gift to give His spotless, sinless life for mankind, stained by our own choices to sin.

What an incredible opportunity looking at this moment in history.

First, to praise God for His Son, Jesus Christ, and for salvation.

Second, to surrender ourselves to His service.

Third, to see the example and follow.

Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.
Matthew 16:24 NKJV

Let’s not stand among those screaming for Jesus’death, let’s follow in His wake.

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for all You suffered and sacrificed for me. Thank You that I can learn so much about perseverance just be looking at Scripture and Your example. Lord, please help me to speak Your Word, to know when to remain quiet, to follow You no matter the cost, and to bear in humility the trials and struggles of this life. For I know You are working through these things. You are working in these things. You are worthy of my complete trust. I love You, Jesus. Thank You for first loving me. Amen.

Diligent

“I go the way of all the earth; be strong, therefore, and prove yourself a man. And keep the charge of the Lord your God: to walk in His ways, to keep His statutes, His commandments, His judgments, and His testimonies, as it is written in the Law of Moses, that you may prosper in all that you do and wherever you turn; that the Lord may fulfill His word which He spoke concerning me, saying, ‘If your sons take heed to their way, to walk before Me in truth with all their heart and with all their soul,’ He said, ‘you shall not lack a man on the throne of Israel.’
I Kings 2:2‭-‬4 NKJV

The words of King David to his son Solomon just before David died.

2 Timothy 2:15 NKJV — Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

The words of Paul, written to Timothy.

Both these scriptures are older men speaking truth to the younger.

Calling them to be diligent in their walk with the Lord.

It’s a call to any who follow Christ Jesus.

You have commanded us To keep Your precepts diligently.
Psalms 119:4 NKJV

2 Peter 3:14 NKJV — Therefore, beloved, looking forward to these things, be diligent to be found by Him in peace, without spot and blameless;

Jesus, Himself called us to be diligent in our walk.

Matthew 16:24 NKJV — Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.

Taking up one’s cross and following is a choice to be diligent.

Although, difficult, the rewards are well worth the cost.

For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.  For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?  For the Son of Man will come in the glory of His Father with His angels, and then He will reward each according to his works.
Matthew 16:25‭-‬27 NKJV

Rewards from God far out weigh any other.

Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
Hebrews 12:1‭-‬2 NKJV

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for Your Word. Thank You for Your faithfulness. Please hold us in Your arms and walk us forward into Your truth. Lord, teach our hearts and minds, that we might be diligent in following You. Lord show us if we are with holding any area of our lives as “untouched” by Your righteous hand, instead let us willingly surrender every area to Your Sovereignty. Lord, as we learn to be diligent, please help us to encourage others in Your ways. Please give us opportunities to share Your Word. Thank You for Your love and care. Thank You for Your Word. Thank You for Your wonderous works. I love You, Jesus. Amen.

Trust

2 Kings 18:5 NKJV — He trusted in the LORD God of Israel, so that after him was none like him among all the kings of Judah, nor who were before him.

For he held fast to the Lord ; he did not depart from following Him, but kept His commandments, which the Lord had commanded Moses.
II Kings 18:6 NKJV

These words are written about King Hezekiah.

These two verses are an opportunity to learn from King Hezekiah’s example.

The first tells us of his trust in God.

The next, what he did, how he lived a life of trust in God.

The Bible makes it clear we should trust God.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.
Proverbs 3:5‭-‬6 NKJV

Psalm 62:8 KJV — Trust in him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before him: God is a refuge for us. Selah.

What does a life of trust look like?

The life which trusts; holds fast to God, doesn’t depart from following Him, and keeps the commandments.

This can feel a bit daunting until one reads Jesus’s words.

“Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?” Jesus said to him, “ ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’  This is the first and great commandment.  And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’  On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”
Matthew 22:36‭-‬40 NKJV

This is trust.

Walking daily in complete devotion to the Lord and not doubting His ability or His character.

But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind.
James 1:6 NKJV

To live, holding fast to God, follow Him, keep the commandments, all begins in the heart and flows out into attitudes, actions, and words.

Trust requires choice, practice, and understanding.

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for the example of King Hezekiah and so many others in scripture. Lord, thank You for making it clear that not only are You worthy of all our trust, we need to trust You. When we try to live without trusting You it doesn’t go well. Lord, please help us to trust You, to choose to cling to You and to follow You and to obey Your commandments. Please help us to love our neighbor as ourselves and to love You more than anything else. Thank You, Jesus. Amen.