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November 10

Today’s prayer:

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
Hebrews 11:1 KJV

Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank You for truth. Thank You for Your Word. Thank You for salvation and Your amazing love. Lord, it is through Your Word I find hope, confident expectation. It is in You my faith grows daily, by knowing You and learning how to trust more and more. Lord, thank You for this journey of life. Thank You for the blessings and the trials, for all of it is used by You to hone my heart, to teach me Your ways that I might walk in them. Lord Jesus, You are incredible. The peace and comfort I find in You are beyond anything the world has to offer. The joy in daily placing my life in Your hand is beyond anything I could ever attain elsewhere. Lord, You are good. You are faithful. You are God Almighty. I trust You with all things. Lord Jesus, I humbly bring to You my family, please provide and protect them. Please bring them into a closer walk with You each day. Lord Jesus, I lift up my husband, please place Your hand upon him. Let his heart not grow faint in service to You and those You have called him to serve. Please give him ability and wisdom to do all he does to Your glory. Lord, the innocent, please protect them. Please return the prodigal and save those who have yet to know You. I know You are always seeking the lost, calling their names, offering them life eternal. Please let hearts be softened, ears unstopped, and eyes opened to Your truth. Thank You, Lord. Amen.

He Who is faithful

None is faithful like the LORD GOD.

Deuteronomy 7:9 NKJV — “Therefore know that the LORD your God, He is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and mercy for a thousand generations with those who love Him and keep His commandments;

His faithfulness is evident in the whole of creation.

His work on behalf of mankind testifies to His unwavering love.

He cared for Abraham and set him apart to be the lineage of Jesus Christ.

God’s promise to Abraham was also a promise to save mankind from sin.

He didn’t stop there. God knew without instruction, mankind wouldn’t even acknowledge their need to be saved from sin.

God taught Israel (Abraham’s grandson) and through his twelve sons built the twelve tribes which all were a foreshadowing of things to come.

God drew the World’s attention when He brought Moses and Aaron to bring the children of Israel out of Egypt.

He proved no man, not even the most powerful ruler can stand in the way of God and His promises.

Psalm 119:138 NKJV — Your testimonies, which You have commanded, Are righteous and very faithful.

God was faithful to lead the Israelites out of bondage. He gave them the Ten Commandments, and the first books of the Bible, to bring them understanding.

God’s faithfulness continued in His patience with these children of Israel. Through them He would save the whole world from sin.

At the appointed time, God’s Son, Jesus came. God in flesh. Another testimony to God’s faithfulness.

1 Corinthians 1:9 NKJV — God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

After Jesus rose from the dead and instructed the disciples, the church was born on Pentecost.

God’s faithfulness continued, He sent His Spirit to guide, teach, and direct.

2 Thessalonians 3:3 NKJV — But the Lord is faithful, who will establish you and guard you from the evil one.

And He’s still working.

For those who believe in Jesus and are called according to His purposes, our greatest joy is to walk in His will daily.

Hebrews 10:23 NKJV — Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.

God knows us better than we know ourselves. He realizes we are sinful and at times overcome by it.

2 Timothy 2:13 NKJV — If we are faithless, He remains faithful; He cannot deny Himself.

But He promises…

1 John 1:9 NKJV — If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

God, Himself, picks us up, washes us off, and holds our hand in loving correction, because He is faithful.

I can testify that God is faithful.

He has been throughout my entire life.

I know He will continue to be.

His Word says so:

Hebrews 13:5 NKJV — Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”

This week I’m going to focus on the incredible attributes of God.

Faithfulness is today’s.

These Scriptures and Bible stories are some of the ways I’m remembering how faithful God is.

I’m also purposing to rummage in my memories, to look at even the moments of pain through the lens of God’s faithfulness.

How has God been faithful to you?

The red sweater

Because I’m still learning how to listen to the Lord.

Because I’m still learning how to obey.

This red sweater has been in progress for over a month.

I started it right after I finished Anne’s sweater.

It gave me all kinds of trouble.

I was learning everything.

It was a new stitch, a new style, a new way to make a sweater.

Mistakes, tearing out, and trying again were common.

Just when I was feeling like it was coming together, I ran out of yarn.

Yes, I could have ordered it on Amazon, but I hadn’t kept the label.

The yarn was a Christmas gift.

So, I knew I’d have wait till my energy and schedule provided an opportunity to go shopping.

It was over two weeks before I was able to go shopping and God blessed me with the exact yarn.

It was even on sale!

The Lord reminded me I needed buttons as well.

I was so excited! Of course I was too tired to work on it that day, but it was a step in the right direction.

Then life happened.

Although I had the needed materials, other priorities pushed it aside.

So, I was surprised when the Lord brought it to mind this week.

“I’ve not finished the baby shower gift. I haven’t even started Ethan’s birthday gift.”

Trust Me.

Why do I question God? Like He didn’t know all the details already, I thought I had to remind Him?

-uhg-

I truly apologized for my poor behavior and grabbed out the project.

It’s been a process.

Frankly, I’m not sure I like the end result.

However, both Anne and Sis said I’m being too critical.

They are probably right.

Whether this sweater is exactly what I was thinking it would be or not, it’s just another opportunity to learn.

A reminder that every detail is in God’s hands.

It’s a reminder I’ve needed daily this week.

I’m so thankful for the Lord’s patience with me.

I’m so thankful for His perfect plans.

I’m so thankful for His promises.

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord , thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.
Jeremiah 29:11 NKJV

“…a remnant…”

“It shall come to pass in that day

That the LORD shall set His

hand again the second time

To recover the remnant of His

people who are left.

From Assyria and Egypt,

From Pathros and Cush,

From Elam and Shinar,

From Hamath and the islands

of the sea.” Isaiah 11:11 NKJV

These words,

recorded so long ago,

were prophesy.

The book of Isaiah has many.

Much of this chapter is about Jesus and what will occur.

And it is in studying Scripture that faith is built.

When reading about God gathering His people, the Jews, and then looking at history it is clear.

God is faithful.

His words are truth.

He is fulfilling His own Word.

The country of Israel and the Jewish people have an incredible history.

And all of it is because they are God’s chosen people.

But the Lord doesn’t stop there.

He loves all mankind.

“And in that day there shall be a Root of Jesse,

Who shall stand as a banner to the people;

For the Gentiles shall seek Him,

And His resting place shall be glorious.”

Isaiah 11:10 NKJV

The Lord has compassion on all people.

He created each and every single one and He died for each and every single one.

Wars, sickness, death, murder, and disaster are all the marks of sin upon on our broken world.

Yet through Jesus Christ there is life, redemption, healing, and peace.

Dear Jesus,

Thank You for all You have done and are doing. Lord, please continue to teach me how trustworthy You are by Your word. At times life seems so lacking in anything good, but I know that isn’t You. It is sin. Please continue to help me see the areas of sin in my own life and to turn away from each one. Please continue to help me walk in righteousness. Thank You for all Your faithfulness, throughout history. May You be glorified in all these things.

I have…

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“I have declared Your faithfulness and Your salvation; ” Ps. 40:10b

As these are the words written by King David.

They inspired me.

My own story of salvation and grace is not one dot in time,
but an on going rhythm of life.

Yet when I first began the journey,
I was about 4 yrs old.

My Sunday School teacher, whom I loved dearly, was telling us about following God.

I remember her saying following God was to let Him be in charge of your life and it would mean Jesus was King.

My latest and favorite games at the time involved dressing up in sheets and pretending to be part of a royal court.

When I heard the news that Jesus would be my King, I couldn’t be more thrilled.

At home I asked my Mom to help me have Jesus as King.

We kneeled down and prayed.

Sometime later I heard several messages from a pastor at Vacation Bible School explaining the need for Jesus and I began to worry I didn’t do it correctly the first time.

So I went back every day to the place where the children were to pray and earnestly prayed for Jesus to save me.

I know my presence was a little confusing to at least one of the adults because I kept praying for salvation.

They seemed to think once was enough,  but failed to share with me any Bible truths on walking in the knowledge of salvation.

The period of concern over my saved or not saved issue passed (most likely due to the teaching of my mother who patiently explained it several times).

I spent my childhood telling other kids at school about Jesus and His love for them.

Often I did so and then acted in a manner which showed I may believe Jesus loved them but I didn’t.

However, I truly wanted other people to know Jesus.

Then we moved.

I was barely 13 and was ready for some changes.

I was thrilled to live in the country instead of the city.

To have animals and the ideal of growing our own food and being free from the need to buy things. (Which shows how little I understood how to farm!)

My father became sick and we went through a turmoil and uncertainty of how to deal with the everyday.

I had to learn to cook and clean and do outside chores.

My faith struggled as I strove to make sense of the difficulty we were living in.

Yet years went by and my King became second to the pursuit of the ” love of my life”.

After all, I was supposed to find this guy so we could live “happily ever after”.

(Don’t laugh too hard, I really believed it.)

I made so many messes trying to be what each new boyfriend asked that I lost my self.

I kept thinking if I would just change they would stay and solve all my problems.

The funny thing is I still went to church and read my Bible and prayed but my King was no longer allowed to rule my life.

So I got married at the tender age of 20 and discovered we had no idea how to live let alone doing it “happily”.

I was in need of salvation again.

Not from marriage,
but from myself.

I had wrecked emotions and skewed perspective because I had tried to do what I thought best and was suffering because of it.

And He did.

Jesus saved me.

Not by radically removing me from the consequences of my sin but by walking me through them.

He still is.

And I still need Him desperately.

Often I find times of trial or difficulty,
but I know He is King.

He will save me.

Because He loves me dearly,
and proves it daily.

So I can say:
“I have declared Your faithfulness and Your salvation.”

How about you?
What’s your story?
I’d love  to hear it.