The Measure of Success…

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Proverbs 16:3 (NLT)
Commit your actions to the LORD,
 and your plans will succeed.

Frustration. Failure. Broken dreams. Missed expectations. We’re surrounded by a whole lot of what seems to be evidence that dreams don’t come true; that the most treasured plans many folks have are doomed to never come to fruition. With all of the pain, misery and brokenness clearly visible, it may feel that there isn’t much we – or anyone – can do to assure an expected outcome and great future. That true happiness and success are either a fluke or reserved for the few.

So, those with faith in some form of higher power kind of shrug their shoulders and call every “bad break” some sort of result (either through active or passive purpose) of that higher power. Somehow, it wasn’t “in the cards” (referring to tarot). “The gods” weren’t looking favorably on it. “The universe…” “Fate…”

The subtle assumptions built on centuries of disappointments have created an underbelly of fatalistic views – even in Christians many times.

As believers, we don’t have to be helplessly carried along by circumstances, genetics, the economy – any of the things that society and history tell us are beyond our control. I’m not saying that these things don’t present challenges. They may. They do. BUT, as beloved children of the Most High God Who loves us with an endless, limitless love (Psalm 36:7) and renews us in mercy (Lamentations 3:22-23) and surrounds us with favor (Psalm 5:12) every day, as unfair as it sounds, WE have a distinct advantage and the edge that allows us to have results in life that are not dictated by circumstances…individual circumstances or collective circumstances.

And, we are not left in the dark about how that works… [Read more…]

Trusting God’s Timing

You can’t have patience without trust. And, you can’t trust without patience.~Debby

 

Timing. I really, really do want things to happen in God’s perfect timing. I do.

I just want His perfect timing to be NOW!

Hebrews 4:16 (NLT)
So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive His mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.

The original Greek for the part of the scripture that is translated here “when we need it most” is the word “eukairos.” The definition for it as it is used here is “well timed, timely, suitable, strategic, opportunely.”

Sometimes, I really struggle with this. I get impatient. Frustrated. Irritated. Disappointed. Whatever “help” I need, it feels like NOW is “when we need it most” for me. NOW. Waiting isn’t great even when we are waiting for something exciting and fun. It really isn’t great when we are under pressure, in physical or emotional pain, in limbo, or seem to be stranded in some confusing life issue. [Read more…]

Let’s talk about Conquering, Triumphing, and Overcoming

We are not conquerors without something to conquer.

We cannot triumph without something to triumph over.

We cannot be overcomers without something to overcome.

we cannot be victorious…you get the message.

 Have you ever been frustrated because it feels like you are stuck?

Like you can’t get from where you are to where you’re going?

Where you want to be? To what’s next?

My NEXT is part of my Promised Land. The fact that there were giants to overcome in possessing the Promised Land was actually irrelevant to the truth of the Promise. The Promise stands sure and established as long as I move forward and into it. The giants cannot stop me unless I choose to let them. [Read more…]

Seek Him. Find Him.

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  • I love all who love Me. Those who search will surely find Me. Proverbs 8:17 (NLT)
  • For whoever finds Me finds life and receives favor from the Lord. Proverbs 8:35 (NLT)

One of the things I love so much about the Lord is that He NEVER plays hard to get. Ever.

Did you ever play hide-and-seek with a very young child? They generally choose the obvious places to hide and aren’t very quiet while you “seek” for them. They giggle and wiggle and may have a foot or other body part hanging out in plain sight.

God brings it to a whole different level. While He tells us to seek Him… [Read more…]