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By the touch of Faith

I gave my mom a devotional back in 1998 as gift. After my mom passed I brought the book home with me. The topic of learning is the Beautitudes: the psychology of Jesus.

I found the words touched my heart in a special way I struggle with my own temptations and life issues. Perhaps you will find help and encouragement in this as well. Enjoy.

I long to reach out and touch You, my Lord Jesus.

Here is the excerpt from Every Day Light by Selwyn Hughes and Thomas Kincade:

We all want to be happy-and rightly so. This is a deep-rooted instinct which God has built into us. But happiness is not something you make but something you receive. You cannot make happiness any more than you can make love. You can express love but you cannot make love. So it is with happiness. You cannot make it.

In the passage: “And he saw them toiling in rowing”  [Mark 6:48], it is said that the disciples were toiling rowing in the dark and getting nowhere. The wind and the waves were against them and the whole venture was ending in futility. Then Jesus came. In John’s account of the same event, we are told that they took Him into the their boat and immediately the boat reached the shore where they were heading [John 6:21]. This is the way it is with happiness. We strive to achieve it, but we’toil in rowing’. Then we let Christ in-an lo, we reach the shore where we were going.

If happiness is not something we can create but something we receive, how do we go about receiving it? Listen again to the words o Jesus: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” Our Lord is not thinking of here of material poverty, but spiritual poverty: “Blessed are the poor in spirit.” The word poor in the Greek is ptochos and refers to a chosen poverty. It implies a voluntary emptying of the inner being and issued of those who by choice are so poor that they become poor enough to receive-those who are willing to empty their hands of their own possessions and have them filled with the riches of God.  At the very threshold of Christ’s kingdom, then, we are met with the demand for self-emptying and receptivity.  Our spiritual environment is the kingdom of God. When we respond to it, surrender to it, and receive our very life from it-then we live happily and abundantly. It is our willingness to throw away our own self-sufficiency and open our hands to receive Christ.

She came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak… ~Luke 8:44.

This passage shows how on on occasion as Jesus passed along the road, a multitude thronged around Him. A women in deep need came timidly through the crowd and touched His garment. “Who touched me?” asked Jesus as He felt the power go forth from Him. the disciples replied: “Master, the multitudes throng you, so why do you say, ‘Who touched me?'” “Somebody touched me,” Said Jesus. He knew that there was a great difference between thronging Him and touching Him. Those who throng Jesus get little, those who touch Jesus get everything.

Sunday after Sunday, thousands of people go to church and listen; they throng Jesus but never touch Him. Touch Him now-today. Touch Him for forgiveness, for cleansing, for power over temptation, over fears, over anxiety, over everything that stands in the way of your personal happiness.

The closing prayer along with this devotional: “O Lord Jesus, as You pass by I move up from those who throng You to boldly touch You-and I do it now. By the touch of faith I receive into my being Your forgiveness and Your power. Thank You, dear Lord. It’s done. Amen.”

Lemondrop Moment

This is a devotional taken from “A Gentle Spirit” written by Mrs. Charles E. Cowman

Praying Patiently

Bible Verse: “Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for h im.” Psalm 37:7

Have you prayed and prayed and waited and waited, and still there is no manifstation? Are you tired of seeing nothing move? Are you just at the point of giving it all up? Perhaps you have not waited in the right way?

“With patience wait” [Romans 8:25]. Patience takes away worry. He said he would come, and His promise is equal to His presence. Patience takes your weeping. Why feel sad and despondent? He knows your need better than you do, and His purpose in waiting is to bring more glory out of it all. Patience takes away self-works. The work He desires is that you “believe” [John 6:29], and when you belive, you may then know that all is well. Patience takes away all want. Your desire for the thing you wish isperhaps stronger than your desire for the will of God to be fulfilled in its arrival.

Patience takes away all weakening. Instead of having the delaying time, a time of letting go, know that God is getting a larger supply ready and must get you ready too. Patience takes away all wobbling. “Made me stand upon my standing” [Daniel 8:18, margin]. God’s foundations are steady; and when His patience is within, we are steady while we wait. Patience gives worship. A praiseful patience sometimes “longsuffering with joyfulness” [Colossians 1:11] is the best part of it all. “Let [all these phases of] patience have her perfect work” {james 1:14], while you wait, and you will find great enrichment.

Where have I been lately?

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Chatting with Jesus on my front porch

It has been a long and winding road this past year. The past couple of months perhaps the most challenging. Nothing earth shattering to most, daily life happenings placed upon our [my Salah and my] path meant to distract us from our faith in God and His plans and purposes for us.

Who among you [reverently] fears the Lord, who obeys the voice of His Servant, yet who walks in darkness and deep trouble and has not shining splendor [in his heart]? Let him rely on, trust in, and be confident in the name of the Lord, and let him lean upon and be supported by His God. Isaiah 50:10 Amplified Bible.

Despite the setbacks, God’s glory comes shining through to touch our hearts in the smallest of ways each and every day. He has provided for our needs at every turn. He has shared His wisdom with us to enable us to grow, to learn and to understand His plan and purposes for us being out here in His glorious countryside.

Had we stayed in the city, we would have missed the wonder of new life from seeing baby goats, kittens and puppies being born right in front of our eyes. We would have missed the splendor of His artistry of painting the sunrise and sunset. We would have missed the quiet hush and snuggling under a blanket of fresh fallen snow. We would have missed the explosion of color from the bursting and blossoming of spring flowers. We would have missed the lingering fragrance of a newly fertilized field! We would have missed the merry little breezes offering relief from the warm summer air. We would have missed the wind-swept days of autumn and the image of the leaves meandering their way to the ground. We would have missed the kind and gentle thoughtfulness of our neighbors and community.

Yet, here we are. Here I am amongst God’s land, beauty, and peace. I have been on a stroll with my Lord Jesus Christ that has brought me though a dark forest. When the evil one used our fear of losing income and possibly this homestead and wanted us to give up hope and to turn to run and not believe that God would provide for us, this Bible verse spoke to my heart.

Let us then fearlessly and confidently and boldly draw near to the throne of grace [the throne of God’s unmerited favor to us sinners], that we may receive mercy [for our failures] and find grace to help in good time for every need [appropriate help and well-timed help, coming just when we need it]. Hebrews 4:16 Amplified Bible

The Lord’s timing is impeccable. His love for us never-ending. Jesus is all we need.

We have witnessed His majesty by watching our ducks walk through our front yard on their home back to the barnyard from swimming down at the creek and waiting by the gate for my Salah to let them back in because they do not know how to back in by themselves. I have felt Jesus’ love for me through my hubby when I hear my Salah say to me, “Where is my wife?” [his version of I have missed you and gives me tingles to hear his voice say ‘my wife’ with so much-loved placed behind it and a big hug] as I return from being gone for a few days. I have heard the Lord’s voice whispering to me through the trees swaying in the wind. We have been blessed by Jesus’ presence and protection around us when He reached out His hand and used my sister in lay, Yusra, all the way over in the Netherlands to offer help and support to us. hearing her voice say hello on the other end of the phone simple warms and melts my heart. And there is so much more…the Lord’s protection continues to surround us with all my family here and over in Austria and Iraq offering their love and support toward us.

So, if asked, “Where have I been lately?”

“I have been chatting with my Lord Jesus on my front porch. And man, He has some great stories to tell!”

Lemon Drop Moment

The following is taken from “Our Daily Bread” Autumn 2004 edition, September 19, Sunday, 2004:

Informing God

Read Psalm 139:1-6

02-Psalm-139-1We cannot tell God anything He doesn’t already know. When we pray, we simply put into words what He’s been aware of all along.

That doesn’t make prayer unnecessary; rather, it encourages us to pray. We find relief in talking to Someone who knows us and our situation fully. It’s a comfort to know that God’s response arises not from information we give Him, but from His perfect knowledge of our circumstances. He knows all conditions—past, present, future—that bear on our well-being. “your Father knows,” Jesus said in Matthew 6:8. He knows our thoughts, our intentions, our desires; He is intimately acquainted with all our ways [Psalm 139:3). He knows the anguish of our heart, the strain of continual frustration, the enemies inside and outside that war against our souls.

So, can we presume to dictate the time and terms of our deliverance from trials or adversity? Can we say our way is better, more likely to develop our soul? No, we cannot teach God anything. He alone knows the way to bring us to glory. Out of all the possible paths, He has chosen the best, the route most adapted to who we are and what He has in store for us.

We cannot teach God knowledge, but we can love and trust Him. That’s all He asks of us. ~ David Roper~

Dear Lord, The answer God may choose for me is sure to be the best. So may I always thankful be, and His goodness rest. Amen ~D. DeHaan~

This devotional surely hits in mark in my heart and most specifically my present circumstances.

As I have mentioned in previous Lemon Drop Moments, my husband and I are both unemployed at this time. My husband having been laid off from his job over a year ago. We are facing the possibility of losing our home with the added uncertainty of not having a job. We have both been diligently applying for jobs with little or no response to our applications. We have prayerfully placed this in God’s most capable hands.

This is uncharted waters for me. I am WAY OUT of my comfort zone. I am so used to finding a way out of trouble. That is where it all begins in the “I am used to” portion of my life. And its a much bigger portion than it should be.

There is hope in His promises. I trust Him even more after reading this devotional. I have read this before and it did not hit home so well the first time around. I am ever thankful for the reading and the re-reading of the Bible. If the meaning of the words are not revealed the first time, they will be revealed with the next reading or the next or the next. There is so much to gain by reading the Bible again and again and again.

I offer this praise and prayer: Dear Lord Jesus, thank you that you are a God that not only hears my prayers, You care enough to answer them, in Your time and in Your way. Thank you Lord, out of ALL the possible paths, You have chosen the best, the route most adapted to who I am and what You have in store for me. I am ever grateful Your ways are not like mine. Let there be more of You and less of me so that You may be intimately acquainted with all my ways. I ask in Jesus’ name, Amen.

 

 

Lemon Drop Moment

Every day God patiently bears with us, and every day we are tempted to become impatient with our friends, neighbors, and loved ones. And our faults and failures before God are so much more serious than the petty actions of others that tend to irritate us! God calls us to graciously bear with the weaknesses of others, tolerating them and forgiving them even as He has forgiven us. ~Jerry Bridges~

What a great quote.

Lemon Drop Moment

I just love that phrase ‘merry little breeze’. It came from a children’s book Old Mother Westwind. My mom used to read it to me when I was little. She would do all the voices and make the story come alive and so wonderful to hear. I was given two books in the series as a present later. I still have them today. There were several references to the merry little breezes doing this or doing that. Silly little breezes.

The last little star was blinking sleepily as Old Mother West Wind turned her big bag upside down on the Green Meadows and all her children, the Merry Little Breezes, tumbled out on the soft green grass.

Then Old Mother West Wind kissed them all around and hurried away to hunt for a rain cloud which had gone astray. The Merry Little Breezes watched her go. Then they played hide and seek until jolly, round, red Mr. Sun had climbed out of bed and was smiling down on the Green Meadows. ~excerpt from Old  Mother Westwind’s Children Chapter 13

Today has been filled with merry little breezes. Seasons are changing on the horizon…phew…I’m an Autumn Baby at heart. The sun begins to set a bit earlier each night. You can feel the cool crispness of Fall air mingling with the warmth of the sun. The edge of Summer is here.

I marvel at the changing of seasons. Being out here in God’s countryside, I am privy to the unfolding of each stage first hand. Summer plays like a symphony orchestra and every night is a big finale with the insects and animals adding their parts to the amazing concert…which by the by includes a light show by the fireflies! Winter dresses up for a formal occasion as the ice adds its bling bling with dazzling sparkle and luster to the wonderland of snow. Spring becomes an artist canvas as the bright colors of the flowers burst open with wonderment and life. Then, the best, in my very limited humble opinion, Fall moves like a ballet with the sweeping and leaping of the leaves falling as they dance with the merry little breezes.

God has made such a beautiful landscape for all of us to see. The best part of all is that He placed my hubby and I right in the middle of such a green pasture. Thank you,  Dear Lord for opening our hearts and our eyes to your majesty.