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Pieces of Discernment

Oftentimes we are given a scripture or thought to spend time figuring out.  Maybe it was easily understandable — but other times, we can’t make heads or tails over the meaning, or if it’s even a message for US.

This is when spiritual discernment steps in.  Find a trusted advisor, someone who is spiritually sound, they do not have to be a minister, sometimes a good friend can help sort it out WITH you, not for you.

As a wise friend recently told me — it’s my seeking/understanding that matters most.  But sometimes we all need a little help!

Proverbs 2:3-5  Yes, if you want better insight and discernment, and are searching for them as you would for lost money or hidden treasure, then wisdom will be given you and knowledge of God himself; you will soon learn the importance of reverence for the Lord and of trusting him.

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Waiting Pieces

When we wait upon God, we can wait our entire lives, or weeks turn into months, as with Joseph, he waited 13 years without hearing from God!!  But Joseph never ceased to wait upon the Lord, to keep the faith, to keep praying and believing.  Would we be so patient?

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We will never know why life happens a certain way, but you can be sure – your heavenly Father has His hands all over it.  He is with you during your darkest days, pain, anguish, heartache.

The Lord’s Prayer is continually my go-to when I’m suffering; primarily because it’s the only one I can completely remember (thank you Sunday school!), because it hits all the points when we feel lonely, disappointed, hurt, frustrated.

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The lessons have been hard for me; many include countless questions about “why” and the infamous:  “when.”  When Lord, when will my pain let up?  Why do I continue to have pain?  I believe that God dislikes this kind of questioning; he is omnipresent after all, He is the ONE.  He is the way, the truth and the life.  We live for him,  not the other way around.  God isn’t a wishing machine.  We put a quarter in, make a wish and *bam*, it’s been taken care of.  Sometimes positively; it seems to work that way, but our faith is greatly tested when we are in a valley for many weeks, months or years.  Perhaps the years of waiting are a test — does our faith crumble and we shake our fists at God because we STILL HAVE THE PAIN?  Or do we endure and bear the pain, standing firm on our foundation of faith?

I pray the latter for me, and for you.

Keeping the faith is not a darling little quote, it’s real.  It’s how we get through the trials in our life.

To this end; God is faithful to us; it’s literally a two-way street.  As we heal from the difficult situation, hurt and pain, this becomes part of our testimony and our stronghold in  faith.  “As for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.”  Joshua 24:15

“‘Good work,’ his master said. ‘You are a good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over this small amount, so now I will give you much more.’
“If I can?” Jesus asked. “Anything is possible if you have faith.”
So now, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith in his promises, we can have real peace with him because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us.
Even when we are too weak to have any faith left, he remains faithful to us and will help us, for he cannot disown us who are part of himself, and he will always carry out his promises to us.

 

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Pieces of Refuge

When we are fearful, feeling alone, unsure or a myriad of other emotions that make us want to crawl into a cave or throw a blanket over our heads, what better time than to seek refuge from your heavenly Father?  He is better than a cold, dark cave, and brings light back into our heart so we can cast off the heavy blanket.

Psalm 62:8 Trust in him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge.

Deuteronomy 33:27 The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms.
Ruth 2:12  May the Lord repay you for what you have done. May you be richly rewarded by the Lord, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to take refuge.”
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Anxious Pieces

When life shifts, and it will; our perceptions, opinions and thoughts do as well.  Negative or unkind words are hasty and later, regretted.  During times of anguish; pray.  And with your prayers of need, give thanks.

1 Thessalonians 5:18  Whatever happens, keep thanking God because of Jesus Christ. This is what God wants you to do.

1 Chronicles 23:30 Every morning and evening, the Levites are to give thanks to the Lord and sing praises to him.
2 Corinthians 1:11  Please help us by praying for us. Then many people will give thanks for the blessings we receive in answer to all these prayers.
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Pieces of Patience

Frustration is a sign that you are doing the work; instead of God.  You cannot act independent of God, He needs to lead the way.  Wait on God.  Pray, meditate, fast, believe.  The battle is already won!  Think of Job, everything was taken from him; his animals, possessions, all of his children, yet he did not curse God, he continued to worship him.

Forgive; do it!!!  Pray about it, let it go.  Do not live by feelings, live by faith!!

James 1:2-8

Greetings!  Dear brothers, is your life full of difficulties and temptations? Then be happy, for when the way is rough, your patience has a chance to grow. So let it grow, and don’t try to squirm out of your problems. For when your patience is finally in full bloom, then you will be ready for anything, strong in character, full and complete.

If you want to know what God wants you to do, ask him, and he will gladly tell you, for he is always ready to give a bountiful supply of wisdom to all who ask him; he will not resent it. But when you ask him, be sure that you really expect him to tell you, for a doubtful mind will be as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind; 7-8 and every decision you then make will be uncertain, as you turn first this way and then that. If you don’t ask with faith, don’t expect the Lord to give you any solid answer.

Romans 5:3-5  We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they are good for us—they help us learn to be patient. And patience develops strength of character in us and helps us trust God more each time we use it until finally our hope and faith are strong and steady. Then, when that happens, we are able to hold our heads high no matter what happens and know that all is well, for we know how dearly God loves us, and we feel this warm love everywhere within us because God has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love.