Faith Rises

June 30, 2013

 

Stormy days . . .

There have been many.

I hunger for the sun,

Yet see only clouds.

I seek rest,

Yet the whistling of the wind

And drumbeats of the rain

Form an angry orchestra against my window

And become all I hear

Until . . .

I find strength to rise

And hear the sweet sound

Of birds singing in the storm!

Loud and clear,

Sweet and triumphant!

If such tiny birds can still find

a song in their hearts to share,

then so can I!

by Martha L Shaw – © 6-30-2013

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Words Can Make You Sink

June 29, 2013

Matthew 14:29-36

New International Version (NIV)

29 “Come,” he said.

Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. 30 But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!”

31 Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?”

I just heard a young veteran, a born again Christian, speak of his time in Afghanistan.    He was injured badly there, losing both legs as he did his job . . . securing a building without knowing he was standing on a bomb.

He said that he didn’t feel the pain and thus didn’t have fear of losing his legs.  He said that he felt the Holy Spirit within him and felt assured he would go on and life would be good.  Maybe different but good and perhaps better than before.  Then he heard his buddies around him speaking of how bad he was and how they’d never seen such a dreadful injury.  His fear came then.

In the quote from Matthew’s gospel, we hear of Peter walking on water and his ultimate sinking into it as he looked to the wind  . . . now, having heard this young man speak, the question becomes what made Peter lose his faith and begin to sink?  What made him look to the wind and not to his Lord?  Was it perhaps the sounds of his friends in the boat who were worried about him and perhaps calling out in fear “here, Peter, grab this rope and we’ll help you back into the boat!”

Peter’s situation, storm or no storm, was unchanged.  He WAS able to walk on water toward his Lord and yet in that same situation and set of circumstances Peter also quickly began to sink.  We know the ending . . . Jesus was there and had a plan.

Jesus still does.  When Peter saw the storm and heard the cries, he surely saw an impossible situation.  It was NOT impossible though.  We know why.  How often do we Christians who know Jesus still use words which rather than reflect our faith, instead cause us or someone near to sink?  The storm was still there yet the outcome was entirely different . . . Jesus words versus human words of fear.

I often wonder if my mess is because I missed something Jesus told me.  Did He let Peter sink for listening to cries of human fear and the sounds of the wind?  No, Jesus saved Peter.  He spoke to the fear and the weak faith gently to teach and not to comdemn!  You?  Me?  We are no different than Peter.  We speak in faith but we also speak in fear.  Jesus has His hand out to us.


It Begins With A Seed

June 29, 2013

Poet's Corner

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I will speak of your love

Even if it seems nobody’s listening.

I will love more gently.

I will proclaim your truth more loudly.

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Wind At My Back . . .

June 29, 2013

In Christ, even as I am at the edge of the cliff and the wind is at my back, where I will land is still His plan and will be both amazing and quite unexpected.

Jeremiah 29:11-13

New International Version (NIV)

11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. 12 Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. 13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.

The Lord placed these words in my face and in my heart during the very difficult but clearly purposeful task of selling my home and relocating here where I now reside.  This is my home on every level of my being and has been spiritually since long before my actual relocation.  Three years of a bad economy were required to sell my old place and I still wonder about when and where income will come . . . aside from temp jobs which have been few and far between.  The storms do not look as though they are moving off the scene yet, but I am as certain as ever that it’s all His purpose.

The impossible is only a reality in this world  . . . I am in it but not of it.  That truth makes all the difference.  My hands may tremble as I write this but my heart and soul know the Truth.


Six Word Saturday

June 28, 2013

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Too many blessings!

I’ve lost count!


THE POWER OF TRUST IN GOD

June 28, 2013

Amen!

The Christian Gazette

“Your trust in the Lord must be more powerful and enduring than your confidence in your own personal feelings and experience.  To exercise faith is to trust that the Lord knows what He is doing with you and that He can accomplish it for your eternal good even though you cannot understand how He can possibly do it.  We are like infants in our understanding of eternal matters and their impact on us here in mortality.  

Yet at times we act as if we knew it all.  

When you pass through trials for His purposes,

as you trust Him, exercise faith in Him, He will help you”

(“Trust in the Lord,” Ensign, Nov. 1995, 17).

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Six Word Friday – Kindness

June 28, 2013
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Kindness!  

Restores . . . relieves . . . encourages . . .

Simple . . . Life-giving!


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