Saturday, November 19, 2011

When the Hand of God Sweeps Across Your Life

Good Morning Saints!
It's a cold morning, here, in Denver, and I love it! Most of all, I love being able to share my innermost thoughts with you. It is a privilege that I do not take lightly. I only post every 2 weeks and in that time, I ask the Lord for guidance about my next topic. Well, the topic of today has not only been on my heart-it has happened in my life. In fact, all of my topics are testimonies that have touched or stormed-through my life.

God's Hand is mighty and powerful. Just recently, I prayed fervently that a certain cup be taken from my lips. I was afraid to pray for this, as I didn't know how "the taking-away" would affect all involved--still trying to control things, even in prayer. You see, I know that God answers prayers and that He wants us to think about what we are asking of Him. We are His children and He has raised us well. Therefore, we need to be thoughtful of our prayers. I'm not saying that God gives us whatever we ask for, therefore we should be careful--No, our God knows what we need, before, during and after we ask. But, as we grow in faith, our eyes become more encompassing, seeing the "whole picture," rather than the "self-picture." We become more concerned about others than ourselves, realizing that our prayers should be in line with His Kingdom. 

After much prayer, sleepless nights, tears, and pure exhaustion, I finally realized that the circumstances were too big for me. You see, I would pray for one thing and then take it back, because that scenario may hurt this person or that person. Needless to say, I had to rely on the Lord and not myself to solve the situation. In total surrender, I asked the Lord to send His Holy Spirit to help me "release self" and allow me to "accept and drink" from the given cup. I not only asked this in my heart, I surrendered aloud and accepted the circumstances. The next day, the cup was taken away and utterly destroyed....

Oh, the relief and deep joy that I experienced was indescribable! My faith has grown and I know that His Holy Spirit will guide me when I am lost. The Hand of God sweeps across our lives every minute and every day, but we are too blind to see, feel, or believe it. We must ask and leave it on the altar. On our way to take it from the altar, we must slap our hands and heart and "leave it there," for the Lord will remove the cup or make it tolerable for drinking. Be blessed saints and pay the blessings forward.~Cynthia

Psalm 144:2
He is my loving God and my fortress, my stronghold and my deliverer, my shield, in whom I take refuge, who subdues peoples under me. 

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Friday, November 4, 2011

Take the Time to Study the Obstacle

Happy Friday, Saints!
I'm tired and I'm sure many of you feel the same way. Of course, I absolutely love creating new bookmarks, coasters, etc., for my Etsy shop, but I tend to over-work. So, it's time for a break and my blog is the perfect place for me to unwind and write. Lately, I have felt as though I am swimming against the tide.... As I go about my days staying close to my Father, obstacles(more like boulders) seem to fall on me or in my path. Sometimes, I just take a seat and stare at the obstacle. What am I waiting for? Strength! When you run into a brick wall, it's good to think before backing-up and running into it, again. Yes, this is easier said than done, in a society where there's the "Need-for-Speed."

Now, we all have obstacles thrown in our paths, as we strive to build our faith. The key is to wait on the Lord and ask for patience and strength during the trial.  It seems to me, the more you strive for greater faith and recognize the greatness of our Lord, the more the devil starts to tap-dance on your heart. In the past, I would have thought that my lack of faith is the reason for the devil's dance. But, as I read, reread and study His Word, my thoughts have begun to take a new turn. You see, our work is important to the Lord. He loves us and has gifted each one of  us with special gifts that spread His Word. The spreading of The Word fosters love and care, making this world a more tolerance place. And, this is where the tap-dancing comes in. For, why would Satan stay still and allow you to go about your way without hindrances? He won't! If a way can be found to thwart our efforts, he will find it. Hence, I tend to sit still and study the obstacle in front of me. Is it big, small, easy-to-move, sharp...? What is it that the Lord would have me learn, as I go through this trial? I believe that every trial can be a learning experience if we hold tightly to the Master's hand. Yes, there will be thorns and briar patches, but, as I've said before, the Lord has the balm to soothe our pain. 

And saints, you know what? After much thought, prayer, meditation, and listening, I am finding that I can leap over, swim through, knock out, or sail right by that obstacle.  I might get some bruises, but I harbor a deep joy, knowing that my soul sits safely in the crook of my Father's Arm and the balm for my pain is contained in His Holy Hand. Go ahead, and move forward through your trials, growing stronger and more wise in your faith. Hold on to the Father's Hand, saints, because He is your only "Sure" Light at the end of the trial. Leap,swim, box and sail saints! 

Nehemiah 8:10
Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.


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