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Having Faith? It’s Pretty Important

I wanted to come on here and just share with you the peace and joy I’ve been feeling the past several days.  God is awesome!  I’ve been stressed out about a few things, and have been worrying them over and over in my head.  The other night, that song “He’s Been Faithful” just kept taking that stuff’s place.  Made me think about how little I must trust God to be worrying.  It’s a sin to worry, really – as long as we do our best, God will take care of the rest, right?  And if we continually worry about things, it’s akin to saying that God’s not big enough to handle it.  Which, of course, is crazy, since He’s totally big enough to handle anything that comes our way.  God is always faithful to us; we need to be faithful to Him.  It’s not a one-way street, after all; it’s not God giving, giving, giving to us while we simply take.  We’re supposed to give our all to God.  That means trusting in Him, and having faith that He will see us through.

Of course, we can’t just sit back and say, “Okay, God, since You’re the Almighty and all, I’ll just let You provide the money for my bills to be paid while I sit at home and do whatever I want to do.  And spend every dime I can.”  Nope.  We have to actually get out there and do our best to provide for ourselves and our families and, whatever is not included in the fruits of our labor, God will supply.  He’s pretty awesome like that, too; I have a personal testimony to prove it!  I was coming home from work one day a few years ago, trying to pay all my bills, working two jobs and still not having enough.  My cupboards were pretty close to empty, my gas tank was just about on fumes, it was a week till my next paycheck, and I had bills coming due.  Told God on my way home that night that I knew He would see me through.  I got home, got the mail out of the box.  Went inside and looked through it.  Bill… junk mail… bill… bill… more junk mail… something from the mortgage company?  Hmm… Opened it and – it was a check from the mortgage company for the amount that I had gone over in my escrow account!  Not only could I pay for food, gas, and some bills, but there was a little left over to do something nice for me.  I know that God will provide my needs, cuz He’s done it before!  The great thing is, the need doesn’t have to be a financial one for God to provide it.  Remembrance of facts learned on tests, patience when dealing with children, understanding when talking to a coworker or boss – whatever the need might be, God is faithful to give you what you need if you just ask Him, then allow Him to take control.  He’ll come through for you – He always does!

It all comes down to faith; He’s faithful, and we need to exercise faith.

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not unto thine own understanding.  In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6

“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”  Hebrews 11:1

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The Refiner

The Refiner

Some time ago, several ladies met to study the Scriptures, as was their habit.  While reading the third chapter of Malachi, they came upon a remarkable expression in the third verse:

“And He shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver…”

Malachi 3:3

This verse puzzled the women and they wondered what this statement meant about the character and nature of God.

One of the women offered to find out about the process of refining silver and get back to the group at their next Bible study.  That week, the woman called up a silversmith and made an appointment to watch him at work.  She didn’t mention anything about the reason for her interest in silver beyond her curiosity regarding the process of refining it.  As she watched the silversmith, he held a piece of silver over the fire and let it heat up.  He explained that, in refining silver, one needed to hold the silver in the middle of the fire where the flames were hottest, to burn away all the impurities.

The woman thought about God holding us in such a hot spot; then, she thought again about the verse, “And He shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver.”  She asked the silversmith if it was true that he had to sit there in front of the fire the whole time the silver was being refined.  The man answered that, yes, he not only had to sit there holding the silver, but he had to keep his eyes on the silver the entire time it was in the fire; for, if the silver was left even a moment too long in the flames, it would be destroyed.

The woman was silent for a moment.  Then she asked the silversmith, “How do you know when the silver is fully refined?”  He smiled at her and answered, “Oh, that’s the easy part – when I see my image reflected in it.”

If today, you are feeling the heat of the fire, remember that God has His eye on you and will keep His hand on you and watch over you, until He sees His image in you.

–  Author Unknown

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Being Single

It can be so hard sometimes, being single.  I love my life, I love where God has me right now, I love the fact that He’s working on my heart to make me a better person and to have a closer walk with Him.

It can still be hard, being single.

There was a wedding shower at my church today for a great couple.  They are so sweet and kind!  I had to kick him out of the kitchen area – he was going to help set up the drinks, hand out food, etc.  They are both hard workers!  You can always count on them to help out wherever needed and, most of all, to do it to the best of their ability with a willing heart.  I truly love them!

But as I was standing there, helping direct games, announcing different things, etc., it hit me that I’m approaching the last year of my 20’s.  I know, I’m still young.  Many people out there wish they were my age.  I have plenty of time.  Yes, I’ve heard it all.  But, for me, right now is hard.  I have learned to be content – I am content with where God has me.  I don’t mind being single.  That doesn’t mean it isn’t hard sometimes, especially when you see others finding the soulmate God picked out for them.  I know that, if it’s His will for me to marry someday, He already has the man that is right for me all picked out, and He’s just waiting for the right time to bring the two of us together.  But it’s hard to be patient, ya know?

Then again, He might have a plan for me to remain single.  I know there’s no way I could do as much in ministry as I currently am if I were married.  And right now, I’m needed (that’s a good feeling!).  But that can be hard, too, when you can’t tell if your efforts are making a difference or not.

Even writing this blog has become an exercise in patience; I don’t even know if anyone’s really reading it.  Will they read it when they see the title?  Or the first few sentences about being single?  Maybe.  Maybe I can help someone who struggles with the same things I do, can help them to learn from my mistakes and my trials.

So what’s a gal to do?  Read my Bible.  Pray.  The only thing that helps me to get out of the “poor me, I’m single” dumps is to pray, and remember that Jesus is the Lover of my soul!  He is my Bridegroom; He is the One that will never, EVER leave me or forsake me!  Though it is nice to have friends, as long as I have my Friend that showed me true love – “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends” – I can muddle on without them.  I love my friends, and I know they love me – but, sorry ya’ll, I love Jesus more :).  And if Mr. Right never makes an appearance – I’ll be okay.  My Bridegroom is jealous – He wants me to love Him better than anything else!

It’s like one of my earlier blog posts – God knows the desires of my heart.  He also knows what is best for me.  I have to surrender my will to Him, humble myself to Him and pray that His will for me becomes my desires – that is, my desires change into what is in His will for me.  As my walk with God is getting closer than it’s ever been (another thing that would be hard to do if I were in a relationship), I’m finding it easier and easier to be content with where I am, while desiring more and more of God.

That doesn’t mean that I don’t struggle.  Because I do.  I’m  certainly not perfect.  And sometimes the struggles are hard to bear.  But the difference is – I know God is there to pick me up.  I know He will keep me from falling too far.  And I know that He has a perfect plan for me, and that His timing is perfect; I just need to be patient.

Ah, patience.  The most difficult virtue (for me, at least) to achieve.  Maybe God is trying to teach me something here… So grateful for my God – the Lover of my soul – Who cares enough about me to teach me something, even though I’ve failed Him so many times!

Maybe, just maybe, being single will help me attain a love for God so deep, a relationship with Him so strong, and a patience so real, that I will be able to help others find the same thing.

Being single?  Might be the perfect way to serve Him.