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Resting

Originally uploaded by susan.house

Deut. 33:12 says: “Let the beloved of the Lord rest secure in Him, for He shields him all day long, and the one the Lord loves rests between His shoulders.”

Approximately one year ago, I used this same picture and verse for another post. I hope you haven’t taken my silence as being disappointed or angry with God. I have been using this time to move into my new home. The apartment manager said she never saw apartments become available as fast as this one did. This last month or so, God has shown me over and over again the wonderful manner in which He treats His children. Trust me, we truly are children of the Most High King; and, as such, He gives nothing less than the best.

In one month from the date the tree fell on my home (my RV), I was moved into an apartment neighbors call “The Penthouse”. I’ve received a living room set that looks and feels like new. The kitchen has granite countertops and stainless steel appliances. I’ve been the recipient of a surprise shower that completely furnished my apartment with everything new; from the coffeepot down to toilet brush and cleaner. I’ve had so many friends offer assistance I haven’t had enough tasks to keep everyone happy. Yes, I’ve had to outlay some money for some furniture and a washer & dryer; but, even in that, God was with me and pointed me to the best buys.

However, most of all, each and every day, I saw God’s hand working. I felt His arms around me: protecting me, comforting me, shielding me, refreshing my spirit and body. Yes, you can totally abandon yourself to God and He will treat you as His precious child. If you are going through a trial or a tribulation; be reassured you can totally “rest between His shoulders” and He will take care of you. But first, you must give your heart to Him and as a child obey Him.

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Ant and the contact

Originally uploaded by susan.house

This picture and story came in an email to me. Supposedly it’s a true story, I haven’t been able to verify if it is or isn’t. However, the moral of the story is so good, I’m posting it here in the hopes we can all benefit from it.

Brenda was almost halfway to the top of the tremendous granite cliff. She was standing on a ledge where she was taking a breather during this, her first rock climb. As she rested there, the safety rope snapped against her eye and knocked out her contact lens.

‘Great’, she thought. ‘Here I am on a rock ledge, hundreds of feet from the bottom and hundreds of feet to the top of this cliff, and now my sight is blurry.’ She looked and looked, hoping that somehow it had landed on the ledge. But it just wasn’t there.

She felt the panic rising in her, so she began praying. She prayed for calm, and she prayed that she may find her contact lens. When she got to the top, a friend examined her eye and her clothing for the lens, but it was not to be found. Although she was calm now that she was at the top, she was saddened because she could not clearly see across the range of mountains. She thought of the bible verse ‘The eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth.’

She thought, ‘Lord, You can see all these mountains. You know every stone and leaf, and You know exactly where my contact lens is. Please help me.’

Later, when they had hiked down the trail to the bottom of the cliff they met another party of climbers just starting up the face of the cliff. One of them shouted out, ‘Hey, you guys! Anybody lose a contact lens?’

Well, that would be startling enough, but you know why the climber saw it? An ant was moving slowly across a twig on the face of the rock, carrying it!

The story doesn’t end there. Brenda’s father is a cartoonist. When she told him the incredible story of the ant, the prayer, and the contact lens, he drew a cartoon of an ant lugging that contact lens with the caption, ‘Lord, I don’t know why You want me to carry this thing. I can’t eat it, and it’s awfully heavy. But if this is what You want me to do, I’ll carry it for You.’

I think it would do all of us some good to say, ‘God, I don’t know why You want me to carry this load. I can see no good in it and it’s awfully heavy. But, if You want me to carry it, I will.’

God doesn’t call the qualified, He qualifies the called.
Yes, I do love GOD. He is my source of existence and my Savior. He keeps me functioning each and every day. Without Him, I am nothing, but with Him….I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me. (Phil. 4:13)

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Water Lily Kanapaha Gardens

Originally uploaded by susan.house

Many years ago there was a song titled “Everything is Beautiful” sung by Ray Stevens. Knowing I was going to post today, I wanted a title which would quickly summarize the last ten days. The first line of the song is: “Everything is beautiful in its own way.” For me, everything has been beautiful but its definitely been in its own way. In Matthew 6, Jesus talks to us about worry and He used these verses to remind me His Father was in control and was protecting and providing for me, His child. In verse 31 Jesus says, “Therefore do not worry, saying ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear?’ ….indeed your Heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.”

Right after the tree fell, I immediately said, “Okay, God, here we go again!! I don’t know what’s going to happen from this point forward; but, I know You are in control and I’m your child and You are going to take care of me.” Even before the tree fell, my very good friend was headed over to my place. When she saw the damage to the unit, she offered her spare bedroom for as long as I would need it. Tuesday, the insurance adjuster came, declared the unit totaled, showed me a draft to pay off my loan on the motor home and a gave me a draft for the remainder of the settlement. All with no hassle. On Wednesday night, another friend called me and said she would meet me at my unit in the morning to help me pack. On Friday, two more friends helped me finish packing. On Saturday morning, five more friends came and helped me move my belongings into a garage owned by a complete stranger who offered it to me when she heard what happened. Every day has been filled with God showing me His love and how He is taking care of me.

Over the last 14 days, I’ve learned my body has a mind of its own. It doesn’t always match up with my faith. Therefore, I let God heal my body through medications prescribed by my doctor. I’ve learned my nerves do not control my faith level. God knows my heart and my thoughts and if my body shakes it doesn’t have anything to do with whether I believe or trust God. I have seen my Heavenly Father provide for me, give me a place to sleep, food to eat, and brothers and sisters in Christ to help me and support throughout this ordeal. I can truly say (because you really don’t want to hear me sing), “Everything is beautiful in its own way.”

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