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Our Father




Our Father

Originally uploaded by susan.house

As you know, I’ve been dealing with some minor but painful health issues this week. I’ve come to look on this as a real blessing because I’ve learned some very interesting things about my relationship with God and I’ve learned some very important truths about Our Heavenly Father.

First, once again, I needed to reaffirm God is my Father, He is who He says He is, He can do what He says He can do, and I am who He says I am, the daughter of the one True, Living God.

Second, I’ve learned once again, that as my Father, He wants only the best for me. The same way, either our parents or ones of us who are parents want the best for our children. This means even in painful situations if we must remain in the pain a little longer, that’s what will happen. You see, unlike our parental abilities, He knows our future and knows what is best. Attempting to tell Him how to do and what to do will do no good. After all, He created the heavens and the earth, do we really think we can solve the problem better than He can?

Third, I’ve learned it makes no difference if you’re not telling Him what to do or how to fix it or if your family and friends are giving Him the solution; the answer is still the same. God will do what’s best for you and your situation. Remember as children when we wanted to do something with our friends and our parents said no? Then, our friends would ask them and the answer would still be the same. The same holds true here. You are God’s beloved child and no matter what, He is going to do what is best for you.

Finally, once again, I’ve learned it’s in God’s perfect timing. Praise God!!! I’m still in the pain but hopefully, later today the problem will be resolved. Do I know this for sure? No, I will only learn that in God’s perfect timing.

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Frog/Fear




Frog/Fear

Originally uploaded by susan.house

What do these two things have in common? Well, looking at the picture, it may seem as though the frog may have a great deal to fear. So many times we have been in the same position as this little guy; seeming to be hanging on for dear life and our future not looking very hopeful. In a Beth Moore study I’m doing on Esther she spent two sessions talking about fear and how to overcome fear in our lives once and for all. Sounds great doesn’t it? Well, it’s totally and completely possible. A relationship with Jesus Christ is the answer. By accepting the salvation He has for you if you’re not a follower and getting to know Him more if you are a follower.

Okay, what does fear and frog have in common. They both deal with our relationship to God and whether we truly believe He can do what He says He can do. You see, they are an acrostic for: Faith Expressed Against Reality and Forever Relying On God. Now, before you tell me I have the first acrostic wrong, this is my take on it. Everytime we are faced with something that creates fear in us, it is because we are not forever relying on God.

Beth Moore stated in her DVD session to create a scenario where you ask “What if such and such happens then what will you do?” She finally points out that no matter what your “what if” is, your “then” will always be God. I truly believe this, when my motor home which I lived in was totalled the answer was God. As my relationship with God has grown closer and closer, I have discovered when my answer is God, my fear is gone. However, the other night when I developed a health condition that would require medication that caused great pain in my knee for several months the last time this happened, fear overtook me. That fear lasted until the next morning when I was in the church sanctuary preparing to listen to Beth Moore when the words “What if, then God” raced through my mind. Once I affirmed that what if the doctor gave me the same or similar medication then God will be there to either prevent the medication from harming me or God will be there to walk me through it; my peace returned. No matter what you’re facing, the answer is God. So, you see, when Faith Expressed Against Reality you are Forever Relying on God.

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Pumpkins/Christians




Pumpkins/Christians

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This was sent to me in an email. I know it’s been around and many have seen it, but sometimes we need a reminder. Have a good day!!

A woman was asked by a coworker,
‘What is it like to be a Christian?’

The coworker replied, ‘It is like being a pumpkin.’
God picks you from the patch, brings you in,
and washes all the dirt off of you.
Then He cuts off the top and scoops out all the yucky stuff.

He removes the seeds of doubt, hate, and greed.

Then He carves you a new smiling face and
puts His light inside of you to shine for all the world to see.’

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Full Bloom




Full Bloom

Originally uploaded by susan.house

Sorry that it has been so long since my last post but I’ve been touring the Berkshires with my brother and sister-in-law. The color has been absolutely perfect.

One day, we stopped in one of the little towns and after shopping we stopped in a restaurant for lunch. Before we left the waitress asked us where we were going and my brother told her the direction we were headed. She quickly responded, “Oh, that’s good. The mountains are in full bloom in that direction.”
While pondering the “full bloom” statement, it made me question, “Am I, as a Christian, in ‘full bloom’? “Am I flourishing where God has planted me? Am I doing everything I can to help my church be in “full bloom”?

As Christians, it is important for each one of us to do all we can to flourish where God has planted us. Daily time spent with God, studying His Word, fixing dinner for a sick friend, sending a card to a shut-in to let the person know he/she is not forgotten, praying for others, praying for our pastors, thanking Him when we see His hand in our life; these are all ways we can help our churches and ourselves appear in “full bloom”.

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