He Will Calm The Trials In Your Life

Trials aren’t fun. Father, to be honest, if I see one coming, I make every effort to avoid it. I question You, Lord, when I read Your words spoken through Your servant James that tell me to consider trials as “pure joy.” Really? Pure joy?

You gently remind me of my past trials and how You were in the midst of all of them. You show me Your perspective: that difficulty and struggle are not necessarily the enemy, that sometimes You are molding my character. You are teaching me not to sin during my trials but to seek You so that I will possess everything I need in life. It is Your wisdom that helps me to discern the challenges I face. Your truth tells me, Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing (James 1:2–4 ESV).

Though life is sometimes difficult, I am learning total reliance upon You. So as my faith grows in Your love, so does my perseverance. I know that You are transforming me into Your likeness—a complete follower who has been nourished by Your great faithfulness in the midst of my trials. There is no doubt that when I look back on my challenges, I will see Your hand of goodness and remember Your Word: “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect” (Romans 12:2 ESV). Knowing Your truth, I can handle anything.

* I Seek Truth is written in first person as if you were the one talking to your Heavenly Father.

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Will I Do The Same?

It was just before the Passover Festival. Jesus knew that the hour had come for him to leave this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end.John 13:1

It’s hard for me to think about that terrible day that You endured. Judas had already betrayed You and painful scourging and the excruciating crucifixion awaited. But in Your last few moments of freedom, You didn’t stop serving others.

Taking off Your outer garment, You served his disciples. Horrified by Your performing the task of a lowly servant, Peter tried to refuse … until You convinced him of its necessity. He had to accept the cleansing and let You serve him and save him with Your incredible grace.

Then You explained. The foot washing ceremony was not to be a onetime event. You wanted it to be a way of life for Your followers. A way of life for me. If I belong to Your kingdom, I will serve as You, my King did. And You, King Jesus served all the way to Your death.

Sometimes, in my fatigue and weakness, I am tempted to give up. Service is hard and counterintuitive. But if I want to be like You, if I want my life to count for the kingdom, I cannot live just for myself. Your truth tells me, “Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others” (Philippians 2:3-4).

Lord, I want to be like You! 

* I Seek Truth is written in first person as if you were the one talking to your Heavenly Father.

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You Separate Me

In the beginning, heavenly Father, You were there. Complete darkness, total silence. Emptiness. And then You opened Your mouth and declared: Let there be light! Your very first words spoken. Then You separated light from darkness. Little did I know as I study Your Word, the Bible, that Your radiant light didn’t come from the sun or the moon, it came from Your Son, Jesus Christ—the Savior of the world. The One who radiates Your light in a world full of darkness. My Savior!

Lord, in the beginning You separated the darkness from light. In the beginning You thought about me. You separated me, too. I no longer live in darkness. I live in Your light. I live in Your truth. A truth that has no end.

* I Seek Truth is written in first person as if you were the one talking to your Heavenly Father.

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Quit Trying So Hard

Equip me to share with others that they do not have to feel burdened by the need to appease You. The world needs to know that their sins should not keep them from coming to You because they feel that they need to do something good first to make up the deficit. Your truth tells me that You, Jesus, invites all of us to rest in You. You didn’t come into the world to condemn us, but to save us. We don’t – I don’t need to earn Your approval. It’s already given to all those who trust, believe and depend on You, Lord Jesus. It has been given to me!

* I Seek Truth is written in first person as if you were the one talking to your Heavenly Father.

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God Told Me To Tell You To Adopt The Baby

When praying one morning a young woman who I had known came to my mind. God then plainly spoke to my heart and asked me to tell her not to be afraid to adopt. I had known that she and her husband struggled with the fact they could not conceive. I am a woman who is rarely afraid of speaking to people about my relationship with God, but I felt uncomfortable approaching her with this message. So as it is with my relationship with God, I told Him I would do what He asked, if He would place her before me.

The God that He is, determined to use me to to speak to her her, placed her before me while I was shopping at a local retail store. There she was, so I said to God, “I got this loud and clear.” I asked her if I could speak to her privately away from the store. She seemed hesitant, but she said, “well lets walk out to my car, I am looking for something to match this scarf.” When we got outside, I said, “Well I know you are  going to think I am crazy, but in prayer God asked me to tell you not to be afraid to adopt.” She immediately began to cry and asked me to get into the car so we could continue our conversation. There she told me that no one knew she and her husband had been approached about adopting a child, who was still in the womb of a woman who could not keep her baby.  She said they had not discussed this with anyone. She said no one knew not even their parents. They where having a hard time with it all. I told her that I told God if He placed her before me I would speak His word to her. I had not interned to shop at the store that day but in fact God lead me there. I told her that this child must be very important to God as He specifically chose her and her husband to be the guardians of the child’s life.  She said “I am sorry for the tears, but I am overwhelmed. I must go home and tell my husband.”  The child was a beautiful little girl with eyes as blue as the sky. She is about 9 years old now and she is loved beyond imagining.

Sometimes we are called to do the extraordinary. Fear can keep us from doing the work God needs us to do on His behalf. While I was not afraid, the thought of calling someone with such a message was a little intimidating, because as being a human goes, judgment is not easy. Yet God, knew I would do what He asked of me from past experience. He just needed to set things up. There are days that the ordinary walk with God ,in corporation with His will, makes a difference, though we may not see it. We just have to listen and trust Him.

Elizabeth 

Shawnee, Oklahoma

 

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Don’t Be Scared – You Are His!

There are days in my life that I wonder where You are taking me. And to be honest, I get scared. How am I going to get through?

You revealed Your truth to me this morning as I spent time with You. You never change. Your Word never changes. And as You told Your children, the Israelites, in the book of Isaiah, Your Spirit whispered to my soul.  Your truth tells me, “But now, thus says the Lord, your Creator, O Jacob, And He who formed you, O Israel, Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name; you are Mine! When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they will not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be scorched, Nor will the flame burn you. For I am the Lord your God, The Holy One of Israel, your Savior” (Isaiah 43:1-3 NASB).

Heavenly Father – You are all I need to get through anything!

* I Seek Truth is written in first person as if you were the one talking to your Heavenly Father.

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