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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Conversation At 3:00 a.m.

This morning, I woke up early, around 3. There wasn’t a strange noise or a child crying. It was You. You woke me up to make me think about what I’d done. The day before, I’d taken a shortcut. I chose to make a decision to walk into an unhealthy relationship without seeking Your wisdom first. I didn’t pray, and the decision has caused me a lot of confusion. Now, in the early morning, I’m stuck without sleep, wondering what to do.

Because it’s You who’ve woken me, You provide an answer. You remind me of Your situation in the desert when You were tempted by the devil. “Jesus was full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led around by the Spirit in the wilderness. For forty days, Jesus ate nothing and was tempted by the devil.” (Luke 4:1-2 ) You show me that You were tired. You were vulnerable and this was the perfect time to be tempted. The devil offered You a shortcut to the dominion of the world by worshipping him instead of God. He knew that if You accepted his offer, then Your purpose of dying on the cross would mean nothing, and I would be lost and dead in my sins. Eternal life with You would not exist. The Devil wasn’t just working against You in the dessert. He was working against all humanity. However, You, Jesus, didn’t take the shortcut. You kept Your eyes focused on Your heavenly Father, and His perfect plan, which included me and the rest of Your children.

Lord, thank You for showing me, through Your example, that I, too, can overcome this vulnerability. I can’t let Satan tempt me to take shortcuts, because shortcuts are not part of Your plan. Thank You for waking me up to Your truth.

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

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What Are You Seeking?

In the stillness of the morning, I ponder Your first conversation that You had with two of Your disciples in the Book of John. Two powerful questions that I, too, have to ask myself – What are you seeking and where are you staying?

 “The two disciples heard him say this, and they followed Jesus. Jesus turned and saw them following and said to them, “What are you seeking?” And they said to him, “Rabbi” (which means Teacher), “where are you staying?” He said to them, “Come and you will see.” So they came and saw where he was staying, and they stayed with him that day, for it was about the tenth hour” (John 1:37-39 ESV).

Jesus, forgive me when the world pulls me away from You by enticing me to believe that others or things have the answers that will bring me happiness. It’s a lie. I hear Your Spirit in my heart calling me to seek Your face, Your Word—the Bible—and Your promises that will fulfill my life—Your truth. I will come, see and follow You forever. 

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

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Is Your Arm Too Short?

The Lord answered Moses, “Is the Lord’s arm too short? Now you will see whether or not what I say will come true for you.”Numbers 11:23

Barely out of Egypt, the Israelites began grumbling against Moses—and ultimately You, God—for taking them out of captivity and into the nearby desert only to starve to death. You provided manna each day and when they people began complaining about the manna, you provide more!

You—the One who had leveled Egypt with ten devastating plagues—the One who had parted the Red Sea to provide a way for Israel’s escape—wasn’t worried. You knew You had the power to save them in the desert, just as he had in Egypt. But the real question was: Why didn’t they?

So You spoke to the root of their unbelief. “Is the Lord’s arm too short?” he simply asked. It unearthed the question hidden in my soul. Are You really enough? Can You possibly provide all that I will ever need? Then You answered: Quail, too numerous to count, blew in from the sea. You had provided, as You promised You would. Yes, Your arm was—and is—long enough!