Monday, April 15, 2013

Snow on my birthday

Ephesians 3:20 Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us,

Today things did not go the way I planned or wanted. I understand, deep down that this is a part of life. But, it being my birthday part if me REALLY wanted to pout.
I'm sure my parents remember growing up I would say it was going to be a beautiful day, because I had "ordered" nice weather. And, April being what it was where we lived, it usually was. I'd smile and say "see! He loves me!"

I'm so grateful for God's grace in my life that now I can know that when things are not going "my" way I can rejoice in Him and His sovereignty in my life.
What an incredible gift!
I know He loves me, as His special daughter. Even more than I love our sweet girl. More than I can fathom.
And in that love He gives me what I need!
Even snow on my birthday.

I am also grateful for His grace in leading me through a friend to Ann Vonskamp's book "One Thousand Gifts", and for Him teaching me to give thanks in all things, resting in His arms of love and Daddy's heart.

Even for pain. Even for things I don't like. Even for snow on my birthday.

Saturday, April 6, 2013

For His great name

Joshua 7:... And what will you do for your great name?”
Praying and asking God to work and what will He do for the sake of His name.

This really struck me during my quiet time this week. Wow! What boldness!

Joshua was in a tough situation to say the least. Israel had just been defeated at Ai. They were surrounded by enemies
I don't know about you, but I think I pray a little "politely"sometimes.
Joshua called on God to defend Himself and bring glory to His name.
I started to pray in this way after reading this. I challenge you to do the same!

Some gifts:
-Long winters, with spring coming when God call it, in the weather and in our lives.

- "Be strong and courageous"

- getting back to counting my gifts.

- quiet time with Jesus.

- Grace towards me that is new every morning.

- My car accident (trust in The Lord, and learning compassion for others).