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As I sat to spend time with God in prayer this morning, my thoughts were being pulled to get into His Word.

I hate to cut my talk time with God short, because as of late I seem to have a lot to say to Him. Perhaps God didn’t want to hear it today, because I did unload a bit yesterday.

Seriously. I had words…

ONE SIDED words.

But oh, I PRAISE HIM that He wants us to share our hearts!!

So, I asked God to show me what He wanted me to glean from His Word this morning, and I went to His Book. I began reading in Hebrews and found great comfort in Hebrews 2:18…

“For in that He Himself has suffered, being tempted, He is able to aid those who are tempted.”

I love that!!

Jesus was tempted as a human, so He knows what we are feeling when we are tempted. We can seek comfort from Him any time because He knows what we’re feeling!! He knows our pain, fears, and struggles because He experienced the SAME THINGS!!

That’s awesome!

Jesus knows how I’m feeling…
…when I don’t want to eat right and don’t want to work out.
…when I am frustrated that the house is a mess and the kids are fighting.
…when I am angry that He asked me to leave my kids and go to work full time.

Then it hit me. Jesus does know. He knows what it’s like to be asked to do something He doesn’t want to do. He was asked to give everything of himself, the most a person can give, and even He wants an out…

“Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me… “

Jesus, the Almighty God, in all his humanity didn’t want to do this thing he was asked to do. For one brief moment he wished he didn’t have to. Although in stark contrast to my own attitude, Jesus doesn’t stop there. I REALLY want him to, but he doesn’t. The moment passes and he continues…

…Nevertheless, not my will, but yours, be done.”   Luke 22:42

ouch.

Jesus submitted to the will of His Father as I must do, and accept and trust that the journey He has put me on is right for everyone…including me and my family.

Oh Lord, thank you for being so real. Thank you for being so understanding. Please give me comfort as I leave my heart at home with my kids each day. Give me your strength and energy, and give me opportunity to share my faith with those you have put in my path.

Not my will, but yours…

“And those who know your name put their trust in you, for you, O LORD, have not forsaken those who seek you.”   Psalm 9:10

God worked through my sister-in-law who wrote a beautiful poem and posted it the very day I was struggling to trust in His timing and provision.

I hope it is as much of a blessing and encouragement to you as it was to me.

*please visit Amanda on facebook!  Click on her name below to encourage her writing!

Enjoy.

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.”   Proverbs 3:5-6

Trusting Through Trials

Father God please help me to trust

My timing is NOW

But Yours is not

This trial this test

I don’t understand

I know I can’t make it

Except by Your hand

That must be why

The storm has come

To teach me to trust

To prepare me for

The trials to come

The storm is tumultuous

The wind knocks me down

Which is perfect because

My knees is where must be

The bitter rain stings my face

Causing me to bow my head

My tears mingle with rain

As I come to understand

It’s not the why but the how

How will I make it through

I know there is but one way

The Way the Truth and the Life

He has been with me every day

Urging me to give my cares

To Him and Him alone

To grow my trust

To let go of my fears

To rest in knowing He never left

He is here and will dry every tear.

by Amanda (Jackson) Carlson 05/15/2012

“He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”   Revelation 21:4

I Spy little faith

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“For truly, I say to you, if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you.”   Matthew 17:20

As most of you know I have registered for the She Speaks conference in July… a writer’s conference to help me (hopefully) be more effective with the stories God has given me to share, as well as guide my next steps in this calling (and amazing gift) I feel God has given me.

I’ve been stressing a bit because my financial support is not where I had hoped, three weeks before the due date of May 15th

{gulp…}

Plus, my job has been essentially phased out, so that financial reduction is not going to… y’know, make things easier.  So I decided I need to be proactive and host a Pampered Chef fundraising show.  Unfortunately because of the time constraints, and getting the scholarship money raised to She Speaks before May 15th, the only date available for the show would be THIS Friday.

{again, gulp!!}   Yeah, I’ve got a week.

So, like Noah, I got to work.  I sent out a BOAT-load (heehee) of emails and Facebook invites on Sunday hoping God will do something amazing this week.

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“By faith Noah, being warned by God concerning events as yet unseen, in reverent fear constructed an ark for the saving of his household. By this he condemned the world and became an heir of the righteousness that comes by faith.”   Hebrews 11:7

Shocker, He has already begun answering that prayer.

“But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind.”   James 1:6

I received two separate, yet nearly identical, messages Sunday night from two wonderful friends saying:

“I received your invite for the Pampered Chef fundraiser. I have to be honest though; I can’t cook worth a darn, and have so much expensive Pampered Chef stuff that rarely gets used. I would be happy to help you achieve your monetary goal though. If you would like, I could send you a check directly.”

I was blown away.

“do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.”   Philippians 4:6

I was in high spirits heading to work on Monday, armed with catalogs and fliers to hand out at work, and immediately a couple co-workers approached me and said they wanted to place orders.

“Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, whose trust is the LORD.”   Jeremiah 17:7

Then, my boss approached me and said:

“The doctors said that you can work two more weeks.”

{gulp.}

“So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”   Matthew 6:34

I took a deep breath, figured God had a plan, and am thankful for another two weeks of work…so I’ll make the best of my time.

When I got home and checked my email, I got a message indicating that another dear friend had already placed a significant order on Pampered Chef’s website…

“… your Father knows what you need before you ask him.”   Matthew 6:8

Then Jax called.  He got news that the company he has been contracting for has gotten approval to hire two contractors into full time positions, and Jax has been encouraged to apply.  Although we’ll have to wait for the final word next week, God is orchestrating all of this, and I praise Him for what He will do!!

“At an acceptable time, O God, in the abundance of your steadfast love answer me in your saving faithfulness.”   Psalm 69:13

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