"I am guiding you in the way of wisdom, and I am leading you on the right path." proverbs 4:11

31 days on provision: a prayer

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Published on October 27th, 2013 @ 11:01:00 pm , using 136 words, 661 views

So... this picture really belongs at the top of the courage post and the Northern Red Fisher belongs at the top of this post.  oh well....i may change it eventually

May you experience joy after courage, wisdom for the needs of the moment, and when words are short on supply, may you find comfort and encouragement in the Psalms and stories of those who?ve gone before. 
          The Lord bless you and watch, guard, and keep you; The Lord make His face to shine upon and enlighten you and be gracious (kind, merciful, and giving favor) to you; The Lord lift up His [approving] countenance upon you and give you His peace (tranquility of heart and life continually).
(numbers 6:25-27)

This week i pray you are provided the experience of
                     rest in the Fatherly care of the One who loves you deeply.

things provided: courage

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Published on October 26th, 2013 @ 11:52:00 pm , using 469 words, 510 views

i heard the news that the healing we?d prayed for hadn?t come.  i bent the knee and sat with my Father for a bit about it.  then i got up and wrote a card and gathered some things i thought would be a blessing.  but the note and the gifts were so close to my heart.  and i began to think about it.  what if they add to the struggle instead of bring comfort?  what if it?s all wrong?  what if they don?t get it? (i am aware of my odd-ness)  so i set it on my desk-and walked away thinking maybe i should forget the whole thing. the family gathered up to go out and last minute i mentioned that i had something to give our dear ones and could we just stop and put it in their mailbox on our way?  so we did.  and i prayed that the Lord would bring comfort.

i heard from a mutual friend just this past week what a blessing the gift was.  i shared how i tried to talk myself out of it.  she gave me a hug and whispered; ?just keep listening to the Spirit-He directed and it?s good that you obeyed.?

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yesterday we received an invitation for a Harvest Party in the alleyway this evening.  There would be a Chili Cookoff * Pie Competition * Pumpkin Carving * Smores at the fire pit * Games * and more!  No we didn?t need to bring anything, just come!  The kids really wanted to go.  We?ve never met these neighbors-they are down the street, on the other side of the alley from us. 

we went.

the kids carved pumpkins, we joined in the sack race, wheelbarrow race, and 3 legged race.  We voted on our favorite chili, pie, and carved pumpkin.  The kids decorated cookies.  We drank hot cider and made smores around the fire pit.  We met some of our neighbors and their friends.  We had a great time. 

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Life just takes courage.  it takes courage to share my heart with someone, and courage to meet new people.  it takes courage to take the bag to goodwill-trusting that i really don?t want what?s in it.  courage to engage with family who don?t get or really even like me.  courage to parent these children.  courage to go where Jesus sends me.  courage to answer the knock at the door.

but i?ve decided fear is a joy-sucker.  i could have just scrapped the gift idea and settled for praying only.  we could have stayed home tonight and enjoyed just each other?s company.  but we would have missed out. 

There are many commands that say ?do not fear.?

but when i need courage-i am thankful for this one; ?Whenever i am afraid i will trust in You.? 

when i am afraid, i pray

and He provides me courage.

things provided: no school

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Published on October 25th, 2013 @ 10:07:00 pm , using 0 words, 782 views

things provided: cloud of witnesses

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Published on October 24th, 2013 @ 11:49:00 pm , using 845 words, 282 views

view from Cassia Lodge, Uganda

view from Cassia Lodge, Uganda

the friend who?s marriage isn?t getting better.  we talk of the need for hope even if.... there must be hope even if it never does.

my pastor is struggling with an attack on his health.  we?ve gathered as a church and laid our hands on him and prayed for healing and relief.  he?s been to doctor after doctor after doctor.  he?s taken a leave to rest and remove stress.  and healing isn?t coming.  what else is left to do?  what now?

the earth heaves and groans and fires burn and floods engulf and hurricanes and tornados destroy.  it?s not stopping.

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In Hebrews chapter 10 we are told we have need of endurance.

Therefore, do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God, you may receive what was promised.

For yet in a very little while,
He who is coming will come, and will not delay. Hebrews 10:35-37 

and then we have Hebrews 11-that great hall of faith. 

By faith Abraham......Isaac......Jacob........And what more shall I say? For time will fail me if I tell of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, ofDavid and Samuel and the prophets, who by faith conquered kingdoms, performed acts of righteousness, obtained promises, shut the mouths of lions, quenched the power of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, from weakness were made strong, became mighty in war, put foreign armies to flight. Women received back their dead by resurrection; and others were tortured, not accepting their release, so that they might obtain a better resurrection; and others experienced mockings and scourgings, yes, also chains and imprisonment. They were stoned, they were sawn in two, they were tempted, they were put to death with the sword; they went about in sheepskins, in goatskins, being destitute, afflicted, ill-treated  (men of whom the world was not worthy), wandering in deserts and mountains and caves and holes in the ground.

And all these, having gained approval through their faith, did not receive what was promised,because God had provided something better for us, so that apart from us they would not be made perfect.  Hebrews 11:32-40 

THEREFORE hebrews 12 begins...

since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.   Hebrews 12:1-3

For He is faithful. 

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if all the Hebrews 11 life stories weren't enough..... if Jesus' example wasn't enough.....

i read of Biddy Chambers.  when Oswald was ill she was given a word, a strengthening word straight from the Lord; ?this sickness will not end in death.?

he died.

i read of Arthur and Wilde Matthews and the green leaves the Lord brought forth in a time of severe spiritual and physical drought as the last of the CIM missionaries to escape communist china.

i read of Amy Carmichael who thought she would get well-believed the Lord would heal so she could return to the work she loved of caring for and rescuing children from sexual slavery in hindu temples.

she didn?t get better and remained bedridden for 20 years before her passing.

Detrich Bonhoffer- imprisoned and killed by Hitler.  multiple assassination attempts failed.

Paul in prison, John exiled.

What have all these witnessed?  His faithfulness.....even there.

they pen chapters entitled: ?Thou Art God when i can?t Understand1.?  and ?Thy Calvary stills my questions.2? and real words like ?She could only pray that the Word of God in her dazed mind might find its way to touch the aching emptiness in the pit of her stomach.3?  

i read odd books i sometimes wonder.  they talk of deep suffering often of God?s people.  but i don?t read them to focus on the person?s suffering, or even the person?s ?faith?.  no, it?s because these books speak of a power and hope and strength that is beyond them.  and don?t we all need that?  These witnesses have witnessed it.  and so they can cheer us on as ones who know and understand all too well the temptations and encumbrances and sins which so easily entangle.   they speak of the enduring victory of this Author and Perfecter of our faith. Jesus is the hero in their stories.

this is what the great cloud of witnesses knows.

He is the hero, He is the faithful one.  He is our hope and our joy. 

The words they share are endurance building. 

so that i do not grow weary and loose heart.  


1Green Leaf in Drought Time by Isabel Kuhn; 2 Rose from Brier by Amy Carmichael; 3Oswald Chambers Abandoned To God by David McCasland p. 258

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this is part of a 31 day series on Provision.  To see the first post in the series click here.  To read the entire series click here and read backwards (the first post is listed last, the latest post is listed first-i don't know how to change that. thank you for grace.)


things provided: Father

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Published on October 23rd, 2013 @ 10:30:00 pm , using 200 words, 290 views

Matthew chapter 6 repeats the phrase "your Father in heaven" 12 times.

 12.

times.

in just this one chapter.

i think Jesus might have been making a point?  

Father. 

in heaven.

He knows what we need, and He wants us to get that.  so He calls Himself our Father.  

sometimes our earthly fathers can give us a glimpse of Him.

sometimes they can't even in the least way.

and when that's the case?  

Sing to God, sing praises to His name;
Lift up a song for Him who rides through the deserts,
Whose name is the Lord, and exult before Him.
A father of the fatherless and a judge for the widows,
Is God in His holy habitation. psalm 68:4-5

 and when we've broken down?  this man shows us what our heavenly Father is like.  because whatever happens, we must finsih our race too. 

 


I am sure of this, that He who started a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.  Philippians 1:6


this is part of a 31 day series on Provision.  To see the first post in the series click here.  To read the entire series click here and read backwards (the first post is listed last, the latest post is listed first-i don't know how to change that. thank you for grace.)


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