The Greater Work

 Posted by on March 25, 2014  2 Responses »
Mar 252014
 

Icebergs, what in the world do they have to do with what’s going on in your life?  My husband, Bob, had surgery and developed an infection. We were praying earnestly for his healing.  As I was crying out to the Lord one night, He used the illustration of an iceberg to begin revealing what was really going on in our lives. You can only see the part of an iceberg that is above the surface of the water, and I had no idea know how much of an iceberg is hidden. Wikipedia says that typically only one-ninth of the volume of an iceberg is above water. The shape of the underwater portion can be difficult to judge by looking at the portion above the surface.

This has led to the expression “tip of the iceberg“, for a problem or difficulty that is only a small manifestation of a larger problem.  Bob and I were so focused on him recovering from the surgery and the infection all we could see was the physical problem and what we thought God needed to do.  Bob is an action person and the forced inactivity was very hard on him, but God used it to put us in a place where we had to stop and take a hard look at our relationship with Him.  Since Bob’s retirement we had just sort of drifted along, we got spiritually lazy and couldn’t seem to find our place. I am so thankful God would not leave us in that state!

When I dress his wound I only see the surface, but we know a healing is going on underneath the skin and that part must close up before the healing can be complete.  In the same way God is at work in the spirit realm, underneath what we can see with our physical eyes, performing a FAR GREATER WORK than we could ever begin to imagine.

The infection in Bob’s body was nothing compared to the infection that was developing in our spirits, but God is a healer of spirits as well as bodies;  He is interested in our total restoration.  If you compare His work to an iceberg, that means eight-ninths of what God is doing FOR us is not visible TO us.  He is performing a FAR GREATER WORK than anything we could ever imagine or hope for; and when He is finished we will come forth as gold that has been tried in the fire; pure and untarnished.  So when you are faced with a situation you can’t understand, remember it is just the “tip of the iceberg”; not of the problem, but of what God is doing.  He is at work!  You can’t see Him, but He is there!

So don’t give up, stay in the lifeboat, help is on the way and your deliverance is going to be amazing.  Let me close with this prayer: Now to God who can do so many awe-inspiring things, immeasurable things, things greater than we ever could ask or imagine through the power at work in us, to Him be all glory in the church and in Jesus the Anointed from this generation to the next, forever and ever. Amen. (Ep. 3:20-21 The Voice)

Do Your work Lord, do Your work!

It’s All In The Preparation

 Posted by on September 3, 2013  1 Response »
Sep 032013
 

My Daddy was like a turtle, slow and steady. He could work any of the younger men into the ground. I can’t remember Daddy ever saying these exact words, but he truly lived by this sentiment: “Measure twice – cut once.”

It's All in the Preparation www.habitsforahappyhome.comFor those who didn’t have his patience and were in a hurry to get a job done, he would just about drive them crazy. They would measure and want to go straight to the board and make their cut, but Daddy would always go back and measure again; just to make sure.  His method always paid off, but if they didn’t do what he said, it almost always led to the cut being wrong and the board not fitting.  This led to a lot of wasted wood.  For him, the preparation was the most important part of the job.  Without the proper preparation a job could be ruined or cost more to finish.

God doesn’t get in a hurry when he is doing a work in us. He put a vision in Joseph when he was seventeen, but it wasn’t fulfilled until he had been falsely accused of a crime and spent years in prison.  He could have gotten bitter and given up, but he kept his faith and he kept a good attitude and God promoted him.  God delivered him from the prison and he became second in command to Pharaoh.  He was used to save his family; which included the very brothers who had sold him into slavery in the beginning. Jesus was thirty years old when he started his earthly ministry; thirty years of preparation for three years of work.  Moses was forty before he received his call to lead the children of Israel out of bondage. His time in Pharaoh’s family and the years in exile as a shepherd prepared him for the task God had given him.  During that time he was growing in faith and his dependence on God.  After David was anointed King, he spent years running, in fear for his life, before he actually took his place on the throne.  God used everything these men went through to make them fit and ready for the work he had called them to do.

Has God given you a vision?  Are you becoming discouraged because it hasn’t come to pass?  Let me encourage you to **not become weary while you are waiting, for in DUE SEASON you shall reap if you don’t lose heart and give up.  *“DUE SEASON is God’s season, not ours. Patience is not the ability to wait; it is the ability to keep a good attitude while waiting.”

God is just measuring you twice – before he makes his final cut.  He is taking his time to make sure you have everything you need to succeed.  He is taking everything you have experienced, the good and the bad, to make you a vessel fit for his use.  Like my Daddy said, “If you changed one thing in your past, you wouldn’t be the person you are today.”  The finished product will be a direct result of the preparation you have gone through.

We need to be thankful everyday for this amazing time of preparation.   ***He who began a the good work, will continue working in you, till Jesus comes back for us.

*Quote by Joyce Meyers
Scripture:  **Galatians 6:9  &  ***Philippians 1:6

Kaleidoscope

 Posted by on June 6, 2013  4 Responses »
Jun 062013
 

His Kaleidoscope at www.habitsforahappyhome.com As a child, I used to love to play with a kaleidoscope. It was fascinating to watch how it changed with just one simple turn of the tube. There were so many different patterns and colors, I don’t know if any two were ever the same. If you are one of those rare individuals who has never seen one, here is the dictionary definition.

Kaleidoscope: 1. A tubular instrument containing loose bits of colored glass, plastic, etc. reflected by mirrors so that various symmetrical patters appear when the tube is held to the eye and rotated. 2. Anything that constantly changes, as in color and pattern.

The writer of “Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World” used the illustration of a kaleidoscope. I thought about it, the Lord gave we a vision of what He has been doing in my life since we retired. I knew what my identity was as a Pastor’s wife, but once we retired I couldn’t seem to find my place again. Abba reminded me of what happens the moment you begin to rotate the end of the kaleidoscope: the patterns falls apart, and if you continue rotating it, a new pattern is formed. None of the pieces are lost; they are all right there in the tube, they just come together in a different way. That is what happened to me; the pattern of who I was fell apart. Yet over time, God has been putting me back together; just in new way, with a different calling and purpose. He didn’t lose any of the pieces that make me, me. They were all in His safe keeping, ready to be put in a new order and for a new purpose.

As I thought about it, I realized this has happened before. Every situation we face has the potential of changing us in some way. When we lose someone we love life goes on, but we are not the same person we were before. God has a new purpose and design for our lives. When we are faced with a serious illness, it changes us; we have a new way of ministering to people, because of what we have gone through. When we marry, have children, get a job, face the “empty nest syndrome,” overcome death, retire, whatever we go through; each turn our life takes can cause the old pattern to fall apart and a new pattern to appear. Remember though, no matter what you are going through, God has not lost any of the pieces that make you, you. They are all safe in His tender care.

As it says in Colossians 2:9, “For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily; and you are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power.” In comparing us to a kaleidoscope here is the picture He gave me: Jesus is the tube, we are the pieces held inside the tube, and the Holy Spirit is the mirrors that reflect the beauty of what Father God is doing in us as He turns our life from one event to the next. He is continually changing us, carrying us from glory to glory. The pattern of a kaleidoscope is changed and reformed in a matter of seconds but it takes a lot longer for the new pattern of our life to emerge.

Remember, good things come to those who wait upon the Lord. Your new pattern is going to be amazing!

~ Written by Beth, “My husband of 46 years and I recently retired from full time ministry and we are looking forward to discovering what God has in store for the next part of our journey.  I am a very proud mother and grandmother and I love to encourage others through the word and my life experiences.  My life verse is Psalm 118:24 – This is the day that the Lord has made; I choose to rejoice and be glad in it.”

Are You a Funnel or a Jar?

 Posted by on May 7, 2013  2 Responses »
May 072013
 

Bet you never thought you would be compared to a funnel or a jar, did you? Well as believers we have the choice to be either one or the other. Both the funnel and the jar were created for a purpose, but it is up to us how we use them.

Jars hold things; water, food, juice, nuts and bolts, medicine–I could go on and on. Funnels on the other hand were not meant to hold anything, they help us to pour a substance from one container to another. You can’t pour something into a funnel and expect it to stay there; it is going to flow out the bottom and if there isn’t a vessel in place to catch it, you will have a mess. Jars on the other hand are great for holding things, but if it isn’t properly sterilized, liquids or food that stay too long will spoil and grow all sorts of terrible stuff.

It’s the same with us; God created us for a purpose, but it is up to us whether we fulfill our purpose or not. Are you being a jar; just letting Him pour and pour into you until you are full. That’s alright for a while, but what happens when God wants to put something new in you? Are you so full of old stuff, that you can’t hold the new?

On the other hand, if you are a funnel, then you are allowing the things God pours into you, to flow out to those around you who are in need. Paul tells us, “we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us.” (2 Cor. 4:7)  We are a vessel created to be a dwelling place for the Holy Spirit. Our purpose is to spread the Word of God and His love to everyone we meet. “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” (Ep. 2:10)

When God comforts you, it so that you can comfort the hurting around you. When he blesses you financially, it is so you can be a blessing to those in need. He heals you, whether it is physically, mentally or spiritually, in order for you to tell others what He has done for you and give them hope that He will meet their needs also. Some people will go anywhere, anytime just to hear the Word preached or taught. They take notes and have all kinds of books and CDs, filling themselves with knowledge; but, what good is all that knowledge if it is never shared. Sooner or later it becomes stale and dry. When you are a funnel you don’t have to worry about running out. When God sees you are allowing Him to flow through you, instead of trying to hide Him away, then He will continually pour living water through you and refresh the thirsty world.

So what’ll it be, funnel or jar? Let’s all sing together, “let it FLOW, let it FLOW, let it FLOW.”

~ Written by Beth, “My husband of 46 years and I recently retired from full time ministry and we are looking forward to discovering what God has in store for the next part of our journey.  I am a very proud mother and grandmother and I love to encourage others through the word and my life experiences.  My life verse is Psalm 118:24 – This is the day that the Lord has made; I choose to rejoice and be glad in it.”

“This Day”

 Posted by on April 4, 2013  1 Response »
Apr 042013
 

It is the beginning of a brand new day; a crisp, sunny morning and I have no idea what this day will hold, but I do know the one who holds ME.  My Life Verse is Psalm 118:24, “This is the day the Lord has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.”  The Message Bible says it this way: “This is the very day God acted–let’s celebrate and be festive.”  I know some people do their devotions in the morning, some like to pray and read the word at night; everyone is different, but my best time has always been as soon as I wake up and I always finish my prayers claiming that verse.  It is a reminder to me of the choices I need to make each day. 

When Joshua was getting ready to lead the children of Israel into the promised land he made a very important statement; “Choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve…but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” (Joshua 24:15)  Each person had to decide for themselves whether they were going to follow Almighty God or the false god’s of the nations they were going in to conquer. Joshua didn’t want there to be any question who he was serving, so he made his decision clear to all the people.  Do those around you know what your decision is?

In order to be saved you must make the choice to receive Jesus as your Savior; a one time, life altering decision; but each and every day you are faced with choices in your relationship with Him.  When I am closing my prayer time I say it this way, “This is the day that the Lord has made for me, and I CHOOSE to rejoice and be glad in it.” By making that statement, I am setting the tone for my entire day.  I can begin the day with worry or by remembering that God is in control of whatever comes into my life, and everything that happens has been filtered through his love.  Yesterday is past, I can’t do anything about it; tomorrow is not even promised, so why spend time worrying.  God has created THIS DAY, so it is my decision to make the most of it.

Each and everyday you can make a choice to…

  • LOVE–He loved you and gave Jesus to die in your place, so love Him and others.
  • TRUST–Jesus promised never to leave you or forsake you.
  • OBEY–His will is to give you hope and a future.
  • FOLLOW–He will lead you every step of the way.
  • REJOICE–God chose you!
  • GIVE THANKS–For all the wonderful blessings you have received.

Our lives are made up of CHOICES: life or death; worry or trust; love or hate; joy or sorrow; forgiveness or bitterness. Each day we are given a chance to start over, we receive a fresh start. THIS IS A BRAND NEW DAY, will you rejoice and be glad in it? The CHOICE is yours.

~written by Beth