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Monthly Archives: March 2008

Wow, Matt Roger’s When Answers Aren’t Enough is a God-send book! It was a book that was hard to put down.  I could not wait to continue reading it! Although with finals and so forth, I thank God for the grand opportunity of obtaining this book through Zondervan.  I read from page to page with expectation for Him to move and teach me something new.  Being that I have encountered death directly (example:  paternal grandmother and cousin) and indirectly (example:  college friends and colleague’s sister), I would say that I understood what it means to grief, never forget, and maintain that God is good through it all.  In fact, it does not have to be death, people could question God why one has to go through sexual abuse, abortion, drugs, et cetera.  However, it is not His fault for we are given choices.  Unfortunately, we are in the cocoon of this world but must pray to remain set apart as we hide in Him.  I commend Matt for painting such a reader friendly picture of life as we know and experience it.  Sometimes we know why things happen; most often we do not, just as in the case of the Bryants’ as shared by Matt.  In fact, I do thank God for the mystery of His ways because if we had known all, we would have no need of Him.  Praise God for the beauty of the lilies and the present of each moment because we ought to breath each breathe as if it was our last ad infinitum souled out to Him in service and expecting Him to work in and through us.  Just as Rebekah Bryant wrote in her spiritual journal (page 48), that is my prayer also: 

“Lord, your ways are perfect, and you have a plan for me that is just what I need and exactly what you want me to do for you.  You are the one who controls me and what happens to me.  You are almighty and never say, “Oops!” Use me today for your will.” 

Indeed as always, His word—the Bible comes first, but this is a must read!!! 

But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.

–Hebrews 11:6

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Hmmm, not even sure where to begin.  Times with the Lord are so very priceless.  He provides what we need at the time needed.  He loves us.  As we delight in Him, He fulfills the desires of our hearts (Psalm 37:4).  He LOVES us.  Isn’t that amazing?! He promises and keeps.  He knows best and frankly, I am glad to exchange my wills…dreams for HIS.  He who began the good work in us will complete it (Philippians 1:6).  He gets to write all the chapters of our lives!! I thank Him for being our everything–our hiding place! May we continue to hide His words in our hearts, share it, and go wherever He desires as we represent Him in and through our lives.  May YOUR will be done always, Daddy.  In Jesus’ name, amen.

Don Moen – Hiding Place You are my hiding place
I run to You
I need Your mercy and grace
To see me through
So I’ll run to You

You are my hiding place
I run to You
I need Your mercy and grace
To see me through
So I’ll run to You

You are my strength Oh God
You will uphold me
You are my shield Oh God
You will protect me

You are my strength oh God
You will uphold me
You are my shield oh God
You will protect me

You are my hiding place
I run to You
I need Your mercy and grace
To see me through
So I’ll run to You

You are my strength Oh God
You will uphold me
You are my shield Oh God
You will protect me

You are my strength oh God
You will uphold me
You are my shield oh God
You will protect me

You are my hiding place
And run to You
And I need Your mercy and grace
To see me through
So I’ll run to You
So I’ll run to You
I’ll run to You Psalm 32:7 è You are my hiding place;You shall preserve me from trouble;You shall surround me with     songs of deliverance. Psalm 119:114 èYou are my hiding place and my     shield;I hope in Your word.

Attitude is everything; for instance, a praying attitude is crucial…  It is easy to wake up in the morning and scream because it is another day one has to roll out of bed and go to work and/or school.  However, thanks to God for leading Brody Harper (please pardon not sure how to link yet) to be His light…His beacon for us here on earth.  I thank God for this blogging medium and pray that we would all have the excitement and availability when the Lord steers us per His will for Brody is such an example.  Praise be to God for all the other un-named folks that I have not mentioned who are seeking Him first every moment (Matthew 6:33) come what may because He is the one that brightens our countenance in the morning through the day so that we would not succumb to complaints, rather build each other up in exhortation.

I will conclude with these verses for now as I ask God to bless, amaze and meet you wherever you are as you read this:

Proverbs 25:11 A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver.

Hebrews 10 [24] And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, [25] not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.

Oh, here is something else to ponder on:

The man who keeps busy helping the man below him won’t have time to envy the man above him. (Henrietta Mears) I would just like to take this moment for thanking God for making us one in Him.  We are His and He is ours.