Monday, February 27, 2012

Deleted post and some Monday thoughts

Welp, I had a really lovely post scheduled for yesterday. But when it went up, for some reason it was completely blank. I went into "edit" and nothing was there. My whole post got deleted somehow and I was/am so bummed out about that. It was an important one to me, and so when I get over the disappointment of it vanishing, I may rewrite it.

As for now, I just wanted to share what's on my mind this morning.

I'm thankful that our God is one of action. You will never hear Him say these words to you:

My hands are tied. I can't help.

I'm too busy to concern myself with that.

I just don't know what to do. Try someone else.

I really wish I had an answer for you.

Can we reschedule our time together?

Today, I'm basking in the fact that HE IS ON THE READY at all times of day to listen to me, to help me, to comfort me. It's amazing.

And then, what's even more amazing is that whether I bring Him my heart or not, He is at work all around me, all the time. Moving. Acting. Powerfully writing my story of faith, page by page. Most of the time, I just can't see it.

Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for,
the conviction of things not seen.
Hebrews 11:1

But He is at work. Because He loves me. I have faith in this.

I don't always have patience for the timing of His plans, but I have faith that He has some, and that they are good.

But do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you...
2 Peter 3:8,9 

I don't want to overlook this one fact. The Lord is not slow; He is at work in His perfect timing. We can take heart in this knowledge, friends!

Last night, as I went to bed, I read a bit from My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers (entry for Feb. 27th). This spoke to me.

Think of the depths of human nature, of human life, think of the depths of the "wells" in you. Have you been impoverishing the ministry of Jesus so that He can not do anything? Suppose there is a well of fathomless trouble inside your heart, and Jesus comes and says, "Let not your heart be troubled"; and you shrug your shoulders and say, "But Lord, the well is deep; You cannot draw up quietness and comfort out of it." No, He will bring them down from above...

We impoverish His ministry the moment we forget He is Almighty; the impoverishment is in us, not in Him. We will come to Jesus as Comforter or as Sympathizer, but we will not come to Him as Almighty. The reason some of us are such poor specimens of Christianity is because we have no Almighty Christ. We have Christian attributes and experiences, but there is no abandonment to Jesus Christ. When we get into difficult cirumstances, we impoverish His ministry by saying, "Of course He cannot do anything," and we struggle down to the deeps and try to get the water for ourselves. Beware of the satisfaction of sinking back and saying, " It can't be done"; you know it can be done if you look to Jesus. The well of your incompleteness is deep, but make the effort and look away to Him.

Am I walking through my struggles today in faith that I have an Almighty God on my side?

I'm trying.

I don't want to simply believe in God. I want to believe Him. He is love, and He is at work in a mighty way in my life. Today I'm thankful for that.

bits of splendor monday


  1. I would SO freak out if that happened to me! And like you, I am right now reveling in the knowledge that HE is at work in my life right now!

  2. Today has been a bit of a rough day and it isnt helping that I havent been able to post in well over a week! Blogging is a big outlet for me so Im really bummed. Its telling me that blogspot isnt supported by blogger anymore or something and that I need GoogleChrome, which doesnt seem to work either. Grrrr. Have you had these issues?

  3. Doesn't Oswald Chambers really just know how to say it? That is a good quote, I want more of the Almighty Christ!

    And those pictures are so pretty....we woke up to about a foot of snow this morning, and are relishing it!

  4. i couldn't agree more.

  5. I hear this loud and clear. Love the comfort of scripture and the comfort only He brings. Hope you had a wonderful time away just you & your hubs. Much love to you Leslie.:)

  6. so true. believe HIm, not just IN Him...and your snow pics are beautiful :)

  7. Amen Leslie. I can't even imagine what my life would look like without HIM. He carries me.

  8. and not only in our lives, but in all lives... the God who breathes life into dirt. i'm counting on him to do it again.

  9. Very neat concept, Leslie. I do forget that He is always there, always ready for action, always working in my life. He's not off doing his own thing apart from you, such that you have to call out to Him and then wait for Him to have time to hear and respond.

  10. WORD. I am always challenged by His faithfulness when I am flaky with friends. Good words, Leslie. Thank you.