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Will You Keep Going?

TWICE during the past week, I have gotten a terrible side ache as I was jogging in the morning. This RARELY happens to me. I had to stop running, and walk as fast as I could, taking deep, concentrated breaths. But I kept going, knowing that eventually I would be able to jog again. However, I have to admit that I was starting to get really frustrated about it. So I asked God, what are you trying to teach me through this? And before I could get the words out, He said, "Are you willing to keep going with me - even when the enemy throws something at your side that slows you down. Will you keep walking - even when it looks like you're not moving as fast as you used to, knowing you will run again. The enemy intends for you to stop - to throw in the towel, but you and I both know that if you keep going and take deep breaths of my Holy Spirit, you will run again."

God has spoken this message so many times recently in some many ways and through so many people. Look at Nehemiah reb…

What is Your Source?

There is this one tree I see each morning that I go out jogging . . . It stands out from all the others. It's home is lining the street along with many other trees of the same kind. This spring they all started out looking about the same - not too many branches, not too many leaves, and not too alive. But as spring progressed into summer and the branches and leaves grew, this one tree became so very full. It is amazing to me - same location, same type of tree, but this one has a different source of life . . . it is flourishing.

Psalms 52:8&9 But I am like a green olive tree in the house of God. I trust and confidently rely on the loving-kindness and the mercy of God forever and ever. I will thank you and confide in you forever because you have done it (delivered me and kept me safe). I will wait, hope, and expect in your name, for it is good.

Are you Dead Yet?

There is a beautiful flowering plant that grows outside my dining room window. Every morning I look at it; sometimes observing the life - the growth and beauty of the flowers; sometimes observing the death - the dead petals hanging waiting to fall off. The plant can show signs of death and life at the same time. And it occured to me that the petals must become completely dead, hang there and fall off before new growth can even begin or they have to be dead-headed; someone has to pluck them off.

It reminded me of my life . . . God brings me to the place where I am completely dead to self in an area before beautiful things can grow there - His beautiful things. But once it is dead, He can pluck it off and let new life start to grow there.

If you haven't read the poem, Dying to Self by Bill Britton, I encourage you to do a search for it on the internet and read it . . . talk about a mind shift!

Trusting means Letting Go

2 Timothy 1:12 We can know with certainty that He is able to guard what we have entrutsted to Him . . .

If I go on vacation and ask you to take care of my plant and I never give it to you, how can you guard it? How will you water it, feed it, ensure its growth and well-being, even if you agree to do that. If I haven't given you, handed over, let go, entrusted the plant to your care, I haven't enabled you to guard it nor can I expect you to be responsible for its outcome.How can He (the Almighty God who better knows how to guard things) guard it if I haven't entrusted it to Him? God hit me with this verse as my husband went on mission trip to a 3rd world country lately. He travels often with his job in the military and I realized I had been trusting in that institution to keep him safe (because I could more easily communicate with him and knew there were "safe" places for him to go) instead of the Host of the Angel Armies!

Oswald Chambers says our personal property …