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Gen. 15; Matt. 14; Neh. 4; Acts 14

“Peter said to him,” Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water. And he said, “Come!” and Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But seeing the wind, he became frightened, and beginning to sink, he cried out, “Lord, save me!” Immediately Jesus stretched out his hand and took hold of him, and said to him, “You of little faith! Why did you doubt?” Matt 14:28-31

Everywhere I turn, in everything I read, I’m hearing the Lord tell me to keep my eyes on Him. To make looking at Him the way I live, moment to moment. I’m learning this gaze…trying to learn it…praying to learn it.

Yet too many times lately the wind has been so strong and the water has been choppy, and I have looked at them, and become afraid, and begun to sink into the dangerous depths of anxiety.

This looking is an act of faith; a choice.

I read about Abraham, in Genesis 15, who believed God’s promise to make His offspring as numerous as the stars in the sky, even though he had no son, and it was counted to him as righteousness (v.6).

What will I look at? My circumstances? My reasoning? Or will I look at the one who created me? The one who knows the end from the beginning?

And yet there is more. Not only must I be careful where I look, but to whom I listen.

I read about Nehemiah and the builders and the voices that comprised their “winds”of adversity. The enemy of my soul whispers lies.  That I am feeble…that I will only, always, ever fail. (Nehemiah 4:2-3)

It’s not just the circumstances, but the lies of the deceiver…arrows aimed at my weakest spots on my weakest days.

To my unknowns he whispers worst case scenarios and if I listen, suddenly , I’m not just dealing with the wind and the waves that are actually there, but with wind and waves that do not exist and may never come my way…”what ifs” and worries.

I must not look at the wind and the waves, I must not listen to the mockery of the enemy.

I must only LOOK UNTO JESUS.

“Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith.” (Hebrews 12:2)

I look to Him in faith, look to Him for faith, and all of my looking is with the faith He provides.

And that, my friend, is grace. All grace.

Amy W. (gueston66books)

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Zechariah 13, 14; Revelation 3, 4

As I’m preparing to send out my Christmas letter, I’ve been reflecting not only on what God has done for us in this past year, but over the course of our whole marriage.  This morning, as I was praying, God showed me the number of times the enemy tried to beat us down and the number of times Brad & I were able to overcome the situation because of God’s strength and God’s power.

“What he opens no one can shut, and what he shuts on one can open…I have placed before you an open door that no one can shut.  I know that you have little strength…” (Revelation 3:7-8).  In February, 2006, we had little strength, but by the beckoning of the Holy Spirit, I went looking for my friend who didn’t know I was coming to her church.  That morning, a woman I didn’t know prayed for me and said that the doctors were wrong, that my husband would not be saddled with disability, because God had greater things for us than that—greater blessings and greater opportunities.

Almost 7 years later, the enemy is trying to beat us down with the same issues.  But then I read in Revelation 3 all the benefits of those who overcome: they will be dressed in white; their names will never be removed from the book of life; Christ will acknowledge them before God and His angels; they will become pillars in God’s temple; on them will be written the names of God, God’s city, and Christ’s new name; they will be given the right to sit with Christ on His throne, (vv. 5, 12, 21).

Lord, you promised that you would walk with us through life’s challenges.  And even though we face many today, I am encouraged because even when we feel like our strength is little, you give us the power to overcome.  Thank you, Father.  In Jesus’ Name I pray, Amen.

Heatherpotts5

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2 Samuel 19; 2 Corinthians 12; Ezekiel 26; Psalm 74

I worked with a guy in the 90s who often said, with a smile no less, “Problems are just opportunities.” His optimism and relentless good mood were a mystery to someone like me, who didn’t see things quite the same.

In 2011, I sit at a dining room table with head in hands and pray. There is no shortage of need: a broken heart, a husband’s hurt back at three weeks, a sick child, a moody child, a friend off to court, others struggling for joy in sorrow–a sampling of an inner circle–as I move outward, need grows in number and magnitude. We are all there, in number and magnitude.

Oh, the opportunity.

Three different times I begged the Lord to take it away.  Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. 2 Corinthians 12:8-9 (NLT)

Paul writes that his pain was to humble him. And I think back to grumbling, desert-wandering Israelites in Deuteronomy 8 and verses that changed my life: years that humble to see what was inside a heart. I crave His life-giving Word.

When I thought my own difficult season would have given way to relief by now, I still wake unsettled, cautious. A child hears me pray before homework, “God, please pour down your grace upon me. I am so greedy for it.”

“Greedy?!” she exclaims. “I love you, Mom.”

Father, more and more I see: problems are opportunities–opportunities to look for you and see your mighty hand at work daily, still. Your grace sustains me–and I reach for you, holding tight, grasping and greedy for your presence when difficulties weigh. I am so very thankful you never let go of me. 

Courtney (66books365)

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Exodus 24, Job 42, John 3, 2 Corinthians 12

“My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness.”

2 Corinthians 12:9 NIV

Power struggles…I seem to get caught up in them so easily with my children. I want to be right. I want to be in charge. What I say, I want followed to the letter.

Then after wards, I feel the sting of guilt for my lack of humility and gentleness in the situation.

Wednesday, prime example: Youngest daughter sad, because she didn’t think Daddy kissed her goodbye. It threw her into a very dramatic scene that caused her to “not” be able to dress herself for school.  Of course, I knew she was capable of dressing herself, so I took the stance that I wasn’t going to help her. I was busy with breakfast and she needed to listen, get herself dressed, and get her emotions under control.

15 minutes later, both of us are still unhappy.

In the aftermath, I thought about humility and gentleness. Why couldn’t I have taken the stance that she was just sad and needed some comfort,  some extra attention and help with dressing…even though she’s 6 1/2 and capable of doing it herself?

Jesus said to Paul: “My power is made perfect in weakness.”

The realization: If I had humbled myself, had compassion on her and helped out, God’s love and power would have shown through my “weakness.”

“But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what he has done has been done through God.”

John 3:21 NIV

“He must become greater; I must become less.”

John 3:30 NIV

Father,

You lived your life as one of service and humility…one of gentleness and overwhelming love for all mankind. When I choose to follow Your lead and example, I know Your power will be glorified through my weakness. Please help me to let go of my prideful nature…to become less, so that You may become greater.

– Beckie (look2thehills)


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