Heart Choices: 2012-07-29

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Five Minute Friday: HERE



It's Five Minute Friday when I write for five minutes flat on a word given to us by Lisa-Jo of Gypsy Mama.  Our word for today is ...HERE.


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Here I am.  But the question in my mind is am I ready and available when He calls me to His Kingdom business?  Or am I too preoccupied with my own agenda and to-do list?

Here I am.  My heart's desire to do His will each day.  But then I get caught up in the distractions of life.  The urgent replaces the most important.  I miss some of the opportunities to touch a life that is hurting.  Instead I hurry on to the next appointment of my day.

Here I am.  As I think about the obedient ones listed in the Bible, I want to be one of those who heard His call and obeyed.  I know it may be a call within my own family or my neighbor.  Or it may be to lend a listening ear to a friend who is hurting.  Or to give a hug to someone in need.  Or to visit an elderly person who is so very lonely.

Will I make the time to listen and ...obey.

Here I am.  Do I even hear the Spirit's prompting?

Keep me close Lord.  I am here.  I want to be able to listen.  I want to be available.

STOP

Blessings and love,

QuickEdit

When Trouble Comes What Do You Do?



When trouble comes, what do you do?  Which way do you turn?

Our quote for this week's In Other Words Tuesday comes from an eBook entitled Psalm 91: He Who Dwells.

He also promises to be with us when we are in trouble. Notice that He didn't say that He would take troubles away.  That's because we will encounter trouble.  We will have trials and disappointments.
Psalm 91: He Who Dwells by Lara Velez

I don't know about you but I tend to do some heavy duty praying when troubles come.  I begin by asking God to remove my troubles. I want Him to make things right and ...to do it now please. 

That's my typical first response.  

Although God does have the power to remove it, I find that He often chooses to use the very thing I want to remove to ...change me.   

Imagine that!

I've learned that some troubles come:
  • As a consequence of poor choices
  • Overflowing consequences of someone else's poor choices
  • To teach me, train and refine me
  • To help me discover and uncover what's really in my heart
  • From simply living in a sin laden world
But the important part of going through troubles is ...what do you do?  Which way do you go?

I've discovered that the best place to go is to spend quiet time with the Lord.  No matter where I live, I find a place to go each morning and pour out my heart to the One who holds everything in His hand. He is sovereign and everything must go through His fingers of love before it touches me.  How thankful I am for that.  

I've learned that troubles cause me to draw closer in my walk with Him.  He is my comforter.  Many Scriptures have helped me to endure while going through troubles.

Isaiah 41:10

New International Version (NIV)
10 So do not fear,(A) for I am with you;(B)
    do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen(C) you and help(D) you;
    I will uphold you(E) with my righteous right hand.
I have this verse laminated and placed right in front of my computer screen.

Psalm 73:25-26
New International Version (NIV)
25 Whom have I in heaven but you?(A)
    And earth has nothing I desire besides you.(B)
26 My flesh and my heart(C) may fail,(D)
    but God is the strength(E) of my heart
    and my portion(F) forever.

Yes, He may not immediately remove all of my troubles but He teaches me in the midst of them.  I've learned to hold things of this world more loosely.  And I've learned that He is faithful and trustworthy.

I'm linking up with Sunflower Faith for In Other Words Tuesday.



Blessings and love,




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