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Fried

Proverbs 3:5-12 [Full Chapter]

Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure out everything on your own. Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; he’s the one who will keep you on track. Don’t assume that you know it all. Run to God! Run from evil! Your body will glow with health, your very bones will vibrate with life! Honor God with everything you own; give him the first and the best. Your barns will burst, your wine vats will brim over. But don’t, dear friend, resent God’s discipline; don’t sulk under his loving correction. It’s the child he loves that God corrects; a father’s delight is behind all this.
consumed
Ever poured so much time, money and energy into something just to have it blow up right in front of you?  That’s how it has been with our car.  It started about a year ago…tires, struts, springs..minor things.  Then onto bigger issues…radiator, plugs, battery, alternator….oh I don’t even know how to list all the problems we have fixed one right after another…draining finances.  Well, we thought the radiator would be the end since pretty much we have a brand new car under the hood.  Thinking that perhaps we could now save for vacation, we relaxed.
Then I heard these words, “It’s not going anywhere.”
What? I did not even know what to do at that point..scream, cry or stomp my feet in protest.  Ya know that moment when it all hits you:  how are we going to afford what ever is next?  How did this happen?  How will I get to work? How will dad make his doctor appointments?  But I have dance practice Saturday at church.  Oh my goodness! How will I get to church on Sunday for the performance?  Do we need a new car?  How will we finance that?
So after ALL of those thoughts went racing through I asked, “so what exactly is wrong with it?”  Fried computer. What? But how…and the cycle of crazy thoughts began to repeat itself.  This is where the devil begins his dirty work.  He gets you to this place of hopelessness and you forget who your Daddy is.
It’s been almost a week since all of this has conspired and we are still carless.  We borrowed a few cars along the way to get where we had to go and now we are using my dad’s car until the new computer comes from somewhere in the world from E-Bay.  What has happened in the process?  It has caused us to contemplate a new car or an additional vehicle.  It has reminded us that God is truly in control and that we just need to breathe and let Him guide us.
I admit I was the one who went off the deep end of the pool this time.  I was drowning in doubt and unbelief.  I was swimming in frustration and worry.  I was so angry at one point that I just wanted to throw my hands up and say I quit!  Then my husband looked at me with those eyes burning with God’s love and said, “It’s going to be okay. Just trust.”
In that one moment I realized I was not practicing what I preach..God is in control.  Silly devil, ya almost got me there!  My God is bigger than a fried computer.  My God is bigger than getting a loan from the bank.  My God is bigger than my worry.  So here is my sigh and my willingness to let it go.  God will either fix our original car or provide something else, I need not be worried.
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Yes but No

Psalm 91:1-13

You who sit down in the High God’s presence, spend the night in Shaddai’s shadow, Say this: “God, you’re my refuge. I trust in you and I’m safe!” That’s right—he rescues you from hidden traps, shields you from deadly hazards. His huge outstretched arms protect you— under them you’re perfectly safe; his arms fend off all harm. Fear nothing—not wild wolves in the night, not flying arrows in the day, Not disease that prowls through the darkness, not disaster that erupts at high noon. Even though others succumb all around, drop like flies right and left, no harm will even graze you. You’ll stand untouched, watch it all from a distance, watch the wicked turn into corpses. Yes, because God’s your refuge, the High God your very own home, Evil can’t get close to you, harm can’t get through the door. He ordered his angels to guard you wherever you go. If you stumble, they’ll catch you; their job is to keep you from falling. You’ll walk unharmed among lions and snakes, and kick young lions and serpents from the path.
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Ever been told yes then it turns to no?  Ever been believing for something only to be disappointed when it does not turn out like you expected?  Ever plan for something and then have the rug torn out from under you?  How do you keep trusting in God when these things happen in our lives?  Sometimes we get our hopes so high we plan for things that really are not attainable.
Ever been praying for something and God says no?  This kinda of happened to us today.  We lost all of our tax money to a bill we owed on without warning.  We had already planned to split our taxes in half and made plans for the spending.  I wanted a new camera and to finance the rest of the publishing of my book.  My husband wanted to upgrade our car stereo and fix some other things wrong with it.  In one opening of an envelope all of those dreams seemed deflated.
It’s a good thing God is bigger than our tax refund.  It is no coincidence that we just saw a video on a sermon that said sometimes when God says no, it’s because He has a bigger YES!  I found comfort in this.  I suddenly found peace that God had heard my prayers and my desires and He has something already in the works on our behalf.  We knew this bill was too big to handle and in the small portions we were paying it would taken awhile to get it paid off, so praise be to God for taking care of that debt in a way we did not expect.
I know this seems like such a touchy subject and it is easy to get bitter about losing all that money but we have been so blessed that we know getting bitter is not the answer.  Disappointed a little?  Sure, but we KNOW God is in control and since we gave control of our finances to God we just have to trust in Him.  Doesn’t it say on our money anyways “In God we Trust”?

Brace Yourself

Job 11:13

“If only you would prepare your heart and lift up your hands to him in prayer!
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What do we do in preparation for a storm?  We close the windows, seek shelter and make sure our families are all accounted for.  Then we wait out the storm process until the clouds lift and it appears safe to return to whatever we were doing.  Sometimes if the storm is bad enough, repairs need to be done right away while the milder storms just remind us that we need to stay alert.  Is this not how it is concerning our spiritual walks?
I feel that when God wants to change something in us He will send a storm.  First a small one to get our attention and if the changes don’t occur then the storm gets bigger.  Now mind you these storms are not meant to harm but to heal.  God needs our foundations to be stirred sometimes so that we can awaken to a whole new process or way of thinking.  Everything we go through once we commit ourselves to Christ is meant for glorifying God and creating in us clean, pure hearts.  If we never go through the storms, then we will remain just as we are….safe but unchanged.
I welcome storms in my life because I know it will bring  me ever closer to Jesus and the way I need to live.  Storms come in many forms and intensities and so does the changing on the inside.  Sometimes there is a drastic change of character while other times just a gradual steady rain of rearranging our thought processes until they come inline with Jesus.
All in all if we never experience storms in our life, we will never know how to stretch our faith.  The stretching of our faith comes when we know God is tugging at something in our life and we have to be willing to trust that God’s ways are always better than ours.  We have to have the faith that He will see us through the storms and that we will be better for having gone through them.  We  need to stop burying our heads in the sand and waiting for the storms to pass without change.
Are you ready for a storm?  Is God preparing to change something in your heart?  Well, then brace yourself all the while knowing God is in control and you will become a new creation with every storm.  Your faith will grow and your character will ever change into a more Christlike form. And that my friends is a good thing!