My Father’s Favorite

Have you ever felt like a “favorite child”? I am often amazed at how the God of the universe can be such a personal God to His children – maybe even to the point of making us feel especially loved…you know…like Daddy’s favorite?¬† ūüôā Such was the case this morning. No, it wasn’t the first time the Lord has done this for me – but it was a time when His extra attention on me was very welcomed.

We have a lil buddy spending the weekend with us and because of this, the girls found themselves “camping out” in the living room – an expected treat for the GRANDS. This morning, my “quiet time” spot ended up being in the girls’ room. As I went to put my things down, I glanced up on the wall behind the chair and read the sign below. It was a good reminder for me…

As I began my Bible reading, the place I left off yesterday “just happened to be” in II Chronicles. Below is a portion of what I read today…

By this time, I’m smiling as I thanked the Lord for the DOUBLE reminder He had just given. Oh, it’s a verse that has often encouraged me…but this morning it was as if the Lord said, “Sit up and pay attention – I’ve got this.”

Then, as I read the devotional for today in Streams in the Desert, the entire reading was an encouragement and challenge to me – that I not be¬†responsible for¬†limiting God’s blessings in my life.

However…as I turned the page, my eyes fell on a particular verse – a verse that just happens to be “MY VERSE”. ūüôā

Ahhh….what a loving, personal God we serve!!¬† Lord, thank you for the double reminder this morning – my battles are actually not my battles but yours. And,¬†¬†thank you for using “my verse” to remind me that You are indeed able!!!¬† Amen!!

(You’ll have to excuse me but I’m feeling¬†a little¬†“pampered” right now.)

“Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,¬†Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.”¬† Ephesians 3:20,21¬†

Happy Thanksgiving!!

We sure have enjoyed celebrating this special day¬†of giving thanks¬†with family. Here’s Aunt Anna and Branson watching A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving. ūüôā

From (part of) our family to yours, a very Happy Thanksgiving!  We truly have so much for which to be thankful!!

“It is a good thing to give thanks unto the LORD…” Psalm 92:1

God Deals With Impossibilities

This morning’s devotional from Streams in the Desert was a huge blessing to me and goes right along with yesterday’s post on prayer.

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God Deals With Impossibilities

Believe ye that I am able to do this? (Matt. 9:28).

God deals with impossibilities. It is never too late for Him to do so, when the impossible is brought to Him, in full faith, by the one in whose life and circumstances the impossible must be accomplished if God is to be glorified. If in our own life there have been rebellion, unbelief, sin, and disaster, it is never too late for God to deal triumphantly with these tragic facts if brought to Him in full surrender and trust.

It has often been said, and with truth, that Christianity is the only religion that can deal with man’s past. God can “restore the years that the locust hath eaten” (Joel 2:25); and He will do this when we put the whole situation and ourselves unreservedly and¬† believingly into His hands. Not because of what we are but because of what He is. God forgives and heals and restores. He is “the God of all grace.” Let us praise Him and trust Him.
Sunday School Times

“Nothing is too hard for Jesus
No man can work like Him.”

We have a God who delights in impossibilities and who asks, “Is anything too hard for me?”
Andrew Murray

(taken from Streams in the Desert – November 22)

Always The Same

The Bible speaks of an unfaithful man in Proverbs 25:19,

“Confidence in an unfaithful man in time of trouble is like a broken tooth, and a foot out of joint.”

How very frustrating and even painful it can be to place our confidence in an individual and then be let down. The truth is, at different times in our life, every one of us have failed¬†our family and friends along the way. Oh, but there is One Who has never, ever let me down. There is One in Whom I can place my complete confidence…KNOWING He will not fail me. His name is Jesus!

This morning, I heard the following song playing on KNVBC. I am very thankful that my God never changes. I can put my complete confidence in Him for He is ALWAYS the same!

I am His, He is mine; Jesus knows my name.
I can rest in His arms; He’s always the same.
When I fall, when I call, Jesus takes my hand.
Cleansing me, lifting me, He helps me to stand.

Always the same, O praise His name,
Jesus never changes; He’s always the same.
Always together, His love is forever.
Jesus never changes; He’s always the same.

In His love, I’m secure; we shall never part.
In His Word I will trust and give Him all my heart.
In the dark of the night, when my heart would fear,
Lovingly, tenderly, my Saviour is near.

Always the same, O praise His name,
Jesus never changes; He’s always the same.
Always together, His love is forever.
Jesus never changes; He’s always the same.

(Ron Hamilton)

Removing The “Ifs” From Our Prayers

For those of you who are regular readers of In Thine Heart, you may know that one area in which I have asked God to help me better understand this year is the area of FAITH. I thank the Lord for how He has continued to place in front of me different examples and explanations of faith that have, in turn, given me opportunity to apply and thus grow in my Christian walk! What a loving, patient God we serve!

This morning, as I read the devotional from Streams in the Desert, a certain portion really stood out to me:

“It is only by faith that a man can commit his way unto the Lord; if there be the slightest doubt in the heart that “our way” is not a good one, faith will refuse to have anything to do with it.” (from Streams in the Desert, November 21)

That, my friend, really struck my heart this morning. As I read it over several times, I was reminded of the times I have brought my petitions before the Lord – some of which I thought I was convinced were God’s will – yet, I would often include¬†at the end of¬†my prayer concerning that certain matter, “if it’s Your will, Lord”. By saying this, I was indicating uncertainty in my heart. Uncertainty and faith are opposites.

Yes, there are indeed times when we SHOULD include that phrase, “if it’s your will”. Situations in which we are not certain one way or the other. But, there should also be prayers that we can pray with complete confidence that what we are requesting is truly in accordance with God’s will. This morning, I was reminded of a quote I read a good while back by George Mueller:

“I live in the spirit of prayer. I pray as I walk about, when I lie down and when I rise up. And the answers are always coming. Thousands and tens of thousands of times have my prayers been answered. When once I am persuaded that a thing is right and for the glory of God, I go on praying for it until the answer comes. George Mueller never gives up!” ~ George Mueller

Did you notice the phrase above, “when once I am persuaded”? Becoming persuaded concerning God’s will in a matter may¬†require some extended¬†time alone with the Lord. It may even require denying our flesh through fasting. BUT…once we are confident of God’s will in a matter, we can remove the “ifs” at the end of our prayer.

God’s Word says,

“But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” Hebrews¬†11:6¬†

This year, I have often found myself asking the Lord to help me have faith that pleases Him.

Today, I asked the Lord to help me move past all doubts¬†concerning some specific prayer petitions. Today, my desire is to remove the “ifs” from those prayers.

What about you? Do you need to “edit” some of your specific prayers? Are you lacking the confidence needed to¬†“delete” some “ifs” in your petitions? Extended time alone with God can give you that confidence!

“Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” Hebrews 4:16¬†

“But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.¬†For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord.”¬† James 1:6,7

He’s Here!

Well, the waiting was definitely worth it! Meet our newest lil buddy…

Isn’t he adorable? Little Landon – our 11th GRAND – made his appearance a few hours ago and, once again, this Nanna is in love…

Branson isn’t quite sure about this big brother deal…

But I think they’ll end up being best buddies…

A BIG congratulations with much love and prayers to Daddy and Mommy!

Waiting

Sitting here anxiously waiting to meet our newest lil buddy!

I’m reminded of how much of a Christian’s life is spent in God’s waiting room. Each time we find ourselves here, we have a choice of fretting while waiting or resting while waiting.

Today, I think I’ll rest and wait…

“Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for him…” Psalm 37:7

To God Be The Glory

Getting ready to leave for church and heard the following song Рthought I would share the words. It was written by the blind hymn writer, Fanny Crosby, in 1875.

To God be the glory, great things He hath done,
So loved He the world that He gave us His Son,
Who yielded His life an atonement for sin,
And opened the life gate that all may go in.

Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, let the earth hear His voice!
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, let the people rejoice!
Oh, come to the Father, through Jesus the Son,
And give Him the glory, great things He hath done.

Oh, perfect redemption, the purchase of blood,
To every believer the promise of God;
The vilest offender who truly believes,
That moment from Jesus a pardon receives.

Great things He hath taught us, great things He hath done,
And great our rejoicing through Jesus the Son;
But purer, and higher, and greater will be
Our wonder, our transport, when Jesus we see.