Carmen’s Corner…

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Carmen Powell Kansas City, Kansas

Carmen Powell
Kansas City, Kansas

First and foremost, I would like to take this time to thank God for this opportunity to share a ‘corner’ of my thoughts.  This is something that I never would have envisioned…totally out of my comfort zone.   I would also like to thank you for taking time out of your schedule to visit this site.  I am truly humbled.

I am ever so grateful to be a part of this soul stirring ministry.  When the invitation was extended for me to be a part of this ministry and participate with a webpage, I felt honored while at the same time a little intimidated.  I thought, ‘Will I be able to fulfill this call…  Am I capable of handling this…  Am I worthy enough to be used for this type of ministry?  I am just an ordinary person, there is nothing special about me, what could I possible share?’  Well, in an afterthought, I considered that God’s Word shares with us on numerous occasions how He performed great miracles using ‘ordinary people’ willing to be used by Him.  After all, I am just an ordinary person  willing to be used by God in any capacity HE sees fit to use me, so why could He NOT use me in this particular ministry!

I don’t possess a magnitude of wealth, I am not famous by any measure, and I most certainly did not graduate top of the class.  I am just an ordinary person.  There is nothing special about me save one thing…I AM a child of the KING!

So, as I journey down this new avenue of life, a path that only God could have laid out for me, I pray that something may be said that will help someone, somewhere,as they travel through life seeking a little encouragement.  I look forward to sharing a ‘corner’ of my thoughts!

And remember… “Little is much when placed in the Master’s hands.”

God’s Blessings to you!

Carmen

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MAY, 2014

God’s Perfect Timing!

“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”  Romans 8:28  NIVr1

I work for an insurance company where nothing is set in stone, especially with the Healthcare Reform.  Change comes hard for me sometimes, and it’s during those times is seems as though as soon as I can digest the “new way of thinking” which includes the “exception to the rules”, things change to a completely different “way of thinking.”  Lately, this seemed to have caused tremendous friction between my manager and me.

Long story, in the shortest version possible, some 25+ years ago during the difficult days bkof marriage, I purchased a book I thought would help.  I was seeking and searching for a cure to a troubled marriage to a man who really didn’t want to be married, but I wanted it.  Anything that I could try to prevent a divorce, I tried.  Needless to say, the book ended up on the shelf with the rest of the “This is going to help save my marriage” help books.  While I thought I was purchasing this book for my marriage in the 1980s, little did I know I was purchasing this book for my place of employment in 2014.

I really am trying not to be so detailed, but I want to share this perfect timing of God.

In the midst of all the friction and tensed atmosphere at work, I needed to take a medical leave for carpal tunnel surgery.  About a month prior to my surgery, I had pulled several books off the shelf, all pertaining to prayer.  I thumbed through the books and just couldn’t connect.  All the while, I am going through a difficult crisis and complex situations with the manager at my work, I’m praying and asking others to pray.  I r  I just couldn’t seem to get connected and reach a breakthrough point.

It wasn’t until after the surgery, while at home for 3 weeks my breakthrough came.  I had an encounter with the exact same scripture 3 times, within 3 hours of the same day.  1Matthew 7:7-8  “7- Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.  8- For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.”   So guess what I did… I asked God again ‘Lord, please show me what is going on with this whole ball of confusion at work.  Help me to understand this craziness!”  Of all the books on the table, I was directed to pick up “Liberated Through Submission” by P. B. Wilson.

As a dear friend always shares of opening the kimono, I was totally disrobed!  It was like the Lord stripped me of all my ‘self-righteousness’  that I thought I was possessing in this situation.  I read and read and the more I read, the more was revealed.  The Lord showed me that I am more at fault with this confusion and instigation to the friction than I would have ever imagined.  I was not being submissive to authority.  I thought ‘because I was the one actually doing the work, while she was only telling me what she wanted done, she wasn’t actually doing it, then my way is the best way.’  Boy did that book shed light on my thinking!  One of the principles given was “Submission Plus Faith Equals Power.’  I came to the paragraph that read ‘Everyone must submit to employers, 1 Peter 2:18 NASB’  (I must share, this is actually how I read it!)  “Servants be submissive to your masters,” I paused, took a deep breath, and said ‘Okay Lord.’ I continued to read “…with all respect,”.  I stopped again, but this time I said, ‘But what if she’s wrong, am I STILL supposed to submit to her?’  The Lord told me, ‘Keep reading.’  “…not only to those who are good and gentle, but to those who are unreasonable.”  I stopped and said louder than I expected…’ARE YOU SERIOUS?’  Then the Lord told me ‘Read.’ So I continued to read, and I’ll share this excerpt with you…  “When those in authority disagree with us, we have 2the right to express our differing opinions in love.  In fact, I believe we have a responsibility to communicate our thoughts and ideas, “speaking the truth in love” (Ephesians 4:15), and should do so whenever possible.  But our attitude is to be one of humility, and the final decision is to be theirs!  And what if we’re absolutely, positively sure we’re right?  What if we know that their decision will have a negative effect on the church, job or home?  At that point we have to make a choice.  We can respond by continuing to press our point and force the issue, which often result in anger and strife, (which is what I made an attempt to do), or we can turn to Philippians 2:14-15 NIV  “14- Do everything without complaining or arguing.  15- so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation in which you shine like stars in the universe”  The author went on to say…  “So do we just give up?  No!  That would be stopping too short.  We are to give up, but give the situation up to God!  God is the equalizing factor in all situations. We must choose to go against our human nature, which insists we get our own way.  Then, once we’ve chosen to exercise faith in our situation, God’s power is unleashed.”  I truly believed that I was seeking God with a pure heart, because I just knew that I was right with this one!

The real reason for purchasing this book was manifested 25+ years after it’s purchase…In God’s Perfect Timing.

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March, 2014


God’s Perfect Timing!


“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”  Romans 8:28  NIVRomans_8_28

I work for an insurance company where nothing is set in stone, especially with the Healthcare Reform.  Change comes hard for me sometimes, and it’s during those times is seems as though as soon as I can digest the “new way of thinking” which includes the “exception to the rules”, things change to a completely different “way of thinking.”  Lately, this seemed to have caused tremendous friction between my manager and me.

Long story, in the shortest version possible, some 25+ years ago during the difficult days of marriage, I purchased a book I thought would help.  I was seeking and searching for a cure to a troubled marriage to a man who really didn’t want to be married, but I wanted it.  Anything that I could try to prevent a divorce, I tried.  Needless to say, the book ended up on the shelf with the rest of the “This is going to help save my marriage” help books.  While I thought I was purchasing this book for my marriage in the 1980s, little did I know I was purchasing this book for my place of employment in 2014.

I really am trying not to be so detailed, but I want to share this perfect timing of God.

In the midst of all the friction and tensed atmosphere at work, I needed to take a medical leave for carpal tunnel surgery.  About a month prior to my surgery, I had pulled several books off the shelf, all pertaining to prayer.  I thumbed through the books and just couldn’t connect.  All the while, I am going through a difficult crisis and complex situations with the manager at my work, I’m praying and asking others to pray.  I r  I just couldn’t seem to get connected and reach a breakthrough point.

It wasn’t until after the surgery, while at home for 3 weeks my breakthrough came.  I had an encounter with the exact same scripture 3 times, within 3 hours of the same day.  c1Matthew 7:7-8  “7- Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.  8- For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.”   So guess what I did… I asked God again ‘Lord, please show me what is going on with this whole ball of confusion at work.  Help me to understand this craziness!”  Of all the books on the table, I was directed to pick up “Liberated Through Submission” by P. B. Wilson.

As a dear friend always shares of opening the kimono, I was totally disrobed!  It was like the Lord stripped me of all my ‘self-righteousness’  that I thought I was possessing in this situation.  I read and read and the more I read, the more was revealed.  The Lord showed me that I am more at fault with this confusion and instigation to the friction than I would have ever imagined.  I was not being submissive to authority.  I thought ‘because I was the one actually doing the work, while she was only telling me what she wanted done, she wasn’t actually doing it, then my way is the best way.’  Boy did that book shed light on my thinking!  One of the principles given was “Submission Plus Faith Equals Power.’  I came to the paragraph that read ‘Everyone must submit to employers, 1 Peter 2:18 NASB’  (I must share, this is actually how I read it!)  “Servants be submissive to your masters,” I paused, took a deep breath, and said ‘Okay Lord.’ I continued to read “…with all respect,”.  I stopped again, but this time I said, ‘But what if she’s wrong, am I STILL supposed to submit to her?’  The Lord told me, ‘Keep reading.’  “…not only to those who are good and gentle, but to those who are unreasonable.”  I stopped and said louder than I expected…’ARE YOU SERIOUS?’  Then the Lord told me ‘Read.’ So I continued to read, and I’ll share this excerpt with you…  “When those in authority disagree with us, we have the right to express our differing opinions in love.  In fact, I believe we have a responsibility to communicate our thoughts and ideas, “speaking the truth in love” (Ephesians 4:15), and c2should do so whenever possible.  But our attitude is to be one of humility, and the final decision is to be theirs!  And what if we’re absolutely, positively sure we’re right?  What if we know that their decision will have a negative effect on the church, job or home?  At that point we have to make a choice.  We can respond by continuing to press our point and force the issue, which often result in anger and strife, (which is what I made an attempt to do), or we can turn to Philippians 2:14-15 NIV  “14- Do everything without complaining or arguing.  15- so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation in which you shine like stars in the universe”  The author went on to say…  “So do we just give up?  No!  That would be stopping too short.  We are to give up, but give the situation up to God!  God is the equalizing factor in all situations. We must choose to go against our human nature, which insists we get our own way.  Then, once we’ve chosen to exercise faith in our situation, God’s power is unleashed.”  I truly believed that I was seeking God with a pure heart, because I just knew that I was right with this one!  Thank God He knows what we need, when we need it….way before we do!

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February, 2014

Don’t Leave Home Without It !…

What do you do when attacks fly at you from all directions?  Do you strike back?  Do you plot your line of defense?  Do you replenish your arsenal?

Throughout the Bible, we read where God’s people were constantly fighting against schemes and attacks.  Some were orchestrated by God Himself for the testing of faith.  Others were just straight out attacks from the enemy for power and control, which God had allowed to take place.  Moses fought against Pharoah.  David fought against Goliath.  Gideon’s battle was against the Medianites.  And what about Joshua, he fought the battle of Jericho…and the list goes on and on.

Today, there is a battle we fight daily, and the battle ground is our minds.  If we aren’t careful to be armed, DAILY, we just might attack our own selves, as well as others.  This is a spiritual battle that we are up against.  Stick a pin in this next question and statement… you wouldn’t take a knife to a gun battle would you?  Likewise, it’s very unlikely that our carnal mindset will be sufficient in a spiritual battle.  It’s wise to recognize the enemy and his attacks when he shows up; otherwise you may just use the wrong weapon.

God is fully aware of the challenges and battles that we would be faced with.  Colossiansaor 2:15 tells us that Satan was disarmed and defeated at the cross.  We as believers should not fear our spiritual adversary.  Although Satan is defeated, he still has the freedom to taunt and tempt us; he really has no REAL power.  Here’s a visual…it’s like having the fear of a dog with a big bark and no teeth…all bark and no bite.  If you are not aware of the dog not having any teeth, you will injure or practically kill yourself in an attempt to get away from him.  I’ve never see a bark hurt anyone!  It’s the same thing with Satan.  That is why it is important to arm yourself DAILY with the armor of God, which He has so graciously provided.

In the book of Ephesians, chapter 6, the word tells us of this armor God has provided for the battle. He has given us the BELT of TRUTH for protection against the lies of Satan.  God’s truth will reveal and defeat them.  The BREASTPLATE of RIGHTEOUSNESS, protects our heart.  The heart is where our emotions, self-worth and trust reside, so make sure to set that breastplate in place.  Put on the SHOES of PEACE to spread the Good News, no matter the task.  Satan will have you thinking the job is more than you are capable of handling, but the shoes God gives us is the motivation to keep proclaiming the Good News.  The SHIELD of FAITH, our piece of armor that protects us from insults, setbacks and temptations…those fiery darts! Next, don’t forget to protect your mind with the HELMET of SALVATION, its protection keeps our mind from doubting God’s saving power.  And finally, last but most definitely not least, arm yourself with the SWORD…which is THE WORD OF GOD…it is our only weapon of defense.  Dive into it.  The more you read it, absorb it, and live it, the more powerful your weapon.

Did you notice there is nothing to protect your back?  That’s because God doesn’t want us to turn and run when we are being attacked or approached by our adversary.  He has given us everything we need to live this life effectively for him until the day of His return.

So YES, I do replenish my arsenal DAILY – first thing in the mornings, and sometimes throughout the day when I feel it’s getting a little low.  YES, I do plot my line of defense against the enemy.  And YES I do strike back, all with the provisions that God has left for me through His word.

NO WEAPON FORMED AGAINST ME SHALL PROSPER!!!

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April, 2013

Be Angry, But…Handle with Care!

This morning, like most mornings, when I opened my eyes, I spoke to the Lord and asked Him to lead me in His word today for my daily bread, and was guided to Ephesians 4:17-c232.

As I read this passage of scripture, my eyes were glued to two versus, (v. 26) “In your anger do not sin” Don’t let the sun go down while you are still angry, (v. 27) and do not give the devil a foothold.”  I began to reflect on my relationships with those whom I come in contact with an a daily basis.  I thought about how easy it is to sin in our anger.

The Bible doesn’t tell us that we shouldn’t feel anger or get angry.  Verse 26 tell us that c1anger is a natural human emotion and there will be times when that emotion will manifest within us.  The emotion of anger is neither right or wrong,  but, when it comes, we must handle it properly.  If handled improperly, it can cause hurt to others and damage relationships.  Just as a knife can be used as a scalpel or a murder weapon, anger can be used for either good or bad.  Anger can be used as a powerful tool in our self- examinations for the better, or it can cause great harm if used selfishly and as manipulation.  Not only can anger bring harm others, bottled up anger can cause us to become bitter and destroy us from within.

In verse 27, Paul tells us to deal with our anger immediately in a way that builds relationships rather than destroying them.  If we nurse our anger, we allow it to brew, making it more intense.  While sulking in our anger, we give Satan an opportunity to put us at odds with one another and bring division amongst us.  “Don’t let the sun go down”…deal with anger quickly and appropriately.  Don’t let the day end before you begin working on ways to resolve your differences.  Start working on mending your relationships immediately.

We must control our anger, before we let our anger control us.

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February, 2013

Where There Is Light, Darkness Must Flee…

In my opinion, over the past week, we went through the worst winter storm we have seen in almost 10 years, give or take a few.  While going through the storm, the Lord revealed to me just how dark life is without Him.I remember as a young girl, when we had power outages, that was an exciting time because that was the perfect opportunity for us to bond as a family without the distractions of television, radio, or telephones (telephone calls werek1 off limit…left for emergency calls only).  As an adult, now living alone, power outages do not have the same affect.  Now it’s more of a “Hurry up BPU and restore the power…I don’t like this at all!”During the first night of the storm, we lost power somewhere in the early morning.  Once daybreak came, I made my way to my parents home to make sure things were okay with them.  I spent the day conversing and reminiscing with my parents and cousin. Everything was good…I could see what was going on around me and things were good, or I should say as well as could be expected without power, and heat.  I returned home shortly before sunset.  As the sun started to set and darkness was settling in, there began to be an uneasy feeling stirring within me.  There I was, in the dark, due to a power outage that seemed to have hit the entire county…at least in my mind.With eyes wide open, only seeing darkness and listening to every imaginable sound that my imagination could muster up, I began to talk to the Lord.  Audibly I said… “Lord, I don’t like this at all.  Can you please let the electricity (power) be restored…like right now?”.  There is nothing pleasant or fun k2about being in darkness.  Trying to function with a sane mind as well as being productive and efficient while in darkness is impossible.  I begin to hear things that weren’t there, I couldn’t see anything, and I was cold and lonely.  And, on top of all this, as well as I know my home, while walking through the house, I’m stumbling over furniture and bumping into things…not good.  Who in their right mind would choose to live like this? (Put a pin in that question).  While sitting at the table attempting to read by candlelight, God begin to show me what life is like for us before we accept and allow Him to take the reigns and be the guiding Light in our lives.  My spirit became calm as God spoke to me and whispered, “This was your life before you allowed me to become a part of it.  Your life as a sinner was full of darkness with evil thoughts, desires and deeds.”The life of a sinner, as we are
aware, is filled with things that are despised by God.  When brought into the light, we see just how wretched our behavior truly is as a sinner…living in that ‘if it feels good, do it’ mode.  We also know that our sins are not categorized.  There is no big sin or little sin. k4 Sin is sin, be it word, action, thought or deed.  It’s cold, dark, full of deceit and leaves you feeling very lonely.  Sin causes us to entertain devious thoughts and then we act on them.  We allow our minds to travel in forbidden territories and we begin to carry out the deeds.  Walking around in darkness can cause harm to the temple and even destroy it. I Cor. 3:16-17  (Here’s where we can place that pinned question)…When we choose to walk in darkness, God allows us to stumble through and bump into dead ends until we come to ourselves and choose to seek the source of light that will guide us throughout our lives.  Ps 36:9When we accept Christ as our personal Savior, our desire to hide our deeds done in darkness is no longer appealing.  Thanks be to God for the redeeming power of His Son, Jesus Christ, who is that source of light that keeps us from stumbling and bumping around in darkness.  His invitation stands open to all who will receive it.  Rev. 3:20  Today is the appointed time…Tomorrow is not promised.

“The man who has met God is not looking for something–he has found it; he is not searching for light–upon him the Light has already shined.”        A. W. TOZER

Blessings to you…
Carmen

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Carmen shares on-going thoughts following the video.

I am a firm believer that nothing happens by chance.  I believe that what we experience in this life happens at God’s appointed time for God’s appointed purpose.  It is not for me to try and figure out through my own understanding and reasoning what is going on, why it happened and how I should respond.  But it is totally up to me to pray for God’s reasoning, purpose and understanding.  For several weeks I have been seeking and searching for guidance, searching to identify this void, this empty, missing feeling I have been experiencing.  I know that I have accepted Christ as my personal Savior.  I know that I love the Lord with all my heart.  I know that without Him I am nothing.  And I also know that He is all and has all that I need.  I may have my wants, but He’s all I need!.  But I still felt that something was missing.  I was searching in my own might trying to figure out ‘what IS it, what’s going on.’  I am so guilty of this act at this point in my life that God showed mercy and sent me a message by way of Dr. Charles Stanley.  The Lord showed me through Dr. Stanley’s ‘Loving God’ message that yes, I do love Him and trust Him, and I do open up the scripture and read, and yes, I even utter prayers, but I am missing the intimacy in my relationship with Him.  I truly am seeking the kind of relationship with the Lord that the Father will be pleased with.  I know that His love for me is faithful and true, and has not been diminished in the least because I have not accomplished that intimate relationship with Him that is needed for fulfillment.

Our love for God should be the singularly most important thing in our lives.  I’m quite sure this statement is nothing new to any of us. (confession:  I believe I’m speaking more so to myself than anyone.)  Sometimes we have to go through before we realize just how simple some things really are and what they truly mean.  Communication,TRUE communication, is the key to achieving this intimate relationship that I am seeking.  True communication is a two way street, it takes listening as well as speaking.  How can I truly love, if there is no true communication?  When we are pursuing a relationship with our fellow man, whether it is seeking a life partner, friendship, business partner, or a deeper relationship with our biological family, we open up and share our innermost thoughts and feelings.  Well, the Lord expects no less from us.  We must talk to the Lord, not at Him.  We must talk to Him in the early mornings, throughout the day, while we’re driving, as we work, while we are preparing our meals, when we lie down, in the middle of the night when sleep seem to evade us,  regardless of where we are or what we are doing.  Let Him know what’s going on with us, share our innermost thoughts with Him.  He knows what is going on, but He desires to have a relationship with us.  He desires to have TRUE conversation with us.  After we have share our innermost thoughts with Him, then we must sit still and be quiet long enough to allow the Lord to speak to us.   We must be ready to receive what He has to say.  Get in tune with Him.  This is something, I must admit, that has not come easy for me.  If anyone has pointers, by all means, please, do share.Dr. Stanley’s message informed me that I need to learn how to love on God, learn to be intimate with Him.  The only way to obtain this is to ask Jesus to show me how.  With my whole being, I should be expressing love to God continually.  I should be expressing my love toward Him totally and completely for His purpose and His joy. When I love Him, I am to give my total self to Him, my heart, soul and mind.  Love Him with my heart, that is my innermost being which is who I am, my soul, that is my emotional being, and my mind, which is like my mental capacity…I am to give my whole being to Him for His purpose.  When I do this, I can truly experience my love for Him and His love for me, intimately.  When He loves me, He is pouring out His blessings, love and goodness upon me that I might see His good purposes in my life and I can live a life that brings Him honor and glory.
Dr. Stanley also shared a few key points on why we should love God:
a.)    He is our Creator; He is the reason we are here, He gave us life.  If He didn’t love us, or even if He didn’t want us,  we would not be here.
b.)    He sent His only begotten Son Jesus into this world so we could know Him in a deeper, more intimate way than the old testament saints knew Him.  Jesus came to show us what life is like and what the Father is like, He is a loving Father.  The greatest expression of love that is ever known to man and ever will be known to man, happened when He gave His son, and His Son then gave His life. Not because we deserve it, but simply because He loved us.
c.)    His Divine commitments (promises) made to His children.
–He promised to never leave us nor forsake us.  No one else can make this promise and keep it. Heb. 13:5
–He promised to supply ALL of our needs.  He’ll always be there for us to fulfill our needs according to His never ending supply. Phil 4:19
–He promised to answer all our prayers. 1 John 5:14-15; Matt 21:21-22; John 14:13-14
–He promised to forgive me of my sins.  God has never denied us forgiveness if we confess our sins to Him.  He is faithful and just to forgive us and cleanse us because of the price Jesus Christ paid for us. 1 John 1:9
–He promised to equip us with spiritual gift(s), to provide us with the ability to live out our lives and make it productive and fruitful for Him.  To equip us to do our work for Him and to do it well.  We will be able to live a more Godly life.  He has created and equipped us to live a life that will make a difference in the lives of those we leave behind.  We will make a difference because we have lived a productive and fruitful life while including our loved ones along the way.  Our lives will be a witness and testimony of God’s promise, and that’s what will make a difference for the ones we will leave behind. They are better because we were a part of their lives, they are closer to God and they know more about God because we were there to share what God had provided for us.
1 Cor 12:1-11
–He promised us that He has prepared a place in heaven for us.  No one else can make that commitment. John 14:2-3
–He promised us a resurrected body. A perfect body living an Eternal life! 1 Cor 15
–He promised us a personal intimate relationship with Him through His Son Jesus, there is none equal to this.  No relationship is equal to our relationship with God.  Pursue a relationship with God. Embrace Him as He embraces us.  Make Him one with us as we become one with Him.  John 16:23-27God desires to be one with us, to have that special relationship with us.  No matter what we do in life, we will never find happiness, satisfaction, peace, contentment, never accumulate enough wealth or popularity, there is no peace, or true prosperity and we will never understand God, if we do not truly love Him.  God made us to love Him so He can love us.  This can only happen when we allow Jesus Christ to become a vital part of our lives.  God has shown us and gave what He had to give in order to have an intimate relationship with us.  Now it’s up to us to show God what we will give to have an intimate relationship with Him.  Seek the ultimate, an intimate relationship with God.
In my closing, here’s a corner of my thoughts to ponder…
GOD IS FULLY COMMITTED TO US…HOW COMMITTED ARE WE TO HIM?
Be Blessed!

Carmen

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 January , 2013

If We Would Just Ask…

It’s amazing what the Lord will do if we would just ask Him…

The other day I was feeling a little under the weather. Not totally in the bed under the covers sick, but just enough to keep me out of the office, so I decided to work from home.

When I logged into my work station and made an attempt to open the program needed to perform my work, I clicked on the link and the program was not there…I saw nothing but my desktop. I began to feel despondent and flirted with a panic frenzy. I started thinking out loud.. I really didn’t want to use any of my timebank (time set aside for vacations and sick days) this early in the year, and I didn’t feel up to sitting at an office desk all day. And besides, what happens if I get to the office and see the same thing?…today is just not the day! So I contemplated… Do I stay home, use a sick day and deal with it tomorrow or do I get dressed, go into the office where help is available and get it resolved today, all the while subconsciously voting against the latter. So I began to pray and share my dilemma with God. Now, anyone who knows me, know that I am computer illiterate. I only know the bare necessities…turn on the computer…locate familiar icons…start typing. After my short prayer, the Lord led me right to the solution. An icon that I wasn’t familiar with, right there on my desktop…at eye level…looking at me the whole time I was in panic mode.

Sometimes I feel that I should only approach God with the ‘bigger’ issues of life. Somehow I seem to kid myself and feel I can handle the ‘smaller’ issues myself I mean, why stress God over this little minute [mahy-noot] issue. I’ll save God the stress with this one and I’ll go to Him with the ‘bigger stuff’.

Being that God is Omniscient, (Ps 139) He already knows what we are in need of, big or ogodsmall. We are the same with our children. Sometimes, we know what they are in need of, but we will not volunteer our services or advice until we are asked…until we are acknowledged. So it is with God. He just wants to be acknowledged…He wants to be asked for His help. God shows us every day there is absolutely nothing too small to ask Him. He wants to be involved, to be a part of our solutions. Prov. 3:6 reminds us “In all your ways acknowledge Him….”, not in some, but in all.

Whether it be from an oversight, lack of skill or just plain ignorance to the fact, when you are faced with any of life’s issues and you just can’t seem to find the solution, no matter how small, just ask our Father in the name of His Son, our elder brother, Jesus. He has the answer, He’s just waiting to be acknowledged…let Him direct you to the solution!

Be Blessed!

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  1. What a wonderful post! While reading I thought about the week that we spent in the dark here in SC following Hurricane Hugo. When night fell the darkness seemed almost physical, like a weight on you. I think about the scripture that talks about being blinded in your mind. I realize that there was a time in my life when I was blinded in my mind and now I wonder how did I survive that darkness. Thank God for Jesus who translated us out of the kingdom of darkness into the Kingdom of Light! Thank you Sister for such a wonderful and thought provoking post! I praise God for the body of believers and the fellowship of the Saints here on this site!

  2. Amen. Jesus Christ will always be our solution. I sense your deep rooted love for Christ from reading your post. Continue to seek His heart beat.

  3. I need prayer for me and i need to give me life back to Christ I slipped away from Him. I’ve started smoking and I need help. I have fears and night mares from my passed. I need STRENGTH and PEACE

  4. Pastor Shaw… When you made your confession and gave your life to Christ, you where given a promise to eternal life. In Acts 10:9 NIV we are promised “That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” And then the word tells us in John 10:28 NIV, “I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand”. The word also tells us that in all of our good deeds, we are still as filthy rags. Isaiah 64:6. And may I add one more scripture Matt 15:11 NIV that shares with us “What goes into a man’s mouth does not make him ‘unclean’, but what comes out of his mouth, that is what makes him ‘unclean.'” Christ gave HIS life so that we could have eternal life. He paid an AWESOME price and we will never be able to repay Him, no matter what we do or not do. We will never be able to pay our way, work our way, talk our way, live righteous enough or any other act short of accepting Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, that is the only way we can make it into heaven. I also look at it this way Pastor Shaw…how am I going to pay for something that has already been GIVEN to me?…I can’t. I just have to accept it. That is the only thing that will keep me from having it,…not accepting it. And when you accepted Christ as your Savior… it was a done deal!
    We all have something that we wrestle with daily, and yours just happen to be cigarettes. I am not encouraging you to continue to smoke because our bodies belong to God. They are the temple where the Holy Spirit resides, and we should do all we can, with the help of the Holy Spirit, to keep the temple clean. Please pray with me… “Father God, Jehovah Shalom, our God of Peace, we come to You tonight thanking you for this opportunity to come in your presence. We count it a privilege to come before Your throne of mercy. Father God, it’s in the name of Your only begotten Son and our Elder Brother Jesus, that we bring our petition before you. We come tonight lifting up the prayer request of our Sister, Pastor Shaw. Lord God, it is in earnest prayer the we ask for peace for Pastor Shaw as she seeks a renewal in her relationship with you. Lord God give her the peace to remember that you are not a man that can lie, and if you told us that no man can pluck her out of your hand then she can take that to the bank. Lord let her rest in knowing that you told us in your word whom you have set free is free indeed. Father, I ask that you would remove the cravings for cigarettes out of Pastor Shaw’s mouth. Lord, you are an unchanging God, and just like You reminded Abraham and Sarah in the book of Genesis, there is nothing too hard for you. We pray that you bind the enemy and remove him from her thoughts and replace them with your promise, that you will never leave her nor forsake her. It’s in the matchless name of Your darling Son Jesus we prayer and count it done… Amen.” Pastor Shaw continue to fight the good fight, and as Phil 3 encourages us…”Press toward the mark…”
    God Bless you.

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