SOMETHING NEW: Week 2

Are your eyes open yet? Are you looking for God’s activity in your life? Do you see it?

Perception can be a tricky thing!  Simply by it’s definition it can bring with it a sense of confusion or disagreement.

Perception by definition is “the act of apprehending by means of the senses or of the mind. It is a cognition or understanding.”

See what I mean! A cognition or understanding of something does not in and of itself produce an agreement on the subject.

Perception can be quite individual, can’t it? It can produce a single awareness for an individual while not producing unity.

In other wards, I can perceive something one way and you can perceive it quite another!

While this can become a problem when you are attempting to agree on a subject with another person, I believe it can be a beautiful thing where God is concerned.

Have you heard the statement as I have, “I believe God was saying this to me.” And then they share a beautiful new way of looking at a scripture verse you have read or heard many times before. You had just never “perceived” it that way.

I love that about The Word of God. He can give us fresh new perspectives each and every time we read or hear His Word!

The key, the choice we must make is to read it and hear it.

In order to “PERCEIVE” the NEW thing that God is doing in our lives we MUST be reading His Word and going to church regularly to hear it spoken.

God has made His promise to us,

Now it springs up; do you not PERCEIVE it?”   Isaiah 43:19b

It is now our responsibility to do our part to perceive it! If we do, He promises this New Thing He is doing will “Spring Up!”

I love that picture of “SPRINGING UP!” It reminds me of my grand babies getting out of bed in the morning! They do not labor their way out of bed like I can tend to do. They literally “SPRING UP” with zeal and excitement at a New Day!

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When our perceptions become God’s perceptions, we see clearly. 

My goal this New Year is to achieve that same excitement at meeting with my Heavenly Daddy as I “SPRING UP” each new day, open His Word and “PERCEIVE” the New Thing that He is doing!

Blessings to you Friends as we “LOOK, SEE and PERCEIVE” the new thing God is doing!

Speak Truth Love

SOMETHING NEW

See, I am doing a NEW thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.” Isaiah 43:19

Are you ready for something NEW? Are you tired of the OLD?

Have you allowed the stale, bland flavor of “common”, to season your life?

Are you ready to throw out the old, and bring in the NEW?

I AM!!!

The problem is…..Where do I start?

The answer is laying in between the words of Isaiah 43:19.

SEE, I AM DOING A NEW THING!

Isaiah 43:19a

God’s spokesperson, Isaiah, is giving a Word to God’s people from God Himself.

He declares in verse 14, that, He is The Redeemer, The Holy One of Israel.

“This is what The Lord says, your Redeemer, The Holy One of Israel:…”

He tells us that what we have seen God do in our lives in the past, will be NOTHING, compared to the NEW THING He will do!

Are you going through the wilderness? Do you feel the heat scorching your spirit and your  enthusiasm for life being sucked out of you like water from a sponge? 

Do you feel the joy that was once a part of who you are shriveling under the pressures of life?

Or, are you simply tired of being “common”, status-quo, stale and bland. 

Do you want the vibrant, flourishing life that God promises?

If so, then God is speaking to you! He wants to do something NEW in your life. All you have to do is look to Him and SEE it!

We all make choices each and every day. Most days the choices we make are too numerous to count. AKA, Should I put creamer in my coffee, or almond milk? Should I wear this pair of pants with this sweater, or that pair of pants with that top? Should I have chicken for dinner or fish?

Many of our choices become ritualistic and common every day habits. For example, I hope you do not ask yourself wether or not you should brush your teeth today or not!

This however, is a choice, it is just a choice we have made over and over for so many years so that it becomes a habit.  Like brushing you hair(if you still have hair), and eating.  We may ask ourselves what we are going to eat, but since the day our mother’s fed us in our formative years, we eat every day. We do not think about not eating being a choice unless we are fasting. We simply have developed the routine and habit of eating, our body tells us to eat by the hunger pangs it shows at us, and we make a choice to eat.

But, because we have the ability to make the choice not to eat, like when we have chosen to fast, it is still a choice!

How steadfast are we about making the choice to eat each and every day?

Speaking for myself….PHENOMENALLY so!

I not only make the choice to eat every day, I rejoice in that choice, I look forward to that choice and yes, even at times dream about that choice. If my husband tells me we are going to go on a six mile hike uphill tomorrow, and afterward we are going to go out and eat flatbread pizza and dessert, I take on that hike with zeal! If he tells me that we get to stop at our favorite bakery on the way to the hike, my zeal rises to an enthusiastic fervor that creates such a desire for my “food choice” that I may accomplish that hike in half the amount of time it would normally take me!

You may be asking yourself, “Is she seriously that crazy about food?”  The answer would be NO! I am seriously that crazy about the food I love!

How how I long to be “THAT CRAZY” about the God I LOVE!!

To SEE Him first thing in the morning as He puts new breath in my lungs, and opens up my sleepy eyes!

To SEE Him as I open up His Word and read His Eternal Truth inside of each and every page!

To SEE Him in the provision surrounding me of my home, food and clothing!

To SEE Him in my job and ministry!

To SEE Him in the gift of my marriage and family!

To SEE Him in the sunrise and sunset!

To SEE Him as I drive down the street and view His creation!

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Look and see, God wants to do a new thing in you!

I desire to be CRAZY about SEEING my God, so that HE will do a NEW thing in me!

He wants to do a NEW thing in you friend! 

Will you Look? Will you SEE?

He is going to do a NEW thing in you!

Speak Truth Love

MAKING A DIFFERENCE FOR HIM IN 2019

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!

Welcome to 2019!

Today is an Anniversary for me! Today marks three years of writing this BLOG!

If you would have told me three years ago, that I would have written a blog post each and every Tuesday for three years, I would have called you CRAZY! Not because you yourself are crazy, but because you would be crazy to believe that I could write, each and every week, without missing one week. Not even due to illness, vacation, sadness, pressing engagement, tragedy like a fire storm and evacuation, discouragement, family obligation, etc., etc., etc.! Not to mention CHRISTMAS DAY and NEW YEAR’S DAY falling on TUESDAY’S!

I could never have pulled this off by myself. In and of myself I am weak, discouraged too easily, distractible, lacking confidence, and tired. In fact, the truth is, God asked me to write this blog one year before I ever started writing it. I told Him He was crazy, not something I recommend doing by the way. I am not going to write a Theology book on talking back to God, but I could. I have done it way too many times to count. However, God is patient with me and He waits for me to come up to speed. He reminds me, ever so gently that I am indeed being disobedient. 

So, after the first six months of waiting I signed up for this Blog spot and paid the yearly fee for it. If you are doing your math correctly, that means I should be celebrating my three and a half year anniversary. Unfortunately, my disobedience continued another six months. I allowed discouragement and fear of rejection to rule the day, instead of my confidence and trust in God and His faithfulness. Also, something I do not recommend.

Finally, I listened and obeyed. It took me laying down my pride of rejection and fear of failure. In other words, I had to not care what people thought about what I was writing and care only about what Jesus thought about it. I had to not care about how many “hits” my posts were receiving, and care only about the content being the Word of God seasoned with my personal experiences and study.  I had to step aside from the game of comparison and allow God to speak through me. While that may seem like the hardest step to make, it wasn’t! For me, I LOVE studying the Word of God! The studying and the writing and the praying was the easiest part. THE CONSISTENCY of writing each and every week was the tough part. Now God has clearly not called everyone to writing once a week. In fact, “Blog Experts,” if there is such a thing, would tell you not to write so frequently. Leave your readers wanting more. Do not saturate the market, sprinkle it with nuggets of truth. But, my commitment was to write this Blog for God’s approval not for man’s. God asked me to write weekly, I am going to write weekly.

So now, three years later and I am writing weekly with no hesitations or problems. WRONG!

There have been many times I have come close to stopping. There have been many Tuesday’s where I have posted at the end of the day when my goal is to post my “TRUTH BOMB” in the morning. There have been times I have felt like I make no difference, so why should I continue? But each and every time I feel this way, I go back to God and He affirms His call to me.

So, I stick with it! I keep on keeping on and do my best to write what God has placed in my life to encourage, build up and support friends along the way. It’s not easy, but I have learned an important lesson!

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Don’t underestimate what you can do, if you stick with it!

If you would have told me three years ago that I would have been faithful to God’s call on my life without fail each and every Tuesday NO MATTER WHAT, I would never have believed I could do it. But with obedience to God, step by step, each and every day, we can accomplish much more than we think we can.

What is more pleasing to The Lord, your burnt offerings and sacrifices or your OBEDIENCE to His voice? LISTEN! OBEDIENCE is better than sacrifice, and submission is better than offering the fat of rams.”   I Samuel 15:22

My interpretation= “obeying God’s call and listening to His voice  and being obedient to it, is better than sacrificing something in my life through a “New Year’s Resolution”, and offering my futile attempts at giving up the “fat” I love to indulge in, in my life.”

For me, that “fat” can be food, self-indulgence, and wasted time. It quickly can turn into self discouragement, loathing and unhealthy lifestyle.

What is it for you?

No matter what our “sacrifices and offerings” are, God is calling us to His better way of living. He is calling us to OBEDIENCE! When we obey, we will experience His faithfulness in accomplishing what we believed was impossible.

My obedience to God in 2019 is to listen to His voice, stick with whatever He calls me to do, and never underestimate the power of my God working in me!

HAPPY NEW YEAR FRIENDS!

You can do it!

God’s power is working in you!

Meet me back here next Tuesday as we look at “SOMETHING NEW!”

Speak Truth Love