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God Moves in a Mysterious Way!

 Storm over ocean by  Diana Aldrich

  From the ends of the earth,

I cry to you for help when my heart is overwhelmed. 

Lead me to the towering rock of safety,  Psalm 61:2

Is this not the most beautiful storm photography you’ve ever seen? This photo makes me appreciate that from where we stand in a storm depends upon our perspective of things, wouldn’t you agree! Our perspective and anticipated outlook do a waltz. Our heart and mind commingle and one finally succumbs to the other. It really becomes the battle of the wills. Good storm, bad storm-choose! The thought of experiencing a storm is daunting. Our most recent Super Storm Sandy packed a punch that recovery efforts are staggering from. Lives have been lost and perspectives forever changed. Ask folks what matters now and surely you’ll receive a variety of responses. And for those that have lived through and recovered from hellish storms or a series of storms we may be “weather” weary; but what of the outcome? If you are reading this more than likely you survived, wouldn’t you say? Or just maybe we are riding it out!

As Aretha Franklin says, “It can break you or it can make,…you hold the power!”  From this view and this height we are victorious, and possibly not too beat up, unscathed if you will. But I’d like to think the storm moved out and possibly away from our vicinity. (Not always the case though! ) This view possibly represents our insight and/or perspective which now because of personal experience it assures us that we have lived to share the story!

This awe inspiring photography uplifts my spirit. I saw this on Pinterest and thought to myself, “Is this how God envisions our storms?” But what is our take, our perspective on this storm? Captivating or dreadful, depending upon our experience and mindset it can very well consume us? Just remember:

We don’t have a testimony, if we don’t testify!

We can’t be a victor if you haven’t known what it is to overcome a battle!

We can’t understand joy and/or pain if the experience is foreign!

We can’t share that Jesus is a deliverer if we haven’t known, nor recognized his compassion and life saving measures!

The more I read about the goodness of the Lord and am touched by His presence through a helping hand, a life affirming word or heartfelt gesture(s)-the clearer my understanding is  about storms serving a purpose in the particular unsettling seasons of our lives. Surely they will come, but now I am inclined to draw nearer to the Divine source, instead of cowering in fear. We can trust that during our most heart wrenching storms God will not abandon us. It’s a fact that if I’m in relationship with Him-the Holy Spirit that we can make it because “Greater is He that is in [us] than, He that is in the world!” I John 4:4

Truly He can handle what we are helpless to manage. Yes, our storms  (mental, psychological, financial, emotional, physical, relational, spiritual and natural…you name it!) sometimes seem to level us and knock us for a loop; can instead erect another stepping stone and not a road block to reaching our destiny. Later we’ll come to appreciate that the Lord had every thing under control.

Look at the tranquil water surrounding the stormy clouds and rain. The water is absolutely beautiful.  Grasp the reality that despite the natural circumstances there is a  divine, calming water surrounding us, think about that! Our life jackets are our help-the Holy Spirit and Holy Scripture, the life sustaining words written “in spirit and in truth!” John 4:24

I encourage you to discover insightful links and scriptures that address overcoming storms and remember there’s power in prayer! Trust in the Lord and Lean not on your own understanding! Proverbs 3:5

 Let’s keep a song in our heart, yes a song of thanksgiving! Be not afraid that:

   1. God moves in a mysterious way His wonders to perform; He plants His footsteps in the sea, And rides upon the storm.

2. Deep in unfathomable mines Of never failing skill 

He treasures up His bright designs And works His sovereign will.

 3. Ye fearful saints, fresh courage take; The clouds ye so much dread Are big with mercy and shall break In blessings on your head.

 4. Judge not the Lord by feeble sense, But trust Him for His grace; Behind a frowning providence He hides a smiling face.

5. His purposes will ripen fast, Unfolding every hour; The bud may have a bitter taste, But sweet will be the flower.

6.  Blind unbelief is sure to err. And scan His work in vain; God is His own interpreter, And He will make it plain.

 

 http://www.scriptureandmusic.com/Music/Text_Files/God_Moves_In_A_Mysterious_Way.html

 

Praise Him, Praise Him!

Linda Mose Meadows, Inspirational Author of:
The Blessedness of Believing, A Devotional Journey of Life’s Lesson’s and God’s Promises

WE ARE WHO GOD SAYS WE ARE!


I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. (NIV) Psalm 139:14

Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous–how well I know it. (NLT) Psalm 139:14

There are so many confounding labels and marketing campaigns attempting to redefine and label us. Just watch a football game or a reality show, and count the endless comnercials, observe and listen to their messages, can you detect what’s for sale? And be oh so careful because when you decide to go shopping your carts will be filled with items that you hadn’t initially intended on purchasing! The marketing guru’s are very convincing! Print media does a fine job at selling us things, especially our children! We fall prey and before long we have adopted the subliminal advertisers messages. Their techniques are subtle but effective and we tell ourselves that we can’t live with out the electronic gadgets, the food, and the “gear”. Advertising is a billion dollar industry creating slick, sleek, eye catching ads which work tirelessly to  bribe us into believing that we can be better, smarter, thinner and accomplished if we have “their” brand, “their” products and “their” services.

But it’s never free, it costs and there are consequences!  If only we buy the right make-up, the bigger bling, the smart and fashionable furnishings, the expensive perfumes and the correct fiber foods-whatever the day’s hot commodity is, once acquired, then and only then  will we “A-ok” !

But when the rubber meets the road and life’s issues begin to take precedence over the mounting acquisitions of more stuff, and none of it does the trick for addressing our personal and spiritual development. So what does?  What will and can be replaced with our retail therapy, cluttered mindset and desire to have more? I believe I know what can halt the thirst or quench and deliver or parched souls. Possibly it’s an elixir of truth about who’s we are and to whom we belong. You need not spare any of your hard earned dollars, just know that your bill was paid at Calvary.

Jesus did it for us!  There are no price comparisons required or merchandise to be had. Only requirement that you need embrace is a willing heart, a renewed mind and an active search-a knocking if you will, a heartfelt searching! Yes, we need only participate in searching for an everlasting truth! A truth that beckons us to embrace a life sustaining friendship where if we knock God answers.

 Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you.

Matthew 7:7  NLT

“Knock and the door will be open.” Try an application of divine love. Love that delivers us and answers to questions that your soul is begging for! The advertisers dare not convey your beloved identity! If they told you, you’d have no need for their stuff, their trinkets, their clothing, their lipsticks, their enhancers and certainly not their footware. Just think of what the Divine desires to share with you regarding your true identity and purpose. Oh my friend, it exceeds the messages we are daily bombarded with. Your are more then adequate in Jesus Christ-triumphant, energized and delievered! Think of what God offers you and yours as a heathy alernative, a Holy Ghost elixir an infilling that will never rust or corrode. Here are several encouraging bible scriptures that will delight your very being! Scriptures that reveal who we are in Christ Jesus and what a King and Lord that is in love with you, thinks of you and me!

 Our body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, He dwells in us

1 Corinthians 3:16; 1 Corinthians 6:19

 We are joined in the Lord and am one spirit with Him .1 Corinthians 6:17

 God leads us in the triumph and knowledge of Christ . 2 Corinthians 2:14

 The hardening of our mind has been removed in Christ . 2 Corinthians 3:14

 We are new creatures in Christ . 2 Corinthians 5:17

We have become the righteousness of God in Christ . 2 Corinthians 5:21

Truly it’s personal! And does it ever take work focusing on our personal, spiritual development! But the benefits outway the failed attempts to kill our progress. The benefits indeed are powerfully positive-our generations to come will reap the harvest because we are healthy and generational bondages won’t be able reek havoc. There’s not a thing that the advertisers can sell me that God won’t and can’t provide. But we must seek Him, pray for continued guidance and sustenance! Come on friends let’s stay connected to the tree of life. It’s all in the Bible, the Holy Scriptures!  God reminds us that we are fearfully and wonderfully made! We rejoice in the commitment of our growth!  Thank you Lord for the awakening our spirits, We are who you say we are!

 We have been made one with all who are in Christ Jesus .Galatians 3:28

 We are no longer a slave but a child of an heir . Galatians 4:7 

We have been set free in Christ . Galatians 5:1

We have been blessed with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places . Ephesians 1:3

We are chosen, holy, and blameless before God . Ephesians 1:4

Jennifer Hudson  Wonderful Change-(Changed) 

 
 
Praise Him, Praise Him!
Linda Mose Meadows, Inspirational Author of:
The Blessedness of Believing, A devotional Journey of Life’s Lesson’s and God’s Promises

Commissioned and Revived!

Do you remember these contemporary gospel groups: Men of Standard and Commissioned? I sure do love their ministries. I’m Standing In Your Will is the song that just seems to hang on in my spirit! Visit Youtube and have a personal praise fest! Rock and praise God with the gospel musical explosion of these balladeers. Several of them have ventured out and made solo careers for themselves. It’s evident their sure foundation remains in Jesus Christ.

 Their lyrics still continue to encourage my heart! Oh my, there were many early morning prayer and worship opportunities when I lived in Buffalo that I’d beat a path to Calvary Church now Elim and partake in a spiritual revival. This was before I reported to work at 8am! The revival was in the form of an early morning corporate devotional opportunity to engage in spirit filled prayer, praise and worship – invariably a song by Commissioned would be sung. And my friends it was all over but the shout! You had to be there to experience it! Powerful! Yes, theses were powerful celebratory appointments with God!

 This morning I am crisscrossing back down memory lane in my midmorning praise and worship thanks to Youtube, my holy scripture, a heartfelt prayer crafted with affirmations of scripture. And wouldn’t you know it, some sweet memories of home would result. It’s a warm 90 plus degrees outdoors now. No fret about warming up my car because of the frigid weather with icy and snowy roads to navigate. Yep, no beloved friends to squeeze into packed pews with, and no anointed psalmist to usher us into that inner sanctum. But, worship still occurs! Thanks be to God, I am not alone as I sit in my kitchen reflecting and realizing that God dwells with me. There’s revelation that I have the Holy Spirit. You too?

This is a new level of praise and worship, quite intimate, it’s a phenomenal gift. It’s my opportune time to draw closer to Jesus. It’s some years later since Elim, and instead of congregating with others, I now find myself carving out me time daily with Jesus-reading my morning devotionals of The Blessedness of Believing, A Devotional Journey of Life’s Lessons and God’s Promises by none other-me, Linda Mose Meadows (His Power At Work Within Us pg. 220) which celebrates our reliance on God and God’s divine power and love within us. The reference scripture:

 Ephesians 3:16-21 New International Version (NIV)

 16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. 20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.

and Jesus Calling by Sarah Young. Young’s particular reading is written in the first person as though God were speaking and God encourages in this devotional to “Let me prepare you for the day that stretches before you…” The reference scriptures are:

Exodus 33:14 New International Version (NIV) 14 The LORD replied, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.”

John 15:4-7  New International Version (NIV)

4 Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. 5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. 6 If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. 7 If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.

 Commissioned – King of Glory + Let Me Tell It

I once again realize that in this new leg of my journey, that the Paraclete (Holy Spirit) abides, remains, revives, restores and renews my/our weary beings. Yes, we have a beautiful companion, a loving protector! We are not alone and can hold dear in our hearts those former days of biblical teachings and worship experiences which were designed to prepare us for these complex present days and moments ahead.

 Today’s readings are love notes that strengthen my soul. My spirit utters, “I’m going to make it! I’ll survive this!” The Holy Spirit whispers through prayer and scripture that I am connected to the vine, my branches will not wither, droop and die in the heat of the day because of the divine commission and the blessed pronouncement that God’s presence is with me and you my friends!

 You also can grab hold of this intimacy! Come on and be revived, tuck the scriptures in your heart! Dance in your prayer closets, your living rooms, close the doors to your office and breathe in this new numa, this restorative breath of life! Thank you Heavenly Father! Lord, we have a new level of love and appreciation for you! Thank you Jesus we are equipped stand ready for your arrival!

Commissioned – Will You Be Ready

Thanksgiving for a New Season! Linda Mose Meadows, Urban Views Weekly & Empower Magazine Columnist and Inspirational Author of: The Blessedness of Believing A Devotional Journey of Life’s Lessons and God’s Promises and Co-publisher of Eyes of Faith Magazine http://blessednessofbelieving.blogspot.com/ https://blessedauthorlm.wordpress.com/ http://eyesoffaithmagazine.blogspot.com/

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