Friday, January 24, 2014
Last week, Amazon announced a potential program they are calling "anticipatory shipping."
Based on customers prior shopping habits, purchases, and wish lists, Amazon plans on sending your package before you hit the "complete my order" button. The market experts are watching what you buy and predicting with confidence what you NEED to purchase, so much so, they are willing to package it up and send it to you before you officially shop. I am "anticipating" that Amazon feels that a "bird in the hand" is money in the bank! If I was to receive something in the mail from Amazon based on my last several purchases, it just might be a coffee cup with a picture of Denzel Washington on it or a crocheted Snoopy hat! Actually, when I think about it, I might keep both of those! Maybe this might work!
This week, my brother-in-law experienced answers to prayers that were not specifically sent or anticipated. Our loving God made His way AHEAD of him in a situation dealing with his and my husband's elderly parents. The delivery came speedy and efficiently, giving us continued hope in a difficult situation. I know prayers were sent generally, but God made a way through the heavenly places, shipping off a generous supply of grace and truth before we knew what was happening.
Many times we do not know all the in and outs, problematic dilemmas, snafus or our own neglectful blunders, even the ideas and assumptions of others that may affect us. When we live a life of faith, a life that consistently relys on His great power, His sovereign grace, His protection and His wisdom, we can be assured that He goes ahead of us. He's packaging up an answer, a blessing, an encouraging friend, a verse, a message of hope, even a song on the radio, before we even order up our prayers and hit the "Amen" button.
I know this without a doubt, God orchestrates people and situations in my life that keep me accountable, reveal His Love, and answer a prayer beyond what I could even imagine. This week, God guided my family in such away it became obvious to several of us that God's omnipresence and omniscience flew in ahead of a situation we did not know. His delivery was timely and perfect! Opening up His goodness, we see His name all over it. That encouragement propels us to continue to seek His wisdom in the important decisions we are making concerning the care of our parents. This was a good week.
The Lord knows us. He knows our HABITS, our HEARTS and our HOPES.
Lord, I am so thankful to you because sometimes I forget to hit the "complete the order" button; I am so "wrapped" up in myself, so unprepared at times, forgetful, busy...well a lot of times, overwhelmed. Lead me Lord to the quiteness of your Word, where I can shop for what fills my order with strength, hope and expectant COMPLETE deliveries! Amen.
Friday, January 17, 2014
|Celebrating Thanksgiving together.|
Saturday, January 11, 2014
God has a reason for the black ice in our life. Don't allow the devil to make you slip, fall and bruise up bitterness. Have on your proper armor, your praying knee pads and your "ice skating partners." Together you can take the steps in a cleared path, trusting that your Spring awaits you.
Lord, you've given us in your Word an example of a man who loved you beyond his circumstances. In his humaness, Job's belief and healthy "fear" of the Lord, restored his life even though he suffered a "titanic" loss. He listened to wise counsel, seeking Your wisdom. Sometimes, we may only see what is on the surface, but you Lord are bigger than our storms and wider than our misery. You can melt a heart frozen in grief and despair with your warming promise of Spring redemption. Thank you Lord for giving us wise counselor-friends who wrap us in the warmth of love, easing our chills. In turn, may our warming spirits rekindle Your hope in a world frost-bitten by the enemy. Amen.
|Verse 14: "Listen to this, O Job, Stand and consider the wonders of God."|