His Faithfulness {Faith Life Preservers-Day 12}

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The eternal God is your dwelling place, 
and underneath are the everlasting arms…
Deuteronomy 33:27

One reason I held back from sharing my writing for years is because of the belief 
that I would be just one more voice in a sea of voices. 
I believed there were already too many opinions and perspectives swirling 
around the atmosphere through a multitude of mediums and
 I did not want to contribute to the vast number 
of popular and unpopular opinions available. 
I also observed how often 
I thought of something and then how someone else would express it.
 I concluded that since there is nothing new under the sun and everything 
that has already been said and 
will ever be said is meaningless –
(my perception after months of meditating on Ecclesiastes!) 
why bother to come out of the closet and realize
 my own insignificance in public shame and humiliation. 
I could remain in my closet writing in blissful solitude, 
enjoying insights and glimpses of glory all by my little self.
 Safe. 
But God would not let me get away with this misguided perspective. 
There came a point when I suspected that it was possible 
I could be resisting God’s direction by not sharing my writing. 
It climaxed on a white water rafting trip where 
I actually felt like he would throw me out of the raft himself if 
I did not share my heart for him publicly. 
Don’t get me wrong I had no trouble speaking His name, sharing my faith, 
witnessing His grace and truth BUT the writing was mine. 
Well that’s what I thought. 
Mine. Mine. Mine.
 Until I realized what I knew in my heart that it was His, His, His…to share as He willed.
Not mine. Completely. 
Perfect love casts out fear and I knew He wanted me to step out in faith. 
I looked back at my faithful God as if He was a pirate making me walk the plank. 
One. Step. At. A. Time. 
You know what I found?

I jumped by faith into the unknown 
and found Him waiting there with open arms. 
Again. 
There is no fear in love. 
But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment.
 The one who fears is not made perfect in love.
1 John 4:18
Have you been upheld by His faithfulness, friend? 
I have!
For the LORD is good and his love endures forever; 
his faithfulness continues through all generations.
Psalm 100:5

31 Days of Faith Life Preservers 
October 1-31, 2012
See all other Faith Life Preserver Posts HERE.
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31 Day Topics and Bloggers HERE.

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Time, Chance and Choice {5 Minute Friday: Race}

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I have seen something else under the sun: The race is not to the swift or the battle to the strong, nor does food come to the wise or wealth to the brilliant or favor to the learned;
 but time and chance happen to them all.
Ecclesiastes 9:11

There was a time when faster mattered to me. 
More and better were my creed.
I was hungry for the things of this life and sought
 to fill the empty places and chase dreams while racing against the clock. 
Wisdom introduced itself and almost a half century of living has 
taught me that there may be something to seizing the day,
 but there is something more powerful in taking time to smell the roses.
After all why should I trade the beauty of the present moment while grasping at wind.
I don’t care if I do it all, see it all, be  it all, have the latest,
 greatest brand or whatever is in today.
Roses are beautiful for a season, and why miss that?




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