In Between the Rains

 

fullsizeoutput_a08It is a gorgeously pre-dawn morning here in the Pacific Northwest. The tail-end of a storm is passing through and we wait in anticipation for the next storm to arrive. The gray-white, broken clouds look like floating mountains in the sky.

We are in between the rains (or storms) that sometimes bring chaos, uncertainty and even destruction but always new growth.

As the sun slowly makes its welcome on this brand new day, the Holy Spirit reminds me to praise God in all circumstances because our praises cause God to ambush the enemy on our behalf.

This morning as I watch the majestic mountains in the sky slowly drift by, I am thankful for Joel 2:25-26 and for God’s promises.

And, as I look back at this chapter in Joel I discover even more of God’s goodness and confirmation of what He is speaking to my heart this morning.

“Be glad, O children of Zion, and rejoice in the LORD your God, for he has given the early rain for your vindication; he has poured down for you abundant rain, the early and the latter rain, as before.” Joel 2:23.

Papa, thank you for the early rain of your vindication, for abundantly pouring down the early and latter rains.

May you walk in wondrous praise and worship of the Lord your God today and every day.

Shalom!

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Third Time is Providence

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Have you heard the sayings, “Third time’s a charm?” Or, “Things always happen in three’s?” I like to say, “Third time is Providence,” because charm simply conjures up for me the essence of the enemy. He walks in like a prince charming and then lays his deception and destruction. Look at Eve, Satan charmed her by appealing to her desire to have her significance filled be something other than God…the fruit., which gave her knowledge of good and evil, something God never intended us to have or the fruit would have never been forbidden. And, things always happening in three’s, well to me that is what many call coincidental and I don’t believe in coincidences I believe in the Holy Trinity – Father, Spirit, Son. I know, you probably want to refute this by bringing to my attention all the public figures that seem to pass in waves of three’s. If that is God’s will then that is Providence!

Our family has been struggling with some health concerns that have brought stress and anxiety and as I continue to cry out to God he keeps giving me Joel 2:25-26. For the third time this year I have read or heard a prophetic message about these verses in Joel.

“I will repay you for the years the locusts have eaten-the great locust and the young locust, the other locusts and the locust swarm-my great army that I sent among you. You will have plenty to eat, until you are full, and you will praise the name of the LORD your God, who has worked wonders for you; never again will my people be shamed.” Joel 2:25-26.

Whatever you are going through, if you believe in Christ Jesus, if you allow faith to prevail over hopelessness then restoration is on nigh. Not only that but God promises that you will have plenty to eat, until you are full and you will praise the name of the LORD you God! I’m not saying it is easy and many times God’s word uses the analogy of a woman giving birth, the pushing, the sweating, the tears and the pain, to express what it will take to get to your breakthrough, but once you are holding that sweet, precious newborn in your arms all the hard work is forgotten.

Precious One, press in, seek God and don’t give up! I’m telling myself this as well.

Providence – the only Three you need.

Shalom!

 

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The Old is Made New Again

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Restoration. The word holds hope and joy and of things yet to come.

When my husband was a teenager his stepdad bought this 1960 356B Porsche Cabriolet. At the time it was in perfect working condition, or so we thought. My husband has always wanted this car and his stepdad told him one day it would be his. A few years ago, after we had comfortably settled my father-in-law into assisted living, we brought the car home. The car had sat garaged for many years and began to fall into disrepair. My husband’s intention was to always restore the 356 to its former beauty.

Here are some things we’ve discovered in the process. It is by the grace of God alone that whenever my father-in-law drove this car he was safe. The ‘mechanic’ that had originally restored the car had done so in such a way that if it weren’t for Providence, driving this car could have resulted in a catastrophe.

The other thing we have learned is restoration takes time. A.LOT.OF.TIME. My husband completely gutted the inside of the car, has taken apart all mechanical and moving parts and has spent countless hours cataloguing all parts, researching and locating original or close to original parts as possible, networking with other Porsche restorers and finally coming to the point of putting it all back together. Please don’t misunderstand me, even though many times this task can be frustrating and seem daunting, it brings my husband joy. He loves working with his hands and God has uniquely gifted him with knowledge, wisdom and passion for this type of work. By trade he is an aircraft system engineer and aircraft mechanic.

Restoration. It can be the same in our own life can’t it? Allowing Holy Spirit to completely empty us of who we thought we were in Christ. Taking apart all the working pieces only to make room for the putting back together with a newness in our minds. It isn’t easy and it most definitely can be messy, it can take countless hours of prayer and crying out to God and may even require godly counsel for spiritual and emotional healing.

But God.

But, God promises that after suffering for a little while HE will RESTORE you. He will make you stronger, firmer AND more steadfast.

Precious One, that is truly good news!

Shalom!

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But God

 

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It didn’t take me long to embrace this season of restoration. In fact, I jumped and was caught in a bed of springtime flowers. “Here I am Lord, restore me!” Reality check. Restoration is a process.

The saying “Let go and let God” comes to mind. Hmm, letting go. Sometimes I think we hold on so tightly to the way we think things ought to be we actually lose sight of Who God is and what HE is doing! The current conversation I am having with God; “But God, I’m such a good helper!” “My child, I don’t require your help.” “But God” “My daughter there are not ‘buts’, just be.”

Be still and know that I am God.

Be still and know that I am.

Be still and know.

Be still.

Be.

Shalom!

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