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God’s Timing – #WordofGodSpeak Linkup

God’s Timing – #WordofGodSpeak Linkup

I really like the way the Lord shows me which passage to study. Today’s came from a list of 50 Scriptures to memorize by Sheila Gregoire.  I was searching for scripture for the Vacation Bible School I am running this summer in our town. Last week I did the same thing. This week I look at God’s timing.

Once again I used the S.I.M.P.L.E. Bible Study Method to study this verse.

S – Say the passage out loud: Check other versions.

The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9, NIV).

God isn’t late with his promise as some measure lateness. He is restraining himself on account of you, holding back the End because he doesn’t want anyone lost. He’s giving everyone space and time to change (2 Peter 3:9, The Message).

I – Interpretation – Check footnotes, references and commentaries. Find out all you can about the passage. When? Where? Why?

I underlined the words that seemed important to me.

not slow, promise, patient, not wanting anyone to perish, everyone to come to repentance.

Peter was written prior to AD68. This verse is in a passage about the Lord’s return. It is preceded by the words:

But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day.

That is God’s timing.

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Here are some other verses to look up:

Habbakuk 2:3 – revelation awaits an appointed time.. though it will linger, wait for it.
Hebrews 10:37 – for in just a little while .. righteous ones live by faith
Romans 2:4 – God has kindness, tolerance and patience
1 Titus 2:4 – God wants all men to be saved and come to knowledge of the truth
Revelation 2:21 – given time to repent

M- Make a list of thoughts, questions and ideas.

This verse follows nicely from last week’s about knocking on the door. Do we hear? Are we listening?

God’s plan is for everyone to come to truth and be saved. (tweet this)

God’s timing is perfect. We are to learn patience in the waiting, too. Have faith.

P- Pray for God’s Guidance This is a silent time of prayer, listening to God Speak. When you have finished writing all your thoughts, questions and ideas then take time for prayer.

L- Life Application – Write down what you heard God speak (no matter how different from your own thoughts previously).

Thank You Lord for leading me to see the following:

  1. Don’t dwell on the forest – all the future tasks, the ideas, the todo list.
  2. Dwell in the moment of what I am doing.
  3. Don’t be pulled away from my relationship with Jesus. Focus on Him and He will show me each tree to tackle.
  4. Work on looking and working at only 5 tasks at a time for a day.
  5. God has everything under control. Rest in Him.

Then I heard this song. Ten Thousand Reasons by Matt Redman.

Don’t you love these words:

The sun comes up, it’s a new day dawning
It’s time to sing Your song again
Whatever may pass, and whatever lies before me

E- Exit with a prayer of confirmation, forgiveness, praise or acceptance.

Lord, time feels fleeting to us but we know our time with You will be forever. Help us to live each day with You in the forever so we can enjoy each moment getting closer to You. In Jesus’ name. Amen.=

Keeping you up-to-date. We expect The Kingdom of Thrim to be available some time in May. 

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Are We Dressed for the Season?

Are We Dressed for the Season?

by Susan Hitchman

Dressed for the Season

Snow has begun to blanket the stately mountains in their winter garb. Early morning drivers peer out through frost-scraped windshields. It’s that season. So it is no surprise that my kids have begun digging through last winter’s snow garb to see what gear will be needed for the whitening slopes.

One pair of outgrown skis will be handed down to the next sibling. One new helmet is needed. Goggles are assessed. A selection of old and not-so-old specimens appear: scratched lenses, disintegrating foam padding, and decaying elastic straps witness to their many years of service. Some things can’t be reused or recycled. They just need replacing.

Jesus experienced a similar phenomenon. Entering His phase of earthly ministry, Jesus’ baptism was followed by a period of prayer and fasting. His objective was to bring about a major transition in human-divine dynamics. The Law of Grace would replace the Law of Judgment. The old garment was torn and in need of replacing.

But as Jesus’ ministry moved among the ranks of the disenfranchised and socially outcast, purveyors of the old tradition recoiled. The Pharisees and the teachers of the law complained:

Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners (Luke 5:30, NIV)?

In other words, why are you breaking with our tradition of exclusivity? The Law of Moses defines us as right and them as wrong.

Jesus’ response, as often was the case, used an illustration. He likely looked around him to find the perfect example. Perhaps He stepped over to a nearby garment vendor. Picking up an old robe discarded by a recent customer He may have fingered the weakened cloth.

 No one tears a piece out of a new garment to patch an old one. Otherwise, they will have torn the new garment, and the patch from the new will not match the old (Luke 5:36, NIV).

Jesus let that thought sink in. The old must make way for the new. It happens with clothes, and it happens in our relationship with God. The plan to transition from a law of legalism to a law of love was not plan B.

It was a change of seasons.
God knew the spiritual climate was ripe for it.

Each day we are faced with the same need to adjust our spiritual garments. We tend to cling to patterns of living that need to be replaced: patterns of bitterness, lack of forgiveness, sharp words and short tempers.

We need to follow Jesus’ example of prayer.

We need to draw apart daily in prayer, fasting from our usual busy-ness, and exchange robes; our weakness for His strength, our impatience for His patience, our anger for His loving-kindness, our pride for His humility. (Read those one more time, slowly now, fingering the garments carefully). The old garb is threadbare. It needs to be replaced.

Are you dressed and ready for today’s season?

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Each day we are faced with the same need to adjust our spiritual garments.

Draw apart daily in prayer, fasting from our usual busy-ness, and exchange robes.

Draw apart daily in prayer, fasting from our usual busy-ness, and exchange our weakness for His strength.

Draw apart daily in prayer, fasting from our usual busy-ness, and exchange our impatience for His patience.

Draw apart daily in prayer, fasting from our usual busy-ness, and exchange  our anger for His loving-kindness.

Draw apart daily in prayer, fasting from our usual busy-ness, and exchange our pride for His humility.

Sue Hitchman

Susan Hitchman

Sue  seeks to integrate the adventure of following Christ with her roles as wife, mother of five, co-leader of a women’s Bible study group and parent prayer group, and retreat speaker.  She is a member of The Word Guild and NCWA. Outdoor pursuits (cycling, gardening, hiking, & kayaking) remind her of God’s creative bent and constant presence. She writes to encourage others in their journey of faith in God.  Visit her blog at: Word Made Flesh

DOES PRAYER REALLY WORK?

Does Prayer Really Work?

by Patricia Day 

Does Prayer Really Work?

“Trust in Him at all times, you people; pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us” (Psalm 62:8 NKJV).

A very dear friend of mine married recently.  A single Mom for a long time; she had suffered the gauntlet of loneliness and uncertainty, but during that time totally relied on God’s Grace and trusted in His Will for her life.  There were desolate times but the day came when God revealed a very special gentleman for her. This man is a deeply devout man of faith.  He places God first and foremost in his life, as she has always done.

It was a privilege to attend their wedding.  It was a day of great celebration, thanksgiving and prayers of thanks.

Her long wait is now a memory.  No more dreaming of wonderful things to come or for change – she is living her dream and her reality is good!  She put her trust in God and He gave her the desire of her heart.

“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning” (James 1:17  NKJV).

“Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart” (Psalm 37:4 NKJV).

God longs to give each of us the desires of our hearts, although of course, the dream will be different for each of us.  For example, we are not all intended to marry: we each have life skills to equip us for our specific callings.  Such great expectations are not given to us quickly either, sometimes our wait is so long that we think our dreams will never come true.

The important lesson is that we continue to persevere, to pray and trust God to reveal the right path in life for us, knowing it will be worthwhile.

It is when we are content to accept that His plans are best for us and we embrace all He wants for us, that He can transform our realities into dreams come true.  He is the One and only giver of all good things and trusting in His promises, we can all reach a happier place in life. We will find our dreams really can become our realities.

Prayer: 

Father God, when our lives are in turmoil or we are dwelling in the shadows of doubt, may we totally lean on You.  Please lead us along the pathway of life that You have planned for us.  Grant us the perseverance to await Your perfect Will for our lives, no matter how long it may take.  Make our reality a good place to be and let us rejoice in You always.  Amen.

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Patricia Day

Patricia Day

Writing has always been a passion of Patricia. She can express myself better in writing, than verbally.  She enjoys creating short stories and devotionals. Her favourite past-times: family-time; gardening; reading; walking and listening to good music. Married.  Mother of two sons; step-Mom to a son & daughter and Nana to ten.

Look for her devotionals at Pepe Prays and her blog at Patters Matters.

Patricia has recently completed her first novel – Eleanor, A Stolen Childhood – which is in the process of publication.  Her second novel, Priscilla – Hidden in the Shadows is now being written.

GRASP – Five-Minute Fridays

Grasp

To Grasp or Let Go

One thing I learned in Ann Voskamp’s book, One Thousand Gifts – don’t hold onto things too tightly. Instead lay your hands open to accept God’s love. If we cling to something we can get tense, tightened shoulders, aching muscles, and pain.

I used to cling to control – over my family. I wanted to protect them – so I tried to keep control of everything that went on. I thought I could make sure nothing bad happened to them. – WRONG. My fear and control led to a very frustrated, angry person. Instead of enjoying each moment I got caught up in trying to lead and police everyone.

By letting go of my grasp – I opened myself to the guidance of a loving Father. I opened myself to the Holy Spirit. I grew in patience, in love, in gentleness. I even grew to like the new me.

I know I can never grasp the understanding of God – He is too big, too awesome and too powerful to be understood. But I can be reverent before Him, bless His name and want to live closer and closer to Him.

“The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom” (Isaiah 40:28, NIV).

Instead of grasp – I am learning to let go. Open palms. Accepting and loving each minute I am given.

Linking to Lisa-Jo’s Five-Minute Friday

THE BEST IS YET TO COME

The Best is Yet to Come

by Heather McGillivray (reprinted with permission July 12, 2011)

What endeared me most to my grandfather growing up was the way he always saw a little humour and a ray of sunshine in every situation. When my grandparents’ dream of buying a new home with the income from their taxi stand and diner was dashed by medical expenses and trips south to Toronto for Mama’s endless eye operations–leaving them to share the little one bedroom apartment with my mom while she grew up–he patiently endured it, spending the rest of his life caring for her in her blindness.

When I came along he was well seasoned by life’s hardships.  “Hurry up and wait!” he’d tell me with a grin, instead of bemoaning something taking too long. I often think about my grandfather’s words when it seems like God is taking a long time to answer my prayers.

Like the time I needed to approach someone meekly about a situation. I’d prayed it through and gone with the best of intentions. As I turned off my ignition and stepped out onto the asphalt the lyrics for ‘The Best is Yet to Come’ flooded my soul, and I went in expectantly. I thought the ‘best’ would be waiting for me in the parking lot on my way out.

But my efforts were not well received and because of that, my life took a course I’d never planned on. Nearly a decade later–my prayers seemingly vanished into the unpredictability of it all–I’m still waiting.

I thought about them when a divorce I never wanted left me unable to keep my house and I was offered a chance to slip in somewhere on the sly—getting graciously bumped ahead of other equally needy families by well-meaning friends. As I prayed, God told me to wait. I still remember the time of release in worship I had when He gave me the assurance it was all taken care of–accommodations were coming right around the corner.

What followed were two gruelling years and a Red Sea experience. Illness made it impossible to keep working, and soaring housing prices made it impossible to find anything cheaper. I’d been on a waiting list for a local co-op, but they’d informed me there wouldn’t be an opening for months at the earliest. God told me to wait.

Within days the tables turned. People moved out of the co-op, others switched units, and those ahead of me declined their spots—we were in. My house sold at the peak of the market, giving me extra to sustain me through the worst. The best had, indeed, come—in God’s timing.

Like Joseph and Abraham, sometimes we feel like we’re hurrying up to follow God and He puts us on His celestial waiting list—our prayers seemingly slipping through His snoozing radar. Not so.

“And another angel came and took his place at the altar, having a gold vessel for burning perfume; and there was given to him much perfume, so that he might put it with the prayers of all the saints on the gold altar which was before the high seat” (Rev. 8:3 ASV).

Did you know that one of the most important steps in making perfume is letting it sit? The longer a scent base sits with the pure grain base, the stronger the perfume will be. God has not forgotten our prayers. Not one vapour of our hearts’ anguish soaking the altar of His affection has escaped His concern. Every petition is being painstakingly preserved and perfected for that precise moment when it will spill over our circumstances in a glorious and fragrant outpouring of answers we never imagined possible.

Precious, patient believer–hurry up and pray. The best is yet to come.

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Heather McGillivray

Heather lives in Chelmsford, Ontario, with her college aged children. She knows they haven’t left yet because she’s still doing their laundry and buying lots of groceries–she just can’t figure out where they’re hiding, or what they’ve done with the van.
The most exciting thing in her life right now, apart from Jesus, is that He’s letting her write her very first novel, and she’s almost done it. She loves poetry, and could get lost for weeks at a time in a good one.
What she knows above all else, is that God hears and answers prayer–and for that she is eternally grateful. Visit her at her blog.