Friday, September 26, 2014

Asking for Favor

“What is that noise?”

I kept hearing the sound of a motor. Going from window to window inside the house to see where the truck was, I still didn’t see it. 

Finally, I went back out to the kitchen and looked again for the vehicle.  Nope, no truck but strangely there were two men wearing bright yellow shirts walking up and down the back area of our house.

“Honey, there are men from the city in the alley.” I called to my husband.  “They’re cutting branches.” Not giving me much attention he blurted, “Probably clearing them away from the power lines.”
“Hey, do you think they’d take ours?” I asked. These huge branches were easily over twelve feet long and had been there for some time, because they were too big to move. They broke during a bad storm earlier in the year and we had dragged all the debris to that area piling it altogether.
For weeks I’ve wanted it cleared away so no snakes would gather thinking they had found a new home.
From the other room my not so sure husband called out, “No, I doubt it.  I don’t think they’re allowed to do that.” Of course I didn’t let it go and pushed the question a bit more.
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You Have Not, Because You Ask Not
Seeing an opportunity to get those branches removed I was eager to find out if the men would indeed take them. That’s when I turned religious …
“How do you know unless you ask?  The Bible says, you have not because you ask not. So go ask.” I smugly said with a smile.
I watched the men gather the branches they trimmed and then throw them into a large dump truck.  Not waiting for my husband nor wanting to miss this chance, I quickly exited the back door and approached the gentlemen with a hearty good morning.
The best way to describe this is to briefly share the conversation I had with these fine workers.
Dashing toward our fence I called out, “Could you do me a favor and take the large branches by the tree? They came down in the storm and I don’t have a chain saw. I can clean up the small ones, but not those (pointing to the big limbs).”
“I don’t know,” said Billy. “We’re not supposed to I think.” He was tripping all over his words trying to be kind all the while denying my request.
When I asked for this to be done, I really wasn’t trying to use my husband’s recent illness as guilt bait, but saw an open door for a problem to be resolved.
“I wouldn’t ask, but my husband recently had a heart attack. I know that he’ll try to do it and he isn’t allowed to lift anything over five pounds right now.  Couldn’t you call someone and ask?” I questioned.  “After all we are to serve the community right?”  That was pushing the envelope a bit, don’t you think?
Billy pulled out his cell phone from his back pocket and proceeded to dial calling his supervision with my plea. With a shout of joy I expressed my gratitude as they began to clean up the branches from a storm.

If this was a cookie would you take it?
Practically jumping and bouncing with delight I swiftly went back into the house declaring my victory to hubby.  I usually have some baked goods ready or gift by the front door for people who serve and make deliveries, but this time the cookies weren’t ready. I knew they would be gone before they were done.
“What can we give them?” I asked my husband.  He didn’t hesitate in answering, “Money. Give them money to buy lunch.”
With money in hand I returned to the yard calling Billy to come to the fence. “Here, we want to bless you for what you’re doing for us. I can’t tell you how much this means.”
The men saw that I had money in both my hands gesturing that they come to get it. “That’s all right, I don’t think we’re allowed to take that.” Billy said as he looked over to his co-worker Sam.  I couldn’t help but laugh as Sam lowered his head responding to what Billy had said.  “I’m not saying a thing.” He smiled.
Seeing I was getting nowhere I asked, “If this were a home baked cookie would you take it?” They both grinned and said they would. I continued, “Then buy a cookie with your lunch.”  Neither needed any more convincing and expressed their gratitude as they reached out for their reward.
Doing a happy dance as we watched from the kitchen window my husband and I witnessed something we didn’t expect.  Billy and Sam cleaned up all the branches and debris, plus they tossed a mattress on the top of the pile carting everything away.
Resting on its side there was part of a bed we recently replaced. The city only picks up certain things during their clean-up weeks, and this was one of those items. We would have to pay for the mattress to be carted off, and they loaded it on their truck for free. I never even mentioned it to them.
“You want what you don’t have, so you scheme and kill to get it. You are jealous of what others have, but you can’t get it, so you fight and wage war to take it away from them. Yet you don’t have what you want because you don’t ask God for it.” (James 4:2 NLT)
God allowed me to see those men at that given moment so He could show us favor. All I had to do was ask.  If I didn’t act at that time the favor which was already planned for us by God would have been missed.
The old me would have watched the men finish their work and leave, still wondering how I was going to get that mess cleaned up for my husband. I had to do something different, not follow my usual pattern for handling situations. Seeing what happened  gave me a new sense of boldness.

You Have Not Because You Take Not
No, that’s not how scripture reads, but that is what happened. Monday after my husband was released from the sleep study test (read about it in the update) I wanted to see how his stamina was holding up so we ran some errands.  One place we needed to go was the grocery store for pet food.
As we were getting ready to check out, a worker from Auntie Anne’s approached us with a cup of pretzel nuggets. She was giving out samples of their new cinnamon pretzel bites and asked my husband if he would care for one. Since it didn’t have salt on it he told her yes.
With tongs in her hand she dipped into her container and pulled out another treat asking me the same question. Not saying a word, but looking directly into her eyes I took hold of her hand that was stretched out toward me, and gently pushed it back to her taking the cup out of her other hand as a joke.
“OK.” She said with a confused look.  I still haven’t spoken. She started to walk away when I asked her, “Can you do that?” referring to her letting me have the entire container.  Now my husband was laughing, though embarrassed by my peculiar actions.
The young lady turned around and beamed, “I don’t know, this is my first day!” Hubby leaned over to her and quietly said, “We’ll keep this between ourselves then.” She handed him some coupons and walked away.
Cackling like hens we wondered what happened. I was about to hand the cup back to her when she vanished.  I was kidding!  Now I felt bad and hid the cup in my pocket so she wouldn’t get in trouble.  Some people don’t know how to take a joke and others take it too far. I’m not sure, but I think this falls somewhere in the middle and it’s not a pattern of behavior I follow.
Now I’ve given my husband ammunition and ever since he’s deliberately messing with my head trying to make me feel bad saying over and over, “I can’t believe you did that to that girl.”  In my defense, I didn’t mean to …
… but God, it’s easier this way!
“You have not because you take not” opens a whole new way of thinking doesn’t it? This week my behavior has been from one extreme to another stepping out of my normal way of handling things.
It all stemmed from last week’s lesson where the Lord challenged me to think beyond just “being still” but to remember that God is still the almighty powerful Lord who wants us to step out into the world of possibilities.
I know that both these incidents are extreme, but doesn’t that prove my point? We are afraid to take new opportunities God sends our way so we miss out on His blessings and favor. Instead of being bold and believing God will make a way, we fall back into our old patterns because they are familiar even though they don’t work.
Asking God for His favor on a situation works when it lines up with His Word. Collectively we prayed for an opening for my husband’s sleep study test. There wasn’t one until November, but God changed a two month waiting into a two day waiting because we asked.
If you’re in the habit or pattern of waiting, change that way of thinking and go ahead and ask God for whatever you need.  He is still God and impossible isn’t in His pattern.  Stop watching opportunities go by you and start acting on them by faith.

This Week’s Challenge:  
Our New Pattern - Possibilities
No doubt you have some things that you really need to change.  The old way of doing things didn’t cut it so all your possibilities for stepping out seem to have dried up and disappeared.  Let me assure you, they haven’t.  With God, all things are possible!
 
“Jesus looked at them intently and said, “Humanly speaking, it is impossible. But with God everything is possible.” (Matthew 19:26 NLT)
 
Gleaning off of last week’s challenge to sow a new crop of word seeds, we’re going to add to the soil boldness and courage for changing our thinking patterns. 

As you approach a situation ask God to give you what you need to succeed and the boldness to follow through until you receive favor from Him and man.  Expect things to change as you pattern your actions differently.

I don’t recommend taking things like I did with the young girl in fun, it wasn’t meant to be a suggestion that you should pattern for yourself.  However, I do expect you to be bold and not afraid to ask for something when an opportunity presents itself.

When the devil whispers in your ear that nothing is going to change, redirect your thinking pattern believing that “all things are possible, because I can do anything through Christ who gives me the strength.” (from Philippians 4:13 NLT) Then pray ...

Heavenly Father,
I ask that You give me Your strength in every situation I face. Give me insight into my life concerning the failing patterns that I have followed. 
Holy Spirit put before my eyes the people, places and things that will lead me in the direction of new opportunities and possibilities for a good end in my journey.  Help me to be willing to change even though it isn't comfortable, knowing that You are Lord over all my steps.
Grant me favor in decision making that Your will may be accomplished in my life.  Let my life be one that glorifies You.
In Jesus' name I pray,  Amen.

Begin a new pattern in life that is full of possibilities and favor.  It all begins by asking.

 

Until next time, may you find God’s favor by asking.

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“Go ahead … Ask me.”

– Jesus Christ

 
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Friday, September 19, 2014

Planting Word Seeds

“How is everything going? How is your husband?  I also have to say more importantly, how are you? 

When someone is poorly they often forget someone looking after them.”
That was the kind message I received from a friend named Steven also known as @themovingroad on Tuesday September 16th after we had gotten back from the doctor’s with a new report that we didn’t like.
 
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Planting for a Harvest
Steven has been such an encouragement throughout this outer part of our journey.   He has been planting uplifting words into our spirit even though he has never met us.  Those words were seeds planted before we knew we would need them.
 
Quality verses Quantity
Tuesday’s list of cardio professionals we would have to visit was a bit tiring for my husband and they lasted several hours.  We could feel a difference in the atmosphere as soon as we walked into the heart clinic.  Everyone seemed tense and rushed off their feet, especially the heart technicians.
When my husband was standing on the scale we learned why the staff seemed so aloof to the patients.  They were running behind because of a sales luncheon from a pharmaceutical company.
It was time for the extension of the doctor’s “right arm for counsel” heart specialist, to give his follow-up instructions concerning the condition of how hubby’s heart was doing.  He went through the list of medications and new blood work results.  The blood thinner medication Warfarin would have to be increased again as we suspected after seeing the results of the test.
Immediately when the cardio nurse specialist came into the room I felt strange, because he brought in a spirit of doom with him.  One of the first things out of his mouth was,
 “We’re going to concentrate on quality not quantity of life.” 
You can imagine what that sounded like to us. My husband and I looked at one another and all the questions we had didn’t seem to matter. 
A few minutes later he repeated the same thing. What was he saying? We had lots of questions, but neither of us dared to ask them not wanting to give voice to the bad report.  Quantity? What does that mean, quantity?  We knew what it meant, but refused to believe the report.
 
Be Careful Little Ears
I remember learning a song in Sunday School when I was a child, “Be Careful Little Eyes What You See.” There is another verse that tells us that we are to be careful what we receive in our ears as well.  This wasn’t something my ears wanted to hear, and so I shut off everything he said after that initial announcement.
 
That night was not a good one for either of us.  For days I hadn’t gotten much if any sleep because of how my husband was feeling.  Lack of sleep was working on my immune system and something was trying to manifest itself in me.
The words of encouragement from Steven and others resounded in my spirit helping me to resist all the devil was trying to do.  By Thursday a fever came on and sent me to bed stopping me from being able to minister to my husband.  I knew it was from exhaustion, but what else could I do being the only one to care for my spouse.
Illness brings out a strange side in us. People are concerned at the beginning, but only the few gems remain to see you through.  That’s why, like Steven’s word seeds, your messages and prayers have been such help to us.  We gladly listen to those words that line up with what we’ve been praying throughout this part of our journey.
 
Voice in the Night
Last night while I was sleeping the Lord ministered to my spirit. 
He gave me a message.  “Instead of thinking on
“Be still and know I Am God, think this: KNOW I AM STILL GOD.”
That message didn’t line up with what the Word of God said, so I thought.  I questioned it right away, because the Holy Spirit never goes against the Word.  Then God gave me this verse as confirmation:
“It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life.” (John6:63 NKJV)
Then God revealed to me the way I was thinking, especially when it came to the bad report.  In my reply to someone I even said, “We’re not going to receive the doom news, but believe God.” 
When we are to “be still”, the Holy Spirit showed me that it is a Word from the Lord concerning comfort.  When I am still I am not fretting or worrying.  God was explaining that His comfort is always there, but I needed to remember that there is never a time that He isn’t God.  It’s easy to forget that truth when someone tries to plant words of doubt into our lives.
God was reminding me of the seeds of life that were planted into my life when I received Jesus.  He gives all who believe seeds of an abundant life. Anything that isn’t of God is a bad seed that I don’t want and need to refuse to allow it to take root.
“The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I (Jesus) came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abuandance (to the full, till it overflows). (John 10:10 AMP)

Right after I was awakened with this message God also reminded me of something He said to me on Wednesday while I was in the kitchen. “It’s going to be alright.”  I wasn’t even in conversation with Him at the moment, but that word of encouragement was dropped into my soul and sustained me.
Not only had God said it once, but twice!  The message in the night was the Lord reassuring me of what He had spoken and not to believe anything less.
 
The Seeds Determine the Harvest
When I woke up my husband told me of the phone calls he had received.  A friend of ours had called to make sure he had eaten breakfast.  She knows how hard of a time I’ve had with hubby trying to get him to eat so the medicine would absorb properly into his system.  God allowed her to be a back-up, so to speak, to help keep things going while I was out of commission for a day.
We can have strong faith, but when something is coming against us we may not always think clearly. That is why we need to have people who speak words of agreement with us when we are down.
Over the past weeks our seeds of faith have been tested. By planting God’s Words into our lives before this happened I know what God revealed to me is true, because He never lies.  The seed in my heart determined my harvest of belief.
In our inner journey we practiced what it meant to “Be still” and let God be God. Our outer journey is measurable and others can see if we are failing in our faith walk.  It’s easy to slip and slide when the devils fire darts are being thrown at us.
This is another reason why God was reminding me that He is still God, always was and always will be God.  He was giving me His Word seeds of encouragement.  If I truly believed Him my actions would reveal it and others could see my trust or lack of it in the seed words I spoke.
 
You Are Special
My husband and I have not responded to those negative words by the specialist, so they would not become a part of our thinking.  To us he didn’t speak words of life or value, therefore we didn’t receive it as wisdom, comfort or encouragement.
This doesn’t mean we neglect what the cardio tech said in care or treatment, but that with that care we chose to believe God for complete healing and long life.

In the course of a day, all of us have lots of opportunities to plant negative word seeds into the life of everyone we interact with during that twenty four hour period.  What words are you planting? Are you planting words of encouragement or words of doubt?

A well know Christian, author C.S. Lewis, once said that in the course of life, We meet no ordinary people in our lives.”  That means every person God allows to come into our life is special.  How are we treating them?  Our words speak the way we actually feel about someone.

God has been faithful to His Words by sending favor through His servants.  We recognize that each and every one of you are so special and bring good things into our lives through prayer, support and your wonderful words of life.


This Week’s Challenge:

 Planting Words

Every word we speak is a seed to life or death.  We are instructed to speak life into people and that’s what we are going to do.

“Death and life are in the power of the tongue (your word seeds), and those who love it (meaning love life) will eat its fruit.” (Proverbs 18:21 NKJV)

No doubt you will be talking to someone within minutes of reading this, whether it is verbally or sending a message by Internet.  This challenge is to take effect immediately, without delay because it will have an effect on your life sooner than you think.  If you love your life, you will change your words to favor God’s without hesitation.
“Be careful little tongue what you say, for the Father up above is looking down with love, so be careful little tongue what you say.”
Instead of replying to someone with words that don’t carry weight with God, begin planting word seeds that are packed with power, faith and love. Speak life, encouragement and hope. 

God is watching and listening to what you are bringing into the lives of others.  Let our words be measured as seeds of life, love and encouragement.


Wonderful Words of Life [Live]
 
Until next time, God’s Words are His favor.

 
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“Know that I Am still God.”

– Jesus Christ

 

 
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Friday, September 12, 2014

Be Quiet and Speak

Dawn was breaking and I could see the daylight streaming through the bedroom window.  It was a little after five in the morning. 

Thank the Lord Hubby was sleeping and breathing normally.  I was glad to have strung together a few hours of sleep myself.

Sitting up in bed I noticed how quiet it was.  Since it was a cooler night we shut off the air conditioner and only needed the fans.  I love nights like that don't you?

Stretching my arms toward the ceiling I began my daily chat with the Lord.  I closed my eyes and just listened as I drank in the tranquility. 

Off in the distance I could hear the sounding whistle of the train growing faint as it rolled out of town.  The only sound now was the quiet whisper of a fan motor.  It was divine!

Then the silence broke and the conversations of the day before were louder in my head than the roaring locomotive that just past the area.

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Be Quiet and Listen

Quietness may not be all that it’s cracked up to be when the Holy Spirit gets hold of the silence.  It’s during the stillness and quiet times when He can speak to us and get our attention. 

Although I welcome the interaction of God in my life, sometimes I don’t always feel like a lesson … you know what I mean?  Nonetheless, I got one and received it in my heart.

Those who are following this journey with me know what’s been happening in my daily schedule since Hubby’s heart attack.  One thing that I have really learned in life, is that in order for me to be a help to those around me I have to be a good listener.

Learning to listen quietly isn’t always easy for a teacher, preacher or speaker.  We tend to interject and take over the conversation without realizing it, and certainly not on purpose.  Being quiet and listening are skills that have to be learned continually by all of us; age has nothing to do with that.

I noticed that when it came to listening to all the instructions from the doctors, staff and anyone else concerning my husband’s new lifestyle, I was attentive and eager to keep quiet.  However, when I was with friends my attention was easily diverted and maybe not as considerate.  That’s what the Holy Spirit was leading me towards in my scripture readings…
 
learning to be still is not necessarily being quiet.

Talking Doll
We have learned through the first part of our journey, the inward part, how to be still and let God work in our lives.  Our parents would quietly lean over in church and whisper “be still” hoping to get us to sit without moving. 
 
Sitting still and watching God move on a situation isn’t necessarily being quiet.  I can sit in one place and be as still as the chair, but while doing that I can be a “chatty Cathy” (like the talking doll) not hearing a thing anyone else is saying. 

Being Still Isn’t Being Quiet

After some morning doctor appointments we had the opportunity to visit with a few friends.  They were an older couple who had just come from the same heart doctor as Hubby’s.  Larry had a pace maker put in a few months ago, and Joy had a heart attack in August around the same time as my husband.


Be Quiet, Talk Less & Listen More
We were comparing notes on the care received and all reports were glowing about the staff. 
 
The men and women carried separate conversations even though we were sitting next to one another. 
 
Honestly, I have no idea what my husband said to Larry, because my attention was on my interaction with my lady friend.

There was something that started to ring true about this “not being quiet thing”, and it began when Joy’s phone rang. As we were dialoguing her cell phone must have rang at least a dozen times, in which she took almost all the calls.

With each call we paused in the middle of sentences so she could check the message.  I understand that we all have calls that we sometimes must take, and that wasn’t the issue. 
 
Finally, Joy noticed that our time was being stolen; she was the one who put the phone in her purse.  With phone out of sight she looked at me and grabbed my hand gently. In a sweet soft voice Joy said, “Finish your story.”  That was the turning point in our visit.

Although we were not moving about, there was nothing quiet in our stillness until our focus was on one another.

God’s Peace in Quietness

My conversation with my friend helped me to understand that the peace of God can be found in times of struggle, frustration and heartache.  We just need to know where it is.

Would you mind being quiet a minute?
Learning to be quiet when others speak is often a gift from the Lord, to help you when you don’t know what to do.
 
Even though we have known these people most of our lives, God was giving us direction for things we didn’t know.  They had been down the road we are now traveling, several times and it was their time to speak.

The things we learned from being quiet that day and listening actually came in handy the next day. They had directed us to people we didn’t know and to the people who showed my husband favor for his treatment. 
 
Our peace came from being open to others experiences and being willing to act on the leading of the Holy Spirit.

That night the Lord led me to this passage as validation of what I had learned.

“Then justice will dwell in the wilderness, and righteousness remains in the fruitful field.  The work of the righteous will be peace, and the effect of righteousness, quietness and assurance forever.

My people will dwell in a peaceful habitation. In secure dwellings, and in quiet resting places, though hail comes down on the forest, and the city is brought low in humiliation.” (Isaiah 32:16-19 NKJV)
 
The Sower: Righteous Work = Peace
The Reaper: Righteous Effect = Quietness and Assurance

The work of my friend was peace to our souls because she knew what we should ask, who we should see and what to expect.  The effect of my Christian friend on us was quietness, not just physically, but emotionally. 

Listen to the Story

We were able to experience peace because there was a time of listening for direction through our friends stories.
 
This direction was by God, but through my friends.  How do I know that it was from the Lord?  Their words helped meet our need.

Receiving spiritual counsel and acting on wisdom is key for living in the favor of God. 
 
Until we learn to be quiet and listen, there can be no peace for the soul, and our outward journey will be exhausting.

That day I was able to see her outward journey in the way she took hold of the situation and redirected it.  Remember all outward journey actions are being witnessed and are measureable.  You could clearly see how she was listening to the Holy Spirit’s direction when she responded to hearing our story.

This Week’s Challenge:
Be Quiet and Listen

What’s their story? We’re so geared to sharing our story that we often forget who we shared it with and end up repeating it to the same people.  Boring!  Not only is it redundant, you can’t advance in your journey by focusing on self.

No doubt you will share something with someone this week.  Instead of spilling all the details of the daily activities, try redirecting the conversation back on the other person.  Be quiet and actually listen to what they are saying.  

Understand that their work (in your life through godly words) is favor from God.  It will bring you into enjoying peace or quietness in spirit, soul and body.  It’s our sowing that is the object of the favor of God being shown on His children.

In the words of the prophet Samuel, let me boldly declare:

“Then Samuel said to Saul, “Be quiet! And I will tell you what the LORD said to me last night.” And he said to him, “Speak on.” (1 Samuel 15:16 NKJV)

Lily from Princess Diaries
The entire world around you may be at unrest, but you don’t have to be.  Learn to be quiet, and let others talk. Be a cheerful listener. 
 
Some may say it like this: Shut up and listen.  The nice way in relaying the same message is:
 
Be quiet and let other’s speak.  Which ever one works for you, do it.  Your peace is at stake.
 
 

I Will Listen by Twila Paris
 
Until next time, there is favor in being quiet.

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“Be quiet, and I will tell you.”
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