Jun 152016
 

If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!  Luke 11:13

Love never loses faith; 1 Corinthians 13:7a

So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.  Luke 11:9

So I slowly.  Ever so slowly people-  Put on my favorite stretchy pants, shirt and running shoes this morning, and practically fell out the door.  My pace could hardly be called “running” (or even jogging to be fare) due to my extreme grogginess.  (Alright.  It also may have been due to the fact my “haven’t disciplined myself to work out body” was telling me “no” when I tried to “go”.)

As I ran, the dream I had been having when the brutal wake up happened was recalled to my memory.  It’s ironic because I cannot remember the last time I remembered a dream.  And it was even more rare because it seemed to be a spiritual dream, involving a reocurring scripture verse and sister in Christ.

I felt a Spirit nudge to text this individual about this scripture and dream.  (God has to make things clear to me and I don’t believe in coincidences-I believe in God ordained/Spirit prompted occurrences.)  How you ask?  Well, let me share.  First, I remembered the dream and it involved scripture (miracle of rememberings mixed with Truth).  And next, the first reminder on my phone from Facebook said this individual’s name with the phrase, “Let her know” attached to it.  Our God works through mysterious ways my friends.  And yes, (in spite of all the Facebook drama) even through Facebook!

The texting to my friend was my first order of business on my run (gotta love the voice command feature, however people may have given me the “you are weird” look more than once).  And then I got to thank my God for His goodness to me.  I thanked God specifically for “no rain on the run” (since the reality of the downpoor was imminent due to the wet all around me/clouds all above me and I hate running in the rain-and even more running in the rain with my dog)  I also prayed for friends and family who were on my heart.

But then I asked my Father to “speak for your child is listening” (in an effort to listen to God rather than continue my laundry list of needs and agenda) and a strange feeling came over me.  Warning-I am heading into the transparent zone so beware the upcoming statement people!  If I am being truly honest with myself, I was dealing with som yucky.  Heart issue stuff.   And yes lets call it out.  Jealousy.

I was wishing that dream I had for my friend had been for me.  I was wanting my Father God to have a Word for me.  I was needing some tangible love from Him.  Just.  For.  Me-What.  About.  Me.  (And as I write this I recognize fully I have written the word “Me” fulfilling the writing quota for the year.  Ouch.)  But this was the real of where my heart sat.

I wish my response to God’s love for another would have been different.  Selfless maybe.  Joyful and glad.  Other’s focused.  And many times I genuinely do “rejoice with those who rejoice”.  But not this time.  My faith in His constant love for me appeared nonexistent in this moment.

Having finished my run on a down note I walked in my front door, headed straight to the back door to let the dog out, and IMMEDIATELY it started to rain.  And IMMEDIATELY my heart fluttered a little as I received this good, love gift from my Father.  You would think being an Oregon girl that rain wouldn’t get to me so much, but God knows I cannot stand the wet, dreary rain run.  (And especially when the wet dog would be a reality as well.)  Now, once again this coincidance situation is back on the table.  Could it be coincidance that the rain started up right after I stepped inside and was needing to recognize some “Father love” to me? Not with the way I roll.

I may not have felt the rain, but I felt the love of the Father rain down on me this morning.  (He’s got enough to go around people!)  His love is deep.  Wide.  Long.  And doesn’t quit.  Not ever.

 May I never doubt this love rain which downpours for me.  For you.  Forever.  And may we testify to the love the Father has for us.  Because when it rains.  It pours.  

Consider what situation you are currently in and need some “Rain love” from the Father.  Would you ask Him to make you aware of His close presence and love for you?

What are you in need of?  Are you in financial need?  Physical strength?  Wisdom?  Peace about the future?  Freedom from fear or addiction?  Help to overcome an obstacle?  Love for a hard to love individual?  Purpose in the now? Whatever your need-God desires to hear, answer and love you through it.  So ask Him.  And allow His love to meet you right now.

 

 

Jillian

Jillian

© 2012 Standing on Peace

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Jul 252014
 

“And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it;  if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it. Now you are Christ’s body and individually member’s of it.”  1 Corinthians 12:26-27

First off I want to say “thank you”.  

You have been the support and motivation I needed to finish the Sing Over Me:  A Women’s Devotional Through the Psalms, book.  Your emails have encouraged me to persevere in the writing even when trials and laziness overwhelmed me.  God used you to encourage me to fulfill this call He placed on my heart.  I feel so humbled and blessed to be able to journey with you all as the Lord continues to work on me.

As I await more comments to come in on Amazon for my book in order to have the book do well, I have contemplated this balance of relying on God and relying on the body of Christ as we go through life.  And I have come down to this bottom line:  We need God.  But we also need each other.

We were not meant to “do life” alone.  We were meant for community.  And the body of Christ is just that.  A group of imperfect, forgiven, Jesus following folks who are doing their best to “work out their salvation”.  A group who will “rejoice with those who rejoice and mourn with those who mourn” Romans 12:15.  A group using their God given gifts to inspire one another on in this race of life.

Let’s give glory to the Lord for doing an impossible work in us.  May the name of the Lord be praised because He is a “Finisher” God.  When I felt inadequate, without gifting, and without knowledge in this whole writing world, He equipped me.  When I had nothing to say, He gave me something to say.  When the criticism of other’s seemed to overwhelming to continue on, He gave me courage.  And when I seemed to be working in vain, His peace and a renewed sense of purpose and joy flooded my soul.  Following Jesus is beyond.  Our own strength.  Giftings.  Ways.  But it is in our “beyond”-where we find abundant life.

He has called each of us to know Him and make Him known to others.  But within this larger call, He has specific Kingdom work for us as individuals (Jer 29:11).  And the work WILL involve reliance on Him-His strength and Spirit (Jo 15:5, Zech 4:6).  But those who trust in Him through the questions, trials, and troubles, He will never put to shame (Prov 3:5, Ro. 10:11).  He never starts something in us and then does not equip, strengthen and help us see it through to the end.

So be encouraged to today my Sister’s!  Step out in faith and be obedient to God and His Word.  Rely on Him.  Rely on others in the body of Christ to help you.  Persevere.  Gain knowledge.  Motivate you towards courage in Christ.  For your work is not in vain!  Enjoy resting in God’s plan for you.  Because it is beyond.  Good.
P.S.  (Does anyone actually use this anymore?  I guess I do!)  For the next two weeks starting today if you follow this link and purchase Sing Over Me:  A Women’s Devotional Through the Psalms, and then post a comment on Amazon about it, I will enter you name in a drawing to win a gift card to the Cheesecake Factory!  Email me at jillian@standingonpeace.com to let me know you commented!  Thanks again for your support friends!

Jillian

Jillian

© 2012 Standing on Peace

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