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Friday, March 23, 2012

"freedom in America"

F-False E-Evidence A-Appearing R-Real=fear

A long time ago when I was a little girl growing up in North Dakota, I just "knew" that God was coming back any day!  I grew up as a preacher's kid and every Sabbath on our way to and from church I would scan the eastern horizon for that one small black cloud that would be the sign of Christ's coming. You know the one that grows bigger and bigger until we see Jesus and all of His angels in it?! My love and trust for God was so innocent and real.  I knew God answered prayer. I had read and reread the Bible. I knew all of the famous Bible stories of faith, God's leading, and healing still time moved on and the cares of this world sprang up to try to choke the life out of me. Matthew 13:22 "He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful."  When we have had new people come into our church and they are so on fire for the Lord and they have received one blessing after another and you can really tell that God is real to them it began to make me feel jealous. Their testimonies have been so encouraging to me and I wanted that feeling back.  Our church began a 40 days of prayer campaign 25 days ago, and my son and I have been reading a devotional and praying together.  Let me tell you something,  I have begun experiencing God's grace all over again in my life!!!  Are my trials gone?  NO! but I have seen God's hand moving through these trials!!!  So in the job of "recreating" my heart the following song is so inspiring to me.
(based on Genesis 1:1 "In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. 2 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.")

How great is our God!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

3-15-12 "coincidences"

It was a normal day. I got out of bed and went through my normal routine. After walking my dog I sat in front of the TV for some relaxation before I had to go to work. Just as I sat down and glanced over at my fish tank, a cord running underneath it caught on fire!!!!  Now this fire could have started at any time.  It could have started when my kids and I were still asleep; it could have started when nobody was home.  Either way there COULD have been loss of property and maybe even of life, but the fire started at the exact moment that I was there to  see it start! I just about panicked though.  I my mind's eye I could already see myself getting up and throwing water on the fire, but a still small voice in the back of my head said to me, "Don't panic!"  So instead I looked at the flame for another second(it seemed like minutes), I got up slowly and deliberately, I walked over to the extension cord put my hand on the on/off switch and shut the power off!  As I shut the power off, the flame went out!!!!  I called a friend of mine later and she prayed with me thanking God for His protection over me.  As she prayed and also asked God to lead in other circumstances in my life that still small voice came back and said, "Now, Lisa if I can control the circumstances of this morning don't you think that I can also control these other things in your life that you are so worried about?"  I just couldn't stop balling after that.  I told God that of course I knew I could trust Him and I thanked him for that reminder.