Sunday, September 1, 2013

He Has Need of Your Unmet Needs

Have you ever felt the weight of an unmet need that is weighing down on you with frustration and perhaps confusion wanting you to give up your godliness and be just a human for a little while? Maybe you  could indulge in your flesh a bit and and forget the cares, after all, the world needs a happy Christian and there is no way you could keep way you can match grace for your frustration. What do you do when an unmet need makes you less of a Christian and perhaps meeting it an ungodly way, maybe just a harmless giving in,  brings you more completion, helps you be focused, gathers you together to become a better Christian or even a better person?

What do you do when the world beckons to meet your need that grace seemingly is no match for, at the moment, and all of it so that you could be a better you?

It does not make sense why you should not when the benefits can be counted to make you be more. BE MORE? That's when the question rises. Be more like who? Be more like the father of lies? Yes, if that is where I find my match. The way of grace is the way of cross. It is not easy. It is the narrow path that stumbles many. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it. (Mathew 7:14

God's ways does not make sense and it certainly is not for the faint of heart. He says, " I have a purpose for you. For you to make much of me, you need to be dependent on me. If this unmet need is what it takes for you to be dependent on me, I want that need to be unmet. I have need of your unmet need. Direct it to me and make it a sacrifice. Let it break you down. Let it leave you doubtful, vulnerable, shattered, less than a gathered self, shattered and perhaps confused. Let these "breakings" magnify the need. Let the wounds bleed and sores putrefy. Let the hopelessness awaken and beckon a healer. Let it make you realize the depth  and magnitude of your need and what and who it takes to fill that need."

It takes such a work of breaking in your life for every valley to be lifted up and every mountain and hill to be made low. It takes work of such a magnitude for the rugged terrain to become a broad valley. Isaiah 40:4
The scripture says "Then the glory of the Lord will be revealed and all flesh will see it together."(Isaiah 40:5).

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Remembering Hannah Today

When something that is received from the hands of a good God is perceived as bad or cannot be appreciated, there are two ways to cope with it. Either we can choose to trust in this God and say, " I know you are good but I'm struggling to trust you with this. Help my unbelief... increase my faith." Or we can give up on God and say, "You are not who you say you are," and be bitter the rest of our days.
It had been 5 years of consistently choosing God's goodness over our comfort. Five years of walking in the valley of shadow of death. Five years of relearning to build our lives again. Five years of fruitfulness from brokenness. Five years of God's faithful restoration. Five years of even trusting God while driving with little kids again.

Father, thank you for bringing Hannah home before us. We miss her but we know who she is with. We long to be with you and her!