Sunday, January 17, 2010

He is listening..better yet....He is speaking

This past week has been a wild one.
Still no jobs....but goodness have I filled out more applications than I can count.
And although I wonder what He has up His sleeve regarding this family.....I know
that He is listening and talking.
As you can imagine I have been really fighting fear, anger, and a huge bit of irritation concerning our situation.
I made myself turn on the Christian station on T.V thinking that maybe He would speak to me about my life.


What did I landed on? Joyce Meyers talking about the moth and its whole journey to becoming a beautiful butterfly. Of course the stage that hit me was the moth...encased in the cocoon....turning into a mess of liquid. :)

.I thought...hmmm, I can identify with that feeling. Mush...that pretty much matches the way I have felt lately.
But then of course- Joyce did not leave me in the mush stage....she did talk of that lovely end...the butterfly.
I have always thought that was a great analogy of the Christian life...but have you ever really thought about the fact that no one seems to deal with the fact that that poor butterfly lives only a short while?

And so......up an at 'em....life must go on!
Then a sweet friend called to tell me that God had shown her in a vision that I was having some real problems with bitterness and anger toward my hubby.
Nothing like having God reveal your secrets to another!
But, I was able to tell her that.... yes, I had been aware of this and God and I were working through this so that the enemy did not gain a stronghold. And since my "dirty laundry" had been aired to another by God..... I advised her to keep praying because I know the enemy would love to try and destroy my marriage.
A marriage which... is safe in the hands of our Father. :) I do love my man.
And then next....God had been dealing with me about the life of Joseph while he was in prison.
And the fact that Joseph was not getting out until God was good and ready...no matter what Joseph tried to do to insure his release.
(Why do I always think of the butcher, the baker and the candle stick maker when I think of those two guys with the dreams?) :)
And finally, I told God that I heard Him and was listening.  But did have a little laugh this morning when I turned on Charles Stanley and he was preaching on the same thing!
Nothing like a little repetition to make sure I really got it!
I get it God...really.....not getting out of here till you have prepared me.
Thank you God for not giving up on me!
We were also blessed this morning at church when God moved the hearts of the Senior Sunday school class. They want to pay our rent for this next month. Keith and I were both in tears......He is faithful!
This has been such a ride. So full of ups and downs.....I am so glad that He is the one who built this roller coaster ride and He is the one who is in control of the stops and starts.
And I thank Him for you and your prayers....please don't stop!
This sister wants to make it to the finish line.....no turning back.
He is dealing with my heart...and one day I will be able to tell you all that we have been through and just how much He has used you to help us cross the finish line. Well at least the finish line for this part of the race!

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I love you....and I am praying for you as well.
May we all take this week to look a little closer into the face of the ONE who promises to not give up on us! Look deep into the face of the ONE promised not to stop the work He began
until we stand face to face with Him ...... in that promised land.  \o/!
It will all be worth it!
He promises. 

13 comments:

Denise said...

Sis, I truly understand. Standing in prayer with you, and for you. I love you.

grey like snuffie said...

AMEN and AMEN

Shirley said...

Just want you to know...I care. You are in my thoughts and prayers. I don't know your situation, but I know what it is to wait...and...yes...it will be worth it all. Our memory verse in class today was a help to me as I tried to explain to the children what it means...I John 5:14...we must pray in His will and then wait...with confidence. My friend, He wants what is best for us...He will reveal that in a time when we are least expecting...when we leave it all to Him...with confidence. I know it is not always easy for us to do...I will pray that He will give you whatever you need to get you through...and that He will supply your every need...and...I have confidence...that He will.

Karen in NZ said...

Lord please strengthen Sharon's 'hands' (like those that were helping build Nehemiah's wall), strengthen her, uplift her, surround her, overwhelm her with your love and blessings.

I don't want to sound trite, because you are going through so much, but I want you to know that I care and that I am praying for you.

May you SEE and touch some of the plans God has, so that you are truly encouraged to hold on during this waiting period.

"With the high praises of God in your mouth and a two edged sword in your hand, you will march right into the victory side right into Canaan's land"

Not sure why I'm thinking of that song, but I see you laughing, laughing in the face of adversity, which may sound so unlikely and impossible, but it's maybe a spiritual laughter, a laughter that overcomes, that breaks heaviness, that breaks through.

Karen in NZ said...

Me again, I just popped to another friend's blog and she had this 'button' and it caught my attention for you.

Exodus 14:14 "The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still"

Mary said...

Sharon,

I'm sorry you are trudging through a valley right now. I'm so glad that God provided your rent for the next month. That is a HUGE blessing.

Praying for you, Sis and keeping you in my thoughts.

Love and hugs,
Mary

Nise' said...

I was reminded of the lesson in Esther: It's Tough Being A Women about timing. That God is never inactive in our wait and sometimes the longer we wait the harder He is at work.

Praying that as you wait on the Lord your strength will be renewed. Praying for you in your wait.

luvmy4sons said...

Oh sister nothing like one who is honest and forthright and transparent as she walks with her God humbly, leaning on Him. Thank you for sharing your journey. It is so comforting to hear your struggles and how God touches you through them. How is that for a nice friend? LOL! I guess misery loves company. I am so sorry that it is so hard for you right now. As I struggle with my own problems, though, I hold out prayers and the love of Christ in your direction sweet sister. Thank you for being out there with us!

Peggy said...

Blessings Sharon...From the comments, I guess I should have read this and it seems like you too are going through some valleys and tough times, but I did not read this! I just came over to meet you since I see you often at "Do You Weary like I do?"

Well, I was WOWed and just love your background and the 4 seasons! This is so beautiful! I love everything the header photo, the color, the background...I would want a wider middle column, but this is GREAT! I could not find who did this wonder but *** applause***
if this tells who you are...I will want to come back. Plus you have the Beatitude for my name at the end! So, I must admit I did not read the post but my heart goes out to you since I've been in a deep valley also since early Dec. So as "HE IS LISTENING" may we listen to what "HE IS SPEAKING"! Ecclesiastes
goes with your seasonal theme and so you must know that "for every season there is a time," and whatever your season may be, I pray God will quickly see you through this and into the next! God bless!

Peggy said...

me again...Sharon...you get alot of us that come back...anyways...I saw the button now on the right (duh) for who did your wonderful blog! Yeah for Crowns Laid Down!!! Great work!!

Halfmoon Girl said...

the verse that Karen in NZ gave you (EX 14:4) is one that has been particularily meaningful to me as well. I hope that knowing that we support you in prayer and can relate to your struggle with your human emotions, helps you at this time, Sharon. (hug)

Winging It said...

Oh, Sharon!

My heart is achin' for you guys to make it thru this last leg of this particular race. I know you both wear, but gracious I know that I know God is up to something great for you, good and sweet for you!

I'm also excited bc I can tell things are on the upswing from this post...so many things from the butterfly, the Christian TV, the message popping up right then and there - so much of this parallel's my turning point this past fall that I am amazed.

Looking forward to your next post!

Praying as ever!

Love ya!
Maria

Winging It said...

Oops! "wear" = "weary" :)