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God Didn't Answer Me!

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God Didn't Answer Me!

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A terrible storm came into a town and local officials sent out an emergency warning that the riverbanks would soon overflow and flood the nearby homes. They ordered everyone in the town to evacuate immediately. A faithful Christian man heard the warning and decided to stay, saying to himself, “I will trust God and if I am in danger, then God will send a divine miracle to save me.”

The neighbors came by his house and said to him, “We’re leaving and there is room for you in our car, please come with us!” But the man declined. “I have faith that God will save me.”

As the man stood on his porch watching the water rise up the steps, a man in a canoe paddled by and called to him, “Hurry and come into my canoe, the waters are rising quickly!” But the man again said, “No thanks, God will save me.”

The floodwaters rose higher pouring water into his living room and the man had to retreat to the second floor. A police motorboat came by and saw him at the window. “We will come up and rescue you!” they shouted. But the man refused, waving them off saying, “Use your time to save someone else! I have faith that God will save me!”

The flood waters rose higher and higher and the man had to climb up to his rooftop.

god_flood_man_roofA helicopter spotted him and dropped a rope ladder. A rescue officer came down the ladder and pleaded with the man, "Grab my hand and I will pull you up!" But the man STILL refused, folding his arms tightly to his body. “No thank you! God will save me!”

Shortly after, the house broke up and the flood waters swept the man away and he drowned.

When in Heaven, the man stood before God and asked, “I put all of my faith in You. Why didn’t You come and save me?”

And God said, “Son, I sent you a warning. I sent you a car. I sent you a canoe. I sent you a motorboat. I sent you a helicopter. What more were you looking for?”

Are we seeking God for wisdom, help, heath, peace, etc…but  continuing down the same path? Are we like the man in the flood who cries out and then ignores the Lords provisions? The Word tells us to call upon the Lord and we will be saved. (Rom 10:13, Joel 2:32, 1 Cor 1:2) We are told to ask and we shall receive (Matt 7:7; Matt 21:22)...to call upon the Lord who gives wisdom abundantly(Prov 2:6; Jam 1:5). We cry out to our Savior for help in crisis. We ask for wisdom to raise our children. We petition for health and we call on Him for protection, wisdom and clarity. But what do we DO when he answers us? Do we continue to ask for help, or do we obey His instructions?

“And both Jesus was called, and his disciples, to the marriage. His mother saith unto the servants, Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it. “ (John 2:2,5)

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Mary calls for her son’s help at a wedding feast. The wine has run out and shame will be brought upon the house, so she petitions Jesus for help. What I love, is her response and instruction…”Whatsoever He says…do it.” She instructs the women to follow whatever he says. Her faith in Jesus, her savior, was faultless. She cried out for help, and then she did whatever he instructed.

We don't want to miss God's provisions because they don't line up with OUR plan to work it out. The man in the story, had the idea that God would save him, personally, and failed to recognize the provisions God sent to his rescue. In turn he perished. I am very sure the women did not understand why or how filling the barrels with water was going to help or remedy the situation. But they obeyed. When we seek the Lord, we must harken to his answer and follow his instructions, whatever they are, if we want His result.

I pray that I will recognize the Lord's answers and His provisions for my life. I don't my own agenda for God's answers to hinder me seeing His true provision that is at hand. We need to walk in this truth...that God's answers and provisions may not look like our expectations, but if we don't follow them we will continue to walk down the wrong path and be confused by what we think is a 'non-response'.

Let me leave you with one more story. This one is actually a TRUE story  of how the Lord answered a woman's request to further His kingdom to answer another woman's cry for help. (I have changed the names.)

Sally woke one morning and during her time with the Lord she asks Him to use her to further His kingdom. She tells Him she will follow Him no matter what.

After dropping her kids off at school, Sally hears the Lord tell her to go to the grocery store. So she drives to the store. While in the parking lot, she says, OK, Lord, why did I need to drive here?" The Lord then tells her to go inside and stand on her head near the coke machines. She argues and says, "surely this is not You, Lord! I am in my bathrobe and curlers!"

He tells her again...this time with urgency. He reminders her of her prayer earlier that morning. She is embarrassed, confused, a little reluctant, but she obeys.

She walks into the grocery store and there is the coke machine. She walks over to it, and in her bathrobe and curlers...stands on her head! As soon as she does, a customer comes up to her and asked, "why did you do that?" Sally responds to her simply... "The Lord told me to." The customers eyes fill with tears as she explains to Sally that she was going home to take her own life. She had cried out to the Lord that if He is Truly REAL He would send someone to stand on their head."

You see, God's answer to "Lord use me to further your kingdom" was out of the box. But it was the answer to someone else's cry for help. Don't miss your answer because it looks different from your expectations.

Lord, open our eyes to see your provisions and answers to our questions. Give us strength and courage to follow your instructions. "For you know the plans you have for us, plans of good and not evil. Plans to give us a Hope and a Future." May we trust your answers, provisions and instructions that we will walk in that Hope. 

Katie

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The Wisdom of James

"Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath:" James 1:9 James is such a painfully great chapter in the Bible to read! The book is falling out of my Bible because I am consistantly brought back to revisit the Truths that are stored here.

Last night, at church, we looked at this verse and then to John 8:1-11. In John, Jesus is a picture of what swift to hear, slow to speak, and slow to wrath looks like.

"Jesus went unto the mount of Olives. And early in the morning he came again into the temple, and all the people came unto him; and he sat down, and taught them. And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto him a woman taken in adultery; and when they had set her in the midst, They say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act. Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou? This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not. So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her. And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground. And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst. When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee? She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more. (Joh 8:1-11)"

The challenge for us is to imitate Christ. To be swift to hear-really HEAR,or discern the situation. To be Slow to speak- listening also for the Lord's direction and not leaning on our own understanding.To be Slow to wrath-not allowing our emotions cause words to flow from our lips that are in contradiction to the Word of God.

I am praying that the Spirit will show me my shortcomings in these areas. I will be intentional to hear swiftly, speak slowly and not respond from emotion. Will you join me?

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Schooling…

As my schooling break is coming to an end and I am preparing to finish out the year…I am taking time, again, evaluate what we learn, how we learn and whether or not I need to change something.  I do this by praying, reading through a few books,  praying…and more praying. Educating my children is an undertaking that is large, fun, scary, enlightening, rewarding, cumbersome at times and wonderful.  My “classroom” doesn’t look like anyone else's.  I don’t teach the same as anyone else.  My goals aren’t the same as anyone else's either.  That is because I have been given MY children, with their passions, their learning abilities, their tastes and their challenges.

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A few days ago, I had a phone call from a friend of mine’s sweet 2 yr old…unknown to her mother. While I listened to my message I could hear my friend reading in the background from a blog that was hitting her heart.  Later she told me what it was she had been reading.

I wanted to share with you one of the paragraphs from this post.

My kids may never memorize all the Presidents, but they will know what they do and they will know to respect them at all times, even if they don’t agree with their viewpoints. They may never memorize pi, but they will know how to spot the best deal at the store, calculate percentages, and make change quickly and accurately. They may never recite Robert Frost’s poems from memory, but they will be able to quote scripture with the quickness, for any situation they come across in life. They may never draw out the countries in Africa in 60 seconds, but they sure will pretend they are missionaries in the African jungle bringing the Word of God to an unknown tribe. Then again, they may do all those amazing things if they want.” (Read the Whole Article Here)

Now I am NOT a type B person, as the article is talking about…more type A(I like my books and curriculum and ducks more in a row…haha!),  but I  love the perspective she has about rearing and training her children.

I know that the curriculum I may choose and the novels we read are ordained by God for MY children because He has placed in my heart His will for me concerning homeschooling.  I , in return, have given the burden back to Him and willfully follow after the whispers in my heart He has placed there.  For HE ALONE will accomplish His works in my family…whether my children are doctors, missionaries, teachers, homemakers or musicians, it will be because they learned and practiced following after HIM. 

That, dear friends, is the ONLY “teaching” that matters, that won’t fade from memory and is ALIVE…

Here’s to finishing STRONG!

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