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Monday, October 29, 2007

New Look

Hey girls... just a quick post to say that I hope you enjoy the new look of Higher Call's blog. I like lots of girly things and I thought this template looked more like me. Being my true self is something that is important to me so... here ya go!

thanks for reading! :)

Open Hands

Last night we went to the Brazillian church to hear praise reports about our friend's recent mission trip to Brazil. It was the sweetest thing to sit there and watch people worship Jesus in a tongue that I could not understand. Their faces and their uplifted hands showed their love for Him in a way that I think I have never thought about before. I get in such a rut of thinking that the whole world is like me... just an English speaking American. But there, on the same church campus, was a group of people who looked a little different and spoke a different language just praising God with all their might. It made me realize that we really ARE sisters and brothers in Christ no matter who we are or what language we speak.

One of the men that shared talked about playing soccer with a group of Brazillian soccer players. He likened it to a group coming from Brazil and wanting to play in an organized team here in America... like a college team or even the NBA. These men welcomed our American friends onto their field and they played together. As they left the field our friends wanted to share about the love of Christ, but the men were scattering. Disappointed at this missed opportunity they walked to the nearest square hoping to share their faith with anyone they could find. But there in the square was the soccer team! Our friends had the chance to share the gospel and 20 young men prayed to receive Christ that day!

This man had a soccer ball in his hands. Others that went had dentistry items in theirs so that they could perform oral exams on children and meet some medical needs. All that went had Bibles in their hands.

What is in my hands? I have some extra clothes that I need to get rid of. I have some ability to sing and I am pretty creative. I have a special education background and worked with special needs kids for a while.

What is in your hands? Perhaps you can sew. Perhaps you have the ability to build things. Maybe you are great at getting things organized or preparing a meal.

We are SO blessed in America. Every one of us has a Bible or two in our homes. Each one of us knows the importance of an education and so we have knowledge that most of the world does not have. We have resources that would just baffle the minds of some who live a world away.

I just wonder if our hands are open? Yes, we do have these things and more, but do we hold onto them so tightly that we neglect to see God's plan for them?

Several years ago a family in our community had a bad house fire and they lost everything. I was not married at the time and my room mates and I decided that we would get somethings together to give to this family. We found out what sizes they wore and tried to get somethings together that would meet some immediate needs. I remember collecting some bathroom items and kitchen items that I had used in college that were still in good shape, but we didn't use them anymore.

As I walked into the bedroom of one of my room mates to see what she was collecting I noticed a sweater lying on her bed that she had worn to work the day before. I said, "You just wore that. You are not giving it to this family are you?" I will never forget her reply. " Melissa, they have nothing. Why would I only give them the things that I have worn out? They need things, but I don't want them to just have to settle for my leftovers. I can go buy a new sweater tomorrow if I want. They need everything!"

What she had in her hands was not only some clothes that she could give, but she also had a willing heart to be used of God. She was not willing to just give her leftover or worn out things, but she was willing to give her best for the sake of the needs of others.

The Brazil praise time really helped me think about the things that I have and the way that I use them. If we have ANYTHING that can bring someone to Jesus why do we hold onto them so tightly? He calls us to share His Word with anyone who will listen and He has gifted us to share in different ways.

A soccer ball. A sweater. A dentist kit. A willing heart. Each of these brought someone closer to the throne of grace. It's time to look around and see what we have... then get busy sharing it!
Friday, October 26, 2007

"Still" Waiting, Lord!

So last night while I was writing about being still I started thinking about how long that chapel service was. It was long, but to the 6 year olds in the group it seemed like an ETERNITY! At first they did really great... we were singing and doing the pledge and were up and down, up and down and good bit. But then the Jonah program began. It was so cute. The second graders did a great job with their little play and songs and all, but those baby kindergarden babies were starting to squirm! I noticed my little Caroline stand... then sit... then stand... then sit... all while watching the play. She was being quiet, but buddy was she squirming in her seat! (and in the seats of those around her a few times!)

Then I started thinking about me and how I act when the Lord has me in a waiting time. My mind is just a workin'.

What can I do in the mean time, Lord? Where can I go? Who can I talk to? PLEASE give me something to do!!!!!!!!

That is why last week's Bible study on being still was so good. It was such a good reminder that while we may SEEM to be patient with our actions.. "Well, I am just waiting on the Lord... I am such a good Christian!"... we may not be patient in our minds or emotions during those waiting times.

You know how it is. You take your car to the dealership (or wherever!) to have it serviced and you have a kid with you. Your only job is to wait PATIENTLY for the car to be serviced. Most people are just reading, resting, sitting... but you, the one with the kid, oh you are waiting all right, but patiently would NOT be the word that you would use to describe the experience. They want to touch things, talk to people, ask questions, go here, go there, sit in all of the seats in the waiting area, get a snack out of the machine, ask more questions, crawl on the floor, play with things that could break, get a drink, run through the room, ask MORE questions, go to the potty... my WORD!

It's true you are waiting, but patiently and "still"waiting is not what is happening. Can I get an Amen!?

When God allows us to be in a waiting period He sometimes lets us wait until we decide to be TOTALLY still... mind, body and soul. He sometimes lets us wait until we decide to really sit down, with no distractions and listen to Him with all that we are. "Still" waiting is hard. It means that our emotions (while still there) can not drive our decisions. It means that our own thoughts and ideas (while still there) can not be the thing that we rely on to understand God's will. It means that our actions need to be tempered by the Holy Spirit until we get an answer, and it means that our ambitions need to be prayed over so that they are in line with the Father's... making sure that they are not solely our own.

"Still" waiting does not usually just happen during a one day period and then... Your off... either! Unfortunately for the human nature God's waiting periods are sometimes lengthy. In the age of microwaves and drive through windows we do not have to wait more than a minte for many things. But God's wrist watch seems to tick along at different intervals for different people as they wait on Him. One recent waiting period for me has been well over a year. We have friends who have waited for much longer and it is very hard!

I guess the thing that I am FINALLY learning is that it is all about the journey with God. He DOES care about those things that we long for. He tells us to tell Him the desires of our hearts so I KNOW He cares, but it isn't the end result that He is most interested in. It is the time that we spend before Him.. talking.. listening.. crying.. loving...growing.. learning.. and seeking Him that most interests Him. He does want to give His children good things, but He also wants us to rely on Him every single day as we wait.

"Still" waiting. There's some good in it. If you would leave a comment if you are waiting and let me pray for you and with you. It would be an honor to lift you to the throne of the Father.
Thursday, October 25, 2007

Be Still

During chapel at my daughter's school today (that lasted 2 hours! for t-k through 2nd graders!) I noticed that teachers would occasionally say, "Be still." to some of the kids. They were trying, but it is just HARD to sit for that long, when you are 6, and not fidget. (It is sometimes hard to sit for that long when you are 36 and not fidget.... not meaning anyone in particular or anything... it's just hard. :)

This past week in our Bible study we talked about being still. Be still emotionally. Be still in our thoughts, our ambitions, and our actions. It is SOOO hard girls. I mean compared to the God of the Universe, I am still a baby! I am really only six in a grown up body. (really, I am.)

I noticed that the teachers did not say, "If it is easy for you please be still." They also did not say, "If you choose to, be still." They simply said "Be still."

That's what God says too. Yes, sisters He does. It does not have a footnote. It does not have a condition. It does not have an option. He just says "Be still... let me fight this battle for you... know that I am God..."

What is the battle?
Having a financial need?
Having a physical need?
Emotions are out of control over a situation?
Thought life is not what it needs to be?
Something needs "fixin'"?
Something needs to be changed?
A job is too hard?
A situation is impossible?

He says in His Word... and we DO believe His Word don't we? He says in His Word "Don't be afraid. Stand firm and see the Lord's salvation. He will provide for you today... The Lord will fight for you, you must be quiet." Exodus 14:13-14

He told His children to do a few things:
1. do not fear
2. stand firm
3. see
4. be quiet

The situation that Moses is in at the time this scripture was written is that the Egyptians are after him and the children of Israel because they are escaping into the desert. He has no weapons, no battle plan and no way out.

What would I do? What would you do?

So... running around in an emotional tizzy yelling at those that you love and causing all kinds of havoc did not make the list, huh? Not exactly an option when it comes to God caring for His children.

As I grow deeper in my walk with Jesus and as I see Him at work in the lives of those around me I am beginning to realize that He wants me to respond exactly like my earthly daddy wanted me to when I was growing up. When I was in trouble and in a mess (which was often!) my dad would always say to me... "come to be calmly, don't get all worked up, and let's talk about it. When you are all upset and trying to fix it with your 16 year old knowledge it just gets worse. Let me know what you are dealing with and let's fix it together! But STOP CRYING!"

So now my Heavenly Father says the same. "DO come to Me, but let ME do the fighting for you! I see the entire situation and your emotions are all out of sort! You can't even think clearly. Just give it to be. Be still and quiet and let your Daddy handle it. I love you."

It took me SOOOOOOO long to realize that my earthly daddy meant it. If I would just listen and obey and come with open hands admitting that I did not have a clue then he would tell me how to handle it and give me the tools to do what needed to be done. It never happened immediately, but it took time to learn.

It is the same with my Heavenly Father. His timing is not ours. (It is frustrating, but He knows what He is doing!) His wisdom far out weighs our wisdom (and mine is 6 years old compared to His!) and His solutions are always better than mine.

In our society no one is really still. Everyone is moving and trying to make "it" happen! (whatever 'it' is!) If we want to be set apart from the world we have to obey God's commands. People will wonder how we have peace in the middle of our storms and in the middle of the battles of our lives. When we are still before the Lord He ministers to those needs and we can face anything when He is fighting the battle for us. People will wonder about the peace that we have and it will open doors to share about His saving love and grace.

Obedience. Be still. Know that He is God. It says it in His Word... and we DO believe His Word, don't we?
Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Butterflies at the Beach?

Our family went to Hilton Head this past week. It was quite a trip with the in-laws. I really enjoyed it and am extremely thankful for my family!

One really great thing about my husband's family is that everyone likes to be active. They enjoy going to the beach, riding bikes, walking, playing in the water, and seeing the sights. It isn't like one fuddy duddy wants to sit in the house while the rest of us go and have fun. We all go together.

It is so funny how different people notice different things. My sister-in-law LOVES animals and she is crazy about searching the sand for critters. She finds all kinds of stuff and Caroline (our 6 year old) likes to pick it all up!! YIKES! (There was the spiked crab that Caroline found on her own... she just picked it up and brought it to us to show Aunt Kelly! oh my word!) Kelly also pets every dog that comes down the beach and she needs to know their names and what breed they are. It is a hoot!

My father-in-law notices funny things. Thing that make you laugh about people or things. My mother-in-law notices pretty things like flowers. She was also the first one to notice the butterflies.

As we were walking down the beach we noticed that there were several butterflies. I commented that I didn't think I had ever really noticed butterflies at the beach before, and that was when my mother-in-law pointed to the sea grass near the sand dunes. There were tons and tons of butterflies all heading in the same direction. It was the most beautiful thing I had ever seen. I mean the beach is breath taking enough but to have all of these orange butterflies flitting along with their delicate wings in the wind... it was just beautiful.

We began to put things together... the Marriott near where we were staying was called The Monarch and they had a butterfly on their signs. This was the area that the Monarch butterflies migrated through for the winter. They were all headed south to stay warm!

Is that not amazing? Butterflies know where to go to stay warm for the winter. The ocean knows where to stop on it's shore. The tide is so predictable that man has been able to print a weekly calendar for it and the sun and moon know exactly where to rise and fall... and when!

And sometimes I worry about my Caroline and her future. I worry about money and what will happen to my parents. I think about how this will happen or that will not. I say that I trust and know that the Lord is in complete control, but do I really rest in that?

If He can control those things that are totally out of my realm of comprehension (the number of stars in the sky and the number of grains of sand!) then why do I not trust that He is in control of me? Do I not let Him be? (yes! this is true!) Do I not know and see that His wisdom and His hand are bigger than any circumstance I find myself in?

You know Caroline does not worry about a whole lot. As a matter of fact she picked that crab up with no fear. It was the grown ups who freaked out and scared her to death!

Matthew 18:2 says, "I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children you will never inherit the kingdom of heaven."

Trusting Him. It is what He longs for from His children. The butterflies do... why can't we?
Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Carline

Ok, this is going to sound really weird, but the Lord spoke to me yesterday THROUGH the carline at my daughters school.

"IN the carline?" you might be asking.

No. THROUGH the carline.

Let me explain.

As I was sitting there for a few seconds (I usually get there RIGHT on time because I hate waiting in the October HEAT wave that we are currently experiencing!) I hit me that all of these parents are just like me. They are waiting in a line to pick up children that they love. They are there every single day with one purpose... to pick up these little (but huge) responsibilities called children.

As they wait they read, rest, talk on cell phones or to one another. They all drive different cars (or minivans) have different clothes and they look differently. For a long time I would get frustrated with the length of the line or the length of the wait. "If THESE people would just move on I could get my daughter and get on with my day."

"THESE people" are not just people. They are moms and dads who share the same responsibilities that I have. Figuring out how to put what we believe and know to be true into the life of another.

It is one thing to have a baby. It is another thing all together to raise him or her to be who God calls them to be. And who God wants them to be is often a mystery to those of us given the responsibility of raising them. It is in our OWN walking with God that we see His hand in their lives and figure out the next step to take.

Then I thought about those who do not walk with God. Just because we attend a Christian school does not mean that everyone is a Christian.

There is the 8th grader who prayed to receive Christ this year and her parents are atheists. The question arises, "Why would atheists send a child to a Christian school?" Perhaps they see something in the love of Christ that is a mystery to them? Perhaps they want their child to know a love that they are afraid to know? It is hard to imagine, isn't it?

SO God spoke THROUGH the carline. He told me that I am no different than the lady in front of me. She has concerns, hopes, dreams and frustrations just like I do. She has a child that needs prayer and encouragement and a need to learn just like I do.

He also told me that, like me, these moms and dads need prayer. They are just trying to figure out this thing called life. They are waiting, day after day, to hear how the day went away from their watchful eye. They want to know what happened on the playground as well as in the classroom because while they want them to read and write, they also want them to be good people who love others and who will be kind.

I purposefully watched the faces of the moms as they drove through the line. Going in to get their kids they had solemn looks... some almost frowning. They were alone in the car (which IS a good thing, don't get me wrong!) but when the doors opened and those little lives climbed in the mom's faces would change. All of a sudden there were stories to tell and stories to hear. There were smiles and hugs and questions galore. There was a flurry of emotion as the mom's purpose came to life again and she was with little people that she loves so much.

Isn't it funny that God would speak to me THROUGH a carline? I am thankful that He did. He teaches me something new about myself everyday. I need Him more than ever. This responsibility that He gave me as a mom is sometimes frustrating, but the most wonderful love of my life. And there are millions more like me out there... just waiting in the carline.
Saturday, October 13, 2007

Who Would Have Thought?

In our Sunday school curriculum we are studying Job this week. It really is an amazing thing to see God and Satan converse over one man. In Job 1:8 GOD says to Satan, "Have you considered my servant Job?"



WHAT!? Lord, do you REALLY have to encourage the devil to work evil here on earth?? He seems pretty good at it all by himself!! He is destructive and evil and eager to devour anyone he can at any given time. Why would you point out one man and challenge Satan himself over him?

Can you imagine being SO upstanding that the God of the Universe would have enough confidence in you to test you the way that Job was tested? God told Satan that Job was blameless and upright and He had confidence that Job would still praise Him, even in the storms of life. Job's experience would be horrible to endure. He lost his wealth, his business, his family and his health. He lost it all, and yet He states, "Naked I came from my mothers womb and naked I will depart. The Lord gives and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised."

What faith! What trust! What a devoted life! Would I respond in this way?

One of the points that the author of our Sunday school curriculum (Yahweh-Divine Encounters in the Old Testament by Gene Wilkes) makes is that "Satan was cynical and did not believe that anyone could love without props." He said, "It is possible that God sought to show Satan a kind of love in Job that resembled the love He felt toward people that killed His Son."

I never thought of it that way. God had a lesson for SATAN to learn? God wanted to use Job's experience of loss to show Satan what true faith and love were all about?

I think I have always seen Job's experience in the Bible as a lesson for JOB, and other Christians, to learn. The phrase "Why bad things happen to good people" is probably the theme that I would adopt for the book of Job. His life and loss and faithfulness is a lesson in perseverance to those of us who love God and experience loss. But isn't it just like God to want to teach the enemy a lesson also? It says in His word that "The Lord is not slow in keeping His promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting ANYONE to perish, but everyone to come to repentance."

It is hard to fathom that God would love Satan still. After his rejection of God and his evil forces in this world and against God's people can God STILL love him? Could He possibly have used this experience with Job to show Satan that there are those who CAN love God with full abandon regardless of what happens to them?

HOW GREAT IS OUR GOD? What is this love that transcends evil and goes right to his very heart? How does our Heavenly Father have the capacity to love past the rejection, the evil and the damage and the destruction that he brings?

This brings some questions to mind. Do I see my experiences of loss as lessons that God is using in my life, but also in the lives of others? Does it register with me that the way that I respond to things might point others to Jesus no matter how evil they might seem? Am I able to love past the hurt and rejection of others?

I can only pray that my responses would be like Jobs. I believe that Job is an incredible example of how someone who loves God makes it through times of difficulty. He shows us that love is a choice. Praise and honor are decisions that we make regardless of our feelings or our circumstances.

"The Lord gives and the Lord takes away; may the name of the Lord be praised." Job 1:21
Tuesday, October 9, 2007


Mathetes is the Greek word for disciple, and the role of the disciple (per the Great Commission) is to make more disciples. In the spirit of this award, the rules are simple. Winners of this award must pick five other “Disciples” to pass it on to. As you pass it on, I just ask that you mention and provide links for (1) this post as the originator of the award (Dan King of management by God), (2) the person that awarded it to you, and then (3) name and sites of the five that you believe are fulfilling the role of a disciple of Christ…”
Thank you, Leigh (http://www.leighhargisgray.blogspot.com/) , for encouraging me in my hopes of pointing women to Jesus. I love Him so much and want others to experience that love and the freedom that only He can give.
I would like to nominate:
Unfortunately I do not know many blogs to nominate. I do read some, and enjoy reading them, but I do not read too many. I may not be able to fulfill the rules of this award... thank you for considering me!
If there is anything praise worthy let it be Jesus! He is the one that sets our souls free and then sets them on fire to serve Him and hopefully others. He is the ONLY reason that I set out to write. He fills my heart to overflowing and it just makes me want to tell it! He is the one that makes it possible to even think thoughts of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness and self-control. He is the one that makes our lives full and causes us to think past ourselves. His love and provision are immeasurable and He alone deserves any glory. Praise YOU Jesus!
Monday, October 8, 2007

Do not Fear!

What an awesome weekend of praise, Bible teaching and learning we had with our sisters in Christ at our church this past weekend! There was a women's conference called Breath of Heaven and there were women from many different churches that attended.



The Lord used so many women to deliver a theme that each of us obviously needed to hear. It seemed that each speaker in one way or another reminded us that God is not a God of fear. They had messages about God's deliverance from the storm or God's provision in time of sickness. There were messages about stepping out in faith and being right in the middle of His hand, and all of them encouraged us to not fear our circumstances but to rest in our Father's hands.



It was really amazing to see how God used these ladies from all over the US to deliver such different messages with one common theme!! HOW does HE do that?? Seriously, two of the women had never met nor heard the other speak and yet they still had a message of "No Fear!"



What this tells me (and I hope tells you) is that our Heavenly Father knows us! He knows who we are and what emotions we experience and how we need Him most. He understands that each of us face things that make us VERY afraid and yet He has a word for us that encourages us to not fear.



When we are uncertain about our future when it comes to finances, jobs and security...

When we are uncertain about our future when it comes to our families...

When we are uncertain about our children's future as they deal with insecurities in school and difficulties as they mature...

When we face illness...

When we deal with aging parents...

When we face security issues in our nation and decisions are made that effect us all...

When we see violence and abuse and pornography that effects us directly or indirectly..

When we see fear in the faces of people in other countries who are starving or sick...





... He is here and He is saying "Rest in Me. Do not fear. Be still and know that I am God."

The Lord is so specific when He speaks to His church. We are His beloved. He died for our sins. He is here in Spirit to remind us of His great love and He does not want His children to be fearful.

As a mom I will do all that I can to be sure that Caroline is not afraid. I will put kisses in her hand, I will hold her, and I will reassure her that things will be ok. I will tell her that her mom and dad love her and Jesus is with her wherever she goes. No matter what she sees or hears I want her to know that she will be ok.

Our Abba Father is exactly like that! He does not want one circumstance to make us afraid, but He wants us to rest in knowing that HE is in control and nothing is too big for Him. It was evident to me this weekend that He will go to any length to get His message across!! He can coordinate messages from women who speak to get His message to His church. I just love that! Once again He shows that He is sovereign and that He can do all things... even wash away our fears!
Friday, October 5, 2007

For the Rest of Our Days

The song Sanctuary is a rockin' little song about praising the Lord with our lifted hands, with our songs and with our "Hallelujahs"! The refrain is "For the rest of our days".

The lyrics have been streaming through my head for a few days now and the question came to me "Will you praise ME for the rest of your days?" Will you come to Me, fully abandoning yourself and your desires just to worship Me for the REST of your days.

Now no one knows just how long they have to live, but if you are a child of God it does not matter! We will be with Him eternally... forever... always! It does say in scripture that every knee will bow and worship Him. The question is will I CHOOSE worship?

Worship is putting God first. Putting all of our focus and attention on Him and giving Him first place.

So what about the bad days? The other Saturday I woke up to a little girl in my bed with feet and arms and bodies flailing about! Oh, it just rubbed me the wrong way and I got up MAD! It was my one day to get a little bit of extra rest and there she was just kicking and complaining about HER not having any room in MY bed!

For the rest of the day I was ill. (There are just some days that I don't want to share! sniffle.)

I got in my car to run an errand and I had left my Mandisa CD in the CD player. (I think that CD ROCKS by the way!) There she was just praising the Lord and singing the sweetest songs. For a while I resisted. I just did not want to praise. I didn't FEEL like it and I wasn't going to! (sniffle)

The Lord has a way of breaking down walls. When we enter into His presence we can try to resist Him and His power so that we can wallow in ourselves just a little longer, but He has a way. Oh, His praise is powerful and convicting and hard to resist for long.

When our perspectives turns from our own selfishness and onto His holiness we WILL worship! No matter how tired, how mad, how selfish or how resistant we are HE WILL BE HONORED!

Are you going through a hard time? Oh sister, just come into His sanctuary and allow His praises to first permeate your being. Then let His healing power and comforting hand hold you as You praise Him. Lift your hands in the sanctuary. Lift your hands and give Him the glory. Lift your hands and give Him the praise. Praise Him for the rest of your days!
Tuesday, October 2, 2007

WHAT in the WORLD!?

I never write two posts in one day, but I just could not help it today!

I went to Target. (My favorite store in the world) When I walked in there was a little boy standing up in a buggy and he was with his mom and grandma who were talking and ignoring said little boy.

I look at him. He waves really big at me and smiles. I wave back and smile too. He frowns and STICKS HIS TONGUE OUT AT ME!

HELLO!!!!!!!!! WHAT IN THE WORLD??

His mom and grandma just keep talking.

I walk away continuing to shop and I don't see them for a while. I walk down one aisle and there they are. He is beating on a bag of dog food. Again, mom and grandma completely ignoring him.

I look a little closer this time. He is dirty. His hair is a mess and he is talking really loud. Finally, his mom stops talking and yells at him! "STOP!" she says.

All he wanted was someone to pay attention to him. When I payed attention he didn't know what to do with it and so he stuck his tongue out at me. He was desperate for someone to pay attention to his needs and he was doing all that he could to get someone to just look in his direction!

Our world is like that. They are getting tattoos, getting high, getting drunk, getting arrested and a ton of other things just to get attention. They are screaming, "LOOK AT ME! I NEED SOMEONE TO PAY ATTENTION! I NEED SOMEONE TO LOVE ME!" As Christians we have quite a gift and we need to give it to them! It is the gift of forgiveness, salvation and joy! Jesus calls us to be in the world, but not of it. We do not need to conform to the world and it's horrible ways, but we do need to love and help others see Jesus.

Jesus, please help me to love those who are crying out. They are really just longing for a touch from You! They are longing for a touch from someone who cares. Help me to love everyone I come into contact with... even when they stick their tongues out!

Do We Fully Obey?

This past Sunday in Sunday school Chad made a statement that I have heard many times before, but for some reason it stuck with me this week. He said that his dad always told him that when he obeys halfway then he fully disobeys.

If you are a parent that statement could not be more true!! I know that if I ask Caroline to go upstairs to get something for me and she obeys by going upstairs, but when she gets there disobeys by beginning to play instead of finishing her job, then she has fully disobeyed to do what I have asked of her. It is so easy to get distracted!!


We discussed Noah in Genesis 6 on Sunday in our class. It is really amazing to think of the FULL obedience of Noah. He lived in a land of rebellion, and yet God found him righteous. He had never seen rain and yet God told him that it would rain and Noah trusted God. As a matter of fact there would be so much rain that he was instructed to build a big box (with no navigation system and no steering) so that when it started to rain (which he had never seen) and when the earth flooded higher than the tallest mountains (IMAGINE!) he would have a place for himself and his family to be safe. The fact that this man fully trusted every word that God said is really amazing!! But even more amazing that that (to me anyway) is that Noah ACTED on God's commands and did not question Him one time.



THAT is what God calls us to!



Ok, so let's say I am in a marriage that is REALLY hard. No one has cheated, but the husband isn't in church and he isn't especially happy that I am either. Let's say that we got married really young and that the idea has crossed my mind many times that perhaps I have missed out on someone or something better! I am trying to pray and I am trying to read my Bible, but it seems that God does not hear much less answer!When I go to church I see other couples that seem to have it all together and I really wish I could start all over. I think I have made some mistakes along the way and surely God would give me another chance, right??

When I do read God's Word it tells me that "if a woman has a husband who is not a believer and he is willing to live with her, she must not divorce him. For the unbelieving husband has been sanctified through his wife." 1 Corinthians 7:13-14

What am I to do??

Or let's say that I do not get along with someone at work. Let's say that they are not a believer and I am. The things that they do and say at work just really rub me the wrong way and it is a real test for me each time I am around them. They tell off color jokes, use profanity and talk about things that are very inappropriate in the work place.

When I read God's Word it tells me to "Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it." Psalm 34:14

What am I to do?

Proverbs 14:12 says, " There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death."

You have probably heard it said before that God does not really care about our happiness. It is our holiness that He is most concerned with.

What if Noah had not obeyed?

What if he had said, "LORD! Rain!? Come on! And those measurements that you gave me sound like some HUGE box, and you want me to cut down trees, make a big box and then put all of the animals in it WITH my wife and kids? Isn't that dangerous? Besides, what IS rain anyway? I just don't know that I can do it God. You will have to find someone else."

I just don't know if I can stay in this marriage Lord. He is never going to change, and I am trying to seek YOU! Find someone else to be faithful, but Lord save me from this! I just want out!

I just don't know if I can be kind to her Lord. She is SO hard to be around! I can't pray for her either! She just gets on my nerves!! Find someone else to pray for her. Maybe she will get saved and stop acting that way!

God had Noah as a part of the earth during that time for a purpose. He knew that Noah would obey and He knew that He could use Noah to help Him fulfill His plan. He had a purpose in Noah's life that Noah could not see, but Noah's obedience helped him to see his purpose and it changed the very face of the earth.

God has each of us where we are for a purpose. OH, sister, believe me, I SO wish that God would reveal His purposes to me in SO many situations. Things that we can not see right now cause us to have to walk in obedience until He makes His purposes known.

The obedience brings relationship. Walking with God every day is what Noah did... it even says in Genesis 6:9 " Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time and he walked with God." So how did God know that Noah would be faithful to obey? He knew him. He had walked with Noah and Noah had walked with Him.

How does God know if He can trust you as He seeks to share His plan and purposes with His people? Do you walk with Him? Does He see you being obedient in the small things? Does He know that you have a heart for obedience even when you fail?

God did not ask Noah to build the ark at the beginning of his life. It was after years of walking with God and being obedient (and going against the culture) that God called Noah to help Him fulfill His plan.

What has God called you to do? Big or small, obedience is what He is seeking, and obedience is what we must pursue.

I am praying for you!