The Source by Bombi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hard times have been around since the dawn of sin yet there are moments that the weight of it can seem so heavy it wants to crush the joy and spirit out of everyone in its way. So what do we do? Where can we turn to when things worldwide aren’t going up? Who do we call on when everyone and everything is failing us?

I can flip the script and talk about the best of times. The economy is at an upswing. Everyone around you is getting engaged or having a baby or getting their long, hard awaited degree. You’ve just heard news that you’ve inherited a great amount of money, so much that you and your children’s children wouldn’t have to worry or want. You are in the best shape of your life.

​You are having the time of your life, on a roll, and it seems like all of your dreams are coming true. ​

So whom do you need? Where do you turn to for inspiration or an idea of what to do with your good fortune?

If you look to this world and anything in it to be your sole source you are looking amiss. You can marry the most amazing and wonderful hardworking man, but what do you do if he breaks his back and can no longer provide?

​You can be in the roughest season and waiting on your next break, but what if it doesn’t come the way you think it should?

I’m here to tell you that if you look to God to be your source, you will lack no good thing. If your life, peace, love, and joy source depends on yourself, your president, economy, boss, job, education, friends, fiancé, spouse, etc., then you will eventually be disappointed and let down.  Man can only give, be and do so much. But God is limitless and will do and be all that we need Him to be. Make Him your source, and watch your circumstances, good or bad lose their shine in comparison to His majesty.

“My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the rock and strength of my heart and my portion forever.” ~Psalm 73:26(AMP)

Spring Forth by Kenika

 

Just do it already.  Forgive the ones that hurt you, let go of the situations that disappointed you, release people from the figurative debts they owe you, and forget about the bad things (and the good things) that once were.  Prepare yourself to experience something better, something newer.  It’s not anything you’ve ever seen before, so it will probably be difficult to wrap your mind around.  It won’t come in the way you’re used to, so it may take a while to convince you. But if you stay bogged down in the “should a” “would a” “could a” of life you’ll never experience anything in it’s fullness.

In the book of Isaiah, the prophet, God is speaking through this vessel and trying to get His people back on track, to walk in the full understanding of what He’s done and what He will do. Isaiah 43:19, “Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall you not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.”  He’s trying to let them know that deliverance from Babylon is inevitable and also that ultimate deliverance from sin, through Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross, will come as well.  (Read the verses surrounding 19) He says “behold” or pay attention; marvel; admire the fact that I’m doing a “new thing.”  A new thing is something that hasn’t been done before.

He goes on to say, “I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.” He’s calling to their remembrance how God delivered them from Egypt. The Red Sea was parted for them to walk across on dry land, and God continued to provide and make a way during their 40 years in the wilderness. I don’t know about you, but I would be totally happy if God delivered me in that way again! I’m sure the Children of Israel wouldn’t have minded a repeat either.  This is what makes God great.  He can certainly do the same, predictable, things over and over again but Isaiah is saying, “Stop, pay attention, be amazed” because God wants to do something new. This deliverance from Babylon will be greater than even the most extraordinary ways they were delivered before.  It was probably hard for them to fathom deliverance greater than a sea parting in half, but they are encouraged nonetheless to believe.

The verse goes on to say, “now it shall spring forth” or “already it is springing up.”  It’s already happening! He’s telling them to look at the fact that God is doing a new thing right now, and then Isaiah says it shall spring forth, but a better translation is that it is already springing forth! The new thing they need God to do is already happening! How awesome is that?  That’s why I started out by saying that it’s time to let go and essentially lose some weight. What do I mean by that? Letting go of the dead weight that’s holding you down, whatever it may be, and behold what God is doing.  As Alpha and Omega, God knows our beginning and our end.  He’s already done all that He is ever going to do but to us it will all be new!  It’s already happening, it has sprung forth, perceive it, embrace it, believe it, live it.

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God’s Joy, Our Strength by Sonya

 

Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength,” Nehemiah 8:10.

I have had to see God’s joy in each day as I have been mourning the death of one of our dear friend’s daughter. Words can’t describe all the emotion you go through when you lose a loved one. I can honestly say that it is one of the hardest things I have had to go through and it felt like the loss of one of my children. Our friends were like family to us and we would go on family trips together and spend time together for birthdays and holidays. This little girl that passed was only 5 years old and was my youngest daughter Lydia’s best friend. It is hard to mourn as an adult but when you see your child mourn it breaks your heart as a parent. But Lydia has brought so much joy through this time and truly showed me how to have joy in our sorrow and that it each day was a gift from God and to be joyful. She would tell me to cry happy tears and that her friend was in heaven having so much fun and that we should be happy for her. Lydia carries her picture around wherever we go and will hug and kiss it!  She is choosing joy and happiness because she knows her friend is so happy in heaven. My daughter has shown me so much and seeing it through her eyes has brought me so much joy in my mourning. Lydia is choosing joy and not letting anyone take that away from her because she knows she will see her friend and Jesus in heaven one day. As John 16:22 puts it, “ So also you have sorrow now, but I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy from you.” Let the joy of the Lord be your strength in your mourning. “Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength,” Nehemiah 8:10.

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Forever Faithful by Bombi

 

 

 

I can still remember hearing my mom talking to one of her friends over a cup of coffee, “God is faithful,” as she breaks down the latest way He has shown it to her. It’s one thing to hear it growing up having your parents give it to you during their parenting teaching moments, and it’s another to learn it in life for your own self.

I’m pushing 40 and I’m telling you, God is faithful. I’ve had jobs come and go. Friends come and go. People come and go. Promise keepers come and go, and the one thing that is steady as steady can be, is God’s faithfulness.  What continues to blow my mind is the way He shows His faithfulness. How the reality of His faithfulness sideswipes me when I need it most. It’s moments like drudging through the hard times of single motherhood wondering how I’m going to get through it all and receiving God’s provision through the people He provided (including my amazing husband). Or saying “goodbye for now” to my dad as he’s breathing his last breath knowing I will be with him again one day. Or witnessing the reconciliation of family members when there’s been a massive wedge for years between them.

It’s the sunshine after the rain and the calm after the storm. It’s food on my table and shelter over my head. It’s the air in my lungs, or the fact that I don’t have to make my own heart beat, He’s doing that for me. It’s everything and anything that comes to me redeemed or good. It’s all His faithfulness. He’s showing it and showing off in glorious ways that tells me “You see that, I’m here and I’m never leaving. I’m always going to take the best care of you. I’ll always keep my word. I don’t care what he or she or they did to you or said about you, I am your God I am your Father and that will never ever change, that’s a promise.”

Then there is the ultimate and my most favorite way that He’s shown Himself faithful. Those low moments when my faith has plummeted and I’m acting like I’m denying His presence in my life. When I’m faltering and wavering and feeling like I’m undeserving of His grace and mercy. Those are the times I see Him shining even brighter, so bright it blinds out my self-pity and brings me back to Him. Because even in the moments when I’m letting Him down, He’s just being who is His, forever faithful. And when I realize yet again that He is faithful, I am changed.

“If we are faithless, he remains faithful— for he cannot deny himself.”

2 Timothy 2:13 ESV

 

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