Today's Blessing

Forgiveness is more than a pardon you give to others; it’s a gift you give yourself as well. Forgiveness involves honest soul searching – “I too have sinned and God has forgiven me, therefore I extend the same mercy to others”. In the Lord’s Prayer, Jesus teaches us how to pray. I pray the “Lord’s Prayer” several times a week – a good habit to follow.

Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. (Matthew 6: 12, NIV)

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When God Delays His Answer

What do you do when you pray and do not receive the answer you were hoping for?

How do you cope when your prayers go unanswered?

When your world goes dark, how do you keep trusting in an unseen God?

Where is the “song in the night” when life isn’t fair?

Let me answer your questions with this story.

Jesus loved Mary, Martha and their brother Lazarus. In fact, He often went to their home for a meal, just for fellowship; which is quite amazing when you think of it – just hanging out, having supper with Jesus.

They were friends. Obviously pretty close friends.

As Jesus was ministering in another town, word came to Him that his friend Lazarus was sick. The sisters must have sent for Him. It doesn’t matter how many times I read this story, I am always surprised at Jesus’ response. He didn’t rush to them, He didn’t immediately fix the situation, He simply heard the messenger and kept doing what He was doing.

We don’t see – what Jesus sees.

He knows and observes and completely understands – the big picture.

In a couple of days, He would go to Mary and Martha and show Himself strong on their behalf – but for now, today and a couple of tomorrow’s – they didn’t understand, their world went dark.

And sometimes ours does too.

When you pray and seemingly do not receive an answer, delay does not mean denial, as was the case with Lazarus. In God’s timing and when His purpose had been accomplished, their prayer was answered in the most loving, caring and miraculous way.

Jesus is the resurrection and the life.

Dear one, God sees you. God hears you and one day, He’ll answer your prayer.

You’ll have a resurrection story.

“My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine”. Isaiah 55:8

“No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him”. 1 Corinthians 2:9

“Call to me and I will answer you …”. Jeremiah 33:3

Today’s Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father, even though I do not understand your ways – I trust you. Please answer my prayer and give me a resurrection story. I am putting all my hope in you and the promises I treasure from your word. I rest in you today”.

Dear sweet mom,

May the Lord bless you today, on this Mother’s Day. Speaking of mom’s, can you imagine the young mom Mary, being chosen as a teenager to participate in such a remarkable story. She was chosen, and we are too. We too, have a specific assignment to fulfil. Your children need YOU! Your personality, your gifts – everything about you is perfect for them. God never makes a mistake where He places children in families. They bear your mark forever, so love them dearly! God will help you be a good, actually no, a great, mom!

Well done, good and faithful servant… enter into the joy of your Lord. (Matthew 25:21, KJV)

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Dear Mom,

Wisdom comes from following God’s pattern for living, having plenty of common sense and doing what is right. Your actions and reactions have an affect on your home’s thermometer. When I was in my intense mothering years, and perhaps feeling a bit discouraged, I would ask myself, “Am I doing better than this time last year”? If my answer was “yes,” then I just kept plugging along; however, if I answered “no,” then I knew I needed to change something. Ask God for help dear sweet Mom, whatever your age and stage in parenting, because, everything matters and everyday matters too.

But I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead.  (Philippians 3:13, NLT)

Dear Mom,

God’s mercies are new every day. He does not reprimand you for yesterday; never writes you off for wrong deeds, does not give you the silent treatment nor does He make sure you pay for messing up. Sweet Mom, every morning God simply waits for you to come to Him and talk. As you pour your coffee, “Good morning Lord,” is a great way to start your day. A relationship with God is our initiative; He’s a perfect gentleman.

“… because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning, Great is Your faithfulness”. Lamentations 3: 22,23

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Dear Mom,

I listened to a young couple talk about their first-born child who had Downs Syndrome, and the shock they had the day of his birth. Listen to the dad’s thoughts a few years later: “My young son’s birth was the worse day of my life and also the best. I have leaned more about life, love and God through Him, than I would ever have had without him. Truly God knew. This child was His gift to us.” I was inspired listening to this father. Truly God’s ways are nothing like our ways and His thoughts, nothing like our thoughts. Every child is precious is His sight.

” For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future”. Jeremiah 29:11

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Dear Mom,

As I listened to a young soldier recall the ‘explosion,’ and how he has had to come to terms with the amputation of his leg, my heart was so saddened. I concluded, there is what you call outer strength and then there is another kind, a gripping inner tenacity. This young warrior, undoubtably, had both. Often when life throws you a curve sweet mom, enormous courage is required to carry on.

 He gives power to the weak, and to those who have no might He increases strength. (Isaiah 40:29, NKJV)

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Dear Mom,

Do not lose control of the only person that you can control – yourself. To give into anger or resort to resolving a conflict in an uproar will only cause more loss of control. To stay in control when everything is out of control takes divine control. God is with you sweet mom, and will give you the wherewithal to handle situations in a composed manner. When I was young and pushed to the limit, I’d lock myself in the washroom, pray and calm down long enough to act like an adult and then carry on… and if you ask God to help you… He will help you too. Talk to Him in every crisis; He knows how to solve them.

Like a city whose walls are broken down is a man who lacks self-control. Proverbs 25:28

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Her plane landed. She retrieved her luggage and quickly walked towards the arrival doors. When they opened, that’s when I saw her. I watched this young lady scan the crowd for the familiar face she had come to see. I’d say she was in her early 20’s, blonde hair dusting her shoulders, a tiny girl, and when she saw him – she dropped her bags and ran, like a daughter who hadn’t seen her dad in a very long time.

They embraced and she cried into her dad’s chest. I watched his big broad shoulders heave with sobs. Big deep sobs.

He took her face in his hands, hardly believing it was her; they embraced again with big tears and nervous laughter. What a joyous reunion.

It was so heartwarming to be a fly on the wall, sitting in arrivals, while I waited for my loved one to come through the doors.

And that’s when my mind starting wandering …

I imagined where I was sitting was “heaven” and all those behind the arrival door had not yet “arrived”. In my mind’s eye I could see the hustle and bustle taking place “behind the doors”. The carousal which held the luggage going round and round, with no takers – all baggage can now be left behind.

As I continued waiting, I envisioned heaven’s welcoming committee, just like the father I just witnessed waiting for his daughter.

I could see the moms and the dads, grandpas and grandmas, sisters and brothers and all sorts of children who didn’t have a chance to know their families – all on tip toes wondering who is next to come through the doors.

Heaven was an excitable place!

“Maybe it’s my mom coming next!” one shouts. Another’s voice is heard above the crowd, “it’s got to be my wife, I’ve been waiting so long!” and when the door opens, everyone starts cheering and one person breaks through the crowd and runs to the one they’ve been waiting for – and another child of God has come home.

It may not happen exactly as I pictured above, but dear one, it is going to happen. Even as you read this blog, there are arrivals bursting through heaven’s door and a welcoming committee is ushering them in!

When your name is written in the book of life, in heaven, the arrival doors open of their own accord and your welcome into God’s eternal home will be, “out-of-this-world”.

You can make a reservation today.

“The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance”. 2 Peter 3:9 (NIV)

“ … absent from the body and to be present with the Lord”. 2 Corinthians 5:8 (KJV)

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life”. John 3:16  (NIV)

Today’s Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father, Your word confirms, if I confess the Lord Jesus as my Saviour then my name will not be blotted out of the book of life. Thank you for the hope of walking through heaven’s arrival doors to be with You forever!

 

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Dear Mom,

The psalmist David had been discouraged; in fact, he describes himself as having perplexity of mind and in despair. Mothers can relate; some days you feel like you are loosing your mind – everyone wants a piece of you! From your job, to running the kids here and there, the doctors, the dentist, the parent/teacher interviews – YESSSSS mothers can get overwhelmed! In David’s needy state, God reached out to him and picked him up; for you, He can do the same. Please don’t stay downhearted sweet mom, God will help you. Talk to Him and read His word. Ask for the PEACE of God.

“My tears have been my food day and night… By day the LORD directs his love, at night his song is with me”. Psalm 42: 3,8

 

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Dear Mom,

Hope is unwavering faith. It is seeing in your mind’s eye a promise, something not yet a reality. It’s visualizing your children staying on the right course; it’s seeing a dream come to pass. Hope is a steadfast confidence of expectation, and staying hopeful pleases God. It conveys to Him the exclusive loyalty of your heart, “I’m trusting in you alone.” Whatever you are facing today, do not lose hope. God will see you through.

“Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” Hebrews 11:1