12.29.2015

I Shall Incline My Ear

"I shall incline my ear to the Lord early in the morning." - Rosemarie

Because the Lord has called me into relationship, it is pertinent that I gain from such a communion when He awakens me early in the morning. While the house is still quite with family and dog still nestled under buried covers, it is an easy time for a busy mom and wife to just be—with no demands or lists to do. A time for me and my Lord to get reacquainted and address whatever is on my heart, and for an exchange of encouragement from Him as well, which is refreshing. For some an early cup of tea and a short devotional would suffice, but hear me Church, these have their place. However, I believe that early fellowship in conversation will be useful in the coming year. You will need it like bread and water -- to be confident in the Lord and find treasure in His safety. And in doing so, bring Him honor in all things!

The Spirit of God spoke in my heart the Word for 2016 very early this morning—obedience. And I’m not a bit surprised as it is an extension of what He has been teaching me these last few months. And as it was prophesied over me, “You desire to know Him better so He will reveal Himself in a better way in you, through you, and for you to explain. I will satisfy your thirst.”

Let the teachings here in this blog and in my home Bible Study be a memorial of all the Lord has taught me so that others may walk an easier path, have less to carry hidden within, and realize how much He loves you in spite of yourself.


“Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone, in whom the whole building, being fitted together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord, in whom you also are being built together for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.” Ephesians 2:19-22

Return in January as God reveals more of His instruction on obedience as it pertains to 2016. Until then, incline your ear early next morning to the Lord, and seek Him while He may be found!

“The Lord GOD has given Me The tongue of the learned, That I should know how to speak A word in season to him who is weary. He awakens Me morning by morning, He awakens My ear To hear as the learned. The Lord GOD has opened My ear; And I was not rebellious, Nor did I turn away.” Isaiah 50:4-5

12.07.2015

I Shall Not Be Moved

As parents, we seek out the golden threads in our children and with great care showcase and encourage them in their areas of aptitude. Like their fragile hearts as newborns we nourish and give them room to grow—while taking note to widen the gap between child and parent as they discover their purpose. Still, without forsaking a safety net as we stand by on the sidelines.

As our children progress in age and academically, we seem to reason that with this comes greater responsibility to include the introduction of preparedness, discipline, and commitment that accompany greatness in an individual. Mastery is a must no matter what the level of natural ability.

I have been instilling the importance of preparedness with my daughter for over a year now since my withdrawal for approval of a special event. It came with disappointment and tears. Yet, the lesson hasn’t fully been revealed to her.

My daughter's school chorus performed at a holiday public venue, which was not mandatory (should have been the tip-off) that was likened to a poorly run talent show. In the midst of it I found myself sinking in the seat with my husband beside me. I was making a mental list and checking it twice. What I tried so feverishly to prevent had come to pass regardless of my planning. The onus was clearly on the music teacher who had misled her students with too much independence, disappointed parents and possibly misrepresented the school. I frantically reached out to my sister thousands of miles away by text to find consolation during this train-wreck I witnessed. Meanwhile, I found out later that she had missed her own daughter’s college concert the same evening because of weather conditions. Our hearts were aching.

At first glance it seems to be training ground of letting go as I ditched the motherly safety net and kept silent until the ride home. Nevertheless, I have to give God the glory for His will that kept me glued and without blemish while cactus twinkled nearby.

The following morning while the moon could be seen amongst the stars, I searched out God. My mind grappled with rewind and what ifs. These are the times when I lean on God the most. He takes my hand when I am unsure. He comforts me when I want to react. He is the answer to every question.

So I am still and pray:

Preserve my O’ Lord
Let my words by Yours
Let me not dishonor You because of my fleshly desires or disappointments
Keep me hidden in Thee that when I speak it is only Your words that fill my mouth

Time has passed and my lips remain silent, and I am still praising God!

I will bless the Lord who has given me counsel;
My heart also instructs me in the night seasons.
I have set the Lord always before me;
Because He is at my right hand I shall not be moved.
Psalm 16:7-8

May the Lord continue to preserve me for His purpose. Whether I am teaching a bible study or at holiday festivities I must bring honor to my King.

Believers, mothers and fathers, kings and rulers of nations, my earnest plea for thee, that you realize that there is treasure found in the safety of God.


 
Whatever nonsense or chaos you find yourself in, remember to stay hidden in His presence, recall His Word, and "move ahead confidently with what you know is right and important in God's eyes." (Psalm 16:8 Life Application Study Bible)

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