Christian Mentors, Moms, Parents, Stay at Home Moms, Women's Ministries

The Ram has been Dispatched…

Yes….the title is not a typo or anything like that.  Today I want to encourage you in whatever situation you are in, about to go into, or about to come out of ~ God has ALREADY dispatched “the ram” of provision for you.  This isn’t some kind of genie in the bottle kind of philosophy and it absolutely is NOT some kind of recipe for a quick fix to your problem.

This idea came from a message I heard a few months back that focused partly on the story of Abraham and Isaac.  The history of Abraham & Sarah becoming parents to Isaac (at the ripe old ages of 90 & 100…yep…miracle of God for sure!) is a spectacular part of scripture where you see how God’s promises will unfold when we trust in Him.  With this in mind, as we get to Genesis chapter 22, it seems inconceivable that God would ask Abraham to trust Him once more with Isaac, and present him as a sacrifice.  WHOA!

As Abraham took each step up that mountain, to sacrifice his only son, the son that God has promised to bring him as a legacy for generations to come ~ how conflicted he must have felt as the journey proceeded!

But with each step up one side of that insurmountable mountain terrain, God was providing the miracle on the other side of the mountain.  Abraham couldn’t see the other side of the mountain AND he trusted God at the same time.  He trusted that God would provide a way.  A way to spare his son.  A way to honor his commitment and obedience to the Lord that would bring about a peaceful outcome.

Genesis 22:13-14, shows beautifully God’s process of redemption, And Abraham lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, behind him was a ram, caught in a thicket by his horns. And Abraham went and took the ram and offered it up as a burnt offering instead of his son. So Abraham called the name of that place, “The Lord will provide”;as it is said to this day, “On the mount of the Lord it shall be provided.”

The ram that God provided didn’t come prancing (to ram’s prance?) up the mountain and present himself to Abraham.  No, the ram was BEHIND Abraham.  Picture the scene that Abraham was engrossed in ~ his son was bound on an altar, with his hand raised, poised with a knife, ready to do what God asked him to do. He had laser focus because I’m sure he was still replaying in his mind what God had asked of him. So focused that God audibly spoke to him again telling him not to harm Isaac.

Hearing God’s voice caused him to stop what he was doing and did you catch that part in the beginning of verse 13? And Abraham lifted up his eyes and looked…”  Not to be disrespectful, but he had to literally, “stop, look, and listen”!!

There have been so many times in my life where God has provided in my greatest time of need. Whether it be emotional, spiritual, physical, or financial.  Sometimes it took a bit of time for me to see the provision.  But as I have matured in my faith, I am able to notice God’s Hand moving in my life much easier.

Just this morning, I knew I needed to go to the bank and cut checks for our tithe, some bills, and our rent check.  Knowing that would deplete our accounts, however, incredibly thankful to have the finances to do it.  Also knowing, due to the nature of my husband’s business, where were the finances coming from to cover us for the at least the first part of July?

Because this kind of thing has been “our life” for the past 16 years (that’s another blog for another time) I can tell you that I wasn’t nervous or doubtful this morning.  I prayed for God to give me the peace and faith that He would provide.  I do not say this lightly…it’s taken A LOT OF YEARS and a lot of experience in learning how to trust the Lord for me to say it so simply.

When I got home from picking up our youngest daughter at church (she just got home from a 2 week mission trip to Brazil…super excited to see her again!!), I casually glanced at the mail and guess what was there….yep!

God’s provision!!

While I was doing errands and picking up my sweet girl, God was bringing a check via the postman to our home to say…”Hello My daughter!  Look what I brought you today!”  I felt a smile spread across my face and sensed a blanket of peace rest around my shoulders as I opened up the check that my husband had invoiced for weeks ago.  Only God can offer provision at the most precise time that it is needed.  God provided the ram!

Whatever  you are troubled by today, whatever you find that occupies your mind with worry ~ here’s my encouragement to you today:

God is already sending you a “ram of provision” to cover the issues that you are concerned with.  Why does He want to provide for what concerns you?  Because He loves you so very much!  Sometimes you are walking a level path, sometimes it’s a bit of an uphill climb, and sometimes, yes, you feel like you are scaling a mountain!

Don’t let a shadow of darkness consume you or make  you forget what it is to bathe in the light of God’s goodness and provision.  You can pray your way out of that sense of despair.  You may still feel depleted in your spirit, but every single time you STOP what you’re doing, then LOOK to see what God is doing around you, and LISTEN to His Word ~ you will absolutely be comforted.

I’ve seen it a hundred times in my life and in the lives of those around me. There is nothing like the feeling you get when you are able to keep the negativity and doubt out of your mind and heart, and be immersed in the truth of God’s love and watch it envelope you heart, mind, and soul.  The joy that explodes within you when you see how God provides for you is incredibly freeing!  Free to walk in the presence of your Heavenly Father who loves you unconditionally and wants to shower you with His provision!

~ STOP ~ LOOK ~ LISTEN ~ PRAY ~

Genesis 22 verse 14

Blessings,

René

Christian Mentors, Moms, Parents, Stay at Home Moms, Women's Ministries

I want to…but I just can’t!

How many times have you said this phrase….”I want to, but I just can’t!”  Whether it was to a friend who wants to meet for coffee, a meeting that you’ve been asked to attend, to keep to your new daily planner schedule, or to exercise and eat more healthy; or just say “no” to an amazing dessert…like big slab of homemade chocolate cake with chocolate orange filling and chocolate hazelnut icing with chopped hazelnuts on top?

** Okay…that last part…seriously was the best piece of cake I think I’ve had in a very long time…and shouldn’t have again for a VERY LONG TIME!! **

But I digress…..

So, what made me think of this title and idea for today’s blog?  It was actually from something I saw in a facebook post by someone on a weight loss journey.  They’ve been plagued by failure for years, losing every weight loss battle because she realized that she had the mindset of “I want to eat that, but I can’t have it.”  She was constantly in a state of negativity.  Then she changed a few words around and now feels like she has a handle on the journey ahead….

“I can have that, I just choose not to.”

What a concept!  I tried finding her posting again to give her credit and alas, I could not…but whoever you are ~ thank you!

Instead of looking at the dessert portion on a menu or the table full of sweets at a party, and saying, “I want that dessert but I just can’t…I’m being good.”  I can say, “I can have that dessert but I am choosing not to so I can be healthy today.” My attitude goes from a place of negativity to a place of positive thinking.  That little shift can make all the difference in how we view ourselves and the world around us.

Honestly, satan wants us to continue coming from a place of negativity so that he can veil our mind and heart away from thinking in a way that is pleasing to the Lord; to keep us from acting in such a way that is honoring to Him and giving God glory.

So how can we live from a place of positivity ~ and not be sucked into what the world calls “positive thinking.”? I think the best way we can do this is learn and know who we are and what we are called to be by the Lord.  We are created in His image, so all that He has for us is good.  He does not guarantee a perfect life and does not expect us to be perfect, but He does require obedience.  There are no tricks we have to resort to in order to follow what the Word says.  And when we don’t know what to do, we can call on the Lord at any moment and ask for His help and guidance.

Psalm 118:5-6 HCSB, “I called to the Lord in distress; the Lord answered me and put me in a spacious place. The Lord is for me; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?”

I read this list in a book* recently and think it is an absolutely fantastic way to remind our self who we are and Who we belong to.  I’m going to write it below exactly how it is in the book, but I would love to challenge you to do something after you read through it once.  Read it again, out loud, and replace “I” with your name.  Personalize it as much as you can to make an imprint on your heart and mind about who you really are!  Come on…let’s do this!

I am fearfully and wonderfully made. (Psalm 139:14)

I am being renewed daily. (2 Corinthians 4:16)

I am the righteousness of God. (2 Corinthians 5:21)

I am created to be the reflection of His glory. (Ephesians 1:12)

I am exalted to the right hand of God the Father Almighty, a joint heir to the kingdom of God with Jesus Christ. (Romans 8:17)

I am forgiven. (Colossians 1:13-14)

I am a new creature. (2 Corinthians 5:17)

I am led by the spirit of God. (Romans 8:14)

I am strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. (Ephesians 6;10)

I am above only and not beneath. (Deuteronomy 28:13)

I am more than a conqueror. (Romans 8:37)

I am an overcomer by the blood of the Lamb and the word of my testimony. (Revelations 12:11)

I am able to do all things through Christ who strengthens me. (Philippians 4:13)

I am casting all my cares upon Jesus. (1 Peter 5:7)

I am blessed coming in and going out. (Deuteronomy 28:6)

I am an overcomer. (1 John 5:4)

I am blessed. (Ephesians 1:3)

I am called by God. (Romans 8:28)

I am provided for all things by God. (Philippians 4:19)

This is not a bunch of magic words to say and then we’ll feel better.  These are promises from God’s Word about who we are.  But He wants us to be actively participating in seeking Him.  We aren’t meant to sit around waiting for things to happen.  If we are truly seeking Him, we will be alert to the subtle ways God tries to get our attention.  Sometimes those ways are pretty straightforward, but our Heavenly Father is not about the business of bopping us on the head.  Even in trials we can find Him and experience peace.

John 14:27“Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Your heart must not be troubled or fearful.”

As you move forward in your day, be filled with peace, positive that God is for you and not against you.  That He has good plans for your life. Whatever you choose to do, choose it because you want to glorify Him.  Whatever you choose not to do, choose in order to honor the Lord in your actions.  Both of these directions will bring you good and will cause you to grow closer to the Lord in your relationship with Him.  The more intimately you understand what God wants for you, you will in turn want those same things.

You CAN do just about anything ~ but are you doing what the Lord has asked of you?  

You can WANT just about anything ~ but are you wanting what the Lord has for you?

Blessings,

    René

2 Corinthians 5 verse 17

*Seymour, Rick. “Chapter 12.” God In Your Goals: Reconciling Your Spiritual Walk with ‘success’ in the World. San Bernadino: Rick Seymour, 2015. 100-01. Print.