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Good morning friends, I wanted to share with you a group letter I received from a friend today:

“I have challenged myself and friends to take some time each day, shut off all distractions for a mere 15 minutes of alone time with Our Father. Focusing on how much He loves us, His goodness and the mercy He has shown us… Quieting oneself is no easy task.  But please be diligent in this habit and the rewards will be extraordinary.    

You May Be in a Hurry, but God Is Not    By Rick Warren

“God … does everything just right and on time, but people can never completely understand what he is doing” (Ecclesiastes 3:11 NCV).

If you want to slow down your life, you’ve got to learn to trust God’s timing. Do you know what impatience is? It’s a lack of trust. When you’re impatient, you’re saying, “God, I don’t really trust you. I don’t think you have my best interest at heart. You don’t know when I need it and I’m in a hurry.” You get worried and you get hurried and you start scurrying because you don’t trust God to do it at the right time and in the right way. You struggle and strive.   Is fast always better? Not always. One of the most painful things in life is when you’re in a hurry and God’s not. When children grow up, part of maturing is having to learn the difference between “no” and “not yet.” A delay is not a denial. As a follower of Jesus Christ, you have to learn the same thing with God: A delay is not a denial. God knows the right time and the right way. He has a plan and a timetable. And his timing is perfect. That vision that God has given you that hasn’t happened yet, it’s coming. It’s coming on God’s timetable. In the meantime, trust God and slow down.

 •          What is the vision God has given you that you have been waiting on him to fulfill?

•          What do you think God wants you to do while you wait on Him and His timing?    

Friends, my Reb and I began learning this valuable truth while we lived in Colorado for those 3 years. I found that it took me a long time each day to quiet my thoughts and agenda, ( I thought very highly of my thoughts!) But the Lord “led me to the still waters”…because it turned out that I couldn’t find the way myself. It truly has made the difference between the life and death of our hearts. I love the question Rick Warren asked: What do you think God wants you to do while you wait on Him and His timing?  When I was in a very difficult “waiting time” the Lord spoke this to my heart .

“You will see the day you are waiting for. You can wait to rejoice then, or you can rejoice now. It’s your choice. ”

So while I am waiting I ask the Lord, as promised in Hebrews 4:16, to help me…to help me to still my heart, to trust His love,and to rejoice now. 

 

 

 

 

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Hello my friends, as I was reviewing past posts, I felt compelled to repost this one from earlier this year, I pray it will encourage someone. Love, Beverly

April 7, 2016

My dear friends,

I was reading in an old favorite book today, “Overcomers”, by Richard Wurmbrand.

If you are not familiar with Richard Wurmbrand, he pastored an underground church during the Nazi and then the Communist invasion of Romania.                                                   He was imprisoned for 14 years. His biography, “Tortured For Christ” is a must read.                The love from Jesus that he walked in transformed many lives. I read this passage today:

“Can we become masters of a joy that persists even in the midst of terrible suffering?”

After reading this today I wrote the following letter to a young wife I know, she is weary and suffering in a difficult marriage.

“I felt the Lord talking to me today about you.

To encourage you to be calm. To be noble. To do everything in love.

He is guiding you to a life of great joy in the midst of  your sufferings.

Hold this close to your heart.

He knows of loving when love is not retuned.

He will guide you my dear…to love.

There is nothing higher”

 

My friends,

I pray for us, that as we walk through our days we will see clearly that our lives were created for one purpose, and that is to know our God, to truly know Him and to know His love; that we may thus be compelled to live out lives of love,love for Him and for others.

Any other pursuit or vision or agenda will lead us to wandering.

I have all confidence and great thankfulness that the  Holy Spirit of Jesus will lead us in this, He is such a good Shepherd.

With much affection,                                                                                                                                     Beverly

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How many times have you been at a gathering where you have been asked to introduce yourself and tell the others something about you?

My mind often goes to the standard: “my name is…”; “my husband is…”; “my children are…”;  “in my free time I like to…”; etc.

But when I read the following devotion today it captured my heart; and I smile even now as I share it with you; for it is who I really am.

“Who am I, really? The answer to that question is found in the answer to another: What is God’s heart toward me, or, how do I affect him? If God is the Pursuer, the Ageless Romancer, the Lover, then there has to be a Beloved, one who is the Pursued. This is our role in the story. In the end, all we’ve ever really wanted is to be loved. “Love comes from God,” writes St. John. We don’t have to get God to love us by doing something right-even loving him. “This is love: not that we loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.” Someone has noticed; Someone has taken the initiative. There is nothing we need to do to keep it up, because His love for us is not based on what we’ve done, but who we are: His Beloved. “I belong to my lover, and his desire is for me” (Song 7:10). “

Oh, dear Jesus, I pray that I and those reading this will dare to believe this, to believe You,  more than we think we already do. I pray with my brother Paul:

“I pray that you, being rooted and established in love,  may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ,  and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.”  Ephesians 3 17-19

So, who am I?  I am the Beloved and the Relentlessly Pursed by my Lord Jesus who is the Risen One ..and oh yes, by the way, my name is Beverly.

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