September 28, 2017 Isaiah 15-18; 3 John

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God is Watching | Deanna George

S~ This is  what the Lord says to me: “I will remain quiet and will look on from my dwelling place, like shimmering heat in the sunshine, like a cloud of dew in the heat of harvest.” Isaiah 18:4 (NIV)

O~ God is watching. There are times when he will remain quiet, but he is still watching. His presence is everywhere. He knows what I am going through.

A~ I need to remember that when God is quiet, it DOES NOT mean that he is not around or paying attention. If he is quiet, there is a reason. I need to continue to look for him in my everyday life, so when he is quiet I have a firm foundation of knowing he is always there. So I need to:
1. Look for God sightings everyday and thank him for his presence.
2. I need to trust that he sees and knows what is happening in my life.
3. I need to have faith that he has my heart in mind and desires the best for me.
4. I need to be patient with his timing. He knows the whole picture. Let him direct my life.

P~ Lord Jesus, thank you for always watching and knowing what is going on in my life. I know I can get frustrated that your answers or interventions may not come when I want, but I do trust you.  Please help me to continue to have my awestruck moments of seeing you daily in my life. It helps me to remember you are there when it seems you are being very quiet. Thank you for being the director of my life.

How’s Your Faith? | Kelley Deases

S~ Dear friends, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well. 3 John 2 (NIV)

O~ Two years ago I heard a radio interview of David Gregory, former NBC newsman and Meet the Press moderator, talking about a book he’d released and, for some reason, his words stuck with me for all this time. His book, which I have always intended to purchase or borrow from the library but have yet to do so, is called, “How’s Your Faith?” The title is taken from a question former President George W. Bush used to routinely ask those he would encounter at the White House. I am struck by the simplicity yet profundity of the inquiry. It really gets to the heart of the matter, not to ask about a person’s circumstance or feelings about those circumstances, but to check where their faith is in the midst of whatever it is.

A~ If the Apostle John or the former President asked this question of me, what would my honest answer be? I am seeing God move in some amazing ways all around me — in my marriage, at my job, in my husband’s life, in the lives of several good friends. However, in one aspect — my relationship with my youngest son — I often feel I am going around and around and not gaining any ground. All weekend he seemed to know just how to push all my buttons and I would react in anger and frustration rather than respond with correction, patience and grace. However, to keep some perspective on it, this is probably the area that most brings me to my knees, acknowledging my need for Jesus to be my Savior and Lord. I am not supposed to get too comfortable lest my faith become soft for lack of use!

P~ Lord, Let this question, “How’s your faith?” be of primary concern in both my own life and for others. Not the circumstance. Not our feelings.But the heart in relation to God. This should really be all that matters.

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