September 27, 2018 Isaiah 11-14; 2 John

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It’s a Process | Kim Chipman

S~ See, God has come to save me. I will trust in him and not be afraid. The Lord God is my strength and my song; he has given me victory. Isaiah 12:2 (NIV)

O~ What stands out to me today is BECOME: He has become my salvation. Like…this is a process.

A~ This is good for me to remember. I haven’t always felt such deep trust and reliance on You. I really want my kids to arrive at this place, but it will help me to be patient with their journey if I remember mine.

You HAVE BECOME my salvation. Through very hard times, filled with fear and doubt, I learned to trust and not be afraid. When I was at the very end of myself, powerless to fix anything, I learned that You are my strength and my defense. I had to go through some really tough times, but now I can confidently say:

See, God has come to save me. I will trust in him and not be afraid. The Lord God is my strength and my song; he has given me victory. 

He is and He has. Thank You sweet Jesus!

P~ I love You! Help me to remember the process it was for me and have compassion for others as they discover who You are.

Praise God! | Kimi Miller

S~ See, God has come to save me. I will trust in him and not be afraid. The LORD God is my strength and my song; he has given me victory. Isaiah 12:2 (NLT)

O~ From the notes in my Bible: This chapter is a hymn of praise – another graphic description of the people’s joy when Jesus Christ comes to reign over the earth. Even now we need to express our gratitude to God, thanking Him, and telling others about Him. From the depths of our gratitude, we must praise Him. And we should share the Good News with others.

A~ It’s interesting how a root of bitterness and unforgiveness chokes out any real gratitude. This has been a tough season for me; tough in the sense that I’ve had to go back to a past hurt – more than once – to uncover a deeply buried root of bitterness and unforgiveness. It wasn’t until most recently that I discovered it and was able to call it out, confess it, and repent for it, and be healed.

I’m so grateful for my friends, who had to travel back to the scene of the crime with me – again, often more than once – but amazing friends who listened and prayed with me, and for me.

I’m so incredibly grateful to You, God, for not letting me remain infected. As painful as it was to return to the place of hurt, You knew it was necessary to get to the splinter that was causing the infection. You knew it had to be removed – and I had to be the one willing to go into surgery. Because that is how You work – You never force anything, but invite us in.

You are always kind, patient and loving. You never rush me into anything I’m not ready for – or rather – into anything YOU are not ready to see me through.

P~ God, I am forever indebted to You. My life is in Your hands, and I am so grateful for every opportunity – especially the painful ones – that reveal more of Your character and love for me. I will sing of Your praises all the days of my life! For I was lost, broken, and dead – but You found me, made me whole, and brought me to life! Praise God!

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