SMALL STRAWS IN A SOFT WIND by MARSHA BURNS 27.08.13
I see your heart, and I know that as much as you try to lift yourself up and be strong that there is still uncertainty and even a measure of instability in your soul. But, I say to you, that I am your strength. I am your very present help in times of trouble. You cannot accomplish what you desire by the strength of your own soul. You must allow Me to undertake on your behalf, says the Lord. Let Me do what you cannot do. Lean on Me and trust in My help.
Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.
The above devotional is profound in a strange sort of way. It is a clear reminder that even when I do it to the best of my abilities there are limitations to the heights I can reach. However, the simple act of placing my hand in the hand of Papa in total trust and certainty that He will see me through and enable me to do more than I ever imagined makes an even greater impact.
At times like these when we are seeking deeper and greater excellence and exploits, it is easy to be comfortable in our personal abilities based on what we have achieved in the last few years, months and days. I am not saying sit back and wait for things to happen because they won’t…not at all. I have just been reminded that there is so much more that I can and are destined to do but the reality that I sense in my heart is that what is out there cannot be achieved in my own strength alone. I need a hand up, wisdom, strengthening, direction and so much more. Therefore I choose to step forward into Grace and find peace and rest in the arms of Papa and be pushed, challenged and enabled to move to the next level.
Join me on this awesome and at times scary journey. We will be better people for this act of bravery. It takes a lot to allow someone else to lead us but let’s trust and walk tall.
26.08.13 Devotional from Message from God:
We believe God wants you to know that … your life is full of possibilities. Don’t be discouraged by what seem like dead ends. Every moment in your life carries infinite possibilities, just waiting to be discovered. Like a vine finding its way even through the slightest openings in rock solid walls, so will you.
As I sat back to think about this, I realised that it is true yet so often I forget this truth. Even scripture outlines is in Jeremiah 29:11 (NKJV) For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Now this may seem simple enough to understand but many times takes quite some work to move this from head knowledge to heart understanding. It is indeed one thing to know that God has my good at heart and to actually believe it. Recently a few of us have been faced with some serious questions about life and choice. We have had to answer one critical question over and over again and I pose it here: Is God still God even when we lack or is He only God when all is well?
A couple of weeks ago I put forth a definition of blessing that I had come across as follows, to be blessed is to have everything that will allow one to succeed including chastisement, rebuke, struggle etc. Even as I know this definition there have been times when the uncertainties and challenges of life have made me wonder what is going on. True our lives are full of vast possibilities. Our lives are as vast as the oceans. Question is, are we able to harness the possibilities or are we so caught up with what we don’t have and need? I am moving toward this goal of absolute faith and trust in the purposes of Papa regardless, despite and in spite of the existing situation.
Everyday I choose to remind myself and actively remember that nothing happens that Papa isn’t aware of, my ways are charted and ordained by Him, even when life has hard times and dark valleys His is the hand that holds mine, leads me, guides me and holds me.
The most profound lesson for me has been that I don’t have to understand the situation totally, I just have to know that Papa is in control and seek His face and heart and He will direct me to paths everlasting.
PSALM 92 1-4
It is good to give thanks to the Lord,
And to sing praises to Your name, O Most High;
To declare Your lovingkindness in the morning,
And Your faithfulness every night,
On an instrument of ten strings,
On the lute,
And on the harp,
With harmonious sound.
For You, Lord, have made me glad through Your work;
I will triumph in the works of Your hands.
April 11, 2013
SMALL STRAWS IN A SOFT WIND by MARSHA BURNS:
Don’t give up! Hold on to your faith. Even though the path seems unfamiliar and even treacherous at times, you must continue on. I have gone before you to make the crooked places straight and to remove dangerous obstacles from your way. Be strong and unwavering in your belief that I will perfect those things that concern you, says the Lord.
Isaiah 45:2 I will go before you and make the crooked places straight; I will break in pieces the gates of bronze and cut the bars of iron.
2013 has been an interesting year with many unique opportunities and immense challenges. I would never have imagined that I could have been through all this and still be sane and sober. It has been a time for Papa to move me to a deeper understanding of the reality that His plan and purposes are above me. I also realise that I cannot determine Papa’s will but I can choose to align with it and indeed hold onto my faith.
It was interesting that the caption above talks about holding onto our faith. I have realised that this walk of faith is neither smooth nor free of challenges hence the call to hold onto our faith. This year I have indeed begun to get a grasp of this. There have been moments when I have wanted to just lie down and give up, but each time I realise that I cannot just do that because it is tantamount to letting go of my destiny so I must keep going. Keep going to what?????? Keep going where?????? It’s simple really, keep going to the place and things that Papa has said about me.
This made me wonder whether I am totally sure about what Papa has said about me and my destiny or am I holding onto my personal dreams. I realised afresh that I need to sit at Papa’s feet consistently and hear the reminder of who I am, what is my purpose and what is my place of impact and change. So I choose to find that place at the feet of Papa that I can find strength and hold onto my faith.
Hold onto the faith, hold onto the hope, hold onto the certainty that Papa is in control and connect to the reality of our destiny.
The devotional got me thinking about life and the need for balance and the ability to make wise choices and have significance in the world around me
August 1, 2013
SMALL STRAWS IN A SOFT WIND by MARSHA BURNS
Stay grounded in the truth of My Word, says the Lord. You are in a time of acceleration when many things can happen in a relatively short period of time. But, you must exercise your discernment in your pursuits to know what is real and good. You must learn the difference between treasure and junk both spiritually and in the natural. Otherwise, you will find yourself distracted from the path of My pleasure. Stay the course.
Psalms 51:10 Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.