12 January 2012
When the news came of your unjust dismissal from work, I sent out a swift reply from my heart to yours. I promised to pray and entrusted you to His care. Since that time you have poured out your heart in this post at your blog-site and many wonderful friends have left their words of encouragement in your comments. Conspicuously absent is a response from me.
Sometimes it happens this way . . . I just have to wait . . . and carry you in my prayers until I hear or read what He wants me to share. Shortly after dinner, I picked up my Henri Nouwen devotional volume and read today's selection. My spirit leapt as I read these words, knowing in an instant that they were for you.
The Spiritual Work of Gratitude
To be grateful for the good things that happen in our lives is easy, but to be grateful for all of our lives . . . the good as well as the bad, the moments of joy as well as the moments of sorrow, the successes as well as the failures, the rewards as well as the rejections . . . that requires hard spiritual work. Still we are only truly grateful people when we can say thank you to all that has brought us to the present moment. As long as we keep dividing our lives between events and people we would like to remember and those we would rather forget, we cannot claim the fullness of our beings as a gift of God to be grateful for.
Let's not be afraid to look at everything that has brought us to where we are now and trust that we will soon see in it the guiding hand of a loving God.
I commend you, dear friend, for the hard spiritual work you are engaging in as you determine to give thanks in this difficult time.
Standing with you,
P.S. Just before turning out the lights I reached for the Message, wanting to review some verses I have been chewing on. More words from Papa's heart were highlighted for you, dear Dawn.
"We throw open our doors to God and discover at the same moment that He has already thrown open His door to us. We find ourselves standing where we always hoped we might stand . . . out in the wide open spaces of God's GRACE and glory, standing tall and shouting our praise.
These's more to come: We continue to shout our praise even when we're hemmed in with troubles, because we know how troubles can develop passionate patience in us, and how that patience in turn forges the tempered steel of virtue, keeping us alert for whatever God will do next. In alert expectance such as this, we're never left feeling shortchanged. Quite the contrary . . . we can't round up enough containers to hold everything God generously pours into our lives through the Holy Spirit!"
Romans 5:2-5 (MSG)
13 January 2012
Do you know how much your Papa loves you? I do!
I just finally found my copy of The Daily Light yesterday and as I turned to this morning's reading, there it is. His love for you . . . saturating the pages and crying out to be shared. Giggling with delight I am overwhelmed with joy to have found Him so faithful, once again, to give words of spirit and life to one who is hurting and so needing comfort, encouragement and direction.
- Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on Thee. Isaiah 26:3
- Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and He shall sustain thee; He shall never suffer the righteous to be moved. Psalm 55:22
- I will trust, and not be afraid: for the LORD Jehovah is my strength and my song; He also is become my salvation. Isaiah 12:2
- Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? Matthew 8:26
- Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6,7
- In quietness and confidence shall be your strength. Isaiah 30:15
- The effect of righteousness shall be quietness and assurance for ever. Isaiah 32:17
- Peace I leave with you, My peace I give unto you; not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. John 14:27
- Peace, from Him which is, and which was and which is to come. Revelation 1:4
Praying you are encouraged and find grace and peace as you wait to see what God is up to. God is good, all the time.
Much love, Andrea Dawn