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IS YOUR TIMING REALLY PERFECT?

Is your timing really perfect?  Time marches on and we march with it.  Sometimes I wonder about things that most people don’t … lol.  However, timing has proven to be an always working thing in my life as it is in yours.  Let me explain.  I look back on my life and see all the mishaps that I created and that were created due to some choices I made myself and some that others made.  In some instances I was collateral damage and others I just was damaged.  But all things… ALL THINGS… were in their own time for a reason.  God promises us He will work all things together for good for those that love Him and are called according to His purpose. I believe that with every fiber of my being.  Many people misspeak that scripture.  I have heard “all things work together for good” and they end it there.  All things DO NOT work together for good.  ALL things work… for those that love the Lord!  Here is the exact scripture Romans 8:2828 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.”  rom8.28Anyway… I have made some of the most insane choices and sometimes they have proven to “work out” in the end and at other times … not so much.  Let me explain one instance.

There is a man that I dated for a short period of time and needless to say things didn’t work for whatever reason.  Anyway, we ended kind of rough and I have often wished I could have shared what God has done in my life since we broke it off.  Well, I had the opportunity one night – finally – to tell him online – how I felt about what he did and how it affected me.  As I was typing, the words just started coming out of my fingers – as they do many times when I am typing what God leads me to type.   I was able to share how what happened to us may have been meant for bad… (evil) but God has used it for good.  The good was to bring me back to Himself and to enrich my life beyond my imagination!  I was the same but better, I explained, not expecting him to respond favorably at all.  Without asking him if we could get together and talk sometime I simply told him a snippet of what God has done and how He has changed me. He simply said (over email and texting) that I was out of his league now and that he would have to decline. He gracefully declined to even see me to talk and that is ok with me. Why?  Because I have fullness of joy in Christ!  FullnessofJoyJoy that is unexplainable!  God can do that if you allow Him to work in His time!  I am so glad God presented the time to tell this man what I told him.  But it had to be in God’s time because it was perfect!  I know the timing was perfect because the words to share came so easily. They flowed onto the page as I was chatting with him. God moves me that way. He gives me words and I type them. I may pause and ask God for clarification but He always … ALWAYS … is faithful to give me just the right words to say and I am one grateful lady! God is a good God and is mighty to save!

There have been many other times that I have wanted to contact someone from the past and explain to them what has happened to me and how much fullness of joy I have now. How God has changed my life and how exciting it is to experience God in this way. I pray and God just says “No.” 7.7.WhenGodSaysNo_161991433So… I don’t and I let it go. His timing is always perfect and it may be that He never gives me the go ahead to speak to anyone from my life before. I am just waiting on God to show me His will for the day today and the days to come. I am simply too happy and excited with my journey to run ahead of God now. There have been those that I have contacted me though or ones that have reconnected with me and they are so happy for me. The ones that I am referring to mostly are my dear friends from my class reunion. It was so exciting to see them and reconnect with some of them. There are a few that are such dear friends and I am so thankful they are back in my life! God has blessed me greatly with their friendship. This scripture comes to mind…

Isaiah 40:31 – But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew [their] strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; [and] they shall walk, and not faint.Renew-Their-Strength

Is there any dangling ending in your life? Your Past? Have you asked God about how to approach the situation or person so you can have some closure? Is there something that you think needs to be completed or wrapped up but just can’t seem to get done?  Maybe it is not in God’s time yet.  He has the perfect time for it to be “finished”.  Pray about it and seek God’s answer and He may tell you .. but then again, He may tell you to “wait” with no other explanation. I have learned that trusting and waiting on Him will bring you the best results.

Challenge-LogoI challenge you today to trust Him!  He does know what time it is. He also knows you and your thoughts. He loves you so much. After all, He calls you His beloved.

The Song – Walking With My Lord – Larnelle Harris

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RUNNING FOR THE PRIZE

Have you ever seen a dachshund race?  Oh My Goodness!  It is the funniest thing I have ever seen!  I follow a little dachshund on Facebook and he is quite the celebrity!  His name is Crusoe and he is from Canada. CRUSOE He was in a “wiener dog race” and he finished 3rd and the prize was a squeaky ball!  (see it here and if you still want more see his blog… here)  It is so much fun and the funniest thing to watch!  If you know me at all you know I L-O-V-E love dachshunds and everything about them!  These races are so funny because these little guys are so excited at the starting line.  They are so wound up to get going on that race and for what?  To get a squeaky ball!?  Not much of a prize as far as you and I are concerned… (or Zuckie – one of my dachshunds – for that matter.  He does WIENER DOG RACE 2not like anything that squeaks!  He doesn’t like noise… loud trucks, loud anything and especially sirens).

But let’s focus on how the dachshunds begin the race.  These little guys are so excited and so ready to get going!  Excitement, anticipation and readiness are the traits you see in them!  They are full of joy and life!  You know we run a race too!  Every day!  And we run the race for a far greater prize than any squeaky ball.  We are running for the prize of an imperishable crown (1 Corinthians 9:24-27).  We should be running for the prize daily!  So shouldn’t we begin our daily race the way these little dachshunds begin their race?  RUN FOR THE PRIZEWith excitement, anticipation and readiness?  We as Christians, in our walk with the Lord, should be filled with excitement, anticipation and readiness.  If we meet every day with that frame of mind we cannot loose!  Jesus left us a Helper which is the Holy Spirit, our closest friend!  That means He can help us throughout each day!  I have a friend at work that when she gets there and walks to her desk we speak the “Good Mornings” and then we ask one another the usual “how are you doing?”  We usually say…”Blessed and Highly Favored!”  and yesterday I added “…because I am a child of the King!”  If we truly believe this we can meet each day with an attitude of excitement for what God will do in our lives that day, anticipation of how it will change us or someone around us and readiness to be used for the Kingdom of Christ.

Try it out!  When you first wake up in the morning, focus your mind on God and how He has blessed you by giving you another day to tell someone about Him.  I love this scripture:

James 1:12  Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.

BLESSINGS

 He has blessed you with another day to breathe the air of freedom we have here in America – that is so precious and hard to come by to others throughout the world.  You can thank Him for all the blessings you have whether it be a little heartbeat at your feet (human or animal) or a job, or a vehicle to drive, or a nice soft (or firm) bed to sleep in, or food on your table or any number of things!  You choose!  Focus on what blessings God has bestowed on you in your life and not the worries, problems and trials you face each day and THANK HIM FOR THOSE BLESSINGS!  I know… I KNOW if you do this you will feel better and you will be ready to run the race for the day!

Psalm 95:2-3 tells us

“2 Let us come before him with thanksgiving
    and extol him with music and song.

For the Lord is the great God,
    the great King above all gods.”

The Song – Hezekiah Walker – Every Praise!

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