For to the Snow He says, ‘Fall on the Earth,’…

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As this winter, 2014, moves on and on and on, so many have persevered, struggled, suffered, and are yet in the midst of storm upon storm.  My prayers are with you each and all.

Thinking about “joy” tonight made me look to this winter and I am looking for God in the midst of it all which led me to Job 37.  I will share parts of that chapter as Elihu is proclaiming God’s Majesty to Job.

1 “At this also my heart trembles

and leaps out of its place.

2 Keep listening to the thunder of His voice

and the rumbling that comes from His mouth.

3 Under the whole heaven He lets it go,

and His lightning to the corners of the earth.

4 After it His voice roars;

He thunders with His majestic voice,

and He does not restrain the lightnings when His voice is heard.

5 God thunders wondrously with His voice;

He does great things that we cannot comprehend.

6 For to the snow He says, ‘Fall on the earth,’

likewise to the downpour, His mighty downpour.

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9 From its chamber comes the whirlwind,

and cold from the scattering winds.

10 By the breath of God ice is given,

and the broad waters are frozen fast.

11 He loads the thick cloud with moisture;

the clouds scatter His lightning.

12 They turn around and around by His guidance,

to accomplish all that He commands them

on the face of the habitable world.

13 Whether for correction or for His land

or for love, He causes it to happen.

14 “Hear this, O Job;

stop and consider the wondrous works of God.

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Father God, I thank You for Your Word and the insight as I see through this winter’s misery and struggles.  You show me more of Your creation.  You love us and want Your best for each of Your children.  I thank You and am humbled by Your Almighty majesty and power.  I feel like a cloud that You have called into being and filled up with moisture, then let me soak up Your wisdom.  You then allow me to rain some of what I learn upon those I touch in a day.  

Thank You for blessing me with these three children to whom I tutor helping them to gain in their first grade studies and in their confidence.  More than anything, LORD, I want them to know You through me, to know Your love.  Their confidence is rising already and I know that is from You.  Praising You, God, for You know just what each one needs in their young lives.  I pray that they will truly know You as they grow.  I lift them up as well as all those who are in the middle of this harsh but beautiful winter.  I pray in the Strong Name of Jesus.  Amen.

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I am grateful for the love I know in my home and in my heart.  I thank God for the ability to teach children to read.  Thank You for loving me so that I can love these children.  I find joy in the small steps each of the three children You have given me to tutor take whenever we meet.  I am thankful for the Yellow-Rumped Warblers spread out all over the backyard the other day, for the Golden-Fronted Woodpeckers, and for the live cam of the baby Albatross in its nest just down the street from my sister in Kauai.  May I continue to seek Your beauty and find it in all circumstances.  In ALL circumstances.

Jesus, My Pattern

The life of Jesus is my guide, my pattern, to maturity.  The more I follow Jesus, learning of His ways, the more pleasing I become to my Creator.

Jesus still calls me today: And calling the crowd to him with his disciples, he said to them, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.”  Mark 8:34

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God spoke, declaring His Son to be pleasing in His sight:  He was still speaking when, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him.”  Matthew 17:5

Jesus gave me example after example as to how I ought to live:  Servants, be subject to your masters with all respect, not only to the good and gentle but also to the unjust.  For this is a gracious thing, when, mindful of God, one endures sorrows while suffering unjustly.  For what credit is it if, when you sin and are beaten for it, you endure? But if when you do good and suffer for it you endure, this is a gracious thing in the sight of God.  For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in his steps.  1 Peter 2:18-21

God’s Word continually reminds me of the road directly to Him:  …but whoever keeps his word, in him truly the love of God is perfected. By this we may know that we are in him: whoever says he abides in him ought to walk in the same way in which he walked.  1 John 2:5-6

Jesus tells me to please His Father, not man:  I do not receive glory from people.” ….  “How can you believe, when you receive glory from one another and do not seek the glory that comes from the only God?”  John 5:41, 44

I am equipped, not by my efforts, nor by my will, but by the Holy Spirit Who lives within me, to shape my life to become pleasing to my Father:  Now may the God of peace who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant, equip you with everything good that you may do his will, working in us that which is pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.  Hebrews 13:20-21

Abba Father, I am Your child who so desires to please You and learn of the ways which You desire for me.  I am seeing more and more that I, this woman, cannot do anything without You.  All of my life, I have wanted to please others, not get into arguments, not cause strife, nor cause anyone else a problem.  It has been only You Who made any of that possible, not me.  I am still learning, aren’t I, LORD?  Always will be?  Yes, I know.  But I want to always be learning and following Your Son.  I thank You so much for my salvation.  My slate was wiped clean by Your Son.  I am a new creation.  I desire to be a pleasing creation to You.  May Your Holy Spirit forever guide and guard me as I continue to walk on this earthly journey.  With forever love, Your daughter.  Amen.  

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