I acknowledge this is lent 4 on the Christian Calendar – a gentle break in fasting.
The journey in the valley of the past few weeks for me has shifted something and I have asked that I may retain total surrender to God but still live and learn in the years ahead, more and more about Him. His Wisdom. His Spirit. His sacrifice and most of all about His Love and Grace. What if? questions have surfaced and been of great surprise. What if? Science cannot prove God but What if? the eternal Wisdom of the Spirit can bring even science to a full understanding that DIVINITY cannot be proven. Yet still IS. What if? What if???
I am supposed to be in a time of recovery, so really it was of no surprise that God in His Grace, reminded me very clearly of the following passage of scripture.
Isaiah: 30 v 15 In quietness and confidence shall be your strength.
I was reminded too of the verses surrounding and after this scripture. The children of Israel said, “No! we will flee from the enemies on our swiftest horses. God’s reply….“The enemy will therefore then pursue on swifter horses:
Confidence must therefore be firmly anchored in God....not in our own abilities.
May quietness and confidence be your strength during this coming week in and through all of life’s challenges.
I m a wife, mother and grandmother. I have always enjoyed writing even from an early age. My book Beyond the Ashes has been written as a labour of love. All the characters are real to me and their story needed to be told. As a Christian my desire is to write General Fiction stories about real people but Hope and a desire for 'better' will always be part of the journey. I have had several short stories published over the years and moderate success in writing competitions.
I realized as I was thinking today (30/01/15) that perhaps I should add here that I have had life experiences of many valley times but also many mountain top experiences. I can understand and be beside anyone who finds their life in tatters because I have 'been' there. Of course as I have got older as well there have been the added sorrows of losing not only older family members but also one by one finding the dearest of friends and the ones of greatest support and care also dying. On the site of rich mountains has been my certainty of the value of marriage and how grateful I am that after loss and sadness I made a happy and long-lasting marriage commitment. The one who was my best friend back then is still my best friend 45 years later. Beyond the Ashes touches upon the POWER of LOVE when folk can forget about their own personal 'feelings' and reach out in LOVE to a desperate and broken person.
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Beautiful thought – only in Him can we attain quietness and confidence. This world offers so much; all noise, confusion, and conflict – sometimes within oneself or/and with others. You are on the Rock, Faye. Rest, peace, and comfort are yours in Jesus.
Thank you, Faye, for reminding me of that Scripture. More than fifty years ago it came to me when I was in college. I am thankful you have brought it back to my memory, for it is timely.