Isaiah 43 When You're Between a Rock and a Hard PlaceBut now, God's Message, the God who made you in the first place, Jacob, the One who got you started, Israel:
"Don't be afraid, I've redeemed you. I've called your name. You're mine. When you're in over your head, I'll be there with you. When you're in rough waters, you will not go down. When you're between a rock and a hard place, it won't be a dead end—Because I am God, your personal God, The Holy of Israel, your Savior. I paid a huge price for you: all of Egypt, with rich Cush and Seba thrown in! That's how much you mean to me! That's how much I love you!
I'd sell off the whole world to get you back, trade the creation just for you.
He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations,
Praise him, all you his angels, praise him, all you his warriors,
Praise him, sun and moon, praise him, you morning stars;
Praise him, high heaven, praise him, heavenly rain clouds;
Praise, oh let them praise the name of God - he spoke the word, and there they were!
He set them in place from all time to eternity;
He gave his orders, and that's it!
Praise God from earth, you sea dragons, you fathomless ocean deeps;
Fire and hail, snow and ice, hurricanes obeying his orders;
Mountains and all hills, apple orchards and cedar forests;
Wild beasts and herds of cattle, snakes, and birds in flight;
Earth's kings and all races, leaders and important people,
Robust men and women in their prime, and yes, graybeards and little children.
Let them praise the name of God— it's the only Name worth praising.
His radiance exceeds anything in earth and sky;
Praise from all who love God!
Israel's children, intimate friends of God.
Just wanted to send some pictures of Baby Gian to you. I hope this offers encouragement and hope to all of those that seem to have insurmountable health issues. This baby is the definition of God's perfect work. Two years and one month ago, there was so very little hope and even if by some miracle, Gian survived, what would his quality of life be? Well, let me tell you...he is smart, beautiful, loving and brings joy to every person he meets! He still has special needs, he still has the trach, he still has a feeding tube and we have yet to hear his little voice but he is the happiest and most fun loving child I have ever met.
I know how important our prayers are and how effective our prayer chain is but when we get to see the power of God's love with our own eyes, it is to know HIS perfection. As always, please remember Gian in your prayers and know that not a day that goes by, I offer my thanks to HIM for his grace.
He will be my guide Hold me closely to His side
With love and strength For each new day
He will make a way He will make a way
By a roadway in the wilderness He'll lead me
And rivers in the desert will I see Heaven and earth will fade
But His Word will still remain He will do something new today
Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. 1 Peter 5:8
One such county where there has been a kind of headlight driven on-road social network has been Volusia County, Florida where some 2,900 motorists earned tickets between 2005 and 2009 for flashing their headlights at other drivers to warn them of the approaching speed trap.
The police didn't like being ratted out, so they issued tickets to the whistle-blowers turned headlight flashers." A lawsuit has ensued claiming flashing headlights to other drivers is protected under the First Amendment and should be considered free speech.
Look, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to each person according to what they have done.
A happy heart makes the face cheerful, but heartache crushes the spirit.
Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds,
Look to the LORD and his strength; seek his face always.
As water reflects the face, so one’s life reflects the heart.
And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.
...he will swallow up death forever. The Sovereign LORD will wipe away the tears from all faces; he will remove his people’s disgrace from all the earth. The LORD has spoken.In that day they will say,“Surely this is our God; we trusted in him, and he saved us. This is the LORD, we trusted in him; let us rejoice and be glad in his salvation.”
and be gracious to you; the LORD turn his face toward you and give you peace.
I hope to see you soon, and we will talk face to face. Peace to you. The friends here send their greetings.
I will sing to the LORD, for he is highly exalted.
Both horse and driver he has hurled into the sea.
The LORD is my strength and my defense; he has become my salvation.
He is my God, and I will praise him, my father’s God, and I will exalt him. Exodus 15:1-2
"Wash your face every morning in a bath of praise." Charles Spurgeon
Morgan shared of standing in the back of his church during the praise time one Sunday and watching several people sing with heartfelt gratitude, but says he was bothered by the number of people who were not singing. Some were looking around side to side, shifting their feet, others even whispering to their friends. He thought, "Maybe we need a crisis."
My mind drifted back to 9-11 and the people pouring into churches mid-week to pray. How few enter on Sunday morning with attitudes of gratitude. A story was shared of a man who sent his grandchildren a birthday card each year with money inside. All the children, except one, would write him a sweet thank you note. He shared that she was a dear girl, but the not writing back made him sad and disappointed and he found himself less eager to do things for her in the future.
Hmm, wonder if our heavenly Father feels the same way. Yesterday, I drove past a home with an American flag in the front yard and I found myself thanking God that I was born in America. Pouring a glass of water I realized how I take that blessing for granted...some people hike miles for water. Opening the refrigerator I had three choices of fruit and two choices of yogurt for breakfast...or wait...did I want to fry an egg or have a bowl of cereal. Instead of focusing on what we do not have, let's shift gears and thank God for all He has given us.
The Blue Ridge Mts are bursting forth with praise this time of year. Let's take a prompting from them and put on our praise even in the midst of our problems! Alleluia!
I am creating a couple new praise projects that I will send ASAP. Morgan lists several ideas in the book as well.
The Israelites walked through the sea on dry ground with the waters a wall to the right and to the left. The Egyptians came after them in full pursuit, every horse and chariot and driver of Pharaoh racing into the middle of the sea. It was now the morning watch. God looked down from the Pillar of Fire and Cloud on the Egyptian army and threw them into a panic. He clogged the wheels of their chariots; they were stuck in the mud.
Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea and God, with a terrific east wind all night long, made the sea go back. He made the sea dry ground. The seawaters split.
The Egyptians said, "Run from Israel! God is fighting on their side and against Egypt!" Exodus 14:21-22
Yesterday, I watched a powerful Godtube video of a young man named Christopher Coleman. For years, I feel certain he wondered why God had made him the way He did. I doubt deliverance or purpose ever entered his mind. Nor did what God was calling him to do. If there ever was an example of Isaiah 55:8 "My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways," this story fits the bill.
I bet they cried out! Can you look back in your life and recall times you called out to God? There have been three times this past year in our car when accidents almost occurred. I've been quick to shout out a "HELP US LORD!" Eight years ago, when our son was recovering from a horrific automobile accident and had broken his neck, while lying in the hospital a case of the hiccups came upon him. They would not stop and each hiccup was excruciatingly painful to his body. In desperation I dropped to the side of his bed and cried out to God to stop this torment. Just a few months ago, when our daughter was in crisis during the delivery of her child and rushed off to surgery, I went in a bathroom and cried out to God for mercy.
Morgan states..."When you face impossible odds, pray urgently, unfeignedly, unitedly. And trust the great prayer-answering God who grants mercy and imparts grace to help in time of need."