Desert

Does Haiti’s Desert represent desert in your life?

Haiti’s desert is the kind that makes you want to put on chap stick every three seconds. You want relief from the high heat and squint against the sun. Being caught in a hot wind makes a person frantic to find reprieve.

It’s easy to feel frantic when your quiet time dries up. You want relief. You almost get frantic to find something that “God wants you” to do. John Ortberg says, “But there was one thing he [Jesus] never experienced: He was never frantic. He never panicked. And in that moment I realized that God is never desperate” (If You Want to Walk on Water You’ve Got to Get Out of the Boat). Loose the feeling of being frantic for relief. God isn’t frantic. When the dryness begins, settle in, and see the growth instead.

by Mollie Bond
As seen originally on the EMEVI Blog.

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Seasons or Scenery

As seen at The Christian Pulse.

Seasons or Scenery
Posted: 18 Oct 2012 02:00 AM PDT
By Mollie Bond –

Seasons or scenery: the top two reasons I move and change jobs. I may move because I need a change of scenery, but mostly it is because I need a change of seasons.

It’s like this—a crew of Muppets comes to a fork in the road. Their decision mimics my decision. The fork the Muppets see, literally is a fork. Great for comedy, but in real life, forks have prongs that hurt, so I’m careful with my choices. I can find a job based on the scenery (where is it?), or I can find a job based on the season (what I’ll be doing).

Two signs in the fork in the road point to two directions. One sign says “move first.” If I choose scenery, it usually requires a move. I risk moving to a town I like and try to job search. I’ll walk into companies in hopes for the impromptu interview.

The other sign says, “job first.” Find the job you like, then move. That risk is to wait where I am (in search of seasons), and pour resumes into the Abyss where my resumes might also see the Abysses’ city dump.

Sometimes I’ve chosen the Abyss. (I’ve heard it’s a nice place in the fall.) Sometimes I’ve waited at my current location. Here’s where my Bible knowledge comes in handy.

God has an opinion. That opinion on whether you go or stay is straightforward. Seek Him, find Him, and then glorify Him. I first will search for Him.

Okay then. The next step after seeking Him is that I’ll find Him. Check. Then glorify Him. I can glorify Him in this scenery or this season. He is close by us no matter where we are in life. He gives us two choices of scenery or seasons so that we will “reach out for Him and find Him” (Acts 17:27). Pray lots, continue to seek Him, find Him, and glorify Him in day-to-day living. As time goes on, the answer will come, and maybe it will be both seasons and scenery.

PRAYER: God, thank You for creating both scenery and seasons. I pray no matter which situation I am in today, that I seek You, find You, and glorify You.

“From one man he made every nation of men, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live. God did this so that men would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from each one of us” (Acts 17:26-27 NIV)

What Do I Know About My God?

I Know My God Better

I felt surprised.  I expected a book that extolled the virtues of God, saying he’s gracious and loving.  Instead, I got insight on how God uses his virtues to work in lives.  Reading Ms. Collier’s stories helped me more than just listing God’s great qualities.  In addition, the book is full of Scripture written out, which directly connected each story to his word.  This book was a pleasant surprise.

Also she introduces a wonderful idea to implant in my own devotional time.  I won’t ruin that surprise, but it’s a delightful idea that I can see anyone implementing.  I was glad to see how it worked for Mardi Collier, because I could see how it would work in my life.  That increased my motivation to really ask myself, What Do I Know About My God?

As seen as Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Goodreads.com, and Christianbook.com.

Shelter

Do you see the child waving?

Shelter is important.  It protects from thrashing wind, snapping rain, and forceful hurricanes.  Shelter also provides privacy and intimacy.  Some venture past the flimsy walls to wave to others.  God’s shelter is much different than a tent.  When you find shelter under God’s protection, he shields from thrashing temptations, snapping words, and harmful practices.  He also provides privacy and intimacy.  But will anyone venture past the brawny walls to interact with others?

Seen at the EMEVI blog.