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Just In Time

Renee Ann Smith —  September 10, 2014 — 18 Comments

Beautiful in its time“He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.”
~Ecclesiastes 3:11~

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This sweet family grew up in my garage. The local cat caused them much fear and anguish. Yet they stretched their wings and—using my driveway as a landing strip—practiced soaring & one by one flew away.

Now even the “empty-nester” Mama bird has moved on.

But a trace of their beauty remains.

I’m thankful for the simple beauty God sprinkles through our days & that you stopped by today. Blessings, friends!

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Since God knows and sees all, He understands what we need before we ask, right? And if God planned our lives before the world began, isn’t it too late to ask Him to change anything now?

After reading Scripture and quotes from great Christian thinkers and wrestling with these questions, the answer I came up with is “Yes . . .

. . . and No.”

S. D. Gordon, a wise theologian said it this way, “Prayer does not influence God’s purpose, but it does influence God’s action.”

Does Prayer Influence God?

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In other words, every good and right thing, God has already purposed to do. But sometimes He waits for us to ask.

That’s why Jesus taught his disciples to pray, “Thy will be done as it is in heaven.” They were asking to bring God’s will to earth.

Why would God ever wait for us to ask?

Here’s the illustration I came up with . . . Let’s think as caretakers or parents . . . 

When a baby is first born, communication is limited to wordless cries.

Does prayer influence God 2Most moms or aunties (me), try to anticipate the baby’s every need. Not only do we wish to avoid those crying jags that build to mind-boggling intensity, we also want to keep that baby we adore happy.

As the child ages, he/she figures out how to ask for things. So there comes a day, when even though mom or dad knows the child is thirsty or hungry.

They wait for their child to ask. This helps the child to develop communication and builds relationship.

At first, the child tapping the frig might be enough to show he/she wants a drink. But eventually we teach the child to say, “May I have a drink, please?” And even better, when they’re able to say, “Thank you, Mommy.”

The child learns that all good things—juice boxes and chocolate milk—come from Mommy and Daddy.

To take this illustration even further, there also comes a day when Mom stocks the frig and leaves it to little Johnny or Susie to make their own lunch. She anticipates their needs and buys all their favorite things. Then they’re free to dive into the goodies themselves.

But when special circumstances come up—they want some new food or they’re too sick to make lunch for themselves—they have to make their request known to Mom anew.

Here’s what Matthew 7:9-11 says in The Message:

“If your child asks for bread, do you trick him with sawdust? If he asks for fish, do you scare him with a live snake on his plate? You wouldn’t think of such a thing. You’re at least decent to your own children.

So don’t you think the God who conceived you in love will be even better?”

No illustration or metaphor fits biblical truth perfectly.

But this one helps me remember that prayer is communication with a Heavenly Father who wishes to give me all good gifts and helps me imagine how He views my supplications—all my supplications.

Rich & eloquent. Simply stated. Wordless cries.

No matter what form they take, the Bible assures us that our prayers touch God’s heart.

May that truth sustain us through our doubts and dry spells and any hard days of waiting for answers to our requests. Blessings, friends!

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Not One Square Inch

Renee Ann Smith —  August 27, 2014 — 11 Comments

Christ is in control “There’s not a square inch in the whole of our human existence over which Christ does not cry, ‘Mine!’”

~Abraham Kuyper (1837-1920) Dutch prime minister, journalist, statesman & theologian~

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“For from Him & through Him & to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever. Amen.” ~Romans 11:36~

“For everything, absolutely everything, above & below—everything got started in Him & finds its purpose in Him. He was there before any of it came into existence & holds it all together right up to this moment.” ~Colossians 1:16&17, The Message~

May these ancient words remind you that—
Even when it doesn’t feel like it—
God holds us, our loved ones & our world in His hands.
Blessings, friends!

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Hope for the Overwhelmed Erwin Lutzer

That which is beyond our control is tightly in His grasp.
~Erwin Lutzer, Senior Pastor Moody Church~

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Are you feeling overburdened with the cares of daily life? Perhaps something completely unexpected has thrown you for a loop or you’ve been uprooted and tempest-tossed.

Is your aching heart making it difficult for you to function day to day? Or has the beginning of a new school year found you spinning your wheels and struggling to organize your kids or your home or your life?

Do any of these synonyms for the word OVERWHELMED describe you?
SWAMPED SUBMERGED ENGULFED BURIED FLOODED
INUNDATED VANQUISHED
CONQUERED

Here are 5 Bible Verses for When You’re Feeling Overwhelmed to guide your thoughts and calm your heart!

Please pass them on to someone who needs a little strengthening today.

5 Bible Verses for the Overwhelmed

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5 Bible Verses for the Overwhelmed: “When you’re between a rock & a hard place, it won’t be a dead end!” (Click to Tweet)

“Pile your troubles on God’s shoulders & He’ll carry your load!” Bible Verses for the Overwhelmed  (Click to Tweet)

“Put God in charge of your work & what you’ve planned will take place.” Bible Verses for the Overwhelmed (Click to Tweet)

Thanks for encouraging me with a visit! Blessings, friends!

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Man’s Best Dreams

Renee Ann Smith —  August 13, 2014 — 14 Comments

Elizabeth Barrett Browning Quote

God’s gifts put man’s best dreams to shame.
~Elizabeth Barrett Browning~

Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806-1861) was one of the most prominent English poets of the Victorian era. Her poetry was widely popular in both Britain & the United States during her lifetime.

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Warning: Nostalgia Day Re-post!

This iPhone pic shows the beach at Ocean City from two summers ago.
It’s raining here today. But when I look at this photo, I can almost feel that sun . . .


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C. S. Lewis quote lunatic sun

A man can no more diminish God’s glory by refusing to worship Him
than a lunatic can put out the sun
by scribbling the word darkness
on the walls of his cell.

~C. S. Lewis~

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Words of wisdom to inspire you, brave ones, as you shine for Christ in every corner of our world.

Thanks for stopping by today. Blessings, friends!

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I love how the touch of the sun beautifies every twig, leaf & pebble in the landscape.
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Two Empty Hands

Renee Ann Smith —  July 30, 2014 — 19 Comments

 Faith is two empty hands

“Faith is two empty hands held open to receive all of the Lord.”
~Alan Redpath~

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So that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith
And that you, being rooted & grounded in love,
May be able to comprehend with all the saints
What is the breadth & length & height & depth,
And to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge,
That you may be filled up to all the fullness of God.
~Philippians 3:17-19~

***Alan Redpath was a British evangelist, pastor & author, 1907-1989.

Thanks for stopping by today. Blessings, friends!

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From a Distance

Renee Ann Smith —  July 23, 2014 — 25 Comments

Ann Voskamp Quote“God reveals Himself in rearview mirrors.”
~Ann Voskamp~

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This quote caught my attention this week. Let it sink in . . . 

Sometimes we don’t see God working in our lives & might even think He doesn’t care about our struggles.

It’s not until we look back from a distance that we see His hand in our days.

So let’s trust that time’s perspective will make much clear

And take a moment to thank Him for never letting us go. 

(Warning: Objects in mirror may be closer than they appear!)

Here’s a bit more of the context . . . 

“God reveals Himself in rearview mirrors. And I’ve an inkling that there are times when we need to drive a long, long distance, before we can look back and see God’s back in the rearview mirror. Maybe sometimes about as far as heaven—that kind of distance.” ~Ann Voskamp~

Thanks for stopping by today. Blessings, friends!

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