Well... Church yesterday was amazing. I really enjoyed DEAF - we talked about tithing - and there were a ton of questions. Great stuff.
Then we went to the big house. GREAT sermon - go here if you want to hear/read it and click on Sermons on the right. PB (Pastor Burt) talk about Isaiah 54 and "Not believing that God CAN do things, believing He WILL." It's about living life like we ALREADY HAVE those things He's promised us... the barren woman stretching out her tent pegs and believing beyond belief that her tent will be filled to overflowing with children. The BARREN woman!
We wrote our letters to Jesus, too. We were supposed to write them, not asking for things for this year, praying for our situations, but AS IF WE'VE ALREADY RECEIVED HIS ANSWERS. Yikes! That was SO hard! It's easy to ASK for things, but it's hard to act as if God's already given them to us. Especially the things I talked about, at least for me...
I know God wants these things for me and those around me. I know that. But... to live as if He's already answered?!?!?! The things I pray about just seem SO FAR AWAY... They happen to other people, to other groups, to other... whatevers... but not to me. AND YET I KNOW GOD WANTS THEM FOR ME!!!! How can I be so sure of two things at once!!! smile...
And so... I live life TRYING to believe Isaiah 54. TRYING to believe the verses He's given me as mine for this year... Trying. And He'll straighten me out if I'm off track--He's done it before.
Here's to trying.
"Sing, O barren woman,
you who never bore a child;
burst into song, shout for joy,
you who were never in labor;
because more are the children of the desolate woman
than of her who has a husband,"
says the LORD .
Enlarge the place of your tent,
stretch your tent curtains wide,
do not hold back;
lengthen your cords,
strengthen your stakes.
For you will spread out to the right and to the left;
your descendants will dispossess nations
and settle in their desolate cities."