Faith Filled Friday
Don't you just love how you can read the same verse a thousand times and the Lord can cause something new to stand out about it. Sigh... I love that.
The other day I read of Jesus rising from the dead and he folded the cloth before He left the tomb and appeared to the disciples. It was an ah-ha moment for me. You'd think He would be in a rush to get to the disciples since they are hiding in fear thinking He was dead. But here He is, folding clothes. So basically, God is not in a rush!
And then I read this morning of how Jesus then told them to wait for the Holy Spirit before they started their ministry. We can do nothing of eternal value apart from the Holy Spirit doing it through us, so I get it. But they had to wait 50 days! (From Passover to Pentecost.) Now that just seems like a waste to me. There is a lot of ministry that can be done in 50 days. But here I'm faced once again with the reality that God is not in a rush. He is not slow as some count slowness but patient, not willing that any should perish but that all come to repentance. (2 Pet. 3:9)
His timing is perfect in your life and mine and He can be trusted. Things might not go as fast as we think they should. But God's ways are higher than our ways and His thoughts higher than ours. His plan is good, even if it seems less productive than we'd like.
Once again, I'm comforted by God's living Words.
We exist to glorify God, to display His heart and character. And I just love how we are all uniquely built to do that. So every Friday I want to give you, uniquely designed by God, an opportunity to link up your thoughts on God, art, baking, photography, parenting, marriage, homeschooling, writing or blogging and more if they tie into or display the Lord somehow.
Here's how it works.
1. Link up as many blog posts as you want below by clicking the link below and following the prompts. (Perhaps think of old posts you want more exposure to as well as new ones.)
2. Let your readers know by including a link at the bottom of your post (or somewhere on your side bar) or paste my button code (found below and on the side bar).
3. Take a minute to visit and comment on another sweet lady or two's post. You're encouragement might be just what she needs to keep pressing on in being a voice in the darkness.
Laura, the founder of Missional Women is married and has five kids, two of whom are adopted. Laura and her husband have been missionaries to college students for 13 years serving with Master Plan Ministries where she is the Women's Development Coordinator. Laura has authored 5 books, including an award winning 12 week Bible Study on First Samuel, Beholding Him, Becoming Missional, Reach; How to Use Your Social Media Influence for the Glory of God, and A Devotional Journey through Judges, a devotional to accompany the free online Bible study at TheBookofJudges.com. You can find her on facebook,twitter, pinterest, youtube, instagram and her author site.
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5/21/2015 10:07:57 pm
Yes, Laura, I'm always sort of blown away by the "waiting" passages in the Bible. For instance, Moses on Mt. Sinai! If I had been in his shoes, I'd have wondered after the first week or so of waiting if I'd gotten the wrong mountain or misunderstood somehow. The message for me is: God shows up on His time schedule. This is HUGE for me, and I have to learn pretty much the same lesson all the time.
5/22/2015 02:56:36 am
Yes! Me too! I probably would have been making a list of all the stuff I needed to do and gotten distracted and wandered down the mountain with my to-do list. Oh how grateful I am for His patience!
5/21/2015 11:05:05 pm
My impatience always fails to see God's perfect timing. It's amazing how many different truths we can gain from a single passage in the Bible. Have a great Memorial Day weekend!
5/22/2015 02:24:24 am
Everything happens in God's timing, so true. It is hard sometimes waiting for that but He makes it worth every time. Thanks for sharing, and for hosting :)
I, too, am amazed at the newness of Scripture when I read and reread at a later date, Laura. God knows we don't "get" it all the first or second or third time around. He "waits" for our readiness and then the Holy Spirit teaches us that "something new."
5/23/2015 09:06:59 am
I do love when God reveals something *new* to me in His Word! Always makes me realize anew that His Word is alive! I so enjoyed this message that you shared. Yes, God's timing is always perfect, even when we feel it might be "overdue"!!
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