Friday, March 23, 2012

The Beautiful Truth about Numbers

Numbers fascinate me. Yes, yes, I'm a word nerd and all, and unfortunately I've made my share of number blunders over the years, but that doesn't mean I can't be a fan of mathematics. Right?

But recently, I needed a little reminder that the number equation in life, whatever it may be, is not bigger than its Creator.

Ratios. Odds. Statistics. So often stacked against us. But what of the God who has set us on the path we're on?

The God who created numbers, enabled ratios, is not bound by them. I don't know what statistics you're facing today, but whatever they may be, cling to the truth that God is our guide, not the numbers. He is the one who has set you on the path you're on, if you've heeded His calling, and He will take you where He wants you to be in His perfect timing, even when the numbers say it won't happen.

In my case, I'm speaking of where we are on the adoption road. Just under a year ago, we began the process for adoption #2. We are still waiting, but we are happy to be waiting. We want what God wants. While speaking with a wonderful adoption worker with the minstry we're working with, she was gently informing us that the number of adoptions they've seen take place has slumped in past years. In that moment, I felt God impress on my heart a beautiful truth: That's ok. We don't need high probability. We just need the one God has for us.

And if He changes our path along the way? If an adoption never happens? Well, we rejoice in that too, knowing His plan is good, and the past year of waiting has not been in vain (see this post from the archives about dead ends not really being dead).

So, take heart! Whatever it is that YOU are facing, just remember: even when the odds are stacked against you, they're not really. Not at all. Just dwell in the truth that His perfect plan, timing, and methods are just right, and having nothing at all to do with likelihood or probability.

He is Mightier.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Spring Cleaning...for the Heart

Ever take a look around your heart and notice something amiss?
A few cobwebs collected, weaving across dark corners in haphazard fashion,
corners dusty with neglect either purposeful or accidental?

Why not offer them up, let the Spirit blow through and sweep them away,
breathe new life into you today?

Listen to a beautiful song about this very thing by Shaun Groves:
Welcome Home
(Lyrics here)

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Is Anything Impossible?

I have been knocked off my feet lately (and I'm not just referring to my inherent clumsiness) with encouragement and reminders that He is mightier.

Today when thinking and praying about what to share with you, I could come up with nothing better than to pass along the words of truth that He's funneled my way...

"Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for men,
for he breaks down gates of bronze and cuts through bars of iron." Psalm 107:15-16

"See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland." Isaiah 43:19

"I am the Lord, the God of all mankind. Is anything too hard for me?"
Jeremiah 32:27

"Is anything too hard for the Lord? I will return to you at the appointed time next year and Sarah will have a son."
Genesis 18:14

"Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be barren is in her sixth month. For nothing is impossible with God."
Luke 1:37

To the one who cuts through impossible barriers, makes a way in the wilderness, summons life from barren places... to him be our thanks.

"Not to us, O Lord, not to us but to your name be the glory, because of your love and faithfulness." Psalm 115:1

Praying that this will kindle hope and reassurance today as you seek His will for whatever you may be facing.

What verses do you cling to to remember His great strength?


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