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COINCIDENCE ?

Posted on October 3, 2018 at 4:20 AM

I remember ONE SPECIAL TIME when coincidence shaped my life. Talk about God’s plans and coincidence ~ coincidence is just a miracle where God chooses to remain anonymous. Sometimes it happens when we wait for His timing.


You see Bill, newly returned from Wyoming, was walking down the streets of St Paul one day and chanced to run into a former classmate, Tony from Tasmania. In the ensuing conversation Bill told Tony he was looking for a roommate, and Tony told Bill he knew a couple of guys who were also looking for a roommate. Thus Bill and Brad met. [Look at all the coincidences in this paragraph].



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Why is this crucial? My roommate Sharon and I were debating about going out one snowy Friday night, and decided to go. At our destination, Sharon met Brad. It took several months for the relationship to become serious, but by late summer when I returned to Minnesota, it was a done deal! I was very happy for her, but a little depressed for me.


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Well, God’s behind the scenes work became visible, and life took on a whole new dimension with love leading the path. Indeed God is always there; we just have to wait for His timing. You see, Brad and Sharon introduced Bill and I. We were impressed with each other, and since we shared the same goals, values and friends, our relationship speedily escalated into love. God’s hand was right there leading us on, and in 2 weeks Bill asked me to marry him, and I said "yes”. Two weeks!?! Yes, really two weeks. One of the first people we announced our engagement to was Sarah, Bill’s ‘Jewish God-mother’ (we affectionately called her that); she responded with the proclamation, “It was made in heaven”. We will never forget that.


Bill is the God created perfect man for me. Now understand friends, we were not perfect together from the beginning. We got along well most of the time, but all close relationships have to go through periods of adjustment, and life is one long period of adjustment. But know this, when we married and the vow said, “till death do us part” we meant it. To us it was a commitment. This, I believe, is what most young couples today miss. They seem to vow: “until I am unhappy” we will stay together.


Commitment  


I hate to see divorce for so many reasons. One is that in most cases so much reward comes from sticking to a commitment; in most cases, once you've begun the trek together, sharing many life experiences both positive and negative, the relationship that develops can be strong and happy. Don’t quit because you have to walk through some really rough places; they will just cause the good times to be even better. Do not quit on each other and on God! Allow God to work on you and your marriage. He can do miracles!


Bill and I often enjoy laughing together now. God helped us through many rugged times when we were tempted to seek different trails, but our God led us through that stony ground time; and we chose to stay. How thankful I am that we did not give into the temptation to take what seemed like the easier less painful way of giving up. Stand through the rough places! God will give you the strength.

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During the early married / kid raising years, many challenges presented themselves; it was good and built something sturdy in us. Of course, it was still a time where events gave me joy; an inner source streamed through my spirit causing joy-flow continually. It was time for me to truly hear and accept the Word, for it teaches us that Jesus loves us and wants to be good to us. He gives us joy, and His joy is our strength:


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Nehemiah 8:10 (NLT) This is a sacred day before our Lord. Don’t be dejected and sad, for the joy of the Lord is your strength!”

 

John 15:10 I have told you these things, that My joy and delight may be in you, and that your joy and gladness may be of full measure and complete and overflowing. 


MY friends, when you decide to marry, pray about your decision together. Marry someone who is also a born again believer, then you will be on the same page when you have to strugge through difficult situations. Also remember that God's thoughts are hgher than our thoughts, and His ways are often not our ways, but they are always better!

Trust God and count on Him to be your leader.


A Favorite Scripture:

  Psalm 138:8 He (God) will perfect that which concerns me.


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10:11 AM on October 8, 2018 
How are you working on your commitment level?

SEARCHING FOR A CLOSER WALK WITH GOD


                                        AWESOME GOD


 DIGGING DEEPER

Sometimes the terrible awesomeness of God hits me and sends me reeling into deep meditation. It always carries its reward of a new closeness with my God. It happened this morning. In the beginning I was distracted with my mind wandering here and yon. Then I ‘woke up’ and commanded it to return. God is so good! Holy Spirit began to lead me in prayer.

Sorry, my Lord. I come to our meeting this morning with scattered thoughts; help me, Lord, to rein them in. That You even desire to meet with me is so amazing! Deep breath. Moses asked God, “what shall I say when they ask 'Who sent me’?” You responded, “Say the Great I AM sent me.” You, God, are not hemmed in by time. For You there is no ‘was, will be’, there is only I AM. Before You I bow down my heart, my 'who I am' I submit to You; help me become who You created me to be.


Exodus 3:13-14 (AMP)

13 And Moses said to God, Behold, when I come to the Israelites and say to them, The God of your fathers has sent me to you, and they say to me, What is His name? What shall I say to them? 14 And God said to Moses, I Am Who I Am and What I Am, and I Will Be What I Will Be; and He said, You shall say this to the Israelites: I Am has sent me to you!

  • Footnotes: Exodus 3:15 To know the name of God is to witness the manifestation of those attributes and apprehend that character which the name denotes.

Can you feel the depth of that name? 'I AM' signifies so much ~ timelessness, absolute love, supreme power, unimaginable expansion ~ an incomprehensible being, totally surrounding. There simply are not words to express the grandness of Who our God is. HIS LOVE FOR US  S SO APPARENT IN HIS WORD!


Psalm 91:14 (AMP)

Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore will I deliver him; I will set him on high, because he knows and understands My name [has a personal knowledge of My mercy, love, and kindness—trusts and relies on Me, knowing I will never forsake him, no, never].

Isaiah 52:6 (AMP)

Therefore My people shall know what My name is and what it means; therefore they shall know in that day that I am He who speaks; behold, I Am!

Indeed my God! You are the great I AM! This measures so deep and so high and so wide. You revealed Your staggering magnificence to David, and it comes out here:


Psalm 139:1-10

O Lord, you have examined my heart

and know everything about me.

2 You know when I sit down or stand up.

You know my thoughts even when I’m far away.

Even when it’s my mind traveling on tangents.

3 You see me when I travel and when I rest at home.

You know everything I do.

4 You know what I am going to say

even before I say it, Lord.

5 You go before me and follow me.

You place your hand of blessing on my head.

6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,

too great for me to understand!

7 I can never escape from your Spirit!

I can never get away from your presence!

8 If I go up to heaven, you are there;

if I go down to the grave, you are there.

9 If I ride the wings of the morning,

if I dwell by the farthest oceans,

10 even there your hand will guide me,

and your strength will support me.

You are always with me. 

You will guide me.

You will always be my support. Your strength

upholds me, protects me, supports me.


Lord, You are so good! What a privilege to know You! Thank You that You continue to grow me closer to You. Thank You! I love being together with You, my Lord.