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May 7, 2012

He Knows

He knows

It isn’t just the big answers I hear…sometimes, I hear God’s answers to me in the littlest of things–things that only HE knows I think about.

Like the blue bird–I saw one flit across the road in front of my car the other day.  He knows I look for them.  He knows I find hope for spring in seeing them.  He knows how I love the deep, rich blue color.  He knows I sigh, when I see them.

Or the first, new leaf-buds on our trees–my Heavenly Father knows how I search for them and long for winter’s end.  He knows I am like a kid in a candy store, seeing the new growth, springing fresh and new.  He knows that it never gets old for me.

When a tumbleweed blows across my path, God knows that I grin from ear to ear.  There’s something about a tumbleweed that I dearly love.

Or when the geese fly over, He knows I will turn off all sounds in the car (A/C or heater and radio) and roll down my windows.  He knows I strain to hear them honk.  He knows I watch for them all year-long.

He knows how I listen for the sounds of the first snow-melt in Rocky Mountain National Park, how the sound of an elk bugling makes my heart leap, how the breath of my children sleeping amazes me…He knows.

And sometimes, if we look and listen, we notice that He knows. For a tiny moment, we feel the nearness and fellowship of God, who walks with us daily and woos us to Him. I believe that is why being still and knowing that He is God is life-giving, life-renewing and subtle conversation with the Living LORD.  Nothing like knowing that He knows…us.

“THE HEAVENS declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows and proclaims His handiwork. Day after day pours forth speech, and night after night shows forth knowledge.”

Psalm 19:1-2 AMP

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Letting God Use What’s Available

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Yesterday while I was fixing supper, I realized that I was missing a key ingredient that I had forgotten to pick up at the store. At first I was extremely upset with myself for forgetting this item and it was putting me in a bad mood.

I was tempted to run to the store and grab the item I was out of. However, I remembered that a website I had been on earlier in the week had a recipe to make this item, which was the missing ingredient. I went on that site, found the recipe, made it, and guess what? My meal survived and tasted delicious.

Later that evening God spoke to my heart. It was weird because I really felt Him speaking to me about my life. He whispered to me–

You make your life like that item you were missing.

I wasn’t for sure what He meant by that, but He explained it very quickly before I could question Him.

“You tend to think that your life always has to look pretty for Me to use. If you think there is something that I want from you that don’t have–you try to get that, do that, be that. The truth is, why not just let Me use what is already in your life and let Me make it into what I want it to be.”

I was stunned at that moment when God spoke that into my heart. It’s true. Many times I try to “fix” my life up so God will be amazed at how together I am. In reality though, He knows what a mess I am. I am learning that all I can do is hand God my crazy messed up life, with all the ingredients. He is the one that can make something beautiful come out of all these weird and crazy parts of me.

He wants me like I am. He wants you like you are.

Let’s stop trying to be somebody we are not. Let’s allow Him to use what’s available and make us someone special. If He could do it for Abraham, David, Peter, and Paul–He can most definitely do it for us.

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