Believe

The events of the last year have brought me to a place of reflection. So much has been going on in my life and in the lives of my loved ones. There has been death, sickness, financial struggles, and overall difficult circumstances. People are suffering and not all of them are unrighteous.

2Ti 2:20 (KJV) – But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour, and some to dishonour.

There are some in this great body of Christ who, like fine metals, are refined in the fire. Their lives are marked by suffering that would turn some to dust. They are placed on the heat and shaped and reshaped. Just as things begin to cool off they are placed back into the fire. It seems to be one hard thing after another. Yet, they still believe. There are others whose lives are like wood being carved into the image of God. The process is a slow and steady progression in which their strong, sturdy form is slowly but deftly whittled into the image of Christ. Rough periods are dispersed in their lives like the sanding required to smooth rough spots on a carving. Yet, they still believe. Then there are the earthen vessels. These are the people whose lives demonstrate the constant shaping on the potter’s wheel. These are the people who face circumstances that have little chance of drastic improvement. Yet, they still believe.

Yes, there are some who follow Jesus and live without much suffering. Some believe that salvation will be pain free. People get angry with God about the things that happen. They rage because they don’t believe He could be right. I’ve learned that pain doesn’t mean that God’s love has changed. In it, there is a plan; if we will trust Him. I’ve found the best advice:

When you hope, be joyful. When you suffer, be patient. When you pray, be faithful. – Ro 12:12 (KJV)

Look around. There are people going through everywhere. In the end, what truly matters is that we still believe.

Be encouraged,

Tanisha

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Tuna Cans

I am a bargain shopper.  I don’t like to pay full price for things unless I have to.  This is a good attitude for me because I don’t like cheap things and because we have five children.  So, this brings me to the tuna cans.  About six months ago everytime I went to the grocery store there was a sale on tuna fish.  I know that I had to have bought at least sixty cans.  In the meantime, I had also begun packing for our impending move.  We had started a house hunt and I didn’t want to get caught unprepared.  So, I boxed up most of the canned goods including my ample supply of tuna fish.  Months went by.  We hadn’t found the right house and the tuna supply seemed to be dwindling.  Then one day I broke into a box and I didn’t see any of my canned treasure.

Fast forward.  We’ve found a house and the move is next week. This summer has been furiously busy and the other day I felt drained.  I haven’t had much down time and quiet has been a hot commodity recently.  On top of it all, I’d been having trouble sleeping and a summer cold epidemic had made its way to our house.  I was exhausted and wanted a nap.  Instead, I decided to tackle packing up the pantry.  The boxes that I packed months ago were there, opened and disheveled so I decided to start with them.    In the midst, I was grumbling to God about needing some time to myself, needing some sleep, etc.  Then I hit the jackpot..tuna…cans and cans of it.  I don’t know how I never discovered it before but there it was – lots of it!!  How exciting, huh! I hadn’t run out of tuna.  Silly me, I had enough reserved to carry on for a while.  Then it dawned on me.  I had just what I needed.  The energy and drive that I needed were already there.  Times may be crazy busy.  Long afternoon naps aren’t making frequent appearances on my calendar.  But, I have more than enough of what I need to make it through because God m

ade it that way.  We are blessed that when we think there’s not enough money, time, energy, or whatever else we need there is really more than enough.  So, if you think you have run out of what you need check again. There’s more in there somewhere.

But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus. – Php 4:19(KJV)

Be encouraged,

Tanisha

T.

The least of us

God has an interesting way of turning things around. Since I was a child I’ve always rooted for the underdog. I’ve been sensitive about those who were lonely, hurting or the outcast. I believe, as Ro 12:15 says, in rejoicing and mourning with others. I’ve had some people in my life who have spent a lot of time struggling. They’ve been treading along, trying to keep their head above the floodwaters of their circumstances. My prayers and those of many others have been with them. Recently, I looked and things have changed. Their countenance is different, their circumstances are different, their hope, joy, and peace are renewed. Their mountains have been removed and their mourning has turned to dancing. How awesome! I’ve seen health problems resolved, finances recovered, minds delivered, and marriages restored. I’m excited because I’m reminded that our God can and will fulfill His promises. The trials of life are like tilling the ground – hard work. Preparing the soil for seed is daunting. But, if we choose to be good soil God will make us the greatest. He will cause us to be stable and use us to shelter others. So I leave you with this scripture: Which indeed is the least of all seeds: but when it is grown, it is the greatest among herbs, and becometh a tree, so that the birds of the air come and lodge in the branches thereof. – Mat 13:32 (KJV) Be encouraged, T.

All quotes from the KJV

Through the storm

So today the family went on a mini road trip.  On our way back we ran into a relentless thunderstorm.  There was lots of lightning and a torrential downpour for miles.  As we were riding through it I noticed the responses of various drivers.  Most, including myself, slowed down.  Some also turned on their hazard lights. When the rain was coming down really fiercely some pulled over onto the shoulder.  In my mind I was thinking about growing up in the midwest.  Pulling over was in case of extreme circumstances like a tornado.  I noticed that only one car decided to pull under the overpass to wait the storm out.  The rest just sat on the side of the road at the full mercy of the storm. My thought was, “I don’t wanna stand still in this storm.”  So I kept driving and wouldn’t you know it -in less than a mile the storm was over and the roads were completely dry.  I could still see lightning in the distance but I was out of the reach of the torrential downpour.  The rest of the ride was easy.  My advice…keep it moving…whatever storm you’re in don’t stop moving forward (even if you have to slow down)!

Creation

According to scientific theory there are as much as six dimensions that we can’t perceive. The String Theory demonstrates that more exists than the 3-dimensional human reality.  Scientists say what believers in the power of God and communion with the Holy Spirit already know.  The supernatural is real.  As I watched a science program with my children this evening the kids began to ask about the Big Bang Theory and the scientists’ explanation that our magnificent existence began with an explosion! The commentator said that after the Big Bang things just continued to proceed from orderly to disorderly. In response to their questions I translated.  In the Garden of Eden there was order aka communion.  Adam and Eve were fully connected to God – order.  Then came sin and the knowledge of good and evil.  Their disobedience brought seperation from the Spirit of God.  The communion was broken – disorder.  At the end of the program the question was asked “Will time ever cease to exist?”.  My mind was drawn to the new Heaven and the new Earth that John spoke of in Rev 21:1-2.  Yes, then time as we known it won’t exist anymore because order will be established just like it was in The Garden.  The Creator of all will again be in complete communion with His creation.  I’M EXCITED!!! How about you?

All quotes from the KJV

Good people

Bad things happen to good people.  Young men die in war everyday. Spouses die.  Children lose parents. Sickness attacks. Righteous people suffer.  The other day I heard a radio announcer say “God doesn’t make bad things happen.” WHAT?? I’m not sure what Bible she has read but mine says “That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven:  for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.” Mat 5:45.  God controls all things. There is suffering throughout the pages of the Bible.  There were wars, lost loved ones, famines, pestilence and plagues. Just look at what it took for Pharaoh to let the Israelites go.  There is the story of Job; a man who at one point lost everything.  Today there is suffering.  My own family approaches the one year anniversary of my nephew’s death in Afghanistan.  A friend’s co-worker faces the suicide of her husband.  Yet I cling to the scripture that says “Without faith it is impossible to please him:  for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” Heb 11:6 and “Thou hast turned for me my mourning into dancing: thou hast put off my sackcloth, and girded me with gladness;” Psa 30:11. Bad things do happen to good people. The same God who created us has authored those things that occur in our life.  Sometimes they feel good and sometimes they don’t.  But in the end “Being confident of this very thing, that which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.” Php 1:6

Be faithful. Trust God.

Tanisha