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The Patience Of Faith & Hope Deferred Makes The Heart Sick?

By Oswald Chambers: https://utmost.org/classic/today/
Patience is more than endurance. A saint’s life is in the hands of God like a bow and arrow in the hands of an archer. God is aiming at something the saint cannot see, and He stretches and strains, and every now and again the saint says — “I cannot stand any more.” God does not heed, He goes on stretching till His purpose is in sight, then He lets fly. Trust yourself in God’s hands. For what have you need of patience just now? Maintain your relationship to Jesus Christ by the patience of faith. “Though He slay me, yet will I wait for Him."
Faith is not a pathetic sentiment, but robust vigorous confidence built on the fact that God is holy love. You cannot see Him just now, you cannot understand what He is doing, but you know Him. Shipwreck occurs where there is not that mental poise which comes from being established on the eternal truth that God is holy love. Faith is the heroic effort of your life, you fling yourself in reckless confidence on God.
God has ventured all in Jesus Christ to save us, now He wants us to venture our all in abandoned confidence in Him. There are spots where that faith has not worked in us as yet, places untouched by the life of God. There were none of those spots in Jesus Christ’s life, and there are to be none in ours. “This is life eternal, that they might know Thee.” The real meaning of eternal life is a life that can face anything it has to face without wavering. If we take this view, life becomes one great romance, a glorious opportunity for seeing marvelous things all the time. God is disciplining us to get us into this central place of power.

“Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.” ~ Proverbs 13:12

I love Proverbs – I love the daily wisdom found within it’s pages; and Proverbs 13:12 is no exception. Like many scripture verses filled with Godly wisdom, I sought to meditate on everything … literally. So when I found Proverbs 13, I enjoyed it like all others – except when stopping on Proverbs 13:12. WOW! This was a new revelation and correct. No wonder your heart literally can become sick after the same unanswered prayers. Today is Mother’s Day, and even though I joyfully attended church services last night my heart is still heavy for myself and the the millions of other people who struggle with holidays like this. I’ve learned that I must pray and give everything to God – but honestly it was far more difficult to do when I was younger. Now that I’m a little older (and God willing WISER) I find it’s easier to “put away” unanswered desires and prayers than what I would struggled with 10-20 years ago – namely having my own family. Today I have far more joy in wielding Godly wisdom. I have zero interest in getting involved in harmful things and God has truly gifted me with a skill and desire to serve him utilizing my communications skills and my voice. I do not suffer foolishness easily and when I have someone direct message me (say from Twitter) I’m quick to query the individual about his/her favorite books of the Bible, etc. Sadly, anyone online can pretend they’re someone else – so I exercise caution mingled with discernment. And I’m quite okay with someone not continuing to communicate with me — despite my work I STILL PREFER FACE-TO-FACE CONVERSATION. On that note: HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY TODAY!

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To Him be the Glory - and Mary's Response

This world will tell you that you are unworthy. That you are lacking the family heritage or the qualifications to allow your spirit to flourish. This is not so with our Lord Jesus Christ! What the world devalues, our Lord values exponentially. And why? Indeed to display HIS glory in all things, and to bestow mercy and grace where HE alone chooses to do so.

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Christians, Can We Stop Romanticizing Marriage & Scriptures Already?

Don’t get me wrong, I believe healthy marriages are the foundation to any flourishing society and I’m in no way minimizing or chastising marriage or the need for children and families. I’m simply advocating for realism in our Christian literature and daily devotionals targeted towards women – especially as it relates to the relationship between Christ as the bridegroom and the church as the bride. It's like the Easter Bunny to Christ’s Resurrection or Santa Clause to the Birth of Christ - and it's the exact reason I prefer Oswald Chambers over others like Max Lucado.

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Do You Know My King?

The Bible says My King is a seven-way King: He’s the King of the Jews; He’s the King of Israel; He’s the King of Righteousness; He’s the King of the Ages; He’s the King of Heaven; He’s the King of Glory; He’s the King of Kings and Lord of Lords!