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Dec 18, 2014 - Hearing From God    28 Comments

Whoo-hoo! Look who’s 62!

Hi there, Wade in the Word readers!
It’s Amy, Billy’s wife. Billy’s birthday is Friday, December 19th.  I told Billy for one of his birthday gifts, I’d write his post this week! He was thrilled because it is a welcomed break from all the work that goes into writing these posts.

I thought to myself, if Billy were writing a post on birthdays where would he begin … what would he do? Well, he’d go to the Lord and ask Him a question like, “Lord, what’s the big deal about birthdays?” The Spirit would take him to some scriptures that help make sense of it. Of course, he’d do some research by asking random people he meets along the way what they think about birthdays. And, after days or sometimes weeks of meditating on a topic, he’d write a wonderful post that blesses all who read it. Well, nobody can do what Billy does so I won’t even try!

I just asked the Lord to lead me to a scripture to be my birthday wish to Billy and the Lord took me to Numbers 6:24-26. Several years back we kind of adopted this as our family verse so it was so fitting when God took me there on my search.

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Now, I didn’t tell him what I was going to write about because I wanted to surprise him. So he is reading this right along with all of you ☺ Now I need your help because the surprise is not really about my post on birthdays. The surprise is going to be all the wonderful comments I hope you all will leave wishing Billy a Happy Birthday.

So join me in wishing Billy a Happy 62nd Birthday!!!

Dec 13, 2014 - Hearing From God    11 Comments

MISERY LOVES COMPANY~BUT DON’T BE ITS COMPANION

Misery loves company; but you don’t have to be its companion. Ever feel like you’re stuck in a rut. No matter what you do, you just can’t seem to dig or pull yourself out of it. I equate this feeling to my experiences in sailing. We call it the doldrums. It’s a nautical term for calm periods when the winds disappear altogether, trapping sail-powered boats for periods of days or weeks. I remember sailing with friends on Lake Ontario. We’d be sailing along at seventeen knots feeling the wind against our faces. What an exhilarating feeling! Then out of nowhere you hit this calm where there isn’t even the slightest hint of a breeze. You’re dead in the water with not even a wave in sight … the doldrums. If we didn’t have an onboard motor, as a backup power source, we could be stuck for hours awaitinimageg the wind to pick up or for someone to give us a tow.

This idea of misery loves company makes me want to laugh at myself. Because without even realizing it up until now, when I think back to my sailing days when we hit those doldrums, I immediately looked around to see if others were in our same predicament … as if this would somehow bring me some comfort in knowing that I was not alone. So I guess it is true what they say … Misery loves company!

I got thinking about this when someone I’ve been counseling was having a hard time with her teenage son. She said she felt like she was in a rut and was at wits end with the stress and drama her son seemed to be causing. I wanted to encourage her not to let the son’s misery become hers. Then it came to me, misery can become our backup power source. But, not to bail them out of their condition, but to keep them in it.

THE POWER SOURCE THAT BINDS OR SETS YOU FREE

So I meditated and sought The Lord on how we as Christians can overcome the pitfalls of misery. Then it occurred to me that poor time management has a lot to do with why people fine themselves commiserating. Here’s what Esephesians 5:15-20 has to say about time.

Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. Do not get drunk on wine,which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

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THANKSGIVING: GIVING THANKS TO GOD

This Sunday, while driving to church with my wife and daughters, I started to look at the houses in the community in which we live. I’ve looked at the homes in our community before, but for some reason I was taking a closer look then in times past. Perhaps it’s because we’re getting a new garage door. Isn’t it funny how our attention can be drawn to something, when previously it seemed unimportant, but it’s now more relevance to us? I guess that’s what got me looking at all these houses.

What impacted me the most was how Jesus used this moment to cause me to reflect back on my childhood growing up in the inner-city of Rochester. I remembered as a child, I would on rare occasions ride my bicycle through the suburbs. I remembered seeing all the lovely homes and thinking, God these people living here must be rich. I thought to myself I would love to live in a neighborhood like this someday.

Well, Jesus pointed out to me that that day had come. “Are you rich?” Is the question that came to my spirit, “No!” I said, “Well, neither are they,” was what I felt The Lord speaking into my spirit, “You are only truly rich when you have a relationship with me.” Wow! My old perspective was shaken in a new and fresh way. As a child growing up in the inner city, I thought that owning your own home meant that you were rich. But now, thanks be to God, I see so differently what it truly means to be rich.

I started to think about this upcoming Thanksgivings and how much I have God to thank for. The Lord has given me a wife, children, health, a beautiful home and so much more. When I meditate on all that He has done for me there is never an excuse for me not to give praise. There is no greater lesson that mankind can learn than to be thankful to God for all that we are or will ever become. For apart from The Lord, we can do nothing.

THANKSGIVING: A HEART TRUSTING AND OBEYING GOD

In the passage of scripture below, Moses instructs God’s people on how they should conduct themselves. Moses wrote Deuteronomy over two thousand years ago and it is just as applicable now as it was then. Deuteronomy chapter eight, should prick your heart and give God’s people reason to be filled with thanks. I guarantee that once you read these verses with an open heart and an open mind, you’ll have no excuse for not being filled with Thanksgiving.

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