Jul 3, 2013 - Family Matters    8 Comments

FROM OUT OF THE MOUTHS OF BABES

Wade Girls

This week I have such a wonderful insight into God’s word to share, I’ll be sharing it in two posts.

PART I

Even as I write this my eyes want to tear up, but I must share this precious story.

Here’s the background …
My wife and I purchased two Kindles Fires for our daughters, Emma Grace and Ella, as gifts for them to enjoy while we travel on business during the summer. I know what you’re thinking – Kindles for an eight and six year old, really! Are you serious?

We thought that too; especially since the girls’ behavior can be a tad challenging not to mention the drama! But we had hoped the Kindles would “light a fire under them” when it came to practicing their school work all summer long. Our plan was for them to earn playtime on it once they had done their school work.

We arrived in Columbus, OH on our first business trip and I couldn’t wait to give them “their surprise.” My wife wanted to talk to them about it first but I just couldn’t wait. So while at the hotel breakfast on the first day, when my wife was working, I broke out the Kindles. The girls were beside themselves with excitement.

Out of the mouths of babes …
While walking around the Easton Shopping Area in Columbus, Ohio my wife,Amy, told me about a conversation she had with our eight year old daughter, Emma Grace. Amy said she had been so impressed with how Emma Grace had been behaving that she had to ask Emma Grace what was so different. Here’s what Emma Grace said:
When daddy first brought out the Kindle I thought it was for me and Ella to share so I was glad about the Kindle but not so glad about having to share it with Ella. Then, I saw him bring out a second one. When he handed it to me I just couldn’t believe you guys got me a Kindle … MY OWN Kindle! And I kept thinking about it, how I didn’t deserve it, but you still bought it for me … I just had to change my behavior … I wanted to change my behavior. I mean you got me MY OWN Kindle!

We thought Emma Grace might shape up her behavior to “earn” time on the Kindle. It never occurred to us that she would change her behavior simply because she reflected on how good it is to receive something you don’t deserve.

Jesus showed us once again, first hand, how His mercies are fresh every morning. And, the praises of His mercies can come from a babe like my eldest daughter. How perfect for us to see through the eyes of of a babe, Jesus’s love towards the undeserving. God did the same thing in that He gave the world what it did not deserve; His only Son Jesus. God’s word says, God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8

All to often we have ears but do not hear and eyes but do not see. My little Emma Grace chose to see that day. And by the grace of God and the power of the Holy Spirit she realized her need and had a desire to make a change in her behavior. Maybe she did the math and realized that more often then not she received far more then she ever deserves. The fact is, what she said moved her parents to once again see The Lord moving in their midst.

Look for PART II of Out of the Mouth of Babes on Friday …

Jun 27, 2013 - Hearing From God    12 Comments

THE MERCIES OF THE LORD ARE FRESH EACH MORNING.

Most recently I have been meditating on chapter three of the Book of Lamentations 3:21 This I recall to mind, therefore I have hope. 22 It is of The Lord’s mercies that we are not  consumed, because His compassions fail not.

IF NOT FOR GOD’S MERCIES I WOULD HAVE PERISHED.

They that lose hope feel and believe that they are a failure.  Hopeless people believe that they have let themselves and others down.  Their loss of hope clouds all reasonable thinking; the smallest of issues can become as heavy as a ball of steel.  Like a recking  ball, it pounds and destroys anything in it’s path.  Hopelessness starts out small in size and in weight, but if not dealt with in a timely fashion it will grow out of control.   Like a recking ball hopelessness picks up momentum as it travels.

Perhaps you have experienced what I have just described or maybe someone you know is currently experiencing hopelessness.  If we place our hope and trust in ourselves, people, places or things; sooner or later we will come under the yoke of hopelessness.  The prophet Jeremiah experienced this first hand as he looked down on the destruction of Israel from a hill top.  Jeremiah realized and meditated on the mercies of The Lord and how they are fresh every morning.  We would all do well to have Jeremiah’s perspective on the mercies of The Lord.

When was the last time you meditated on the tender mercies that you have received from the  Lord? And what did you do to deserve God’s mercies?  The funny thing about mercy is when we’ve been wronged we want and often demand justice. But when we’ve wronged others and face dire consequences we want mercy.  This very dilemma caused Jeremiah to reflect on the mercies of The Lord.  They are fresh every morning and without them we would all perish.

In our darkest despair there is always hope if we trust in The Lord. God’s help is not dependent on how righteous we are but how repenting our heart is. Are we willing to confess our sin and seek God’s help to turn from sin? It’s foolish to think you or I can muster or even muscle up enough strength to stand under the weakest of trials. “Let us lay aside every weight and sin which does so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us.” Hebrews 12:1

Have you ever seen God work out a trial for your good?

As bad as things are, having the knowledge that they could be a whole lot worse if not for the mercies and grace of God, is a real eye opener. This is how it was for the prophet Jeremiah when he wrote Lamentations. The prophet Isaiah wrote: “They that wait upon The Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings of eagles.” Isaiah 40:31

We would do well to know the true nature of ourselves and how satan works against us and that our hope should always be in Christ Jesus, not people, places or things. Through the ages men and women have placed their hope in these and have been sorely disappointed. They have idolized places of worship, more then the creator. They have worshiped the created things more then God and have placed their hope in possessions which could not save them from their calamities. God’s compassion fails not; His mercies are fresh each morning.

Jun 27, 2013 - Spread The Word    12 Comments

Welcome to Wade in the Word!

Greetings,

Welcome to Wade in the Word!  This blog has been a long time in the making and an answer to prayer.  As a servant of God, with a pastor’s heart, I meet and talk with many people through the course of everyday life: the waitress at the restaurant while having lunch with my brother, a mom at school while picking up my daughter, the mechanic servicing my car, a cashier at the local grocery store, and countless others. God has allowed me to minister to so many people by listening to them, encouraging them, and sharing God’s word with them. These encounters richly bless my life and I see first hand the power of God. But these are often just brief encounters … leaving me wanting more time to share the goodness of the Lord … and those I am talking to wanting more time to hear from The Lord.

Anyone who knows me knows when you talk to me your going to hear what God has been showing me in His word. One day I was talking to a friend who suggested I start a blog to share my insights, thoughts and messages. Around that same time, my lovely wife came to me with the idea of starting a blog as a way of ministering to people I meet in everyday life as well as friends and family. Both of them have stayed on me about this blog and I’m counting on them to be among the first to post comments.

It is truly an honor for me to be used by God and I am excited to have a way to share the goodness of The Lord with anyone who visits this blog. I hope you enjoy my my future posts … Be on the look out for my next one “God’s Mercies Are New Every Morning.”

The Lord bless you and keep you!

Billy Wade