When Your future is unkown

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All of us, even the most skilled, the most organized among us,

face a future that is unknown.

To many of us worry about it.

If we are Christian we can say with confidence

“My future may be unknown,

But my God is not!”

Instead of worrying, praise God that He will bring you through.

Do not allow what you “see” in the natural to dictate your feelings or actions.

Rest in what you KNOW about God.

Rest in the truth of who you KNOW Him to be.

As Heb 11:1 (Emphasis Mine)says 

FAITH is the assurance (the confirmation, the title deed) of the things [we] hope for, being the proof of things [we] do not see and the conviction of their reality [faith perceiving as real fact what is not revealed to the senses]. (AMP).

Faith is an action word. It is a now thing. We are to be convinced that God is about to come through.

If you are going through a struggle  and your faith is week

Ask God to strengthen your faith.

Ask God to give you peace, and hope, and an assurance of a the best possible outcome.

He will do so.

And when the doubts start to rise

run back to Him again

He will always be there (even when silent).

If you want a great faith

This is where you get it

Press on.

Why God sent me a cat in the middle of the night

Cat

Most of the time I am super excited about what God has for me in England.

Sometime however, I am overcome with questions and angst about how it all is going to come together.

Last night, right in the middle of it, was one of those times.

The enormity of how much is supposed to get done in two months’ time, just plain freaked me out, so I turned to God and asked that He please calm my fears and give me peace.

I then heard a noise and turned my head to find my daughters cat (who was inches from my face) staring at me.

I picked her up and plopped her on my lap. She started purring instantly and fluffing me up before laying down.

This would not be remarkable except that this cat has never liked me. This cat loves my children but what usually happens when I pick her up is that she immediately scrambles to get away.

As I pet her and her purrs grew louder my fears grew smaller.

So why did God send me a cat in the middle of the night?

While it is true that God sent me the cat to calm my fears, and bring me peace.

The real answer is that God sent me the cat because He loves me.

Photo= Lisa Cline

P.S. that pic is of the actually cat….her name is Marshmallow

 

God is Cool!

 

strong

God is cool!

He is a lot more than that, but He is also cool!!!

He always, always, always gives me what I need to keep going.

When God called me to England, I immediately began telling everyone because I am a follower of Jesus Christ and as John 10:27 says

My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.

I knew, that I knew, that I knew that the Holy Spirit had called me.

Immediately I felt a deep longing for a place that I had never been.

I felt compelled to leave everything behind and go, for no other reason than because I knew God told me to, and that was enough.

At the time…for a while….as long as I stayed focused on God and not on the world.

But then life happened…pressures mounted.

Oh I can take the fact that 9 out of 10 people think I am crazy, I could take the fact that I had to leave a home I love and sell everything in it to go to a place I have never been (Actually I love adventure so that worked) in a short amount of time (August 1st…that’s really close) but what I have the hardest time with is my Kids.

What is the hardest thing is my four kids (all grown, but the one who will come with me). I have some awesome kids, and as most mothers I would lay down my life for any of them in a heartbeat. But God is not asking me to lay down my life for them, but for Him.

Because I am his child, He understands my heart. He understands my getting sidetracked with sadness of leaving them and worries about how it will all work out,  and He knows that I need encouragement to stay on track.

One of the ways that He is encouraged me is to guide me to Francis Chan, not in person but on video. I was encouraged as Francis spoke of what God was doing in his life, as he shared about living courageously with and for God.

It was exactly what I needed at the time to keep going.

That is why I think God is cool!

Just when I think I am the only one…when I think I am not strong enough for the load that I think I have to carry, God reminds me that I am not alone, and I am strong enough, stronger than I thing, because He is with me and is my strength.

So if you are feeling discouraged, or not up to the task that God has laid before you,

Lean into God.

 Trust the Holy Spirit to lead and guide you into all that God has for you, and remember you are stronger than you realize because you have a very cool God who cares enough about you to give you what you need to keep going strong.

 

 

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Why a tidy package is usually not what Christians get handed

 

 

Signs

I love when God moves in my life, when He wants to give me that hope for a  better future. 

I have to admit though, that while I love the thought of change, the messiness of it can freak me out.

I want God to hand me my future in a nice tidy package with a big bow …but that is not usually how it works.

Gods leading is more a matter of his putting something on my heart, and as I step out he confirms what he wills for me, with signs.

So ever since God first called me to England I have been getting signs from him to remind me that it is indeed His leading me, and that I am not loosing my mind.

A lot of the signs are simple and yet are clearly from God as there could not be that many “coincidences.”

Although I live just outside of Seattle, Wa…quite a distance from England… I have run across more things from England in the last few months than in my entire life.

I will not surely remember them all but will list a few here…

A customer thought he was paying with a penny…it was a pence. He had no idea where it came from, and I now own it.

English book, flags, plates, spoons, jigsaw puzzels, ets…have been everywhere I looked.

I run into someone from England about every 5th day.

I dream about England (I have been for a year before I knew was going). I also have dreams about England in which parts have come true in Real life.

Whenever I question God’s plan for me to move to England something “English Related happens”

The two last “Coincidences” were to do with Manchester (the city I am going to)

  1. I was at work and my friend/boss was talking with me about England and she came across a luggage tag (the paper kind the airport gives out) and it was stamped (Manchester) on it.

And

  1.  Yesterday I was thinking (even though I knew) “Am I really going to Manchester?” as I stood behind a counter at work. I turned my head just then and noticed that a boy of around 12 had stopped directly in front of me, his back facing me, and his crisp white shirt with read lettering answered my question.

It had bright red letters and on the top half said Manchester.

When I turned my head in disbelief at the timing, and look in the opposite direction he walked again in my view and again turned his back to me….

So although I want everything tidy and in a nice package with a bright red bow, so that I don’t “have to” worry, the fact is…I not only don’t have to worry….I am not supposed to!!!

And  if you are a Christian, neither are you… you are NOT flying blind!!!

God tells us through His word that…

“The LORD will continually lead you; he will feed you even in parched regions. He will give you renewed strength, and you will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring that continually produces water.” (Isaiah 58:11, NET)

When God is leading you and you are finding it hard to believe…Ask Him for a sign. He has promised that as He leads you H e will revive you when weak.

So while you may not always get the tidy package from Him that you want…you can be sure that you will get the bow, because while God plans for our live are rarely, if ever, tidy…the signs are often as noticeable as a brightly colored bow.

 

 

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