HIS WAYS ARE ABOVE OURS

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Jaden was the perfect candidate for leadership. He met the requirements, participated in all the meetings, and added real insight and help to the other members. Several of the leaders recommended him, and it looked like a lock. But when the final job interview came, he was denied. Why? God, why?

 

There are just some things we’re not going to be able to figure out or understand. God is all-knowing. But we are not, and we can’t figure it out with reasoning or logic. We’ve heard the common phrase, “there’s a reason for everything.” But the second half of that should be, “but we don’t get to know all the reasons.” God is always going to know more than we do. He sees the bigger picture beyond what we can see.

 

Job 9:10 says He “doeth great things past finding out.”

 

That’s where trust comes in. With faith and obedience, there’s always going to be some unanswered questions: “Why?” “How?” “When?” We trust and obey from our hearts, not our minds. Our minds are too small to handle all the data it takes to answer every question all at once.

 

We have problems at times waiting on God and trusting Him. But we’re not the only ones. Take a look at Gideon.

 

The Midianites were destroying the land. The Israelites were hiding in caves, and they were in poverty. Gideon was threshing some wheat to conceal it from the Midianites, when an angel came to him and said: “The Lord is with thee, thou mighty man of valour” (Judges 6:12). At the time, Gideon was only a young man, definitely not a man of valour. But God saw him as different from how he saw himself.

 

Then Gideon questioned: “Oh my Lord, if the Lord be with us, why then is all this befallen us? and where be all his miracles which our fathers told us of, saying, Did not the Lord bring us up from Egypt? but now the Lord hath forsaken us, and delivered us into the hands of the Midianites” (v.13).

 

But the angel didn’t bother to explain why it was happening. He just told Gideon what to do next, and said: “Go in this thy might, and thou shalt save Israel from the hand of the Midianites: have not I sent thee?” (v.14)

 

“And he [Gideon] said unto him, ‘Oh my Lord, wherewith shall I save Israel? behold, my family is poor in Manasseh, and I am the least in my father’s house.’ And the Lord said unto him, ‘Surely I will be with thee, and thou shalt smite the Midianites as one man’” (vv.15-16).

 

Detail by detail, God guided Gideon. The fascinating battle strategies, the beliefs, the errors, the loves and losses, and more, are all recorded in Judges 6-8. It’s amazing to read it all. Gideon trusted and obeyed, and he saved Israel. “Thus was Midian subdued before the children of Israel, so that they lifted up their heads no more. And the country was in quietness forty years in the days of Gideon” (Judges 8:28).

 

We have to get used to doing spiritual things without always having to know why. The spirit of God urges us, and our job is to obey. We read the Bible or let someone else teach us from the Bible as to what God does, and what He’s really like.

 

Daniel 4:35 says: “He does according to His will in the army of heaven and among the inhabitants of the earth. No one can restrain His hand or say to Him, ‘What have You done?’”  God doesn’t have to tell us. But He does let us know He has a good plan for us, so just do the next thing and trust Him.

 

Jaden did the next thing God opened for him. He later found out that the company he had applied for was corrupt. Because of his integrity, he wouldn’t have lasted there even if he’d gotten the job.

 

So many things are like that; we don’t find out until later why our prayers weren’t answered in the way we had expected or in the time frame we were wanting. However, we see in the Bible, that everyone who trusted God and just obeyed, got great results, whether or not they understood the why and wherefore.

 

Love, Carolyn

 

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CALLING THE DOG

GOD’S SPIRIT TOUCHES OUR SPIRIT

PUPPY HEALED DOG

MIRACLE OF BETTER EYESIGHT

BLACK ICE

ANGELS AND MOTHERS

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In this sample booklet I’ve chosen 6 chapters specifically about miracles. In our world today we sometimes get so involved in medicines and technology that we forget about the bigness of God in providing the miraculous. These stories remind us to think BIGGER.

DO IT RIGHT

 

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This photo is me after work today. I was tired but satisfied. We’re working against a very tight deadline. DeNece painted the mock-up flower, then had to go out of town, so we’re left with only three people, Sean to draw and Brian and me to finish painting 45 flowers by Friday. We started on them late last week. It was almost time to go home today, and I discovered a few errors in the transparency. I battled with myself: should I take the time to fix it, or leave it? With the schedule we have, I wanted to leave it, thinking, “No one will notice anyway.”

 

But the Holy Spirit was nagging me to make the changes. I’ve learned that when the Lord urges me to do something, He somehow also provides the time in which to get it done. My real boss is God, so I had to take the extra time at the end of the day to make it right. It went miraculously fast.

 

I can’t say I was surprised, because I’ve seen God do this so many times, but when He wants something done that I think will take a certain amount of time, He always speeds it up for me. I think He smiles when He does it because in every instance I’m still so amazed! I guess this is one little miracle way He likes to give me the message, “Here I go again. Trust me on this!”

 

God slowing and speeding up time? Yep, it’s in the Bible. Hezekiah was dying, and he asked Isaiah to help him by praying to God. Hezekiah was offered a choice: the shadow on the sundial could go either 10 degrees backward or forwards. Hezekiah assumed that the sun going back would be a more significant sign since it would go against nature. God granted Isaiah’s prayer, and the sign occurred.

 

“And this shall be a sign unto thee from the Lord, that the Lord will do this thing that he hath spoken; Behold, I will bring again the shadow of the degrees, which is gone down in the sun dial of Ahaz, ten degrees backward. So the sun returned ten degrees, by which degrees it was gone down” (Isa. 38:7-8).

 

Here are two scriptures that show God’s willingness to fast forward:

 

“A little one shall become a thousand, and a small one a strong nation: I the Lord will hasten it in his time” (Isa. 60:22).

 

“Then said the Lord unto me, Thou hast well seen: for I will hasten my word to perform it” (Jer. 1:12).

 

The Lord doesn’t act willy-nilly, but it was the Lord who urged me to do the right thing with the flowers, so since God told me, “Do it!” He was the one who hastened the doing!

 

I love it when that happens.

 

Love, Carolyn

 

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THE BIGGER PICTURE

Jane and I met Wendy for breakfast yesterday. I prayed over the food and thanked God for the opportunity to get together. I began to get teary-eyed and barely finished. I was so grateful for our 20-year friendship. I’m a staunch right-wing conservative and Wendy is staunch left liberal. We each wish the other would be different, but we know there’s no profit in discussing or arguing. God loves us, and to Him, we are both the most wonderful daughters He could have. It’s at times like these when there’s no budging on actively going forward on our conflicting political agendas, that I remind myself to stand back and look at the bigger picture. I trust with all my heart that God’s got the best figured out for all of His children. If I don’t believe that, I could end up like John the Baptist.

 

John started off so strong. He was the one to announce the coming of the Messiah, baptizing Jesus in the Jordan. He saw with his own eyes, and heard with his ears the blessing of God Almighty on His son Jesus: “The heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him. And low a voice from heaven, saying, ‘This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased’” (Matt. 3:16-17).

 

But when Herod put John in prison, something happened in John’s heart. He stopped trusting God. He began to lose faith. Why? He started looking at his immediate circumstances, instead of the bigger picture God had in mind. Like Peter when he was walking on the waves to Jesus: “When he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me” (Matt. 14:30). If our natural circumstances don’t seem right and we only look at what’s immediately around us, we begin to sink.

 

There’s a big difference in how Peter reacted and how John the Baptist reacted. Peter cried out for help, and Jesus lifted him out of the water. But John didn’t call out at all. Pride took over instead. He didn’t think it was right for him to be in jail. Why wasn’t Jesus getting him out? John allowed this downward spiral to continue and pretty soon he was wondering if Jesus was even the real thing. How quickly we can go down the negative sinkhole!

 

John called two of his disciples and sent them to Jesus, not to ask for help, but to ask Jesus: “Art thou he that should come, or do we look for another?” (Matt. 11:3). WOW! John had seen the Holy Spirit descend on Jesus, and he’d heard God’s voice endorsing Jesus, and now he was going to question Jesus as if all this stuff previously was a big mistake?!

 

I think this shows us how important it is to keep bringing ourselves back up to trusting God for the bigger picture that only He knows. If we don’t believe God, who are we going to trust? Let’s get real.

 

Wendy and I will continue to speak our different opinions, and God isn’t telling us not to. I don’t believe any one person is always correct all the time. As long as we continue to love each other while allowing different opinions, we’ll be okay with God. But let’s be more like Peter and trust the Lord for His help. Let’s not be like John the Baptist, hot and strong at first, but then letting pride take over. We can’t ever stop trusting in God’s bigger picture.

 

John never repented after he went to jail, and he ended up going from bad to worse. He made Herod’s mistress furious, and she maneuvered to get Herod to behead him. A sad end to someone who was so amazing in the beginning. God bless him.

 

No matter how staunch we get about our opinions and beliefs, let’s always remember to stay humble before God. Trust Him to the end, and all will be well.

 

Love, Carolyn

 

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This is a booklet with 7 of the 61 chapters from my complete WINGS: A JOURNEY IN FAITH book 1.  

 

The chapters I chose are stories about the words we speak, specifically about the power of words to direct our lives. These chapters are true life stories about the tremendous and varied benefits of choosing words wisely.

 

There are pertinent questions that go with each story to further help the reader look at his or her life and see how to apply the keys for a more satisfying and victorious life.

 

Love, Carolyn

 

WARRIORS NEED REST TOO

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For those of us who are fighters, what’s more thrilling than winning a battle against the enemy of God’s people? Not much, right? And yet Jesus tells us in Luke 10 that there is something even more spectacular.

 

“And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy name. And he said unto them, Behold, I give unto you power over all the power of the enemy. Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven” (Luke 10:17-20).

 

What does that mean? Well, for one thing, there will be no more battles to fight in heaven! Everyone who’s born again has true peace and joy to look forward to, forever.

 

Revelation 21:4 tells us: “And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.”

 

And Isaiah 65:25 paints a beautiful picture for those of us who are animal lovers: “The wolf and the lamb shall feed together, and the lion shall eat straw like the bullock.” In the Bible, there was a donkey who talked to a prophet, so many of us believe that in heaven, animals will be able to talk too and what stories they will tell!

 

According to our Lord, heaven is something we as Christians need to focus on at least as much as we focus on fighting those battles.

 

It’s dangerous to be a warrior without taking time to revel in the hope of heaven.

 

If we spend most of our time getting all hyped up over the battles, what about when there are no more battles? If we’ve not practiced just being happy in the Lord’s presence, we might not know what to do with all the free time. Seriously.

 

We’ve all seen that happen to some retired people. They work, and work, and work and don’t take the time to find out how to relax. Then when they retire, they feel like they have nothing left to do. Let’s not be like that.

 

King David of the Bible was a warrior, and yet his psalms are salted with verses where he is basking in the hope of heaven. Look at Psalm 16:8-9: “I have set the Lord always before me: Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth: my flesh also shall rest in hope.” Psalm 119:114 and 116: “Thou art my hiding place and my shield: I hope in thy word. Let me not be ashamed of my hope.”

 

And lastly: “Happy is he that hath the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the Lord his God” (Ps. 146:5).

 

It’s no secret that the world’s in a mess and we are the ones letting God work in us to fight against Satan for the health, deliverance, and blessing of God’s people. But let’s take at least equal time to be happy in the Lord, focusing on the great hope of what He says about heaven. It’s what Jesus said we should do.

 

It wouldn’t even be a bad idea for us to memorize those two verses about heaven or write them down and carry them around for a while (Rev. 21:4 and Isa. 65:25). With all the negatives that bombard us each week, I think it might help us if we can also take a little time to focus on heaven.

 

Love, Carolyn

 

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IT’S A CLUE

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In a mystery movie, the screenwriter spatters clues along the way, but it’s only when we watch more of the story, that we flesh out the clues and the whole story comes together to make sense—mystery solved.  The Bible is like that. I’m reading the gospel of Matthew now, and there are so many passages along the way that are like those clues in a movie, and I don’t fully understand their meaning. When that happens, I go to a Concordance to start to flesh out what God is really saying. A Concordance gives me the fuller definition of the original language before it was translated into English. Here’s an example, with Matthew 6:22-24.

 

22 “The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light.

 

23 But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!

 

24 No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.”

 

The first word I looked up was “light” in verse 22. In the original language, it is a portable candle, one that can be lit, or it can go out. The next word I looked at was “eye.” Here it used metaphorically, of ethical qualities.

 

The candle guiding us is our ethical qualities – our moral standards. Our moral or ethical standards guide our whole body. The “body” is the whole man—body and soul. What we do with our body and soul is maneuvered by our moral standards.

 

In the second part of verse 22, what does it mean, “if thine eye be single “? The word single means simple, clear, in which there is nothing complicated or confused; without folds (not double-minded). Jesus was saying that if our eyes (ethical qualities) are clear and not jumbled, our “whole body will be full of light.” People think they can take some standards from the Bible, some from Buddhism, some from Hinduism, or Islam, or New Age, or situational ethics, but if those standards don’t jive with what the God of the Bible says, there’s going to be double standards, ethical difficulties, and a confused, jumbled mess. Granted, a person needs to understand what the Bible actually says, and not just blindly believe what’s “always” been taught. Asking questions is perfectly okay with our God, and there are plenty of verses documenting that.

 

The first part of Matthew 6, verse 23 goes on to say: “But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness.” The word “eye” is again ethical qualities. The word “evil” is “the Evil one,” so this is saying that if a person’s ethics are inspired and motived or manipulated by the evil one, Satan, then the intent is “wicked, actively bad, actively causing sorrow or pain.” They are actively “bringing toil, hardships, annoyances, and trouble.”

 

If moral codes are so deranged, the whole self is going to be full of darkness. “Full of darkness” is translated from one word that means covered in darkness, like a tent. Things are opaque; vision is blinded. Actions are shady and shadowy. There is “ignorance respecting divine things and human duties.” People whose moral standards begin to deteriorate, become prey to the Evil one’s ethics, or lack thereof. They become “persons in whom darkness becomes visible and holds sway.”

 

And the last part of verse 23 says: “If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!” The word “light” in this part of the verse means the light of God. If that gets compromised, the darkness gets “great,” which means great in number, magnitude, and degree.

 

God has the antidote to going to the dark side. It’s in the next verse, Matthew 6:24: “No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.”

 

The word “hate” doesn’t mean what we think it does. In this verse, it’s a relative preference. It means a person prefers one over another. He or she cares about serving the interests of one rather than the other, for whatever reason. A straightforward analysis would be if a person has two jobs, two bosses, and both want the person to work on the same Saturday. The worker can’t do both, so he or she analyses the pros and cons, and picks one.

 

When Jesus says: “He will hold to the one, and despise the other,” it means he’ll “hold fast to, cleave to” one, and not really think much of the other. To “despise” means to” think less of, disdain, to look down on.”

 

We can’t be disciples (disciplined ones) of the Lord and get all the benefits of God if we play in the devil’s sandbox. The consequences just aren’t worth it.

 

Let’s come to the feet of our merciful God and learn what it means to truly surrender all to Him.

 

Love, Carolyn

 

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