Tuesday, 13 December 2011

God prepares your heart!

I love reading.  I love a good novel, intrigue, throw in little romance perhaps, a great moral, a great mystery, humour threaded through.  I can be glued to a good book at the expense of all else!


One time, God used this love of books to prepare me for a really hard season in my life.  As per usual I found a great book from a favourite author, prepared myself and my life to sit down and read.  I sometimes can't get into a book until all the "has to be dones" are done.  So that done and dusted, a good cup of tea, and into my book I disappeared.  And it was a great book.  A novel based largely on a biblical story, one which revealed the character of God, with more modern characters, and I drank it all in.  It got into my heart and the God behind it absorbed my thoughts as to His long-suffering and goodness.

And then.... 2 weeks later I was devastated by some heartbreaking, rose-tinted glasses shattering news! And the first thing that came to mind was this book.  The immediate thought in my crushed heart was that God had led me to read this book to prepare me for this news and the gut-wrenching season that followed.

That was years ago and I overcame that time completely with God's help and His grace and mercy!  I have the victory, but the glory is His!

I believe God allows things that hurt to come into our lives:
  • so that we will push into Him, 
  • so that we will grow, 
  • so that we will trust Him and lean on Him,
  • so that we come to that point as Job did where he said, "Yet though He slay me, I will trust Him."(Job 13v15)
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But, I also believe:
Its so we can be there for those who go through the same thing.  Once we start healing God can use our experiences to help others.  To be a comfort, a help, a kind word, a sense of understanding, an ear to hear, arms to embrace, a presence when only that will help and ultimately, an arrow pointing to God!
2 Corin 1 v 3-4:  3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.


I also believe that:
God prepares us and we don't always see that preparation until much later.
Duet 31 v 6:  Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” 
Sometimes He prepares you for the "event" and sometimes "the event" is preparation for that which He is leading you to.  For example, a ministry or sorts.  How much more effective is your ministry coming from the angle of experience, of overcoming in Christ?

My encouragement to you is to cling close to God, He will lead you through and reveal the "why" in time but TRUST HIM enough to know - He is not toying with you - He is preparing you for His work in your life and the lives of others.

God bless
Tracy

Linking up today with Joan at The Beauty in His grip for:

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Jen from Finding Heaven for:

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Shanda of A Pause on the Path for:


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25 comments:

  1. Tracy
    I believe He uses things from our lives to prepare us too. Sometimes for our own hurt and sometimes for others. Great post again. You bless me. Blessings to you...Chelle

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  2. Hi Chelle - you bless me too friend.

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  3. Personal experiences are such that I totally agree with you and you have expressed it well. Thanks!

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  4. I too am grateful when I look back and see God's preparation in my life - I wish I didn't have to walk through the tough time - but the way that God is able to use those rough times to minister to others through me is such a blessing to me too.

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  5. Hi Tracy,

    This is where our journey of faith starts; we must understand and be assured that God loves us and will stand by us in the good times and the bad! :) He is delighted in our moments of achievements and praise, and stays very near and protects us when we are vulnerable and faint.

    Wonderful post! Blessings and hugs!
    Denise

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  6. I do believe that God uses different methods, even the love of reading, to prepare us for things to come. Great encouragement today my friend!

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  7. God speaks to us and prepares us in so many different ways! We realize this when our hearts are tuned into Him! Thanks for the encouragement this morning!

    Blessings, Joan

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  8. Wonderful encouragement, Tracy! God always has a plan and a purpose. We just have to trust Him and continue to allow Him to use us.

    Many blessings!

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  9. I agree with you wholeheartedly Tracy. I have found those same things to be true in my life. I'm a love of books as well.

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  10. Good post Tracy, we don't always like the way He prepares us :)to help others, but experience is still the best teacher!

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  11. Yes I have been able to look back and see how God has prepared me in certain ways for things to come, though I didn't think about it that way at the time. Now I always assume whatever is happening serves His Purpose.

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  12. Tracy,

    Don't you love how God prepares our hearts, There have been things that shouldhave devasted me,but they didn't and I would keep thinking to myself, why am I not panicking over this...because even though I did not know it, God was preparing my heart.

    Blessings toy you Tracy.

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  13. Tracy - I totally agree. He prepares us for whatever storm we might face. And I do believe He uses those storms and trials in order that we might help others in similar circumstances.

    Blessings,
    Joan

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  14. Hi Karin - thank you, experience in God's hand is a useful tool

    Hi Tracey - so true, there are some things I would have loved to avoid, yet they are the times God has used most

    Hi Denise - true, its in the hard times that we need to believe He is right there with us, as His word says

    Hi Jenifer - I agree, but it does make me cautious about what I read now :)

    Hi Joan - whatever I go through now, I try in the moment to believe God has a purpose for it. Makes it bearable.

    Hi Lisa - amen, it is about trust for sure

    Hi Wanda - God uses anything to get out attention or train us up, even books!

    Hi Marja - amen to that, experience is a good if sometimes harsh teacher, but if we learn from it and use it for the purposes of God, it is worth it.

    Hi Tricia - good attitude to have. Knowing everything you go through leads to His purposes is great

    Hi Kandi - so true, even hard stuff, when you decide to do things God's way you seem to come through all the thorns smiling.

    Hi Joan - that is what I believe. God cares for everybody and He uses us all to encourage and uplift one another, but sometimes in order to do that, we need to have been through 'some' fire!

    Ladies, thank you for commenting. You bless me abundantly and I am truly grateful for you all
    God bless
    Tracy

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  15. I read this yesterday and didn't realize I left no comment! But, I needed to find my way over here to better explain my light bulb the other day. The power I see and feel when I read, "I believe" is moving. I want that. To know it more than I ever have before. Thank you again for sharing.

    <3 Kendra

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  16. You share a great truth and insight here, Tracy. Thanks so much for the encouragement.
    Merry Christmas!
    Pam at 2 Encourage

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  17. I have a similar story. I remember in college, God asked me to read a book by Elisabeth Elliott in which she wrote letters to her daughter who was about to marry. I had no idea why I was reading it. Come to find out, a few months later, I met my future husband!

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  18. Hi Tracy, found you through Kay's Proverb Snaps and I hope to link up too after writing this.
    So agree that He prepares us. Don't always like His methods but in my heart I know they are best.
    Thank you for sharing, needed to be reminded. :)

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  19. Hi Kendra - I know what you mean, that moment when something sinks into your heart from you mind. Its awesome

    Hi Pam - lovely to see 'you' and thank you for your encouragement

    Hi Jen - lovely to see you here :) Your story has a very positive tale, mine makes me wary of what I read :)

    Hi Marcia - thanks for coming over and commenting. I'll be over to visit you soon.

    God bless ladies, you all bless me hugely
    Tracy

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  20. Tracy - Such a timely word....as usual, my friend. Yes, God is still good....even in the hard times. Isn't He!? So thankful He brings beauty out of ashes. Glory and praise out of even the hardest circumstances. Can't tell you how much I needed this post today. Bless you! ~ jen

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  21. I agree about the purpose in the pain. If the Lord of lords and King of kings was made perfect throught his suffering then why would we think we would become more spiritually mature through ours? Great encouragement!

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  22. Amen, Tracy! Our God never wastes our time or our pain. In every moment there are opportunities for our learning, and opportunities to touch lives in amazing ways for His Kingdom.

    Thank you for being such a precious friend!!

    God's abundant blessings to you, sweet (((((Tracy)))))!

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  23. I also love the fact that God prepares us for events that He uses to grow us: rather than just throwing us to the wolves. I'm thankful that you have come through your wolf and letting God use you. You are a wonderful encourager.

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  24. This is so true! When we allow God to work on our hearts during and after a difficulty, He can use it to give hope to others. We just need to be willing and open to His direction.

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  25. It is amazing the little things that we think as insignificant are used to bless us in our time of need. He is able to comfort us and bring us through every trial. Great Post!

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