Monday, 13 February 2012

God will grow you where you are!

Joseph suffered much before he was made second in command over all of Egypt.  You see snippets of his feelings here and there in Genesis.  One of these verses says a lot:
Gen 41 v 52:  And the second he called Ephraim (to be fruitful), for (he said) God has caused me to be fruitful in the land of my affliction.
God will grow you where you are!
This really spoke to me.  There have been so many times when I said, "When this trying time is over, then things will get better" or "if we sell and move here or there, things will be better."

Well, no actually!  That is not true on two levels.  Firstly, God wants us to be content where we are and despite not having what we feel we 'need' or 'want' to trust Him anyway.  And secondly, if we are content, content to trust God despite our circumstances God will cause us to be 'fruitful' wherever we are.

Whether we are where we are meant to be, or in a horrible time or situation, as long as we are content to trust our God for change, for a good outcome, God will prosper or promote us spiritually, naturally, in whatever way He so chooses exactly where we are.
In a rocky place? God will grow you there!

My encouragement to you is to stop wishing you were 'out of this' or 'over there' or 'doing something else'.  God will cause you to be fruitful exactly where you are.  Trust Him.

God bless
Tracy

Linking this week with:
Joan                 Shanda                  Joan                  Laura

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Stacy


36 comments:

  1. So true: God wants to use us where we are and despite all circumstances. He may change the circumstances but we cannot count on that.

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    1. Hi Shanda - we waste so much energy waiting and begging for things to change, when its actually us who need to change. :)
      God bless

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  2. I totally agree! We need to remember that God has a purpose in everything and everywhere we are. Often times, it is in those times of struggle when God is growing us and shaping us the most. I heard the following quote a while ago...and it put a smile on my face, "If you think the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence, maybe God is asking you to water your lawn!" Blessings, Tracy!

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    1. Hi Joan - I love that, Here's to cutting one's own lawn.
      God bless

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  3. Being content and thankful in a rocky spot doesn't come naturally, I needed that reminder - thanks.

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    1. Hi Stefanie - I know its not easy but I think when we are content there on that rocky ledge, then God moves us to a more comfortable spot :)
      God bless

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  4. So true Tracy; I know that it's my choice (when I am feeling doubt, fear, or discontent)to give it to God and let it go. (Hard at times!) But God knows how much I can bear, and can calm even the stormiest sea! :)

    Blessings sweet friend!
    Denise

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    1. Hi Denise - great reminder that God will never put us through more than we can handle.
      God bless

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  5. Tracy, thanks for the encouragement to bloom where I am planted.

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    1. Hi Wanda - you are such a great encourager, thank you!
      God bless

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  6. Amen! So true, Tracy. Sometimes those growth places are the most uncomfortable, but the absolute best.

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

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    1. Hi Lisa - amen, uncomfortable but so rewarding. God bless precious friend
      ((((((((((Lisa))))))))))))

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  7. That's a great observation, Tracy. We need to trust God to make us fruitful wherever we are right now.

    Many blessings!

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    1. Hi Lisa - amen, fruitful where you are!
      God bless
      Tracy

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  8. Contentment. That is where I would like to settle. So easy fall into the trap of the "grass is greener". Thanks for a great post.
    Blessings

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    1. Hi Robin - time to tend to our own lawns :)
      God bless

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  9. Amen! I truly do need to stop and learn the lessons He has for me right here and now...right where He has us is where He wants us to be. Thank you!

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    1. Hi Alida - yes, this is something I battle with too. We are where He wants us right now.
      God bless and great hearing from you :)

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  10. Sometimes being content in our circumstance is hard. But once we get there, the LORD will use us and let us be fruitful. We just have to be willing?

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    1. Hi Chelle, so true, being willing and content and trusting His way
      God bless

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  11. Tracy, this really spoke to my heart! It's so true that He grows us up wherever we are and the evidence of that truth is always in the looking back. Thanks, I needed this reminder my friend :)

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    1. Hi Heidi - its something I have to work on, but I appreciate what you say, its in looking back you see God's plan for your life working out
      God bless friend :)

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  12. Amen. It is not up to us but completely up to Him, where He decides to use us. Then we have to be content and trust His ways are best. That is sometimes hard! Great post.

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    1. Hi Shanda - we all have our plans but God will block us until we fit into His plans. He knows best after all and it is hard sometimes to see that.
      God bless

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  13. Amen Tracy, be fruitful where you are planted!

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    1. Hi Marja - I did not realize until I started reading all the comments how much God is speaking to me here! God has me where He wants me!
      God bless

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    1. Hi Kelly - amen and amen! Here's to being fruitful - right where you are!
      God bless

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  15. So true, Tracy. In hindsight, it's been the rocky places where I've done the most growing in my relationship with Christ. And I wouldn't trade that for anything.

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  16. Hi Eileen - so true, its those tough places that God grows us and weeds out the tough stuff. Great point
    God bless

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  17. God definitely has you right where he wants you Tracy! Thanks for a great post!

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    1. Hi Emilene - thank you, now for me to settle into that with contentment :)
      God bless

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  18. This is so true, what a great message Tracy!
    Praying this comes through, I've had so much trouble with comments.
    If it does, woo-hoo and have a great day! :)

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    1. Hi Kristin - hi there friend, hope you have a great day too and thank you
      God bless

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  19. It's hard to keep this in the forefront of my mind -- be content anywhere He puts me, but I think it's so true. It's such a time of realizing that He is what I need and my joy is not dependent on my circumstances but on Him.

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    1. Hi Jen - It is hard but I think if we do keep it in the forefront of our minds, it is easier to relax in His will and where we are.
      God bless
      ps: missed seeing you here :)

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