Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Winsome Wednesday - New Growth!

New day
New season
New growth
New life.....

Having just moved into a new home, and having just come out of a 7 year horrible season, I have been thinking about newness.  I love being in this house.  I am so looking forward to changing it and molding it to our family and making it a home.  It feels like a new season.  A physical manifestation of the new season God has led us into.

I have such a sense of newness.  Such a sense of new life in us.  I am so grateful to the Lord for this.

But the evil one does not want us to appreciate or enjoy this newness, this new season, and so challenges keep cropping up!  I see them as joy-stealers!  But what I feel different in us, is how we are seeing these challenges.  In the past few years I felt these challenges crush me, no matter how small or big.  I didn't feel strong or capable.  But I feel differently about the current challenges.  They are not pleasant.  A few are quite scary if the truth be told.  God has shown me in the last few years that to wait on Him, and trust Him is the ONLY way of overcoming these things successfully.  Praise Him, pray to Him, trust Him.... Yes, there is no other way.


I want to encourage you with this statement our pastor said in church (the gist of it is:)  There is a common phrase we as Christians often say, "God will not test us with more than we are able to bare".  But our pastor sees it differently, he said God DOES allow us to be tested beyond our capabilities, so that we WILL TURN TO Him!  Isn't that a powerful statement?  It also took a lot of pressure off me as someone who felt like I just could not cope!  I was obviously letting the Lord down.  No, He wanted me to lean on and rely on HIM.  What a relief.

Prov 3 v 5-6:  Lean on, trust in, and be confident in the Lord with all your heart and mind and do not rely on your own insight or understanding.  (6) In all your ways know, recognize, and acknowledge Him, and He will direct and make straight and plain your paths.

God bless
Tracy

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4 comments:

  1. I just read another post about that phrase - God won't give us more than we can handle. And yes, I think your pastor is right on. A better idea might be this: God won't give us more than we can handle, WITH HIS HELP!

    So happy to hear of the *new* season. And I just know that if the walls of that new home could talk, they would shout, "WELCOME!"

    GOD BLESS!

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  2. I'm coming to understand that scripture in this new way, too, Tracy. He does allow more than we can bear--he wants us to turn to him in all things. That blesses us. Praying for you in this new season!

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  3. I totally agree with your pastor, I think the Lord will allow us to find ourselves in a place where we are totally undone so that we have no choice but to turn to him. His strength shown in our weakness, takes the pressure off of us. Enjoy this new season

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  4. I have never appreciated the way people say that God only gives us what we can handle, either. Recently someone told me that and I had to respond by saying, I disagree.. He allows things in our lives but always, always, always wants us to lean on Him for strength not our own. It is firmly held within the grace of His grip that we can lean and draw true strength and hope.
    Praying that your new season fills you will hope and stronger faith, perfecting you for the days ahead and the testimony you will share!
    Blessings,
    Dawn

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