Posted by: R M White | 04/11/2017

It Never Ceases to Amaze Me!

Just when I think I’m too tired to go on. Nothing is going to change. What’s the use anyway? Does God really, truly exist? (wow, did I say that? yes, for a couple of heartbeats that has run through my head! honestly – and usually it has been in the darkest deep of the night when all is quiet in the house and it just me and Him) I’m getting real here. Life is just tough.

I saw true pain the other week – my sister had total knee replacement – her journey to that point had been painful (still is since she gets the other one done next month) but those first few hours after the surgery it was pure PAIN! I was there to help her fight through it, be her cheerleader and help her make it to the side of seeing light at the end of her tunnel of recuperation. It was HARD. She made it though. We prayed through it, and did some crying and laughing in the process.

I’ve seen physical pain too of course, you can’t have four kids and two miscarriages without getting acquainted with pain. And we lived in Africa where all six of us dealt with numerous bouts of malaria. Now, that is definitely some tough moments to have to deal with.

Emotional pain – yes, that’s real too – when anyone has dealt with dying and death of loved ones they know pain too well. The process, whether happening suddenly or slowly is brutal on the folks left behind. Our family went through that recently and I still wonder how we’re (they’re) doing. It isn’t easy being alive in this world. We see and feel too much sometimes. Did you notice I said dying? yes, for those that are terminally ill, or have a degenerative disease or debilitating health issues it causes a burden of emotional pain on the individual and the loved ones surrounding him or her.

Sometimes pain comes strongly for a person when the routine or normal is ripped away. What seems like a relatively minor event can be kind of big for another – even among family members facing the same situation. For example, my cat went missing. While I was gone for several days spending that necessary time with my sister my cat walked away. That was really hard. I mean, she was just a cat you know. But, although she had belonged to the kids – first the daughter’s then the son’s – she ultimately decided I was her best pal. For sixteen years of her life she was among our family. She always knew I was Mom – and you know how Moms are with their charges; making sure all is okay – fed, warm, dry, and accounted for. But, now, she’s been gone these couple of weeks. Life and its routines changed for me. I am still adjusting to this new normal. And yes, over a cat, I felt (feel) sad. In fact, this is the first day I have sat at my desk to really work – she was always beside me, sometimes in my way, but a steady comforting constant part of my life. Just one thing among many that make life what it is. A journey of ups and downs is what we’re given.

So, here’s this. On one hand, I am a little (a lot) frustrated … you see, just when I think I am on target to really get my business off the ground, something distracts me! (if you don’t know, I am with It Works Global – a Distributor and I love it) Big things, and little things … emotional things, friends, enemies, just things. I carve out a set time period and believe I am going to dedicate it to WORK and boom, another distraction. I sometimes wonder if I am being tested. Well, all life is a test, right? to see if we endure, stay steady and true to our course, have the stick-to-it-ness that gets IT (whatever your ‘it’ may be) done. But, anyways, I am not one to moan and groan or do a lot of unnecessary pouting but man, this has been tough!

How long Lord? how long do I wait until I see myself blossoming into the leader I believe myself to be? how long until I reap a harvest of all these seeds I’ve planted? how long?

But then On The Other Hand!! – I DO see prayers answered and I am reaffirmed in my faith and am in awe of our Heavenly Father and His workings in this world. I know Jesus understands our heartbreak, frustration, confusion and lack of faith. Understanding doesn’t mean He likes it though. I know, I have faltered on the brink of a trying situation and rather than leave it with victory, I go away unfulfilled. But, then again, I struggle and am rewarded at the least expected moments! there you go! Jesus says to BELIEVE! He truly can make the POSSIBLE  happen … just need to continue on.

Pray, Ask, Trust, Believe the imPossible has been made POSSIBLE!

Our daughter is pregnant – after seven long years of trying – she is finally going to be a Mommy. I have no words to adequately express my joy. My heart is so full. There’s been countless prayers, a gazillion tears, and so many fears, doubts and longings during these years – and now this. At a moment when it was least expected God showed His timing.

We’ll just put it like this along with Matthew:

Jesus looked at them intently and said, “Humanly speaking, it is impossible. But with God everything is possible.”
 or maybe how Mark put it here:
Jesus looked at them intently and said, “Humanly speaking, it is impossible. But not with God. Everything is possible with God.”
and then, Luke says it like this:
He replied, “What is impossible for people is possible with God.”
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So, what you have here is: ME feeling determined once again, fighting for my time, which I truly know is ultimately God’s time and that is just perfect for me. I guess it all boils down to my surrender – just give Him my frustrations, my doubts, my longings, my time schedule (I just now had a call from a friend to see if I could take her to the hospital on Friday – I could have said “no” but, I have been a part of this journey of hers for so long – a cancer survivor!)
… as I was saying – I surrender it all and just give it to Him letting His focus and energy fill me up.
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 Never Stop Praying!
1 Thessalonians 5:17

 

Posted by: R M White | 01/27/2017

Interim Places

Interim Places

It’s not easy. It can be embarrassing. It can be boring. It can be exciting, novel, difficult, inspiring, energizing, even draining – emotionally, physically, sometimes spiritually. Life is filled with random times we could also refer to as the ‘waiting room’. We sometimes enter this interim place with it being part of a well thought out plan. Sometimes, we come here unexpectedly – catching us off guard.

How we set our minds and attitudes during this time not only affects our stay but our eventual moving on – to that desired appointment with life, or into a new – unprecedented place that was handed us.

For the past months – a little over a year, our oldest son lived here in our home. It wasn’t his plan but a series of unfortunate events made it impossible for him to continue in his little house on his own. No details here but I do want to note that he came here knowing he was welcome. Sometimes a person realizes they have to take a deep breath and accept that they need help. We are fortunate and happy that we were in a position to let this happen.

He wasn’t the only one of our four young adult children to enter our homes for an undetermined waiting time. In fact, all of them have for various reasons flown back to their original nest … and every single time it has been great. Honestly! We raised them to be appreciative people and hard workers. They learned well and put it into practice in life.

You know that expression, what goes around, comes around? Or the philosophy of giving back? Well, it is truly a joy to be in the helping position. But, seriously, only we and the Lord himself know the countless times we have been on the receiving end. At least four times in our marriage we have crashed into the lives of family while we – husband and I (usually with our little ones beside us) waited for our new path to unfold. Preparation for the mission field, returning from the mission field, or the furloughs from that work … those were our interim places. Weeks, months … all spent in waiting. So many emotions exist in those moments – while there is joy of being with family or friends, there’s also a measure of stress, of restlessness, of an ever-present desire – like an itch waiting to be scratched – to be independent once again.

Even though we may be robbed of our independence for a period of time, we fashion what kind of wait this will be … we have daily choices about this intermission in life and every one involved is affected by them.

A couple of thoughts here. Sometimes waiting places don’t involve a physical move. It’s an emotional or spiritual waiting for something. Could be a young woman, waiting desperately to say the words: “I’m pregnant!!” Or, a writer who has been creatively sharing their soul and are so ready to receive that publisher’s call that their work is finally going into print. One of my most desperate waiting times was to find that a lump was benign – now, that’s a scary, ominous wait!

Whatever the wait, here’s few to choices consider.

  • Attitude – never enter into this time with the thought that you are owed anything. Every single breath of life is a blessing. No one owes you a thing. Not a single thing. And so, you come to the table with gratitude, you lay your head down to sleep with thankfulness. You accept the warmth of the place your in with a humble heart. You use the words “Thank You” often and with flourish!
  • Helpfulness – you help out! Every chance you get you exhibit your gratitude by actions. Ask what you can do, but also, whatever your hand finds to do to make life easier for those around you, you just do it. With a happy appreciative heart you gradually forget about the waiting in serving others.
  • Choosing joy – yes, even in times like this, or in spite of, or because of this you decide to live with a joyful spirit. And express it with smiles, laughter, acceptance, interaction, and humility.
  • Gumption – decide not to be a slacker. Get up each day with purposed activity – don’t waste precious moments in life in depression or laziness.
  • Discipline – it all takes the practice of discipline. It can be hard I know but, seriously, you can make it better with a conscious effort.

So, yes, our family went through an interim place with our oldest son. He handled it with dignity, a hard-working mindset, and now he’s living back on his own again – far, far away and he is missed. Waiting times haven’t left and actually we spend our whole lives waiting for one thing or another.

Within a couple of weeks Jared returned for a few of the Christmas holidays and four of the men of the family took a day to rent a trailer and move the rest of his belongings. His wait was over – a dream job, a new home and settling in to his next adventure.

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I am patiently waiting for the next visit from that dear son. But, not just me! His youngest niece ran into the children’s section of our local library this past Friday and hollered – “Where’s Jared?” and again she entered the church building foyer Wednesday evening and the first thing she said was: “Is Jared here?” I’m thinking we need to go visit him and let her see that her beloved Uncle Jared has a new home. A new beginning.

Interim places – just a part of life.

 

But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.
Isaiah 40:31
Posted by: R M White | 12/06/2016

It Was a Thankful-filled Month

So many great things happened during the month of November – I am always happy to read posts that are filled with gratitude. Of course, I believe we should LIVE in a state of thankfulness but, just like all things, having a time set apart – several weeks – to concentrate just on that is a good thing, don’t you think? I saw a post on Facebook where someone was saying it could get rather braggadocios of people to spout off their blessings … it gave me pause for a minute but then I was like – no, generally, I don’t see it like that.blog-posts-fiveSure, some folks may use that season to brag a bit, but usually I see it as a time that they are giving God the glory for all good things in their life. As for me, I try daily not to take my blessings for granted. I fail miserably at times and so, I am glad we have a month of concentrated gratefulness. November is just super cool. On my other blog I posted five areas of my own grateful heart and still missed out on so much. November’s Thanksgiving Day – I love it. It reminds me. And the good Lord knows, I need to be reminded.

Oh my! This is the holiday season!! Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s Day, and Valentine’s Day are fantastic days to stop and assess the amazing blessings celebrated therein. But remember, those days aren’t happy, fun and glorious for everyone. We need to think prayerfully and take to heart that these four holidays happening in these months can lead to some misery for some … there are those who have less, or have different, or just don’t celebrate the same – if at all. So, it can and maybe should, boil down to times of inner reflection and outward awareness and maybe we and others, can gain so much more from times of holiday enjoyment.

So a biggie that I didn’t expound on or write much on last month, was my being SO thankful for my FAITH!! It’s the foundation on which I build my life and having a faith like this changes things. I will be focusing on a couple of faith-filled notes this month but honestly, I believe having a faith in God and being a Christian should seriously change how a person sees holidays and well, every day of life.

One thing that comes to mind is …. how I love church families. There is an ongoing acknowledgment of uniqueness in our spiritual family – we aren’t always perfect in this by any means, but there’s a definite awareness that in the body of Christ, we are all different but, equal in worth and value. I appreciate those couples and families who go the extra mile to make sure invitations of inclusion are issued, that visits and gifts for the lonely are a part of their celebrating. I appreciate the singles who reach out in what could be their time of aloneness – inviting several friends to their home, making sure others have cards, gifts or little presents, being happy for those who do have spouses and family to celebrate with. I am thankful for those who celebrate but not in a manner that offends others. I am grateful for those who don’t take offense.

Jesus is the amazing neutralizer in all this … He has given us the precept of not holding one day above the other if it offends a brother or sister in the church. All days are equal in that we are to live in Him – practicing love, rejoicing and sharing that with others. However, He also approved and appreciated times of celebration … having a heart of love as mentioned above.

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And so, I carry on in the middle of gratitude and absolutely loving these times of celebrating. I am aware that I have been taught through the years by humble lives and generous hearts – and it is through those examples I have learned and try to live my best. Let’s work together in making this holiday season wonderful … but not just these particular days but take hold of every single day that the good Lord grants us to be alive!! We are blessed far above what we can even grasp – the gifts of right living to learn from and live out, and the hope of an eternity with Him.

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The Father is so good to me – it’s worthy of celebrating. And sharing His love with others is a must! That is what life is all about.

2-4 Pray diligently. Stay alert, with your eyes wide open in gratitude.

Don’t forget to pray for us, that God will open doors for telling the mystery of Christ, even while I’m locked up in this jail. Pray that every time I open my mouth I’ll be able to make Christ plain as day to them.

5-6 Use your heads as you live and work among outsiders. Don’t miss a trick. Make the most of every opportunity. Be gracious in your speech. The goal is to bring out the best in others in a conversation, not put them down, not cut them out.

Colossians 4:3-6 MSG

 

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Posted by: R M White | 10/25/2016

Facets of My Heart

How well do you know yourself? Your strengths, weaknesses, gifts, faults, what brings you joy, what breaks your heart? Well, here I am entering the seventh decade of my life and I’ve decided parts of me are changing all the time.

I’m not a gemstone lover but I appreciate a well-cut stone – be it a diamond, emerald, peridot, ruby – whichever. We’ve been to the Smithsonian Institute several times and I love the gallery of stones! Both the size and cut of the stone determine its worth. A well-carved stone is a majestic work of art. The manner in which it reflects light and the detail of the facets are what make each stone unique and beautiful like none other. If you were to study stones – so many of them! you will find that each maintains its own legends of healing and power. Their use throughout history to illustrate honor and rank is amazing.

A beautiful sparkling diamond on a light reflective surface. 3d image. Isolated white background.

peridot-heroemerald-gemstone-jewelryrubyEach stone – different from one another not only in type but also, colors, and facets … such a lovely analogy of us, don’t you think? Each one valuable in its own right. I may not be in love with or crave gemstones here on earth but the writer John uses them in his description of heaven. So, they are indeed valued beyond measure – and have been for centuries!

So let’s bring this down to you and me …

There’s the varying facets of my talents – so unique to me because of the cool life I’ve led and the influences of my intimate circle of family and closest of friends. I see things differently and therefore respond uniquely in my work, how I handle circumstances and performance of my work, homemaking, cooking, my art, writing and teachings. I reflect the light of His presence differently than you.

And wow, the emotional part of me – my reaction and interaction with God’s Word … my gifts of sharing it or lack thereof … all ME! My relationship with my husband, children, grandchildren – even my friends has been specifically influenced by the places I have lived, the varied cultures I have soaked into my heart and the acceptance or rejection of me as a person. These facets of my life that are all my own.

That’s kind of how I feel about our hearts.

My heart is a treasured gem in the hands of a living Father, influenced and shaped into beauty by my loving Savior, and if I am willing, my soul, my very essence, is transformed daily by the pressure of the Holy Spirit.

Does this chiseling, changing, always feel great? Nope, and sometimes it is even agonizing. Do I harden myself at times, even hide from the movement of these loving influences? You betcha … but, then I return, knowing that in the end I will reflect His glory and shine in my own magnificence being His creation. A masterpiece of the truest and unique kind.

 

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Posted by: R M White | 08/31/2016

Sometimes …. life is crazy-good

Am I the only one who has many irons in the fire? Who is juggling plates that are so doggone full?

Nope, I didn’t think so.

So often I am approached to help with this or that. I see a need and hop to it whether I have time or not. I jump in to help this family member or that one, and all the while, am loving it but, a small part of me is realizing that, one more time, my schedule of success on this project or the completion of that dream was once again put on hold. And seriously, guess what? I rarely begrudge the ‘change in plans’. There’s the cutest photo out there that I have used at least twice over the last year – it has the words “plot twist”.

Plot-Twist

It has helped me so much in not living with disappointment but rather fully being alive with contentment, knowing for sure that my story is superb and interesting and fun, even though it doesn’t go according to ‘the schedule’ I had intended. It doesn’t change my dreams, my desire of success … it just alters the plan.

My unfinished tasks are not only due to the result of answering the calls of others either … my mind is so full of stuff to do! I seem to get so many ideas and have the hardest time seeing some of them to completion. It doesn’t make me a bad person. Scattered-brained, maybe, in love with life, for sure, full of too many dreams – always!

I lead a disciplined life. Disciplined in the art of listening, of hospitality, of taking time to partake in God’s Word, in prayer, in so many many good and wonderful things. I lead a life that takes joy in the momentous happenings of my day – whether that be watching a butterfly, listening to my youngest granddaughter converse with the cows in pasture next to us, or in watching the meal I thoughtfully prepared get consumed in a heartbeat by my sweet family.

And so, my heart is reacting to another popular image-quote that is out there and that I have used as well over the last year.

If it’s important to you, you’ll find a way. If it’s not, you’ll find an excuse.

No-Excuses

So, this can be true but then, again, it may not be. Just because the timing is off and I can’t carry out a scheduled task or succeed in fulfilling a timetable, doesn’t mean what I have chosen instead was an “excuse” of avoidance … if it’s (that original agenda) important to me I will continue juggling all these wonderful detours, plot twists, and dilemmas of life and resume my quest. I stay joyfully focused, when I can, on me and my goals but, prayerfully God will guide me in answering ‘yes’ to those – people and situations – that need me ‘now’.

I love my story – filled with its plot twists, and detours and mountains to climb … it’s a wonderful one! I absolutely love that I am in my company, It Works. I realize I have not moved as quickly as I would have liked. But, I believe wholeheartedly in being a professional Network Marketer – it’s heart of serving speaks volumes to who I am!! And all in all, I know I will have amazing success!

I surrender to and trust in God’s timing – He has never let me down.

And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.

Romans 8:28

Posted by: R M White | 06/21/2016

Choosing to Review

Every now and again, not often enough perhaps, I pull out books that I’ve read in the past and just go through them as a review. I am notorious for underlining and at times even writing a comment in the side margins of books and it’s great because, those places draw me back. I mark books, especially my Bibles, with little codes to help me remember the emphasis – a little lamp, means it will light my daily walk; a heart means marriage or relationships; a cross means my heart as a Christ-follower – so forth and so on.

Currently I am going through a couple of Bible studies on my Kindle – hubby introduced me to what he was doing and I downloaded the app – YouVersion of the Holy Bible. He and I did one study together and then we each have done a few suggested by the other. And the one I am doing right now is rather simplistic in design – read the devotional writing and the scripture text that goes with it. I try to spend time and meditate on it a little longer of course. And I do pray before beginning – that I will gain what I need to for the day – strength, encouragement, knowledge …. and I do receive that. Nothing tops beginning a day like time in the Word!

Well, the books I am delving back into are basically three great ones – still Immeasurably More by Casandra Martin, The Magic of Thinking Big, by David Swartz, (not really a devotional book but then again, yes it is) and also, Sun Stand Still by Steven Furtick. I love reviewing and then receiving those second “aha” moments … because, more often than not, it is JUST what I needed for the day.

So, in one of my last posts I shared an aha moment from Immeasurably. Well, today this is my aha from Sun …. it’s these few words which is the actual simple synopsis of the book – “1 – Seize God’s vision. 2 – Activate your faith. 3 – Make your move.” Yep, that about sums up the entire book. Of course, Mr. Furtick fills it with stories from his short life in the ministry (he’s only 30 years old at the writing of the book) and yep, there’s some powerful ones shared. But, seriously, I love how he took these simple yet, profound steps and offers someone the invitation to activate their lives into AWESOMENESS!! if we could have folks – young, old, burnt-out, discouraged, regular folks – transform the ordinary life into the extraordinary through their faith in the power of – not themselves – but the power of God! Oh my, we could just change the world!

So, the first thing is to have a vision that you can present to the Lord. For me I guess I’ve lived through 100s if not 1000s of answered vision-based prayers. And yet, the struggle is still present – the lack of faith – maybe not in God, but in myself. What I need to do daily is to trust that the vision/gift/work that is taking up residence in my heart is given to me by the Father and then GO at it with all my might – never doubting! And then, when success comes, which it surely will, all glory will be, must be given to God.

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Seriously, I am not created to just survive – I am here to thrive – in my work, with my family, in my marriage, in friendship and in serving others. Sometimes though, my way gets dark … discouragement, negativity from those around me, circumstances going wrong, flubbing up one more time – it just gets dark! the right steps are hard to find. I know, all I need is just enough light for the step I’m on and then, voila! God-illumination …  and life with a purpose is doable again. Faith in Him and His desire that I do my best with the gifts He has so joyously given me.

Yep, just in a little review time, and I have found that UMPH again … I am re-energized to live with a purpose and guess what? It’s a purpose I can build my faith on. Walk this Way.

 

 

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Posted by: R M White | 05/04/2016

He Was Just a Little Boy; Timeless moment, part 12

One of the most memorable Bible stories and children’s song is about a little boy, named David, who made a decision to trust in God. His triumph over the giant comes as an even bigger surprise and victory when you know the details of the story. The fact is, there had been days of taunting, of cowardly behavior, of doubt, and defeat. This was no ordinary group of men being taunted, this was an army. Trained, skilled, strong – but, cowering in fear. And then this young shepherd comes on scene … not for the purpose of battle but, to fulfill an errand – to care for and supply his big brothers with supplies. The reality here: those brothers had a much greater need than food – they needed a dose of courage and a lesson in faith. No, not faith in their own ability but rather a faith in the author of all great stories. They forgot to whom they belonged. Rather than trusting in God almighty, they chose to trust in themselves – whoops! that right there could very well lead to failure.

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“That timeless moment in the valley of Elah, when a simple shepherd boy defeated the enemy of Israel with a sling and a stone, and a heart filled with faith, ultimately led to the crowning of David and the greatest period of victory and prosperity Israel would ever know. David’s trust in God marked him “as a man after God’s own heart” – and from his lineage, many centuries later, God would bring forth Jesus, the King of kings.” Mr. Alton Howard from the book Timeless Moments.

Wow! what a lesson!! I think about myself, and how many times have I trusted in me, my own ability – leaving me upset with the outcome. Oh, sure, there’s probably plenty of times I may have succeeded ‘on my own’ – but, perhaps even then, although I didn’t give credit to God, because I am His, all good things are of Him. The biggest lesson here is to trust and act boldly in life. whatever your task may be. Don’t let Satan bully you in to becoming a defeatist – a cowardly pawn in his hand. Yep, our enemy would love nothing more than to see us denied the victories in life that are there for the winning.

No matter how big the obstacle, how scary the moment, or how daunting the job, never, ever forget, who is on your side and to whom you belong. Always take courage in knowing the battle is won.

“Today the Lord will conquer …. the Lord does not need weapons to rescue his people. It is his battle, not ours.” … David, Psalm 17: 46, 47

This boy grew up and after many harrowing scares and battles became King of Israel … and sure, David made mistakes through his life, but ultimately, he was a man after God’s own heart (Acts 13:22) and we know his story did not end at his death but through him … you see, centuries later, in perhaps, those same fields around Bethlehem where he watched his Daddy’s sheep and played his harp, another song was heard! The song of the angels announcing the birth on a cold, dark night “For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.” Luke 2: 10, 11

Such amazing timeless moments!!

The act of a brave little boy and the gift of a Savior – our very own Shepherd, Jesus Christ.

Here’s the truth. He has won! His reign will be forever and ever. We have no reason to fear!

Posted by: R M White | 04/28/2016

Immeasurably More Than All We Ask

“Too often, we settle for flying paper planes while God intends for us to travel with Him into the stars.” – Casandra Martin

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us,  to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.  Ephesians 3:20,21

What I ask for is just the “starting line” for what is possible for me to experience as a daughter of the King. Have I ever even begun to comprehend the vastness of how God wishes to bless me? My life has been filled with studies in His Word, alive to His promises but, truly, with all that, I believe I am only on the brink of what is possible as I work towards a transforming life in Christ.

I’ve just enjoyed months of study in Ephesians and correlating scriptures – reading multiple versions as I went and all of it left me full and wanting more. I am craving the knowledge, and intimacy that can be mine through prayer, opening the Word, and a surrendering to the power that is at work within me. God has been building a dream within my heart throughout all these years in His presence – moving, transforming, creating me to be ultimately all His. I’m a work of art – being designed by the hands of the Heavenly Father!

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Immeasurably More, by Casandra Martin.

So many songs have come to mind as I ventured in these realms … one of them was this old hymn …

Have Thine Own Way, Lord

  1. Have Thine own way, Lord! Have Thine own way!
    Thou art the Potter, I am the clay.
    Mold me and make me after Thy will,
    While I am waiting, yielded and still.
  2. Have Thine own way, Lord! Have Thine own way!
    Search me and try me, Master, today!
    Whiter than snow, Lord, wash me just now,
    As in Thy presence humbly I bow.
  3. Have Thine own way, Lord! Have Thine own way!
    Wounded and weary, help me, I pray!
    Power, all power, surely is Thine!
    Touch me and heal me, Savior divine.
  4. Have Thine own way, Lord! Have Thine own way!
    Hold o’er my being absolute sway!
    Fill with Thy Spirit till all shall see
    Christ only, always, living in me.

by – Adelaide A. Pollard, 1907

However, let me say here, that I have always sung this song with almost a mournful mindset (maybe it is the tune?)  – like a chastised kid that just got into trouble and finally gives in to the fact that I’m going to be disciplined! “Aw, shucks, God, you win. Just take over, anyway.”

But after this study I am a more happily surrendered woman – thrilled that my life can be left in the capable hands of the Master Designer. It’s a joyful, along with broken, surrender. “Oh, Lord, here I am – take me and do your best!” It’s my choice to give up my own control.

This is not to say I haven’t experienced the definite workings of God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit before now, but for sure there have been moments when my attitude was not the best. It’s when the realization  hits you full … that He truly wants to take you into territory that is beyond all you can imagine … that a sense of wonder and joyful expectation takes over. Wow, I cannot wait to see what all is going to unfold in my heart in the coming days, weeks and months – even years to come.

You see, I don’t think I trusted myself, or God, to know what to ASK! But, now, I want to ask Him to be in the middle of everything!! Be in the middle of my marriage to Lowell, my mothering to my kiddos, my relationship with my earthly family, my church family. Be in the middle of my work with It Works – into the nitty-gritty, hesitancy, fears, uncertain moments of all that life has to throw at me and offer me. Be in the middle of all my daily activities like never before. And then, with all my weaknesses and fears I can trust that when He gives me something to do, He will equip me with what I need to accomplish it  – thus molding me into being more like Christ and giving Him the victory.

So, you may be super far ahead of me in this walk in the Way … but, for me, I love where I am now. Better late than never to bask in His promises and rest in the assurance of knowing He is taking me into His Immeasurably More … day by day, hour by hour. There is such magnificent comfort in this.

The truth is: Jesus came and crucified the myth that we are NOT meant for immeasurably more. Of course, it’s not about “stuff” I have but rather, the “stuff” of which I am made – of all that defines my soul. It’s about His love for me, the power He can pour into my life, and His grace that fill me up! I know, His promises are forever – new and fresh every morning and my transformation is the heart of His love.

I am so thrilled to be His daughter.

Posted by: R M White | 04/08/2016

Teaching Around the World

I linked to a Bible Study format various times through my years on this blog. There are several great ways to study God’s Word with folks from any number of countries. I have mainly studied with ladies in Nigeria and here in the States but now, with others from our congregation, I get to have ongoing studies with 14 young ladies from a secondary school in Ghana. I am so excited. I hope that through the months of study we will become friends as well – and then prayerfully, sisters in Christ.

students from Ghana

We are working with World Bible School to bring these studies to these students.

I have often referred to life as a journey – on here and my other blog as well. For any journey one should be well prepared and equipped to tackle what may come their way. The best way to approach life is to have directions otherwise one may truly spend their days traveling without meaning, going in circles from one dilemma to another. I love that God, the Creator Designer of us all, left us thoroughly equipped with directions on how to tackle every single thing life could throw out to us.

Here’s how it’s put on the WBS Preview page –

Why Consider the Bible?

Consider the Bible as the Map for life. Its wisdom spans many centuries, yet millions today find its message as fresh and relevant as ever. They find that its principles work in daily life – in every stage of life. They discover purpose for living. That purpose gives them hope for now and for the future – even beyond this life. They believe in a home with God forever. In other words, they believe the Bible when it claims to speak for God.

In seeking a map for life, consider the Bible’s claims. Again and again, it assures us that it is the pure word from our Maker. Yes, the Map for life.

Posted by: R M White | 03/07/2016

Timeless Moments/11 … A Love Story

I enjoy a good love story … most people do. And no one can tell a love story like the heavenly Author. These stories of the Bible so often involve tragedy, suffering and always joy – like real life. I think one of the reasons I like this story so much is because my own Mother’s name was Naomi … and that means pleasant which could personify her. And my Dad has a sister named Ruth … and she and my Mom were very, very close. But, irregardless of my tie to these names, this story has all the elements needed for it to go down in history as something to remember.

Poor Naomi is living in a foreign land and loses everything – returns to her homeland and basically changes her name to represent  her sad circumstances in life. The bright and worthy situation that causes some memorable words to be penned is actually based on the love between her and the widow of her son. This widow, Ruth, desires to leave her own homeland of Moab and travel with Naomi back to Israel. She has learned of the one true God from her husband and mother-in-law and chooses this new life as opposed to her own which included the traditional pagan gods.

Have you heard these spoken at a wedding before: “Entreat me not to leave you, or to return from following after you: for where you go, I will go; where you lodge, I will lodge: your people will be my people and your God my God: where you die, I will die, and there I will be buried: the Lord do so to me and more also, if anything but death divide you and me.” Ruth 1:16-17

naomiWhen Ruth the Moabite pledged her love and loyalty to Naomi and to Naomi’s God, she marked her place in the history of Israel. Ruth has inspired millions by her beautiful words of loyalty to her mother-in-law, and through her descendants has come our Kinsman-redeemer, assuring us our place in the family of God and an inheritance of eternal life.   By Alton Howard, in the book timeless moments

Read the book of Ruth for yourself – the rest of the story is full of suspense, joy and of course, more love – you see the grief and wisdom of Naomi, the courage and willingness of Ruth and the respect and compassion of Boaz …. with Ruth getting a new husband, a son (and more children) and this first one is Obed, the father to David who would one day be King of over Israel…. et cetera …. deep sorrow turns to joy and such celebration!!

This tale is one of many that pull it all together … the eternal divine love story that has your name written in it.

You are indeed blessed.

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