I just loved reading your blog today. It makes me smile when I think about my own life and all the gifts God has given me over the years. Some I didn't think were gifts at the time, but they turned out to be some of my greatest blessings.
And as you know, this past year, God did, indeed, ask me to give something up (a certain relationship as you'll recall); and during the intervening nine months, God absolutely showered me with gifts - so many that I'm still awe struck. He did, in effect, step in as my husband, and provided for me in ways that no human ever has. And after my obedience and a longish waiting period, God gave me back the relationship I'd given up for Him.
I think it's rare that God asks us to give things up; that more often, it's the enemy who does that. But if we use our discernment, as you did and as I continue to try to do, we'll work out whether or not the 'ask' is from the Father's heart. If so ... well, I can only exuberantly encourage all and sundry to be obedient. What awaits you around the corner may be beyond your wildest dream. xo
Subject: A God Who Gives
Subject: Re: A God Who Gives
Hi dear Melinda,
Thanks so much for your lovely encouraging words. So glad you enjoyed my blog. It's a good habit I think to reflect on our lives and remember all the wonderful gifts that have been showered upon us over the years. I love it how you were obedient in giving up the relationship for awhile when God asked it of you. I love it even more how God rewarded your faithfulness by bringing you your heart's desires. Oh! How I rejoice with you my friend. How sweet it is when we offer our all to Him and He gives it to back more sacred and more blessed than ever.
You are right that the enemy is one who usually tries to strip us from things we are attached to. I think what God requires is that our hearts are fully surrendered to Him. I believe He wants us to hold all things loosely so we are grounded in Him. We can enjoy everyone and everything in the right way when He is at the centre. I liked your last statement. Yes, usually God outgives us all the time. And yes, do agree that obedience is the key and unlocks the Father's blessing. Thanks for chatting... I did enjoy exploring the topic further with you my friend. Every blessing to you in this exciting amazing blessed season of your life. May it be your best yet! xo
Subject: Never Give Up
Subject: Lessons from a Lone Pink Geranium
Oh how beautiful, dear Anusha :*
I sure can relate fully to this message. It is such a strong one. Thank you for sharing this, your messages always brighten my day, and lighten my load. I would like to share this one with love on my website.
Love, kisses, and hugs,
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Thanks so much sweet Jo'Anne for reading and responding. I'm so glad you liked it. Go ahead and share - the more the merrier as they say and I am honoured. :)
Muchest love and hugs being sent your way,
Keep being YOU my lovely friend,
Subject: Lessons from the Lone Pink Geranium
this is lovely and something that most of us can relate to!
Thanks for sharing so beautifully...you can be sure I will pass it on! It gives Hope and that's what many desire right now!.
lotsa love and more power to your pen!
Subject: Re: Lessons from the Lone Pink Geranium
Thanks dearest sis and so glad you can relate to it. Very glad to hear you will pass it on. Yes, hope is badly needed in our world today I agree. Bless you for bringing hope to many lives,
Blessings and lots of love to a dear sis,
Subject: HE will not let your foot slip
What a wonderful God we serve! Psalm 121 is one of my favourites and I often recite it and think about it. One thing we must know is that we are living in a fallen world with fallen people around us. Satan is the king of this world, but JESUS has overcome this world and those who believe and trust in HIM will also overcome it. God does not give us sicknesses or make us fall down. He knows that we will stumble on this earth and took it all to the Cross. So, when satan throws sicknesses at you, take it to the cross repeatedly. Don't try to analyse why your feet are wobbly, please keep your eyes fixed on Jesus. Let us run this race that is set before us, with our eyes fixed on Jesus (Heb 12:1-2). May His Face shine upon you and keep you in His embrace.
Love ❤️ Chits
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Hi dear Chits,
Thanks so much for reading and responding. Yes, Psalm 121 is a wonderful Psalm isn't it? I agree that Satan does try to harm us but He that is within us is greater than He that is in the world. I also agree that although God permits stuff to happen to us He is not the author of it. We fight against the principalities and powers of darkness. Yes, as I said and you reiterated it's JESUS who is the Rock under our feet. And JESUS we need to look on
The wobbly feet I mentioned were my real feet - not my metaphorical ones. :) I needed to look where I am stepping on because I have physically fallen many times. So God taught me to be wise about looking where I am going. :) But of course, in the metaphorical sense my gaze is only on JESUS!
I have been so blessed by Him and know you have been too. Thanks for your thoughts and prayers.
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I'm in Singapore and have a bit of spare time to reflect and write. I'm enjoying Ashana's 3 sons. Panchan comes over on Wednesday 9th and we return to Sydney on the 15th. Have a blessed day. Love Chits