Sunday, November 11, 2012

Taste and See

It takes courage to expect the best. 
Anyone with unbelief can expect the worst.
~Bill Johnson
Another benefit of being just a little older.
We have history embedded in our DNA.
The record of God's faithfulness is part of us.
And if we were paying attention,
we have been recording each promise fulfilled
in the deep recesses of our thoughts.
If every day has been training day,
then our muscles are strong.
We can look over the land
and not be as daunted by all the giants.

I have not always expected the best.
There were many challenges
in the early days of walking with the Lord.
I found Him and held on to Him 
during my times of intimacy and quiet.
The rest of the day continually caught me off guard.
I could get negative, overwhelmed and doubtful
each time something challenging popped up.
And there was a lot of popping up those days.
But my faithful God never gave up on me.
He saved me on a daily, sometimes hourly basis.
He placed me in a community of encouragers.
He placed me with those who gave me hope.
He placed me with those who kept pointing me 
to His great love and strength.
He placed me with those 
I continue to walk with as I strive to be
one whose expectations are firmly in Him.
That I may be a source of encouragement,
hope and strength to others.

And God is able to make all grace abound to you, 
so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, 
you may abound in every good work.
2 Cor 9:8
He has poured and continues to pour out
His grace and mercy and goodness in my life.
I believe this today more than ever.
He has shown me His goodness.
He has shown me His faithfulness.
My hope is eternally in Him.
I have tasted and I have seen
 that the Lord is good!

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