I really find it hard to believe that we are already into the second week of October! I don’t know how one’s week can become sooo full and be here and gone so quickly! It seems as though summer just began a week ago … and yet here it is fall time!
I love fall! The changing leaves, the frost and cooler weather, the strong “fall” scent in the woods, fires, warm drinks (i.e. coffee), hoodies…and the list goes on. An Oklahoma fall is definitely different than a Northern one. The change isn’t as noticeable, but it’s still there…and I am really liking it! It even brings about thoughts of Christmas! (And that’s a Really Good Thought…=D ).
But amidst all the change, I am so thankful that HE is the same! God has been teaching me sooo much recently! One of the things that have been highlighted on my heart is God’s mercy. He is and has been so merciful to me!! And I am so grateful that He is merciful and always will be!
So blessed! I am just rejoicing in His blessings, in His goodness, in His mercy, in His love…in HIM.
~ be blessed!
… Chad … =)
~ God’s Silence – Then What? ~
Has God trusted you with His silence— a silence that has great
meaning? God’s silences are actually His answers. Just think of those
days of absolute silence in the home at Bethany! Is there anything
comparable to those days in your life? Can God trust you like that, or
are you still asking Him for a visible answer? God will give you the
very blessings you ask if you refuse to go any further without them, but
His silence is the sign that He is bringing you into an even more
wonderful understanding of Himself. Are you mourning before God because
you have not had an audible response? When you cannot hear God, you will
find that He has trusted you in the most intimate way possible— with
absolute silence, not a silence of despair, but one of pleasure, because
He saw that you could withstand an even bigger revelation. If God has
given you a silence, then praise Him— He is bringing you into the
mainstream of His purposes. The actual evidence of the answer in time is
simply a matter of God’s sovereignty. Time is nothing to God. For a
while you may have said, “I asked God to give me bread, but He gave me a
stone instead” (see Matthew 7:9). He did not give you a stone, and today you find that He gave you the “bread of life” (John 6:35).
A wonderful thing about God’s silence is that His stillness is
contagious— it gets into you, causing you to become perfectly confident
so that you can honestly say, “I know that God has heard me.” His
silence is the very proof that He has. As long as you have the idea that
God will always bless you in answer to prayer, He will do it, but He
will never give you the grace of His silence. If Jesus Christ is
bringing you into the understanding that prayer is for the glorifying of
His Father, then He will give you the first sign of His intimacy—