Faith and Fishing

I realized the other day that the selling of our home is much like FAITH and FISHING!

Very loosely, our realtor can be likened to our Father God…very loosely likened but I think you’ll get the gist.  Our realtor is good, we trust him, our plans align with his and he is working on our behalf.  That sounds like our Father doesn’t it!

I can’t see what he is doing day by day, I just have to trust his integrity, trust and believe that he is doing what he said he would and could do ~ sell our house.  He knows our time frame and my job is to trust our realtor.  Trust that he will accomplish the plan.  That sounds a lot like faith!

We don’t have to second guess decisions we have made that have carried us to this point in time.  We waited on the Lord so we would have total peace before Bruce chose his retirement day.  We figured (he) figured out many scenarios regarding finances and life in general and came to a mutual agreement that September 1, 2015 would be his retirement day.  We are on the ten week countdown.  After thirty years with the same company, that isn’t much time…

The timing happens to coincide with these projects that are being planned for North East BC.  (read post here where I share how I trusted in those plans) That coinciding is not an ‘accident’ because the Lord and Bruce and I are working and living cooperatively.  Together, trying to mesh hearts and wills and lives.

God gives grace for those times we miss it, but this time of selling our home is not one of those times of ‘missing it’.

We have to trust God’s word of truth that a man plans his way but the Lord directs his step.  Proverbs 16:9

When we apply that truth to our circumstance, when we rub it all over our days, the Lord truly can be the One in whom we have confidence.

Oh and fishing!  How does our house selling relate to fishing?  Well, we have a great home (the lure), we are in a great location (where the fish are biting), the lure has been let down into the water (when it was advertised for sale) and now we have to do what any good fisherman will do well.  WAIT!

The Lord says, ‘Be still and know I am God.  Be still in your waiting and have confidence in Me.’

When we took our grandson fishing a few years ago,DSC_0089 Bruce taught him how to tie the (hmm, I am content to take the readied line and drop it over the side of the boat, enjoy the sun, the sparkles on the water, the sound of the wind rustling through the leaves, spotting the eagles’ lookout) Bruce was teaching him how to prepare the line and how to count the lengths as he let his line down.  Anyways, the point of this is that Jeremy would reel his line in every few minutes for one reason or another ‘just to check’.DSC_0077 - Copy - Copy

He hadn’t matured to the point where he was able to trust that his Grandpa had taken us to the perfect spot, given him a proven lure and was operating the boat at optimum efficiency for catching fish!DSC_0107

When I tie these scenarios together, I come up with this:

I can trust the Lord my God.  I can look back over forty years and remember many of the difficult circumstances and know that the Lord led me and navigated the way through the wilderness.  He allured me with His love in the dry and barren places and made His sound known to me.  I have seen His faithful provision time after time, always right on time.  He has provided and blessed and stretched and taught me how to dig my roots deeper into the soil in His garden of grace and truth.  He is not going to take His eyes off me now, nor will He stop thinking about me or cease in plans of goodness for a future filled with hope in His promises!

The Lord is my helper, I can and will trust and be confident in Him.

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Can you think of areas in your life where you need to trust and just be confident in the Lord your God?

Beckoned by the King,

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Rise and Give Thanks for God’s Goodness

 

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I rise and give thanks Lord God, for the goodness You so kindly show me.  You have not given me what I have deserved; instead, You shower me with an abundance of good things. 

Mercy, fulfilled promises, protection in the storm.  An outstretched hand offering an embrace of comfort and encouragement so I might give of the same to others in need.

Your Word is my bread and water and with it, You teach me good judgement and knowledge.  You teach me how to put Your Word into practice all the days of my life.DSC_0705.jpg

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When I fail and fall down, You cheer me on because You know O Lord, that I will rise and give thanks to You once again.  Your encouragement bolsters my strength. DSC_0705.jpg

I believe Your Word, I believe everything You said is true and I can spend my lifetime learning Your truth only to have You uncover more about Yourself. 

I will have eternity to learn of You but I will choose now to rise and give thanks to You each day.  Your mercy and kindness are without measure and yet You are absolutely without compromise in Your desire for me to walk in the way that pleases You.

In order for me to be a tree of righteousness, I must learn the art of flexibility.  I don’t want a weak spirit that is flexible and teeters and compromises, but rather a spirit within me whose roots go down way deep in the Ocean of Your Love.Continue Reading

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Declaration for our Difficult Days

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Even though my days seem difficult, I know I can turn to Your promises found in Proverbs.  I choose to declare those truths today over the difficulties and thank You for the promises fulfilled.  You are a good God with good plans for us.

No hindrance will cause my steps to falter when I walk, my path will be clear and open and I run freely without fear of stumbling.

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When What You Have is all You Need

Could you imagine making a promise to God the way the Psalmist does when he promises to keep the Words of the Lord?

I think that is just really bold and brazen of him to stand before the Lord and make that promise with all his heart.  But he doesn’t quit there, he goes on to say he has been seeking His favor also with all his heart and asks Him to be gracious to him according to His Word.

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When You Need to Listen to Words of Truth

Beloved, listen to My Words of Truth.  Even though you didn’t have an earthly father who raised you in the fear of the Lord, he raised you in love and showed you love; complete with the sacrifices you know he made for you.

I speak to you now as your Eternal Heavenly Father, pay attention to My Words, listen for My words of truth and they will teach you wisdom.

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