What Do You See Outside YOUR Open Window Today?

What Do You See Outside YOUR Open Window Today?
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Saturday, December 17, 2016

Going Out On a Limb ~ An Advent Devotional - recycled from 2015

Mark Twain was quoted as saying:
"Why not go out on a limb? That's where the fruit is."

I love what Sarah Young wrote in "Jesus Calling" for December 9th:  (I'm recycling this post from last year on that date...yes, I know today is really Dec. 17th...don't panic! )

"Be willing to go out on a limb with Me. (Jesus).  If that is where I am leading you, it is the safest place to be.  Your desire to live a risk-free life is a form of unbelief.  Your longing to live close to Me is at odds with your attempts to minimize risk.  
You are approaching a crossroads in your journey.  In order to follow Me wholeheartedly, you must relinquish your tendency to play it safe.  
Let Me lead you step by step through this day.  
If your primary focus is on Me, you can walk along perilous paths without being afraid.  Eventually, you will learn to relax and enjoy the adventure of our journey together. 
 As long as you stay close to Me, My sovereign Presence protects you wherever you go."  

I particularly like this verse that she references at the end: 
Psalm 9:10 
"And those who know Your name will put their trust in You; 
For You, Lord, have not forsaken those who seek You."

Taking the step to retire (last year) was definitely one of these steps for me...going out on a limb...and certainly no longer playing it safe.  But I do know that the Lord is with me, and therefore I am daily learning to "relax and enjoy the adventure of our journey together".  Lord, help me to stay close to You so that Your Sovereign Presence will protect me wherever I go..  Amen.

Perhaps you may also be at a crossroads in your life today.  As we approach the end of another year, we are often faced with decisions about our future, and wonder what the New Year may hold in store for us.  I was reading in another place this morning about the seasons of our lives, and how sometimes it may feel like we are in an endless winter. We all have these "seasons" of difficult issues; financial problems, illness, career changes, or retirement, family/relationship concerns.  But when we place our trust in the One Who is able to guide us through these turbulent times...when we allow ourselves to let go of our own sense of security...the trunk of the tree...and step out on that limb and focus our eyes on Jesus, the Source of our true security and hope, we find that truly that IS where the fruit is...the fruit of peace, joy, and renewed strength.

Read what the prophet Isaiah says in chapter 40, verses 27-31~


"Why do you say, O Jacob, and speak, O Israel;
'My way is hidden from the Lord, 
and my just claim is passed over by my God?'

Have you not known?
Have you not heard?
The Everlasting God, the Lord,
The Creator of the ends of the earth,
Neither faints nor is weary.
His understanding is unsearchable.
He gives power to the weak,
and to those who have no might He increases strength.
Even the youths shall faint and be weary,
and the young men shall utterly fall,
But those who wait on 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."


As we continue in this time of waiting the Advent of our Lord...not just for Christmas, but for His return for us, His chosen Bride...let us focus our eyes on Him who is able to renew our strength and ask that He give us the courage to stretch our faith as we step out on those proverbial limbs of life. He will be there to catch us should we start to fall...and He will lift us back up onto His wings and carry us on to reach that fruit He has promised us if we just put our trust in Him.  

What wonderful hope is this? Amen!!

7 comments:

  1. Hi Pam, Following Jesus is such an adventure. Being willing to follow Him wherever He leads can be quite the adventure. Learning to wait on His leading isn't easy.

    Blessings,

    Kim

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    1. You are so right about the learning to wait part. I think we all have issues with waiting on God to do whatever it is we think we need Him to do. Learning to trust in His divine judgment as to what is really best for us is another difficult thing for most of us. But Oh! the Joy of surrender to His will! It is always well worth the wait! Thank you for your thoughts and insights today.

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  2. How wonderful to know that we can trust the Lord with all things, big and small, and wherever He leads, we are safe in His care. It is a comforting thought! Hugs to you today!

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  3. What a wonderful blessed Hope we have! I think the Isaiah 40 passage is one of my favorites. It is amazing to me how God takes care of little 'insignificant' details at times, just to show us His great love.

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  4. Pam,
    I enjoyed reading this devotional from last year. Isaiah is one of my favorite books in the Old Testament--I'm particularly fond of chapter 40. Life with the Lord can be an adventure at times.

    Blessings!

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  5. When we allow Jesus to lead us, we can handle all those "limbs" that come our way. Like Kim, I loved the passages from Isaiah, too. What great reminders!
    Blessings!

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  6. I LOVE that you all have responded to this message...again...I am in overdrive right now trying to keep up with comments, reading, writing, etc., so I won't be able to respond individually...but thank you so much for your thoughts and comments...they mean a lot to me. God bless you all...and may we continue to trust God even when we find ourselves out on a limb that might seem a little scary! God is with us! Emmanuel!!!

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