Posted by: Anne | September 16, 2017

He’ll catch you by surprise

Surprise
SELRES_d81719d1-ea99-49ef-9413-121681a46fb2SELRES_c1d384f0-8de8-4d35-844a-ed8e465d380cby The ColorSELRES_c1d384f0-8de8-4d35-844a-ed8e465d380cSELRES_d81719d1-ea99-49ef-9413-121681a46fb2

Look at the stars hung in the sky
Who put them there?
Who gives them light?
No ocean deep could hold His grace
Follow His lead and He’ll make a way

He broke the fall when He rose from the grave
He changed it all in a matter of days
No matter how great the problem we face
We gotta remember
He stays the same

When you just can’t face tomorrow
When you’re down deep in the sorrow
When your faith is on the edge
Don’t be afraid to step
Cause even if you fail to fly
He’ll catch you by surprise!
He’ll catch you by surprise!

Don’t be afraid, stand on your feet
His hands of love hold everything
All that we know can’t comprehend
His perfect will and His perfect plan

So when you just can’t face tomorrow
When you’re down deep in the sorrow
When your faith is on the edge
Don’t be afraid to step
Cause even if you fail to fly
He’ll catch you by surprise!
He’ll catch you by surprise!

When you’re fading in the fight
He’ll catch you by surprise o-oh
And He won’t let go
He will turn the dark to light
Right before your eyes o-oh
And He won’t let go

When you just can’t face tomorrow
And when you’re down deep in the sorrow
When your faith is on the edge
Don’t be afraid to step
Cause even if you fail to fly
He’ll catch you by surprise!
He’ll catch you by surprise!
He’ll catch you by surprise!

He’ll catch you by surprise!


Hear the song, and see the lyrics:
https://sonichits.com/video/The_Color/Surprise

Lyrics were found here:
https://www.musixmatch.com/lyrics/The-Color/Surprise

The Color’s website:
TheColorOnline.com

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Posted by: Anne | September 4, 2017

be part of the solution

Along with international relief efforts and Operation Christmas Child, Samaritan’s Purse is working to aid those affected by Hurricane Harvey. Their website offers more information:
https://www.samaritanspurse.org/

See Also:
https://www.fema.gov/hurricane-harvey

https://consumerist.com/2017/08/28/how-to-avoid-scams-fake-charities-in-aftermath-of-hurricane-harvey/

Posted by: Anne | September 2, 2017

a purpose for the past

“This is what the past is for! Every experience God gives us, every person He puts in our lives is the perfect preparation for the future that only He can see.”
– Corrie ten Boom, Hiding Place

Posted by: Anne | August 26, 2017

“Thy will…” – Part 2

“Thy Will”
by Hillary Scott & The Scott Family

This song is my letter to God. As I ask some really hard questions, I hold onto the truth that there is so much to the story of my life that I can’t see, but that I still choose to trust Him. I can feel God telling me that He has work to do on the hearts of people who hear this song. It has been amazing to see the feedback of what people have gone through and what this song means to them. It’s been overwhelming and humbling.

I’ve been given an opportunity to talk with God more. The Lord’s Prayer was all I could pray in that time. I had divine appointments with God, and I came across The Message translation in Matthew 6. Where it says “Thy will be done,” The Message says “Do what’s best.” That was a huge moment for me. God’s will is what’s best. Even when it hurts, and even when I don’t understand, God’s will is what’s best. The way that that came together for me, I trusted God. Sometimes we don’t understand God’s promises until eternity. His ways are so much bigger than our ways. He sees the whole picture.

Which Bible verses connect to the message of the song?

2 Corinthians 1:20 (NIV): “For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through Him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God.”

Psalm 23 (NKJV): “The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; my cup runs over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.

Matthew 6:7-13 (MSG): “The world is full of so-called prayer warriors who are prayer-ignorant. They’re full of formulas and programs and advice, peddling techniques for getting what you want from God. Don’t fall for that nonsense. This is your Father you are dealing with, and He knows better than you what you need. With a God like this loving you, you can pray very simply. Like this: Our Father in heaven, Reveal who You are. Set the world right; Do what’s best–as above, so below. Keep us alive with three square meals. Keep us forgiven with You and forgiving others. Keep us safe from ourselves and the Devil. You’re in charge! You can do anything you want! You’re ablaze in beauty! Yes. Yes. Yes.”

Romans 8:28 (NIV): “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.”

Isaiah 41:13 (VOICE): After all, it is I, the Eternal One your God, who has hold of your right hand, Who whispers in your ear, “Don’t be afraid. I will help you.”

Read the full story at the source:
www.newreleasetoday.com/article.php?article_id=1804

Hear the song at YouTube:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PAmh3yvmzXs

Posted by: Anne | August 19, 2017

“Thy will…” – Part 1

“I realized that the deepest spiritual lessons are not learned by His letting us have our way in the end, but by His making us wait, bearing with us in love and patience until we are able to honestly to pray what He taught His disciples to pray: Thy will be done.
~ Elisabeth Elliot, Passion and Purity: Learning to Bring Your Love Life Under Christ’s Control

Posted by: Anne | August 12, 2017

not so much “Plan B” as it is “Plan 50 20”

Recapping key happenings that led up to my new job:

– In late 2016, with our contract expiration in sight, my employer began urging us to explore other options. This — along with a strong desire to part ways with my manager — propelled me from casually glancing at the “help wanteds” to actually updating my résumé and applying.

– I haven’t counted, but I guess-timate that I applied to an average of one opportunity every week, over a span of five months.

– With the bulk of my company’s work set to be completed by summer 2017, in late April I was cut to part-time status, to be in the office only three days per week.

– The week after I was made part-time was the first of four in which I had interviews. Those companies all suggested that we meet on my days off… although they didn’t know I was free on those days. And since I was interviewing on my days off, I didn’t have to use any vacation time, or burden my current employer with last-minute call outs.

– The first company I talked to — I’ll call them “ABC” — seemed like the ideal fit: I had good rapport with my two interviewers (who would also be my supervisors), and the work they described was almost identical to what I’d been doing for the past five years.

– I was applying for positions that I deemed “a good fit,” and from the multiple responses I received, I guess I chose well. After the interviews, I was convinced that any of those jobs would’ve been fine, even though none struck me as a clear, “This is IT!” Plus, there were a few disconnects in which the person setting up the interview and I evidently got off on the wrong foot. For example, one human resources agent asked me to call and let her know when I had emailed my application, but when I did a few hours later, her tone was distant, as if I was being pushy. (For doing what she asked! GRR!!)

– Throughout my search, I seriously considered changing career paths. I was drawn to a recurring ad for help at the library, but it was a minimum wage position in addition to being a long drive from where I live. Plus, I preferred to build on the experience I had, instead of starting back completely at “square zero.”

– Meanwhile at my current job, the good supervisor announced that he would be leaving in mid-May. I fretted, wondering what other positive, reasonable, well-spoken manager would be available to give me a reference.

– I took the other rejections in stride because I was counting on a job offer from ABC; when they sent word that they’d chosen someone else, I could see my last hope fading away. I pity-partied that apparently I require an opportunity with absolutely no competition.

– At the beginning of my job search, I started writing a list of my (many!) duties with instructions for my coworkers on doing them in my absence. I worked on it sporadically due to interruptions, not to mention frustrations about the ever-growing list, and how best to present it. Still, I couldn’t shake the feeling that it was something I needed to do, to “do right” by the company and leave them with that information. In the fifth week of my part-time status, I put forth a concentrated effort and completed a serious first draft.

– The next day, ABC called again about a job opening I hadn’t seen: maintaining an archive (a.k.a. “library”) of technical documents. One of my previous interviewers thought of me and wanted to discuss it. What job seeker could resist such an invitation? Of course, I agreed to meet.

– The day of the interview, I began my traditional preparation, in which I describe how my experience meets their requirements. But as I looked at the job description they sent me, I could see why no one was applying; despite the job title, the duties they outlined were so technical that I didn’t even know where to start. In fact, I almost called and cancelled, convinced that I wasn’t the one for them. But I didn’t. I mean, we had already spoken, so surely they didn’t think I secretly had computer engineering skills, or something…? (And, heck, as I tweeted, “A long shot is better than no shot!”)

– Also, the day of the interview, I was late! Which is *so* not me. I’m generally very early for everything — except when it’s got life-changing implications. :slapsforehead: When I arrived, my previous interviewer came out to glare at me. I feebly apologized, and he graciously offered that he thought traffic was bad. I briefly agreed, we moved on, and no more was said about it.

– On the bright side, there was almost nowhere for the interview to go but up. And up it went — way up! The second interviewer was super-nice, and he shared that my previous interviewer “was impressed” with me. (I thought, “Um, so impressed that you didn’t hire me before?” But I immediately countered that with, “No worries — this job is better!”) My meager preparation added a key point or two to my answers. The interviewers even proposed that they could train me on what I didn’t know: I had wanted to suggest that, but I didn’t know if *they* would buy it!

– The next day — May 26 — ABC called and offered me the job. I accepted and we agreed I would start in two weeks.

A series of fortunate events? Sure, some people would say it’s all just coincidence. (Some people would say the same if a warehouse full of airplane parts exploded and produced a perfectly functioning airplane. 😉 I can attest that some of those “events” felt decidedly less than fortunate while I was in them, and I admit I slipped into despair, more than once. But I’m thankful that, looking back, I’m able to see the pieces come together, and I’m posting about it here to be a much-needed reminder for me to look for the big picture… or should I say, the big plan.

Posted by: Anne | August 5, 2017

getting past the ashes

“Of one thing I am perfectly sure: God’s story never ends with ‘ashes.'”
– Elisabeth Elliot, These Strange Ashes

Posted by: Anne | July 29, 2017

the divine filter of usability

“God will not permit any troubles to come upon us, unless He has a specific plan by which great blessing can come out of the difficulty.” – Peter Marshall

More quotes are here:
www.jonbeaty.com/21-of-the-most-inspirational-quotes-about-trusting-god/

Posted by: Anne | July 22, 2017

the great Director

“A person’s heart plans his way, but the Lord determines his steps.” — Proverbs 16:9 (CSB)

Young Clive is shipped off, to get rid of him, in the East India Company, and he becomes the founder of England’s empire in India. The Duke of Wellington seeks of Lord Camden in early life a place at the Treasury Board, and becomes the military hero of Europe. There are many to-day occupying positions very different to those which they set before themselves in early life. Some are preaching the gospel who were destined to practise at the English bar. Some are lawyers who started to be physicians. Some are business men who started to be artists or musicians. David Livingstone starts as a hand in a Glasgow factory, and he becomes the pioneer of missionary work in Africa. William Carey makes shoes and he becomes the most successful missionary in India. Looking back on life, we say it was this or that event which impelled us on another course. We are apt to forget that the event was no chance accident, but a distinct factor in God’s government of our lives.

Read the full article at the source:
https://www.studylight.org/commentary/proverbs/16-9.html

Posted by: Anne | July 15, 2017

What “all things”? What “good”?

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” —Romans 9:28

Do all things work together for good?

All things are not good. It would be mockery to say that they are. The death of a child is not good. Cancer is not good, drug addiction is not good, war is not good, blasphemy is not good.

But the Bible says, “We know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” In the chemistry of the cross God takes things that, in and of themselves, are bad, and He puts them together, much as a chemist might take chemicals that, in and of themselves, may be deleterious and mixes them to make a medicine that brings healing.

[For example,] many of us have some salt with our meals. Table salt is made up of both sodium and chloride. By itself, sodium is a deadly poison, and so is chloride. Put them together, and you have table salt. Salt flavors food, and a certain amount of salt is necessary for health and life. We cannot live without some salt in our systems.

God can take things that are bad and put them in the crucible of His wisdom and love. He works all things together for good, and He gives us the glorious, wonderful promise that He will do so.

Read the full article at the source:
https://billygraham.org/story/do-all-things-work-together-for-good/

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