Thursday, January 10, 2008

The Goodness of God!

"Praise ye the LORD. O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good:
for his mercy endureth for ever. "
Psalm 106:1 INVITATION:
I am inviting you to take a field trip with me.
Leave the laundry, the on-line bill paying,
leave the phone calls, and mom's taxi service.
Just for a minute or two.

For the last 2-3 weeks, at various odd times, or in my quiet time with the Lord,
I keep thinking of The Goodness of God.
I am lately just struck by it.
The constancy, the variety, and the sureness of the Goodness of God!

Remember my last post was about my youngest's 15th birthday.

Here is a pertinent part from that post...
"He's loyal to his friends and family.He'll stick up for what's true, or whoever needs help, even if it costs him friends.He is not shy about speaking up, or speaking out."

Well, let's just say that wonderful quality led to a HUGE trial that same night.

(yup, on his birthday, after almost breaking his finger in the truck door on the way to

music practice)

He was compelled to speak up and speak out

at church music practice, on behalf of someone who is his friend,

who was being badly mistreated by another teen on the team.

Really, this description leaves so much out of the picture,

that has been going on in this group for months,

But, suffice it to say, that it has yet to be determined how the situation will be resolved.

Initially, that night, I was so distraught

at what I was seeing happen to him, his faith, and the team as a whole.

But, I have to say, that after much time during the night, in God's Word and in prayer, by yesterday morning, and still today,

I really have complete peace no matter what the outcome.

Because, I am so convinced of God's goodness, and sovereignty,

that I know, that I know, that I know,

that this

being put in His hands, He will work it for not only Jason's good,

but our whole family's, and the young group of teens.

"O give thanks unto the LORD, for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever. " Psalm 107:1

Everwhere we look, we see signs of the Lord's goodness gone before us.

Through answered prayer, through beautfiul moments we experience,

filled with hope, laughter, love and beauty.

The kind of moments that are spontaneous, unexpected, and we truly can't take any credit for.

"O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good:

because his mercy endureth for ever. "

Psalms 118:1

My life, and your life is filled with footprints and fingerprints from God in Heaven ,who sees our distress, sees our plight and steps in.

4:00 this morning, I knew I had to do this post,

and that it had to be filled with pictures that show God's beauty. And I thought of the many, many, many times He has shown mercy in improbable situations.

Too many to do justice to today. But, I know you each have your own.

I think it is so important to remember those times, savor them, rehearse them, tell them to your children, grandchildren, and nieces and nephews.

Tell them of the goodness of God! They need to know,

so they can have the peace, the hope, the joy, the laughter

that comes from a secure heart, anchored in the knowledge of the goodness of God.

People fail, God does not!!

"O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good:

for his mercy endureth for ever."

Psalm 136:1

"O taste and see that the LORD is good:

blessed is the man that trusteth in him."
Psalm 34:8

I believe this will be something I will be focusing on this year.

Lord willing, I will be alert and catching more of God's goodness,

and maybe even telling of some past momentous events.

I believe it pleases God and benefits us to, in appropriate ways, tell of His goodness.

"Then those who feared the Lord talked often one to another; and the Lord listened and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before Him of those who reverenced and worshipfully feared the Lord and who thought on His name."

Malachi 3:16

We need to hear, so our faith can be encouraged, and He can be glorified!

"And leaping forth he stood and began to walk, and he went into the temple with them, walking and leaping and praising God.
And all the people saw him walking about and praising God,
And they recognized him as the man who usually sat [begging] for alms at the Beautiful Gate of the temple; and they were filled with wonder and amazement (bewilderment, consternation) over what had occurred to him."

Acts 3:8-10

He is a glorious God, at all times!
He is sovereign, He loves us more than we love ourselves or each other.
We can trust Him!

I know this may seem like a pointless post to some, or lacking in substance.
It's just something I had to do, my heart wouldn't let me do anything else!
Thanks for taking a field trip with me!
I hope you could enjoy the pictures at least!


luvmy4sons said...

Pointless post? Hardly dear sister. I could feel your heart and it echoed mine. The pictures were wonderful too. Thank you for thinking out loud. It is like a soothing balm to read your thoughts in this post. Thank you. Praying for your situation. Love always in Christ dear sister.

Karolee said...

I love thinking about the goodness of God!

Carole said...

I too enjoyed the pictures and scriptures on your post. It is terribly hard to be young and in a youth group and speak up for right. Kuddos to Jason.

Ally said...

Thanks for this very uplifting post. Not at all pointless! I loved the pics too...especially the one with the pink trees....

I can understand your struggle with your son, but I think it´s great that you were able to pull through and stay in the presence of God. He truly is our only way forward.... thanks for pointing to the right direction!!!!

Sharon said...

i love the verse from Malachi.
Often in our women's group at church as we sat around talking about the things we were learning and what God was doing in our lives I picture God listening in and writing it all down. All the while of course He had a huge grin on His face.
He is GOOD and His mercies endure forever!!!!!!

freetofly said...

Leslie, I am glad to know it was a comfort, that is excatly what I was aiming for! Yesterday I just kept looking at the pics from time to time! I guess I am very visual & they just make me happy to see them! Thanks for the prayers! Backatchya'!

Karolee, me too! :)

Carole, Thanks a bunch. I agree. It is hard. Youth groups are something I have much mixed feelings about...but that is another story!

Ally, thanks! Glad you enjoyed!

Sharon, :) I LOVE that scripture too! & that picture you get, is JUST LIKE the one I picture, too! I SOO think that is neat!

Thanks, you all, for taking the field trip with me!

What Does it Mean Anyway? "Free to Fly"...

Well, it's like this: Here are some of the Webster's Dictionary definitions of Free: a : having the legal and political rights of a citizen b : enjoying civil and political liberty c : enjoying political independence or freedom from outside domination d : enjoying personal freedom : not subject to the control or domination of another2 a : not determined by anything beyond its own nature or being : choosing or capable of choosing for itself...having a scope not restricted by qualification 7 a : not obstructed, restricted, or impeded ...Now, here are some of the Webster's Dictionary definitions of Fly:1 a : to move in or pass through the air with wings b : to move through the air or before the wind or through outer space c : to float, wave, or soar in the air ... a : to take flight ...6 : to work successfully ...Examples which apply from Websters: fly high : to be elated - fly in the face of or fly in the teeth of : to stand or act forthrightly or brazenly in defiance or contradiction of

What does this mean in my life? This means that in life we are meant to be free. While historically mankind has not always enjoyed the opportunity to fully appreciate what that means, we are so indescribably fortunate as to live in a time of the greatest spiritual, physical, financial and political freedom ever known. Freedom doesn't come cheap, nor does it come easy. But the best things in life don't come that way do they? As I write this I am struck by how this sounds like a political statement, and for me this is much more of a spiritual thing, but, same goes for that (political that is). Freedom doesn't come easy. And it's worth whatever fight you have to make to overcome in your life in order to live a life that succeeds. Now the questions is - what is success for you? What is your standard? In my mind what is needed is a definite target - because you can't hit and maintain a moving target. A stable, rock-solid, anchor with no variable, yet multi-faceted. Something pure, just and worthy. If you look at any web page of news you can see that our society is certainly lacking in this area. What a great time to live as a rebel! Nowadays to be a rebel, all you have to do is be willing to engage in the battle of life, while anchored to Christ!