Sunday, July 20, 2008

Rome Wasn't Built in a Day! It's Worth The Wait!


This is just a quick bundle of thoughts. I keep thinking of the Colorado River, and those beautiful red rocks in Utah. Both show the etching of much time. Much wear and tear. And it wasn't to destroy them. It was to form and chisle them! To make beauty that testifies of the glory of God and blesses us to see!


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Many times the promise God puts on our hearts, the desires, the hopes the dreams, they take much time to manifest. For lots of reasons. Some we will talk about, I hope soon. But the point is God doesn't change His mind. He takes His time, because He knows we are fragile and it takes time to be changed into the divine image of His Son Jesus Christ. Its coming. I am chaning, you are changing, every time we get in His presence, every time we get in His Word.


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Here's what He tells us in Hebrews 3:14 "For we have become fellows with Christ (the Messiah) and share in all He has for us, IF only we hold our first newborn confidence and original assured expectation [in virtue of which we are believers] firm and unshaken to the end."

That's a little unsettling! Something major in the development is up to us! We must stick to Him, cling to Him, abide in Him, so that we will not lose hope. He is trustworthy! That's exciting!

What beauty is He at work chiseling into your life? Eye has not seen, ear has not heard, neither has it entered into the heart of man what God has prepared for those who love Him, But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.

If, like me, you are making changes that seem to take such a long time to manifest the desired results...Hang in there! Hold on tight to Him! It's worth the wait!


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8 comments:

Regina said...

aaahhh great post! I'm glad that I stopped by. I am finally back to making my rounds. We are pretty much settled in here and I love the header!

Denise said...

Thanks for always inspiring me my friend.

Edge of Design said...

Definitely words of inspiration and seeds of hope. Thanks!

Christy said...

great post!!

I love the pictures. I lived in Arizona for several years and traveled often through New Mexico and Utah-beautiful country!

grey like snuffie said...

Sometimes I think His chisel needs to be a jack hammer. But thankfully He loves me more than I love myself sometimes. My husband and I are in a long holding pattern waiting for....well it doesn't really matter, because I don't really know---I hold onto many of the thoughts you shared today. Thankful He knows why He's molding, knows what is to come next and that He does treat us like the incredibly fragile humans we are.

freetofly said...

Reg - it is GREAT to have you back! I've missed you! I hope Texas is all you have believed for and MORE besides! And thank you!

Denise - That goes 2 ways, Chickee-poo!

Edge - thank you! That is always my hope!

Christy - thank you! I have to tell you, you inspired my post on mac & cheese! That excellent post you did on cutting back, so thank you!

Snuffie - Your comment made me smile! Yes, a jack hammer DOES seem like the more effective tool for me as well, I am SO GLAD that He is kinder to us than we are many times to ourselves! I pray He keeps, ecourages and prepares you both for your future while you valiantly serve today!

TO ALL:
Have a tremendously glorious week!
xoxo,
Maria

Mel's World said...

Maria...you hit the nail on the head yet again...I AM holding on to the only one who is worth holding on to...the GREAT I AM!

He has given me a heart and a passion and it IS taking time. My flesh is screaming to "make something happen", but my heart and soul says "Wait for God Melissa". Thanks for the gentle reminder!

Much Love,
Melissa

freetofly said...

Melissa,

Thank you so much! I am glad this connected. It seems MANY of us are in this holding steady pattern! We will keep exhorting and praying for one another!

xoxo,
Maria

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!