June 13, 2009

I Choose To Rest In the Soft Places of My LORD

Our latest In depth bible study started yesterday at my church. We are watching the 2007 Deeper Still Conference with Priscilla Shirer, Beth Moore and Kay Arthur. Each women speaks twice, so it is a 6 week study that includes the 5 days of study in between classes. I had started this study on my own over Christmas break. I had asked for the audio cd version of this study and listened to it in my car, then bought the workbook to do along with it. I got about 4 days into the homework and knew that this was so good that we would do it at church and put it aside for when I could do it with the class.

I am looking back on my homework from 6 months ago, the first several days of the first week and isn't it funny how so much can change and God brings His word to us just when we need it. When things are quiet in my life and I am not having to hold on to the Lord tightly I can almost feel myself floating in the opposite direction, not out of rebellion but out of comfort and ease. My answers are all honky dorry in the book, now if I was to reanswer those questions they would not be so easy. Jack's MRI last week has given me a week of anxiety that left on my own accord messes with my head. I am SO grateful to God to be bringing such a timely study of His word into my life at this very moment. I am just so grateful for His peace in my self created madness.

God is certainly calling me to rest in His soft places. Not tiptoeing through the thorns of created scenarios in my imagination. Because of God's word and His call thanks be to God I am confidant that I am heading towards Him in this...it is a daily walk, God's mercies are new every morning, and His grace is so freely given to fill what I lack.
I love this quote from one of God's faithful followers, George Meuller:
"The beginning of anxiety is the end of faith. The beginning of true faith is the end of anxiety." Then the commentary that follows: Our anxiety always stems from a desire to control and indicates that we have ceased to trust the Lord. When we are depending on the Lord to handle the people and circumstances in our lives, the outcome will be an existence virtually free from worry, anxiety, and fear. Peace will begin to flow like a river in our everyday living.

Jesus put it this way:

"And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith? So don't worry about these things, saying, "What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?" These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs"
Matt. 6:30-32 NLT


Amber Joy said...

Tammy, I wish I could be there to study the Word with you. It was sooo good to see you the other day. We had such a good time. I'm still praying for you and Jack. I KNOW he will be healed.