Friday, October 13, 2017

Book Excerpt # 24 The Waiting Time

44.  The Waiting Time


“I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits, and in his word I put my hope. I wait for the Lord more than watchmen wait for the morning, more than the watchmen wait for the morning.” (Psalm 130: 5-6) 

These verses challenge me. Often I am waiting for the Lord, but I am waiting for him to do what I want. The years stretch on and many of my wants remain. 

Waiting is not an inactive time, although it involves stopping and surrendering my plans, allowing God to work. I am to wait “more than watchmen wait for the morning.” 

At night watchmen guarded ancient cities from atop fortress walls, alert to any potential havoc from invaders. Other watchmen inside the walls worked to keep the city safe. Morning’s light bathed many areas out of darkness, lessening some dangers. 

The Lord is a watchman for me. When He says, Wait, it is for my own protection. He sees what I cannot see. My waiting times can seem as darkness with no certainty shed on the way ahead. It takes soulful trust as I remain stationary. It is a time to hold tight to the Holy Spirit who can help ward off shadows of discouragement and impatience. 

My task in waiting is to place my hope and trust in the Lord and not hurry ahead of him. He watches for the right time to pull me out of the dark and into the morning light of his plans. He knows when I am ready to pursue them. He has prepared the way. 

There is also the perspective of time that helps me appreciate the wisdom of the ways God has guided me. This fuller clarity helps me understand how some of my choices could have been the wrong ones. I perceive anew the occasions when God grabbed me out of harm’s way because I was not careful in heeding his warning signs. Such protection and his watchful care is worthy of thanks and praise.




Lynn L. Severance. “Seeking the Light of God's Comforter When Challenges Dim Our View” 44. The Waiting Time. Redemption Press. 

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Book Excerpt #23 Planting and Harvest

45.  Planting and Harvest


How do any of us become the fertile soil where the seeds of God’s word and life remain rooted? Once it was a given in a garden, but now we must tend to our lives as we journey back Home. 

Thus, if the soil is to become fertile, it will happen along the way. We co-labor with God, the sower, making choices that lead us toward the harvest of his intent.

Lord, help me stay the course. Keep sowing the seeds that will help me remain rooted and secure in, and with you. Amen.




Lynn L. Severance. Seeking the Light of God's Comforter When Challenges Dim Our View. 45. Planting and Harvest. Redemption Press. 

Friday, September 29, 2017

Book Excerpt #22 Introduction to Section THREE


Gratitude - Trust - Faihtfulness - Abundance - Surrender

The leaves are brilliantly colored, maximized in their finery. A nip in the air indicates another season is upon our land. In all this beauty there are notes of surrender. The brilliance will soon lead to a cycle of life as leaves fall to the ground. In time, new growth will emerge from their nourishment. 

The leaves’ surrender seems so effortless. They yield their abundance willingly. Oh that I could do likewise when needed. I often hesitate, not wanting to let go to make way for the unknown. Yet God consistently desires to give new life. The author of wonder makes all things new! He asks my patience as trusting leads to the gift of his faithfulness.

There is an ache in each surrender. When I attempt to do it alone, I can whirl around like the falling leaves. When I seek to partner with my God, He can gently help me fall into his place of grace— a soft landing.

In the writings that fill this section of the book, I have chronicled some of the surrendering steps God has asked of me. It is in the understanding of their importance that my journey with him has moved along. He wants to lead and care for me. He can bring me to a place of trust-filled peace. With a heart of gratitude, He can hear me say, “Thank you, Lord. I am seeing you more clearly now.”


Bless you as you read!
 Lynn

The photo above is of an original oil painting by my Mom, Maggie

Lynn L. Severance. Seeking the Light of God's Comforter When Challenges Dim Our View. Redemption Press. (Click on Redemption Press for ordering information.)


Sunday, September 24, 2017

Book Excerpt # 21 "Radiance"

24. Radiance



Lord, you look upon me with your perfect radiance. Help me mirror back joy as I accept the gift of you. When my feelings of joy are distant, I rest in the joy of your nearness. Amen.




Lynn L. Severance. 
“Seeking the Light of God's Comforter When Challenges Dim Our View”. 24. Radiance.  Redemption Press. 

Friday, August 25, 2017

Allowing Jesus to Turn Water into Wine

“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind” (Romans 12:2a).

Scripture’s account of Jesus’ first miracle at the wedding feast at Cana is compelling. Jesus loved a celebration. Although He felt that his time to manifest God’s glory had not yet come, He knew His Father’s heart that the celebration not be spoiled.

Jesus and water are themes throughout Scripture.

Immediately after His baptism in the Jordan River, Satan tempted Him in the wilderness for 40 days. The anointed waters of baptism surely nourished Him to resist.

When adversities pound into my life, I am exhorted to: “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds” (James 1: 2).

How can I count the daily afflictions “as joy” had I not the strength of the Holy Spirit’s blessed presence – a wine transforming my watered weaknesses for God’s purposes? It is a surrender impossible without my trust in Him.

My life, no longer full of a vitality once known, can cause me to feel much like the jars of clay filled to the brim with plain water. Though water is life giving, when celebration is the dress for the day, what am I to do with the feelings that I have been left out?

I can remember Mary’s words to the servants at that Cana feast. “Do whatever He tells you” (John 2:5).

God asks me to trust the miracle of His living water within me, more powerful than wine, but also the fruit of the Vine I cling to.

God trusts me! Best I keep learning by trusting Him so that I can can be ready for His transformational miracles that will change my life.


Prayer
Lord, only You have the power to make the changes in my heart and life that will most richly honor You. My heart’s desire is to be still and to let Your power unfold miraculously. Amen.

(devotional from a January, 2015 Rest Ministries' posting)


Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Book Excerpt #20 "Having the Faith of Abraham"

16. Having the Faith of Abraham

As a spiritual descendent of Abraham, I look heavenward to the stars. What can I learn? God called Abraham his friend. He blessed him while acknowledging him as righteous, not because he always did things right or even understood God’s ways. 

Perhaps I am looking for strength in my fractures rather than looking to the One who wants my attention. 

God asks me, “Are you willing to surrender your ways to believe my ways are best? Can you trust me without comprehending my reasons?”

 I ponder my response. My yes will require my flexibility, allowing God’s best to rise to the top filling up my fracture lines with himself. That is a reality I desire. 

God has the stars in his universe and the plans for my life under complete control. Abraham learned, after that star-filled night, that God’s promises for him came to pass. God’s plans for me unfold as my heart-pieces rest into his peace and as new life involvements replace former times. I smile at the stars and believe for the more that is yet to come.

Watercolor image by Dave Peterson,
Edmonds, WA

Lynn L. Severance. “Seeking the Light of God's Comforter When Challenges Dim Our View”. 16. “Having the Faith of Abraham.  Redemption Press.  Click here for ordering information. 

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Book Excerpt # 19 "I Am Praying for You"






Lord, you are a light of hope and strength as you send special ones to minister to my needs. Keep all of us covered with and within your faithfulness as we bless and comfort one another. Amen.

Lynn L. Severance. "Seeking the Light of God's Comforter When Challenges Dim Our View" 34. I am Praying for You.. Redemption Press.