I’m a Believer

…blessed is she that believed… -Luke 1:45

Oh, The Depth of the Riches… February 18, 2009

I haven’t been writing much lately (as you can tell), but I have been studying in preparation for upcoming ministry opportunities.  In looking back over old beach retreat information, I found something I had written after one of our ladies’ retreats.   I thought I’d post it here.

May, 2007

bw-beach-girls3Imagine standing at the edge of the seashore with our toes barely at the surf line, occasionally the waves reach out and touch us, lapping at our feet. Sometimes we take this touch as an invitation, and wade deeper; sometimes it makes us run backwards, depending on our desire to get wet. Often, we have stood at the edge of God with our toes (and our hearts) barely at the edge of what He has for us. Occasionally He will come closer to us than He has been, and we find ourselves ankle deep. To some of us this is thrilling, to others of us, frightening . Sometimes we wade deeper into Him, sometimes we retreat, because we are just not ready to get that wet, to be fully immersed.

We stand as sisters, united through Jesus Christ, yet all separate people. Some older, some younger, both physically and spiritually, all wanting to go in the same direction, but not knowing exactly what is out there, beneath the visible surface. Some of us are looking forward, towards the unknown vastness of what God has for us, some looking back at the footprints of where we have been, all of us at the edge of possibility in God.

As we stand at the edge of the seashore, it seems as if we are touching eternity. These same sands and waters have been here since “God created,” and have touched the feet of countless souls. The ocean is so much like God-much more vast and powerful than we can ever imagine. All we can experience with our mortal bodies is the surface. When we, through faith, allow God to be our sustainer, we are carried up over the tops of the waves, into the midst of deeper love and trust. The ocean is always moving, never standing still, changing the shoreline and nearly everything it comes into contact with, but it is always the ocean. So God is-eternal and unchanging, yet infinite and never standing still. Once you have been touched by God, your shoreline will be changed, and your rough edges washed away.

And so we stand at the edge, dressed in His righteousness, ready to go forward, linked up with our sisters. As we hold hands and proceed forward we are able to help our sisters overcome when the waves get big, to go back and pick them up when they get knocked down, to bring them forward when they fall behind, to laugh together as we triumphantly make it over the top of another wave, and to encourage each other to go deeper.

O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out! ~Romans 11:33

I’m a Believer!

Laura

For more on the deep things of God, visit my husband’s blog at  www.swimthedeepend.wordpress.com.

 

Believing the Truth about God – Part 2 July 19, 2008

In Part 1 of Believing the Truth About God, we were looking at what has been called Mary’s Magnificat, the portion of scripture in Luke 1:45-54, in which Mary, the young mother of Jesus, sings a song of praise about the character of her God based on His hand in her life.  She begins her song by saying “My soul doth magnify the Lord.”  She then goes on to tell about her Lord.  Let’s continue to look at her song, and at the qualities of God that she knew so well as to be able to put complete trust in Him for all things.

1.  God is a Savior and His Salvation Brings Joy

My spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.  Luke 1:47

  • Right here we see that her spirit HATH REJOICED in her Saviour.  God has been her Saviour. HAS BEEN is past tense. In the previous verse she spoke of God as her Lord, meaning master.  He IS her Master because He HAS BEEN her Savior.  First and foremost, before God is our Lord, our Master, He must have already been our Savior. (more…)
 

Believing the Truth About God – Part 1 July 12, 2008

This is a message I delivered at our Ladies’ Beach Retreat in May.

In the previous posts, Being a Believer and Believing the Truth Part 1 & Part 2, you may have noticed that in order to be a believer, and to believe the truth you are going to have to believe in God, on God, and flat out Believe God! That’s a lot of trust in God right there…

I find that is is easier to believe someone when we know something about them and trust their character.  How about you?  In order for us to have the kind of increasing belief and faith in God, it will be helpful for us to know more about God’s character.

Just as viciously as the truth has been attacked, God’s character has been attacked. The most popular method of attack to is to ask that accusatory question is “If God is so good, (more…)