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Is it time yet, God?

 
 
Hi, friends!
 
So I was scrolling down my Facebook newsfeed, and a meme caught my eye. I shared it on my author page because it resonated with me at the time. Thing is: I haven’t been able to get it out of my mind.
 
Here it is:
 
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Let that sink in.
 
We hear that God is never late. I believe it 100%.
 
But I’ve never considered that “God is never early.” That’s the part that has stuck with me.
 
I picture a timeline. If one point marks early and another point marks late, then there has to be a certain point on the timeline that is…
 

  • Right
  • Perfect
  • Exact
  • Precise
  • Dead-on

 
Think about the birth of Christ. Jesus didn’t come early to Earth. Neither did He come late. He came at the precise time. In the fullness of time.
 

 
But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son. (Galatians 4:4)
 

 
When everything was as God wanted, Jesus made His entrance onto the stage called Earth. Nothing and no one could rush his birth. Nothing and no one could stop it from happening. Everything was as it should have been for His supernatural entrance.
 
 
Same with His death and resurrection.
 

 
He gave himself to pay for the sins of everyone. That was a witness given by God at just the right time. (1 Timothy 2:6).
 
You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. (Romans 5:6)
 

 
And with the death of Lazarus (John 11:1-44). Although Jesus knew about Lazarus’ illness, He waited a while before visiting him. By the time Jesus arrived, Lazarus had been dead four days! Both of Lazarus’ sisters told him, “I wish you had been here! Then my brother would not have died.” Jesus replied, “Lazarus is dead. For your benefit, I am glad I was not there. Now you will believe.”
 
 
Friends, I’m going to be transparent here: I have several things I think God is late on in my life. But after seeing this meme, I wonder whether it’s still early for Him to shine. Is it still too early that we’ll think we figured things out on our own?
 
 
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I feel like time is running out. But I know He is never late.
 
And now I know, He’s never early. He is on-time. Precise. Exact. Perfect.
 

 
The suffering won’t last forever. It won’t be long before this generous God who has great plans for us in Christ – eternal and glorious plans they are! – will have you put together and on your feet for good. (1 Peter 5:10)
 
Our suffering is light and temporary and is producing for us an eternal glory that is greater than anything we can imagine. (2 Corinthians 4:17)
 
A thousand years to you are like one day; they are like yesterday, already gone, like a short hour in the night. (Psalm 90:4 2 Peter 3:8)
 

 
So … I wait. We wait. With hope and prayer and, many times, wavering faith.
 
And just when I think time is up…
 
 
 
Come alongside… Do you agree with God never being early? Why or why not? What are you waiting for? Does it feel like time is running out? How can you choose to believe that God will be on time? Please share with us in the box that says, “Leave a reply.” Remember you can reply anonymously.
 
 
 

Roll it away!

 
Hi, friends!
 
How are your bowling skills? Are you in the 300 club? In the “gutter?” Or somewhere in between?
 
I’m in the gutter club. Well, maybe a little bit higher than that. 😉 Seriously, though, I’m not that great at it. I don’t practice; I don’t make it a priority. Even my grade-school children are better at it than I am.
 
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How are your bowling skills in life? Do you hang on to the ball?
 

  • Worries
  • Career
  • Family
  • Illness
  • Plans

 
Do you run after them down the lane? Or do you roll them away and let them go?
 
Listen to this verse from the Bible:
 

 
Commit to the LORD everything you do. Then your plans will succeed. (Proverbs 16:3 NIrV)
 

 
What does that verse have to do with bowling? Everything.
 
When we commit our lives to God—our hurts; our circumstances; the things that stress us out; our plans, we roll them away to Him, literally. That’s what the Bible says in its original wording.
 
Here are other translations of the same verse:
 

 
“Roll unto Jehovah thy works, And established are thy purposes” (YLT).
 
“Roll your works upon the Lord [commit and trust them wholly to Him; He will cause your thoughts to become agreeable to His will, and] so shall your plans be established and succeed” (AMP).
 

 
Can you visualize it? Can you feel the heaviness of the ball? Can you feel your body lifting as you let it go? Can you see God waiting for it at the end of the lane, cheering you on?
 
 

You can do it! Roll it to me! I’ll take care of it!

 
 
Today, I want to encourage you: Roll it away to Him—all your cares, plans, pursuits. You might wobble a bit as you let the ball go. It might go straight, or it might veer to the left or to the right. It doesn’t matter, as long as you roll it to Him. As you watch it roll away down the lane, your mind and heart will become fixed on Him, immovable, established, calm, at peace.
 
He will take it from there. Just roll it away!
 
 
 
Come alongside… What do you need to roll away today? What is keeping you from rolling it away? What steps can you take? Who can help you along the way? Share with us in the comments below. Remember, you can comment anonymously.
 
 
 
 
 


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Ooh, a Shortcut…. Not So Fast!

“Momma, momma, why can’t we just take the shortcut?” asked my four-year-old on the way to the doctor. He saw the doctor’s office in the distance and must’ve figured that the shortest distance between two points is a straight line—why not just take it?

 

“Because…”

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I maneuvered the twists and turns through the medical complex as I tried to think of an answer he could understand.

 

“Sometimes we have to take the long way to get where we’re going.”

 

“But it’s just right there.”

 

“I know. But sometimes we can’t take shortcuts. There might be things we need to see on the long way—maybe something we need to learn.” Like patience, I told myself.

 

Isn’t that like life? Sometimes we’re in a situation for much longer than we anticipated.

 

  • Singleness.
  • Illness.
  • Unemployment.
  • Any type of life transition.

 

Like my son, we might say, “Why can’t we just take a shortcut, Lord?” Or, “Why is this taking so long, Lord?” Or, “How long, Lord?”

 

We’ve all been there.

 

Today, I want to remind you about the Israelites.

 

When the king sent the people out of Egypt, God did not lead them on the road through the Philistine country, though that was the shortest way.

 

God said, “If they have to fight, they might change their minds and go back to Egypt.” So God led them through the desert toward the Red Sea.

 

The Israelites were dressed for fighting when they left the land of Egypt. The Lord showed them the way; during the day he went ahead of them in a pillar of cloud, and during the night he was in a pillar of fire to give them light.

 

In this way they could travel during the day or night. The pillar of cloud was always with them during the day, and the pillar of fire was always with them at night. (Exodus 13:17-22).

 

Dear one, God has a reason for taking you the “long” way. Be assured, that despite how long you’ve been in your situation, He is with you, and He will show you the way. He has not left you.

 

Sometimes it is frustrating to have to take the long route, but remember: We might not understand the road we travel, but we can rest that the Lord will direct our steps (Proverbs 20:24). He has good and perfect gifts in store for us (James 1:17).

 

 

Come alongside… What situation do you find yourself in today? How long have you been there? How can you trust God’s plan for you?

 


 

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Steps of Faith and Growth

Thank you to everyone who replied to my poll on stepping out in faith. We had a lot of discussion and great comments. Several of you mentioned that you experience self-doubt once you take a step of faith.

 

  • Second-guessing.
  • Cold feet.
  • Mixed feelings.

 

I feel ya–I really do.

 

The step of faith is a step into the unknown. It’s a step into new, uncharted territory–into utter and complete trust in the One who has called us to take that step in the first place.

 

 

Stepping out in faith is a sign of growth, my word of the year.
  • Can I do this?
  • What if I fail?
  • Should I step back–or keep going anyway?

 

Stepping out stretches us, dear ones. We learn to trust not in ourselves and our efforts–but in God’s. He alone can do what we feel we aren’t capable of doing ourselves. We are then in a place where we continue to look to Him for guidance and wisdom and not rely on our own.

 

What is He calling you to do? What step does He want you to take?

 

  • To start a new career?
  • To seek help for your addictions?
  • To move on from an unhealthy relationship?
  • To help someone in need?
  • To adopt?

 

I encourage you to do that which He wants you to do. Take that step of faith, my friend. Ask others to join with you in prayer. If God wants you to take that step, He trusts that you are ready–maybe even overdue–for this new part of your journey with Him.

 

It may be difficult, but remember…you have Him leading you and others beside you. Fear is natural, so don’t bury those feelings. Express them to Him. Tell Him your hesitations, but vow to keep going anyway. “Happy are those who hear the word of God and obey it” (Luke 11:28).

 

Stepping out in faith…It’s all a part of growth–mine and yours.

 

 A person may plan his own journey, but the LORD directs his steps (Proverbs 16:9).

 

Come alongside…What is God calling you to do? Will you take that step of faith? What do you fear? How can you express those feelings to Him and obey Him in the process? How will stepping out grow you?

 

I look forward to hearing your feedback.
Big hugs,
Daphne

 

Opportunity knocks, but will God open?


God closed a door today.

 

A little part of me expected it, but a bigger part of me wanted it badly. I still do.

 

If I’m honest, the opportunity has consumed me over the past several months:

  • I’ve talked about it without end.
  • I’ve daydreamed about it.
  • I’ve dreamed about it.
  • And I’ve talked about it some more.

 

Surely this is God’s best for me. How could it not be?

 

But during the past several months, a little voice nagged at me.

 

Is it really God’s best?

 

As the months crawled by, I noticed more and more red flags about the opportunity. Still, I wanted it–like a newborn baby reaches for her bottle.

 

Today, God confirmed my misgivings: He closed that door.

 

The moment I learned of the opportunity, I stepped out in faith but prayed for God’s best for me. If it was not His best, I did not want it–regardless of the disappointment. He would help me process any sadness; of that, I’m certain. But I did not want to risk walking outside His plan for me.

 

Today, I learned that opportunity was not part of His plan for me.

 

This evening, my husband helped me talk through my disappointment. I melted in his arms and cried.

 

“I wanted it badly.”

 

He hugged me tighter, and as he did, an encouraging voice from above soothed my soul.

 

“I have something better.”

 

The man holding me in his arms was living proof. At that very moment, God used my husband of four months–the one He sent to me, the one holding me in his arms–to remind me that every good and perfect gift is from God (James 1:17). He brings His best at exactly the right time.

 

 

I will continue to process my feelings. But deep down, I sense another door will soon open. God is about to do a brand-new thing. It has already begun, and I’m starting to see it unfold (Isaiah 43:19).

 

His best is on the horizon.

 

Come alongside…Have you wanted something so badly that it hurt? How has God responded? How can the verses above help you trust in God’s timing and best for you?

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