Category Archives: Belief
Anna’s God Box
The other day I was searching for my box of checks. We do our bill paying online so we rarely write checks and I just couldn’t remember where I keep the unused checks.
While looking through every drawer and basket I could think of, I came across something even better, a treasure: my God Box.
Several years ago I came across the idea of writing down my prayer requests on separate pieces of note paper, one page for each person in my life. Then I folded those notes and placed them in this box. And promptly forgot about the whole thing.
So when I found the box yesterday, I could not remember what it was or why I had labeled it Anna’s “God Box.” Until I looked inside and found about a dozen tightly folded notes.
As I read each one in turn, I alternated between sadness and joy. Some of my written prayers had not come to pass, but several of them had turned out as wonderful as I had wanted. This led me to do some serious thinking. If these prayers were not answered in the exact way I had prayed for them, did that mean God was not listening?
I’m thinking… no.
What it may mean is that God knows what is best for us and we don’t. A different answer to our prayers may simply mean that our solution is not God’s design for that situation. If He is truly our All in All, then what He allows in our lives must be the absolute best for us, whether we believe that at the time or not.
I guess it’s a matter of faith rather than feelings. Oh, can I ever get caught up in feelings! But if I believe that God loves me so much that He wants only the best for me, then I have to let go of my uncertain feelings and trust that He will make everything right … in His timing. And that’s good enough for me.
Oh, and the saying on the top of my God Box?
“This is the day
the Lord hath made
Let us rejoice
And be glad in it.”
Rejoicing with you for this Lord-made day,
I read this in an email today and wanted to share it with you. Enjoy!
A churchgoer wrote a letter to the editor of the newspaper and complained that it made no sense to go to church every Sunday. I’ve gone for 30 years now,” he wrote, “and in that time I have heard something like 3,000 sermons. But for the life of me I can’t remember a single one of them. So I think I’m wasting my time and the pastors are wasting theirs by giving sermons at all.”
This started a real controversy in the “Letters to the Editor” column, much to the delight of the editor.
It went on for weeks until someone wrote this clincher: “I’ve been married for 30 years now. In that time my wife has cooked some 32,000 meals. But for the life of me, I cannot recall the entire menu for a single one of those meals. But I do know this: They all nourished me and gave me the strength I needed to do my work. If my wife had not given me those meals, I would be physically dead today. Likewise, if I had not gone to church for nourishment, I would be spiritually dead today!”
When you are DOWN to nothing . . . God is UP to something!
Faith sees the invisible, Believes the incredible and Receives the impossible!
Thank God for our physical and our spiritual nourishment!
- Unknown Contributed by Carole Embry
But those who wait upon the Lord will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint.
In a remote Swiss village stood a beautiful church. The church was not only beautiful to look at, with its high pillars and magnificent stained glass windows, but it had the most incredible pipe organ in the entire region. People would come from miles away—even from far-off lands—to hear the lovely tones of this organ.
One day a problem arose. The columns were still there, the windows still dazzled with the sunlight, but an eerie silence enveloped the valley. The area no longer echoed with the glorious fine-tuned music of the pipe organ.
Musicians and experts from around the world tried to repair the instrument. Every time a new person would try to fix it the villagers were subjected to sounds of disharmony, awful noises that seemed to pollute the air.
One day an old man appeared at the church door. He spoke with the sexton, and after a time the sexton reluctantly agreed to let the old man try his hand at repairing the organ. For two days the old man worked in almost total silence. The sexton was getting a bit nervous.
Then on the third day, at precisely high noon, the valley once again was filled with glorious music. Farmers dropped their plows, merchants closed their shops, everyone in town stopped what they were doing and headed for the Cathedral. Even the bushes and trees of the mountain top seemed to respond as the glorious music echoed from ridge to ridge.
After the old man finished playing, a brave soul asked how he could have restored the magnificent instrument when the world’s experts could not. The old man merely said, “It was I who built this organ fifty years ago. I created it—and now I have restored it.”
God created you, and He knows exactly what you need to live your life to the fullest. As your Creator, He can restore you at the end of a draining day—so you can play beautifully music tomorrow.”
–From Sunset With God (Quiet Moments With God) by Honor Books
Have you heard about a different kind of ABC’s? They are so easy to remember:
“All of us have sinned and fallen short of God’s glory. But God treats us much better than we deserve, and because of Christ Jesus, he freely accepts us and sets us free from our sins. Admit that you are a sinner and that you cannot free yourself.” –Romans 3:23-24
BELIEVE that Jesus Christ died for you.
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whosoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” –John 3:16
CONFESS that Jesus Christ is the Savior and Lord of your life.
“That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” –Romans 10:9
If you have questions about any of this, please write to me at annap51 (at) msn (dot) com (my email address is purposely written like this to keep spammers and miners from stealing it).
This morning I enjoyed the sweet privilege and blessing of seeing my son get baptized. Alan’s journey to this point in his life has not been without considerable inner turmoil, but how many things truly worth doing are ever easily won?
As I sopped up my inevitable and joyful tears–my husband Rick refers to this as eye leakage–I couldn’t stop praising God over and over again not only for answering many years of prayers but also for allowing me the opportunity to witness this special event. It doesn’t seem very long ago, although it has been probably 15 years, when I was also blessed to witness my daughter’s baptism. Kathy stood beside me this morning and together we watched Alan bury his “old self” and come up out of the water symbolically washed free of sin.
As I reflect on this now, I am so thankful for the example Jesus made of Himself:
“When all the people were being baptized, Jesus was baptized too. And as he was praying, heaven was opened and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.” Now Jesus himself was about thirty years old when he began his ministry.” ~Luke 3:21-23a
Thank you, Jesus, for the perfect gift of…You!
No wonder Jesus Christ lays such emphasis on the sin of unbelief. “And He did not many mighty works there because of their unbelief.”
If we really believed that God meant what He said – what should we be like! Dare I really let God be to me all that He says He will be? –Oswald Chambers