An important lesson I needed to learn!

Last night I could not sleep, and while I stared at the ceiling praying, thinking, and pondering, my thoughts kept roaming back to the thoughtful note I received in the mail. Something seemed familiar about it - as if it was confirming something I had already heard.
And then, all of a sudden - Light bulb! (to quote Gru from Despicable Me)
It sounded familiar because it WAS!

My sweet Angela chose these verses to encourage me:
And I am sure of this, that He who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ. Philippians 1:6 

God is faithful, who has called you into fellowship with His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. 
I Corinthians 1:9

Let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith Hebrews 12:1, 2

Put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator ... 
Colossians 3:10

To Him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of His glory with great joy ... Jude 24

Do you see it?
The very first verse is the same one the Lord pressed upon my heart to cling to during the "Under Construction" job He is doing on our family.

I thought about the wonder of this ... how the Lord put thoughts of me in the mind of my sister, prompted her to write out these specific Scriptures, and faithfully sent them to me at the moment I needed to hear them. "How good is a timely word!"
If the Lord orchestrated the timing and the words - then I better LISTEN!

The Lord uses the Holy Spirit, His Word, and His church to minister to the saints.
Therefore, when He prompts a brother or sister to share Scripture with me as a source of encouragement or correction, I need to take it seriously - listen intently - and pray over what He brought to my attention.

As I talked to the Lord about this new revelation, and wondered how many times I have missed His lessons by responding to a note with, "How sweet" rather than absorbing what was said and how it applied to my life, I was reminded of an e-mail I received the previous morning.
I pulled it up, read it again - and smiled.
Every verse she quotes relates to the theme of God's never-ending work in the lives of His children.
Every verse relates to the needs we have as a family, specifically me as a mother, as He takes us through this time of construction and remodeling.
Every verse relates to the truth that HE is God - and I am not. 
I cannot give up, I cannot grow weary, I must keep my eyes fixed on Him, I must put off sin and put on righteousness, and I must remember that He IS the author and perfecter of my faith - and therefore, I can trust Him. In all things. In all ways. No matter how long it takes.

This is her letter:
I love you Michelle, my dear sister and beautiful friend.
As I was in the Word I was struck by the way life is a "passing shadow". I was compelled to send you a note of Truth, wishing so much I could be sitting across from you over some breakfast.

I was reminded this morning again, of how small man is. Yet God loves us and is so intimately acquainted with us, even our unformed substance.
This life is such a struggle, a battle, in a world filled with wickedness and sin, with hearts bent towards evil. Thankfully though, a dwelling place and not our home.
Take courage in knowing you are walking in a manner worthy of your calling with which you've been called. Don't grow weary in doing what is right. Continue to take refuge in and seek wisdom from a Heavenly Father who understands your thoughts from afar, who searches you and knows you by name. He sits above the circle of the earth, and nothing happens that He does not allow. He gives strength to the weary, with His mercies new every morning, and He longs to be gracious to you. He waits on high to have compassion on you, because He is the God of mercy and grace.
Your life is an active testimony of what it means to live with purpose and glory to our Father in Heaven.
Keep you eyes fixed on Him as you boldly approach His Throne of Grace. He is always there, and will never leave you or forsake you.
I treasure you. Keep moving forward.

She knew nothing about my struggle. She knew I was wrestling with the Lord, but had no idea why, or how long the match would last. But because she loves God more than she loves me, she was willing to be obedient to share what He put on her heart, and I was blessed because of her obedience.

I learned an important lesson last night.
Words spoken in person.
Words written on the page.
Not just any words ... but words inspired by the Lord to provide encouragement, comfort, correction, and admonishment.
When God speaks, He expects to be heard. And obeyed.
And His words are clear and unmistakeable when they come directly from the pages of Scripture.

Thank You, Lord for affirming what You are teaching me through the faithfulness of these two sisters. Your Word is TRUTH - and there is no confusion when we trust in it!

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