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Tuesday, October 27, 2015

The evolution to just saying Yes

I am evolving in so many ways, but chief among them is this. Today, instead of telling someone they were strong enough to get through a crisis, I told them that God gave them the trials they were currently undergoing because He created them to turn to Him to bear them on their behalf. There’s a significant change there. I used to believe the encouragement that “God gives his toughest trials to His strongest warriors,” but that’s a dangerous fallacy. We have no strength. If we are clear, the only wise thing we know is to say “Yes.”

That is today’s lesson.

Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.  In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

Proverbs 3:5-6 KJV

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Just say Yes....

Friday, October 23, 2015

Just say Yes....even in the wilderness

I am reading Deidra D. Riggs, Every Little Thing. I am so grateful for her words. I never imagined that anyone besides me made a home in the Wilderness waiting on God for a rescue; her wisdom is that God has always been in the wilderness waiting for us to recognize Him and call upon Him for help. 
Sometimes all we need to do is just say Yes....

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Nope. It is not easy. Just say Yes anyway

The honest answer is "no," and I am being honest. I want to trust, but I also want not to suffer. However, when you change the frame, you begin to realize how ridiculous it is to think we might weigh in on the almighty. As I learn, I will settle on meantime praise, even when it is occasionally grudging. I am human, and after all, being honest. 

Lord, I trust You, even as I second guess. That is my humanity showing. I do not deny my humanity, even as I work to push beyond its limitations, and I appreciate the tension between humanity and Faith. My challenge is not to allow my humanity, like fear, paralyze me into disobedience or inaction. I choose to say Yes, prayerfully deciding not to be subject to and victimized by my humanity. This choice is not easy.

Yet, I choose obedience, and in surrendering to it, choose Joy. I choose to calm my emotions and celebrate the incredible gifts in my life. Waiting will never be easy for me; it is deciding how to spend my meantime that matters.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

How are you known? Did you just say Yes?

My morning began like this…

From this morning's devo. ..
“Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated and untrained men, they marveled. And they realized that they had been with Jesus.—Acts 4:13 (NKJV)... as soon as you immerse yourself in the Word and prayer, trust me, you will be known for having been with Jesus."

How are you known?  How ARE you known? It’s a good question. From morning study to soundtrack for my dog walk, and…in a departure from the usual, I opted for a sermon instead of music. This sermon, where TD Jakes asks, how we are known? 

Are you known for your temper? For your talents? If you were to ask the people who know you, who see you regularly how they might describe you...what would people say first?
Confirmation might have been enough, but there was more to this word for me. He began by teaching that “Faith is a perspective.” Faith is a frame, through which and by which we deal with the world. My faith informs not only the way I approach the world, but the way I deal with myself. Well, at least that’s what I thought….but the question remains, while that might be what I believe…how am I known?

How about you? Maybe if we just say Yes...we'll be known as His.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Simply being brave enough to just say Yes is enough.

Monday, October 19, 2015

Just say Yes (soundtrack) Deeper-Marvin Sapp

Today I have a head cold, and although I have pushed through my day, all I want now is to rest. This spoke to my spirit yesterday. Praying it ministers to you.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

A Prayer of Surrender....how to Just say Yes

This prayer was found, in its entirety here. I did not write it; I am grateful that it spoke confirmation to my heart as I walk this path. May it bless you as it blessed me. Sabbath blessings and rest to you.
“….may Your will be done” (Matthew 26:42),
Loving Father, I surrender to You today with all my heart and soul.  Please come into my heart in a deeper way.  I say “Yes” to You today.  I open all the secret places in my heart to you and say, “Come on in.”  Jesus, You are Lord of my whole life.  I believe in You and receive You as my Lord and Savior.  I hold nothing back.  Holy Spirit, bring me deeper conversion to the person of Jesus Christ.  I surrender all to you: my health, my family, my resources, occupation, skills, relationships, time management, successes and failures.  I release it, and let it go.  I surrender my understanding of how things out to be; my choices and my will.  I surrender to You the promises I have kept and the promises I have failed to keep.  I surrender my weaknesses and strengths to You.  I surrender my emotions, my fears, my insecurities, my everything.  I surrender _____________, ______________________, _______________________, _____________________. (Continue to surrender other areas as the Holy Spirit reveals them to you).  Lord, I surrender my entire life to You, the past, the present and the future.  In sickness and in health, in life and in death, I belong to You.
“Take, Lord, and receive all my liberty, my memory, my understanding, and my entire will, all that I have and possess.  You have given all of me.  To you, O Lord, and I return it.  All is Yours.  Dispose of it wholly according to Your will.  Give me Your Love and Your grace, for this is sufficient for me.”


Saturday, October 17, 2015

experience and appreciate....Just say Yes.

This was the lesson from my morning devotion...more confirmation that I am on the right path...

“You have given me the heritage of those who fear Your name.—Psalm 61:5 (NKJV)

Have you ever considered the purpose of your heritage? First, you were created for God’s good pleasure, and second, for beautiful relationships with your fellow man. God purposes for you to experience and appreciate the people that He brings into your life."

We are created to experience and appreciate...just say Yes. 

That is all we are meant to do...

Friday, October 16, 2015

Unbecoming...just say Yes

There is an elegant freedom in letting go, in releasing all that’s in your hands, and finally, gratefully, just saying Yes to God. These words, penned by an anonymous sage, inform this stage of my journey. Through Christ, I am unbecoming...

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Just say Yes and trust Him

It’s been a good day. I am learning to trust God, to rely upon His Guidance over my inclination to my free will. As my Gayle would say it...

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Dogged determination to trust Him or...stop fighting and Just say Yes

Running this week has been a metaphor for trusting God and pushing ahead. Monday's run was hard. Today's run almost didn't get off the ground, but I honored the commitment I made to myself and pushed through anyway. It was a good thing.

There is a beauty to discipline that I am coming to appreciate. Even as it got difficult, I choose to keep going, albeit slowly, focusing upon finishing the race…a lesson I know well.

I have seen something else under the sun: The race is not to the swift or the battle to the strong, nor does food come to the wise or wealth to the brilliant or favor to the learned; but time and chance happen to them all.
Ecclesiastes 9:11 (NIV)

I smiled as I realized it was finished, and that I had endured. Once more, Yolanda Adams words carried me “Through the Storm.”

The storms of life will blow
They're sure to come and go
They meet us all at a time
When I'm calm and doing fine
But the Captain of my soul
He's always on board
He rocks me in His arms
While riding through the storm
While riding through the storm
Jesus holds me in His arms
I am not afraid
Of the stormy winds and the waves
Though the tides become high
He holds me while I ride
I find safety in the Master’s arms
While riding through the storm
I have no fear of the raging seas
Knowing Jesus will forever be right here with me
He can speak to the wind to my enemies and to the waves
And he makes them all behave
All power's in the Master's hand
When I'm on sea or dry land
I found safety in the Master's holding arms
While riding through the storm
 While through the storm
Jesus holds me in his precious arms
 I'm not afraid of the stormy wind

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Stop resisting. Free Will may be your problem...Just say Yes.

Monday, October 12, 2015

Just say Yes....because His Plan is always better

I didn’t want to run this morning, but I did. It was an act of obedience to the promise I’ve made myself. It was also a lesson in Faith.

Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.
1 Corinthians 6:19-20 (NIV)

The lesson in Faith part? We have to keep our promises, as best we are able. God does. So, despite being weary, despite just not wanting to….I pledged to Just say Yes.

I selected a different soundtrack than the one I’m accustomed to running to, and it didn’t make the run any easier. However, when I was close to giving up, Yolanda Adams sang me through…

"In The Midst Of It All"

I've come through many hard trials
Through temptations on every hand
Though Satan's tried to stop me
And to place my feet on sinking sand
Through the pain and all of my sorrows
Through tears and all of my fears
The Lord was there to keep me
For He's kept me in the midst of it all

Not because I've been so faithful
Not Because I've always obeyed
It's not because I trust him
To be with me all of the way
But it's because He loves me so dearly
He was there to answer my call
There always to protect me
For He's kept me in the midst of it all

I've come through many hard trials
Through temptations on every hand
Though Satan's tried to stop me
And to place my feet on sinking sand
Because Jesus loves me dearly
He was there to answer my call
There always to protect me
For He's kept me in the midst of it all

No He's never left me
And He' never let me fall
Oh yes He will protect you
For He's kept me in the midst of it all

Yes, He kept me
Yes, Jesus kept me
Jesus kept me, in the midst of it all
For He's kept me in the midst of it all

Not only did she put me in a new headspace, there was a moment when I didn’t know whether I was going to run or shout (in the Spirit…I think I did both).

I’ve committed to my Faith. I’ve committed to just saying Yes, to trusting without complaint, to believing God’s Way instead of any illusion about my own capacity.

I’m grateful I completed my run. I’m grateful to have not given up. I am grateful to Him, because His Plans are Always Better. 

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Just say Yes...Open Our Eyes by Earth, Wind, and Fire

"Open Our Eyes"

Father, open our eyes, that we
may see, to follow thee. Oh lord
grant us, thy lovin' peace, and let
all dissension cease. Let our faith
each day increase,
and Master - Lord please-
Open our eyes, open our eyes-

He has given us, hills and mountains, He
has given us, level places.
He has given us food and clothing,
given us shelter from the storm and the rain-
And all that He provided,
kept us shelter from the storm and the rain-

Grant us thy lovin' peace,
and let all dissension cease,
let our faith each day increase,
and Master - Lord please
Open our eyes, open our eyes

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Just say Yes...but what does that look like?

What does just saying Yes look like? As I am practicing "yield" and "trust," today it looked like this. When the repairman told me that our refrigerator was dead, I was calm. We hadn't planned to replace any major appliances this week (month, year), but learning to Just say Yes means trusting God in all things, even when those things look like buying a new refrigerator.

I don't imagine most sane people going first to Romans 8:28 (KJV) under these circumstances, but that is precisely where I found comfort. 

And we know that all things work together for good for them that love God, to them who are called according to His purpose.
I was good. I was absolutely assured that everything that happened today would work out. I cannot tell you what that meant, but I was trusting that as a certainty. 

How was my day? 




Full of tests.  

What tests? Faith is not always easy, neither is integrity. Before My Beloved left for the office, we agreed on a budget and next steps. By end of day, I'd found exactly what we wanted, far beyond what we needed, and a price a third beyond our budget but one I could still (sort of) afford. My choice was clear. I gave my word. I promised to trust God. I promised to be obedient. So, I walked confidently away from exactly what I liked because that was the right thing to do. 

Incidentally, I am grateful for the patience I have learned from My Beloved over the last 22 years. Upon further review, the "just what we wanted" deal and the retailer was precisely what I ended up buying online for $7 under the budget to which we agreed. God makes my lessons simple to ensure I understand them. I am grateful.

With just a little patience and some quiet time to hear Him, my task was complete. Trust paid off. I just said Yes.

We'll be seven days without a refrigerator, but I don't mind. I have Peace about everything that happened, and I am grateful for the lesson as it unfolded so I could witness God working on me in the process. 

I'm saying Yes again tomorrow. Yes, Lord, yes, to Your Will and to Your Way. Having NO idea what that looks like. It doesn't matter. 

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