The Grace of Giving Up

This is where I am.

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article-2442538-187D501000000578-89_964x662If you are guilty, stressed, striving, burned out, instead of rededicating yourself at the altar one more time – why don’t you just give up? Give up serving God, give up seeking God, give up the struggle to do His work, give up the fight to bring in His kingdom.

Why don’t you enter into the grace of giving up? Why don’t you surrender the effort? Find that He has already done it. He is coming to you. When you give up, He arrives. God is getting His will done through people who have ‘given up.’ God is using the quitters. The old mystics used to call a ‘quitter’ a ‘yielded vessel.’ Yielded people all over the world have given up only to find with utter joy that God’s approach to them was relentless.

People striving to find God and who never found Him, lying exhausted on the ground, found…

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Going Deeper – Lessons from the Potter

Wise words here for those of us waiting…

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I read even more than I write. On one of the websites for worship leaders I read a devotional style article that I really loved, even while the flesh in me cringed and cried when I read it. I gave it a few days, read it again (after praying about my flesh’s response… and THIS time it was only a quiet whimper) and thought, “Yep, this is the sort of thing that I should share on ChasingNehemiah. It totally fits.”

This is an article written by Cathy Little, part three of a series entitled “Going Deeper – Lessons from the Potter”. What I loved about it, spiritually speaking, was that so often I’ve wrestled with the notion of being on the potter’s wheel. I’ve written about it, I use it in analogy in conversation and when addressing the conversation… but she puts a perspective to it that I’d not contemplated…

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Ice Storms, Trees and Praising God

Psalm 96:12-13 says, ‘All the trees of the forest will sing for joy; they will sing before the Lord, for he comes, he comes to judge the earth.’ Isaiah 55:12 says, ‘The mountains and the hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands.’
Have you ever noticed that trees always look as if they are praising God? Their limbs and branches and reach high towa

rds the heavens, reaching up, in glorious surrender to their Maker. I have but then the ice storm happened & so many of them were bent, snarled and broken, sort of like us, but then winter was over and spring came. They still looked pretty pitiful for a couple of years after the ice storm but their resilience returned, now they are reaching higher, more beautiful than even before. Isn’t that the way it is with certain seasons in our lives? We are frozen by circumstances then crushed by them but if we allow Jesus to minister to us in the way only He can there will be a turning point, where we will burst forth, maybe alittle torn but restored by the love of Christ. Thank You LORD for never leaving us even in the ice storms of life.Image
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