Sunday, September 23, 2012

"mercy triumphs: week two snippets" or "the week that slayed me"

happy sunday, friends! 
i trust this lord's day was a sweet time of worship and rest in the creator!

{it's never too late to join us! details here}

this week was crazy. crazy!
some days i read through the scriptures and material twice. i just need this.

here are a few key things from these lessons that the lord used to ring my bell:

*this passage. i have it memorized, yet took away a fresh zeal to do it and believe it.

count it all joy, my brothers, 
when you meet trials of various kinds, 
for you know that the testing of your faith 
produces steadfastness.
{james 1:2-3}

*trials don't steal from me as a follower of christ unless i hand over the goods. 
they give good to me, if i receive it. are my troubles robbers or reapers? 
taking god at his word through james here
i can trust the result to be perfect and complete to his purpose. 
lacking in nothing. complete for my good

*on wisdom. ask for it always. i need the wisdom to know what to do with knowledge. 
i need authentic leadership of the holy spirit in areas that aren't black and white. 
this connection and communication with the father breathes life into our relationship. 
he delights in being my sole and holy source for all things in life!

*but seek first the kingdom of god and his righteousness, 
and all these things will be added to you. {matthew 6:33}
not storing things up for self, but unto god; eternally minded.
"the transience of this earthly existence is both hope to the poor and humility to the rich."

*i'm commanded to be openhanded to the needy
those of humbler means? be aware. be there  for them.
it's impossible to remember god and forget the poor. 
this stirs not guilt, but giving. open hands.

*when trouble comes, i struggle with sin. why? i'm enticed by my own desires, this is my problem. 
not my surroundings, not what's done to me, not god's fault. the good news: jesus can change me! 
he turns my heart inside out, and covers every nook with his righteousness, he gives new LIFE! 
"blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test 
he will receive the crown of life, which god has promised to those who love him." {james 1:12}

*everything is from the lord. god uses time to unwrap presents that appear as curses.
meditating on this, and how i often butt on in and help the lord along, i was broken.
all over again, because i am always seeming to be in school on this lesson. 
waiting on the lord is a difficult even seemingly impossible business sometimes.

when i was a little kid, i decided to open a cocoon. 
i thought i'd get to see the butterfly all cozy inside, and help it to come out sooner. 
i was so gentle. i felt like i was doing the right thing. 
instead of helping that perfect little creature come out to play, i ruined it. it wasn't time.
the butterfly and the cocoon were now a disfigured, gross mess.
the awful sick way i felt that day should have always reminded me to just wait for things.
but here i am, scheming and organizing my own plans all to often. 
jumping ahead of the lord's perfectly timed plans for me. 
oh how i want to trust him, and fully rest on his clock. father, help me.

have you been been studying along with us?
i'd love to hear how the lord is using time in his word to grow you, please share!

link up at beautifully rooted and share your thoughts on week two!


  1. Hannah! It's been such a long time since I've visited your blog. So many health issues, financial issues, etc. have hit us. But I trust in the Lord and His word, and James is one of the books that I love to read over and over again during this times. I am interested in this book that your group is going through and will check it out! Let me know how you're doing!

  2. what a powerful picture you painted with the cocoon story about God's timing!!

  3. Oh Hannah...that's really all the words I have! My heart exactly and the cocoon story, isn't that the truth!

  4. Agreed with above comment... I was just about to write the same thing. I LOVE the symbolism. But here is something I always struggle with; what am I supposed to be doing while I patiently wait for His timing? It is what I struggle with the most.

  5. Wow, what you wrote about the butterfly is just so. profound. what a perfect picture of what it looks like when I try to rush ahead of God and get impatient with where I am!! and I, too, really loved how James wove compassion for the poor into these scriptures--reminding us that it's not all about us and our problems, but about others, as well. love your thoughts.

  6. I was going to say the same thing as Joye! A single event in childhood. wow.
    Loved the simplicity of your post. Those VERY things spoke to my heart too. (Have you seen Nacho Libre? "everything you just said is my favorite thing too!" lol)
    Love ya!

  7. God has given me many opportunities to learn to "just wait for things."

    I'm not a good student either. He finally knocks me out of commission and MAKES me wait.

    Counting it ALL joy is so hard. But in hindsight I will see the why.

  8. What a great picture that early opened cocoon makes, and how often do we do that in our own lives? I know I find myself there lots, instead of waiting for God's way I just jump in and do it my-and make a royal mess in the process!

    Similarly, I was encouraged in the fact that God's gift are timely. I can't force them in my life, but must learn to walk in patience. That, my friend, is a hard lesson!

  9. "*trials don't steal from me as a follower of christ unless i hand over the goods."

    Recently I've remembered how when my mom was dying of cancer and couldn't eat anymore, rather than allowing satan to "steal" from her, she decided she was fasting. She chose to give it to God rather than "hand over the goods" to her enemy who comes to steal, kill and destroy. I want that kind of faith and trust in God's goodness rather than always wondering what next hard thing awaits me around the bend.

  10. I just got my book in this week! Can't wait to catch up and dive in:)

  11. i just finished this study (through my church) and it was just wonderful.
    you've made some really good points and now i'm goign to have to go back in
    my book and write down some of your words of wisdom.xoxo