Purpose

by: Carole L. Haines

Elusive as the water that drips down, down, down from the waterspout during a rain; flooding out, soaking the ground, then vanishing into the unknown expanse beneath our feet. This is how purpose feels for me right now; elusive, fleeting, undefinable. I’m at an in-between time, having been called away from one thing, but not quite in the other yet. Like Moses standing on the Shore of the Red Sea, I have not raised the staff and commanded the waters to part. God needs to be the one to do that for me, I don’t have that kind of power.  Yet I sensed God revealing to my heart this morning that my purpose doesn’t ebb and flow with the continual changes and uncertainty of my life. He is My purpose, whatever it is He has for me this moment, this hour, this day; that is my purpose. 

The world seems to misunderstand this call to surrender that we as believers yield to.  Pharaoh thought the following of the Exodus: 

For Pharaoh will say of the sons of Israel, ‘They are wandering aimlessly in the land; the wilderness has shut them in.’ (Exodus 14, vs. 3) But the wilderness had not shut them in. God used the arrogance of Pharaoh to draw him out and bring he and his army to an end. Let’s read together of God’s Mighty work here. 
26 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Reach out with your hand over the sea so that the waters may come back over the Egyptians, over their chariots and their horsemen.” 27 So Moses reached out with his hand over the sea, and the sea returned to its normal state at daybreak, while the Egyptians were fleeing right into it; then the Lord overthrew the Egyptians in the midst of the sea. 28 The waters returned and covered the chariots and the horsemen, Pharaoh’s entire army that had gone into the sea after them; not even one of them remained. 29 But the sons of Israel walked on dry land through the midst of the sea, and the waters were like a wall to them on their right and on their left. (Exodus 14:26-29) 

Our Purpose is only as far away as our relationship to God. Staying close to Him is our Destiny. I sensed God call me closer to Himself this morning, reminding me that we are building His Kingdom, not mine. I have a part to play in this Fantastic Journey of Building God’s Kingdom, and so do you. But we will often be unable to see where He is leading or know what He is doing. He is our purpose, as His Word says: 

Therefore, since we also have such a great cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let’s rid ourselves of every obstacle and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let’s run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking only at Jesus, the originator and perfecter of the faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. (Hebrews 12:1-2) 

So let us leave our purpose to God by fixing our eyes on Jesus and trusting His guidance each day, one step at a time. Be Blessed, Dear Believer. 

Desperation

CLH

A guest post By: Bruce Nevin Haines   
 I cry out with my voice to the Lord; with my voice I implore the Lord for compassion. I pour out my complaint before Him; I declare my trouble before Him. When my spirit felt weak within me, You knew my path. In the way where I walk. They have hidden a trap for me. Look to the right and see; 
For there is no one who regards me favorably; There is no escape for me; 
No one cares for my soul. 
I cried out to You, Lord; I said, “You are my refuge, 
My portion in the land of the living. (Psalm 142:1-5) 

All of us long to feel secureAll of us yearn for a sense of safety and stability. But the reality is that we won’t always feel these things. There are circumstances that we wish would end. There is pain that we no longer want to endure. There is a quote that says, “Most men lead lives of quiet desperation.”  

Desperation means- loss of hope and surrender to despair, a state of hopelessness. (Merriam-Webster). 

Our feelings of desperation need not be the enemy. We can long for many things, our health to be restored, relationships to be reconciled, financial security. We are desperate to find hope in all these situations.  In our search for hope these struggles can be allies that drive us to God. I would love to have a life free of despair and never feel desperate again. The Word of God says many times, we are to put our hope in God alone. 
(Psalm 62:5, Psalm 39:7, Psalm 71:5, Psalm 130:5-6) 

The goal is that we are strong in our faith. I have never heard a testimony where someone stated that their faith grew in an easy situation. Faith needs resistance to be exercised. For faith to grow we need to learn to “do it afraid.” If we feel desperation, let it drive us to God. If the desperation still remains, that’s okay, just let it continue to drive us to God.  

15 For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things just as we are, yet without sin. 16 Therefore let’s approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace for help at the time of our need. 
(Hebrews 4:14-16) 

Handmade

by: Carole L. Haines

For You created my innermost parts; You wove me in my mother’s womb. 
14 I will give thanks to You, because I am awesomely and wonderfully made; 
Wonderful are Your works, and my soul knows it very well. 
15 My frame was not hidden from You When I was made in secret, 
And skillfully formed in the depths of the earth; 
16 Your eyes have seen my formless substance; 
And in Your book were written all the days that were ordained for me, 
When as yet there was not one of them. (Psalm 139:13-16) 

Whenever my children want to know what I want for Birthday, Christmas, or Mother’s Day presents, I always tell them to make me something. I love their Handmade things. I treasure each and every one of those wonderful gifts. Pictured above is a Sunflower that my daughter made for me. I have it hanging from my rearview mirror. It reminds me that God made me by His own hand as well. I am His Handmade treasure, even as you are .

I often say that we are God’s Refrigerator Art. When my children were young, I had drawings all over my refrigerator, held in place by magnets. God hangs our picture in His room. He places our offerings to Him on His refrigerator. He keeps us always before Him, for He treasures each one of us. This is what Psalm 139 is trying to show us, just how precious we are to God. We are all Handmade by God, so unique, so extraordinary. And God loves us all, as He draws us nearer and closer to Himself. 

Come to Jesus, Dear friend, if you haven’t already. He died to pardon and forgive our sin, paving the way to a restored relationship with God. Come back to the Hand that made you so precious and counts you priceless. His Word tells us this: 

“Therefore, the Lord longs to be gracious to you, and therefore He waits on high to have compassion on you. For the Lord is a God of justice; How blessed are all those who long for Him.” (Isaiah 30:18) 

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