Welcome to "SATURDAY STROLL!"
In these posts I will be interacting with Scripture – making it a conversational walk of faith.
Sometimes we'll be talking with Jesus, sometimes God will be talking to us.
There might even be *guest appearances* by some of our beloved characters from the Bible!
So put on your walking shoes – you know we can all use the exercise!
A NEW YEAR'S LETTER FROM GOD
It's the end of the year, My dear child. I have much to say to you.
"OK sure, Lord," I say a bit distractedly.
I know this has been a very busy time of year. But now, Sharon, be still and listen to Me, the LORD who created and formed you.
I sit down quietly, ready to really pay attention. "Yes, Lord, speak to me."
I know there are many unresolved situations in your life right now, many fearful things that loom, many unanswered questions.
"Yes, Lord, there are many."
Do not be afraid. You must put all of it into this perspective – I have ransomed you, and I have called you BY NAME – by your very own name. You are MINE.
"I am your redeemed and beloved Child."
And because nothing will EVER separate you from My love, these things are true:
When you go through deep waters, I will be with you.
When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown.
When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up – the flames will not consume you.
For I am the LORD, your God, the Holy One, your Savior.
"Such a wonder-full promise, Lord! I am never alone."
Never. That is why I say, "Do not be afraid" – for I am with you.
"You have promised to never leave me nor forsake me."
I mean that, you know.
And I know your heart. You are My servant. You have chosen to know Me, believe in Me, and you understand that I alone am God. From eternity to eternity I am God.
And you belong to Me. No one can snatch you out of My hand. No one can undo what I have done.
"You are the omniscient, omnipotent, omnipresent One – the Sovereign Lord above all else."
I am your Holy One, the Creator and King – the only God that has been, and ever will be.
I am the LORD who opened a new way through the waters of the Red Sea. I made a dry path where there was none. I can do the same for you.
"I know, Lord. But there are so many unresolved situations in my life – so many fearful things that loom – so many unanswered questions."
But forget all that – it is nothing compared to what I am going to do!
"What, Lord? What is it You are going to do?"
I might not resolve every situation. I might not prevent fearful things from
happening. I might not answer all of your questions.
For I am about to do something new in your life. See, I have already begun? Do you not see it?
"Lord, what am I missing?"
It is the work I will do in your heart, Sharon. The inside stuff.
I will make a pathway of hope through the wilderness of discouragement. I will create new rivers of strength in the dry wasteland of despair.
I will give you Living Water in the desert so you can be refreshed.
"Yes, Lord. That is what I need. Green meadows and peaceful streams."
This new year, 2012, is going to be a big year for you and Me.
For I have made you for Myself, and you will honor Me before the whole world.
"I want nothing more, nothing less than that, Lord. I love you – with all my heart, all my mind, all my soul, and all my strength. It really is just You."
You are precious to Me, and I love you.
(Selections from Isaiah 43)
10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1...HAPPY NEW YEAR!
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