Through the Early Morning FogSaturday, May 22, 2010
"For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope" (Jeremiah 29:11).
And so, as I thought again about my earlier sense of expectancy, I remembered the joyful events that have occurred since that morning several weeks ago. A strong desire had come upon my heart to share my faith in the Lord through the pen, and so I began to write. I decided to start an online journal to share my thoughts and the lessons He had taught me throughout the years. In the form of short, weekly devotionals, my desire was to share how His word had transformed my life. I had no idea if anyone would ever find and read what I wrote, but I knew that His word would never come back void.
"It is the same with My word. I send it out, and it always produces fruit. It will accomplish all I want it to, and it will prosper everywhere I send it" (Isaiah 55:11).
And so, trusting Him, I began The Beauty in His Grip. I offered my writings to the Lord and prayed that He would use them however He desired, to produce fruit. I found that if I tried in my own strength to write on a certain subject, the words would not come. However, when I prayed for His guidance and wrote what was then impressed upon my heart, they simply flowed. But then, an interesting thing happened…I was blessed. All of a sudden, my joy increased. With each word typed, I felt a deeper bond with the Lord. My journal entries became not only a way to share what He had taught me, but also another form of communication with Him. With that understanding, came an excitement which stirred within my soul.
Over the past ten weeks I have been blessed in ways I never anticipated and I am praising God! It is such a joy to write for Him and to read and meditate on His word. God has encouraged me through the women who have left comments for me and through their writings I have grown as well. But, why would a God so supreme and magnificent care to show His love for me in blessings? The answer came through David’s words -- God blesses us to show His glory.
“God, have mercy on us and bless us and show us your kindness so the world will learn your ways, and all nations will learn that you can save…God blesses us so people all over the earth will fear Him”(Psalm 67 1-2,7).