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Another Vantage Point

Posted by Tami Wallace on July 12, 2015 @ 6:17 PM

I love looking out the windows in the back of my house.
(There are hydrangeas whose blooms just make me happy,
probably because the plants struggle so in this Florida heat.)

It's a view I am accustomed to seeing
because I look out of those same windows ... every single day.

But today I went upstairs and looked out the windows in my daughter's room.
Same house.  Same back yard.  Same plants and trees.

Higher vantage point.

From the upstairs window I could see beyond my own back yard,
over the wall, even to the street behind my house.

It made me think of the verses in Isaiah 55:8-9,
"For My thoughts are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways My ways, says the Lord.
For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are My ways higher than your ways
and My thoughts than your thoughts."

There are things in my life that I only "see" from my vantage point.
But there is another perspective ... God's!

I know that He working even when I can't see Him working.
Even when it is taking longer than I had hoped.

I just need to trust and know He has a higher vantage point.

 

 

Whatever HE says to you ...

Posted by Tami Wallace on February 13, 2015 @ 8:49 AM

 “Whatever He says to you, do it.”
John 2:5

It’s your obedience that postures you for what God wants to do in you.

The dictionary definition of obedience is an act or instance of obeying.  The second definition is this … the quality of state of being obedient.

There are times in life where it’s very easy to obey what God asks of me for one particular instance.  But I’m more concerned with the second definition – the quality or state of being obedient.  Ongoing, over and over, consistent obedience can be tough for me.  Tell me not to do something and I want to do it.  Twice.  The truth is, I don’t like that about me.

Jesus’ very first miracle (turning water into wine) was aided by the obedience of the servants … and they didn’t even know it!  When obedience is blind and I’m not sure why I need to do what God is asking; I need to trust that what He is asking is for my good.  God is bigger and He sees the whole picture of my life … the end from the beginning.

In most instances we won’t even know what our obedience is producing until we get further down the road of our lives and turn around and have the advantage of hindsight.


Simple obedience can pave the way for so much in our lives.
Just like the miracle of turning water into wine.
It all began with obedience.
Whatever He says to you … do it!

 

Don't Forget to Remember

Posted by Tami Wallace on November 07, 2014 @ 3:37 PM

I can be forgetful.  I'll go to the grocery store and come home with bags full but didn’t buy the one item that I needed.  I forgot.  And it’s not so much the small forgetfulness in every day life that bothers me.  It’s the God forgetfulness.  God has done amazing things in my life.  Yet I forget.  When facing something difficult today, how is it that I fail to remember what He has done in the past?  I find myself thinking that this time He won’t come through; this time He won’t answer; this time He might let me down.  

A couple of years ago, I felt the Lord tell me - Don’t forget to remember.

“Earnestly remember the marvelous deeds that He has done, His miracles and wonders.”  Psalm 105:5

So I began to write down what God has done in my life.  The answered prayers; the desires of my heart fulfilled; the things only He could accomplish and even the things only He knew about.  And I’m so glad I did because I am facing something today that I would rather not face.  So I got out my journal and looked at the things written in it.  I read them over and over and over... just to remind myself that God answered in my yesterdays and He will answer in my todays.

I would encourage you (I’m encouraging myself!)  -  Don’t dwell on what your problem is today.  Remember the God you serve; His hand isn’t short that He can’t reach you; His ear isn’t deaf that He can’t hear.  He hasn’t changed!  He’s done it before and He’ll do it again!

“It is the Lord who goes before you; He will march with you; He will not fail you or let you go or forsake you; [let there be no cowardice or flinching], fear not, neither become broken in spirit – depressed, dismayed, or unnerved with alarm."  Deuteronomy 31:8 (AMP)

Don't forget to remember.

 

 

 

 

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