“Disappointment. HIS appointment

hillThe Turn in the Road

“Unrelenting disappointment leaves you heartsick,
but a sudden good break can turn life around.”
Proverbs 13:12, The Message

A friend in the promotion business says,
“Every time someone tells me “NO!” I get happier —
because I’m one step closer to that person who will say “YES!”

Some people cannot bear to be told “NO” even once;
let alone repeatedly.
And then there are others who stop just one person too soon.
All they needed was to ask one more time.
But they didn’t.
Disappointment can do that to you if you let it.
Especially if it seems to be unrelenting —
one blow after the next.

Years ago I discovered a splendid little poem
that has anchored my life in those times
when everything seems to be going wrong —
times when your hopes are dashed,
your dreams have faded,
your deepest desires thwarted,
and when so many great expectations
become inexplicably disappointed.
Maybe you will find it helpful, too.

“Disappointment. HIS appointment.one letter,
then I seethe thwarting of my purposeGod’s better choice for me!”

is true, as the proverb says,
that unrelenting disappointment can leave you heartsick.
But the rest of the proverb is also true —
“a sudden good break can turn life around.”
One doesn’t come without the other.
yet another breath, my fellow traveler;
though you have paused alongside the road —
you have not stopped.
Your journey is not finished.
There’s a bend in the road up ahead.
And the bend in the road is not the end of the road —
unless you fail to make the turn.

Tip your hat respectfully to old man Disappointment,
and then be on your way;
for God has something better in mind for you.
And though you have heard “NO” perhaps a thousand times —
you are actually one step closer to a “YES!”

And that single “Yes” can turn your life around!
Rylie

Proverbs 13:12 KJV
Hope deferred maketh the heart sick:
but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life.

Published in: on August 31, 2016 at 10:57 am  Leave a Comment  
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He Cares for You

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1 Peter 5:7
“Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.”

Peter tells us, ”Cast all your cares upon Him,”

The word he uses literally means “to be continually casting.” In other words, this is not a one time thing; no, we are to make it the habit of our daily lives.

The phrase “casting your cares” literally means “to throw upon another.” In this case, the other is God Himself. Peter is saying that we must throw our cares upon God. Indeed, HURL them, so as to get them as far away from ourselves as possible! We are not talking slow-pitch softball here. HURL it with everything you got in you!! Think of a catapult and you get the picture.

This is the secret of humbling ourselves under the mighty hand of God.

The proud hold tightly to the cares of this world, deeming themselves sufficient to handle things on their own. But, we humble ourselves by “casting our cares upon the Lord” — by hurling the weight of the world onto His strong shoulders, and finding our place of rest in His loving care

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Let’s look at the word he uses for “care.” It literally means “the distractions created by fear, worry, anxiety and dread; distractions that pull us in several directions at the same time.”

Take all these things — fear, worry, anxiety, and dread — bundle them together and throw them upon God; and keep throwing them over and over until they finally leave your hands and rest solidly upon His shoulders. Otherwise they will pull you apart; tear you to pieces!

And here is the singular truth that makes it all happen — “He cares for you!”

1. “HE cares for you.” — This is Almighty God we are talking about here; not some junior angel whose been handed your case. No, God Himself, the King of Glory, the Lord of Host, the Alpha and Omega; He who sustains all things by the word of His power; the Omnipotent God — your Heavenly Father. HE cares for you.”

2. He CARES for you.” — He is affectionate in His regard for your estate. He holds you in His heart, and looks with kind intentions upon your life, and good will toward your soul and well-being. He CARES!”

3. He cares FOR you.” — He is not passive, but active. He’s not thinking about doing it when He gets around to it — He’s on top of it right now! He has already stepped in on your behalf and undertaken the cause of blessing you in bouldless ways. And He is doing it FOR you; so you don’t have to try and do it for yourself!”

4. He cares for YOU!” — Yeah, that’s right — YOU! Sure, He cares for all the saints and great champions of yore; and for all those who are serving Him mightily in today’s world — the spiritual news-makers and world-shakers, devil-busters, kingdom-builders, and soul-savers. But you’re not overlooked in all this. NO! A thousand times NO! “He cares for YOU!”

Rylie edited to shorten

Psalm 139:10
Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me.

Being lead by and held by God’s right hand we can be sure of God’s concern for us –
in our fears for our tommorrows and our regrets of our past.

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