8.25.2007

Anticipation

According to Webster's Dictionary, to anticipate means:

1 : to give advance thought, discussion, or treatment to
2 : to meet (an obligation) before a due date
3 : to foresee and deal with in advance : FORESTALL
4 : to use or expend in advance of actual possession
5 : to act before (another) often so as to check or counter
6 : to look forward to as certain : EXPECT

My heart is filled with anticipation...i am pregnant with the hope and anticipation of what God will (and is) doing. JOHN truly is being borne and birthed through the prayers of the saints. Lord, let the window open! Lord, let the dam break! Lord, you are the one who provides seed to the sower. Let your people sow -- not into a "Christian movie" -- though important and precious -- but, rather into the birthing of souls!!!

In developing the new JOHN website, we are getting closer. One thing i'm anticipating will happen is the new Discussion Board feature. This will allow the saints to communicate and pray for one another regards to JOHN in a more effective way.

So far we have been only been able to use the Comment feature every time I post a new blog entry. But the Discussion Board is going to take off! And God knows where he wants to take that!

I just received words of deep encouragement from a fellow commenter through our blog. There is really no way for me to personally respond in the blog forum, so suffice it to say that I am going through some stuff right now in my personal life and those words just confirmed the faith that I had about the goodness of God and his heart toward me.

Saints, let me share my testimony. I hope it encourages you as you walk the adventure that is life in the Kingdom with our God who is (as the late Rich Mullins has described him) "a wild man."

God is shifting -- as tectonic plates -- the ground under my feet, transitioning me and "catapulting me into new dimensions of ministry and life."



When you're on God's catapult, the first part is CONFUSING. What's going on? The questions run through you as you feel as though you are sinking and being tied down onto that catapult.

Then you are sprung into the air and at the apogee -- the height of your free-flight -- it is the most TERRIFYING because you are no longer soaring, but you are realizing you're about to plummet to the ground and death is looming into view.

But as the ground comes up closer you realize you will SOON TOUCH DOWN SOFTLY onto "green pastures" that the Great Shepherd has provided.

So I'm at that apogee and fear is giving way to hope and hope to assurance that "all things work together for good to them that love God who are the called according to his purpose"(Rom. 8.28).

This is the hope that He has called us to:

To trust and believe that His heart toward us is good...

Meanwhile, work on the new website continues in God's grace!

8 comments:

rough diamond said...

"When you can't see
The Hand of God...
Trust His Heart"!

rough diamond said...

"KEEP WALKING"...KEEP WALKING!!

Endurance develops as we keep walking...
3 keys to stay unstuck..
*repent
*forgive
*toughen up/endure...
~~~~~~~~~~~
Don't wait around for a miracle..
rise up!
take your bed
and walk!
Talk about STUCK....
There lay a paralysed man by the the pool of Bethesda..where an angel would come and stir/touch the waters,and the first in line would get healed....
he waited there 38 years!!!! for a miracle..

When Jesus came to him..
He asked:"Do you want to get well?"..
and instead of the man answering...of COURSE i do!
he replied..."I have no man to help me"!
He was looking to man for help!!
He was surrounded by others who also waited for healing...
exercising "passive faith"..not
"active faith!!"
Jesus said"RISE UP..
take up your bed and
go home"!!
It is in the RISING UP out of our situation...or
circumstance...
our walking through it..
that we see deliverance...
If you are "going through hell " right now
don't STOP there! keep walking!
Joel 3:10 Let the weak say I am strong...i can beat this....
God gives me strength!!
We can step UP TO oUR FAITH
not
down to our fears...
KEEP WALKING!!
God moves on our moving!
God does not move on static..
does not move on discouraged..
does not move on fear...
He moves on Love,Joy and Peace ..and He moves on faith..
when there is movement in our world...
If you're going through fire...don't stop..you'll get singed..
rise IN IT and you'll come out sweeter and better!
Imagine how the 3 in the Bible felt when they came out of the furnace...and could not even smell smoke on themselves!!
They kept walking!
Daniel kept walking too..and
Noah kept walking...right through a flood that covered the whole world..
We can get stuck on:
death
failure
offense
disappointment...
Talk about stuck..
the journey through the wilderness of 50 to 100 square kilometres..for the Israelites..saw them stuck in unbelief!and
only 2 made it through!!
~~~~~~~~
When people get lost in the desert...and become dehydrated...they start to walk in circles!!!
amazing a?!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

How do we get more endurance?
KEEP WALKING!!
Even if it is feeble ...or baby steps...
Phill.4:13 I can do ALL things through Christ
who strengthens me!!
Heb.12:1
"Therefore since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses ,
let us throw off everything that hinders ,and the sin that so easily entangles ,
AND
LET US RUN WITH PERSEVERANCE THE RACE MARKED OUT FOR US."

KEEP WALKING!!
God is into ouw walking
not in our sticking!!
God's Plan is for you to go through!!!!
God delivers THROUGH
the waters
the rivers
fire
lions
flood
wilderness
you name it!!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Isaiah 43:1&2...
"But now..this is what The Lord says--"He who created you,oh Jacob,He who formed you,oh Israle:"Fear not,for I have redeemed you:
I have summoned you BY NAME;
you are MINE!
When you pass throught the waters,
I will be with you:
and when you pass through the rivers;
they will not sweep over you!"
when you walk throught he fire,
you will not be burned;
the flames will not set you ablaze!!!"

rough diamond said...

"KEEP WALKING"...KEEP WALKING!!

Endurance develops as we keep walking...
3 keys to stay unstuck..
*repent
*forgive
*toughen up/endure...
~~~~~~~~~~~
Don't wait around for a miracle..
rise up!
take your bed
and walk!
Talk about STUCK....
There lay a paralysed man by the the pool of Bethesda..where an angel would come and stir/touch the waters,and the first in line would get healed....
he waited there 38 years!!!! for a miracle..

When Jesus came to him..
He asked:"Do you want to get well?"..
and instead of the man answering...of COURSE i do!
he replied..."I have no man to help me"!
He was looking to man for help!!
He was surrounded by others who also waited for healing...
exercising "passive faith"..not
"active faith!!"
Jesus said"RISE UP..
take up your bed and
go home"!!
It is in the RISING UP out of our situation...or
circumstance...
our walking through it..
that we see deliverance...
If you are "going through hell " right now
don't STOP there! keep walking!
Joel 3:10 Let the weak say I am strong...i can beat this....
God gives me strength!!
We can step UP TO oUR FAITH
not
down to our fears...
KEEP WALKING!!
God moves on our moving!
God does not move on static..
does not move on discouraged..
does not move on fear...
He moves on Love,Joy and Peace ..and He moves on faith..
when there is movement in our world...
If you're going through fire...don't stop..you'll get singed..
rise IN IT and you'll come out sweeter and better!
Imagine how the 3 in the Bible felt when they came out of the furnace...and could not even smell smoke on themselves!!
They kept walking!
Daniel kept walking too..and
Noah kept walking...right through a flood that covered the whole world..
We can get stuck on:
death
failure
offense
disappointment...
Talk about stuck..
the journey through the wilderness of 50 to 100 square kilometres..for the Israelites..saw them stuck in unbelief!and
only 2 made it through!!
~~~~~~~~
When people get lost in the desert...and become dehydrated...they start to walk in circles!!!
amazing a?!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

How do we get more endurance?
KEEP WALKING!!
Even if it is feeble ...or baby steps...
Phill.4:13 I can do ALL things through Christ
who strengthens me!!
Heb.12:1
"Therefore since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses ,
let us throw off everything that hinders ,and the sin that so easily entangles ,
AND
LET US RUN WITH PERSEVERANCE THE RACE MARKED OUT FOR US."

KEEP WALKING!!
God is into ouw walking
not in our sticking!!
God's Plan is for you to go through!!!!
God delivers THROUGH
the waters
the rivers
fire
lions
flood
wilderness
you name it!!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Isaiah 43:1&2...
"But now..this is what The Lord says--"He who created you,oh Jacob,He who formed you,oh Israle:"Fear not,for I have redeemed you:
I have summoned you BY NAME;
you are MINE!
When you pass throught the waters,
I will be with you:
and when you pass through the rivers;
they will not sweep over you!"
when you walk throught he fire,
you will not be burned;
the flames will not set you ablaze!!!"

cobaltruby said...

"Catapult"....
sling
hurl
hurtle
pitch
propel
shoot
toss
so says the Thesaurus!!

Interesting to see SLING...what did David use to slay Goliath?
YES!!!
Hurl ourselves into God's work!
Hurtle through the air of expectancy!
Pitch hard and straight and watch God hit a home-run...out of the ball--park!!
Propel ourselves on Holy Spirit air
currents!
Shoot for excellence in serving God and others.
Toss all fears aside...
toss caution to the wind
Toss down our worries at Jesus' Feet
Toss our hopes and dreams forward..and
by FAITH...watch them return
magnified a hundred --fold!!!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Catapult.. a noun...
but
oh...
the VERB!!!
so animated and alive!!!!!

rough diamond said...

"Beauty Beneath"

Last night ,i watched Our Planet...and it showed the DEEP caves in South America.....
where the most gorgeous crystal formations take your breath away...
and the waterways of PURE fresh water that go on for miles!!
and i realised the contrast..between ...the earth's surface,
where man has ruined,destroyed,emaciated,strippedplundered,pillaged,
and pretty much abused the privilege of earth's rich bounties!
and
the vision underground...
of
untouched ,unmutilated,unhindered
sheer Magnificence!
that
no man has touched and
destroyed!
It made me wonder how Amazing Heaven is!if that is just one area here on earth...that
manifests the Glorious Hand of God!
and
Displays His Handy--work!so
Breathtakingly!!
His Creation....
Pure and Sparkly...
Shiny and Glowing with
unexplainable features
that dazzle the eyes!
and cause our senses to explode with
ANTICIPATION!!!!!!!
The Face of Jesus...
aaaah...
The Beauty
The unsurpassed Splendour of
Radiance and
Purity!!!!!

Our lives ...when surrendered to Him..
are transformed from scarred landscapes
ruined dwellings
and
disfigured skylines of
emotional wreckage!!!!
Jesus is the crystal Water that flows through the restored
caves and caverns deep within us!
His PURITY
GLISTENS
and Sparkles...
like millions of diamonds
on the surfaces of our
heart and
soul and
spirit!!!!
He takes us and
transforms us from the inside out...so the surface of our new landscape
is a direct reflection of His Beauty...springing from our new hearts!!!
What a picture!!
Glory!!

rough diamond said...

"Let God name you"....

When Rachel, the wife of Jacob,
was dying in child--birth,
she named her son Benoni,
meaning"Son of Sorrow".
In The Bible,names were given to forecast destiny.
So,after the funeral,Jacob announced,
"He shall not be called Benoni,son of my sorrow.He shall be called Benjamin,son of my right hand.
He is my strength,not my sorrow!"
Guess which name prevailed?
Benjamin!

You are who Your Heavenly Father says you are.!!
Maybe,you're like
Hananiah,Mishael,and Azariah.
If you don't know them ..perhaps
you'll recognise them by the heathen names King Nebuchadnezzer
gave them:
Shadrach,"command of Aku"..
Meshach,"pagan name"..
and Abenego,"servant of Nego"...
These names expressed worship to heathen gods.
The real names of the three Hebrew children ,however,were
Hananiah.."JEHOVAH is GRACIOUS"!
Mishael.."Who is like God"..
and
Azariah.."JEHOVAH has HELPED!"..
When the king threw them into the fiery furnace..the names
GOD CALLED THEM PREVAILED!
There's nothing like trouble to
bring out your true identity!!!
Aren't you glad you are not limited to public opinion?!
God's opinion will always prevail!
The old king tried to change the name on the package..
but he could not change the CONTENTS!!
Can you imagine these boys shouting when they came out of the fiery furnace?
One would say:"Who is like God!"
Another would lift his hands and shout "Jehovah is Gracious!"
The other would smell his clothes,
touch his hair
and declare

"Jehovah has helped!"....

So...stand up,
step out,
go forward
in the name
that
God has given you!

rough diamond said...

"CHOOSING JOY"
by Charles R. Swindoll

Philippians 4

I have discovered that a joyful countenance has nothing to do with one’s age or one’s occupation
(or lack of it)
or one’s geography or
education or
marital status or
good looks or
circumstances.
Joy is a choice!

Joy is a matter of attitude that stems from one’s confidence in God—that He is at work,
that He is in full control,
that He is in the midst of whatever has happened,
is happening,
and will happen.
Either we fix our minds on that and determine to laugh again,
or we wail and whine our way through life,
complaining that we never got a fair shake.
We are the ones who consciously determine which way we shall go. To paraphrase the poet:

One ship sails east
One ship sails west
Regardless of how the winds blow.
It is the set of the sail
And not the gale
That determines the way we go.
(Ella Wheeler Wilcox)

Regardless of how severely
the winds of adversity may blow,
we set our sails
toward
JOY!!!!.

Anonymous said...

His faithfulness is perfect...

Melissa