His Purpose

Humor: Nursing Home Talent Show Clip: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jksJceAJdM8 🙂
His Purpose
by Charles R. Swindoll

Read Job 23:1–17


“Job struggles, finally admitting his frustration: he cannot find God.
Ever been there? Of course. All of us have! There are days we search in
vain for some visible evidence of the living God. I’m thinking,
Wouldn’t it be great to wake up in the middle of a full-moon sky
tonight, peek out my bedroom window, and see some skywriting, “Dear
Chuck, I hear you. I’m right here. I’m in charge. Love, God.” I would
love for that to happen! I’d love to get into my pickup after a tough
day at the church, turn the radio on, and have God interrupt, saying,
“Before you listen to this station, Chuck, I want to talk to you for a
few minutes.” Let face it, all of us would love to hear an audible
voice or read a visible message from God. But that’s not the way it
works. Our walk with Him is a walk of faith, not sight.

Job is a great and godly man. He is a mature saint, no doubt about it.
Nevertheless, he longs to witness God’s presence. “Oh, that I could
know where He is. But I cannot see Him, behold Him, or perceive Him.”

Though unable to locate the presence of God, Job states his trust in
Him: “Eliphaz, Bildad, and Zophar, you can say whatever you wish
against me. God knows which way I go. He knows the truth. He is my
Justifier. He and I are on speaking terms. I trust Him. I believe in
Him. Furthermore, after the trial is over, and He has accomplished His
purpose within me, ‘I shall come forth as gold.’ ”

You can count on that, my friend. When the trial has passed, you will
be deeper and richer for it. Gold will replace alloy. I want you to
allow those words to burn their way into your brain so deeply that they
become like a divine filter for everything that happens in your life
from this day forward. God knows which way you’re going. And His Word
will be a lamp for your path (Psalm 119:105)”.

Excerpted from Charles R. Swindoll, Great Days with the Great

Adding to my list of “Cancer Fightin’ Words”:
Personalizing Zig Ziglar quotes by putting them in the “First Person” for myself:

“I cannot tailor-make the situations in my life but I can tailor-make my attitudes to fit those situations.”
–My take-away: I choose to have a great attitude and grow and learn and change for the good through challenges.  God will give me all the grace and help I need to respond positively to these opportunities for growth.
“People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.”
–My take-away: I will motivate myself daily to promote vibrant health by living a healthy lifestyle.  It does make a difference and it does matter.  It feels really good to take excellent care of myself.  I can take better care of my family and have a greater ability to reach out and be a blessing to other people when I am taking good care of myself.

“Positive thinking will let me do everything better than negative thinking will.”
–My take-away: I am a happy, joyful, creative,  positive thinker and doer.  God has blessed me in countless ways and He is a wonderful, personal, forgiving, loving, life-changing Savior who wants His very best for me.  No wonder I have so much to be praising and thanking the Lord about!
“A goal properly set is halfway reached.”
–I will set do-able short term and long term goals within my control that will positively influence my health: like what I choose to eat, what exercise I do each day, getting daily fresh air and sunshine, plenty of water, doing my best to promote adequate rest/sleep.  I will carry through healthy outlets for stress like praying, reading the Bible and growing closer to the Lord, fast walking, rebounding, writing, doing things I find enjoyable like gardening, listening to music, reaching out to others, spending fun time with family and friends.
“If you want to reach a goal, you must “see the reaching” in your own mind before you actually arrive at your goal.”
I can picture myself strong, fit, energetic, athletic,  healthy, back at my slim and trim goal weight, looking younger than my years with a great big genuine smile on my face and feeling my best.  There are many, many things in my control.  I have everything I need and I can make the most of what I’ve got.
Lord, every single gift comes from You…“Lift my gaze to see life from Your perspective. Help me to understand-and treasure-every good thing You send…”(From James 1:7)   One Thousand Gifts   http://www.aholyexperience.com/

Kathy H’s reminder of a message in “Hungry Heart”:  “Let the realization of the soul be compared to the condition of men groping about in the dense fog; still we know that it is clear daylight above the fog, and all we want it to get high enough.  Now the fact is, we are risen with Him.  Then may we set our affection on things above where the Lord Jesus sits at the right hand of the Father; and though the secret power is unseen, faith in Him will lift our spirit into the clear light where He is.”  “The verses included are Eph 5:8 “Ye were once darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord” and Col 1;12 “Giving thanks unto the Father, who hath made us fit to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light.” 
680. Time at a Christmas party yesterday with people I haven’t seen in a long time.  So fun having Bonnie at our table. 🙂

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