God Is Good

by Sandy Kirby Quandt

During a recent conversation with Pie, he said he was glad something he wanted, prayed for, and was disappointed not to get, didn’t happen.

Hindsight, right?

I imagine we’ve all been there. There is that certain something, or somethings, we desperately desire. We take our request to God knowing he hears and answers prayer, only he doesn’t answer our prayer the way we hoped.

When we pray expecting God to answer our request as we want it answered, because we trust in his mercy and grace, we can also accept when he tells us no, because we trust in his mercy and grace.

When we go through that hurt and disappointment of a no, it’s rather difficult to count it all joy, or to believe God in his infinite wisdom did what was best for us. But that’s exactly what he did.

How many times have we asked God for something, and just like Pie, in hindsight, thanked him for not doing it?

For me, I’d have to say a lot of times.

It’s during those times we need to go back to what we know. God is good. Not just when things go smoothly for us. God is good all the time. That includes when things don’t go so smoothly for us.

Difficult.

My most vivid memory of beginning to accept this truth was decades ago, standing in a convention center surrounded by fellow Christians singing, “God is so good” while tears streamed down my face. I knew it to be true, but at that very moment events in my life were anything but good.

Even though the events in that situation were not good, God never changed.

He remained GOOD.

Isn’t that where we need to find ourselves?

Regardless of whether the things happening in our lives at this point in time are good, we declare God is good.

Like I said, difficult.

Have you had times when you prayed for something that didn’t come out the way you hoped, only to be grateful they didn’t?

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Don’t be anxious about things; instead, pray. Pray about everything. He longs to hear your requests, so talk to God about your needs and be thankful for what has come. Philippians 4:6 (VOICE)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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Waiting on God

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Somewhere I read, Waiting well means staying peaceful in the present while looking forward to the future.

I think that’s a good way to look at waiting. Often when we wait, there isn’t much we can do to move the process along any faster. Have you noticed our wait is often dependent on other people?

We go to the doctor and wait. We can’t make the doctor move any faster.

We stand in the checkout line and wait. We can’t make the people in front of us or the cashier move any faster.

Our phone call is put on hold and we wait. We can’t make whomever we’re trying to contact take our call faster.

Our plane is delayed by weather, or whatever, and we wait. We certainly cannot control the weather to accommodate our plane departure.

During those times of waiting I’m learning the best thing really is to accept the wait, and courtesy pixabaynot get all bothered by it.

Especially when I have no control over the situation.

I’m learning. I didn’t say I’ve mastered it. Not even close. Work in progress.

Perhaps we’re in a holding pattern waiting for God to move in a specific situation in our lives.

Maybe we or someone we know is in a situation that requires waiting on God before the next step can be taken. We’ve done everything we can do. Now we wait.

We wait on God because he’s the only one who can make the process move any faster.

And as we stay peaceful in the present, we look to the future with confidence God will act on our behalf.

It may not be in the way we expect.

Or even with the result we hoped for, but we can trust God is working while we wait, and the end result will be for our good and his glory.

Waiting is hard, wouldn’t you agree? Waiting well is even harder.

As we wait, let’s look around at all the good God has provided, and wait in expectation for the good yet to come.

How do you stay peaceful in the present while you wait with expectation?

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Let all that I am wait quietly before God, for my hope is in him.  Psalm 62:5 (NLT)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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I Want To Be A Part Of The Story

by Sandy Kirby Quandt

This time of year is a flurry of activity with plays, music performances, Nativity reenactments, and stories galore. Seems everyone wants to be a part of the story of Jesus’ birth.

The Christmas before Pie’s fifth birthday he was a shepherd in the church Christmas program. He knew his part, and the parts of everyone else in the play. When the teen next to Pie forgot his part at one point of the performance, Pie nudged him with his elbow and said, “It’s your turn.” And fed the boy his lines. Too cute.

 

While we want to be a part of telling the story of Jesus’ birth through plays, concerts, and stories, I wonder. Are we equally excited to be a part of telling the story of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection, and what that means to the world?

As the last days of the Apostle Peter’s life drew near, he made it his mission to remind his listeners of the truths he told them. He wanted to “wake them up with a reminder” so they would not forget the story of Peter’s life that was entwined with the life of Christ.

The words Peter preached were not cleverly contrived myths. They were eyewitness accounts of Christ’s majesty.

Peter warned the early believers not to become complacent. He warned them not to let the things of the world influence their life story. The same warnings hold true for followers of Jesus today, just as surely as they did when Peter spoke them.

Peter was an eyewitness to Jesus’ glory. He heard God say Jesus was God’s son in whom God was well pleased. Peter was part of Jesus’ story.

 

While we may not be a part of the Christmas pageant, we can be part of Jesus’ story by being eyewitnesses who share the story God is writing on our life with others. Our story is not cleverly contrived. It is the truth as God has shown it to us.

How are you a part of someone else’s story?

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I plan to keep on reminding you of these things even though you already know them and are really getting along quite well! 2 Peter 1:12 (TLB)

I wish you well,

Sandy

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Take That Leap of Faith

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Faith is a theme that runs through many of my blog posts. Maybe you’ve noticed. Abraham. Moses. Esther. To name a few.

During the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference last month, I spent time with other writers as we encouraged each other in our writer’s journey. For those who do not write, you may not understand how much faith it takes to believe God has called us to weave words together for him to use.

It’s a privilege that requires large quantities of faith.

The same amount of faith it takes any of us to accept the privilege God gives to use the abilities and skills he’s placed within us. It takes faith to make that incredible leap to step out and trust.

But you know what?

fearNo matter how fantastic the opportunity, facing the unknown can be frightening. Especially when doing so seems … crazy.

We might listen to Satan’s lies telling us we aren’t good enough.

Who are we kidding?

What have we got to offer?

Why do we think we’re capable?

It’ll be too difficult.

And on and on and on.

So this post is for all of us who need a little encouragement to step out in faith no matter courtesy pixabayhow crazy it may seem.

Encouragement to grab hold of all the marvelous things God has waiting for us and trust he knows what he’s doing when he calls us to be a part of his plan.

Am I the only one who struggles with a lack of confidence that can morph into a lack of faith that can become a lack of obedience when I face the unknown?

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What is faith? It is the confident assurance that something we want is going to happen. It is the certainty that what we hope for is waiting for us, even though we cannot see it up ahead. Hebrews 11:1 (TLB)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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