Friday, May 09, 2014

You are a God Who Sees -

Gen. 15 & 16  Married life is never easy!

Oh what a wonderful message this morning as I read through Genesis 15 & 16. I was reminded of the beauty of our lives and the complexity of our decisions when God gives us options in how we ought to obey. What really struck me this morning is that God spoke directly to Abram yet His promise would affect Sarai, Hagar, Ishmael and all of his children who followed after.

One promise, that Abram's seed would number as many as the stars in heaven and yet, the impatience of one affected the lives of so many.

When I was a young wife some 20 years ago, I remember sharing a prayer request with a friend about our call to the mission field. I was so frustrated because I was about 2-3 steps ahead of Dwayne in the surrender process. I kept saying to my friend, " I don't understand? He says he wants to go yet he won't commit and surrender to the Call "officially" in church." We were praying together and after we finished praying she looked me in the eye and said, "Melissa - you do not want an Ishmael - so be patient and allow the Lord to work in Dwayne's life".

That day is seared in my mind. I took heed of that admonition and I kept silent. I did not talk about it with him, instead of working it into conversations I relied on the Lord to draw Dwayne to surrender and commit to the call we both felt and knew the Lord was calling us to.  The neat thing is He did! I just needed to allow the Lord to work it out in Dwayne.

Today you may be faced with a big decision maybe you can see the bigger picture, maybe the Lord has spoken and you are ready to walk in obedience if you are waiting on your spouse to meet you and join you in that decision - I encourage you to be patient. Wait! Wait! WAIT on the LORD! He will work with him or her and He will see it through to completion. It may take time, It may require some growth on both your parts but wait... pray and wait! It will be worth it to see the Lord accomplish His will in your lives. Just don't rush in and try to make it happen. The Lord doesn't want you to have suffer through an Ishmael either. So wait .... it will be worth it! 

Friday, October 18, 2013

In the Desert Places

Psalms 78

"That they should put their confidence in God
And not forget the works of God,
But keep His commandments,
And not be like their fathers,
A stubborn and rebellious generation,
A generation that did not prepare its heart 
And who's spirit was not faithful to God." vs. 7-8

Over the years I've often said, "I sure feel like I am in the desert" when it come to my walk with the Lord.  As I think about those words and what they communicate it's just not a place I enjoy.

The desert is lonely, dry, and while there is growth for living things there it is slow and measured. If you have found yourself in the desert place and feel alone, dry and like there is little growth. Take courage and put your confidence in the Lord your God. Keep a daily reminder of His faithfulness and hold tight to His Word and His Commandments. Trust in His faithfulness to continue to provide even when He feels far away- Remember though He is not far from you!

Psalms 91:1-2
"He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High 
Will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say to the Lord, "My refuge and my fortress,
My God, in whom I trust!"

Today ~ renew your strength in His Word and trust in His Ways. Recount His faithfulness and dig deep into His promises..... Enjoy the desert place and know that even there He is with you! 

Friday, August 09, 2013

The Journey

After some time way from writing I've felt that pang with in me to get back to the very things that bring fulfillment. This is one of those things that, over the years, has brought me much fulfillment and it's writing.  My dad, Chuck Emmett, a very godly man once sat me down and told me that I needed to journal my thoughts. I started this discipline when I was in my teens and have continued to journal all my life, writing.  So, my journey back to writing. Where am I today?

We, my beloved, Dwayne Hughes and I , are in Naples, Italy. We just arrived in June and it has been refreshing to say the least. I have missed being overseas more than I realized. However, I miss our kids and being involved in their lives but as with all stages of life there is always something to glean from where are and I pray that I will glean much from this stage of life.

From  here on out I will be writing weekly of what the Lord is teaching me. I pray that who ever falls upon this blog will be blessed, be challenged, be changed ~ "Transformed" not by what I write but rather what the Lord has been doing in my life. Maybe by my sharing others will begin their Journey seeking "Transformation"......