Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Flyers, Walkers and Runners…

 

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Soar

 

They will soar…They will run…They will walk.” Isa 40:31

 

Watchman Nee wrote a best-selling book entitled The Normal Christian Life.

Why such a title?

Because only when you understand what’s “normal” in Christian living, will you be able to recognize which season you’re in, evaluate your circumstances accurately, and adjust.

At one point Paul raises a man from the dead; at another point he writes, “We despaired even of life” (2Co 1:8).

The Bible says, “Elijah was a man just like us” (Jas 5:17 NIV). Yet one day he’s calling down fire from heaven, the next day he’s suicidal and in the depth of depression.

Now, you can’t use this as an excuse for spiritual lethargy, but you must be discerning.

Faith doesn’t exempt us from life’s seasons; it just enables us to go through them victoriously.

(by Rick Godwin)

But always remember, your ability to soar comes from God.

If you’re a runner: Thank God you’re still in the race.

If you’re a walker: Keep putting one foot in front of the other.

 

Lord thank you for the grace you provide for us in every season of our lives.  You are so faithful and always so near.  Let my life be one that demonstrates your power.  Be glorified during all the many times life is difficult, and when there is joy unspeakable.  My life is truly in your hands.

39 comments:

Ladysweet said...

That is gorgeous picture and the words are just perfect. I am still in the race and yes Thank you God! Bless your heart!

Amydeanne said...

his grace and so much more he covers us over with those wings!
Thanks Susan! You are a true blessing!

GlowinGirl said...

Susan, what a great thought today. I've often appreciated that God included Paul's despair and Elijah's depression. It has helped me to realize that my feelings are NOT always an indication of how God feels about me or whether His presence is available or not.

I love too, "Your ability to soar comes from God. If you're a runner: thank God you're still in the race. If you're a walker: Keep putting one foot in front of the other." Our journes are ever-changing.

lori said...

We tend to manipulate it don't we?? NORMAL Christian living requires that we run and walk and submit and obey...things we'd sometimes rather not do..
Normal Christian living tells us that it's not an option to be a part timer...
I LOVE this! I'm going to have to check that book out!

Love you girl!

peace,
lori

The Real Me! said...

A perfect verse for me today my friend.
How have you been any way? I've missed seeing your smiling face!
HUGS
Kim

Karen said...

This was wonderful. This was the passage used at the funeral of my friend's two-year-old son. It is only God who enabled us to keep putting one foot in front of the other in the hard times. Thank you.

Anonymous said...

What a great devotional! That really touched me this morning!
Kristin

Carrie said...

Beautiful, Susan!

I have always wanted to read that Watchman Nee book! Thanks so much for sharing!

I agree with Amy, YOU are a blessing! ;)

Karen said...

Amen! Beautiful....

Whidbey Woman said...

I have always loved this scripture.We have a lot of bald eagles where I live, so I always think of it when I see them soar.
Happy WFW!

skoots1mom said...

LOVE this encouragement ;)
thanks for sharing

Mary said...

Amen Susan! I am a runner in the race even though I am also in that "waiting room". God has so much that He wants to give to us as we wait on Him. Standing with you and holding up your arms for strength as you wait for the good report on your son. God is good and full of mercy! Blessings to you dear sister!

Sonya Schroeder said...

Hi Susan this is a great reminder. We are in the race every single day with God. He never gives up on us we should never give up on Him.

Be blessed girl! I have 3 sons myself so you know how it is in your house. :)

life's journey said...

I remember a little girl sing this verse beautiful. Happy WFW!

Kaye Swain - SandwichINK said...

What a lovely Word-Filled Wednesday full of words of encouragement and such a lovely photo. I have heard of Watchman Nee's book and keep meaning to read it, but never have. I'll have to make that a summer devotional. In fact, I found it online as a free download if anyone else is interested. It's at Christian Classics Ethereal Library - www.ccel.org/ccel/nee/normal.toc.html

Thanks again, and have a blessed day :)

Sonya Schroeder said...

Susan how did you do your header? I am trying to do my own but not sure what to search for for templates. Thanks girl

AllyJo said...

This was wonderful. I never thought about it this way before.

Cathy said...

That is beautiful, Susan, thank you.

AyshaNicole said...

What a great post, and such an encouragement! I look forward to reading your other posts :)

Deborah said...

Great words today. I found this and thought it interesting about eagles and storms.

"Did you know that an eagle knows when a storm is approaching long before it breaks?

The eagle will fly to some high spot and wait for the winds to come. When the storm hits, it sets its wings so that the wind will pick it up and lift it above the storm. While the storm rages below, the eagle is soaring above it.

The eagle does not escape the storm. It simply uses the storm to lift it higher. It rises on the winds that bring the storm."

daylily777 said...

Wonderful verse ! Great teaching for today ! Wonderful illustration !
Blessings,
~Myrna

Sherry @ Lamp Unto My Feet said...

Our pastor just preached a sermon on this. It reminds me also of the verse that I posted with my last week's post that the "rain falls on the just and the unjust", but thankfully God is there to help us through the rain. :D

Denise said...

This is beautiful, in everyway.

Wanda said...

This post is such a blessing. Even the most spiritual among us are not always on the mountain top. Sometimes in the race it's seems I'm moving along fast but most time it's seems I'm taking baby steps but thanks for the encouragement to keep walking.

Missie said...

Amen! Beautiful!

Shiny Boxes said...

Amen and amen! That was wonderful. I will put one step in front of the next and praise my God that through Him I can!

Laurie said...

Amen! I needed to hear this today, and I will just keep on walking, putting one foot on front of the other. I am so thankful for His grace.

jo.attalife said...

Thank you so much, Susan. It's a wonderful reminder: just keep going.

Joahna Vern said...

Indeed an amazing verse...thank you for sharing it with us. :)

by the way, i added you on my blogroll..I hope you don't mind adding me, too..Thanks for dropping by my site also.. Take care! Blessings! ;)

Natalie at Mommy on Fire said...

If you’re a runner: Thank God you’re still in the race.

If you’re a walker: Keep putting one foot in front of the other.

LOVE IT!!!!

Beautiful - thank you for sharing it today!

Lisa said...

A favorite verse of mine! The boys have this verse and image in their room.

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Ozjane said...

Fantastic picture to match the verse

pathfromtheheadtotheheart said...

Susan, I loved this! So often, I think if I am living a "good Christian life" I won't experience things like depression or despair...so thankful that God not only reveals the triumphs of those heroes of the faith but also their struggles. This was awesome! Thanks for posting!

SnoWhite {Finding Joy in My Kitchen} said...

Thanks for that encouragement, Susan!

LisaShaw said...

"Because only when you understand what’s “normal” in Christian living, will you be able to recognize which season you’re in, evaluate your circumstances accurately, and adjust."

I love the entire message and the quote above and what you shared at the very end. Thank you for the blessing!

Love you.

LeeAnn@Encouragement Is Contagious said...

Amen!
One of my favorite songs:
"My life is in your hands,
My heart is in your keeping.
I'm never without hope,
Not when my future is with you........

Beautiful post filled with hope!
Lee Ann

Lynn said...

Know that the Holy Ghost Himself is praying for you!
Romans 8:26-27 Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.
Prayer Bears
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