God is good, wait on Him!

God is Good If you’ve been following my blog for awhile, you probably remember my post from a few months back entitled “My Friend Lazarus.” If not I’ll link it HERE so you can go read it and get a little bit of a back story on my situation and have a better understanding before you read this.

I’ve been searching for a job for what seems like FOREVER. Sure, there were plenty of jobs that I could have applied to and been employed before this point, I’ll admit that. Fast food, hostess positions, retail, etc. were all possibilities. I even put in apps for a few of those positions just to try to keep my options open, but nothing ever came of them. The thing with my job search is I was being extremely picky and rather stubborn, I refused to settle, continually put my trust in God, and waited on His plans and timing. I didn’t want to work Sundays. I’m so involved with my little church and it just wasn’t something I was willing to give up. Singing on praise team, weekly rehearsals with my accompanist so she and I can play during service as often as possible, (in case you missed it at the top of my page, I’m a clarinet player…) nearly everything that makes me a happy girl is wrapped up in my Sunday morning activities. So, I was obviously looking for a job that would allow me to continue those things.

Most people, upon finding out that I was being THAT picky about employment, would tell me that I was probably going to have to compromise and work some Sundays, or even ALL Sundays for awhile until I gained seniority in my place of work. No, I wasn’t having it, I couldn’t imagine my life without being in church Sunday mornings, even just for a little while. I waited, prayed like crazy, and continued to be picky. Guess who got a job today that doesn’t require me to give up my Sundays and allows me to continue teaching clarinet on the weekends? Yep, this girl! As an added bonus, it’s doing something I love!

It just goes to show, if you trust in the Lord and wait patiently on His timing, He WILL provide. You’ll be placed where He wants you when and only when He wants you there! You don’t have to settle for anything less than God’s best for your life! He’s slowly beginning to piece mine back together and I’m beyond excited to see what He has in store for me next!

“Wait for the Lord;
be strong and take heart
and wait for the Lord.”

Psalm 27:14 (NIV) 

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He Calls me Daughter

He Calls Me Daughterchild of god

 

When an earthly father is nowhere around

My Heavenly Father can always be found

I’m thankful He calls me daughter

 

When I’m hurting and need that fatherly love

I can always look to my Daddy above

He comforts and calls me daughter

 

Through excitement and heartache

With each success and mistake

He’s ever-loving never leaving

He’ll always call me daughter

 

~Amanda N Sams

September 15, 2013

Coming soon!

Hello my lovely readers!

Just a short post today. I’ve been chosen to read and review Jefferson Bethke’s new book Jesus > Religion before it releases next month. So, chances are good that if you check back here during the first week of October, I’ll have a post up about it! If you haven’t seen the spoken word that inspired Jeff to write the book, I’ve included the video in this post. Definitely check it out, and be sure to stay with me and watch for the book review in a few weeks! Can’t wait to share it with you guys and gals! It’s going to be a pretty good book, I can already tell!

Mandi

God’s Assurance through Ruth and Boaz

Ruth

The Lord has taken me through the book of Ruth three times in the last few months. I figured He was trying to reveal something to me or get an important point across, so of course I obeyed and read it again and again. I thought maybe He was going to use Ruth and Boaz in some way to teach me about relationships, or waiting on Him, you know, the usual stuff. What I actually found, was a lot deeper than any of those points.

Disclaimer: I’m not at all saying that these observations/interpretations line up with what the Bible scholars have to say, they’re just what I’m seeing and the thoughts that are wandering through my brain as I read God’s Word.

In the midst of my third time through Ruth, I was reading the words on the page, but seeing the story from a completely different point of view. Especially once I hit chapter two. Somewhere around verses eight through ten Boaz is speaking to Ruth about not leaving his field to go gather grain elsewhere, that he’ll protect her and make sure she has everything she needs right there.

(8) Then Boaz said to Ruth, “You will listen, my daughter, will you not? Do not go to glean in another field, nor go from here, but stay close by my young women. (9) Let your eyes be on the field which they reap, and go after them. Have I not commanded the young men not to touch you? And when you are thirsty, go to the vessels and drink from what the young men have drawn.”

Ruth’s response? 

(10) So she fell on her face, bowed down to the ground, and said to him, “Why have I found favor in your eyes, that you should take notice of me, since I am a foreigner?”

As I read, I wasn’t reading that as Boaz and Ruth communicating. All I could hear was the Lord using that exchange to reassure me through Boaz of His presence and protection in my life. 

I heard it as something like this-

And the Lord said to me, “you will listen My daughter, will you not? Do not look to man or any other idol. Stay close to Me, let your eyes be on the blessings that place in your life and go after MY will for you. Have I not commanded the devil not to touch you? When you are thirsty, come to Me. My Word will be living water and I will quench your thirst…

My response?

She fell on her face, bowed down to the ground and said to Him, “Why have I found favor in Your eyes, that You should take notice of me, a sinner?”

The answer?

In God’s eyes you are sin free, white as snow, cleansed by the blood of His son who died on the cross for you! He loves you, even though you’re not perfect. He knew that when He created you, that’s why He sent Jesus to die in our place so that when we die, as long as we’ve accepted Jesus, we can hang out in Heaven with Him and all those who have gone on before us.

 “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”

John 3:16

But now you have been united with Christ Jesus. Once you were far away from God, but now you have been brought near to him through the blood of Christ.

 Ephesians 2:13 (NLT)
*Unless otherwise noted, all Scripture references used in this post were taken from the NKJV.*

Freed

FreedChains are gone

 

To You I give my heart, Lord

broken, tattered, and torn

I know You’ll mend each shattered piece

And pull out all the thorns

 

Your love erases each new pain

It dries each tear I shed

You listen to each spoken word

And answer prayers unsaid

 

Without You life is nothing

So I give You all I am

Your pain and suffering saved my soul

I’ve been freed through the blood of the Lamb

 

~Amanda N. Sams

September 6, 2013