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Sunday, July 13, 2014

Sunday Scripture ~ and confession...



"God promises to keep us in the palm of His hand, with or without our awareness. God has already made a space for us, even if we have not made a space for God." 
DAVID and BARBARA SORENSEN


As I was preparing this Sunday's Scripture to share with you it was with a heavy dose of doubt. Not doubt in God, but doubt in myself.
At the start of 2014 the Lord directed me to begin sharing simple drawings with Scripture each Sunday, and I was nervous about it because at the time my thoughts were focused on my lack of technical skill to make those drawings 'look' professional. This was so very different to the stitcheries I draw and then embroider.
But months went by and I began to look forward to sharing a verse from the Bible each Sunday to encourage both you and myself because I had taken my eyes off self and put them on His promises - which is where they needed to be.

And then doubt resurfaced a few weeks back.
In fact, over the course of this last week I wondered if the brick wall that had appeared between me and drawing these Scriptures was in fact the Lord releasing me from this Sunday routine.

Last night I just had to give my concerns up to Him, mindful that I had slipped back into relying on myself and not on Him; and when this happens I forget that what He directs me (or you) to do, He will equip me (us) to see it through.
Because it's about HIM, not me, not you. HIM.

Before I sat down for my Bible quiet time this morning I stopped to open today's gift from Melody.
"Faithfulness"
Mel had made me this beautiful pincushion with one of Val Laird's stitchery designs. 
A word in season, again.


That's what He is asking me to be. Faithful. 
Faithful to the task He gave me almost seven months ago, faithful to sharing His Word each Sunday this year, faithful to glorifying Him and not glorifying my doubt by looking for an out-clause....faithful to walk the road He has set my heart to know as the One true path.
Faithful in obedience.
Faithful in trusting my whole life to Him.
Faithful in the little things as well as the big things.

Because?
He has inscribed me on the palms of His hands....

Maybe you've been struggling with following through on something the Lord placed in your heart?

Father, for all those reading this who have a path before them laid out carefully by your loving hands and are struggling to follow it: lift their eyes to Yours: lift their hearts to Yours: melt away their fears and doubts: fill them with faith, hope, joy and Jesus. Renew their strength and their lives with your precious Holy Spirit...
In Jesus name I pray,
Amen.

God bless you this day,



24 comments:

Faith Newcomb said...

Jenny,
Thank you so much. I am struggling with what has God put me on this earth to do for him. I have joined a Companions in Christ group and I am struggling with self doubt. It is hard for me to truly believe I am a beloved child of God. Your message and prayer are a God send for me. You are blessed and truly a beloved child of God.
Have a blessed day,
Faith in TX, USA

Tanya Hughes said...

Oh my Goodness - your blog this morning was just the tonic that I needed...The timing and the word -Faithfulness...Just what I needed to hear. I LOVE your Sunday post. You are such a generous soul and so honest...your honesty is refreshing and uplifting.
I would be lost without your blog. Thank you and may God Bless You Jenny.
Tanya Hughes from Perth Western Australia xx

CalamityJr said...

Thank you.

Melody said...

I knew when I saw Val's beautiful design I had to stitch it for you. Hugs.

Sharon said...

Jennifer, just at the right moment the words present themselves - that in itself is a signpost for the travel weary to know that they are on the road home...

Dolores said...

Thank you. I needed the reminding.

Sisbabestitches said...

Thank you Jenny :) Gentle blessings to you

StitchinByTheLake said...

Jenny I'm sure there will be many who will read this and think He sent it just for them - me included. Thank you for being His faithful messenger. blessings, marlene

Petra said...

Dear Jenny, each week I am looking forward to your bible verse. I am using it for my daily meditation, it gives me inspiration and peace! Thank you so much for listening to God; I know it can be difficult with our daily life. God Bless you😀

Teatime Creations said...

Thank You. When I opened your blog post last night I had just hung up the phone after hearing that a friend had left us. Thinking of him "being inscribed in the palm" of His hand left me with such a sense of peace. Your words and work are indeed a gift to others.

Anonymous said...

You are right where you are supposed to be..I depend on seeing your scriptures every day that you put them up..Wish you could do it daily...Love your drawings because they are real...I am doing your LORDS PRAYER QUILT...Thank you, from the bottom of my heart..

Anonymous said...

i so look forward to your drawings each Sunday. i print them off and put them in my planner so each time i look at it i see your drawing and scripture for the week and it makes me smile. thanks for doing this

barcord said...

I am so glad you are continuing to do Sunday Scriptures. I have taken my lead from one of your blog followers (cant remember who) and use the scriptures as my desktop wallpaper. It does my heart good to see it every time I open up the computer. Thank you for your faithfulness Jenny.

Maxine said...

Thank you for writing today. I could not attend services today due to my husband's illness. I received a sermon from you.

Teresa Puterbaugh said...

Thank you for your words. .. And your faithfulness.

harrietslegacy said...

Beautiful and uplifting, Jenny. Thank you. I am growing through a season of dependence on God because of ill health and even in the valley there is such wonder and beauty, because not only are we called to be faithful, but He is faithful. I love visiting you here and am so grateful for the light that you share. Blessings,
Julie

Farm Quilter said...

Your scripture goes very well with this morning's sermon! When we are stumbling, we look down and we really need to look up to Him! Great reminder of where we are all the time! Bless you!!!

Wendy B said...

thank you honey...you open my eyes! xox
sugary sweet ones :o)

Mary Jo said...

Your Sunday post is always one I look forward to. I hope that God continues to encourage you to continue this for those of us who are encouraged by the verses you give us each week. God bless you.

Anneke Potgieter said...

Thank you for your words of wisdom and your Sunday posts, received very sad news yesterday and this verse means alot. If you don't mind I want to share the verse with your drawing with family and friends just to remind them and myself that God keeps us in His Hands. May God bless you and thank you for sharing with us.

Lin said...

Thank you so much and please do continue, I look forward to them. xx

Carrie P. said...

I appreciate your faithfulness in sharing what God put on your heart. Thank you for sharing because I look forward to the verses.

Tammy said...

Hugs to you Jenny. I allways enjoy reading your posts and viewing them as well. You are truly blessed with so much love and talent. And such a generous heart.

Colleen's Blog Long Island NY said...

Thanks for that prayer Jenny. I was having a pity party of my own this weekend. After I had seen my Gyn doctor on Saturday and he told me that I might be on chemotherapy for the rest of my life. This cancer is getting me down and your prayer helped a lot. I will put my fears in God's hands and stop worrying.