When Spring Seems Tardy & Whimsical Wednesday Blogger Linkup

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Sometimes I question God’s choice of weather. I know, I know. I shouldn’t be so negative. He is Almighty and Holy and I love Him with all my heart. But when the daffodils are covered by snow and the temperatures dip back down to their winter standbys, I can’t help but think that maybe one of the angels was late to clock in or the heavenly calendar wasn’t checked before the weather order was placed. You know, a mistake of some sort just HAD to happen. Or so I think in my humanity…you know, when spring seems tardy.

Then I read a passage like Isaiah 42. Gulp.

“Thus says God, the LORD, who created the heavens and stretched them out, who spread out the earth and what comes from it, who gives breath to the people on it and spirit to those who walk in it: vs. 5

He created the world. And the weather. And spring. He gives me breath.

And I dare to question his timing?

I am the LORD; I have called you in righteousness; I will take you by the hand and keep you;
I will give you as a covenant for the people, a light for the nations, vs. 6

He calls for me. He holds my hand. And without him, I have no promise in life. No hope.

And yet my humanity makes inquiry of circumstances in my life?

to open the eyes that are blind, to bring out the prisoners from the dungeon, from the prison those who sit in darkness. v. 7

He opened my eyes when I couldn’t see a shred of light. He brought me from prisons of my own making, prisons others pushed me in, prisons dark and desperate.

And this is the thanks I give for my rescue?

I am the LORD; that is my name; my glory I give to no other, nor my praise to carved idols. v. 8

Suddenly, through the words of Isaiah, my heart has been lifted. Praise is all I can give. The Lord deserves my glory and praise whether snow lies on the daffodils… or life circumstances seem unfair.

Behold, the former things have come to pass, and new things I now declare; before they spring forth I tell you of them.” v. 9

New things. New things like daffodils who whisper “Spring is coming.”  even underneath their thin blanket of snow. New life and the redemption that only God can give are declared for me. And you.

He makes beautiful things out of dust.

Even when spring seems tardy.

And I’d love your answer to this: How have you witnessed God’s power when things didn’t go in the order you anticipated?

Rachel

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Bloggers, so glad to have you link up for Whimsical Wednesday! Hard to believe it is here once again, but let’s move on with the party, shall we? Be sure to encourage another blogger or two as you link up your posts full of 100% Christian encouragement!



A Prayer for When I Am Afraid & Whimsical Wednesday Linkup

Earlier this week my husband and I had a conversation with our children about real world events and I actually feared that they would fear as a result of the talk. If there’s one thing I know they need to learn how to do, it’s to pray when they are afraid.

A Prayer for When I Am Afraid

Dear God,
Right now I am afraid.
Fear comes in all shapes and sizes;
The shape and size is no matter
Because I know You are the Almighty God-
The One who placed planets in their orbits
And designed the galaxies…
The One who made the two great lights
To rule the day and night…
Then flung the stars into the sky.
Would You who holds the wonders of the earth
Be willing to hold my hand?
Would You who spoke the world into existence
Be pleased to whisper to my heart?
Because I know that Your love is perfect
And Your perfect love casts out all fear-
No matter the shape or size.
Amen.

a prayer for when i am afraid

Bloggers, I’m so pleased to have you link up to Whimsical Wednesday once again! It’s always a party and I love that you all bring 100% Christian encouragement to it. Be sure to encourage one another and I’ll do my best to do the same.

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Have a wonderful Wednesday!
Rachel



Encourage Your Children Printable

Happy Monday, Friends!

The 20 Things to Say to Encourage… posts have been a hit with readers. I’ve received several emails and messages essentially saying:

“Thanks for helping me use my words wisely…”

Today I’m providing the Encourage Your Children printable to accompany the 20 Things to Say to Encourage Your Children list. My prayer is that we will all use these printables to choose words wisely and be a positive encouragement and reinforcement for our families. Click on the graphic or here to open the .PDF to print. Enjoy!

encourage your children printable

This particular printable would be a great handout for:

  • Mommy’s Day Out child pickup
  • Parenting Conferences
  • Mother’s Day tea or banquet
  • Father’s Day breakfast
  • gift baskets for school professionals
  • Teacher conferences
  • and much more!

I would love it if you would send a pic of how you use yours! You can send as a message through our Facebook page or simply email to rachel (at) rachelwojo (dot) com.

We now have a printable for each article of the 20 Things to Say to Encourage series- husband, wife and children. Be sure to check them all out in Printables!

Have a great day!

Rachel