Posted on May 6, 2013 by BecauseOfGrace
Joseph named his second son Ephraim. Ephraim was given to him after he had been delivered from his suffering of 13 years. Joseph said that he named him this because God had made him fruitful in the land of his suffering. Ephraim means “twice fruitful.”
Joseph was fruitful in two instances. He was fruitful during his time of adversity and in his prosperity. When God brings us into a time of suffering, it can be a fruitful time. It’s rare for us to see the fruit during the suffering period. But know that the roots are going deep into the spiritual soil of our soul because of our pressing in to God during our time of suffering. This is producing a work in our character that cannot be seen until it finishes the process. Such was the case for Joseph.
If you find yourself in a time of suffering, now is the time to press into God. Let your roots grow deeper. Whenever there is a famine, tree roots are forced to drive deeper into the soil to find water. These times are designed to create such a deep-rooted faith that our natures will be changed forever. ~Os Hillman
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Posted on October 28, 2012 by BecauseOfGrace
We went through fire and water, but you brought us to a place of abundance. ~Psalm 66:12b
The verse today~Psalm 66:12b~has a little “b” at the end. It is the “b” that provides the happy ending that makes great movies and great stories.
To get the full story, it is important to read the entire Psalm.
Psalm 66:10-12a: “For you, O God, tested us; You refined us like silver. You brought us into prison and laid burdens on our backs. You let men ride over our heads; we went through fire and water, but You brought us to a place of abundance.”
Os Hillman explained, “God’s economy of abundance often has little to do with material blessing. In God’s economy, abundance is often measured in wisdom and knowledge of Himself. It is then that we are truly blessed. Wisdom cannot be gained through intellectual pursuits. Wisdom comes only through experience. Real wisdom comes from the kinds of experiences that come only through the deepest tests. Lessons of refinement, including prison accompanied by burdens, lead us through the fire and water. This is the territory that must be traveled to reach that place of abundance.”
Stay strong and thankful if you, like me, find yourself in the Remaining Place. The darkest hour is just before daybreak.
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Posted on August 27, 2012 by BecauseOfGrace
Back to School
Dear God, today I lift up all teachers to you. I pray for your anointing upon their lives, their work, their ministry. I pray you will give them wisdom, knowledge, guidance, patience, love, protection, understanding, insight and everything they need to be a positive life-changing influence upon those they teach. I pray you will keep them safe from all harm and evil. I pray you will bring to their minds the lessons and information they need to teach and the ability and skills to do what is good, right, and best in every situation. I pray that each one will not see their profession and standing as just a job, but as an opportunity to make a difference in lives and show your love to others. May they be salt and light in this world. May they rely on your strength and grace each and every day to accomplish that which you would have them do. Bless them, father, as your servants and children. And may they be a blessing to others with whom they work and teach. In Jesus’ name I pray, amen. A Prayer by Os Hillman for teachers~
Would you pray for a teacher today (and slow down in crosswalks?)
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Posted on August 22, 2012 by BecauseOfGrace
What unchartered places call to you?
Are you afraid of the dark?
The people remained at a distance, while Moses approached the thick darkness where God was. ~ Exodus 20:21
We do not need to fear entering the presence of God even if it means entering through a period of darkness. Above all else we must believe that God is a God of love. If He calls us into darkness in order to enter His presence, then that darkness will become an entry to new levels of relationship with a God who longs for fellowship with you and me. ~Os Hillman
When you’re confronted by a difficult task, what are the effects of considering it an opportunity for God to stretch your faith? ~Jon Walker
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Posted on August 19, 2012 by BecauseOfGrace
…”Everything is all right”…. 2 Kings 4:26
Faith looks at situations through God’s eyes, not the eyes of our limited understanding.
Smile by faith when you can’t smile by feelings. You have a future full of hope. Promise. ~Tony Evans
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Posted on June 26, 2012 by BecauseOfGrace
The bows of the warriors are broken, but those who stumbled are armed with strength.
~1 Samuel 2:4
When we are broken, we see the frailty of human strength and come to grips with the reality that we can do nothing in our own strength. Then, new strength emerges that God uses mightily. God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble.
Do not fear brokenness, for it may be the missing ingredient to a life that emerges with a new kind of strength and experience not known before. Pray for a broken and contrite heart that God can bless. ~Os Hillman
(I love the New Living Translation of 1 Samuel 2:4)
The bow of the mighty is now broken, and those who stumbled are now strong.
May you grow stronger with each stumble… :)… Because of Grace
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Posted on May 10, 2012 by BecauseOfGrace
A major corporation conducted a study on the flight of geese. In their study they found that geese fly in a “V” formation with one goose in the lead. After a period of time, this goose relinquishes the lead to another goose. During flight they noticed head movements of the leader that seem to give signals to the other geese flying, perhaps to let the others know how he was doing. They estimate that the formation flight pattern reduces wind drag due to the lift the other birds receive and believe it increases their performance by up to 70 percent. Whenever one goose drops out, another goes with it. These two geese do not catch up to the original pack, but join another group later. (from a devotional by Os Hillman)
Perhaps, Because of Grace, Another is the Holy Spir’s Love.
Like a Mother’s Love…Maybe in the cycle we have many Anothers
Maybe the lessons for me are:
Sometimes is it ok to drop out
Another is Love and the Holy Spirit
Another is a faithful friend
I can watch when another drops out and fly alongside with them for awhile
I can not worry about catching up to the original pack
I can fly with Another for awhile
I can join a new group later
Perhaps these cycles continue at long and short intervals throughout life. (Is this also the cycle of motherhood… of personhood?)
Maybe in the cycle we have many Anothers
Your comments, wonderings, and thoughts are always welcome!
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Posted on November 29, 2011 by BecauseOfGrace